Companies behind mobile OSes love bragging about how many apps there are in their respective app stores, but mobile app testing company StarDust has conducted a 6 month long study and found things they wouldn’t be so proud about.
The study looked into how many old apps get updated and how many don’t get updated at all. The results of the study are presented as an easy to digest infographic. Read more »
This one isn’t for the faint of heart, people. You are about get to witness the Motorola Moto X being keyed, knifed and hammered on its front, back and sides in order to test out the durability of that plastic body, tapered edges and Gorilla Glass display.
The guy performing the abusive tests isn’t holding back on the Moto X and the phone could have easily turned into a nonfunctional mush. Wander what happened – check out the video after the break. Read more »
Part of Motorola’s Moto X X8 chipset is the always-listening core that activates the phone and Google Now with the magic words “Okay Google Now”. That little neat trick made geeky smartphone-loving hearts everywhere skip a beat and many wanted to get the feature for their not-Moto X Android smartphone.
Thanks to Open Mic+ that feature is available to all, ad-free and for the price of none over at the Google Play store (links after the break). Read more »
Sony is now seeding the Android 4.2.2 update for the Wi-Fi only model of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. The LTE version of is already running on this firmware since the beginning of August.
The update brings lots of changes – it replaces the Tablet UI with Phone UI, and brings multi-user support, 64GB microSD card support, notification bar and new widgets. Read more »
Twitter is a buzzing social network of which conversations have always been an integral part but up until now were rather hard to follow – you’d need to dig through people’s profiles in order to see what’s going on.
However now Twitter is rolling out an update on its website as well as on Android and iOS clients, which puts conversations into focus. You’ll get up to three replies to a tweet displayed and there’s a new tap to see all replies thread link. Read more »
The budget nature of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue calls for much corner cutting but when it comes to the battery backup, the Chinese have done pretty well. The 7 incher is packing a potent 4100mAh Li-Po battery that promises to go great distances.
However, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue packs a rather outdated quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which isn’t exactly known for its power-efficiency. We were quite interested to find out how those two balance out. Read more »
Sony’s unusual lens-cameras look like eccentric gadgets but early pricing rumors have them priced quite reasonably. They will come in high-end and entry-level options, helping push people who might be on the fence.
The high-end model – the QX100 – will reportedly use the same 1″ sensor and optically stabilized lens with F/1.8 aperture and 3.6x zoom as the Sony RX100M II. Read more »
LG has published a video introduction of its LG G2 flagship. It highlights all important features of the G2 ahead of the smartphone’s premier.
You’ll see what the rear keys can be used for and how the new software features will ease your daily life. Read more »
The new Nexus 7 is easily one of the best Android tablets available on the market today and most would say that it is, in fact, the best Android tablet available on the market today. However, so far it has been available officially only in the US and Canada, but that changes today.
Starting today, those who live in UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan will also be available to head over to their Play Store and purchase the new Nexus 7 directly from Google. Read more »
HTC has decided to go ahead and make a limited edition Hello Kitty model of the Butterfly S (because why not?). The phone will be available in Taiwan starting next week.
The Hello Kitty Butterfly S is similar in terms of hardware to the standard Butterfly S but on the back you have an engraving of a 3D Hello Kitty logo, complete with the customary bow and all. On the software side there are probably some Hello Kitty wallpapers to go with the theme but it doesn’t seem there is much else apart from that. Read more »
We saw the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids in a leaked press material just yesterday and we even found the slate’s manual on Samsung’s official website. So, it’s no surprise Samsung outs the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids today.
There are basically no new details – the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has the same specs as the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 but comes with highly customized user interface for kids plus lots of pre-installed age appropriate software and games. Read more »
BlackBerry Messenger was supposed to hit the Android and iOS app stores today, but there’s nothing just yet (but you can try the beta). More interesting is that Samsung has now kicked-off its promotion of BBM – earlier this month the two companies struck a deal to promote the messenger in Africa.
CrackBerry forum member PauloPlmenta spotted an ad of the Galaxy S4 running BlackBerry Messenger during a football game (Manchester United vs. Chelsea) broadcast in Mozambique. Read more »
The rumor mill has been pretty confident that he Unpacked 2 event on September 4 on IFA grounds will bring the new Galaxy Note III phablet and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but now there’s official confirmation straight from the EVP of Samsung Mobile.
The EVP, Lee Young-hee, calls it a “concept wearable device” and says it’s aimed at young trend-setters. Samsung is confident that the Galaxy Gear will shake things up in the mobile industry. Read more »
Oppo N1 cameraphone will be unveiled at a special event in Beijing, China on September 23. Until then Oppo is teasing us weekly with new details about the upcoming cameraphone.
The latest teaser is a counter that shows the time until something wonderful goes live. We guess this is the time until Oppo give us the next teaser. Read more »
While other companies are prepping to unveil flagships at IFA, teasing upcoming monster droids, or even keeping everything under wraps until September, LG has already announced its G2 top dog and is doing some great PR stuff.
The latest stunt LG has prepared includes the G2 taking a trip to the Earth’s stratosphere. The 1080p camcorder with OIS is put to the task to film Earth. Read more »