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Samsung shows how tough the Galaxy Note 4 is with drop test video

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Samsung has released a second video of the Galaxy Note 4 testing facilities and it shows the phone in a series of comprehensive drop tests. While in the previous video, Samsung focused on bending the Note 4, here the company goes medieval on it with hundreds of drop and tumble tests.

Surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 4 walks out of all of them with the screen intact and working perfectly. The video doesn’t focus on any visual damage that the tests might’ve caused, but having the Note 4 work at the end is impressive. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 gets ported to Android One smartphones

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CyanogenMod 11 is now unofficially available for Android One devices. The ultra-popular custom ROM for Android made its way to the lineup of entry-level devices thanks to a crafty member of XDA Developers.

As is the case with most early unofficial ports, some hardware features of the MediaTek device are not ready for prime time just yet. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch hits stores in November in limited numbers

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Asus announced the ZenWatch in September and promised it will hit store shelves in Taiwan in November. Sadly, however, according to information obtained by VR-Zone sources, Asus will offer the smartwatch in extremely limited quantities at launch.

If the information turns out to be true, then we wouldn’t keep our breath for Asus to release the ZenWatch outside Taiwan any time soon. There’s no additional information as to what is holding the company back to launch the wearable at this time. Read more »

Logitech’s protection [+] power for Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5/5s does what it says on the label

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Logitech has unveiled a rugged, MIL-STD rated battery case with versions for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the old Apple iPhone 5 and 5s. The case is appropriately named “protection [+] power” and comes in Gray/Black and White/Blue.

A MIL-STD-810G rating does not include water resistance but it means the device can survive drops on hard concrete from 1.2 meters. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets rooted ahead of international launch

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently available for purchase in some parts of Asia, but a more broader launch is yet to happen. Nevertheless, long-time Android developer Chainfire has released a way to root the phablet.

The root method currently works on the following Galaxy Note 4 variants – SM-N910C and SM-N910U with Exynos 5433 and the SM-N9106W launched in China with the Snapdragon 805 chipset. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia Z3 voted fan favorite

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Last week we wanted your take on another device released last month at IFA – the Sony Xperia Z3, and how it stacks up against the current crop of Android flagship competition.

The stylish aluminum frame, dual-glass panel design and IP68 waterproof certification was enough to put it ahead of devices like the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5. Let’s take a look at the scores. Read more »

Samsung promo video showcases the S Pen of the Galaxy Note 4

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With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 already under way, the Korean giant released a new promo video starring the phablet. The two-minute long clip focuses on one of the device’s key selling points –its S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features enhanced S Pen. Read more »

Yes, Samsung Gear Live can run Windows 95

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In case you wondered, Samsung Gear Live can boot Microsoft Windows 95. A crafty user managed to install Redmond’s classic desktop OS on the Android Wear smartwatch.

The successful port of Windows 95 was performed using aDosBox. Read more »

‘Entwined Challenge’ for iOS and Android game review

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Entwined Challenge is the latest game from PlayStation Mobile for iOS and Android. The game is based on Entwined, made for the PlayStation platform.

Entwined Challenge is a simplified version of Entwined, modified and optimized for touchscreen devices. You play as a fish and a bird and control both characters simultaneously in an endless runner sort of environment. The original PlayStation title received mixed reviews from critics. Let’s see how well the mobile version fares. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi Note battery life test

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Our review of Xiaomi Redmi Note is live at our homepage and it’s time we share the full breakdown of its battery test. The Redmi Note is a dual-SIM smartphone with a massive 5.5″ IPS display and a huge 3,200 mAh battery.

The Redmi Note is running on the MediaTek’s MT6592 chipset with octa-core Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Cortex-A7 are energy-efficient cores, but we’ve seen the same chipset performing rather poorly on the Alcatel Idol X+ and the Gionee Elife S5.5. Read more »

HP 10 Plus mid-range Android tablet quietly goes on sale

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HP quietly launched the 10 Plus Android tablet. The 10.1” mid-range slate is already available in the company’s official online store and Amazon for $279.99.

The specs of the Wi-Fi-only HP 10 Plus are in line with its price tag. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on

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Hello, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we meet again. Now that we’re away from the IFA 2014 spotlights and the hectic showroom environment, it’s time to meet the company’s flagship phablet in a more personal setting.

Upon the first glance, we can’t help but enjoy how the Galaxy Note 4 feels in hand. The feel of the phablet, which now shares the metal frame with the Galaxy Alpha, is substantially better. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 battery life test

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We gave you our in-depth review of the Sony Xperia Z3 and now we are ready to share the full breakdown of its battery life test.

Sony Xperia Z3 flagship uses a 3,100 mAh, which is 100 mAh less than its Sony Xperia Z2 predecessor. The chipset is the same basic type – Snapdragon 801 although it has its CPU clocked higher this time. The 5.2″ screen estate is the same too, but the display panel is entirely new – this was bound to be an interesting ride. Read more »

Google working on another messaging service for emerging markets

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Google is reportedly working on a new messaging service for the emerging markets. It will compete against services such as WhatsApp, which is especially popular in India, along with Line, WeChat, and Viber.

One would wonder though as to why Google would bother with another service when it already has Hangouts, which replaced the previous Google Talk service. The new service will reportedly not require having a Google account (probably will just use your mobile number like WhatsApp). It will also have support for local languages and voice-to-text messaging. Read more »

OnePlus shows the One quality test labs on video

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OnePlus has decided to join in on the durability test bandwagon and showcase its stress labs with the OnePlus One being tortured.

If you’ve come here for a bend test, we’ll have to disappoint you, as the video doesn’t show one. OnePlus does test the phone in a scenario where you’re sitting on it. but unlike Samsung’s similar test where the Koreans apply 100kg of force on the Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus does so at just 25kg, though. Read more »