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Playing Pokémon Go may actually be good for your health

Pokémon Go has been out for almost a year, and while it is not quite as popular as it once was, there are still plenty of players out there who are walking around their city or town looking to catch new creatures with the AR-based mobile game. Now a medical paper that was recently published the Journal of the American Heart Association seems to show that playing Pokémon Go may be good for your overall health.

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The paper says that its team recruited 167 Pokémon Go players who were asked to send screenshots of their step counts as recorded on their phones. This happened between June 15 and July 31, 2016, which also happened to be 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the launch of the game. The average age of the people who took part in the study was 25 years old.

Before the game launched, the average daily amount of steps recorded by those players was 5,678. However, at the end of the recording period, three weeks after the game began, the average step count went up to 7,654. The obvious conclusion is that playing Pokémon Go does indeed cause an overall increase in a person’s physical activity (PA). It added, “Incorporating PA into gameplay may provide an alternative way to promote PA in persons who are attracted to the game.”

Even though Pokémon Go may have lost a large number of its initial player base, there are rumors that developer Niantic Labs will be launching a major update to the game this summer. The update may finally add multiplayer player-vs-player modes to the game, among other additions. In that case, we could see another boost in PA as well.

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Report: LG to launch G6 Pro and G6 Plus by the end of this month

LG will reportedly launch Pro and Plus variants of the LG G6 by the end of June. The news arrives via South Korean news site etnews, though the site doesn’t provide a source for the information.

From what we can infer from the translation, the LG G6 Plus would be almost the same device, but would feature wireless charging capabilities and come with 128 GB of internal storage space. The price for this is expected to be 999,000 won (~$ 890), compared to the regular LG G6 price which stands at 899,800 won (~$ 800).

The Pro version, meanwhile, would come with 32 GB of storage with a 790,000 won price tag (~$ 700). etnews notes that most of the functions and specs of the Pro would be the same as the LG G6, but we don’t know where besides the internal storage space it may differ from the original; both the LG G6 Pro and LG G6 Plus are said to arrive with the same display, RAM and Snapdragon 821 processor.

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Though this would be a first for LG in terms of releasing multiple version of its flagship phone under different names, it’s not completely new territory for the manufacturer, as the LG G6 already arrived in different markets with different attributes (you can read more about that here).

The handsets are expected to go on sale at the end of June with the three major South Korean carriers, while global availability is said to follow later.

Finally, etnews also hinted that LG wants to consolidate its budget phones under the X brand and release multiple variants of the V series in the future also.

What are your thoughts on the prospect of two new LG G6 variants? Let us know in the comments.

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Moto Z2 lineup: all the rumors in one place (Update: more Moto Z2 and Z2 Play pics leak)

Update: Following the Moto Z2 Play retail box leak yesterday (seen below at the end of the specs section), we’ve now got our hands on even more images of the rumored handset. Better still, this time we’ve also got a look at supposed photos of the Moto Z2. Check them out at the “Design” section below.

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force, and Moto Z2 Play.

Last year, Lenovo took the wraps off three Moto Z devices. These include the high-end Moto Z and Z Force and the mid-range Moto Z Play. All three stand out from the crowd thanks to their modular design that works a lot better compared to last year’s LG G5. You have the option of choosing between a few different accessories called Moto Mods, which simply snap on to the back of the smartphones.

Lenovo is expected to announce the next Moto Z generation soon. We have come across a bunch of rumors regarding the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play, which we have rounded up in this post. So if you want to know when the devices will be announced, what will they offer specs-wise, what will they look like, and how much you’ll have to fork out to get your hands on them, keep reading. You’ll find all these information and more down below.

As always, do keep in mind that these are just rumors for now. Although the company did share a few minor details regarding its upcoming smartphones so far, most specs and features haven’t been officially confirmed yet.

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Moto Z2 lineup: release date

The Moto Z and Z Force were officially announced at the beginning of June 2016 at Lenovo’s TechWorld event in San Francisco. They went on sale in July in the US but were exclusive to Verizon for the first few months. The unlocked version of the Moto Z then went up for pre-order in September with sales starting a month later. The Moto Z Force, on the other hand, remained exclusive to Verizon, as the unlocked version of the device was not released.

Things were a little bit different when it comes to the Moto Z Play. The mid-range smartphone was announced at a later date, at the end of August to be more exact. But it did go up for pre-order along with the Moto Z and also started shipping to customers in October.

Unlike in 2016, Lenovo is expected to announce the entire Z2 lineup at the same time. Although not confirmed, the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play may be revealed at an event on June 8. This is based on the leaked image of the Z2 Play (check the Design section below), which shows this date on its screen. As the Moto Z and Z Force were announced in June last year, the date does make a lot of sense.

Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when the smartphones will go on sale. Our best guess is that they will be released in July, with the unlocked versions coming at a later date, just like last year. What we do know is that unlike its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Force won’t be exclusive to Verizon. According to Evan Blass, you’ll also be able to get the smartphone from T-Mobile and maybe even Sprint and other carriers at launch. If true, this likely means that the other two smartphones, the Z2 and Z2 Play, will also be available at multiple carriers when they are released.

Moto Z2 lineup: specs

As a flagship, the Moto Z2 will obviously sport high-end specs. Just like its predecessor, it is expected to feature a 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution. We doubt that the smartphone will have a screen smaller than last year’s Moto Z, while increasing its size probably also isn’t a great option as that would push it into the phablet category.

The Moto Z2 will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and will have 4 GB or maybe even 6 GB of RAM. You’ll find a fingerprint scanner below the screen with support for various swiping gestures, like the ones already seen on the Moto G5 series.

We expect to see big changes in the camera department, as the device will have a dual-camera setup on the back. According to well-known leaker Ricciolo, Lenovo has opted for a lower megapixel count and larger pixels this year, which means that the camera should perform better in low-light conditions. No word on the front-facing camera so far, aside from the fact that it will have LED flash.

When it comes to software, the Moto Z2 will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. As usual, the company will add its own user interface on top that doesn’t change the look and feel of the OS much. It’s pretty close to stock Android, which is something a lot of users will welcome with open arms.

As expected, the Moto Z2 Force will be quite similar to the Z2 in terms of specs. Like last year, we can expect to see three differences. The first is the camera, which might offer more megapixels and should perform a little bit better. The second change is a larger battery, while the third is the ShatterShield display, which shouldn’t crack easily when you drop the phone on the ground, for example.

The Moto Z2 Play, on the other hand, will offer mid-range specs. According to Evan Blass, the smartphone will have a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution and will be powered by the Snapdragon 626 chipset running at 2.2 GHz. Others specs include 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, a 12 MP primary camera with dual auto-focus, and a selfie snapper with a 5 MP sensor.

Many of these details have since been (almost) confirmed in leaked retail box images via Brazilian tech site TecDuos — along with microSD card support. The photos also indicate that a model with 64 GB of internal storage space will be available, but whether this is the base model or a more expensive option we aren’t yet sure (it’s likely the former, though).

Unfortunately, the Z2 Play will pack a smaller battery than its predecessor. Lenovo has confirmed that the device will feature a 3,000 mAh battery, whereas the one found in the Z Play has a capacity of 3,510 mAh. This means that the upcoming smartphone will likely be thinner, as well as lighter.

Moto Z2 lineup: design

Thanks to a few images that made their way online over the last month or so, we already know what the upcoming devices will look like.

Back in April, we obtained renders and a 360-degree video of the upcoming Moto Z2 Force in collaboration with OnLeaks. The smartphone looks quite similar to its predecessor, with a few minor exceptions. These include the dual camera setup on the back, more rounded edges, and a redesigned fingerprint scanner below the screen. You can check out a few images of the device and the 360-degree video down below.

 

What’s interesting is that the smartphone would apparently feature the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which was missing on last year’s Moto Z Force. And that’s despite the fact that it will be thinner than its predecessor. The Moto Z2 Force is rumored to be 5.99 mm thick (8.50 mm with back camera bump), while last year’s Moto Z Force comes in at 7 mm.

Another image of the Moto Z2 Force has leaked recently, which gives us an even better look at the device. It has a gold back and a white front, but we do expect to see more colors once the device gets officially released.

Back in April, we also saw the first image of the Moto Z2 Play (featuring a design now confirmed by the leaked retail box images seen above). As you can see, it’s almost identical to the Z2 Force and also comes in the exact same color option. The main differences are that the Z2 Play sports a single camera on the back and has the Moto logo above the screen, instead of below it.

Subsequently, leaker Roland Quant has published images of the device with the Moto Mod accessories — the Hasselblad camera, battery pack and JBL speaker — and a 360-degree view of the rumored smartphone.

The last smartphone to pose for the camera was the Moto Z2. The leaked image, that we received from a trusted source, only shows the front of the device, which looks quite similar to the rest of the Z2 series. Again, there are a few differences including a slightly redesigned speaker grill and a different — black  color option.

