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OnePlus One hands-on

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The OnePlus One is finally here after some delays that could have potentially ruined the occasion. Thankfully those delays didn’t last as long as we feared so without further ado here goes the One.

Sharing a name with a popular HTC handset we know the OnePlus One has some proving to do but covers the right basics as a start. For one it brings a capable Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 5.5″ 1080p display and a 4K-enabled 13 MP snapper. Adding to a good foundation the One could also be the Nexus fan’s dream come true with a tailor-made CyanogenMod 11 OS for a clean, near-stock Android KitKat 4.4.2 experience. Read more »

Android L release: Flashing at first sight

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The Android L release is Google’s new look for the operating system since Holo. It features a new design language called Material Design which is far more than a fresh coat of paint for the most popular mobile operating system out there.

Hidden behind the “L release” moniker probably sits the Android 5.0 version number, which will carry a desert name starting with L. But that’s not important, really, as the “L release” brings a lot of new things to the table, both inside and out.

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Gionee Elife S5.5 battery life test

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The in-depth review of the Gionee Elife S5.5 is live on our home page, and as usual we are now going to share the battery life breakdown with you.

The Gionee Elife S5.5 is running on a MediaTek’s MT6592 octa-core chipset with eight Cortex-A7 cores, aging Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The phone uses the same 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen as the Galaxy S4 last year. We didn’t know what to expect as we haven’t tested this particular combo yet. Read more »

ASUS Zenfone 5 review

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The ASUS Zenfone 5 is one of the three Zonefone devices that were announced at CES earlier this year. Based on Intel’s x86 Atom processors, the Zenfones run ASUS’ new ZenUI on top of Android.

The Zenfone 5 is the middle one of the three devices and comes with a 5.0-inch 720p display, dual-core Intel Atom Z2560, 2GB RAM and 8 megapixel camera. Let’s see how well it performs. Read more »

Weekend poll – LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

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This week’s poll will put the LG G3‘s claim to be the best flagship around to a new test – against the HTC One (M8).

The in-depth shootout review between the two is already out and we’ve shared our opinion about the two and which we think is better at what. Now it’s your chance to do so and vote for your favorite device. Read more »

Weekly poll results: LG G3 bests the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Last week we had a new battle to your favorite flagship and it was an interesting one featuring two Korean heavyweights -the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the QHD-flaunting LG G3.

The categories are well-known by now – we ask you to pick your winner in terms of design, screen, user interface, still image quality and video quality. Now that the voting is over and we have decisive winners in every category – here are your picks. Read more »

iPhone 6 360-degree view now available

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The upcoming iPhone 6 has been leaking like crazy recently, thanks in large part to some people getting access to dummy units of the smartphone.

And now someone has used all of the images which got leaked so far, along with some Photoshop prowess, to create a 360-degree view of Apple’s next handset, in perpetually-rotating GIF form no less. Read more »

Samsung’s app store is now called Galaxy Apps

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Samsung will change the name of its App Store to Galaxy Apps.

As more and more consumers become familiar with the Galaxy line of phones, Samsung probably thought it was a better way to differentiate its services from other mobile app stores. Read more »

Google announces Android TV, global launch in 2015

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Following the Android L and Wear, Google announced Android TV. The company says that this isn’t a new platform, but just another form factor, which Android supports.

You can control your Android TV-powered TV set or set-top box from your phone, tablet or even watch. All you need is a touchscreen to work as a d-pad and a microphone for voice commands. Read more »

LG video details the G3 camera’s features

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LG’s official YouTube account decided to upload a video that’s all about the G3‘s camera – its main features and the most important things that differentiate it from its competitors in this area.

As you’d expect, the stars of the video are Touch & Shoot, the easy to use camera settings, the Laser Autofocus, OIS+, the Dual Flash, Magic Focus, and enhanced support for shooting selfies. Read more »

Google Glass gets an update as Google I/O event nears

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Google has started trickling out various updates in anticipation of today’s upcoming I/O event, the latest of which revolves around its Google Glass wearable.

On the hardware front, Glass is now expected to sport 2GB of RAM and longer battery life, alongside a few software updates optimizations like a viewfinder for framing photos and additional Google Now cards. Read more »

Ultra power save mode and other Galaxy S5 features ported to Galaxy S4

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The killer software features introduced with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 flagship are no longer exclusive. Thanks to the creative folks at the xda-developers forums, you can now get the nifty new Galaxy S5 software extras on the Galaxy S4 as well.

The S5 mod includes the new Ultra power save mode that lets you get the most out of your battery, Download booster that lets you download over LTE and WiFi simultaneously, Baby monitor, Air wake up, and others. Read more »

Nokia X2 official hands-on video gives you a tour of the new features

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With the Nokia X2 now official, the company has published an official hands-on video of the phone to give potential customers a better idea of what it’s like.

The X2 packs a 4.3″ ClearBlack LCD display, a Snapdragon 200 chipset with a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera on the back. The video doesn’t focus on the hardware specs, but rather on the new software additions. Read more »

HTC USA hits the Samsung Galaxy S5 where it hurts

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HTC is feeling funny today. The Taiwanese company’s arm in the US has just used its official Twitter account to post the image you can see below.

So HTC apparently isn’t above rehashing that old “it looks like a band-aid” joke that started making the rounds back when the Samsung Galaxy S5 got announced. Read more »

DVF-designed Google Glass available now

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The Diane von Furstenberg designed Google Glass shades are here – a bit later than initially expected, but you can grab a pair today from Net-A-Porter (not just yet), Google, and in a week’s time from the DVF stores.

There’s only one style of Google Glass DVF frames, available in five colors – three Shiny (glossy) options (Ink, Lagoon and Elderberry) plus two Matte options (Java and Ice). Read more »