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Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ hands-on

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Alcatel has become known for its low- to mid-range Android phones lately, but with the One Touch Idol X+ the manufacturer attempted a higher-end product.

The Idol X+ was previously announced in China, but now Alcatel has brought it worldwide and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to take it for a quick spin. Read more »

Asus Zenfone 4 hands-on

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Asus Zenfone 4 is the smallest and most affordable member of the new Zenfone family. It comes with a 4″ WVGA IPS display and runs on the dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 1.2GHz processor. The rest of the specs include PowerVR SGX 544MP2 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 4GB expandable storage and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in charge of operations. Asus has announced it will be launching Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but will be getting KitKat shortly after.

The Zenfone 4 is made entirely of matte plastic and is a bit thicker compared to its siblings. It is a dual-SIM device with a snappy chipset at an extraordinary price though, so we are ready to forgive it the extra few millimeters around the waistline. Read more »

Sony releases Xperia Z1 Compact official video

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Sony just announced the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES today. From the looks of it, it seems like that compact flagship Android smartphone we have all been waiting for but could never get.

The company has now released a new official video for the phone that details all the important feature, such as the 4.3-inch HD display, waterproof aluminum and glass body and the 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. The phone will be available in four colors: black, white, pink and yellow. Read more »

Corning reveals anti-bacterial Gorilla Glass at CES

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Keys. Wallet. Phone. The three items we always check when we leave the house. Our hands are constantly typing away, calling, and texting on our mobile devices and our five-fingered appendages also come into contact with many other things during the day, leaving our cell phones pretty rife with bacteria. To combat legions of germs that accumulate on our handsets, Corning has announced that they are spraying their popular Gorilla Glass with an anti-bacterial coating.

The secret behind the antimicrobial properties of the new generation of glass is called ionic silver. Read more »

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 »