Since then, we’ve also got a look at more suspected photos of the unit via SlashLeaks. These show off the unit in a blue case, and would seemingly verify our original photo of the handset. Somewhat disappointingly, however, the full set of images indicates that the Moto Z2 won’t feature a 3.5 mm headphone port. Sorry, folks.

One important thing worth pointing out is that all three devices feature a modular design, just like the previous generation. They have magnetic pins at the back that are used to attach various accessories called Moto Mods. There are a few of them available including the JBL SoundBoost speaker, Moto insta-share projector, and Incipio offGRID Power Pack. These are all expected to be compatible with the new Moto Z series, however, we wouldn’t mind seeing a few more Moto Mods announced along with the upcoming smartphones.

Moto Z2 lineup: price

There’s no word on how much the Moto Z2 smartphones will retail for, but we can get a better idea of what to expect by taking a closer look at the prices of its predecessors.

When launched, Verizon sold the Moto Z for $ 624, while the Moto Z Force was available for $ 720. The unlocked version of the Moto Z, which was released at a later date, was initially priced at $ 699. The Moto Z Play was obviously more affordable, as you had to dish out $ 449.99 to get it.

The best case scenario is that the prices will remain more or less the same, as it’s highly unlikely that the smartphones will be cheaper this year. Although anything is possible, we doubt that this will happen. As always, there’s a chance that Lenovo might increase the prices a little bit, which is something no one probably wants to see, right?


These are all the rumors regarding the upcoming Moto Z2 lineup we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, do let us know what you think about the smartphones. Which one do you think will be the most successful among consumers? Share your opinion with us by posting a comment down below.

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10 best new Android apps from May 2017!

App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here!


Amazon FreeTime

Price: Free / $ 6.99-$ 9.99 per month
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Amazon FreeTime is a new kids app. It boasts a collection of video content from big kids companies like PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, and others. There is also a variety of books, games, and other content for kids. You can use the app’s dashboard to list the age of your kid. The content then changes based on the child’s age. Amazon made the pricing a little complicated. However, this is one of the few services that Amazon offers to people without an Amazon Prime subscription. Don’t get us wrong, though, it’s cheaper if you do have one already.
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AMOLED mnml Wallpapers

Price: Free / $ 1.49 – $ 1.99
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AMOLED mnml Wallpapers is an app that describes itself. It’s a wallpapers app with a host of minimal wallpapers. Most of the wallpapers feature lots of black. That helps with battery life a little bit when used on AMOLED screens. The base app has a ton of fun, minimal wallpapers. There are also donate versions that you have to buy if you want wallpapers designed for the S8/S8+ or super high resolution. The free app should work in most cases, though. You can also get the app even if you don’t have an AMOLED screen if you just enjoy the style.
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AMOLED mnml Wallpapers

Astro

Price: Free
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Astro is a new email client that also has a chat bot. The chatbot will notify you about things, ask you if you want to unsubscribe from email lists, and more. On top of that, the app boasts a snooze mode, quick inbox organization, personal reminders, and more. It’s dealing with a few early issues. However, when it works, it works rather well. To be honest, this one still needs some work. Thus, it’s best to file it away under apps to keep an eye on.
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AutoSet

Price: $ 1.49
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AutoSet is a nifty automation app. It works by automatically turning functions on your phone on or off when certain apps are opening. For instance, you can have the phone turn WiFi on when you open Netflix. It works well most of the time. However, some things like GPS and mobile data might require ADB commands on your PC to make it work right. It’s definitely a power user app more than anything. It’s costs $ 1.49 and it has no in-app purchases.
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Panna Recipes

Price: Free / $ 39.99 per year
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Panna Recipes wants to be the Netflix of cooking apps. It features over 400 video recipes made by over 45 talented chefs. You can search based on your dietary interests, annotate written recipes with your own ideas, and add items to the shopping list that’s built-in. You can try it free for 30 days, but it does require a subscription after that. It’s not ideal, but at least you can try it before deciding if paying for it is right for you.
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Socratic

Price: Free
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Socratic is an educational app. More specifically, it’s an app that teaches you math. It works by using your camera to capture an equation. The app then pops up several pages of information on how to solve the problem. Generally, the first page walks you through solving the problem while subsequent pages show you information and math rules you’ll need to solve it. It’s a great app for students. Especially the ones who have problems with math. It’s a totally free app, at least for right now.
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SpotAngels

Price: Free
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SpotAngels is an app that remembers where you parked. It also gives you information on the parking rules in the area. The central premise of the app is to help people avoid making mistakes that result in potentially expensive traffic tickets. It supports over 20 cities, but it’s still useful even if you don’t live in one of them. The app’s secondary premise is to remember where you parked your car. That works virtually everywhere. You can also help crowd source additional information by adding pictures and rules that the app might not have.
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Stash for Reddit

