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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo leak [Updated]

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Unfazed by the lackluster demand for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung is (ahem) gearing towards launching its successor. And it seems there are going to be not one but two new Galaxy Gear smartwatches this year.

Evleaks just tweeted a photo of two new Samsung smartwatches that look quite similar to the current Galaxy Gear, called Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo. Taking Samsung’s recent naming convention into consideration, the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo is bound to be simpler of the two new watches with more aggressive pricing. Read more »

Sony teases Xperia Z2 ahead of MWC event

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Sony has tweeted out an image (shown below) of processed film, lots of sticky note paper and scribbles with the promise that “Something extraordinary is coming…”.

While we cannot gather much from the laconic image what we can guess at is that the something in question is coming in a couple of days at the Mobile World Congress and could very well turn out to be the Xperia Z2. Perhaps the numerous colorful props in the image would indicate a black, white, red, purple, yellow and pink color option, or perhaps we’re looking too much into it? Read more »

Angry Birds Rio gets new High Dive episode

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Rio 2 is going to hit the cinemas worldwide on April 4 and Rovio has just released a new Angry Birds Rio update to get you warmed up.

The High Dive episode packs 26 brand new water-themed levels, where you will be rescuing dolphins. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android update brings updated privacy settings

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WhatsApp has released a new update (v2.11.169) for Android that brings with it some new privacy options. You can now choose who can see your ‘Last seen’, profile photo and status message. You can let everyone see it, only your contacts see it or set it so no one can see it.

The iOS version of WhatsApp has had the ability to hide the Last seen status since forever but it’s only now that the Android version received it. But along with it, it also got the ability to hide the profile photo and status message, that iOS version does not yet have. Read more »

Google introduces Project Tango

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Google is introducing an innovative and quite frankly, ambitious new project: Tango.

With Project Tango you will be able to, with your phone, capture accurate 3D models of objects, rooms, and interiors. The possibilities for Tango are many. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 hands-on

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If you have been keeping track of the stats corner on our homepage, you might have noticed that the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is currently the most popular smartphone in our database. We managed to obtain a retail unit and we are now ready to share our first impressions with you.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a massive upgrade over its predecessor – it comes with a bigger display of higher resolution, double the processing powered with a snappy quad-core chipset and comes with a fancy faux leather-like plastic rear cover. Read more »

Huawei MediaPad X1 leaks in a plethora of live pictures

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Huawei MediaPad X1 has leaked yet again. This time we get to see the slate in its full glory thanks to a bunch of high resolution photos.

Huawei MediaPad X1 has been tipped numerous times before. We saw it photographed in the wild next to the upcoming and still unannounced Ascend P7, then it got certified in China with pretty detailed specs. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 to bring Kids mode

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Borrowing a page out of Windows Phone’s book, the newest installment of Samsung’s Galaxy flagship lineup will reportedly feature a new Kids Mode parental control feature.

Kids Mode takes after Kids Corner in WP8, and will give you a special limited access user account for when you want to lend your Galaxy S5 to a child or someone else. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 arrives next month

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Looking to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2? Well you’ll be able to buy it next month for $450.

The 16MP Android-powered camera has Jelly Bean out of the box, and is supposed to be a zippy performer. Read more »

Huawei teases a quartet of devices for MWC

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Huawei continues to tease its line-up of devices that’ll debut at the Mobile World Congress this year. This time, the manufacturer has posted a photo of the devices in question with only their outlines being visible.

Earlier this week, the Chinese company started building hype for its MWC devices in a funny video and showed just a bit of the two tablets and phone in question. Today, however, there’s a fourth one, which doesn’t look like either of those. Read more »

Nokia puts out Green Duck Part 2 short, special page on its site

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Part 2 of Nokia’s #GreenDuck teasers is out and the paddling of ducks hits an obstacle – a dam of discarded phones (there’s a traffic light there too, for some unknown reason).

Nokia also put up a Green Duck page on its web site. The page just lists the two teaser vines but its design is more interesting – it looks just like the custom interface on the Nokia X A110 in the spy shots from earlier today. Read more »

HTC prepping three wearable devices for MWC – two smartwatches and a band

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According to a Bloomberg source close to HTC, the Taiwanese company is aiming to show off three wearable devices to carrier representatives at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. One of them is a smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm’s Toq, the other a smartwatch which will rely heavily on Google Now and finally a bracelet targeted at music lovers.

The source reveals that HTC will likely keep said three devices under wraps from the public eye and only showcase them privately for now – bummer! Read more »

LG shoots the aurora borealis with the new G Pro 2

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LG recently announced the G Pro 2, which features an improved version of the 13 megapixel camera on the G2, and is one of the main features of this phone. So LG decided to show off its low light capabilities by photographing the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.

Although visible clearly to the naked, the aurora borealis is not the easiest thing to capture on a mobile phone camera as it requires a long exposure shot to capture properly. With the help of optical image stabilization, the G Pro 2 can clearly expose much longer than most phones, although the photographers used tripods to take these shots, which sort of defeats the purpose. Read more »

Google Currents reaches end of the road, directs you towards Newsstand

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Google Currents was Google’s content aggregating service along the lines of Flipboard for Android. The app was recently replaced by the much better Newsstand but still existed on the Play Store for users to download.

The app has now finally reached the end of the road, as Google has released an update that will essentially hide the app from your device. After you install the update, launching the app will direct you towards the new Newsstand app and the Currents icon will disappear from your app launcher. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE battery life

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The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE’s visit to our office ends up with its full battery life test. The phone is oriented towards those seeking an LTE phone on a budget without compromising battery life. We’ll see if the Galaxy Core LTE fits the bill.

At least on paper, it appears this to be the case. The Galaxy Core LTE sports a 2,100mAh battery, which is more than decent for a 4.5″ qHD screen. However, we’re not sure it’ll be enough to cover the losses from the ageing Cortex-A9 CPU architecture, which isn’t as power efficient as its more modern rivals. Read more »