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OnePlus OneWatch leak details a titanium and sapphire smartwatch

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The round smartwatch field may heat up very quickly – Motorola is taking its sweet time to put the Moto 360 on sale, while Samsung has already patented three round smartwatch designs. OnePlus may also throw its hat in the ring as there are already 3D renderings for promo material of the OneWatch.

A photo of what appears to be the product page of the OneWatch along with some sketches reveal the smartwatch’s specifications and that it might be close to ready. Read more »

Samsung patents three rounded smartwatch designs

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Samsung has patented three new smartwatch designs, all of which have a rounded display instead of that on their well-known rectangular Gear smartwatches.

The patent number is US D709,873 S and covers the design of three smartwatches with slightly different displays and straps. All of them feature a camera on the strap, which may indicate the use of Tizen OS over Android Wear. Read more »

HTC Desire 616 dual sim hands-on

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The HTC Desire 616 dual sim is like a smaller version of the Desire 816 but it has an attention-grabbing octa-core processor. And the processor has eight Cortex-A7 cores instead of big.LITTLE architecture.

The Desire 616 has a large screen for a mid-ranger but with 720p resolution it won’t be fighting flagships any time soon. This fits the style of smartphone popular in East Asia – screen size takes precedence over resolution, dual-SIM is a must and the more cores the better. Read more »

D.M.A. Navi Watch app for Galaxy Gear puts Google Maps navigation on your wrist

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You own a Galaxy Gear and need to get somewhere but don’t know the way. While Google Maps integrates with Android Wear, your Tizen-powered Samsung Gear smartwatch can’t use Android Wear apps. How to get out of this conundrum? The free D.M.A. Navi Watch app.

The app still uses Google Maps for navigation, but transfers the notifications put out by Maps onto your wrist. Read more »

Bolt, new instant messaging app from Instagram, now available in select countries

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We talked about the Bolt service a few days back. The app is now officially available on iOS and Android, but only in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now.

Bolt lets you have a group of close friends that you can instantly send photos or videos to. Just tap on their contact name and it takes a photo and sends it. You can press and hold on the contact name to send a video. Just like with Snapchat, the photos and videos are not sent and are removed from your device when you swipe them away. Read more »

Signal will keep your iPhone calls private

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Spooked that the NSA is snooping on your phone calls?

Then you might want to try out Signal, the app that encrypts your iPhone’s calls. Read more »

Xiaomi allegedly sending your info to Chinese servers [UPDATED]

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You always had a feeling that Xiaomi’s deals were too good to be true, but you just couldn’t figure out what the catch was exactly, right?

Update, July 31: Please have a look at our follow-up on this story before drawing conclusions and leaving a comment.

Well it’s safe to say now that that puzzle’s been solved, as the RedMi Note was caught red-handed sending private user info to a Chinese server. Read more »

NVIDIA Shield Tablet now available starting at $299

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NVIDIA’s powerful new tablet, the Shield, is now out. It was made official exactly one week ago, after many leaks about it had popped up in the past.

The NVIDIA Shield tablet can be yours for $299, directly from the company’s own online store for the US. This price, however, doesn’t include the Shield Wireless Controller, the Wi-Fi-based gamepad that’s been prominently featured alongside the tablet in promo materials. Read more »

AnTuTu hints of a pending Snapdragon 805-powered Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

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Amazon may be working on a revamped flagship tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The original one launched with the then-current Snapdragon 800, while this new version spotted by the AnTuTu team uses the latest Snapdragon 805.

Other key specs seem unchanged – like the 8.9″ 2,560 x 1,600 screen, 2GB of RAM or 8MP / 1MP camera setup. Read more »

Facebook to make Messenger a mandatory download

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Facebook has been pushing its Messenger application pretty zealously, and there’s even been talks of the social networking giant monetizing the app.

Well it looks like Zuckerberg and company are making the installation of Facebook Messenger a mandatory affair for anyone who wants to communicate with their Facebook friends from their mobile device. Read more »

HTC One (E8) hands-on

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Whether you know it as the HTC One Vogue or the HTC One Ace, the One (E8) is here to put an end to HTC’s usage of low-res cameras… and metal unibodies.

The HTC One (E8) is a plastic variant of the HTC One (M8) that retains almost all aspects of the flagship’s premium package but asks significantly lower at retail. The front is still adorned by a 5″ Super LCD3 of 1080p resolution, the chipset is still a Snapdragon 801, the speakers are still stereo BoomSound and the software is still Sense 6 on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Read more »

Lava Iris X1 review

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Lava launched its latest mid-range smartphone, the Iris X1 a couple of weeks ago. The Indian manufacturer has promised to deliver high-end smartphone experience at super attractive price tag.

The Lava Iris X1 comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor along with Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU on a Broadcom chipset. Let’s see how well it performs. Read more »

Indian customers order XOLO Q900s Windows Phone, receive Android version

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Well, this is an odd one. It looks like Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, has mistakenly sent people who ordered the new XOLO Win Q900s an Android-running version of the device. To be clear, the XOLO Win Q900s should run Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS.

So imagine the surprise (if not anger) you’d feel were you to order one of those, only to receive something that runs Android. Read more »

LG launches Tab Book i5 tablet running Android only

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LG has released a new variant of its Windows Tab Book tablet that’s set to run on just Android.

The Tab Book is similar to its Windows counterpart (announced at CES this year), except that it uses its quad-core 2.6GHz Core i5 processor to run Android 4.2.2. Read more »

Seidio Ledger flip case for HTC One (M8) flash review

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The Seidio Ledger flip case for HTC One (M8) is an alternative to the smartphone manufacturer’s popular Dot View cover. The Ledger case aims to entice people away from HTC’s own case by offering a built-in kickstand and a credit card/ID slot.

Based in Houston, Texas, Seidio designs and manufactures cases and covers for smartphones and tablets. The company has a reputation of offering products that combine quality and ergonomics with reasonable pricing. Read more »