Leaked HTC brand video reveals possible Vive phone, focus on color, material customization

HTC’s upcoming January 12th event carries a rather generic “for U” invitation. The latest rumors point to three new devices this quarter, with the first possibly being an underwhelming phablet. However, a leaked video from Evleaks shows that HTC might be focussing on customization and possibly a Vive phone.

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Late-stage Google Capital growth fund renamed CapitalG, reveals investment in Snap Inc

While GV — formerly Google Ventures — is Alphabet’s more well-known venture capital arm, the parent company also runs a fund aimed at late-stage growth companies. Google Capital is now being renamed as CapitalG, with the new site revealing a previously unknown investment in the makers of Snapchat.

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First Galaxy S8 Active leak reveals no curves and more bezel, same 18:9 display

Two of the most important aspects of any smartphone are battery life and durability. For the past few years, Samsung has worked with AT&T to develop a variant of the company’s flagship that enhances both of these areas, and they seem to be doing the same with the new Galaxy S8 Active. Today, we’re getting our first look.

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Google Pixel 2 XL drop test reveals tougher back than iPhone, but a somewhat fragile display [Video]

After spending hundreds of dollars on your smartphone, you probably want it to last a while before breaking. The Pixel 2 thankfully has a pretty grippy build, but you’re probably going to drop it at some point. If a case isn’t your thing, you’ll want to know how tough the phone is naked. Thankfully, the first drop test has arrived to answer that question.

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Google app 7.14 reveals redesigned ‘Explore’ for Assistant apps, ‘Hey Google’ hotword, more [APK Teardown]

Two weeks ago, we revealed that the Google app was working on a bottom bar redesign. The latest version 7.14 shows Google refining that interface, while revamping the “Explore” page for Assistant apps, adding “Hey Google” on phones, and other tweaks.

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Panasonic reveals Android-powered CM10 camera, expensive phone-free version of CM1

Earlier this year, we checked out the Panasonic CM1. In short, it’s either an Android powered compact camera that can make phone calls, or a basic Android smartphone with an incredible camera. Either way, we were impressed by its image capture capabilities. Although it’s clearly a niche product, Panasonic has decided to follow it up with the CM10; a device that’s identical to the CM1 in all ways but one…

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Essential Phone drop test reveals a shockingly strong ceramic back, but you should definitely buy a screen protector [Video]

Dropping your phone is no fun, especially if it’s vulnerable to breaking, and today’s bezel-less devices are a bit more prone to this than others. However, Essential has been pretty confident in its titanium frame and use of Gorilla Glass 5, to the point that it offers no options for protecting the PH-1. Today one of the first Essential drop tests has been performed, and the results weren’t all that pretty.

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Moto X 2017 leak shows off dual-cameras, reveals massive 3800 mAh battery w/ Snapdragon 660

Motorola/Lenovo made an interesting move in 2016 by dropping the Moto X brand for the Moto Z, but as we’ve heard a few times now, there seems to be plans to bring back the X for 2017. Information on this new phone has been light, but today we’re getting new details and confirmation on some previous specs as well.

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