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Amazon UK offering 8 free games, today only

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Amazon UK is stepping up its promotions – first a 20% cut on Kindle Fire tablets, now 8 Android games with a combined cost of £10 for free. You don’t even need a Kindle tablet, just the Amazon App Store installed.

This promotion is valid only today, February 28. Read more »

Yahoo holding an Android Tech Talk in New York on March 20

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Yahoo is hosting an Android Tech Talk on March 20. The news comes from Jean-Baptiste Quéru, former AOSP lead at Google and current Yahoo employee. He’ll do a short presentation, focusing on architecture, but there will be other speakers as well.

The event will be held in the New York office and is invite-only. Read more »

Nokia X app store ported to regular Androids

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We know Android apps can be sideloaded on Nokia X devices, but XDA-Developers member opseemnik flipped the tables on them and found a way to install the Nokia Store on regular Android devices.

While the Nokia Store isn’t nearly as rich as the Play Store, it does have some exclusive apps many people would love to get their hands on, HERE Maps especially. Read more »

Some of the most popular Android apps are available on the Nokia X, here’s the list

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While handling the Nokia X phones we installed a couple of benchmarks from Nokia’s app store and it dawned on us that it will be interesting to find out just how rich the app store is on what is basically Day 1.

We opened Google Play Store on one of our standard Android phones and checked the Editor’s Choice and Top Free sections, then we searched for those apps on the Nokia’s. Read more »

Nokia X and XL camera samples

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The new Nokia X line of phones slot between the Lumia and Asha families and tout affordability as one of their key features. Still, the Nokia XL has a 5MP camera with a 1/4″ sensor, the same setup as the Lumia 520 (no 720p recording though). The Nokia X has a 3.15MP camera with a smaller, 1/5″ sensor.

We snapped photos with both for an early glimpse of what those cameras can deliver. Read more »

Nokia X and XL benchmarks

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Nokia X is a brand new platform but its app store felt acceptably full, considering it launched just a couple of days ago. There we found a couple of the usual benchmarks we run (there’s also the browser-based SunSpider) so we decided to find out how the Nokia X and XL stack up against the competition.

The Nokia X prioritizes affordability over performance, Nokia made it clear that Lumia is its top performer. Read more »

Amazon slashes Kindle Fire tablets in the UK by 20%

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Amazon launched Instant Video and Prime Instant Video in the UK and to celebrate, it slashed 20% of all Kindle Fire prices.

The offer is valid until March 4, so you have about a week to decide. Read more »

Archos CEO demoes their latest rugged phone, what could go wrong?

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Did you hear about the Samsung Galaxy S5 and how it’s rugged? Archos has one of those too – the Quenchua 5″ Phone. Oblivious to its mere IP54 rating however, Archos CEO is quick to dunk it in a glass of water right in front of the camera… with some embarrassing consequences.

In case you’re not familiar with the IP ratings, the second digit indicates water resistance and the digit 4 means the device can resist splashes of water, not submersion. Read more »

Mediatek MT6595 is reportedly faster than Snapdragon 800

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MediaTek is a name we’ve been hearing quite often – a company that’s riding the smartphone expansion by providing capable chipsets for low to mid-range phones. We sat down with Jeffrey Ju, US General Manager of the Smartphone Busines, about the company’s plans of breaking into the high-end.

MediaTek has no intentions of developing a custom processor core like some of its competition is doing (notably Qualcomm, but also NVIDIA). Read more »

Allwinner unveils UltraOcta A80 big.LITTLE chipset

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Allwinner is a chipset maker you’ve perhaps ran into when looking for Android-powered media players or affordable tablets (even HP has one). While its chipsets were never associated with performance, the new Allwinner UltraOcta A80 is poised to change that.

The A80 uses ARM’s big.LITTLE setup with four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores. Read more »

HTC continues to poke fun at new Galaxy S5

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Nokia and HTC took a couple of swipes at Samsung’s new Galaxy S5, but the digs from HTC continue and more people are getting involved. Joanna Stern, currently a technology editor at ABC, tweeted the image below:

This was retweeted by Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America. Meanwhile, the company’s official Twitter account threw down the glove. Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 hands-on

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So, the Xperia M2 is the leaked Xperia G that was supposed to challenge the Moto G.

Here’s a quick video demo of the Xperia M2 along with our initial impressions of the device. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on

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Sony unveiled its first flagship for 2014, the Xperia Z2 smartphone. It revamps last year’s Z1 with a bigger screen, 4K video recording, stereo speakers, a lighter body plus a number of changes under the hood.

We got a chance to handle the device at the MWC grounds. Read more »

Sony unveils stereo microphone accessory for its Xperia gadgets

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When talking about smartphone camera quality, the main focus is the video quality, but quality audio often draws big attention. Sony released an unusual accessory – a stereo microphone you plug into your phone or tablet.

The Stereo Microphone STM10 is the type of add-on we’re more used to seeing on prosumer cameras. Read more »

Acer Liquid E3 hands-on

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The Acer Liquid E3 is one of two phones the company showed at the MWC – this up and coming gadget certainly has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve.

Let’s just say this is a selfie-taking machine Read more »