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Samsung details new Galaxy S5 display panel

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Display mate gave the Samsung Galaxy S5′s front 5.1″ panel an Excellent score, claiming its the best display they have seen. In turn Samsung display decided to elaborate how much better the flagship screen is compared to its predecessor’s.

The Galaxy S5 display has higher brightness, lower reflectivity, better viewing angles, improved contrast ratio and even better power consumption. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 slugs it out against its predecessor in a drop test

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After getting treated to a teardown and prolonged water submersion, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was put through the rigors of a drop test. To make the matters more interesting, this year’s Samsung smartphone flagship was joined by its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The duo of Samsung Galaxy devices were put through a number of drops from various heights. Read more »

Check out the full Samsung Galaxy S5 manual

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Although the Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship is still a ways away from release, Samsung has already provided its full manual online to give you an in-depth look at all of its features without making you buy the device.

Apart from the usual usage instructions, the manual goes into detail about maintaining water protection, using ultra power save mode, selective focus, S Health, finger scanner, and more. Read more »

Mysterious Samsung SM-T800 slate passes FCC

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An unannounced Samsung slate that goes by the model name SM-T800 has passed the FCC. It looks to be the Wi-Fi-only variant of the SM-T801 and SM-T805, which got their evaluation last month.

The SM-T800 has been leaked before in a benchmark test which pointed to an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.9 GHz, 3 gigs of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 8 MP and 2 MP cameras on the back and front. The slate runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 and could sport a 2560 x 1600 10.5″ AMOLED on the front. Read more »

Nexus 10 is back in Google Play Store, runs on KitKat

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Nexus 10 is back in the Google Play Store and is listed as coming soon. Apparently a new stock of units will be arriving soon and will become available for purchase shortly.

The Samsung-made Nexus 10 went out of stock in last fall and has since vanished from the Play Store. There were speculations a new LG-made generation of Nexus 10 is in the works, but nothing was officially disclosed to date. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger gets support for stickers

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Back in February, we talked about BlackBerry’s plans to release premium stickers in its BBM service. The feature was initially released as part of the limited external beta app but is now available for all users on all the platforms where the service is available.

The stickers need to be downloaded from the official store from within the app and most of them are paid. I’m not sure how interested users will be in paying for stickers, that too on BBM, but BlackBerry clearly thinks it is doing the right thing here. Read more »

Case Chase: OnePlus One giveaway!

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So you want a OnePlus One, but you don’t have or want to shell out the cash to get one for yourself?

Well you’re in luck, because the CyanogenMod team is giving away 10 of these handsets to anyone who participates in their contest. Hit the jump to see the rules and how you can potentially get your hands on a OnePlus One. Read more »

Google tipped to have massively improved Android camera app in testing

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According to a report in Engadget, Google is currently testing new Android camera app. The improved application is rumored to bring a host of new features to Android, as well as address the issues troubling its current version.

The upcoming release of the Android camera app will feature refreshed user interface. Read more »

Nokia X unboxing and hands-on video

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This is not a joke! Nokia X has just arrived at HQ and joined our review queue. The Finns’ first Android-based handset running on the so-called Nokia X Software Platform is quite interesting indeed, so naturally we gave it our traditional hands-on treatment.

Nokia X platform is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Microsoft services in its core replacing Google’s, plus a proprietary lightweight and Asha-like launcher. Read more »

Lenovo announces new A-series tablet line

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Lenovo, fresh off the double acquisition of Motorola Mobility and IBM’s low-end server division, is keen on pushing out profit-yielding devices to start off the quarter.

To this end, it has outed its new A-series tablet lineup, which will feature a wide range of competitively priced tablet models including the A7-30, A7-50, A8 and A10. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 gets rooted

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Sony Xperia Z2 is yet to go on sale across the globe, but the developers have already found a way to gain root access on the smartphone.

The rooting process for the Xperia Z2 requires you to unlock its bootloader before being able to flash the Kernel and install SuperSU to gain the root access. Read more »

Futuremark gives HTC One (M8) the boot for cheating

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The new HTC One (M8) does well in benchmarks, perhaps too well. Futuremark, makers of the popular 3DMark benchmark, have caught wind that HTC’s new flagship cheats when it detects a benchmark and delisted the device.

The same thing happened to HTC’s previous flagship, Samsung’s too (but Samsung phones were brought back after a software update disabled the boosting). Read more »

Microsoft making Outlook app for Android

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So you’re rocking an Android phone in the corporate environment, and even though you can get your work emails on your handset, you feel a little down and out that you’re missing out on the full Outlook experience.

Well cheer up, because Microsoft has just announced that they’re going to release an Outlook web application for Android. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest Android flagship to get disassembled

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Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest high-end Android smartphone to get the teardown treatment. The exercise was performed by the folks at Mobile China.

The Xperia Z2 joined the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) as the third Android flagship to get disassembled this week. Read more »

Here’s what the OnePlus One’s CM11 looks like

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Two screenshots reportedly taken from the OnePlus One’s custom CyanogenMod OS were sent to Engadget by a “reliable tipster” and show a custom lockscreen and the About phone page. The latter is important as it shows the Model name One attached to the 4.4.2 Android version and the presence of on-screen navigation buttons.

The lockscreen features a cool split-screen mode showing a wallpaper on the top (perhaps a slightly blurred version of the homescreen wallpaper) and a big clock, notification, weather and battery details. The lockscreen doesn’t have anything in common with the stock or CyanogenMod lockscreen suggesting OnePlus may have deeper customizations planted in the otherwise closely-stock CyanogenMod OS. Read more »