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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 »

Yahoo holding an Android Tech Talk in New York on March 20

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Yahoo is hosting an Android Tech Talk on March 20. The news comes from Jean-Baptiste Quéru, former AOSP lead at Google and current Yahoo employee. He’ll do a short presentation, focusing on architecture, but there will be other speakers as well.

The event will be held in the New York office and is invite-only. Read more »

Nokia X app store ported to regular Androids

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We know Android apps can be sideloaded on Nokia X devices, but XDA-Developers member opseemnik flipped the tables on them and found a way to install the Nokia Store on regular Android devices.

While the Nokia Store isn’t nearly as rich as the Play Store, it does have some exclusive apps many people would love to get their hands on, HERE Maps especially. Read more »

Android is not designed with safety in mind according to Sundar Pichai

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Sundar Pichai, the head of Android at Google made an interesting statement regarding the safety of the popular mobile OS. According to the executive, Android was designed with freedom, not safety in mind.

Mr. Pichai delivered the words as a response to a question from a journalist regarding the high amount of malware targeting Android. Read more »

The 2013 Nexus 7 gets a dock, wireless charging stand too

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The ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) is getting some new accessories to play with – a dock station with HDMI output for 1080p content enjoyment on a TV or monitor and a Qi wireless charging stand.

Sadly for 2012 Nexus 7 owners the new toys will only be pairable with the newer model. The Wireless Charging Stand, however will be able to recharge any Qi-enabled device you have on you. Read more »

Google Now Launcher from Nexus 5 now available for other Nexus devices

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One of the features that was exclusive to the Nexus 5 so far was the Google Now Launcher, that allowed you to go to the Google Now screen just by a swipe on the homescreen and to bring up the voice search simply by saying “Ok Google”.

Google has now released the Google Now Launcher on the Play Store and made it compatible with a wider range of devices, For now this includes only the Nexus devices and the Play Edition devices. Which means you can officially install it on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Galaxy S4 GPe, HTC One GPe, Moto G GPe, Xperia Z Ultra GPe and the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe. Read more »

3 LG L series phones available for pre-order through Clove

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The LG L40, L70, and L90 are all available for pre-order through Clove starting today.

There’s no set date when the phones will arrive, but we do know a bit about their specs, as these phones all made an appearance on the Mobile World Congress which is currently going on in Barcelona. Read more »

New HTC One YouTube teaser

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HTC has released a video that teases their upcoming HTC One handset.

The next HTC flagship phone should be making its debut on March 25th in New York. Read more »

Some of the most popular Android apps are available on the Nokia X, here’s the list

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While handling the Nokia X phones we installed a couple of benchmarks from Nokia’s app store and it dawned on us that it will be interesting to find out just how rich the app store is on what is basically Day 1.

We opened Google Play Store on one of our standard Android phones and checked the Editor’s Choice and Top Free sections, then we searched for those apps on the Nokia’s. Read more »

Nokia X and XL camera samples

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The new Nokia X line of phones slot between the Lumia and Asha families and tout affordability as one of their key features. Still, the Nokia XL has a 5MP camera with a 1/4″ sensor, the same setup as the Lumia 520 (no 720p recording though). The Nokia X has a 3.15MP camera with a smaller, 1/5″ sensor.

We snapped photos with both for an early glimpse of what those cameras can deliver. Read more »

Nokia X and XL benchmarks

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Nokia X is a brand new platform but its app store felt acceptably full, considering it launched just a couple of days ago. There we found a couple of the usual benchmarks we run (there’s also the browser-based SunSpider) so we decided to find out how the Nokia X and XL stack up against the competition.

The Nokia X prioritizes affordability over performance, Nokia made it clear that Lumia is its top performer. Read more »

Amazon slashes Kindle Fire tablets in the UK by 20%

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Amazon launched Instant Video and Prime Instant Video in the UK and to celebrate, it slashed 20% of all Kindle Fire prices.

The offer is valid until March 4, so you have about a week to decide. Read more »

Archos CEO demoes their latest rugged phone, what could go wrong?

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Did you hear about the Samsung Galaxy S5 and how it’s rugged? Archos has one of those too – the Quenchua 5″ Phone. Oblivious to its mere IP54 rating however, Archos CEO is quick to dunk it in a glass of water right in front of the camera… with some embarrassing consequences.

In case you’re not familiar with the IP ratings, the second digit indicates water resistance and the digit 4 means the device can resist splashes of water, not submersion. Read more »