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LG boasts about the G2 camera’s OIS with the help of a chicken

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In the latest LG G2 ad, the Korean manufacturer’s marketing team has taken an unorthodox approach towards boasting about the camera of its flagship. LG employed a chicken named Lizzy to help it better explain the optical image stabilization of G2’s shooter.

The ad is as helpful as it is hilarious. It is focused on the bird’s natural ability to keep its head leveled regardless of the motion its body makes. Read more »

LG Dubai offers to exchange your Galaxy S4 or Xperia Z1 for G2

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LG has started a new marketing campaign in Dubai for its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G2. The new promotional strategy from LG offers you to exchange your Android smartphone for a brand new LG G2 free of cost.

The poster suggests that you need any Android smartphone, which is launched this year, but the fine print states that the device needs to have 5-inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core or superior processor and run on 4.2 Jelly Bean or later versions of Android. Read more »

Beats Electronics buys back HTC’s shares for $265 million

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HTC bought 50.1% of Beats Electronics back in 2011 for $300 million. Almost a year later HTC sold half of its stake back to Beats Electronics giving up the control of the company.

Since 2012 HTC has been struggling with the competition and has been trying really hard to bring back the profitable days, but it hasn’t been particularly successful. It seems the lengthy crisis has put HTC in a dire need of cash because it has just struck a deal with Beats to sell it back all the remaining shares (about 25%) for $265 million. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Editions hits the US on October 10

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Samsung US has announced the newly introduced Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition slate will become available in the country on October 10.

The pre-order campaign kicks off today in various Samsung stores and retailers across the USA. Read more »

Google turns 15, announces upgrades to its search engine

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Well, Happy birthday Google and Google Search! The search giant (along with its bread and butter) turned 15 this month but showed that it’s not just eating cake and celebrating – there was serious work done before the actual party.

Inside the same garage that spawned it in the far 1998, Google announced its new search algorithm, dubbed Hummingbird, which affects 90% of all searches, says Amit Singhal, senior VP of Google. Read more »

Speedtest.net for Android receives a major update, new features and UI

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The Android version of the popular network speed measuring app Speedtest.net got treated to a major update. The new version of the application, dubbed 3.0.0 brings new features on board, as well as revamped UI.

The new user interface of the app now sports the increasingly trendier “flat” look. Read more »

Hangouts for Android update finally shows online status

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When Google replaced the Talk application on Android devices with Hangouts, they also took away the ability to check if a particular contact was available online, indicated by a small colored dot. Hangouts would occasionally show a green line below a contact name if they are online but that only worked for a handful of frequently contacted users.

The latest update thankfully takes care of this annoyance. Now, you will see a small green icon next to your contact names that indicates if they are online or not. It doesn’t have the same ability to select multiple availability status or a custom status message as Talk but this is better than nothing. Read more »

LG G2 for AT&T hands-on

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The LG G2 has been on sale in the United States for a couple of weeks now, so I managed to snag some quality time with an AT&T version of the company’s flagship. The smartphone is offered by AT&T for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

Save for the lack of FM radio, the AT&T LG G2 sports the same specs as its international sibling. Read more »

HTC Desire 500 battery life test

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The HTC Desire 500 is running on the Snapdragon 200 platform, which should be rather easy on its battery. The trade-off is low performance, but that’s not what we are discussing in this blogpost.

Behind the back cover of the Desire 500 lies a 1,800mAh battery, which is at least on par with most rivals in the same market space. Android 4.1.2 and the Sense 5 UI on top of it are going to be heavily relied on to ensure the Desire 500 lasts as long as possible. Read more »

Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire lineup – Snapdragon 800-powered Fire HDX 8.9″ and HDX 7″, cheap HD 7″

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Jeff Bezos posted yet another “Dear Customers” letter to the front page of Amazon.com announcing the new Kindle Fire lineup – that’s great advertising right there. The lineup consists of three tablets – the 8.9″ Fire HDX, the 7″ Fire HDX and the 7″ Fire HD.

Jump after the break for more info on the new tablets. Read more »

Android Device Manager now features remote locking option

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Google was expected to update its own tracking service, known as Android Device Manager with the remote locking feature. The newest security option is now available on the ADM dashboard and you can remotely lock your smartphone from the web interface.

The newest feature allows you to lock your smartphone with a new password that changes any previous screen unlock setting. Read more »

EA Sports FIFA 14 is now available for Android and iOS

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EA Sports FIFA 14 got a grand release in NZ App Store a couple of days ago and the latest action blockbuster game is now available for both Android and iOS platforms across the globe.

FIFA 14 is up for grabs on App Store and Play Store for free of cost, but the game requires you to make in-app purchases to unlock its premium features. Read more »

Archos announces 7-inch GamePad 2 with quad-core processor

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Archos brought its first 7-inch Android tablet with hardware gaming controls, dubbed GamePad, a year ago and now the company has revealed its second-generation GamePad in a brief post on a retail website.

Archos GamePad 2 comes with a 7-inch display just like its predecessor, but the resolution has been increased from 1024 x 600 pixels to 1280 x 800 pixels. Read more »

New Oppo N1 promo videos reveal making-of process

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The just-announced Oppo N1 came out with its fair share of fanfare at its unveiling in China, and the manufacturer has posted a few videos detailing the device.

Both highlight Oppo’s design strategy for its new flagship, with one paying particular homage to its manufacturing process. Read more »

Oppo announces its new Color OS running on the new Oppo N1

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Oppo, at its Beijing event for the camera-centric N1, showed the latest update to its latest Android OS overlay which it calls Color OS. As before, the proprietary UI follows the basics of Android but has a deeply overhauled look – from icons to its heavily gesture-based functionality.

According to Oppo the OS was developed with lots of research from users and is accompanied by some 43 patents. Read more »