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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 »

LG teases G2 in a thrid promo video

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LG has outed the third teaser for its upcoming G2 Android flagship smartphone. The handset is set to be officially shown the world in its full glory on August 7 in New York.

This being yet another teaser video, the phone gets a very little air time and is only briefly shown at the end of the clip. Nevertheless, the video is cool and quite inspirational. Read more »

Canalys: Small tablets help Android to tablet market dominance

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Following the research of Strategy Analytics from a couple of days ago now comes a report from Canalys who confirms Android’s lead in the tablet market.

Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo and Acer combined have sold nearly 12 million tablets. Add to that number the smaller companies and the white-box tablet manufacturers, and the overall Android tablets sold for the quarter reached 19.5 million units. Read more »

Sony Xperia ZR battery life test breakdown

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The Sony Xperia ZR is the little brother of the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, and boasts pretty much every key specification they have. The major is the 4.55″ 720p display, which should be kinder to the equally large 2300 mAh battery inside the phone.

Identical chipsets and batteries plus a smaller screen of lower resolution give the Xperia ZR every chance of beating its premium rivals. Read more »

Google to provide free Wi-Fi hotspot to 7000 Starbucks coffee shops in the US

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Google has teamed up with Starbucks to provide a free Wi-Fi hotspot in all of the chain’s 7000 coffee shops around the USA. The search giant promises that once the update has finished, customers will be able to enjoy the web at speeds “up to 10x faster than before”.

And if a particular Starbucks coffee shop happens to be in the few areas where Google has its Fiber service set up, the speed bump will be up to 100 times. Read more »

Gameloft releases new Asphalt 8: Airborne teaser trailer with jaw-dropping graphics

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Gameloft has released a new trailer for its upcoming Asphalt 8: Airborne game. The game was featured at the Google Android event last week to show the capabilities of the new Nexus 7 in terms of graphics performance.

And in this trailer you can see some of the game’s glorious graphics, including some in-game footage. That’s a result of the brand new physics engine the game is boasting. Read more »

OpenSignal report visualises Android’s fragmentation

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Developers of the OpenSignal app for Android have used their vast user base to measure the level of fragmentation of Google’s mobile operating system. This year, more than 682,000 devices have been surveyed, almost 11,868 of which were distinct Android devices.

In comparison, in 2012 OpenSignal’s report saw just 3,997 distinct Android devices. Those are huge numbers for sure, and they also make for some interesting revelations. One of them is that a 47.5% of the devices are Samsung-made, which is no surprise considering the company’s recent performances. Read more »

Samsung said to be working on a true octa-core CPU

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Rumors have it that Samsung has its first “true octa-core” CPU in the works. This follows MedaTek’s announcement of the first eight-core processor a few days ago.

The Samsung Exynos 5440 Octa is the company’s latest octa-core CPU at the moment, but technically it isn’t a true octa-core since a maximum of four cores can work at once – either the four Cortex A7 or the four Cortex A15 cores. Read more »

Nokia gives you 41 reasons to get the Lumia 1020 in a cool infographic

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If the 41MP camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020 wasn’t enough of a selling feature for you, then this cool and detailed infographic showing 41 reasons to get the cameraphone might prove useful.

Made by Nokia USA, the infographic shows the Lumia 1020 in a very nice and detailed way with pointers to each of the 41 reasons the company thinks are worthy of your attention. Naturally, the list starts with the 41MP sensor and goes on with its features – digital zoom, six-element ZEISS lenses, optical image stabilization and excellent low-light performance. Read more »

Sony Xperia ZR blasts through our office with IP58 certification and a pink paint job

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The Sony Xperia ZR has rushed into our office in dire need of review treatment. Before that though, we are giving it a quick test drive in front of our camera to show you some of its awesome features.

You can’t really mistake the Xperia ZR, can you? Especially with this cool pink paint job, which should really become a favorite of the ladies. It looks the part thanks to the high quality plastic used, which feels very sturdy and premium. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z gets official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean AOSP ROM

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Sony has decided not to waste any time and push the freshly announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as part of its Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for the Xperia Tablet Z.

Sony Community manager Marcus Hansson says that Sony developers began work only after Google made its Android announcement at the event yesterday just to get the latest Jelly Bean version running on the Tablet Z. As a result, not all of the Android 4.3 functionality works just yet. Read more »