Honor 5X now available to pre-order from Newegg and Amazon for $199

Yesterday, at CES 2016,  Huawei clearly signaled its intent to build its presence in the US. It’ll do so through its own main brand and Honor, it’s more affordable sub-brand. With the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X joining the Nexus 6P, the company now has a strong portfolio of devices available with premium features and build, at different price points…

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Motorola’s ‘Moto Photo Editor’ is now on the Play Store for Moto phones with dual cameras

Motorola, like many other Android manufacturers, has started moving more of its stock applications to the Play Store. The latest application to be added to Motorola’s Play Store listing is Moto Photo Editor, an app made specifically to work with the OEM’s phones that pack dual cameras…

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OnePlus releases three new icon packs on the Google Play Store

Over the past few weeks, OnePlus has released two of its system apps onto the Google Play Store – OnePlus Weather and the OnePlus Launcher. OnePlus moving its apps to the Play Store allows for a faster and smoother update process, and it looks like the company is now pushing three more apps to the Play Store.

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Check out this gallery of photos taken with the dual-camera Huawei Mate 9

Huawei’s phones have been well-regarded for their cameras for the last couple of years — especially since the Huawei P9 became one of the first smartphones to introduce dual-camera setups to the world in partnership with Leica. Huawei brought the same concept to its Honor 8 earlier this year (which launched in the US), and it’s continuing the trend with the Mate 9.

So it’s not surprising that the Mate 9 would be able to put out some fantastic photos. But if you wanted proof before going all-in on the device, here’s a gallery of shots to help you make up your mind…

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Freedom 251 $4 smartphone reportedly rips its home screen icons straight from iOS

Update: A new hands-on video shows the iPhone clone in all its glory (embedded below).

We told you earlier today about the insane Freedom 251 phone, and now at least one publication has managed to get their hands on the device. Initial impressions aren’t great, and it looks like this phone — unsurprisingly — is just a mess of copyright infringement. Not unlike many other low-end offerings from dozens of overseas manufacturers, the phone pulls a lot of “inspiration” from the Cupertino company’s smashing successes…

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Google Earth revamp ditches desktop app for web, adds Voyager tours, random locations

Google teased that it would be launching a ‘brand new experience’ for Google Earth, and it has today announced the details.

The biggest change is that Google Earth is no longer a standalone app on desktop: it now runs as a web app. As of today, it’s Chrome-only, but the company is promising support for other browsers later. The mobile version still requires an app, and is currently Android only, with iOS support promised.

There are, though, two headline new features …

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Android Basics: How to setup Moto Voice on all Moto Z variants

Most modern Android devices now have the ability to setup a voice prompt that lets you operate your device without even picking it up. Motorola has had its own feature called Moto Voice for the last couple of years that allows for more than the standard “Ok, Google” command. The below steps will help you say “Hello, Moto” to your Moto Z device…

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Government requests for Google user data are skyrocketing, latest transparency report shows

Google’s latest Transparency Report, in which it discloses statistical data on government and court requests for user data, show that the number of requests continues to climb, up 18% on the preceding six months. Google’s compliance – the percentage of time where it hands over at least some data – is holding steady at around 64%.

The law requires companies to delay their reporting by six months, so the latest data is for the second half of 2015, where 40,677 requests were received relating to 81,311 accounts. The greatest number of requests came from the U.S. government, followed by Germany, France, the UK, India, Singapore and Australia.

For requests relating to national security, Google has to be much more vague in the information it is permitted to share …

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