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LG G2 mini hands-on

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The second-generation LG G family of smartphones is now complete with the launch of the G2 mini. The phone keeps the familiar design characteristics of the G2, which includes the rear-mounted controls as well as extra thin bezels.

The LG G2 mini packs a 4.7″ IPS LCD display, which LG claims takes 71% of the phone’s surface. Unfortunately, it’s only qHD resolution, which results in a pixel density of 234 ppi leaving it behind its 720p rivals. Read more »

Rufus Cuff Monster is a new wearable with a 3″ screen

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Do you want a wearable with a bigger screen that is capable of more than just basic fitness tracking?

Well the Rufus Cuff Monster is the wearable for you. It’s aptly named too, with its 3”. Hit the jump to check out its extensive list of features. Read more »

Android travel app, TripIt, is redesigned

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Google’s travel app, TripIt, has gotten a major design overhaul.

Google has given the app a “card view” along with some other updates. Read more »

Nokia XL hands-on

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Another member of the Nokia X family decided to pay our office a visit. The Nokia XL is the largest Android-powered member of the recently announced X-family of phones. Think of it as a grown-up Nokia X, as it packs a 5″ IPS LCD display of the same WVGA resolution as its smaller brother.

The Nokia XL features the same build materials and design as its smaller brother, but it’s notably heavier as you could expect. It weighs the rather hard to bare 190 grams and gives an almost tank-like impression. It really takes away portability points, though. Read more »

10 things you didn’t know your Galaxy S5 could do

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Here’s something you may not have known: 10 hidden features that weren’t really advertised in Samsung’s promotion of the Galaxy S5 have been released today.

All of the key selling points: its camera, dust and water resistance, and built-in heart rate monitor have been rightfully pimped in advertisements, but here’s a list of a few things you may not have known the Galaxy S5 was capable of. Read more »

Sony Xperia Keyboard is now available on Google Play Store

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Sony Mobile has officially released its Xperia Keyboard app on the Google Play Store. However, it appears that the only reason why Sony submitted it is so it can easily update it in the future, without having to release full firmware updates for that.

This means that the app is available across the globe, but is currently restricted to only Xperia smartphones. It’s unclear if the default keyboard of the Xperia smartphones will ever be officially released for other droids. Read more »

Flickr 3.0 for iOS and Android bring a completely new design

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Flickr has released version 3.0 of the iOS and Android app that is a complete overhaul over the previous versions. To put it simply, it now looks like Instagram.

The update is available on both iOS and Android and for once we see no preference given to either platform, with both getting the latest update with a UI optimized for that particular platform (unlike Instagram). Read more »

Samsung and Amazon team up to make special Kindle app

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So the Kindle application is free to download for all Android users.

But it looks like Samsung and the online retailing mega-giant have joined forces to create a Kindle app specifically designed for Galaxy devices. Read more »

AnTuTu statistics say Nexus and Xiaomi as popular as Samsung

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The makers behind the popular benchmark AnTuTu have compiled statistics from their app to try and paint a picture of the global popularity of Android phones. The results show Samsung and Google Nexus have a huge presence and so does (surprisingly) Xiaomi.

It should be noted that 50% of the info for these statistics came from users based in China, which clearly skews the results. Read more »

First camera sample from Galaxy K Zoom surfaces [Update: it's fake]

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The next generation Galaxy S Zoom device will be dubbed Galaxy K Zoom instead and will be unveiled in less than two weeks. The number of leaks for the K Zoom has been relatively low, but now the first alleged camera sample has appeared.

Update:It turns out that the photo is actually coming from a Sony H200 digicam and not the upcoming K Zoom smartphone and the EXIF has been modified. Move along people, there’s nothing to see here.

The EXIF info lists the device as Samsung SM-C115, in line with previous leaks. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 now available for just 119 quid in the UK

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Looking to strike a great deal on a mid-sized tablet? Well if you live in the UK you probably need to look no further than the LG G Pad 8.3. The slate, which we reviewed and really liked a while ago, can now be had for just £119.

Update: It appears the stock has been depleted rather quickly and the offer is currently unavailable. It’s unclear if there’s new stock on the way or if that was all about the promotion.

For the price you are getting an 8.3″ IPS LCD of 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution, a Snapdragon 600 chipset and a sleek metallic body that only weighs 338g. Even the Nexus 7 (2013) looks rather overpriced in comparison to this offer. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition gets Android 4.4 KitKat update

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Samsung is rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet. The update is currently available only for Wi-Fi variant, while the 3G and LTE models are expected to get it any moment now.

The newest firmware brings faster performance, wireless printing support, full screen album, new camera shortcut, white status bar icons, enhanced sound controls, default home and SMS apps and stability improvements. Read more »

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual benchmarks

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Sony announced its Xperia T2 Ultra in January and the phablet was designed specifically for Asian and African markets where the big screen smartphones are all the rage. We took the 6-inch device for a benchmark spin and stacked it up against some of its competition.

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor along with 1 GB of RAM. The specifications of the phablet are quite decent for the mid-range, but has the company managed to get the most out of it? Let’s find out! Read more »

YouTube for Android can now cast live videos to Chromecast

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An update has been released to the YouTube app for Android that brings with it a couple of changes. The major addition is the ability to cast live videos to Chromecast. Live videos are, well, videos of events happening live and not pre-recorded and previously there was no way to watch this on Chromecast, which has been fixed now.

Other change is the updated Watch Later UI, which is now in tune with the design of the rest of the app. Read more »

Official Google Camera app for Android hits the Play store with new features

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In line with the rumor from a couple of weeks ago, Google launched a refreshed camera app for Android devices. Dubbed Google Camera, the application is now available to download in the Play store.

The most notable new feature which Google Camera app brings is called Lens Blur. Read more »