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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini battery life

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini matches the looks of the big Galaxy S5 and even most of its features but opts for a smaller display, body and in turn smaller 2,100mAh battery.

The screen of the Galaxy S5 mini is 4.5″ against the 5.1″ of the Galaxy S5 and the resolution is more than two times lower at 720p. The chipset should also be less power-hungry so the 700mAh-less battery should do okay to match the 72 hour endurance rating of the bigger Galaxy S5. But there are a slew of minis to fight as well – let’s see how the Galaxy S5 mini did. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Alpha video hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha branches off the Galaxy S line. It brings the same flagship experience but in a more compact and, more importantly, a more premium body. The Galaxy phones (all of them) use practical plastic instead of expensive and heavy metal.

The Galaxy Alpha has a metal frame and still manages to be surprisingly light – just 115g. Read more »

Go on a field trip, courtesy of Google Now

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Google Now is good at learning your routine and anticipating your search queries, but what about planning a field trip?

The latest Google Now feature from the search engine giant will help you to do just that. Read more »

Barnes & Noble posts a strangely excited teaser ad for the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook early this month – a 7″ Android tablet based on Samsung’s Tab 4 devices but powered by B&N software. A week ago the two companies sent out invites for the big event on August 20.

And just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a teaser video that shows a group of people completely blown away by the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Read more »

Google Voice Search now lets you query in multiple languages simultaneously

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Google’s Voice Search has come a long way since its inception, and the latest feature allows you to add multiple language support to your search queries.

Not only does this help multi-lingual users by adding up to five supported languages, but even has the ability to differentiate between them in the middle of your query. This means that you can start in English, then throw in a word here and there in another language and Google Voice will recognize it. Read more »

Moto 360 launch gets closer as Google asks I/O participants for shipping addresses

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Google I/O conference in June shed some light on the upcoming Android L and Android Wear operating systems. Google’s presents this year for the developers and press attending the event was an Android Wear smartwatch – people got to choose between Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360.

The Gear Live and G Watch were already in production and people who chose them got their presents immediately on site. But what about Moto 360 then? It was promised to ship as soon as the first batch enters mass production. Read more »

Video shows what happens when you throw your Xiaomi Mi 3 under a bus

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You can do so many things with your Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone – enjoy Full HD videos on the 5″ IPS display, take a wonderful 13MP pictures with its camera, play the latest 3D games hassle-free courtesy of the Snapdragon 800 chipset, or listen unlimited music via the Baidu Online Music Service.

But it is surely not such a good idea to throw your beautiful Xiaomi Mi 3 covered in polycarbonate shell and Gorilla Glass 3 under a bus. Someone did this and the result isn’t peachy. Read more »

LG takes a subtle jab at Samsung

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Often, the more subtle jabs are the best ones and LG seems to be doing just that.

LG’s YouTube page has a new header that says ‘There’s life beyond the galaxy’. There’s also an image of a galaxy on the phone’s screen. Surely, not much hint is required to understand where the jab is pointed at. Read more »

HTC Zoe now available for non-HTC phones

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HTC has released its Zoe app for other Android devices. The app was available on the Play Store for a while now but could only be downloaded on HTC devices. This latest (beta) version, however, can be downloaded on select other non-HTC Android devices as well.

Functionality-wise, I expect the app to work just like it does on HTC phones. I say ‘expect’ because it did not work for me. The app asks you to log in to use it, which is pretty annoying as it is. If you manage to get past that, you could use Google or Facebook login, but it did not work for me and the app kept telling me it was unable to connect to HTC’s server. Read more »

Acer refreshes the Iconia Tab A3, new look and Android 4.4 KitKat in tow

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Acer has apparently decided that its Iconia Tab A3 was in need of a revamp, and so the company worked on the A3-A20. This looks like it will succeed the previous model (A3-A10) in Acer’s portfolio.

In fact, it’s already been listed by Acer official sites in both Italy and Spain. And thanks to that, we get to know everything about it. Read more »

Testing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha display

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha uses a 4.7″ Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution and 312ppi pixel density. That’s a first for a Samsung phone – the Galaxy S III was a 4.8″ 720p screen while the Galaxy S5 mini has a 4.5″ 720p screen, both close but not the same. A rumored Galaxy S5 Neo is expected to use Alpha’s screen.

Anyway, the latest generation of Super AMOLED boasts improved sunlight legibility and color accuracy along with reduced power usage. As usual viewing angles are stunning. Read more »

Install the special OnePlus One ROM on any Android that supports Cyanogen

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The OnePlus One flagship has been one of the most hyped-up flagships in recent months, part of the reason being the special version of the popular CyanogenMod Android ROM that it runs.

With OnePlus still struggling to meet the excessive demand for its new flagship, a clever Android dev has created a OnePlus One Conversion Kit that ports all of the extra OnePlus One features onto any device running CyanogenMod 11. These include the camera, Hexo theme, lockscreen and even the AudioFX app. Read more »

The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 marketing stunt highlights Ultra Power Saving Mode

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 marketing stint in the United States is once again focused on the handset’s Ultra Power Saving Mode. The move appears to be an extension to the recent Galaxy S5 TV ad, which labeled iPhone users as wall huggers.

The campaign involves placing stickers around power outlets on three major airports in the United States, which carry the following message: Read more »

Asus outs ZenFone promo trailer to promote its affordable phones

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Asus has launched a promo video for its ZenFone series of smartphones. Entitled “Empowering Luxury for Everyone” the trailer aims to show the unique blend of affordability and high-end feel of its trio of ZenFone devices.

But the video is much more than to show off the company’s ability to make beautiful trailers. It’ll also promote the company’s affordable devices in emerging markets, where the Taiwanese see a lot of potential. Read more »

First official video of Samsung Galaxy Alpha is out now

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the slimmest Galaxy phone to date, went official today. Most of the rumors throughout the past few months turned out correct – the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7″ Super AMOLED 720p display, runs on Exynos 5 Octa chipset with 2GB of RAM, and comes with a 12MP rear camera.

Other interesting bits of the Galaxy Alpha are the integrated fingerprint scanner, heart-rate sensor, LTE Cat.6 connectivity and 32GB non-expandable storage. If you want to meet the Galaxy Alpha up close, you can now do it thanks to the first official promo video. Read more »