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OnePlus One will get more expensive in Europe starting on March 25

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The euro’s current instability when it comes to exchange rates against the US dollar has forced OnePlus to take some drastic measures. Starting next week, the Chinese company’s One (and only) smartphone will become more expensive to buy in Europe.

Right now, the 16GB model is priced at €269, while the 64GB version goes for €299. But from March 25 onwards you’ll need to pay €299 for the 16GB variant and €349 for the one with 64GB of storage. Read more »

HTC’s UH OH protection program to extend to the One (M8), starting with One M9 launch

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HTC’s welcome new customer service initiative, dubbed UH OH, will apparently cover not only the yet-to-be-released One M9 flagship smartphone, but also the current One (M8), as confirmed during the company’s dedicated announcement. Don’t go rushing to the stores just yet though, as the program will go live starting with the availability of the new generation top dog.

HTC’s Jason Mackenzie didn’t specify when exactly that will happen, as it’s dependent on logistics and what not, but named April 10 as the ballpark date. That’s the US market launch we’re talking, of course. Read more »

Motorola is giving you a free 3G Moto E (2nd gen) if you buy a Moto X Pure Edition until March 24

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The deal of the day (and possibly even the week) comes from Motorola. The company is offering you a free 3G Moto E (2nd generation). All you have to do to get it for nothing is buy a Moto X (2014) Pure Edition straight from its maker.

So you first design your Moto X the way you like it, and when you’re finished with that just add the Moto E to your cart. At this point the savings should automatically appear, transforming the Moto E’s price into $0. The only (pretty huge) caveat is that the Moto X you purchase will have to be off-contract. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 V budget tablet announced

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Joining more capable brethren in the face of the Galaxy Tab A pair announced quietly today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 V became official in a similar lackluster fashion. Launched in Malaysia, the affordable 7-inch tablet brings decent hardware at a reasonable MYR499 price ($135).

Aimed at first-time tablet buyers, the Galaxy Tab 3 V comes equipped with a 7-inch WSVGA display (that’s 1,024 x 600 pixels in layman’s terms), which results in 170ppi, actually more pixel-dense than the Galaxy Tab A’s. Read more »

Motorola Gallery app updated with Material Design, new sorting options

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Motorola rolled out an update for its Gallery app for Android. As expected, the new Motorola Gallery brings Material Design user interface tweaks that play nice with Android Lollipop.

Apart from the new UI, the app also gets a new icon, as well as quick access to the image crop tool. Read more »

Cyanogen OS 12 will bring a new boot animation

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A few weeks ago, Cyanogen Inc. announced a company rebranding which included the logo. The latter will be present in the boot animation of the company’s custom ROMs.

Today, Cyanogen showed a new boot animation that will be integrated with the upcoming Cyanogen OS 12. Read more »

Apple has trade-in program for Android users in the works

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According to a report in 9to5Mac, Apple will soon launch a trade-in program for users of non-iOS smartphones. The new venture will aim to boost the Cupertino giant’s already healthy iPhone sales.

The trade-in program will primarily focus on Android and BlackBerry smartphone users. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 storage performance test

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Samsung Galaxy S6 is the company’s first flagship not to offer microSD expansion. Until the S6 and S6 edge duo all Galaxy Note and Galaxy S smartphones had memory expansion, and, in fact, it was one of the highlights of both series.

Samsung even supported moving App to SD card even when Google disabled the feature – a rarity these days. So, what happened with Samsung’s love of external storage?

Well, the company came up with its own UFS 2.0 storage, which uses “Command Queue” tech (as seen in Solid State Drives) for accelerating the speed of command execution. The new technology promises 2.7x faster performance than the eMMC 5.0 memory found in the previous crop of flagships and yes, the Galaxy S6 has one.

There lies to the key to the lack of a microSD slot. If you were to put an SD card on your Galaxy S6, you’d have compromised this blazing-fast performance. This is actually true for all 2014 high-end phones, but it seems Samsung wanted users to truly feel the difference this time around and has decided on not including the storage expansion on the feature list even if it made a lot of users sad.

Let’s see how fast it really is. Read more »

YouTube app design update may axe the hamburger menu

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Google has been tweaking its Android apps with the Material Design philosophy and some radical changes are in pipeline. For instance, a new build of YouTube app hints that Google will axe the famous Hamburger menu button.

The Android design guidelines always referred the Hamburger style menu as the Navigation Drawer. Read more »

Fun Fit app by HTC is now available in Google Play

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HTC introduced the fitness and health focused app Fun Fit alongside its flagship smartphone One M9. Loaded with several helpful features, the application is now available for free from the Google Play store.

HTC has tailored the Fun Fit with a Sense-like fee, coupled with basic features for health and fitness tracking. Read more »

Here are the 25 mobile phones this mobile editor has owned through the years [EDITORIAL]

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I was recently cleaning up my old room at my parents’ and I happened to find my first ever mobile phone – the Nokia 3210. It brought back many memories. It was a reminder of a completely different time, where the phones were not the tools we are used to play with today.

I was in high school, just a 15-years old kid, when my father told me it was about time I got a mobile phone of my own. It was the best day in my life as I thought back then. My mother already had a Benefon Dragon, while my father was very happy with his Sony CMD J70. But guess what I wanted…A Nokia 3310. Read more »

Archos 50 Diamond hands-on

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You may be excused for not being familiar with Archos but the French phone maker has made itself relevant in the markets it operates on with tablets that offer great hardware at very low price points. The company makes more than tablets though – there are also a lot of phones, and the Archos 50 Diamond is their best.

The 50 Diamond is a minimalist smartphone with clean design and a flamboyant lime paint job. It offers a balanced set of abilities that will ensure a reasonable price point and more than reasonable performance. Read more »

Starting tomorrow, you can sample Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in the UK

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Users in the United Kingdom will be able to try out Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge from tomorrow onwards. The smartphone power couple will be available to purchase on April 10.

The hot flagship smartphones will be on display in Samsung Experience Stores throughout the UK. Read more »

Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 5 now available in the Google Play Store

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Gameloft has released the fifth installment of the popular hack-n-slash Dungeon Hunter series. The new Dungeon Hunter 5 is free to download and play with in-app purchases.

Set in the mythical Kingdom of Valentia, this RPG game – Dungeon Hunter 5 takes places right after a large fleet of demons is stopped from invading the yards. The new game brings same controls with single-player campaign mode along with co-op and multiplayer modes. Read more »

This Marvel Avengers-themed limited edition Samsung Galaxy S6 edge looks hot

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Fancy an Iron Man-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 edge? You might soon be in luck as concept renders of the hot flagship smartphone dressed in the livery of Marvel’s Avengers made the rounds on the web.

The images reveal the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with a color scheme that matches an Avengers team member. Read more »