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Weekend poll results: LG G3 demolishes the competition

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The LG G3 entered the smartphone arena last week, aiming to challenge for the best flagship title. And as it turns out you guys are really liking its chances.

Out last weekend poll pinned the LG G3 against the other high-end droids currently in the market and its results couldn’t be more convincing. The G3 not only won every single battle, it simply trashed every single one of its opponents – the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2, the HTC One (M8) and the Oppo Find 7. Read more »

Motorola Moto E battery life test

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The Motorola Moto E has been around and before we are done with its in-depth review we’ve decided to share its battery life test results.

The Moto E is running on the very efficient Snapdragon 200 chipset relying on two Cortex-A7 processor cores and a big enough 1,980 mAh battery. The latest Android KitKat and its optimizations should help too. Read more »

Samsung boasts about the AMOLED displays on upcoming Galaxy tablets

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Samsung’s AMOLED screen technology has always distinguished their smartphones from the competition, but the company’s recent line of tablets have utilized LCD displays as of late.

Well it looks like big Sammie has elected to go back to putting AMOLED units on their upcoming Galaxy S line of tablets. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 and Compact get 4K and timeshift video recording

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While the Sony Xperia Z2 solidified its position as in-house top dog with a more powerful Snapdragon 801 chip and 3 GB of RAM many an Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact owner wished to get some of its features like 4K video recording and Timeshift 720p@120 fps slow motion recording.

Seeing as how both smartphones feature a Snapdragon 800 chip one would guess they could handle it hardware-wise. And now thanks to some savvy folks over at the XDA devs forum the two features have been successfully ported. Read more »

Asus PadFone X unboxing and hands-on

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Announced during this year’s CES, the Asus PadFone X for AT&T finally got its pricing and launch date detailed. The high-end Android KitKat phone and its 9” docking station will be available to purchase tomorrow for $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $22.92 per month with AT&T Next 18 plan.

Earlier this week, the gadget got an international version as well – the Asus PadFone S. Just like it, the Asus PadFone X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

Google’s Hangouts now lets you choose custom message sounds and ringtones

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There’s a new update pushed to Android devices that adds some very useful features to the Hangouts messaging app.

The latest version of the app, 2.1.223, allows you to choose custom message and ringtone sounds for specific hangouts or people so that you can finally distinguish messages from one friend to another. Read more »

Oppo lets you win a QHD-packing Find 7 in a contest

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A 5.5″ QHD screen and the fastest Snapdragon chipset currently in the market squeezed into a super neat looking body – who wouldn’t want to give the Oppo Find 7 a try? And the great news is that you can now do it for free as long as you can write the number 7 quickly enough.

The Chinese company is holding a competition open to everyone around the globe, with a Find 7 unit brings its largest prize. There are also 2 units of the Find 7a trimmed down version up for grabs as well as 5 Bluetooth headphones and 5 6,000 mAh power banks. Read more »

First details on Angry Birds Stella are out

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Angry Birds Stella has been teased numerous times by Rovio, but we knew nothing beyond the pink Stella bird on the images. We didn’t know even the game’s genre.

Today that changes as Rovio has posted new teaser images, the first gameplay screenshot plus release date. Read more »

Google updates YouTube app for Android with resolution options

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Google has released an update for the YouTube app on Android. The only major change is that you can now choose what resolution you stream the video at rather than have the app select it for you.

Now, when you click on the menu button in the video and tap on the gear icon, you will get a list of resolution options, from the eye-watering 144p all the way to 1080p. The max resolution will depend upon the video, of course. Even if you do come across a 4K video, however, the max setting is still 1080p. Read more »

Temple run scores 1 billion downloads

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Imangi studios, the developer behind the super popular endless runner series Temple Run, had a cool milestone to share today. Its titles have reached 1 billion downloads across the platforms where they are available.

The company includes both versions of Temple Run in the number, but not the Disney spin-offs Brave and Oz. All games are available on what are currently the top three smartphone platforms – Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Some of the titles also have BlackBerry 10 and Windows RT versions. Read more »

LG G Watch firmware points to Snapdragon 400 chipset with quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU

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The trickle of information about the LG G Watch continues and not always from official sources – despite having scheduled the smartwatch for a launch next month there are still large parts of its spec sheet that are unclear, including the chipset.

Right from the get go LG unveiled the watch will have 512MB RAM, but a leaked firmware image has offered a wealth of information including a quad-core processor. Read more »

Nova Launcher 3.0 is out, supports “Ok, Google” commands

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Nova Launcher is one of the most popular homescreen replacement apps for Android and today it got an update to version 3.0. We featured the app back in our Android for beginners guide and dubbed it as one of the best in its category.

With the latest Nova Launcher version, there are a number of cool new features, chief among which is the ability to make Google searches by saying “Ok, Google”. This command is taken from the Google Experience Launcher and is now available in a number of other launchers as well. Read more »

Latest Spotify update lets you download your whole music collection

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The latest Spotify update doesn’t bring a laundry list of changes, just one important one.

The music service is making it much easier for you to download your entire music catalog for offline listening. Read more »

Update to Instagram for iOS and Android brings new editing tools

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Instagram for iOS and Android got treated to a major update. Version 6.0 of the popular app brings new image editing tools which are certain to appeal to the photo sharing crowd.

With the latest version of the app, Instagram users for iOS and Android can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and other aspects of their photos. Read more »

iOS 8 Safari scores 440 points on the HTML5 test, still lags behind Chrome

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Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.

Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points. Read more »