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Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement causes rush to trade-in older models

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The feature rich Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available in just about every major market and, as expected, the demand for the smartphone is very high. According to a report from CompareMyMobile, the Galaxy S4 announcement has also generated a 127% hike in valuation requests on older Samsung phones.

The availability of the latest Galaxy S smartphone has also resulted in a 29% increase in trade-ins of older smartphone models. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 gets CyanogenMod 10.1 support

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Android custom ROM developers CyanogenMod have added support for yet another Android smartphone in their list of supported devices for their CM10.1 ROM. Starting today, you will be able to install CM10.1 on an Oppo Find 5 as well.

The Oppo Find 5 is one of the best Android smartphones available on the market today, with a 5.0-inch, FullHD display, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM and a 13 megapixel camera part of the spec sheet. The phone comes with Android 4.1.1 as standard with a custom skin on top. If that’s what bothered you about the phone then you no longer have to worry as you can now replace it with CM10.1 and have a more stock Android experience. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t support older NFC TecTile tags, TecTile 2 coming in weeks

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a few surprises in store for those upgrading from the Galaxy S III. It uses a new NFC chipset, which doesn’t support the company’s older NFC tags, dubbed TecTiles. So if you’ve set up those around your crib keep in mind your new Galaxy S4 won’t be able to communicate with them.

Samsung has issued a statement that its new NFC tags, TecTiles 2, will be available in the coming weeks and will be compatible with older NFC-enabled devices. Read more »

UPDATED: The latest glitch in Viber for Android allows you to bypass lock screens on 100 million phones

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Viber for Android has been one of the most popular instant messenger applications with more than 100 million users, which is why the latest security glitch found in the application might be kind of a big deal. The issue allows you to bypass the lock screen of a smartphone and gain full access to its data.

The critical flaw allows you to bypass the lock screens of Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC smartphones. The bypass techniques vary from model to model, but the exploit uses the logic of popup messages of Viber.

Update: The officials from Viber Media have got in touch with us and have confirmed that they have fixed the issue. The latest bug free version of the app can be downloaded from the developer’s website. Here’s the direct download link. Read more »

Microsoft to release “Switch to Windows Phone” app for Android smartphones

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Microsoft is planning to launch an application called “Switch to Windows Phone” for the Android platform. The app is expected to ease any app availability concerns of users who consider switching from Android platform to Windows Phone.

The application will help you see if your favorite Android apps are already available on the Windows Phone 8 platform, and in case they are not show you what alternatives inhabit the WP Store. Microsoft Phone store currently has about 135,000 applications and the Microsoft is obviously confident that this is enough to cover most users’ requirements. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 drop test appears, the video isn’t for the faint of heart

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The latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer is now available across the globe and the device has been the talk of the town ever since its announcement. The fourth generation Galaxy S smartphone has taken the spotlight, with tech enthusiasts testing every aspect of the smartphone.

Now, that the Galaxy S4 is available across the globe and if you are planning to pick one up for yourself, you might be interested to see how the smartphone performs in a drop test. Read more »

HTC provided RUU and full ROM for One developer edition

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Recently, HTC launched the developer edition of the HTC One in the US. This model was mostly identical to the model sold by the carriers, but comes with the network and the bootloader unlocked.

Now, HTC has provided the RUU (ROM Update Utility) and the full ROM for the HTC One developer edition on their developer website. This would allow users to restore their devices safely in case things go wrong while flashing custom ROMs. Read more »

Sony Xperia ZL passes our battery test, doesn’t beat its glass-adorned sibling

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The Sony Xperia ZL went through our battery tests and we’ve got all sorts of interesting numbers to share with you.

The smartphone has a similar battery to its Xperia Z sibling – the 2370mAh capacity of the Xperia ZL unit is just 40 mAh more than the waterproof flagship offers. Yet, Sony has rated the Xperia ZL to last a tad shorter than the Xperia Z for both stand-by and talk time and as we found out there are in fact some differences in real-life performance.. Read more »

Asus Eeepad ME302C spotted in benchmark, complete with Intel Clover Trail+ processor

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An as of yet unknown tablet from Asus, the Eeepad ME302C has surfaced on the GLBenchmark website, revealing yet another variant of Asus’ successful Android based tablet.

The Android version in question will be the latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but more importantly, the tablet will be powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ dual-core processor clocked in at 1.6 GHz. Read more »

Samsung provides accidental damage warranty for Galaxy S4 in certain markets

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Samsung is extending the standard 24-month warranty with an additional clause for accidental damage in certain markets at no extra cost. The accidental damage covers broken displays and boards damaged by liquids.

The new warranty will apply over 15 African countries and comes with a few limitations. Read more »

Samsung doesn’t think Galaxy S4 can revolutionize the market according to alleged internal test

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An alleged (that being the key word here) internal test on the Samsung Galaxy S4, performed by Samsung, revealed that the company thinks the device is good but not quite the best.

The report acknowledges that the device is good, but doubts that “this model can revolutionize the market”. Still the study concludes that Samsung is conquering the smartphone market and leading among manufacturers of Android devices. Read more »

Samsung releases a new Galaxy S4 ad, the most ridiculous one so far

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Galaxy S4 – Call for Rebellion: Punk rocks Tech is Samsung’s latest commercial about the just released flagship.

It shows pretty much nothing about the Galaxy S4, just that it barely fits in the pockets of that punk chic. Read more »

Fieldrunners 2 finally available on Android

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The iPhone and iPod Touch users were privileged to be among the first to get Fieldrunners 2, the sequel to one of the most popular titles in the tower defense genre. Later the game was made available for the iPad too and even the PC users got it via Steam.

Now I am so happy to tell you the game has finally arrived at the Android’s Google Play Store. Read more »

The Sony Xperia SP takes a seat in front of our camera

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The Sony Xperia SP, which we got for a quick hands-on last month, has finally arrived in our office.

We’ve decided to take some quick snaps of it before our review monkeys take it away. Take a look! Read more »

Google X phone goes through the AnTuTu benchmark, flaunts Android 5.0.1

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The purported Motorola Phone X might be called simply “Google X” as an AnTuTu score card suggests. The card, which emerged today, gives us a glimpse of what to expect from the first Google flagship designed by Motorola.

Additionally, the benchmark reports that the device is running Android 5.0.1. This gives everyone a tiny bit of hope that the next Android iteration would be ready for prime time at Google I/O 2013 in May. Read more »