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iFixit does its thing on the HTC One, exposes all its secrets

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If ever there’s a phone in need of a teardown the iFixit team is ready for action. This time the crew disassembled the HTC One and found that it’s no picnic.

The One ended up with a bad grade for repairability but received good marks for build quality and durability. We get to see the Snapdragon 600 CPU, the 4 “Ultrapixel” camera, inside the sweet looking unibody and those stereo speakers at the front. Read more »

HTC One battery life test is complete, breakdown is inside

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Now that we finished with our HTC One review, we took our time to give you the detailed breakdown of the smartphone’s battery stress tests.

The HTC One is powered by a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery unit that handles the latest quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset. So, how did the HTC One do? Here we go. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Apple iPhone 5 display test confirms AMOLEDs can finally do accurate colors

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The guys over at HI-TECH@mail.ru decided to go all scientific about screens and put the Samsung Galaxy S4′s 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED against the 4″ Retina of the Apple iPhone 5 and the 4.7″ Super LCD3 1080p display of the HTC One.

The review involved quite a few number of tests – from color reproduction, brightness, gamma, sharpness, viewing angles, the lot. And although a clear winner isn’t appointed your personal victor can be chosen based on the stuff you value the most. Read more »

An upcoming Real Racing 3 update will add cloud saving, more cars, and a new racing mode

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The folks from Firemonkeys studios broke a word on an upcoming update to the popular Real Racing 3 video game. Due in mid-April, the update will add the much needed cloud saving support, Chevrolet cars to the lineup, and a new racing mode.

The addition of cloud saving support will solve one of the game’s most notable issues at the moment. Read more »

HTC One stands against the iPhone 5 in an epic drop test, see which one walks away

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Probably the last thing you’d like to witness happening to a brand new HTC One is its quick fight with gravity, followed by the heart-breaking noise of the impact when it hits the ground. Well, that’s exactly what the folks over at AndroidAuthority did.

Goof thing then that the drops weren’t done in the name of science. The HTC One was put against the iPhone 5 in a series of drop tests from different heights to see which one would fare better. Read more »

Google Translate for Android update brings support for offline translations in 50 languages

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Google Translate is a great tool for bridging the gap between languages – the Android app was pretty awesome but it let you down when you needed it most, in a foreign country with no data connection. That’s no longer an issue, as the latest version of Translate for Android (requires 2.3 and above) can download offline language packs for 50 languages.

All the popular languages are available and even less common languages are included, like Haitian Creole, Maltese and Esperanto. Read more »

Google Play Movies launches in India and Mexico

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If you live in India or Mexico, you’ll notice that the Play Store app on your Android phone now has a new tab on the main screen: Movies. Yes, the Google Play Movies service has officially been added to the Play Store in these two countries.

The Movies store works like any other category. You can find a movie by searching for it or pick one from the various categories or genre. Once you find a movie, you can either choose to rent it or buy it. Read more »

The official Iron Man 3 video game will land on Android and iOS on April 25

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Gameloft released the launch date and trailer of the upcoming Iron Man 3 official video game. Android and iOS users will be able to jump into Tony Stark’s suit on April 25.

From the brief moments of gameplay included in the Iron Man 3 trailer, it becomes obvious that Gameloft’s latest superhero title will follow the endless running format. Read more »

Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on video while we cook up the review

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 leaked so many times prior to its announcement late last month, that it’s almost yesterday’s news.

Nevertheless, we’ve been busy putting it through our gauntlet of testing, and will give you a quick look at what’s in store for you from Samsung’s latest tablet offering.

The Note 8.0 is set to compete directly with Apple’s iPad mini, and is spec’d competitively enough to do just that. It offers a (you guessed it) 8-inch screen of 800 x 1280 pixels resolution, which results in 189 ppi. It has a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. Read more »

S Voice, wallpapers and ringtones ripped from Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One ringtones also go public

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SamMobile received a system dump of the Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware and ripped out some interesting bits –the APK of the new S Voice, the high-res wallpapers and the ringtones.

Meanwhile, a member of XDA-Developers has ripped the ringtones from the HTC One and shared them with the world. Read more »

Latest Humble Bundle for Android is out

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The latest Humble Bundle for Android is out and brings with it four great games. The first is Contre Jour, which recently arrived on Android recently. It’s a 2D puzzle game with beautiful animations and a wonderful, soothing soundtrack. Next are Anomaly Korea, which is a tower defense game, Bladeslinger, which is a 3D action game and Plants vs. Zombies, which we all know and love.

If you manage to beat the average of $4.57 then you also unlock the awesome The Room, which is making its Android debut (and we reviewed last year) and Metal Slug 3, a 2D side-scrolling arcade game. Read more »

Here goes the Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on video

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We’ve been enjoying the company of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for a while now and we finally managed to convince it to pose for a quick video for our camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a really impressive device that manages to top just about every smartphone in the world where it counts. Compared to the HTC One it features a larger 1080p Super AMOLED display, a higher-res 13 MP camera of great quality, expandable storage, bigger battery, a higher-clocked Snapdragon 600 CPU (or the Exynos 5 Octa with 4 Cortex-A15 cores inside) and manages to pull it off in an body that’s actually smaller. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 battery life tests are done, here’s how it did

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is about the same size and weight as the Galaxy S III, except that the new model is slightly thinner. Even so, the battery capacity has increased by 500mAh to a nicely sounding 2,600mAh total.

Still, that battery has to feed four Krait 300 cores and a bigger screen with over twice the number of pixels. Let’s see how the 2013 flagship from Samsung compares to the one from 2012. Before we continue, we should make it clear that we’re using the I9505 for this test, that’s the Snapdragon 600 chipset and not the Exynos 5 Octa. Read more »

Google updates its Gmail app for Android, makes no mention of the changes

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Gmail is one of the most popular email services available in the market and the Android version of the mobile app has received a minor update.

The update is expected to enhance the performance of the app and might even a carry few new features. Unfortunately, this cannot be confirmed as Google has failed to provide the changelog for the latest version of the application. Read more »

Google+ app update brings photo filters and updated UI

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Google has updated the mobile app for Android and iOS and introduced some new UI changes along with added features. One of the first major updates is the introduction of new image filters. Yes, Google+ now joins the ranks of countless social networking apps that let you add gaudy filters to your images before posting them.

The image filter option is thanks to the recent acquisition of photo editing application Snapseed. Although the editing options in the Google+ aren’t as comprehensive as in the Snapseed app there are a ton of filters for you to choose from. Interestingly, the photo filters are only available in the iOS version of the Google+ app. Read more »