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Sony kicks off new marketing campaign with the Xperia Z1

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Sony has started its brand new marketing campaign for the Xperia Z1. Called the ‘the best of Sony, for the best of you,’ the new campaign highlights the new features of the device, such as the camera and the waterproof functionality.

The campaign will be launched simultaneously in 25 markets around the world and begins with a new TV commercial. Read more »

BBM arriving on Android and iOS this weekend

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Good news for those who have been waiting for BBM on iOS and Android (yes, all four of you). BlackBerry has finally announced the dates when you will be able to download the app for your iOS or Android device.

Android users will be getting their hands on BBM first on September 21. iPhone users, meanwhile, will have to contain their enthusiasm for a day longer, and can download the app on September 22. Both apps will be available for free from their respective stores. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra Note tablet platform goes official

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NVIDIA took the wraps off the 7” Tegra Note complete tablet platform. Designed by the chip manufacturer, the Tegra Note will be brought to market by NVIDIA’s partners with a starting suggested retail price of $199.

Unsurprisingly, the NVIDIA Tegra Note is powered by a Tegra 4 SoC with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU. Read more »

LTE Nexus 7 2013 arrives in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan, Korea and the US

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The Google Nexus 7 (2013) became official this summer and for many people it stands out as the golden benchmark in small-sized tablets. Sadly, Google didn’t make the LTE version of the slate available right away and people willing to experience 4G wireless speeds on their tablets were left in the cold.

Now, the wait is over, as Google has started offering the LTE Nexus 7 (2013) in a number of markets.

More specifically, Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan, Korea and the US can now enjoy the benefits of the LTE-enabled Nexus 7. Read more »

Here are the new ASUS PadFone Infinity promo videos

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ASUS launched a duo of promo videos alongside the newly announced PadFone Infinity. Unsurprisingly, the pair of video clips is focused on the hardware highlights of the Android powerhouse.

The first video showcases the PadFone Infinity and its tablet docking station. Read more »

BBM coming to Android and iOS as early as this week, no exclusivity

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An earlier report on Twitter from Samsung Nigeria confirmed that BlackBerry’s popular BBM messaging platform will be coming to Android and iOS quite soon.

Although it won’t be a three-month exclusive to Samsung as was initially speculated, BBM could hit Google Play and the iOS App Store as early as this Friday. Read more »

LG G Pad 8.3 could cost as little as $299 according to Chinese sources

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The LG G Pad 8.3 is a FullHD slate by LG with reasonable specs, which we saw and liked at IFA 2013.

We’ve been in the loop of its availability and know it will hit at least 30 countries by the end of the year but we haven’t heard a whisper about its pricing. Well, sources coming from China indicate a price tag of $299, which would position the 8.3″ slate as a serious contender to something like the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Read more »

Android Device Manager will soon feature remote password changing and device locking options

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Google recently launched its own service, which allows you to locate your misplaced Android smartphone and to protect your privacy if your device is stolen. Initially, the latest service came with ability to locate your smartphone on Google Maps via the Device Manager website.

The Android Device Manager also offered you to wipe your device’s data or make your smartphone ring from the web interface. Now, it looks like Google is also set to add a few more features to its service, according to the leaked APK of the upcoming version of Google Play Service. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 will support multi-user functionality in the nearest future

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board, but unfortunately, both the slates does not come with all the goodies of the 4.2 version. It looks like Samsung omitted the multi-user capabilities for both the tablets in its final software.

However, Samsung has will be adding support for the multi-user functionality on both the tablets through their upcoming respective software updates. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger for Android leaks in APK form, doesn’t do anything yet

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BlackBerry’s BBM messaging platform has leaked for Android today on the XDA Developers forums. The app itself, while functioning, is pretty much useless as it fails to register with BBM servers and thus still doesn’t do anything.

The app is reported to currently be able of running only on whitelisted devices, which we presume are dev units inside the BlackBerry HQ. Read more »

Jolla announces that Sailfish OS can run on Android phones and tablets, supports Android apps too

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Jolla just announced that its Sailfish OS has reached two-fold compatibility with Android – it can run Android apps but also the OS itself can run on Android phones. This is major news as it solves the two big problems facing any upstart OS – it’s difficult to get hardware manufacturers to make devices for it and difficult to get devs to make apps for it.

By the looks of it, if a maker wishes to have a spin, it could put Sailfish on a phone or tablet that was designed with Android in mind. Read more »

Next generation Kindle Fire press image gets leaked

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Amazon seems to be close to announcing the next generation models of their Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets as the leaks and rumors are slowly gathering steam. We have heard a few things about the Kindle Fire HD in the past, including some leaked benchmark scores that pointed towards a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2560×1600 resolution display.

Now, evleaks has leaked a new press image of what looks like the standard Kindle Fire model. The design is slightly changed compared to the current model, mostly with respect to the bezel around the display. The current model has thinner bezels along the top and sides of the display and thicker one at the bottom when held in portrait mode. The new one has equally thick bezels surrounding the display. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 for AT&T hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 made its way officially to the United States, so we managed to spend some quality time with the market-specific version of the phablet. The gigantic handset is offered by AT&T for $149.99 with a two-year commitment.

Sold under the model name SGH-I527, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 for AT&T sports the same hardware as its internationally available GT-I9200 sibling. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 gets its first teardown treatment

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Sony officially announced its latest flagship, the Xperia Z1 at the recently concluded IFA trade show in Berlin. The cameraphone is yet to launch globally, but it looks like someone has managed to grab a unit and even give it a teardown treatment.

The disassembled images of the Xperia Z1 show that the smartphone sports a back cover that is quite similar to the Xperia Z. Read more »

Sharp’s unannounced AQUOS SHL23 tops Basemark X chart

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Sharp is yet to announce the AQUOS SHL23 in Japan but someone has managed to get their hands on a device and run some benchmarks. And not only did the device run them well but also managed to top the charts.

What we have here is the benchmark score from Basemark X, which is a gruelling GPU benchmark for mobile devices. The AQUOS SHL23 running the Snapdragon 800 processor blazed straight to the top of the chart with a score of 13.1, narrowly beating the LG G2 that runs on the same processor. Read more »