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Samsung drops benchmark optimizations in latest Android 4.4 ROMs

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Few months ago, we saw reports of Samsung running special code on its phones, viz. the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, that detected when you ran certain benchmark software on the device and would then run them at full processor clock speed. This was considered cheating as the phone, under normal circumstances, would never run at those speeds in other apps and thus the benchmarking scores were not representative of the actual device performance.

After much ado was made about this situation, it seems Samsung has finally decided to backtrack on its stance on messing around with benchmark scores. According to a new report by Ars Technica, Samsung has removed its code responsible for maxing out hardware on benchmarking apps. This was also confirmed by an independent developer on Twitter. Read more »

HERE-powered walk navigation comes to the Galaxy Gear through TurnByTurn app

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HERE Maps has partnered with Symphony Teleca to bring its walking navigation to the TurnByTurn app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Symphony Teleca bases its TurnByTurn app on Nokia HERE’s Android SDK, which allows it to use the company’s location services get navigation to the Galaxy Gear. Read more »

Oscar selfie was spontaneous, claims Samsung

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By now you’ve undoubtedly seen the famous star-studded selfie taken by Bradley Cooper at the Academy Awards this past weekend, which was done using Ellen DeGeneres’ Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

With it emerged reports of Samsung having paid handsomely for the spot, which the company is now saying was not the case, and that the celebrity chose the Samsung smartphone “organically.” Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a promo video

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Samsung is a wiz at making great videos and commercials and the company is certainly going to spare no effort in promoting its latest flagship. The Koreans have uploaded yet another promo video for the Galaxy S5 flagship.

The video is almost 4 minutes long and goes through everything Samsung thinks you need to know about the gadget. From the new body materials and colors to the new camera with a larger 1/2.6″ sensor (compared to the 1/3.06″ of old), the phase-detection auto-focus that’s supposed to be the quickest on any smartphone, the IP67 dust and water protection, the fitness and wellness apps and sensors, the fingerprint scanner, the lot. Read more »

Nokia X Android ROM ported to HTC HD2

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It has been established multiple times that the HTC HD2 is an almighty smartphone with an incredibly dedicated user base with great technical skills. The handset has received ports of just about every OS under the sun – from Android to Jolla. The latest conquest of the HD2 devs is the Nokia X ROM, which is currently in the works.

The Nokia X Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean port is currently not very stable. In fact, it’s only capable of booting up on the HTC HD2 with only the boot sound managing to go through. Important services including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, storage, Android’s Media Server service aren’t running yet. Read more »

Android is now the number one tablet OS

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Yep, that includes iOS.

A new survey from Gartner, who previously predicted that Apple would reign supreme until 2015, has revealed the Android has taken 62% of the tablet OS market share. Read more »

HTC teases the dual camera setup of the All New One

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Hot on the heels of the video clip from earlier today, HTC released another teaser for the All New One. Published on the company’s official social network channels, the image offers more than subtle hint at the upcoming device’s dual camera setup.

As you can see above, the teaser image shows a collage of photos and the number 253 (the release date for the device is March 25). Read more »

BBM to allow photo and file transfers in multi-chats

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Blackberry’s Messaging service, BBM, has been made available for non-blackberry devices for a while now.

Now the application will be packing some new features that may bring in some new users and keep current ones excited. Read more »

HTC releases second teaser video for the upcoming HTC One

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Just when we had stopped cringing at the first teaser video for the second generation HTC One, to be announced on March 25, HTC has gone ahead and released a second one.

Just like the first one, which concentrated on the BoomSound speakers, the new video focuses on another important feature of the new One, the anodized aluminum unibody. The new HTC One seems to use the same process that they used for the current HTC One, which is no bad thing as the design and build of the current HTC One is excellent. Read more »

‘LYNE’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone game review

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LYNE is a minimalist puzzle game. You connect all the dots of the same shape following a few simple rules and you complete the level. Sounds simple enough, only it isn’t.

Let’s see what this game is like. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 system dump appears, porting spree to follow

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If you would like to try some of the latest software goodies by Sony, but don’t want to splash on a new Xperia Z2, we have some good news for you. A system dump of the smartphone, complete with all the apps and features has appeared enabling ROM builders to try and extract those and implement them in their own solutions.

Of course, it’s anyone’s guess how long the porting of a certain apps will go – those that are reliant on the Sony Xperia Z2 hardware, like the camera, can need more tweaking before they are able to run on other handsets and support their different sensors. Read more »

Nokia X gets rooted, runs Google apps with no fuss

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The inevitable happened. Google apps got installed on the freshly announced Nokia X after a crafty member of XDA Developers rooted the Android handset.

The root was achieved via the Framaroot app. Read more »

Benchmarking the Androids from MWC 2014

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We managed to do a few field tests while at the MWC, including several benchmarks. We collected them all into one post to make it easier to compare several of the more interesting new devices from the Cognress.

The set of phones spans the whole spectrum, from expensive flagships to affordable entry-level phones. Read more »

Amazon UK offering 8 free games, today only

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Amazon UK is stepping up its promotions – first a 20% cut on Kindle Fire tablets, now 8 Android games with a combined cost of £10 for free. You don’t even need a Kindle tablet, just the Amazon App Store installed.

This promotion is valid only today, February 28. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 is a must-have deal at $224.99

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The LG G Pad 8.3 had its price slashed over at Newegg and now costs just $224.99. This makes the premium slate, which also has an Google Play Edition version out, $5 cheaper than the Nexus 7.

The promo applies for the 16GB model of the G Pad 8.3, but considering the slate packs a microSD card slot, storage isn’t a big issue. Read more »