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Sony pulled an interesting move at the start of the year by dumping its long-standing Xperia Z line for the new Xperia X. What’s more, it was a whole lineup of essentially three of the same phones (Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance), with the same 5″ screen sizes but tweaked specs. Admittedly, it was too quiet of a launch in the midst of the highly competitive Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG G5, and HTC 10. Nor is it helpful that Sony is still not fully investing in the US market, and for some odd reason, continues to leave out the fingerprint scanner from the US variants.

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Still, Xperia fans may nonetheless be interested in what Sony has in store for the Fall. All we’ve had to hold us over is the large Xperia XA Ultra and a leak of what looks like an upcoming flagship, only known as its model name “F8331”. But we now have a clearer picture of what’s to be, thanks to a catch from Sony’s Czech website – listings for an Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ. Unfortunately, that’s all that the website spills; no specs. But we can deduce that Sony will follow its historic trend of releasing phones of varying sizes. We don’t know if the Xperia XZ is the F8331 model that was leaked, but chances are that they’re related.

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That’s not all we have. The renowned leakster, Evan Blass (@evleaks), managed to snag a snap of the Xperia X Compact. And what do you know, it looks a lot like the front of the F8331. As a reminder, Sony is expected to have a press conference right before IFA 2016 kicks off, on Sept. 1st at 1pm (Berlin time). Hopefully, we’ll get the scoop on the newest Xperia X phones then.

Xperia X Compact leak by Evan Blass (@evleaks)

Xperia X Compact leak by Evan Blass (@evleaks)

Anyone who was underwhelmed with the initial Xperia X lineup looking forward to see what the second try will be? Do you think Sony’s design is tired or just fine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Hopefully the company has some tricks up its sleeve to help the new phones stand out, and more competitive pricing (though, that seems far-fetched for Sony).

Next: Sony voices Xperia Android Nougat rollout plan

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As is the case with any other piece of software, Google has decided to ditch some interesting ingredients that were previously available in early versions Android Nougat. A navigation bar is one such ingredient that got left on the cutting room floor, so you can’t taste it in the latest version of the mobile OS… well, unless you have a Nexus 6P.

The nav bar customizer gives you the tools to move and remove buttons or add new ones. You can also set the spacing for buttons and adjust icon size. There are options for the Clipboard and Keycode, although they don’t seem working in the nav bar customizer’s current form.

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The Clipboard option is supposed to let you drag and drop content in and out of a shortcut in the nav bar. The Keycode option was designed to let you bind keyboard keys to another nav bar shortcut, so you can just press a button in the nav bar to emulate predetermined keys on the keyboard.

The Clipboard and Keycode features’ apparent lack of functionality would help explain why the nav bar customizer was either cut entirely or punted to another Nougat release down the line. However, if you own a Nexus 6P and are comfortable flashing your device, you can visit this thread at XDA Developers forum to get a mod for both the nav bar customizer and the axed Night Mode.

And for those of you interested in Night Mode, you may not need a Nexus 6P to run it. There’s an app that’s has had moderate success (so far) in bringing the feature back.

So what are your thoughts on Nougat’s tabled or terminated nav bar? Do you think we might see this and other features fleshed out and unlocked in a maintenance release or the next version of Android? Sound off in the comments!

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Recently, we got to see what is allegedly the front of the highly-anticipated LG V20. The upcoming smartphone is back again: this time, caught in the wild. As you can see, although the photo is a bit blurry, the design matches with Evan Blass’ leak yesterday and the renders we brought to you exclusively earlier this month. Unfortunately, however, apart from the second ticker display, we can’t tell much from the leaked photo.

We got our first exclusive look at some renders of the device earlier this month, and it seems like the V20 will share certain similarities with its cousin, the LG G5. Based on the images, it’s highly likely that the V20 will feature a dual-lens set up and have a dedicated button for modules just like the G5.

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Today’s leak aligns well with previous leaks, so what you see right here could be the real deal. There are few things, however, that are confirmed. We know that the V20 will be the first phone to run the all new Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Google recently confirmed this with the launch of Android Nougat.

LG announced that the V20 would be the first smartphone with a Quad DAC from ESS Technology. As we reported earlier, this is most likely to be the company’s latest ES9218 SoC component: a 32-bit stereo channel DAC with support for 384 kHz PCM and DSD512 data, analog volume controls, and a built-in headphone amplifier.

