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Apple is going to release the native Watch SDK during WWDC

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Apple Watch was announced last September and went on sale this April. However stock quantities are very limited, and even waiting times are down, it is still hard to purchase one.

Many apps now support the Apple Watch, but since there is no official SDK, those apps actually run on the iPhone and transmit the data wirelessly. This often makes the Apple Watch lag, stutter or even crash, as we reported in our Apple Watch review. Read more »

Android Wear 5.1.1 now available on Sony SmartWatch 3

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Sony SmartWatch 3 is now getting the latest available Android Wear OS – 5.1.1. The update was officially announced by Google a month ago and it introduced numerous improvements and features.

Android Wear 5.1.1 adds support for Wi-Fi connectivity, which will allow the SmartWatch 3 to stay connected to your phone and do all major stuff (calls, messages, emails, fitness tracking), even when you leave or forget your Android smartphone at home. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE battery life test

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We already reviewed the 5.7″ Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM and it turned out quite light on the battery and thus leading to an excellent endurance rating of 74 hours. That’s the reason we had high expectations for the smaller 5″ Lumia 640, which is based on the same Snapdragon 400 chipset.

The Lumia 640 LTE has a 5″ HD display, Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1GB of RAM, and is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs on the latest available Windows Phone 8.1 with Update 2 and Lumia Denim, just like the XL model. Read more »

LG G4 teardown reveals an easy to repair flagship

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LG G4 is the newest flagship on the market introduced just last week. It packs a 5.5″ improved IPS Quad HD display and is the first to run on the Snapdragon 808 chipset with a 6-core processor. The device is already on sale in South Korea and naturally is first teardown is now live.

Unlike many other top smartphones today, the LG G4 still offers removable rear cover and user-replaceable battery. This suggests a simpler assembly and construction of the inner parts and indeed this turned out to be true. In fact, LG G4 seems to be the easiest top-tier smartphone for repair this year. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM battery life test

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL turned out quite capable device even though it is running on the modest Snapdragon 400 chipset. The XL flavor packs a big 5.7″ IPS display with ClearBlack technology, there is a snappy 13MP ZEISS camera, plus a beefy 3,000 mAh battery. We had high expectations for the battery life and the Lumia 640 XL lived up to them.

We had the 3G dual SIM version of the Lumia 640 XL, which supports dual-standby where one of the SIMs is hooked on a 3G network, while the other works on GSM mode. There is a LTE-capable dual SIM version, as well as 3G and LTE single-SIM editions. Read more »

Snapdragon 818 specs leak, 10-core processors inside

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Snapdragon 810 didn’t turn out as great as many was hoping for – it is plagued by overheating issues and one major player – Samsung – has even opted out of Qualcomm’s services. Mediatek announced recently a new lineup of high-end SoC models with 10 and 12-core CPU configuration and the race for the next generation is now officially on.

The chip maker seems to be working on the 810 successors already – the Snapdragon 818 – and the purported specs are now out. Apparently the S818 SoC will also offer a 10-core processor, new and powerful Adreno 532 GPU, and LTE Cat. 10 connectivity. Read more »

Weekly poll results: LG G4 gets the fan love

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LG G4, company’s latest flagship, went official last week with a 5.5″ Quad HD display, Snapdragon 808 chip with a six-core processor, and improved 16MP rear camera with OIS, F/1.8 and 4K video. This year LG focused on the design and user experience instead of packing just the latest tech available and you can tell it instantly when you see the LG G4.

While the LG G4 didn’t turn out the powerhouse some hoped for, it surely gathered lots of positive first impressions. Last week, in the aftermath of the G4 premiere, we put it against the Galaxy S6, One M9 and iPhone 6 Plus in our weekly poll. The poll is now over and the results are in. Read more »

Apple Watch S1 chip is Samsung-made on a 28nm process

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Apple Watch is powered by the so-called Apple S1 chip, which specs Apple is still keeping under wraps. Indeed the S1 tiny piece turned out quite an achievement packing an amazing set of features into a single tiny 5.2 x 6.2 mm chip.

