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Samsung Galaxy Gear to come at IFA, carry the SM-V700 model name

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is real and is going to be officially announced at the company’s Unpacked 2 event in Berlin, according to unnamed SamMobile sources.

The company’s next attempt at a smartwatch device is going to carry the model name SM-V700 and will act as a companion to the Galaxy lineup of high-end smartphones, the website claims. Read more »

See the Ubuntu Edge in flesh, this might be your only chance

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge smartphone project is losing steam and at the time of writing have raised close to $10 million. Sadly, with the pace the campaign goes, it’s impossible to reach the 32 million target by August 22, when it ends.

Good thing then that a prototype of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has been showcased at the XDA DevCon 2013 in Miami. As a result, you can now see the phone in the flesh. This might as well be the only time you’ll be able to do so. Read more »

Google Glass now updated with more Google Now cards, voice commands and video player controls

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Google has issued a new update for its Glass smart eye-wear, which adds new Google Now cards as well as bringing updates for already existing ones. Furthermore, there are a bunch of new voice commands as well as the ability to fast forward/rewind videos you’re watching in order to get to a certain part that you’re interested in.

The new Google Now cards now include ones for restaurants, hotels and events that allow you to book and get reminded of already existing reservations. Another new card is in charge of movies and brings information for upcoming titles and their screening times in nearby theaters. The last newly added Google Now card to Glass is for emergency alerts – it’ll only show up when there’s a severe thunderstorm or flash flood warning in your area. Read more »

HTC Desire 600 dual sim battery life test finishes, results inside

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Carrying premium design features is always welcome for any dual-SIM smartphone out there, but the HTC Desire 600 dual sim isn’t just for show. Its main purpose is to be available when needed especially considering its call for double duty.

At first glance the dual-SIM droid from HTC doesn’t seem likely to impress here, as it packs a relatively modest 1860mAh battery. Hopefully, HTC has done the necessary Android and Sense 5 UI optimizations to make the most out of the available juice. Read more »

20 people injured at an LG G2 marketing event in Korea

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The LG G2 is one of the hottest phones of the year and people’s desire to get a hold of it can easily go out of control. So much so, that at a launch event in Korea, twenty people were injured during a not-too-well thought marketing stunt.

LG decided it was a good idea to put vouchers for free phones in balloons full of helium amidst an open area full of people. You can guess what ensued. Read more »

ASUS to manufacture the second generation Nexus 10 slate?

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According to a report by our colleagues over at Geek.com, Google has chosen ASUS to manufacture the refreshed Nexus 10 slate instead of sticking with Samsung. The information comes from an unknown retailer listing which ties ASUS to the second-gen Nexus 10 slate.

The filling has placeholder dimensions, weight and release date for the tablet, making its authenticity quite questionable. However, it wouldn’t be such a stretch for ASUS to be responsible for the Nexus-line of tablets, considering it’s been producing the original Nexus 7 as well as the 2013 version of the 7″ tablet and both of those are shaping to be quite successful. Read more »

ASUS waves goodbye to the Windows RT platform due to poor sales

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Poor sales performance of the Windows RT platform, which Microsoft hoped would making a dent in the tablet market, has made ASUS announce it’s ceasing making slates running it.

The company is currently only offering the VivoTab RT tablet, powered by the Tegra 3 SoC. Read more »

CyanogenMod ROM now supports Chromecast streaming for any video or audio file on your phone

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ClockworkMod Recovery developer Koushik Dutta has made some tweaks to the CyanogenMod ROM allowing you to play any video or audio file on your phone directly to your Chromecast connected TV.

Mr. Dutta has directly baked in the media playing functionality into the ROM’s framework. This means that even if the media app, be it video or audio, hasn’t yet utilized the Chromecast API, streaming would still work. Read more »

Live images of Tegra 4-powered Nvidia Tegra Tab surface

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Rumors of Nvidia wanting to build its own tablet have been doing the rounds for a couple of months now, but they will probably gain even more traction now that we got leaked photos of an Tegra-4 powered Tegra Tab slate.

Manufactured by the Chinese company Shenzhen Homecare Technology, the Nvidia Tegra Tab is a 7″ slate powered by the company’s latest Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip that’s shuold offer blazing fast performance. Read more »

LG G2 camera samples arrive, show what its 13MP OIS shooter is capable of

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In the fairly long list of LG G2 features, there’s is a 13MP optically stabilized shooter, which pioneers 1080p video shooting at 60fps in the smartphone world. Sounds intriguing to say the least, and now, thankfully, we can see just how good the camera is by checking out a few samples.

The LG G2 sample images come courtesy of our colleagues over at Hi-Tech Mail.ru and have been taken at the phone’s official unveiling in New York yesterday. Mind you, the phone is not yet running a retail version of its software, so the camera performance is likely to change once it hits store shelves. Read more »

LG charges the Android hill: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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LG is storming the Android hill once again with its latest flagship smartphone, the G2. Dropping the Optimus moniker doesn’t mean the company is skimping on features. Powered by the mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, the LG G2 simply blows the competition out of the water in terms of processing prowess.

However, does it manage to keep the same sort of performance going in the other departments? That’s what we are going to see right here in one of our traditional comparison tables. We’ve put the LG G2 against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One to if G2 does indeed fall short somewhere or if it will produce a clean sweep. Read more »

Motorola Moto X’s ClearPixel camera stands against the Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView snapper

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Motorola made a big deal of the 10MP ClearPixel camera found on the Moto X and boasted about its low light performance to anyone who would listen. So, it’s only logical for a comparison to ensue, and the Moto X has taken part in an impromptu shootout featuring the 41MP PureView camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020.

The two phones were tested with their flash units on and off, so we can compare their low-light performance as well as the quality of their flash units. Read more »

Google launches Play Store v4.3.10 update with minor tweaks

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Google has launched an update for the Google Play Store app bringing it to version 4.3.10. The update doesn’t bring major user interface changes, as most of the updates are under the hood.

Android Police has dug around the app’s inner workings and have found exactly what the fixes and improvements are. In the latest version of the Play Store Google introduces the “Recently updated” section. Its idea is simply to provide you an app list of the ones that have received an update most recently. Read more »

11 new devices now have CyanogenMod support, get in line for Android 4.3

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The CyanogenMod team nonchalantly added a total of 11 new devices to the CyanogenMod 10.1 whitelist. The latest batch of devices to support the most popular custom ROM out there have also entered testing phase for the next version of CyanogenMod ROM, 10.2, which is based on Android 4.3.

As for the devices, the majority of them are Motorolas and include the Motorola Atrix HD (mb886), Motorola Photon Q GSM (xt897) and CDMA (xt897c), Motorola Droid Razr M (xt907), Motorola Razr HD GSM (xt925) and the Motorola Droid Razr HD CDMA (xt926). Read more »

HTC Desire 600 dual sim comes to our office, hands-on video inside

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Want some of the premium HTC One features, but you can’t afford its premium price tag? Fret not, HTC has got you covered with the Desire 600 dual sim.

The phone combines the front dual-speakers of the HTC One with the BeatsAudio software enhancement and a couple of SIM slots. Okay, it’s made of plastic, but that keeps the price down and it’s also not too bad to the touch either. Read more »