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Facebook app to lose chat funcionality, Messenger to take its place

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According to a report by Mashable Facebook will soon disable the Chat function from its main app and push that functionality solely to its Messenger app.

A Facebook spokesperson has allegedly confirmed that the chat function of the Facebook app will soon be taken out from the iOS and Android app. Even now, some users in Europe are receiving a notification of the upcoming change. Read more »

Samsung releases a a new Galaxy S5 commercial

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Samsung has released a new commercial that focuses on the latest special features of their upcoming flagship: the Galaxy S5.

The ad mentions the GS5′s camera, the phone’s resistance to dust and water, its Full HD Super AMOLED screen, and its built in heart rate sensor. Read more »

Nokia 225 promo videos surface

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The just-announced Nokia 225 is the company’s latest budget offering, and the company has outed one of their trademark videos to highlight its release.

The 225 is targeted at emerging markets with its low price and flashy colors – shown off especially well in the video – that have become characteristic of non-Lumia Nokia mobiles of late. Read more »

Cheaters in Britain use Samsung phones the most

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Suspect that your significant other may be seeing someone behind your back?

Well you may want to check and see if they’re using a Samsung cell phone if you have your doubts about their fidelity. Read more »

HTC camera guru talks the M8 camera

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Not many people are familiar with Symon Whitehorn by name but most people know about the Ultrapixel tech he’s managing at HTC.

The company’s camera guru that stood for the Ultrapixel camera last year is in the spotlight once again, defending this year’s take on the 4 MP flagship camera in an in-depth interview with Vodafone UK. He still stands by the Ultrapixel technology and defends the 4 MP resolution as a more reliable choice in terms of speed. He went on to say that most people will be using their photos on their smartphones or social media and that HTC wanted to make those photos great. Read more »

Robert Downey, Jr. flaunts his HTC One (M8) in new ad

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Robert Downey, Jr. (aka Iron Man) is still a spokesperson for HTC and the company just came out with a one minute video ad of him talking up the new One (M8). He starts off by mentioning HTC won “best phone” at the MWC two years in a row.

However, there are no specifics of why the M8 is “somehow even better” than its predecessor. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is bound to become one of the hottest selling handsets and so it must undergo heavy scrutiny. Battery life is an everyday worry, especially with bigger screens and faster chipsets.

The Galaxy S5 screen isn’t much bigger than that of its processor (5.1″ vs. 5″), but it is brighter. The Snapdragon 801 chipset should also offer a big performance boost over the Snapdragon 600 of last year. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 tops the DxOMark mobile photography rankings

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The performance of the 20.7MP camera of the Sony Xperia Z2 earned it serious accolades. The smartphone topped the prestigious, highly-contested DxOMark mobile photography rankings with an overall score of 79.

Sony’s latest smartphone flagship took the top spot away from the venerable Nokia 808 PureView and its 77 points. Read more »

Sony Xperia E1 hands-on

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Sony’s latest budget offering, the Xperia E1 has come to our office for a full review treatment. Before that though, we’re giving you a glimpse of what’s the phone like through one of our usual hands-on videos.

The Xperia E1 sports similar design traits as the Xperia Z1 Compact, but it’s not quite in the same beauty category. That’s not to say the Xperia E1 isn’t good looking on its own, but it’s made entirely out of hardened plastic, which isn’t as pleasing to look at. Read more »

See the Tesla Model S run over the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Coming straight from the YouTube channel that brought us the fingerprint battle between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s is this new video where the Galaxy S5 is subjected to a drop test and being run over by a Tesla Model S.

We’ve already seen how the Galaxy S5 takes drops on the ground so we’re more interested in the car run over bit. Read more »

Nokia X synthetic benchmarks

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Here is another teaser for our upcoming Nokia X review – benchmark scores! We were able to make some tests shortly after the Nokia X was announced on the MWC in Barcelona, but this time around we can finally run all benchmarks on a retail-ready unit.

The Nokia X is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor coupled with half a gig RAM, which should be barely enough to run a standard Android Jelly Bean version. Luckily Nokia has done some great work optimizing the Android OS and its proprietary launcher, so the final OS is relatively smooth and snappy, with almost no visible lag. The apps from the Nokia Store run great too. Read more »

Fingerprint scanner battle: Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s

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Apple didn’t introduce fingerprint-scanning technology in handhelds but it did make it hip again when it transformed the iconic iPhone home button into a Touch ID scanner in the iPhone 5s.

It must have generated the needed attention because other manufacturers were quick to add in their own fingerprint scanning tech. More recently, Samsung also made the leap with its Galaxy S5 flagship’s home button. But how do both technologies stack up? Read more »

Watch the Duo Camera and Motion Launch gestures in action on the HTC One M8 GPe

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Ever since HTC announced that they will be selling a Google Play edition of the HTC One M8 through the Play Store, there have been speculations on how HTC would handle the hardware and software specific features on this particular model, especially the Duo Camera feature.

Although the company clarified that the feature will work on the Google Play edition, we were still curious as to how it will actually work on the phone. Well, we can stop wondering now as Droid-Life has a video showing just how HTC has handled the new features on the GPe ROM. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on

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We’ve got yet another hot device in our office that is due for a full review. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the contestants for the hottest tablet of the year, combining a great screen, powerful hardware and an ultra sleek design.

Not only is the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet the slimmest and lightest full-size tablet around, but it’s also among the very few to offer water and dust resistance. Read more »

Nokia X camera samples

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Nokia X has entered our review queue. We’ve already gave it some hands-on treatment in front of our camera. And while we are still working on our review, we’ve decided to give you a glimpse of its imaging capabilities.

Nokia X features a 3.15 MP fixed-focus (or as Nokia loves to call it full focus) camera. It is capable of capturing CIF videos at 30 fps plus 180-degree panorama shots at 2500×500 resolution. Read more »