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App Store hits 40 billion downloads, has 775,000 apps already

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Apple might not be attending CES, but it still had an important announcement to make today. The official iOS app repository has crossed the 40 billion downloads mark. Having more than half a billion user accounts, the App Store has delivered almost half of those apps in the last year alone, showing impressive exponential growth.

Currently there are 775,000 apps available at the App Store, including 300,000 apps optimized for the iPad’s larger screen. There was no exact information on the number of apps, which make full use of the taller iPhone 5 screen and the high-res iPads with Retina screens, though. Read more »

7″ Acer Iconia B1-A71 unveiled – lets you taste Jelly Bean on the cheap

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Acer has just introduced the latest addition to its lineup of Android-running tablets. The new slate is called the rather peculiar B1-A71 and will cost about €119 after taxes. This will make it the most affordable Android 4.1 Jelly Bean slate from a big manufacturer.

That kind of money buys you a 7″ display of WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600 pixels), a 1.2GHz dual-core Mediatek processor and 8GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity are also available as well as a front-facing camera and a standard microUSB port. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5: stabilization shootout – UPDATED

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Nokia made a pretty big deal of the stabilization feature of its Lumia 920 flagship smartphone. The handset comes with the Floating lens technology, which is real optical image stabilization, as opposed to the digital solution of its competitors.

Naturally, we were very curious to find out how big a difference the new technology makes, so we decided to pin the Nokia Lumia 920 against the Apple iPhone 5 (which has the most efficient digital video stabilization we have seen so far). Read more »

Nokia releases three promo videos for the Asha 205 and Asha 206

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Nokia has just introduced a couple of new members of its Asha family today and, as the tradition goes in such cases, the company released a few promo videos to demo their strengths.

The QWERTY-packing Nokia Asha 205 had a single clip dedicated to it, while the Asha 206 got two videos. Check them out after the break. Read more »

A squadron of Galaxy S III units attacks the iOS fleet in this epic Phone Wars video

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Here at GSMArena we are huge fans of well-made parody videos and when we find a good one we can’t help but share it with you. What you are about to see might not be the highest-budget production in the world, but it’s certainly the most hilarious clips we’ve seen lately.

So there’s this fleet of iPhones and iPads that has just completed a hyper drive jump to the orbit of planet Earth, where they are attacked by a squadron of Galaxy S IIIs. An epic battle forms up and a surprising victor emerges. Read more »

We take the HTC DROID DNA camera for a spin, come back with still and video samples

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We were able to take the HTC DROID DNA camera out for a spin and see if the beastly smartphone can also double as a proper cameraphone. The 8MP camera of the smartphone is operated in a way very similar to that of the HTC One X+, which we just reviewed.

This means that the still camera and the camcorder interface share the same screen with the two shutter keys located on the right side. Read more »

HTC DROID DNA Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset performance examined in detail

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We managed our usual set of benchmarks on the freshly announced HTC DROID DNA and its Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. We were curious to see how the four Krait cores and the Adreno 320 GPU handle the FullHD screen screen.

The latest Qualcomm chipset didn’t disappoint and we saw the HTC DROID DNA post some pretty impressive scores in our tests. Its high-end rivals were often found lagging behind and at times they were feeling downright underpowered. Read more »

Google aims to prove how great the Nexus 10 screen is with these impressive photos

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The Retina-beating screen of the Google Nexus 10 sure sounds great on paper, but does it have the real-life performance to back it up? Google’s Romain Guy is keen to prove so, by posting several impressive shots.

Yes, what you see here is not a rendering, but a real photo of the actual Google Nexus 10, captured with a DSLR camera. The screen was even compared with a printed magazines to highlight its impressively low reflectivity. Read more »

New Google Nexus lineup promo video released: Google Now in focus

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Google has just unveiled two new additions to its lineup of Nexus devices, plus a couple of new versions of the popular Nexus 7 tablet. And, as the tradition goes in such cases, the company has released a promo video, highlighting the strongest points of the newly announced devices.

In this case the video is mostly focused on the Google Now voice-operated service, demonstrating how you can ask your Nexus device just about anything and it will immediately find the answer for you. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: The aftermath

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So, you’ve read our Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III comparison, but there are still some questions you had that remain unanswered? Well here is the place to ask them – just post them in the comments section and we’ll do our best to answer them.

To get the conversation started, we’ll go through some of those posted in the comments section of the comparison itself. Read more »

Apple to offer live stream for its iPad mini event tonight

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As a welcome break of tradition, Apple is going to offer live streaming of its iPad mini event tonight. The company will let you become a part of the unveiling of its latest product through its web site or, if you happen to own one, through Apple TV.

As you probably know by now, Apple is going to hold an event, which starts tonight at 17:00 GMT and should see the introduction of the first 7.85” iOS tablet, probably called iPad mini. Sporting a more compact design and a more attractive price tag than its larger sibling, the iPad mini should help iOS get an even firmer grasp of the tablet market. Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy Note II kernel source code

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Samsung has just released the source code of the Jelly Bean kernel of its Galaxy Note II phablet. This will presumably open the floodgates and custom ROMs and kernels for the device will now start appearing at a rapid rate.

All the open-source bits of the Samsung Galaxy Note II code are now available for download from the company’s website and if you happen to be a developer interested in the device you might get them right now. Read more »

Nokia Asha 308 and 309 promo videos surface

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Nokia just unveiled the two latest additions to its Asha lineup and to convince you of their worth, it has dedicated a promo video to each of them. The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 each got just over a minute of footage, highlighting their key strengths.

Check out the two short clips here: Read more »

Was Apple aware of the iPhone 5 build quality issues?

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The chipping issues of the anodized aluminum back cover of the new iPhone caused a real storm this weekend and it seems the saga is not going to end anytime soon. Apple’s latest smartphone turned out to be way less durable than its predecessor and that made quite a lot of its early adopters angry.

And while build quality issues are not uncommon in an industry where time is so precious and technology is oftentimes pushed close to its limits, Apple might not be an innocent victim here. The latest development leads us to believe that the company was fully aware of the sensitive nature of the iPhone 5 back panel, but still proceeded with its manufacturing. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 back panel scratch test suggests you better buy a case

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The iPhone 5 anodized aluminum body might be bending the laws of physics and everything, but it’s also shaping out to be quite sensitive. First we learn that some units come chipped out of the box and now we get this scratch test, which confirms that peeling the paint from your brand new iPhone 5 is easier than you might have thought.

The video is created by the ever helpful ifixit and shows how the iPhone 5 back panels handles keys and metal rings. The iPhone 4S was subjected to the same tests for comparison’s sake and it seemed to handle them way better than its successor. Read more »