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Nova Launcher 2.0 is out for download, adds a bunch of welcome features

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Nova Launcher has been updated to version 2.0 for both the free and paid version of the popular homescreen replacement app.

The list of changes isn’t a short one, staying true to the major version bump. Read more »

Samsung teases refreshed Series 7 Chronos notebook in a teaser video, CES launch iminent

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Samsung has launched a video to tease the upcoming launch of a refreshed Series 7 Chronos notebook.

Likely to debut at CES 2013 starting on January 8, the new Series 7 Chronos notebook is going to bring major improvements in the screen and graphics departments. Read more »

The Google Android team wishes you a Merry Christmas with a cheerful video and holiday cards

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The Christmas cheer is in full swing at the Android HQ in Mountain View, California. So much so, that the Android team has released a series of Android-themed Christmas cards and even a video to celebrate.

Shared through the Nexus Google+ page, the ‘Happy Holiday Cards’, as they are called, are showing a happy Droid with some of its arctic friends. Read more »

Lumia 920 supply shortages means Microsoft employees aren’t getting their promised free smartphones for now

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A couple of months back at the Build conference, Microsoft told its employees that each and every one of them would receive a free Lumia 920 smartphone, a Surface tablet and a Windows 8 PC. According to a spicy rumor, however, the Lumia 920 part of the giveaway might not happen just yet, as Nokia is struggling to keep up with the consumer demand for the device.

As a result, Microsoft Germany has halted the employee-intended Lumia 920s and returned them back to Nokia to help fulfill customers’ orders. Read more »

Nokia updates the Cinemagraph app on Lumia 920 an Lumia 820, makes sharing easy

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Nokia’s cinemagraph camera feature in its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones has been updated with new sharing options.

The new release of the Cinemagraph app is version 2.5.0.21 and includes a new Share menu option, which offers sharing via Facebook and Twitter, email or messaging. Read more »

LG takes jabs at Apple with an Optimus G ad published all over the Korean press

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LG has been taking a leaf of the Samsung’s marketing team book and has published an ad for its latest Optimus G, which is clearly taking a jab at Apple.

The ad, which you can see above, shows an LG Optimus G flying through a bitten apple (wink, wink) splitting it in half. Read more »

Details on the NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wayne emerge, reveals 72-core GPU

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Back in the summer, a leaked slide hinted when we should expect the arrival of the upcoming Tegra 4 chip from NVIDIA, and today more information regarding the SoC itself surfaced.

According to it, the Tegra 4 Wayne chipset is going to boast a mighty GPU with 72 cores. You read that right, 72. Read more »

Nexus 4 is sold out again in Germany and UK, Google UK exec issues an “unreserved apology” for the situation

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Isn’t that a peculiar deja vu? The Nexus 4 went back on sale in the UK and Germany, only for its stock to be depleted in a blink of an eye. As a result of the unprecedented Nexus 4 availability shortages and the general user frustration it caused, Google’s UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley has issued an apology.

Apparently, Cobley became aware of the Nexus 4′s case after a lot of customers complained on his Google+ page. Read more »

Check out some of the upcoming features of the BlackBerry 10 keyboard

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Touchscreen keyboards have come a long way, but RIM are working hard to make the keyboard on BlackBerry 10 stand out from the pack. To showcase just how much thought and effort went into the process, the company’s Vivek Bhardwaj gives us a short walkthrough of the new BB10 keyboard.

He shares some of the new features the keyboard sports, one of the most prominent being the automatic addition of spaces between words. Read more »

Google+ for Android and iOS gets a ton of new features, now supports communities and Photo Sphere

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Google has updated the Google+ application for both iOS and Android, giving the latter slightly more features.

Now, Android users can take advantage of the full-size photo upload option in the Google+ app, allowing them to share images of up to 5GB. Read more »

Dell abandons its smartphone business, waves goodbye to Android and Windows Phone

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In a rather unexpected move, Dell announced it is quitting the smartphone market altogether as of next year.

The news was delivered by Jeff Clarke, Dell’s head of consumer business at the Dell World Conference. The reason behind the decision is that “It needs a lot of investments to really be successful”. Read more »

Sony’s Xperia launcher is now available for any Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich

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If you’ve been craving to give the launcher Sony has been using in its Xperia line-up of devices, now you can. Thanks to XDA member ra3al, you can now install the Xperia Launcher on any Android device running ICS or Jelly Bean.

Both tablets and smartphones are supported, so as long as you have the version requirement covered, there’s nothing to stop you from giving the launcher a try. Read more »

Google launches Play Magazines in the UK, leaves continental Europe hanging

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Slowly but surely, Google is making its various Play Store departments available in Europe with the latest addition being the Play Magazine landing in the UK.

Now the Brits will be able to subscribe to their favorite magazine publications or buy separate issues cheaper than their print counterparts. Read more »

Samsung releases Jelly Bean update for the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note 10.1

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Samsung released the Jelly Bean firmware update for the 3G Galaxy Note 10.1 back in November, but owners of the Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet (GT-N8010) weren’t invited to the party. This just changed, though as the company has finally started pushing Android 4.1 for the Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Note 10.1.

The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean software update is 441 MB in size and is available only in Germany for now. Delivered in the usual over-the-air manner, the firmware update should hit rest of Europe soon. Read more »

Google Nexus 4 goes through our battery test, see how it scored

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Being the latest Nexus device, the LG Nexus 4 has been burdened by a lot of expectations. As our review pointed out, it’s not only a handsome device, but also quite powerful. What’s been left unanswered (so far) is how good its battery is at keeping the whole thing running.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus launched exactly a year ago posted terrible battery results due to an unfortunate combination of a relatively small battery capacity of 1750mAh, large high-res screen and not the terribly efficient TI OMAP 4460 chip. In comparison, the LG Nexus 4 features a 2100mAh battery and a 28nm Qualcomm chip, so let’s see how it did. Read more »