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Highlights of yesterday’s Asus event show Padfone Infinity and Fonepad announcements, skimp on the magic

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The Asus MWC event yesterday brought the Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad. It wasn’t very well organized for the press, but luckily, you can watch the highlights in the comfort of your own home.

Asus tried to spice the event up with a mini magic show, but that was mostly cut out of the video. What does that say about how engaging the performance was? Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy Note Jelly Bean source code

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One of the good things about Samsung is that the company is quick to release the source code for their Android devices shortly after the update starts rolling out to the device. This lets developers and people who like to tinker around with the software to get their hands dirty and come up with custom ROMs and such.

After the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update started rolling out for the original Galaxy Note, it was only going to be a matter of time before the source code was released. And like clockwork, it has. Read more »

Google reportedly growing concerned over Samsung’s Android dominance

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According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Samsung’s dominance on the market for Android devices has begun to make Google executives uneasy. The latter reportedly worry that the Korean manufacturer is large enough to renegotiate its current arrangement with Google and eat into the search giant’s lucrative mobile-ad business.

Samsung has received over 10% of the latter’s revenue in the past. The company has also signaled to Google that it might demand more going forward, as Google’s revenue from mobile apps such as Google Maps and YouTube is on the rise. Read more »

Cat B15 flexes rugged smartphone muscle at MWC

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The latest trend of dust and waterproof smartphones continues with the newly launched Cat B15. The rugged device can withstand a 1.8 meter drop and being submerged in up to one meter of water for about 30 minutes.

The Cat B15 comes with a 4″ LCD display of 480 x 800 resolution, a capacitive multi-touch screen, Gorilla glass and wet finger tracking. The smartphone is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor along with 512 MB of RAM, and features a 5 megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facer, 4 GB of inbuilt memory with a microSD slot and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Facebook teams up with carriers to offer discounted data access to Facebook messaging

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Facebook announced partnerships with multiple mobile operators to provide free or discounted data access for its website usage. As we already know, much of the Facebook’s usage is from the mobile devices and the Mark Zuckerberg’s company is trying to make it easier on the wallets to access it.

Facebook’s latest promotion offers you free or discounted data access on Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and, of course, for every platform, for which the service has been optimized. Read more »

We put the LG Optimus G Pro display head-to-head with the Super AMOLED on the Galaxy S III

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Whilst here at LG’s booth on the MWC 2013 floor we had enough time to check out the LG Optimus G Pro from every angle.

So, the screen junkies that we are, we decided to get out the Galaxy S III and put its Super AMOLED 720p screen next to the True HD-IPS+ 1080p LCD of the G Pro. Read more »

Xperia Tablet Z to become available worldwide this spring

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If you’re after a slim, water resistant LTE tablet, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but live nowhere near Japan, then the wait is finally over.

The Xperia Tablet Z (both LTE and Wi-Fi only) is set to launch globally this quarter but there’s no official word yet on its price or which markets will get it first. Read more »

Alcatel One Touch Idol X hands-on impressions

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Hours after it got officially announced, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X made a quick appearance in front of our camera. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone is Alcatel’s best equipped offering to date.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol X is an elegant-looking device in person. Read more »

Lenovo K900 hands-on impressions and synthetic benchmarks

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At an event in Barcelona, we managed to spend some quality time with Intel Atom sporting Lenovo K900. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone packs an impressive spec sheet, headed by an 1.8GHz dual-core Clover Trail+ CPU and a 5.5″ 1080p IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 400ppi.

When holding the Lenovo K900, there’s absolutely no room for doubt regarding the handset’s premium aspirations. Read more »

Lenovo unveils the A1000, A3000, and S6000 entry-level Android Tablets

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Today, Lenovo outed a few new lower-midrange Android tablets, including a 10-inch 1.2 GHz quad-core model with a 8.6mm waistline.

The A1000, A3000, and S6000 will all run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and give users access to affordable tablets starting in Q2. Read more »

HP Slate 7 announced, runs Android Jelly Bean at a temptingly low price of $169.99

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HP has launched its first Android-based tablet, the HP Slate 7. The HP Slate 7 will be priced at a very competitive $169.99 and will go on sale in April.

As far as specifications are concerned, the Slate 7 has a 7.0-inch, 1,024 x 600 resolution FFS+ LCD, 1.6GHz, dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory with microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/b, Bluetooth 2.1, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, stereo speakers and Beats Audio. The HP Slate 7 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Here goes the Huawei Ascend P2 promo video, enjoy

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Huawei just announced their Ascend P2 with the fastest LTE speed seen on a smartphone. The device sports a 4.7″ 720p screen, quad-core K3V2 processor, 13 MP camera, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and more.

And now Hiawei has uploaded a promo video of the Ascend P2, which focuses on its many traits – you’ll find it after the break. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 makes a real-life public appearance at the MWC

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Samsung seems all set to extend its tally of tablets with the Galaxy Note 8.0. A big ad of the 8″ slate was already spotted at the MWC grounds in Barcelona, but the device was now spotted publicly ahead of the announcement.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was caught on camera near the entrance of the Mobile World Congress venue, while a group of Samsung PR girls were busy showing off the tablet in a photo-shoot. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean test firmware leaks

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Samsung has been going out of its way to keep its Galaxy S III consumer base satisfied. They delivered the original Jelly Bean update in due time and as it seems, they are already working on an Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update for its third generation Galaxy S smartphone.

The latest I9300XXUFMB3 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean test firmware has been leaked and the official roll out of the final version might just be around the corner. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 spotted at MWC before official announcement

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We are no strangers to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Although the product is yet to be officially announced, we have heard about it and even seen it a few times in the past.

The tablet was rumored to be unveiled officially at the Mobile World Congress this year. The rumors, it seems, were true, as was noticed by one of the show goers, who managed to snag a picture of the tablet at Samsung’s booth prior to official announcement. Read more »