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Quickoffice goes free on iOS and Android

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Google recently acquired the company behind the Quickoffice app for iOS and Android devices. And just like with Snapseed, they have now made the app free and available on both platforms.

Quickoffice is a mobile productivity app that lets you create, view and edit Microsoft Office files, such as your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The new app now also integrates with Google Drive and if you download and log into your Google account from the app, you also get an additional 10GB of Google Drive storage space for the next two years. Read more »

The Sony Xperia Z1 battery tests are done, here’s the score

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The Sony Xperia Z1 draws the crowds with an impressive camera and powerful chipset, but it’s also worth mentioning that the slender phone packs a large battery as well. It’s got a 3,000mAh fuel tank capacity, let’s see if it will go longer than the Xperia Z Ultra, which has virtually the same size battery (and chipset too), but proved to be a bit disappointing.

Well, the smaller screen should make a big difference (that’s 40% less surface area), but will that be enough? Read more »

Leaked inventory system confirms ASUS as the next Nexus 10 manufacturer

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We had earlier reported that Google has chosen Asus as the next manufacturer to build the successor of the current Nexus 10 tablet. Now, a leaked PCWorld inventory screen confirms that Asus is indeed the company behind the second-generation Nexus 10 slates.

The alleged leak also suggests that the upcoming Nexus 10 will carry a price tag of £349.99 (about $562). Read more »

Unlocking the Sony Xperia Z1 bootloader disables camera functionality, the company is working on it

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Sony has been pretty open to the developer community of its Xperia line-up of products, and that’s more than fantastic for the open source community. However, as it has been recently found out, unlocking the bootloader on the Xperia Z1 renders the camera nonfunctional.

As a result, while it is still possible for advanced users to unlock the bootloaders on their Xperia Z1 smartphones, they should have in mind this caveat. Read more »

Angry Birds Star Wars II now available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8

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A few hours ago Rovio released the Angry Birds Star Wars II into the Android’s Play Store, Apple’s AppStore and Windows Phone Store. The games costs 99c, but you can have it for free on Android if you opt for the ad-supported version.

Angry Birds Star Wars II covers the events of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (Episode I, II and III), so the nostalgic fever we felt in the first game is now gone. Read more »

Gameloft announces GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience for iOS and Android, watch the trailer

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Gameloft has officially announced the GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience racing game. The successor of the popular GT Racing is developed in partnership with Mercedes-Benz.

The upcoming game is said to be realistic and accurate with over 67 cars, which are manufactured by 35 different makers. Read more »

Micromax announces the Canvas Tab, costs $270

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Indian phone maker Micromax has launched their first Canvas series tablet, the Canvas Tab P650, in India for the price of Rs. 16,500, or $267.

The tablet will sport an 8-inch IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 16GB of expandable storage, alongside 1GB of RAM. Read more »

CyanogenMod becomes a company, gets $7 million in financing, aims to release a ROM installer on the Play Store

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The best-known custom Android ROM, CyanogenMod, has turned from a hobby project to a proper company as Steve Kondik (the man who started it) announces the foundation of CyanogenMod Inc.

The baby-faced company has reportedly secured $7 million in funding and is looking to become the third ecosystem behind regular Android and iOS (watch your back, BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone). Read more »

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 »