Many are still trying to figure out all the pieces inside the S1 chip, including its ARM processor, and more and more details are coming to light. Read more »

Motorola Moto E (2nd gen) battery life test

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Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen sales recently kicked off and we were eager to get one and put it through its paces. Our in-depth review is already live and you can read all about the new budget smartphone there.

The new Moto E packs a slightly bigger 4.5″ qHD display and runs on the modest, but modern, Snapdragon 410 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It also has a 20% bigger battery capacity at 2,390 mAh and runs on a vanilla edition of Android Lollipop. Read more »

LG G4 official product video is out, shot from a drone

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LG G4 premiered yesterday and it looks quite promising. While the screen’s specs stay the same – a 5.5″ Quad HD unit, the panel is of a new Quantum variety for a superb color reproduction. The Snapdragon 808 chip isn’t the best the market has to offer, but hopefully it will still provide smooth real life performance, which is what counts at the end of the day.

The highlight of the LG G4 is the new 16MP OIS camera with F/1.8 lens, which should do even better than Galaxy S6′s 16MP F/1.9 snapper. We already did a proper hands-on with the device, but now you can also check its official short presentation. It’s shot from a drone with an LG G4, of course. Read more »

The LG G4 performance benchmark results are in and they are not stellar

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LG G4 is the first smartphone to run on the Snapdragon 808 chip. Qualcomm announced the 808 revision side by side with the flagship 810 model, but it is just now we are seeing it in action within the LG G4.

Snapdragon 808 offers a hexa-core 64-bit processor with two Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, an Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The LG G4, just like the G3, packs a 5.5″ Quad HD display, though it has been improved with an IPS Quantum panel for superb color reproduction.

The Snapdragon 808, according to LG, will provide equal performance for the day-to-day tasks as the Samsung’s Exynos 7420 top dog. We managed to run some benchmarks on the LG G4 Korean unit displayed at the event. The smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and we’d reckon the software should be pretty much final since the phone is launching in its home country tomorrow. Read more »

Apple celebrates the Watch launch with new promo videos

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Today is the Apple Watch day – you can officially order it online, while the retail sales will begin in few months. The Watch is on back-order, so you’ll have to wait about two months before it arrives at your doorsteps, but at least you can now place your order, right?

So, you can’t get an Apple Watch soon, unless you bought it from one of the six fashion boutiques scattered around the world. But at least you can warm up with the new promo videos uploaded today. Read more »

Microsoft outs an infographic for new Lumia users

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Do you think of getting a Lumia smartphone? Those have always been affordable and yet feature packed and thus the Lumia phones have always been an attractive alternative to budget conscious buyers.

Windows Phone 8 is uncharted territory for many, so in case you get or think of getting a Lumia smartphone, Microsoft has this very quick and easy to remember infographic. The image gives you the basics of Windows Phone 8.1 and will allow you to configure your Lumia in just a few easy steps. Read more »

CyanogenMod 12.1 nightly builds now available

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CM 12.1, the latest version of CyanogenMod, is now available on numerous devices. With the new builds CyanogenMod is dropping the idea of unified ROMs as those turned out impossible to support properly.

The new CM 12.1 build is based on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, refines the Material design and improves on the CM File manager. Read more »

LG AKA battery life test

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LG AKA is one very interesting smartphone not because its hardware, but its exterior. The AKA offers four different personalities, which define both the exterior and the notification eyes.

The AKA’s display is decent at 5″ and 720p resolution, but its Snapdragon 400 chip is rather dated. Still, the phone offers 1.5GB of RAM, which is more than most of the S400 devices, plus there is an 8MP very capable camera with laser autofocus. Finally, the battery for the Asian unit has 2,460 mAh capacity, while the European one comes with a beefier 2,610 mAh. Read more »