Price: Free
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Stash for Reddit is a newer Reddit app in the Play Store. The idea is to download a variety of posts from Reddit in the background so that they can be read offline later. The current iteration downloads 100 posts and that includes images, GIFs, and videos. Future releases will include account support, subreddit selection for download, a time schedule, bandwidth limit options, and more. It’s not all that great just yet. However, you should definitely file this one under app to keep an eye on.
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Taskzy

Price: Free
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Taskzy is like a light version of IFTTT. It allows you to program automatic actions based on the things happening on your device. It gives you a decent, if small selection of commands to give. For instance, you can have it open a specific music app when you plug in headphones. You can then have it open a different music app if you plug in headphones while you’re in the car. It’s not the most powerful automation app ever made. However, it’s far more simple than most of the other options. It’s also totally free.
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WeDo

Price: Free
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WeDo is a task management app that focuses a little more on groups. You create groups in the app, invite people to those groups, and then people create tasks that everyone can see. It’s great for small businesses, families, and the like. You can also use it alone if you want to. It features reminders, subtasks, and you can create tasks that repeat (like taking out the garbage every week). It’s still in beta in the Play Store. Those that try it should be prepared to find bugs. Otherwise, it’s free and it works pretty well.
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If we missed any great new Android apps, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

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Nova Launcher beta adds Android O-like notification dots and rounded search bar

Nova Launcher, one of the most popular launchers on Android, introduced dynamic notifications earlier this month. This provides a quick look at missed notifications direct from the app icons. In the latest beta update, Nova Launcher has now added an option for notifications badges similar to those offered in Android O.

The feature, known on Nova simply as Dots, was announced yesterday on the Nova Launcher beta Google+ community page. The functionality will allow you to see the number of notifications you have waiting in a particular app in the same format as can be found in the latest stock Android preview build.

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However, unlike the Android O version, it’s not yet possible to tap-and-hold the app icon to open it up for a deeper look at what’s happening. On the Google+ community page, developer Cliff Wade said that feature hadn’t been “yet”, which suggests that it could be on its way in the future. Right now, this is just another way to visualize your notifications outside of the status bar.

Meanwhile, the latest Nova update also includes a new round search bar style (instead of the more traditional square one) and other performance improvements.

You can sign up to become a Nova Launcher beta tester here to check out the latest improvements or download the standard version at the link below.

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Samsung Gear 360 (2017) priced at $229 for May 25 launch, just $49 with Galaxy S8 purchase

During its press event in late March for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung also showed off the upcoming 2017 edition of its Gear 360 camera. Today, the company finally announced that the price of the camera will be $ 229, and that it will go on sale starting tomorrow, May 25.

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If you buy either the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus between May 25 and June 19, you can also get the Gear 360 (2017) camera for just $ 49. You can learn more about this promotional offer, and register to get this deal, starting tomorrow at Samsung’s website.

The new version of the 360-degree camera will support video recording at up to 4K resolution, and it will also support live streaming to Facebook, YouTube and other social networks at 2K resolution. In addition, the camera can take still images at up to 15 MP.

As we noted in our brief hands-on look at the Gear 360 (2017) back in March, the camera has been redesigned and is slimmer compared to its predecessor, which should make it easier to hold in one hand. The column below the camera serves as its stand, and it also houses its battery. The camera itself has two 8.4 MP CMOS sensors with fisheye lenses.

Samsung has already launched the companion Gear 360 app in the Google Play Store, which will allow owners to control the camera remotely. The app can also be used to edit and share any videos made with the camera. The app will only work with a select number of Samsung’s smartphones. Besides the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the app supports the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 EdgeGalaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017).

Will you be getting the 2017 edition of the Samsung Gear 360 camera, especially if you plan to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

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Crowdfunding project of the week: Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth Speaker

Welcome to our ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, where we highlight some of the coolest gadgets coming from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. You can’t be browsing through hundreds of campaigns, so we do all the hard work for you. Let’s jump right into this weeks featured project!

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Are you a vinyl fan? We know plenty of audiophiles are all about it. Today’s speaker will represent your love for records while giving any room an awesome vintage touch. In essence, this is simply a Bluetooth speaker; it is its design and materials that make it special. An actual vinyl is shaped to look like a horn loudspeaker, while the rest of the body highly resembles a classic gramophone.

