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Mozilla launches Firefox OS tablet developer program

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Mozilla’s Firefox OS developer program for tablets was just announced today. The company pledges to distribute both hardware and other support to developers dedicated to growing the tablet operating system.

Mozilla hopes to flesh out its OS in the same fashion that its ground-breaking web browser was developed: through a communal effort. Mozilla plans on beginning the development program soon after CES comes to a close and it hopes to have a working and ready tablet OS build this year. Read more »

Kurio announces Kids phone, leaves control with the parents

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Are you worried about your kid misusing their cell phone? Well, Kurio’s newest smartphone named Kids Phone will put your mind at ease.

Kurio is giving a smartphone to both the parent as well as the kid to be happy about and guess what, you can keep a track of whatever your kid does on his phone. Read more »

PowerVR Series6XE GPUs introduce OpenGL ES 3.0 to budget mobile devices

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Imagination Technologies, the folks behind the popular PowerVR series of mobile graphics processors, have unveiled their latest family of GPUs dubbed the Series6XE.

The new Rogue family of GPUs will come with support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.x, and is set to become available across a wide range of entry-level and midrange mobile devices. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League completes – meet the champion

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Time to break out the champagne and celebrate the first winner of the Smartphone Champions League, the Nokia Lumia 1520. The first Lumia phablet had a lot to overcome some high-profile challengers, including its Lumia 1020 sibling at the end.

We’d like to thank the dedicated fans that swayed the results and several times gave us some surprising turnarounds. Read more »

BBM for Android adds voice chat and channels

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Blackberry Messenger, or, BBM as the cool kids call it, received a warm reception when it was initially for Android, raking in over 10 million downloads within its first 24 hours.

BlackBerry has now a few new BBM features available on the Android version of their application: specifically Voice Calling and Channels. They’ve also ported over 100 new emoticons (your inner teenage girl is squealing, isn’t she?), increased the BBM group size, and added new ways to find friends within the app. Read more »

iPhone owners found to be more intelligent than Android users

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The comments section on this story is sure to turn into a flame war, but according to an online mental agility test, iPhone owners are more intelligent than Android users. Both smartphone consumer bases beat out Blackberry loyalists though, who came third in the survey.

The “Test of Wits was conducted by the British betting company, Ladbrokes. A thousand smartphone users took the multiple choice survey and iPhone users were able to complete the 7 trick questions in the quickest time possible: 94 seconds. Read more »

Check out this cool infographic on phone usage

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Ever since John F Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola demonstrated the use of first hand held mobile phone in the year 1973, the mobile tech has grown beyond leaps and bounds. In the recent times, these mobile devices have evolved to what we now know as smartphones and have turned out to be an essential part of our lives.

However, along with the convenience come a few dangers, which you might have been unaware of. Here’s a beautiful infographic that shows the advantages and the disadvantages of a mobile phone. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Grand Final

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So that’s that then – the big day has finally come. 32 smartphones, 30 games and just over 1 million votes have lead to this moment – the grand final of the Smartphone Champions League.

The all Nokia affair sees the two latest flagships of the Finnish company stand against each other in the search for the ultimate prize. The Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 had to overcome plenty of tough challenges to get here, but now they both face the ultimate challenge. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Semifinals: the final scores

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The semifinal stage of the Smartphone Champions League is now over and we have the names of the two finalists. The two games enjoyed amazing attention and gathered over 120,000 votes and were quite exciting to watch.

The Nokia loyalists community showed that it’s not only very loyal, but also greatly organized and it managed to achieve its goal – an all Lumia final. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Semifinals

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We are into the deciding stages of the Smartphone Champions League and now it’s time to turn our heads to the semifnals. In case you missed the dramatic developments there, here are the Quarterfinals match results.

Four smartphones enter the arena, hoping to get one of the coveted spots in the final of the tournament. Interestingly, out of the four contenders only one is a non-Nokia phone – the LG Nexus 5. The rest are the Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 520. Read more »

This Samsung Galaxy S5 concept sports drool-worthy functionality

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After treating us to a mighty good Samsung Galaxy S4 concept last year, the folks from Rozetked repeated the exercise with the yet to be announced Galaxy S5. A hands-on video showcasing a concept of Samsung’s next generation smartphone flagship made the rounds on YouTube.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 concept is based on rumors which have been circulating around the web. Read more »

Oppo N1 running CyanogenMod 10.2 hands-on

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The Oppo N1 is the first smartphone offered with CyanogenMod out of the box. It’s a great milestone for the CyanogenMod team and we have installed the custom Android ROM on the N1 to see what the experience is like.

Currently, the CyanogenMod 10.2 version is available for the N1, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. However, Oppo and the CyanogenMod team promise that version 11 will be out soon. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Quarterfinals final scores

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The quarterfinal clashes in the Smartphone Champions League are now over and they certainly were an amazing spectacle. The four games got over 270,000 votes, which is by far the highest we have seen in a single matchday.

Two of the four manufacturers remained in the competition concluded their participation at the quarterfinal stage, while Nokia continued to be the dominant force with its Lumia lineup getting the whooping three spots in the semifinals. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Quarterfinals

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We are now at the Quarterfinals stage of the Smartphone Champions League and things are really heating up! Only 8 out of 32 participants are now left and every one had to go through tough battles to get here. And four of those will be one step closer to the Winner’s podium after today’s games complete.

We have some high rollers as well as a few surprises entries here and there. The Nokia Lumia 1020 which stands up against the Samsung Galaxy S III, then there are the LG Nexus 5 vs Sony Xperia SP, HTC One vs Nokia Lumia 520 and the Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1520. Read more »

LG will bring the Knock feature to the L Series II smartphones

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LG announced that it will bring the Knock feature to the L Series II family of smartphones. Formerly known as KnockON, the useful gesture allows users to turn their smartphone on by tapping on its display twice.

The second generation LG L Series devices will get treated to the feature via a global maintenance release update. Read more »