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LG G4 to be “radically different”, might be the last G

Although LG didn't come to MWC 2015 with a bang as some might hoped, it isn't letting the event pass without getting in a word or two. And while it didn't reveal the LG G4 just yet, it might have dropped a few teasers that will make almost anyone curious about the Korean OEM's plnas for its future flagships. Naturally, it is taking a few cues from its industry rivals, but quite interesting is the hints that LG might be moving on to a different kind of flagship afterwards.

Google update spree: Play Store, Hangouts, Drive

MWC 2015 isn't enough to keep Google from doing its weekly update duties and this week, we're getting a taste of quite a few big ones. And now, this time it isn't just about Material Design, but the changes do improve on the overall user experience as well as the user interface of some apps. Play Store gets a new and better landscape layout, Hangouts gets a new contact card format, and Drive adds drag and drop organization on mobile.

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Nokia N1 hands-on: an unexpected but pleasant surprise

It might be a long, long time ago, but there was a time in mobile history when Nokia was famous for its phones. It fell on hard times and it was eventually left with a shell of former shelf. While the Finnish company is set to make its own smartphone after the sale of its mobile business to Microsoft, it has worked around that limitation and "launched" its own tablet, the Nokia N1. Limited to the Chinese market, the tablet makes a surprise appearance at MWC 2015, where we get to see and feel it first hand.

The new NVIDIA SHIELD: hands-on with Android TV, gaming style

NVIDIA is once again shuffling names, this time maybe for the last time. The NVIDIA SHIELD moniker once belonged to what is now known as the SHIELD Portable, a standalone gaming handheld that looked like a gamepad with a built-in tablet on top. Now the name is being used, without specification unlike the SHIELD Tablet, to refer to NVIDIA's MWC 2015 surprise: an Android TV device. OK, maybe it's not all too shocking considering the direction it has been going, but it makes the surprise no less pleasant nonetheless.

Pebble embraces the future with Time Steel, Smartstraps

Pebble is obviously on a roll. After surprising the smartwatch world by announcing the colored display Pebble Time, which, by the way, now stands at $12 million when it was only looking for $500,000, it is now announcing not one but two "forward looking" glad tidings to its fans. The smartwatch pioneer and Kickstarter darling is revealing its concept for what it call Smartstraps. But end users and owners will probably be more excited for the other news: the stainless steel clad Pebble Time Steel.

Android Lollipop catches up in latest distribution chart

We complained before how long it took for Android 5.0 to make it to Google's Android Distribution chart. But ever since it landed last month, it seems to be making strides. As of March 2, 2015, just at the beginning of MWC 2015, Android 5.0 Lollipop has climbed up to 3.3 percent of the pie. While still an extremely small number, it's already twice than it's number last month. If this is the start of a trend, Lollipop may very well quickly rise up to take a larger portion in the months to come.

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Lenovo VIBE Shot hands-on: smartphone in camera clothing [UPDATE]

If you approach the Lenovo VIBE Shot from the back, you can be forgiven for thinking it's a very slim digital camera instead, with a rear that seems to be designed in landscape orientation. And that's not accidental either. This Lenovo Android device may not boast the Dolby Atmos technology that its MWC 2015 siblings have, but it pretty much makes up for it in one other aspect. As you might have guessed already, the VIBE Shot sells itself as a digital photographer's weapon, flaunting some specs to make camera lover consider the device.

Lenovo A7000 hands-on: touting Dolby Atmost at budget price

If you've seen Lenovo's two new tablets yesterday, then you might already guess the company's MWC 2015 spiel by now. It is offering affordable mobile devices that try to give the best, particularly in the audio department. Th new Lenovo A7000 walks this line as well. What is normally a mid-tier smartphone is made more interesting by the inclusion of Dolby's Atmos technology. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Lenovo is throwing in some other interesting tidbits as well to make the budget smartphone a bit more enticing.
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