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Samsung working on 8″ and 10″ tablets with AMOLED display

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Samsung has done an Android tablet with AMOLED display in the past, but the recent slates from the global market leader have all been using LCD panels. However, we might soon be looking at a range of AMOLED tablets from Samsung, according to a report from the Korean Digital Daily publication.

The latest report from the Korean media, suggests that Samsung is working on 8″ and 10″ tablets with AMOLED screens. Both tablets are expected to be officially announced early next year. Read more »

KitKat-kitted CyanogenMod 11 lands on Nexuses, nightlies for others

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The latest version of CyanogenMod – 11 – is based on Android KitKat (or 4.4) and has now been released for the Nexus family of devices (sans the Galaxy Nexus) in its M1 form.

The M (milestone) releases in CM are the ones before the Release Candidate ROMs and are considered stable for daily drivers. That means that all variations of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are a flash (read ROM flash) away from enjoying beefed up stock Android. Read more »

Google Play app update now rolling out, brings minor UI changes

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Google has started rolling out an update to the Google Play app on Android, which brings with it some minor but useful changes. One of the changes is the way your app ratings now appear. The stars for the rating have been made larger and more prominent and the edit button for user reviews is also highlighted on the side once you leave a review. There is now also an option to delete your review if you wish.

Another addition is that Google Play will now show you if an app has in-app purchases. It won’t show you the items that are available for purchase the way iTunes does but at least you now have an idea if an app has IAP before downloading it. Read more »

Sony Xperia C battery life test

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Now that we are through with our Sony Xperia C review, we took our time to detail its battery test routine.

The Xperia C runs on a low-powered quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and relies on a 2,390mAh battery unit. Even though it has a big screen to light up, we still expected some good scores because of its efficient chipset and relatively low resolution. And we weren’t disappointed. Read more »

Double Dragon Trilogy hits iOS and Android

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Double Dragon, a popular arcade game, which made its debut in 1987, is certainly one of the all-time classics. The good news is that the action packed blockbuster has been successfully ported and the optimized version of the game for iOS and Android smartphones is now available in the respective app stores.

Double Dragon Trilogy for iOS and Android comes with all the three editions of the arcade series – Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat ROM now available for Galaxy Nexus

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As you probably know the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be missing on the official Android 4.4 KitKat update as the device falls outside the 18 month update window. However, that hasn’t stopped the developers at XDA from coming up with a stable KitKat ROM for their favorite smartphone.

The custom built Android 4.4 ROM for the Galaxy Nexus is based on the CyanogenMod 11. The only problem seems to be with the screenshot animation and there are no issues with the actual screenshot. Apart from that, every other feature work flawlessly, according to the developer. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 2 gets a major update

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Today Sony’s latest smartwatch offering, the SmartWatch 2, received a major firmware update.

The new update brings with it a few new features as well as some stability improvements. Many of the SmartWatch 2′s app “Smart extensions”, like the Camera smart extension, have also received updates. Read more »

Assassin’s Creed Pirates raids Android and iOS

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Hot off the heels of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft has announced the release of Assassin’s Creed Pirates for Android and iOS.

Having dropped the open world stealth element the series is best known for, Assassin’s Creed Pirates is built entirely around the highly entertaining naval combat introduced in Assassin’s Creed III. Read more »

Amazon offers 50 GB of free cloud storage when you buy an Android smartphone

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Amazon is offering free 50 GB of cloud storage when you buy an Android smartphone from the popular online retailer. The storage space will be at your disposal for a period of 12 months.

Amazon’s offer runs out on December 31 and covers all major devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 and Motorola Moto X as well as a huge number of less popular smartphones. Read more »

Huawei CEO: “We have decided to exit the US market”

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In a rare interview with international journalists, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei claims that the world’s largest telecom equipment maker will exit the US market amidst allegations of cyberspying.

US government officials have long accused Huawei of having ties with the Chinese government, and have often tried to pass legislature or block the spread of the company’s equipment through federal regulations. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear takes on an HK 417 rifle

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In the past, we have seen tech enthusiasts taking the popular gadgets for a spin in a drop test to check out the durability of the product. On the other hand, we have Richard Ryan, who blasts the devices with military weapons from his armory.

The latest victim to undergo the horror is the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which takes on the HK 417 battle rifle. Read more »

Riding the cash wave, Google moves into robotics

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We all remember when the man behind Android stepped down to focus on other duties inside the company. His Android duties were then taken over by Sundar Pichai who is now the face of the OS.

We’re naturally talking about ex-Apple employee and current Google one – Andy Rubin. What was then disclosed by Larry Page, Google co-founder, is that Rubin will be starting “a new chapter at Google” but up until now the name of said chapter wasn’t disclosed. Read more »

VSCO Cam is now on Android

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Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam has made its debut on Android. The application launched on iOS earlier this year and a few months back the developers started beta testing with Android version with a small group of people who signed up for it. Now the app is finally available on the Play Store.

For the uninitiated, VSCO Cam is an app that lets you capture, edit, store and share photos from your phone. It has a completely custom and minimal UI that is neither native to iOS nor Android and looks identical on both platforms. The UI takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple to use as any other photography app. Read more »

LG V510 service manual surfaces

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The service manual of an upcoming LG slate with a model name V510 has shown up in China. The designation suggests that the device is very similar to the LG G Pad 8.3, which carries the V500 model name.

The newly leaked service manual suggests that the LG V510 measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm and sports an 8.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Read more »

Game of Thrones and other HBO shows hit Google Play Store in the UK

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Google in association with HBO has brought a couple of popular TV shows to the Play Store. The new deal has allowed the search engine giant to include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Girls and Veep on the Google Play service for the first time.

The Play Store will also stream a couple of older shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos and Band of Brothers in the coming week. Read more »