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Samsung Galaxy Gear discounted to $160

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company’s original smartwatch that runs Android has received a major discount in the US.

The device now costs just $159.99 at Woot and comes in a myriad, including lime green, oatmeal beige, wild orange, mocha gray and rose gold. Read more »

Robert Downey, Jr. flaunts his HTC One (M8) in new ad

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Robert Downey, Jr. (aka Iron Man) is still a spokesperson for HTC and the company just came out with a one minute video ad of him talking up the new One (M8). He starts off by mentioning HTC won “best phone” at the MWC two years in a row.

However, there are no specifics of why the M8 is “somehow even better” than its predecessor. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is bound to become one of the hottest selling handsets and so it must undergo heavy scrutiny. Battery life is an everyday worry, especially with bigger screens and faster chipsets.

The Galaxy S5 screen isn’t much bigger than that of its processor (5.1″ vs. 5″), but it is brighter. The Snapdragon 801 chipset should also offer a big performance boost over the Snapdragon 600 of last year. Read more »

Alleged specs of Samsung SM-T800 slate with 10.5 inch AMOLED display leak out

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Purported specs of Samsung SM-T800 tablet, which we saw pass through the FCC, with 10.5” AMOLED display emerged on the web. The Korean giant hasn’t released a slate with AMOLED display since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011.

The Wi-Fi-only Samsung SM-T800 is reportedly powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with a quad-core CPU (Snapdragon 801 is rumored as a likely candidate). Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 tops the DxOMark mobile photography rankings

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The performance of the 20.7MP camera of the Sony Xperia Z2 earned it serious accolades. The smartphone topped the prestigious, highly-contested DxOMark mobile photography rankings with an overall score of 79.

Sony’s latest smartphone flagship took the top spot away from the venerable Nokia 808 PureView and its 77 points. Read more »

WhatsApp prepaid cards now selling through E-Plus in Germany

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WhatsApp now offers its own prepaid service through E-Plus in Germany, letting you use the popular messaging app for a fixed monthly amount. The offer also features unlimited usage of the app even if you don’t have any standing traffic left.

The package with the SIM card is on offer for €10 but features a starting balance of €10 itself making the SIM practically free. Otherwise a call or text will set you back €0.09 to all German carriers whilst 1 MB will cost €0.24. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M5 is here, squishes lots of bugs

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The latest M release of the CyanogenMod 11 version is out and brings some improvements and fixes for several irritating bugs. Version M5 comes just on schedule, one month after the M4 hit devices.

The software is available for download but you’d need to check if your device is eligible. You can do that here. The US Galaxy S III (D2lte) and International Snapdragon 600-powered Galaxy S4 (Jflte) devices will not get the M5 release just yet because the CM team needs to iron out some issues with those devices ahead of the release. Read more »

Fastlane feature of Nokia X phones demoed in official video

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Nokia finally started making Android phones but made sure the interface looks anything but Android. This includes a Windows Phone-like start screen and Nokia’s Fastlane feature from the Asha handsets.

Smartphone users are perhaps not familiar with it, so the company released a video demo of it running on the Nokia XL. Read more »

The No. 1 Top New Paid app on Android is a scam

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It’s no secret that app stores on all platforms have their fair share of fraudulent apps. Most of these apps will take your money and do nothing of what they say in the description or are free to install but end up doing damage in other ways, such as by selling your information or straight up installing malware.

The open nature of Android’s Play Store means it has been an easy target for scammers who don’t have to pass any security checks as one would have to on Apple’s App Store. This probably explains why there are so many antivirus apps on Android. But what happens when an antivirus app itself tries to scam you? Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet battery life test

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the hottest new pieces of Android hardware – it’s hard to believe how thin and light it is until you hold it in your hand. At 6.4mm thick, there’s not much room so the tablet uses a 6,000mAh battery, the same capacity as the previous model.

Snapdragon 801 is a power-efficient chipset (it’s in phones with less than half the battery capacity), but there’s still a 10.1″ screen, which would probably be the main power drain. Read more »

Upcoming Android TV gets detailed before announcement

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Leaked documents and screenshots obtained by The Verge reveal that Google is about to launch a new take on home entertainment. Dubbed Android TV, the service will take on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.

According to the leaked documentation, Android TV is going to be “an entertainment interface, not a computing platform”. Read more »

See the Tesla Model S run over the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Coming straight from the YouTube channel that brought us the fingerprint battle between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s is this new video where the Galaxy S5 is subjected to a drop test and being run over by a Tesla Model S.

We’ve already seen how the Galaxy S5 takes drops on the ground so we’re more interested in the car run over bit. Read more »

Google Play People rounds up your friends’ app suggestions

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Google is rolling out a new feature to its Google Play store dubbed People. You know how you see your friends’ +1s on certain apps in the Play Store? Well now those apps have their separate own tab.

The People tab utilizes Google+’s recommendations in the Play Store in its mobile form and has its very own certain style – shown above. On the web Google Play store you can see the same reviews and ratings by your friends with the “From Familiar Faces” option. The new feature is rolling out as we speak so you might want to check your Play store to see if you have it already. Read more »

Nokia X synthetic benchmarks

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Here is another teaser for our upcoming Nokia X review – benchmark scores! We were able to make some tests shortly after the Nokia X was announced on the MWC in Barcelona, but this time around we can finally run all benchmarks on a retail-ready unit.

The Nokia X is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor coupled with half a gig RAM, which should be barely enough to run a standard Android Jelly Bean version. Luckily Nokia has done some great work optimizing the Android OS and its proprietary launcher, so the final OS is relatively smooth and snappy, with almost no visible lag. The apps from the Nokia Store run great too. Read more »

Fingerprint scanner battle: Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s

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Apple didn’t introduce fingerprint-scanning technology in handhelds but it did make it hip again when it transformed the iconic iPhone home button into a Touch ID scanner in the iPhone 5s.

It must have generated the needed attention because other manufacturers were quick to add in their own fingerprint scanning tech. More recently, Samsung also made the leap with its Galaxy S5 flagship’s home button. But how do both technologies stack up? Read more »