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Xperia Z1 Compact kernel source files outed by Sony

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Sony has been on a kernel releasing rampage as of late. When T-Mobile’s Xperia Z1s hit stores last week, its kernel source was made public the same day it went on sale. It looks like the Japanese company is following the same trend with the Xperia Z1 Compact. The device was just outed by Sony, and its kernel source was released shortly after.

So why all the fuss behind releasing the source kernel for a phone? By having access to said kernels, developers are able to create better custom ROMs for smartphones. Read more »

HTC Desire 700 dual sim battery life test

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The HTC Desire 700 dual sim is reporting for battery testing duty with a 2,100 mAh juice pack, the only 200 mAh smaller than what the HTC One has. With a screen of far lower resolution and a far less demanding chipset it actually looks capable of beating its elite stablemate here.

The Desire 700 dual sim is quoted at 582 of stand-by and close to 12 hours of talk time. Can it live up to the claims? Results are inside. Read more »

See the Motorola Moto G handle water like a champ

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You’d never think that an affordable offering such as the Motorola Moto G with no IP rating or anything will survive being submerged under water for even a few second. When Motorola said it’s wrapping the insides of the phone with a water-resistant nano-coating, many though that’s more of a marketing trick, than anything else.

That’s certainly not the case, as YouTube reviewer Erica Griffin has discovered. In fact the phone dived under water for a nudge over 40 minutes and the result is quite shocking. Read more »

The maker of gyroscopic OIS for Nokia makes the component available to other manufacturers

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According to a report in The Register, Nokia’s highly-effective gyroscopic OIS tech has become available to other manufacturers on the open market. The tiny part made by ST Microelectronics was previously exclusively available to the Finnish manufacturer.

The dual-axis gyroscope for image stabilization carries the model number L2G2IS. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact battery test

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The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact promises to be everything the big Z1 is except in a smaller package. The reduction in size, however, meant less room for the battery and the Z1 Compact has a 2,300mAh battery compared to a 3,000mAh battery for the big one.

That’s still great for the class – the HTC One mini has a 1,800mAh battery and the two are roughly the same size. Read more »

Samsung to open 60 stores across Europe in three months

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Samsung has chosen Carphone Warehouse as a “preferred partner” for Europe. The retailer will collaborate with Samsung to open and manage over 60 dedicated stores of the Korean company.

Carphone Warehouse is already managing the three pilot stores and it seems Samsung is happy with the results and has decided on an aggressive expansion. Read more »

Samsung announces devices with 4K displays are on the way

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The Mobile World Conference is fast approaching, and Samsung has some titillating news about the displays on their future devices.

The Korean Manufacturer mentioned that they’re preparing a smartphone with a QHD AMOLED screen (2560 x 1440 resolution). Some believe that this will be the display on the Galaxy S5, but it’s all speculation at this point. Their other announcement is what’s really intriguing, however. Read more »

Nokia offers $20 voucher for apps if you buy some of its devices

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If you’re planning on buying a Windows-running Nokia device (Windows Phone or Windows RT) or just bought one, you should know that Nokia is offering a free $20 voucher for apps you can redeem in the WP or Windows Store.

Note that the deal ends on January 31 and is limited to one voucher per account. Read more »

Karbonn Titanium X review

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Karbonn is one of the popular names in the budget conscious Indian smartphone market. The company is trying to establish its authority in the sub-continent with its wide range of smartphones at an affordable price tag.

The Karbonn Titanium X is the latest offering from the company, which comes with a four 1.5 GHz Cortex A7 cores along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU on a MediaTek 6589T chipset. Read more »

Nexus 5 camera poll: did the 4.4.2 update really improve image quality?

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We received excited tips about how much the Nexus 5 camera had improved after the phone was updated to 4.4.2 (having launched with 4.4, which it introduced). We found the improvements worthwhile, but fairly minor.

Perhaps, our dear readers, your view on things will be different, so we’ve prepared some crops for you to vote on. Read more »

Lenovo K7t appears on AnTuTu benchmark with QHD screen

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A new Lenovo smartphone with the codename Kingdom has appeared on AnTuTu benchmark test results in China. The upcoming smartphone is said to be the successor of the popular K900 smartphone and is expected to take up the flagship responsibility for the rapidly growing Chinese manufacturer.


Image of Lenovo K900

The alleged benchmark results also reveal that the smartphone will be called K7t and will feature a display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. Read more »

Nokia says Lumia 1020 can replace your DSLR

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Nokia’s latest commercial is yet again advertising the awesome 41MP PureView camera of Lumia 1020. This time around Nokia is trying to convince you the Lumia 1020 is a great replacement for your DSLR.

Recently, with the Lumia Black firmware update, the Lumia 1020 camera algorithm was rewritten to behave like it did on the first PureView phone – the Nokia 808. The result is more natural colors, less noise and more detail. Read more »

HTC Desire 700 dual-SIM hands-on

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If you’re a fan of HTC’s One flagship but can’t afford the hefty price tag, then we’ve got something special for you. The HTC Desire 700 dual-SIM takes after its flagship counterpart’s, and as the name suggests, even has dual-SIM capabilities thrown in.

The Desire 700 dual-SIM sports a design that was clearly inspired by the HTC One, only instead of a premium aluminum body the Desire 700 opts for plastic. The latter is unfortunately quite smudge-prone due to its glossiness, and the specs also fall short of HTC’s flagship, but the device is more than just a follower in the footsteps of greatness. Read more »

HTC Butterfly S appears running China OS – the first of its kind

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For the past year, the Chinese government along with the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been developing its own mobile operating system to rival Android .

Today the fruits of their labor have been revealed, as an HTC Butterfly S has emerged running China Operating System (COS) – a closed-source mobile OS based on Ubuntu that looks eerily like Android Jelly Bean skinned with HTC’s Sense 5 overlay. Read more »

Sony releases new Xperia Z Ultra commercial

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Sony Japan has launched a new Xperia Z Ultra commercial featuring some footage of the upcoming The Amazing Spiderman 2.

We also go a 2 minute long Making Of video, where you can find how the commercial was actually shot. Read more »