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Google Now adds cards to show products in a nearby store

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Treading the fine line between convenient and creepy, Google has added yet another feature to Google Now that goes through your personal information and suggests something relevant.

This time, it’s cards that tell you when a certain product is available in a store near you. If you walk past a store, Google Now will show a card with items and their pricing available in that store, items that you have looked up in the past and are interested in purchasing. Read more »

Oppo Find 7a panorama and slow shutter camera samples

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We’ve finished our thorough review of the Oppo Find 7a, where we gave you lots of various camera and video samples. In case those weren’t enough for you, we’ve snapped a few more – panorama and long exposure particularly.

Oppo Find 7a is capable of capturing up to 180 degrees panorama shots and the resulting images have up to 15MP resolution. Note that you need to hold the phone vertically to get those 15MP pano shots (6100x2500px), while the horizontal shooting will output images only just over 10MP (5500x1900px). Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M6 Android ROM released

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The custom ROM mega giant, CyanogenMod, released the newest iteration of their popular ROM: CyanogenMod 11 M6.

CM 11 M6 is out and ready to be used by 50 devices, the likes of which includes the Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S, S2, S3, S4, the LG Optimus G, G2, G Pro, G Pad, HTC One Mini and many others. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab S with 2560 x 1600 AMOLED display leaks in detail

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More details on the previously rumored, yet to be announced Samsung tablet with AMOLED display made the rounds online. Set to launch in 8.4” and 10.5” display size, the slate will form a new family of Samsung tablets, dubbed Galaxy Tab S.

As expected, the biggest highlight in the specs of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S family is the display. Read more »

Oppo Find 7a battery life

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We’ve just finished our Oppo Find 7a in-depth review, where we’ve summarized our battery life impressions. Naturally it’s time to give you the breakdown of the results and compare it to other devices.

The Oppo Find 7a has this rapid charging feature that allows you to charge 75% of the battery for just half an hour, while 5 minutes hooked up on the huge 4.5A charger will give you 2 hours of calls. That’s quite the promises and we’ve put those claims to testing first. Read more »

Alcatel Idol X+ battery test

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The Alcatel Idol X+ runs on a robust MT6592 octa-core processor, and is the first “true” octa-core smartphone we’ve reviewing toting a chip capable of throttling any number of the eight cores depending on how much power is required.

Alcatel has also thrown in a robust 2,500mAh battery into the mix, which leaves us curious to see how well the CPU is doing in terms of efficiency. Let’s dive in! Read more »

Worldwide tablet sales fail to reach projections

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IDC has confirmed that worldwide tablet sales are selling sluggishly.

There was only a 3.9% growth in sales as compared to last year, suggesting that the entire tablet market may be reaching a point of stagnation. Read more »

Samsung’s tablets right behind the iPad

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IDC, a technology research firm, shows that the sales of Samsung’s line of tablets are catching up to the sales of the iPad.

Apple still controls the dominant market share, but IDC’s research shows that the Cupertino-based tech manufacturer isn’t growing. Samsung’s tablets, however, are displaying promising growth. Read more »

Nokia XL battery test

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The Nokia XL is a fairly large and heavy phone but it has a relatively small 2,000mAh battery. While its dual-core Cortex-A5 chipset and its WVGA screens are not the biggest battery hogs, we’re testing the dual-SIM version of the phone, which is bound to put extra strain on the battery.

The Nokia XL’s smaller siblings have 1,500mAh batteries so the extra 1″ screen size also comes with a 500mAh advantage. Read more »

Google updates Search, Play Music and Play Games apps for Android

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Google has released a flurry of updates for some of its key apps on Android, including Google Search, Play Music and Play Games.

The first is the Search app (version 3.4.15.1143430.arm), which gets a cool new addition. The app will now try and determine the position of your car when you park it, so when you return you know where to find it on the map. Read more »

Google Glass bill of materials estimated at just $80

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Google Glass is one of the most futuristic gadgets out there, but you can’t have one. Mostly because it’s not on sale to the general public and even during the one day that it was, it cost a whopping $1,500.

But how much does it cost to make Glass? About 5% of the sales price say analysts at Teardown.com. Catwig took Google Glass apart last year, but this is the first estimate of the bill of materials. Read more »

Google outs Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android and iOS

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Google released standalone Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps for Android and iOS. Docs and Sheets are already available to download and install, while Slides will be available soon.

The apps work both online and offline. Read more »

Ubuntu for Android gets the axe

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The recent news of Canonical pulling the plug on Ubuntu for Android will probably only upset a few die-hard users.

Despite the cool concept of being able to use your smartphone as a fully functioning desktop OS once you put it in a docking station, Canonical has decided to halt development of the project. Read more »

Samsung boasts about S-Health and more in new ad spots

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Just because the Galaxy S5 has officially been released doesn’t mean that Samsung is going to stop talking about all the great features its latest flagship boasts.

In the Korean manufacturer’s latest series of advertisements, some of the Galaxy S5’s best new features are shown off. Read more »

Apple vs Android – an infographic on the rivalry

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The rivalry between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android has been an important factor in shaping the smartphone ecosystem the last couple of years.We’ve covered the whole ordeal in many articles here on GSMArena but there’s always more room for perspective.

The people over at ComputerScienceDegreeHub.com have concocted an inforgraphic based on various sources that depicts Apple viewed in 6 areas of investor concern, giving some numbers and facts. Read more »