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Alcatel Idol X+ hands-on

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Alcatel has slowly been building momentum in the midrange segment, and has accrued quite a following in emerging markets, particularly in South America.

Its latest Alcatel Idol X+ offering is an update to its flagship Idol smartphone, this time with a “true” octa-core processor from Mediatek that also comes with a boost to its battery, but still manages to retain the same slick design at a competitive price point. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and Z1s owners get free stuff, you can win a Z1 Compact

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Sony is feeling quite generous this Easter. The company is holding a special giveaway for every Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet owner with free movies and games for everyone.

Sony has prepared six free movies and eight free PlayStation Mobile games for you. Read more »

LG G2 mini hands-on

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The second-generation LG G family of smartphones is now complete with the launch of the G2 mini. The phone keeps the familiar design characteristics of the G2, which includes the rear-mounted controls as well as extra thin bezels.

The LG G2 mini packs a 4.7″ IPS LCD display, which LG claims takes 71% of the phone’s surface. Unfortunately, it’s only qHD resolution, which results in a pixel density of 234 ppi leaving it behind its 720p rivals. Read more »

Oppo Find 7a hands-on

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Announced last month, the Oppo Find 7a is the lesser spec’d brother of the Find 7. The two models are identical, but for the screen, which only has 1080p resolution on the Find7a as opposed to QuadHD.

We are happy to have the Find 7a here in our office and before we set off writing the proper review, we are happy to give you a quick glimpse of the device. Oppo’s Color OS is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but comes with lots of custom features. The top-of-the-line Snapdragon 801 chipset takes care of running everything smoothly. Read more »

Android travel app, TripIt, is redesigned

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Google’s travel app, TripIt, has gotten a major design overhaul.

Google has given the app a “card view” along with some other updates. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 630 gets a cool video promo full of football trick shots

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In the days between the official announcement and the market release of one of their smartphones, each manufacturer is trying to build up hype about it and promo videos are a commonly used tool for that. In the case of the Lumia 630, Nokia has hired Finnish goalkeeper and trick shot master Lassi Hurskainen to produce what is certainly one of the coolest promo clips we’ve seen in a while.

Using the help of an assistant, Hurskainen makes some pretty sweet shots to knock several people’s handsets out of their hands. It’s unclear if the phones take any damage, but everyone involved gets a free Lumia 630 and they all seem pretty happy about it. Read more »

Nokia XL hands-on

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Another member of the Nokia X family decided to pay our office a visit. The Nokia XL is the largest Android-powered member of the recently announced X-family of phones. Think of it as a grown-up Nokia X, as it packs a 5″ IPS LCD display of the same WVGA resolution as its smaller brother.

The Nokia XL features the same build materials and design as its smaller brother, but it’s notably heavier as you could expect. It weighs the rather hard to bare 190 grams and gives an almost tank-like impression. It really takes away portability points, though. Read more »

10 things you didn’t know your Galaxy S5 could do

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Here’s something you may not have known: 10 hidden features that weren’t really advertised in Samsung’s promotion of the Galaxy S5 have been released today.

All of the key selling points: its camera, dust and water resistance, and built-in heart rate monitor have been rightfully pimped in advertisements, but here’s a list of a few things you may not have known the Galaxy S5 was capable of. Read more »

Customized gold iPhones are the fanciest wedding favors we’ve seen

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The President of Nigeria had his daughter’s wedding a few days ago and each guest received a customized gold iPhone. Those were specially designed by Malivelihood, who specialized in gold-plating all things tech.

The back of the phone is enhanced by precious stones and gold inserts. The names of the groom and bride are also engraved in addition to the date of the wedding. Read more »

By Atelier dresses Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit in crocodile leather

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In case you find that faux leather look on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S5 a tad too cheap, don’t despair, By Atelier has you covered! The young French Luxury brand released a limited edition of Samsung’s latest smartphone and the Gear Fit in orange alligator leather.

The far from subtle looking combination of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit you see above is priced at €1,800. Read more »

Samsung and Amazon team up to make special Kindle app

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So the Kindle application is free to download for all Android users.

But it looks like Samsung and the online retailing mega-giant have joined forces to create a Kindle app specifically designed for Galaxy devices. Read more »

First camera sample from Galaxy K Zoom surfaces [Update: it's fake]

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The next generation Galaxy S Zoom device will be dubbed Galaxy K Zoom instead and will be unveiled in less than two weeks. The number of leaks for the K Zoom has been relatively low, but now the first alleged camera sample has appeared.

Update:It turns out that the photo is actually coming from a Sony H200 digicam and not the upcoming K Zoom smartphone and the EXIF has been modified. Move along people, there’s nothing to see here.

The EXIF info lists the device as Samsung SM-C115, in line with previous leaks. Read more »

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual benchmarks

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Sony announced its Xperia T2 Ultra in January and the phablet was designed specifically for Asian and African markets where the big screen smartphones are all the rage. We took the 6-inch device for a benchmark spin and stacked it up against some of its competition.

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor along with 1 GB of RAM. The specifications of the phablet are quite decent for the mid-range, but has the company managed to get the most out of it? Let’s find out! Read more »

Google Chrome Remote Desktop is now available on Android

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Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop service is now available for Android devices. A dedicated app is now available to download in the Google Play store.

Setting up Chrome Remote Desktop on your Android device is easy. Read more »

Colorful ad highlights Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear features

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Samsung’s ad campaign is going in full swing now that the Galaxy S5 and the new Gears are on sale. The latest ad is a colorful, sort-of psychedelic look of what the wearables and the new flagship phone can do for you throughout your day.

The ad really consists of 5 short segments with a common music, by the looks of it those are meant as short, separate spots. Read more »