Where things get fun is in customization. You can choose the album, as well as the label. Pledging $ 195 will get you a speaker made with an album representative of your genre of choice. Options include 60s Rock, 70s Rock, The 80s, Disco, Jazz and more. Pledge $ 205 and you get to create your own custom label or design the album artwork. You can even submit your own favorite album to be built into the speaker. If you don’t have it, pledge $ 250 and the team will find it for you.

It is not the cheapest Bluetooth speaker around, but you are buying more than just a speaker. This will be a representation of musical history and your own taste. Are any of you signing up?

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Happy 20th Anniversary, HTC: a brief look at the company’s innovation

The Taiwanese electronics company is celebrating its 20th birthday this week and has released a video, showcasing 20 years of its brilliance.

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HTC just released the all-new U11, bringing the highest DxOMark rated camera and a unique squeezable shortcut feature. In fact, HTC hasn’t always been that “struggling Taiwanese company”; it’s, in fact, always been at the forefront of bringing innovation to the Android world, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of being in the mobile devices business, HTC has released a video that shows its signature devices over the past two decades:

As the video explains, HTC was one of the first companies to bring a 3G-enabled smartphone to the general market and the first to bring a smartphone with integrated GPS. That was using Windows OS, and of course, in 2008, HTC brought us the world’s first Android phone: the HTC Dream, known as the T-Mobile G1 in the US. The quiet brilliance continued with the HTC One, a beautiful Android device with a game-changing design at the time.

The Taiwanese company decided to kill off the “Quietly Brilliant” slogan in 2013 in an attempt to compete more aggressively in an increasingly saturated Android market. And although its products like the HTC Vive continued to redefine consumer technology, in recent years, the company has struggled to keep up with Samsung, Apple, and Chinese OEMs. However, the video reassures us that HTC isn’t ready to give up: “We are refined, we are resilient, we are curious, we are real. And we keep innovating.”

The video reassures us that HTC isn’t ready to give up: ‘We are refined, we are resilient, we are curious, we are real. And we keep innovating.’

Will the HTC U11 be enough to save the struggling Taiwanese company? Has HTC fallen behind its competition in terms of innovation? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Exclusive: Here’s a new look at the Lenovo Motorola Moto Z2 Force

 

In the past several weeks, there’s been a number of leaks showing off some of Motorola’s upcoming 2017 lineup of phones. Today, we have another one of our own to show you as we have received an official render of the Moto Z2 Force, which will be the flagship high-end handset from Lenovo’s mobile division. The render comes from a reliable source familiar with Lenovo’s plans.

The design of the Moto Z2 Force in this render shows that it looks much like the previously leaked image of the Moto Z2 Play. The front of the phone is a bit different on the Moto Z2 Force, but the biggest difference is on the back, showing what looks like a dual camera set-up, versus just a single sensor on the back of the Moto Z2 Play. The design fits in with previous render leaks of the Moto Z2 Force that we have posted.

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A recent photo of a internal sales presentation confirmed that the Moto Z2 Force will have a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Motorola’s “ShatterShield” technology, designed to make the screen shatterproof if the phone falls or is dropped. The presentation also said it would support 1 GHz LTE speeds, which is a big hint that the phone will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, which can handle those kinds of cellular network speeds.

We expect Motorola to officially announce the Moto Z2 Force, and its many other upcoming phones, sometime this summer. In the meantime, what do you think of the look of the phone? Let us know in the comments!

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As expected, Samsung Pay is now live in the UK

Update – May 16: The rumors are indeed true. Samsung Pay is now available in the UK, People in that country who own the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (if those last two phones have Android Nougat installed) can download the Samsung Pay app from the Galaxy Apps Store. At the moment, only three UK banks (MBNA, Nationwide, and Santander) support the payment system.

Original Story (May 1): After expanding to a number of other countries earlier in 2017, the Samsung Pay digital payment service could launch in the major UK market very soon. A new report claims that May 16 could be the day for the payment service to go live in the land of Queen Elizabeth, Doctor Who and fish and chips.

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The report comes from SamMobile, who received an email from a reader who took screenshots of two separate conversations with Samsung support representatives. Both said that Samsung Pay will launch on May 16. It’s important to point out that support reps for companies are not always reliable when it comes to information about future product or service launches. Also, while May 16 could be the current target date for the launch, plans can, and often do, change at the last minute.

Samsung Pay first launched in August of 2015 in South Korea, and became available in the US one month later in September 2015. The service, which only works on Samsung smartphones and smartwatches, has since expanded to 17 markets. That includes India, which had its launch in March, and a few days ago it expanded yet again to include Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with a beta launch in Hong Kong and Switzerland. It is scheduled to expand to other countries in the future, including Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and Italy.

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