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HTC One M8

As their followup to the incredibly popular One, HTC has announced the One M8, an indisputably-gorgeous Android-powered all-metal unibody phone. At its core, the One M8 features Android 4.4 KitKat, a 2.3GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage expandable through a microSD slot, and all the connectivity options you'd expect. What's really important are the updates to the camera, battery, and gesture control. An updated camera gets pixels that are double the size you would find on most phones, letting you shoot in low-light conditions, while making it possible to use a number of new special effects. It's improved battery will last up to 40-percent longer, while a new standby mode will keep your phone running for 14 days. And gesture-control shortcuts let you turn on your screen, answer calls, and lock the phone without swipes or taps.

  • Motorola Project Ara

    We've all been there — you get that shiny new smartphone, and it runs great for a year or two, but then you notice it's just not the phone it used to be. Games lag, apps aren't supported, the battery doesn't hold a charge like it used to, maybe the screen is cracked, and you think: if only I could just replace this, or that component, everything would be better. Well now the dream is a little closer to reality thanks to Motorola Project Ara ($TBA). While still in the early development phases, this project promises to allow users to swap out parts within a modular hardware ecosystem. So you can upgrade your processor, battery, screen, all just by plopping modular components onto an "endoskeleton" base. It's still a long way from a working prototype, but the future is bright.

  • LG G Flex Smartphone

    In yet another attempt at differentiating themselves from the pack of other handsets available on the market, LG has introduced their latest innovation, a curved phone. The LG G Flex Smartphone ($TBA) features a curved design that's meant to better fit the average shape of a person's face, improving the usefulness of the speaker and microphone. The phone also sports their around-the-back button design introduced in this phone's predecessor, meant to make it more natural to adjust volume, turn on the phone, etc. Though if you ask us, their so-called innovations miss the mark by a long shot. Of all the things we do on our smartphones, actually talking on them probably ranks near the bottom of the list.