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Pressy Kickstarter project aims to add an extra button to your smartphone

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A new kickstarter campaign aims to let your 3.5mm audio jack become an extra button for your Android smartphone.

You can configure the button to do a variety of configurable one-touch actions like turn on your flashlight, take a quick photo, or even start phone call/audio recording. Read more »

Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 review

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Currently Gigabyte’s most advanced offering, the GSmart Maya M1 v2 is a refresh of the dual-SIM GSmart Maya M1 smartphone released in April.

The smartphone marks Gigabytes first entry into the quad-core game, featuring a four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHZ alongside PowerVR SGX544 GPU on an MTK 6589 chipset. Read more »

Motorola posts Moto X kernel source for ROM builders to play with

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Motorola has posted the kernel source code for its latest Moto X smartphone, as required by the Android license agreement.

Source codes are available for all three Moto X device variants, the XT1053, XT1056, and XT1058, and allow you play around with the kernels as you please. Read more »

Oppo N1′s rear panel touch details revealed

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The just-leaked Oppo N1 smartphone made waves last week with a risque ad campaign, revealing it as one of the first smartphones to feature a touch sensitive rear panel.

Now, more details have come to light regarding just what you can do with the rear touch panel, including scrolling through homescreen panes and selecting screen elements. Read more »

Delta Air Lines equips its flight attendants with 19,000 Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones

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In line with its promise to garner wider enterprise usage this month, Nokia has delivered big time as its partnership with Delta Air Lines has come to fruition.

Some 19,000 Lumia 820′s have been deployed to Delta flight attendants, complete with special additions to streamline onboard purchasing from passengers. Read more »

HTC Butterfly S battery life test completes, numbers inside

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The newest high-end smartphone from HTC, the Butterfly S, shares many of its features with the HTC One, but one area where it has the aluminum flagship beat flat is battery capacity.

The huge 3200 mAh battery of the Butterfly S rivals the capacity of our current champion, the Motorola RAZR MAXX, but is its software optimized well enough to challenge the Motorola offering? Find out inside. Read more »

Swiftkey Cloud exits beta, released today as part of Swiftkey 4.2

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The popular Swiftkey keyboard replacement app for Android has been updated to version 4.2, which includes the addition of the new Swiftkey Cloud service.

Swiftkey Cloud syncs with your Gmail and Facebook accounts (and others) and learns from your typing style. You can then transfer it across multiple devices easily. Read more »

HTC Butterfly S poses for our camera before its full review

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The HTC Butterfly S, a refresh of the original HTC Butterfly (DROID DNA in the US) released this January, comes as yet another flagship from the Taiwanese company, this time in the 5-inch display range.

Apart from the larger display, the Butterfly S has a beefier processor than the HTC One, and a huge 3200 mAh battery. Read more »

Asphalt 8: Airborne coming to Android and iOS on August 22

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The latest entry into the popular Asphalt racing series for mobiles is coming next week.

Asphalt 8: Airborne will feature new maps with dynamic weather conditions, a new physics engine, and two new game modes. Read more »

Canalys: Android tablet app selection inferior to iOS’s

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The latest report from independent analyst company Canalys indicates that some 30% of the top 50 tablet apps found on iOS do not have an Android equivalent in the Google Play Store.

A further 18% were not optimized for tablet use, offering smartphone interfaces blown up to tablet screen size. Read more »

Get a taste of Android 4.3 with Cyanogen 10.2 nightlies

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While the latest version of Android – version 4.3 – has made its way to Galaxy Nexus devices and Google Play editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4, most of us have to wait a while more before we see it on other devices.

The creators of the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM for Android are busy incorporating many of the updates from Android 4.3 into the latest nightly builds for their most recent 10.2 release. Read more »

The waterproof LG Optimus GJ battery life test completes, check out the scores

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The LG Optimus GJ is a rare midrange smartphone offering that also features IP-certified water resistance. It’s based on LG’s famous Optimus G flagship with a new watertight chassis and a beefier battery.

The Optimus GJ lacks some of the connectivity antennas found on the G, like NFC and LTE, and with the larger battery should have the edge over its flagship predecessor. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III edges out iPhone 5 in customer satisfaction survey

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The first annual customer satisfaction survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows a pair of Samsung devices just beating the three most recent Apple smartphones.

The most recent Galaxy S4 flagship was not included because the study was done prior to its release. Read more »

We get our hands on the waterproof LG Optimus GJ

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LG has released a waterproof edition of its Optimus G soon-to-be-former flagship, and we’ve got it in our studio for a quick hands-on before the full review.

The LG Optimus GJ features IPX7 water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, as well as a removable back panel and microSD card support. Read more »

Google Nexus 7 priced, up for preorder in the UK

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The Nexus 7 refresh introduced by Google yesterday is now up for preorder in the UK. Unfortunately the availability news isn’t great with Britain residents having to wait until September to get the hot slate.

The tablet will be priced at £199.99 for the 16GB model, and £239.99 for the 32GB variant. Read more »