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Specs and a photo of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 leak online

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 lineup has been established recently with the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 announcement. Since then we saw quite a few leaks about the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

Today’s leak is quite spicy, as it brings all keys specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and even gives us a glimpse of the slate’s design. Read more »

Samsung looks to free up more memory on Galaxy S4

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Fresh of its record-setting sales start of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung is promising to address complaints regarding the low user-available memory of its flagship.

Currently, the 16GB model has just over half of that available to the user – the rest being taken up by preinstalled apps and Samsung’s custom Android launcher, TouchWiz. Read more »

Archos announces the 80 xenon, a quad-core 3G tablet for $200

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Archos announced its ChefPad a few days ago and now, the company has unveiled the 80 xenon, a slate designed with built-in 3G and Wi-Fi.

Archos 80 xenon sports an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The tablet features a quad-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 2 megapixel rear camera and microSD card slot for memory expansion. Read more »

Video stabilization test shows OIS is best, Galaxy S4 improves over S III

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With the megapixel race fizzling out, Optical Image Stabilization seems to be the “next big thing” in mobile phone cameras. But it’s very rare – only two phones currently on sale have it, while the rest rely on digital processing to stabilize the image. CNET did a test to see how some of the most popular phones on the market cope with a user’s shaky hands.

The Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One naturally were involved in the test (the two phones that do have OIS), then there are the Samsung Galaxy S III and S4, the Sony Xperia Z and the Apple iPhone 5. Read more »

Google I/O 2013 keynote now available on YouTube

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I’m sure most of you have already watched the Google I/O keynote as it was live streamed on the day of the event. However, if for some reason you couldn’t or if you want to watch it again, you can now do it on YouTube.

Google has uploaded the entire three and half hour long I/O keynote on YouTube, which includes all the announcement and the rather long Q&A session with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page at the end. Read more »

BLU Life One hands-on impressions

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With a 5” IPS LCD display, the BLU Life One sits above the entry-level Life Play, and below the phablet-proportioned Life View in the freshly launched smartphone series from the Miami based manufacturer. Given the increasing popularity which the 5” Android smartphones enjoy lately, the dual-SIM BLU Life One is likely to generate the most interest from potential users.

Save for the smaller display, the BLU Life One packs the same spec sheet as its bigger brother which we previewed a couple of days back. Read more »

You can now request an invite for the updated Google Maps

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Google uncovered the redesigned Maps service featuring a slew of new features and capabilities at its Google I/O keynote yesterday. Alas, you will only have to wait until the summer to experience the new Maps in its full glory. Despite that, Google has set up a page for you to request an invite to experience the beta version of the service.

The new service sports a new user interface that’s centers only on the map itself. The map imagery itself is also slightly touched and is now completely vector-based. The search giant boasts the new Maps to be ‘tailored-made’ for you that gets better and more personal the more you use it. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first smartphone to get TCO certification

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The packaging of the fourth-generation Galaxy S smartphone earned the UL Platinum certification for its eco-friendliness and now, the Samsung 2013 flagship device has been TCO certified for being environmentally friendly.

The TCO Development foundation is mainly focused on the sustainability in the IT sector and the firm has found that the Samsung Galaxy S4 to comply with all its criteria, so it is the first smartphone to get certified by TCO. Read more »

Google revamps Maps for mobile and web with new UI, Google+ sync and personalized maps

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Leaks of the redesigned Maps spoiled the Google’s surprise, which was supposed to be the official release of the revamped service at Google I/O. Launching in the summer, the new Google Maps will sport an updated user interface as well as deeper Google+ synchronization

The desktop version of Google Maps got some very cool features from Google Earth such as flyover immersive images, 360-degree viewing and even taking a peek inside buildings. Read more »

Google conversational search to make its way to Chrome and Chrome OS as Knowledge Graph gets four new languages

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As hinted several times, Google’s popular voice-operated search is making its way to the Chrome browser and Chrome operating system.

The new feature comes with support for Google’s Knowledge Graph for four additional languages, bringing the total up to 13. Read more »

Google + gets a redesigned stream, a Hangout application and 41 other new features

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Google+ has been one of the services that got a major update following the Google I/O keynote speech today. The social network now has a redesigned UI with a new stream, which is all about design and depth. Google has taken the multi-column design from the mobile devices and has brought it to the desktop, making the interface beautiful and dynamic.

The photos and videos in the design span multiple columns that are fast, fluid and fun. Google has also introduced delightful animations throughout its new design. Read more »

Google Play Music All Access officially launched in the US, costs $9.99 a month

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Google was rumored to unveil its own music streaming service and the internet giants has chosen its I/O event for its debut. The company officially launched an on-demand service called “Google Play Music All Access”.

The Spotify competitor features millions of songs that can be played instantly. The service offers you songs by personal recommendations and also allows you to have your own playlists and chats. Read more »

Google Play Game Services provides game cloud saves, leaderboards, multiplayer and achivements

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In addition to multiple new and cool APIs for developers, Hugo Barra introduced Google Play Game Service which introduces leaderboards, game progress saves in the cloud, real-time multiplayer and game achievements.

What’s cool is that all of the new game services features, save for real-time multiplayer, are going to work crossplatform between Android, iOS and the web. Read more »

Google Play has reached 48 billion installs, almost on par with the App Store now

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Google has just announced at its annual I/O conference the Play Store app installs have crossed the 48 billion mark.

More than 2.5 billion installs were made just the last month, so we can expect the 50 billion mark to follow soon. Read more »

Google boasts 900 million activated Android devices, 48 billion Play Store app installs

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Google I/O 2013 has just started and to get things up to speed Sundar Pichai stepped on stage and announced that Android is doing even better than before. The Google platform has reached a total of 900 million activated devices.

An device counts as activated when you get a new Android handset and log in with your Google account for the first time. There would be several devices out there that were purchased but never logged in, so they won’t be counted in this number. Re-sells haven’t been counted, either, but as you know not every device that was activated would be in use now.

At this rate Google is on track to reach 1 billion Android device activations, in a few months, rather than at the end of the year as earlier predictions suggested.