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Android inching closer to Apple as app revenues expected to double to $6.8B

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According to the latest report from ABI research, Android smartphone app revenues are expected to reach $6.8 billion – nearly twice more than last years numbers.

While that may sound like a lot, that’s only about 60% of the total posted by iOS – the clear leader in app revenue amongst all mobile OS’s. Read more »

Shazam for Android gets faster song recognition and UI overhaul in v4.0

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Shazam, the popular song identification app, has just been updated to version 4.0 for Android.

The latest version promises faster song recognition, as well as a completely new user interface with large screen optimizations for tablets. Read more »

Oppo teases its upcoming N1 cameraphone’s 12MP module

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In a bid to increase the hype over its upcoming camera-centric smartphone, Oppo has posted an image of the camera module, which should appear in the Oppo N1.

The module could feature a Sony CMOS sensor with optical image stabilization. There’s also talk of two camera versions – a 12 MP one with 10x optical zoom and a 15x optical zoom 16 MP one, but that seems rather far-fetched – 12MP with no optical zoom as initially rumored is what we’ll probably get. Read more »

Nokia announces HERE Auto smart navigation for cars and Companion app for smartphones

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You may or may not know this but Nokia is behind the maps in most in-car navigation systems (4 out of 5 cars, claims the company) and today Nokia is introducing HERE Auto, which brings their mapping and smartphone prowess to the car.

Here Auto is Nokia’s offline navigation solution – turn by turn voice guided navigation for 95 countries (in 2D and 3D, with street level and satellite images). There’s an SDK too, so HERE Auto functionality can be extended with music and social networking apps. Read more »

Digg launches new app for Android

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Once upon a time Digg used to be this really popular news aggregator site. But then reddit happened and Digg was pushed to the sidelines. Last year, the site was acquired by a company called Betaworks, who has since been in the process of revamping it, first by launching a brand new website that does not suck and an iOS app to go with it.

Continuing down that path, they have now launched a new Digg app for Android and thankfully, it’s not just a port of the iOS app. The new Digg app, now available for free on the Play Store, follows the same minimalistic design of the website and the iOS app, with clean white and black design. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear app leaked through screenshots

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We all know Samsung is working on a smartwatch that would be announced at the IFA event in Berlin next month along with the Galaxy Note III. Samsung themselves have confirmed both devices. But we are yet to get a glimpse of what either devices will look like.

While we haven’t made much progress on that front, we do have what looks like legit screenshots of the Galaxy Gear application that would control the smartwatch. The app is supposedly responsible for letting you pair your smartphone with the watch using NFC, personalize it using different clock faces and even send compatible applications over. Read more »

Sony Xperia M battery life test now over, here’s how it did

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The Sony Xperia M packs a dual-core Krait processor, which is a rarity in the entry level, but is very power-efficient. The 1,750mAh battery is relatively big for the class too, it’s as much as the HTC One mini has.

The relatively small (these days) 4″ screen with FWVGA should be easy on the battery too. Read more »

Pressy Kickstarter project aims to add an extra button to your smartphone

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A new kickstarter campaign aims to let your 3.5mm audio jack become an extra button for your Android smartphone.

You can configure the button to do a variety of configurable one-touch actions like turn on your flashlight, take a quick photo, or even start phone call/audio recording. Read more »

Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 review

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Currently Gigabyte’s most advanced offering, the GSmart Maya M1 v2 is a refresh of the dual-SIM GSmart Maya M1 smartphone released in April.

The smartphone marks Gigabytes first entry into the quad-core game, featuring a four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHZ alongside PowerVR SGX544 GPU on an MTK 6589 chipset. Read more »

Sony teases Xperia Z1 / Honami with another look at the power button

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Sony has released several interesting images and even a video to build up buzz for the yet to be announced Sony Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami), but this latest post in the #bestOfSony campaign is less imaginative.

It’s the round aluminum power button that’s a trademark part of Sony’s OmniBalance design. Read more »

Motorola posts Moto X kernel source for ROM builders to play with

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Motorola has posted the kernel source code for its latest Moto X smartphone, as required by the Android license agreement.

Source codes are available for all three Moto X device variants, the XT1053, XT1056, and XT1058, and allow you play around with the kernels as you please. Read more »

Infographic shows majority of apps in app stores go without updates and little interest from users

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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 »

Motorola Moto X takes knife, key and hammer in abusive test, here’s how it did

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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 »

Get Motorola Moto X’s touchless voice control for your droid now with the Open Mic+ app

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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 »

Android 4.2.2 update for the Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Tablet Z now available

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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 »