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Android dominates iOS in China

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A recent report by a Beijing analytics company rated Android device penetration in China to a whopping 68.4% by the end of 2011.

By comparison, iOS was only able to snag mere 5.7% of that same pie. Read more »

Did Steve Wozniak pick up a Nokia Lumia 900?

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Well, people, it looks like that massive marketing budget, backing the AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 900 is starting to pay some serious dividends. No other but Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak might have picked one up, according to his own tweet from earlier today.

While this is not the first time Steve has had a chance to sample the competition (he got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a gift when he visited Google’s HQ a few months back), I can’t recall any reports of him actually waiting for a store to open for anything other than an Apple product. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 900 costs $217 to make, thanks its cost-reduced design

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The materials for Nokia’s flagship and blockbuster Lumia 900 cost $209, according to iSuppli’s preliminary teardown assessment.

That, iSuppli reckons, is a result of the Lumia 900′s cost-reduced design and the close cooperation between Microsoft, Qualcomm and Nokia, which mimics Apple’s approach to device development. Read more »

HTC One S battery life testing is complete, here’s how power-efficient the two Krait cores are

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We wanted to publish the HTC One S review as soon as possible so we had to do without the battery test (which takes a lot of time to complete). It’s done now and we’re ready to share it with you – especially since HTC doesn’t quote official numbers for the One S battery life.

We were very curious to see how the new chipset, part of the Snapdragon S4 family, performs compared to the old S3 models. It’s built on a 28nm process, which should offer much better power-efficiency than the 45nm process of the S3 chipsets. Read more »

Amazon Appstore now supports in-app purchases for Android devices

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A feature that has been in Google Play’s Store for a while now is making its way to the Amazon Appstore, as developers now have the ability to integrate in-app purchases into their apps.

In-app payments can be in the form of additional features or subscriptions, as well as bonuses and upgrades for games. Read more »

LG Optimus 3D Max gets early benchmark results

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The greek tech site PostPC has managed to get its hands on the Optimus 3D Max and put it under some benchmark tests to see how it performs.

Don’t, however, expect many surprises, as the Optimus 3D Max uses the same system-on-a-chip as the Optimus 3D it replaces. The only difference is the slightly overclocked processor, which now runs at 1.2GHz, instead of 1GHz. Read more »

Android app design guidelines updated

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The Googlers over at Android Design have just put up some new sections into their guide for Android developers.

Highlights include a brand new section on how to create a design layout for application settings, as well as how to link to other Android applications and how to navigate to your app using widgets. Read more »

The ceramic surface on the HTC One S might have a problem, get chipped easily

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HTC did a lot of bragging about the super tough ceramic finish on the black HTC One S. It is five times more durable than stainless steel, they said, but several user reports beg to disagree.

At least three separate users have noticed that the ceramic coating gets chipped in places and they claim they haven’t dropped the device. More and more reports keep rolling in too. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T came over, here goes the hands-on

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The LTE sporting Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T could very well be one of the most important devices in the history of the Finnish company. Developed specifically with the lucrative U.S. market in mind, the Windows Phone handset will likely show the world if the marriage between Nokia and Microsoft is a success or, well… , you know what.

In terms of specifications, the newcomer does not differ a lot from its global sibling – the Nokia Lumia 800. Read more »

Coming in loud and clear: Sprint introduce HD Voice call quality improvements, finally

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The evolution of the phone and subsequently the smartphone has been wild and uncertain, remember features like push-to-talk, me neither. Such functionality never really sat right in the grand scheme of mobile telephony and with the Swiss army knife approach that app-capable phones now employ, calling is only a single piece of the overall experience.

HD Voice on Sprint with the HTC Evo 4G LTE

That being said, despite all the improvements to data speeds for mobile web browsing, better camera functionality and improved email support, call enhancements haven’t really seen the same levels of care and attention, something that is now slowly changing, finally. Read more »

Smoked by Windows Phone challenge extended till April 12

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Microsoft’s controversial Smoked by Windows Phone challenge has now been extended till April 12. If you want to pit your smartphone against a Windows Phone, all you need to do is hop down to the nearest Microsoft store and if you win, you will get a $1,000 special edition Hunger Games laptop and a $1,000 gift card.

The Smoked by Windows Phone challenge recently came under fire after a Microsoft store denied a blogger his prize even after he won the competition fair and square. Eventually Microsoft stepped in and righted the wrong, giving the guy his laptop as well as a free Windows Phone, but the damage was done and a few things about the competition came to light, such as the way the Windows phones used in the test are already set to gain an advantage in that particular test and by profiling the competing handset and then avoiding tests in which the Windows Phone might end up on the losing side. Read more »

Google recruits its users to improve indoor location accuracy

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Internal mapping has been in the mind of Google for some time, with the initial introduction of interior navigation making its first real appearance with Google Maps 6.0.

screens and the logo for the new location centric app

At the time you could use it to traverse places like airports, shopping centers and even your local IKEA, but navigating indoor spaces overall has remained relatively limited, something Google are attempting to rectify. Read more »

HTC One V comes by for a visit, poses for a quick hands-on video

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First it was the Hero. Then came the Legend. And now the chin is back yet again with the One V. Yes, the epic naming convention is dropped, but in its place comes spectacular build quality and Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest Sense 4.0 user interface.

The One V comes in as HTC’s high-class entry level smartphone for those eager to give Android a try. And with its beautiful brushed black aluminum unibody and reasonable specs, the little chinned fellow has enough charms to win anybody’s heart.

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HTC One S pays us a visit to pose for the camera in a hands-on video

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HTC’s new direction with the One series of Android smartphones keeps reminding us of the Three Musketeers. The HTC One S, however, has abandoned the “all for one, one for all” motto to give our office a visit and pose for the camera for your viewing pleasure.

HTC’s engineers have spent a ridiculous amount of time working out the finest details on all members of the One series family, but the One S got a big share of their love, it seems. Read more »

HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on

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We did get a chance to spend some quality time with the HTC EVO 4G LTE during its announcement in New York City yesterday, so here go some of our initial impressions. As you probably know already, the Sprint Wireless’s LTE flagship is closely related to the HTC One X for AT&T.

While the HTC EVO 4G LTE packs the same specs as its AT&T bound sibling, its design differs significantly. Read more »