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OnePlus One hands-on

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The OnePlus One is finally here after some delays that could have potentially ruined the occasion. Thankfully those delays didn’t last as long as we feared so without further ado here goes the One.

Sharing a name with a popular HTC handset we know the OnePlus One has some proving to do but covers the right basics as a start. For one it brings a capable Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 5.5″ 1080p display and a 4K-enabled 13 MP snapper. Adding to a good foundation the One could also be the Nexus fan’s dream come true with a tailor-made CyanogenMod 11 OS for a clean, near-stock Android KitKat 4.4.2 experience. Read more »

Jolla Launcher unofficially ported to Android 4.2

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Jolla released an alpha version of its Android launcher for testing but you need to sign up to gain access and it only works on Android 4.3. As can be expected, the XDA-developers forums already have the original APK plus a version for Android 4.2.

Keep in mind that the official release is an alpha – not even a beta – and has a number of issues. Read more »

Gionee Elife S5.5 battery life test

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The in-depth review of the Gionee Elife S5.5 is live on our home page, and as usual we are now going to share the battery life breakdown with you.

The Gionee Elife S5.5 is running on a MediaTek’s MT6592 octa-core chipset with eight Cortex-A7 cores, aging Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The phone uses the same 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen as the Galaxy S4 last year. We didn’t know what to expect as we haven’t tested this particular combo yet. Read more »

You can download the Android L keyboard on Google Play

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So Android’s latest update, “L”, isn’t available for download yet.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t try the upcoming upgrade’s keyboard out. Read more »

ASUS Zenfone 5 review

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The ASUS Zenfone 5 is one of the three Zonefone devices that were announced at CES earlier this year. Based on Intel’s x86 Atom processors, the Zenfones run ASUS’ new ZenUI on top of Android.

The Zenfone 5 is the middle one of the three devices and comes with a 5.0-inch 720p display, dual-core Intel Atom Z2560, 2GB RAM and 8 megapixel camera. Let’s see how well it performs. Read more »

Weekend poll – LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

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This week’s poll will put the LG G3‘s claim to be the best flagship around to a new test – against the HTC One (M8).

The in-depth shootout review between the two is already out and we’ve shared our opinion about the two and which we think is better at what. Now it’s your chance to do so and vote for your favorite device. Read more »

Weekly poll results: LG G3 bests the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Last week we had a new battle to your favorite flagship and it was an interesting one featuring two Korean heavyweights -the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the QHD-flaunting LG G3.

The categories are well-known by now – we ask you to pick your winner in terms of design, screen, user interface, still image quality and video quality. Now that the voting is over and we have decisive winners in every category – here are your picks. Read more »

HP Slate 7 Extreme gets its Android 4.4.2 update 4 months late

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So Tegra Note 7 devices already had their Android 4.4.2 updates primed and ready to go from NVIDIA about four months ago, and just now the HP Slate 7 Extreme received the update.

Despite being nearly identical to other Tegra Note 7 tablets, (like the EVGA Tegra Note 7, for example), 4.4.2 has just now been made available for HP’s tablet. Read more »

You can now install built-in apps from Android L on older OS versions

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Now that the Android L Developer Preview is out, some enterprising souls have gone ahead and extracted the new apps that it comes with and made them available for everyone to download and try out.

This has happened thanks to a couple of members of the XDA Developers forum, home to all things related to tinkering with Google’s mobile OS. Read more »

Kernel sources for Sony’s Android flagships now available at GitHub

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Sony has decided to be even more friendly towards the Android developer community, by making kernel sources for its Xperia Android devices accessible through GitHub.

This means things will get significantly easier for developers who tinker with Sony’s hardware and create custom ROMs and kernels for its handsets. Read more »

Motorola releases official demo video for the Moto 360

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Back at the Google I/O we got a lot of new information and a proper demonstration of the new Android Wear devices, including the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Not just that but both devices also went on sale the same day on the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the one that most people have been waiting for – The Moto 360 – was nowhere to be seen and will only be arriving later this year.

So while you will be having to wait for sometime before you can get your hands on the Moto 360, Motorola has uploaded a demo video to show how the watch looks like in action. Read more »

LG and Google to team up for Project Tango

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Remember Google’s Project Tango?

Well it looks like Google is going to be teaming up with LG to make an actual product that’ll hit the market next year. Read more »

Update to Google Drive makes file management easier

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The Google Drive mobile application is a pretty nifty way of checking all of your cloud storage files on the go, but file management is a bit clumsy.

The latest update looks to fix that, by making file interaction an easier process. Read more »

Buy a cardboard VR kit for $20

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One of the treats offered from Google to developers at the end of the company’s keynote yesterday, along with a free smartwatch, was a VR kit made out of cardboard called, #cardboard.

Well if you’re sitting at your computer, grimacing in envy because you weren’t one such developer at I/O, then you’re in luck, because you can purchase an unofficial kit yourself for $20. Read more »

Jolla Launcher for Android now available for alpha testers to download

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The sign up for alpha testers of the new Jolla Launcher has almost drawn to a close and those who signed up can now download the custom Android homescreen. Jolla wants to give users a taste of the gesture-based interface of Sailfish OS without having to buy the Jolla phone.

This initial version of the Jolla Launcher targets Nexus 4 and 5 owners, but it supports any Android 4.3+ device. You still have a day left to sign up for the alpha test program. Read more »