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Install the special OnePlus One ROM on any Android that supports Cyanogen

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The OnePlus One flagship has been one of the most hyped-up flagships in recent months, part of the reason being the special version of the popular CyanogenMod Android ROM that it runs.

With OnePlus still struggling to meet the excessive demand for its new flagship, a clever Android dev has created a OnePlus One Conversion Kit that ports all of the extra OnePlus One features onto any device running CyanogenMod 11. These include the camera, Hexo theme, lockscreen and even the AudioFX app. Read more »

Infographic flaunts Nokia 130 battery life, other perks

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The Nokia 130 came as a bit of a surprise – a feature phone from Microsoft. Yet, the software giant is committed to promoting the product though and published an infographic detailing just how much a €19 phone can do.

A lot of the talking points center around the 130′s battery life. Microsoft also seems keen to continue the “next billion” initiative started by Nokia. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker will hit the shelves this month

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Details on the availability of Xiaomi’s recently announced Mi Band fitness tracker became available. The cheap and stylish accessory will hit the shelves in China next week, on August 18.

As expected, the Xiaomi Mi Band will be priced at CNY 79 ($13). Read more »

Asus outs ZenFone promo trailer to promote its affordable phones

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Asus has launched a promo video for its ZenFone series of smartphones. Entitled “Empowering Luxury for Everyone” the trailer aims to show the unique blend of affordability and high-end feel of its trio of ZenFone devices.

But the video is much more than to show off the company’s ability to make beautiful trailers. It’ll also promote the company’s affordable devices in emerging markets, where the Taiwanese see a lot of potential. Read more »

First official video of Samsung Galaxy Alpha is out now

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the slimmest Galaxy phone to date, went official today. Most of the rumors throughout the past few months turned out correct – the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7″ Super AMOLED 720p display, runs on Exynos 5 Octa chipset with 2GB of RAM, and comes with a 12MP rear camera.

Other interesting bits of the Galaxy Alpha are the integrated fingerprint scanner, heart-rate sensor, LTE Cat.6 connectivity and 32GB non-expandable storage. If you want to meet the Galaxy Alpha up close, you can now do it thanks to the first official promo video. Read more »

HP VoiceTab 6 Plus swings by GFX benchmark with better chipset and Android 4.4.4

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HP’s flirtation with Android devices will continue as a new phablet by the company is apparently in the works. The HP Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus has swung by the GFX benchmark and has confirmed some of its specs in the process.

Much like its predecessor, the Plus version will have a 6″ 720p display, but it will come with a Snapdragon 400 chipset with four Cortex A7 cores instead of the Marvel PXA1088 of the same core count. Read more »

Xperia Z2 miraculously makes it through six weeks of swimming with the fishes

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Following an unfortunate incident, Swedish national Alexander Maxén reportedly dropped his Sony Xperia Z2 on the bottom of the ocean. And it wasn’t until six weeks later, that a scuba diving friend of his, finally managed to recover the device.

You can’t beat a happy ending but what makes this one special is that the smartphone lasted that long underwater at at least 10m depth and yet it’s still fully operational. Read more »

OnePlus One gets Android 4.4.4 update along with new camera feature

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Today a new firmware update for the OnePlus One started rolling out, albeit slowly. It’s expected to have reached all the devices out there by the end of this week and it brings with it the absolute latest version of Android – 4.4.4.

Alongside that and many bug fixes, there’s also a new camera feature called Clear Image which stitches together 10 individual shots for a final “super high-res photo”. Read more »

Samsung trademarks the Galaxy Note Edge, hints at a Note 4 with a three-sided display

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Samsung has been granted a trademark over the “Galaxy Note Edge” name, further suggesting the company plans to launch two versions of the Galaxy Note 4.

The Note Edge moniker is strongly indicative of what has been confirmed by a previous company patent – a Note 4 with a three-sided display. Well, we can now safely call this one a Galaxy Note Edge. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Alpha to get a 64GB version as well

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Samsung already showed off the metal-clad Galaxy Alpha in Russia over the weekend sporting 32GB of built-in storage. Interestingly, SamMobile claims to have information that confirms the phone is also gong to launch in a 64GB variant.

The Galaxy Alpha doesn’t feature a microSD card slot and considering its high-end metal posture, it’s logical for Samsung to consider a 64GB version, too. Read more »

Security-heavy Blackphone gets rooted in five minutes

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This must be really awkward for the party involved. The security-heavy, Android KitKat-toting Blackphone handset got rooted in five minutes at the BlackHat security conference.

To make matters even more interesting, the abovementioned feat was achieved without the need to unlock the Blackphone’s bootloader. Read more »

HTC One (E8) battery test

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The HTC One (E8) sheds the weight of the aluminum unibody and drops the low-res UltraPixel camera in favor of a 13MP shooter. Neither of those affects battery life compared to the One (M8) and the battery capacity is still at 2,600mAh.

What could affect the battery endurance is the new chipset – the One (M8) we tested used a Qualcomm 8974AB while the One (E8) uses 8975AC. Read more »

HTC Desire 616 dual sim battery test

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The HTC Desire 616 dual sim has a large 5″ screen, eight CPU cores and two SIM cards – add those up and you’d think the phone needs a big, beefy battery. Except HTC decided that 2,000mAh should be enough.

How did that work out? Well, the endurance rating is good enough but that big screen and octa-core CPU really take their toll. Read more »

Weekly poll: Six-way camera shootout

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The time has come for another weekly poll of ours. This time we up the ante and turn the poll rivalry to eleven (minus 5). In the spirit of our recent flagship camera shootout, we’re asking you which out of the mighty six you think is the best in four distinct categories.

The contestants are the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7, Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Apple iPhone 5s. They’re competing in over four categories – best camera features, daylight image quality, low-light image quality and video recording quality. Read more »

Sony Xperia T3 hands-on

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Another Xperia smartphone landed in our office this week. We’ve already met the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia Z2 and Xperia M2, but we were also eager to check out what the Xperia T3 has to offer. And now we got the chance to give you a glimpse of what to expect in our in-depth review.

The Sony Xperia T3 packs a 5.3″ IPS display of 720p resolution and is powered by the popular mid-range Snapdragon 400 chipset. Sony has provided the Xperia T3 with an 8MP ExmorRS camera sensor and the phone comes with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS out of the box. Read more »