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Lava Iris Pro 30 review

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Lava launched its new line of smartphones under the theme of “Art meets Smart” a few days ago. With the new venture the company has promised to deliver high-end smartphone experience at an affordable price tag.

The first smartphone in the new line up is the Iris Pro 30, which comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 CPU along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU on a MediTek MT6589 chipset. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 has a mouthful of a name but its specs sheet is modest at best. It’s a toned-down version of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, bringing a lower-end processor and camera while featuring larger dimensions.

The device also does away with the front-facing shooter and calling capabilities, but retains the 1024 x 600 screen, TouchWiz on top of Android 4.2, and is in the same price range at launch. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo comes in as the second entry in both the new Neo lineup from Samsung, and the Grand family. With a quad-core processor, it hopes to provide more capable performance compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Grand.

The battery size and overall specs remain the same, so we’ll have to see how much the bump in processing power impact battery life. Let’s dive right in! Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1s goes on an underwater manatee shoot

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Sony caught up with underwater photographer Carol Grant recently, and gave her its Xperia Z1s flagship with which to do one of her interesting manatee photoshoots.

While the results are understandably less impressive than her DSLR work, the unedited shots taken with the Xperia Z1s are quite good. Read more »

BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android brings a host of new features

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BlackBerry announced that a major update is coming to BBM for iOS and Android. Version 2.0 of the popular adds a host of new features to the popular messenger, headed by voice calling.

Voice calling works over both Wi-Fi and cellular connection and allows a user to call his/her BBM contacts anywhere in the world. The feature is available free of charge. Read more »

Basemark X 3D benchmark updated to 1.1, runs on the top three smartphone OSes

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Benchmarks are a big part of our reviews and Basemark X is one of the newer ones we’re using. The company behind it, Rightware, just announced that it has covered all three major smartphone OSes, which is a must-have for inter-platform comparisons.

The latest version, Basemark X 1.1, is based on Unity 4.2, a popular game engine and IDE. Read more »

The MWC to see Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Gear 2 announcements

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Rumors indicate that this month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona could see more than one announcement from Samsung.

Besides the anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, sources indicate that new editions of their popular Galaxy Tab series of tablets and Galaxy Gear smartwatch could get announced. Read more »

New Angry Birds Stella coming up

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Over the last few hours Rovio has released three teasers about a new Angry Birds game. The pictures are very clear – they even have the #NEWANGRYBIRDS hashtag in the corner, so it isn’t just another update.

There is no other information but the teaser pictures, which show popular birds watching something in the distance. There is the Stella logo plus the “Best Friends Forever…Most of the Time” message. Read more »

HTC launches customizable Double Dip cases

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HTC launched customizable Double Dip cases for its HTC One flagship. The protective cases are split into three parts and you can customize the color of each one.

Just to be clear, those are cases – HTC isn’t painting the One in wildly different colors, like Motorola does with the Moto X. Read more »

Google Play Music 5.4 update brings offline radio and much more

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Google will soon start rolling out v5.4 of the Google Play Music app for Android and it brings with it several useful changes. One of them is the addition of offline radio feature that lets you cache radio stations within the app for offline playback. Just choose the ‘Keep on device’ option for a station to save it on to your device.

The Play Music app will also let you manage all your associated devices. The online service has a limit of 10 devices and to add more you need to deauthorize old ones, which previously had to be done through the web interface but can now be done from within the app itself. Read more »

Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft is considering bringing support for Android applications to Windows and Windows Phone. Planning for the radical move is said to be ongoing and in early stages.

If materialized, the shift in strategy will aim to counter the lack of popular apps available on Microsoft’s OS platforms. Despite featuring mainstream titles such as Flipboard and Instagram, Windows Phone still lacks many of the popular iOS and Android apps and games. Read more »

Cool renders show what the HTC M8 might look like

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We’ve seen the HTC M8 (the HTC One’s successor) star in plenty of leaks but they all have something in common – low quality photos. XDA-Developers user hamdir collected all leaked photos and created beautiful renders of the M8.

Some of the things are dubious – like the second camera. The images that showed it were called out as fakes by an HTC regional director, but there are plenty of leaked images that feature a second opening above the camera (including back covers). Read more »

Specs of a trio of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 slates leak, fail to impress

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Samsung said it will be trying hard to expand its tablet market share in 2014 and it shows. The company already released a quartet of Galaxy Tab Pro tablets and the ultra low-end Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 and now we learn that a trio of fourth generation Galaxy Tab slates will be joining them shortly.

The Galaxy Tab 4 slates will bring quad-core 1.2 GHz processors to the series, better cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat and will come in three sizes – 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1. All three new slates will feature TFT displays of the modest 1280×800 pixels resolution. The connectivity departments will include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS with GLONASS a microSD card slot and an optional 3G/LTE radio. All new slates will come with Samsung’s premium Hancom Office, E-Meeting and WebEx services plus the Remote PC app preinstalled. Read more »

Verizon-bound Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 leaks

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Verizon will start offering the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition slate soon. A leaked official picture, courtesy of @evleaks, show the black version with embedded Verizon and its 4G LTE logos on the faux-leather plastic back.

Naturally, Verizon will be offering the LTE-enabled version powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset. Read more »

Samsung outs KitKat source code for Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Samsung has released the Android 4.4 KitKat kernel source code for its Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablets.

If you have a thing for developing kernels and ROMs for huge powerful slates, then the source links below have the codes for you to play with. Read more »