The Korean electronics giant also revealed that the company will continue to work with Bang & Olufsen. The LG V20 will feature the “best-in-class audio functions developed in partnership with B&O” and will include a “special pair of B&O PLAY earphones,” according to LG. Indeed, it sounds like the LG V20 will put a huge emphasis on multimedia – video and audio, to be more specific – just like its predecessor. LG’s new flagship is set to be unveiled early next month in San Francisco, so stay tuned for our coverage.

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Will you be buying the LG V20 when it launches? Will this be the saving grace for LG? Let us know by commenting below!

Garmin is launching three luxury smartwatches that pack in a number of activity tracking features with a high-end look for those who want something beyond some of the arguably bland looking smartwatches watches out there.

The Fenix Chronos is squarely in the luxury category, with a $1,499 price tag for the most high-end titanium model. By the looks of the design and overall aesthetic it will sit well on the wrist of someone dressed up for a day at the office or an evening out, though it contains enough fitness and tracking capabilities under the hood to make it a suitable companion for a many different types of physical activity.

Garmin says the watch contains an exceptional number of tracking services that go beyond most smartwatches. There’s an altimeter, barometer, compass, and a navigation system to help you find your original starting point if you wander too far off the beaten path. Garmin has also built in specific software to track the details for golf, biking, swimming, and other sports.

All three versions of the watch have a “high-strength and scratch-resistant” sapphire lens with a 1.2-inch Chroma Display™ with LED backlighting. Additionally, the watches include a  10 ATM (100m) water rating. You’ll get around 13 hours of battery life if it’s firing on all tracking cylinders, with 25 hours in battery-saving mode.

If you’re tempted to opt for this rather sophisticated but pricey smartwatch, it’s available from Garmin today. Along with the titanium option, you can get a model with a leather band for $899 and a steel band for $999.

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Earlier in the month we received our first exclusive look at some leaked renders of the upcoming LG V20. Now Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, can offer us a shot of what appears to be the V20 in the wild – this time in black.

The image above seems to match the renders rather well, although it is a little bit tricky because of the different angles. The top speaker grill, front facing camera position, secondary ticker display, and the volume rockers on the left hand side are all accounted for. Presumably the blurred out parts of the screen are there to help protect his source.

Unfortunately this picture doesn’t show us anything about the possibly modular nature of the LG V20. The leaked renders show a button on the bottom right to detach modules just like the G5, but there aren’t any visible clues in this picture. It’s also not clear what the mysterious “In Apps” icon is for either.

There’s still a lot left to learn about the V20, but LG and Google have confirmed that the handset will be the first to launch with the new Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The company has also been teasing a new high performance DAC, and Bang & Olufsen is also back on board to produce headphones for the handset.

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The LG V20 is scheduled to launch on September 6th at an event taking place in San Francisco. That leaves just two weeks left to wait until we know all of the juicy details about LG’s next supersized flagship.

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Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag.

The Redmi Note 4 retains the premium full metal unibody construction that was introduced with its predecessor, but now comes with a brushed metal finish and chamfered edges that looks and feels even better. The design language is quite similar as well, with the Redmi Note 4 also coming with a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display that is covered with a 2.5D curved glass panel. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, that is backed by the Mali-T880MP4 GPU and 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM. 16 GB or 64 GB are the on-board storage options available, which also dictates how much RAM you get, and you also get expandable storage via microSD card to cover all your needs. Keeping everything running is a huge 4,100 mAh battery.

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On the camera side of things, the Redmi Note 4 comes with the same 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter as its predecessor. However, the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 3 did feature an upgraded 16 MP rear unit when compared to its Chinese counterpart, so it’ll be interesting to see if Xiaomi decides to do the same with the Indian version of the Note 4. The device is running MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

Speaking of the Indian variant, the Redmi Note 3 is one of the best-selling smartphones in India, and it’s safe to assume that its successor while make its way to Indian shores soon enough. However, as was the case with the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3S series, the Indian version of the Redmi Note 4 will have to come with a Qualcomm processor, with Xiaomi unable to release MediaTek-powered smartphones in India due to an on-going legal battle with Ericsson.

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The 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 is priced at CNY 899 (~$135), while the 3 GB and 64 GB storage iteration will be available for CNY 1199 (~$180). If Xiaomi can manage to retain a similar price tag with the international variant, the company will certainly have another massive success on their hands.

Are you excited about getting your hands on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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After showcases in China in July and the US earlier this month, Huawei concluded the Honor 8’s global tour at an event in Paris and launched the glass-backed phone for the European market.

