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Announcing the GSMArena Smartphone Champions League

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GSMArena.com has a current rankings page that sorts phones by the daily interest in them from our readers. We use that to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s popular, but it can be useful to our readers too. But the daily rankings shift quickly as a new popular phone is launched and at the same time slowly as old popular phones take quite a while to go down the ladder.

This is why we decided to launch the Smartphone Champions League – a knockout tournament to determine which phone you, our beloved readers, like the best. Read more »

Windows Phone Store reaches 200,000 apps

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The continued efforts from Microsoft is paying off as the Windows Phone Store hit 200,000 apps just a few days ago. From modest beginnings in 2010, to 100,000 apps in June last year to double that just in time for the holidays this year.

Microsoft will be releasing $100 million worth of gift cards to 100 retailers across 41 markets to make it easier for users to buy apps (i.e. receive a gift card for the holidays). Read more »

Nokia Camera app comes to low-end and mid-range Lumias in beta form

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The Nokia Camera app unified the creative features of Smart Camera and the manual controls of Pro Camera. It was made available for high-end Nokia Lumia phones a couple of months ago, but now the app is available in Beta for the low- and mid-range Lumias too.

This means support for the following phones: Lumia 520, Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 720, Lumia 810, Lumia 820, and Lumia 822. Note that you need at least Nokia Amber installed, preferably Nokia Black. Read more »

Xolo Play Tegra Note 7″ tablet goes on pre-order in India

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The Xolo Play Tegra Note built on NVIDIA’s platform is now available for pre-order in India. The tablet is based on the Tegra 4 chipset and is priced at INR 18,000 ($290). If you pre-order now, Flipkart and Xolo will throw in a Smart Cover, which otherwise costs INR 2,499 ($40).

The Xolo Play Tegra Note is a 7″ tablet running Android 4.2, with software updates coming straight from NVIDIA rather than Xolo. Read more »

LG G Flex battery life test

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The LG G Flex is an unusual device that brings a lot of innovation in one package. The battery is one – it’s a curved, flexible battery that allows the whole device to be flexed. To make this happen, LG also had to develop a flexible screen – an OLED built on a plastic substrate.

Despite working with such new technology, LG still managed to squeeze a whopping 3,500mAh battery in the G Flex. But with a huge 6″ OLED screen to feed, will it be enough? Read more »

Sony releases Android 4.4.1 KitKat AOSP source for Xperia L

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Sony maintains AOSP releases – that’s clean, unmodified Android – for a number of its devices. The latest addition is the Xperia L, a mid-range phone, which is getting Android 4.4.1 KitKat.

Interestingly, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which recently gained a spot among the Google Play Edition devices, is not included yet. Read more »

Vivo releases an augmented reality invite for Xplay 3S unveiling

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Vivo’s initial invitation for the upcoming Xplay 3S was pretty standard – a tagline, time, and date. The new one is decidedly cooler – it’s a card with a built-in NFC chip that triggers an augmented reality presentation.

You’ll need to download the dedicated app but it’s worth it – an impressive presentation for an impressive device. Read more »

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Android-powered console now available

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After the Kickstarter buzz surrounding the Ouya died down, interest in Android-powered consoles seems to have waned. That doesn’t deter Mad Catz though, the company just started shipping its M.O.J.O. console.

Those who pre-ordered back in October should be getting theirs soon and even if you didn’t book yours, there’s still time to snag one before Christmas. Read more »

Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts includes the US this time around

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Apple is setting up its annual 12 Days of Gifts promotion and for the first time it will allow US users to join in on the giveaway (Canada and Europe got stuff in previous years but not the US). Each day between December 26 and January 6, people with an iOS 7 running iDevice will be able to download a free gift.

The offer each day will be available for 24 hours only, so you should download the dedicated app to keep track of those. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 disassembled, all components meticulously labeled

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first of the new generation Nokia devices – the first with a 1080p screen, the first with a quad-core Krait processor, one of the first two 6″ Nokia phablets. It even has a new PureView camera.

All of that adds up to an attractive, powerful device on the outside. Thanks to WindowsMania.pl now we know what it looks like on the inside too. Read more »

Unannounced Samsung SM-G900F shows up in benchmark scores Top 5

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A Samsung SM-G900F – an model number for an unknown device – has found its way into the Top 5 Web Phones chart of BrowserMark 2, sandwiched between the two Galaxy Note 3 variants.

So, what’s this yet unannounced Galaxy device? Read more »

nio card can do wireless payments, including Bitcoin transfers

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Some of the most innovative products are coming from Kickstarter and the nio card is a combination of several such devices. It’s a Bluetooth and NFC enabled card that can keep your phone and wallet on a digital chain, replace your wallet altogether – including support for Bitcoin transactions – and help you stay fit.

The nio card is security conscious – when connected to your phone via Bluetooth, it will alert you whenever the device goes out of range. Either because you dropped your walled or forgot your phone. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 rooted

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The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a great tablet, especially if you consider its price. But there’s one problem – it’s stuck with Amazon’s customized Android and Amazon’s own app store. With a bit of hacking, you can change part of that.

The Fire HDX has been rooted, which makes it possible to install the Play Store (though it’s not easy). Read more »

Apple iPad mini 2 production reaches 4 million units a month

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The launch of the Apple iPad mini 2 was delayed relative to the iPad Air launch and even with the late start, the smaller tablet still suffers from availability issues. Digitimes quotes sources who claim that the production bottlenecks responsible for the low supply have been cleared, though, and everything should be back to normal soon.

It was the new Retina display that caused Apple’s headaches – the 7.9″ 1536 x 2048 pixel display is one of the defining features of the new model. Read more »

Nokia uses recycled CDs to make the back cover of the black Lumia 1520

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MP3 and the Internet may have killed the CD star, but all those AOL and Back Street Boys CDs have finally found a purpose. CDs along with other things made of polycarbonate (like water cooler jugs) are being recycled and turned into Lumias.

More specifically, the back cover of the black Lumia 1520 is made out of recycled polycarbonate. Read more »