At £369.99 in Europe and $399 in the US, the Honor 8 is priced to creep into the top tier of the smartphone market at a price point that doesn’t force it into side-by-side showdowns with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5.

Instead, the Honor 8 is part of a growing league of flagship assassins meant to steal the hearts of those not set on bagging a $600-700 smartphone. It compares more favorably with ZTE’s Axon 7 and other devices that are just a tad too feature rich for the mid tier of the market.

The 5.2-inch, full HD Honor 8 is built on a diamond-cut metal frame and encased in glass composed of 15 layers. Between those layers are lithographic, 3D print grating to create prisms within the phone’s glass back.

Beyond its own beauty, the Honor 8 is more than capable of faithfully rendering the world around it with its 12MP dual-camera setup poking out of its glass back and an 8 MP secondary camera on its face.

The Honor 8’s primary shooter captures pixels 1.25 microns in size — that’s slightly bigger than the iPhone 6s, but don’t bank on it performing better than the iPhone in low light situations.

It’s “a promising prospect – for its category – when it comes to taking snapshots,” we wrote in our hands-on review of the Honor 8

Elsewhere in the Honor 8, there’s an octa-core Kirin CPU that’s backed by an i5 coprocessor and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. And it’s stocked with 4GB of RAM. It also includes a fingerprint scanner, a Type-C USB port, a 3,000 mAh battery and support for fast charging.

In Europe, the Honor 8 will only come its 32 GB configuration. Consumers in the US and China have access to both the 32 and 64 GB varieties of the phone.

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Although there’s a lot of community affection for the Nexus 5, many users were dismayed to learn that it would not be receiving Android Nougat. However, in this age of constant modding and customizing, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a way to run Nougat on their beloved Nexus 5… and it turns out that time was quite short indeed.

Yes, even though the firmware for Android 7.0 just arrived this week, XDA Developers have come up with a port from the AOSP  ROM. If you’re particularly brave, you can now run Nougat on the Nexus 5. There are, however, a few key caveats.

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The camera, for instance, doesn’t work. Or Bluetooth. And there’s a slew of stability issues.

Basically, if your Nexus 5 is your primary device, you might want to hold off on unofficially upgrading to Nougat until a little more progress is made. Frankly, the cult fandom of this device seems strong enough that we’d be surprised if an essentially fully-functional Nexus 5 version of Android 7.0 doesn’t emerge from the modding community in the coming months.

The camera, for instance, doesn’t work. Or Bluetooth. And there’s a slew of stability issues.

In order to flash Nougat to your aging pride and joy, you’ll need to have TWRP, do a full wipe and install the rom, then reboot. Full details can be found over at XDA Forums courtesy of user Santhosh M.

What do you think of this early version of Nougat for the Nexus 5? Will you be flashing it to your device? Let us know in the comments below!

Amazon aims to promote digital reading around the world and has established a new program called Kindle Reading Fund to achieve that goal. The Fund will be in charge of donating Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and ebooks to various recipients, such as reading programs in developing nations. To make sure its devices reach the people who need them, the tech titan has joined forces with Worldreader, a non-profit that provides e-books to children and families in the developing world to promote literacy. The two already worked together in previous projects, according to TechCrunch, including bringing digital reading materials to 61 Kenyan libraries.

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Almost three weeks ago, Vector Unit released the much-anticipated racing title Riptide GP: Renegade to Google Play, though it was only available for NVIDIA Shield devices. If you don’t own a Shield device and have been waiting patiently to play it, we have some good news for you. The fast-paced racing game is now available for non-Shield Android smartphones and tablets!

As noted in our previous post, Riptide GP: Renegade adds some much-needed improvements to the Riptide franchise that should be a hit with fans. Unlike its predecessors, Renegade features a story mode that allows you to play as both a racer and a fugitive. Though there are some big changes this time around, gameplay will be quite similar to what we’ve seen in other Riptide titles.

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In Renegade, you’ll play a hydrojet racer who needs to prove he is still the best racer on the planet, even after being framed and banned from pro Riptide GP racing. You’l race illegally through city waterways, dodge cops, and, of course, perform some super sick stunts.

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You can also take part in 8-player online matches, take part in ghost race challenges, and even play locally in split-screen races with up to 4 players.

Interested? Riptide GP: Renegade is now available in the Play Store for just $2.99. Trust us, you’ll want to give this one a shot.

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