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Samsung Galaxy S5 slugs it out against its predecessor in a drop test

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After getting treated to a teardown and prolonged water submersion, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was put through the rigors of a drop test. To make the matters more interesting, this year’s Samsung smartphone flagship was joined by its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The duo of Samsung Galaxy devices were put through a number of drops from various heights. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 630 promo video is out, check it out

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As expected, Nokia released a promo video to mark the announcement of the Lumia 630. The short clip brings the viewer’s attention to some of the Windows Phone 8.1 device’s key features.

The promo video brings the spotlight to the bundled apps and services which come with the device. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 930 promo video is out

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The Nokia Lumia 930 just debuted on the stage of the Microsoft BUILD conference and as tradition goes with such high-profile devices the announcement is accompanied by a brief promo video, showing you the key selling points.

On this occasion Nokia has focused on the build and the design of the smartphone, its 20MP PureView camera and the new Windows Phone 8.1 that’s powering the whole thing. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview launches on April 10

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With Windows Phone 8.1 now official, everyone is eager to try it out. Microsoft plans to make the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview available for registered developers on April 10 – eight days from today.

Everybody can register as a developer in the Developer Preview Program by downloading a special app on the Windows Phone Store and sign up for a free App Studio account. This will give you access to install Windows Phone 8.1 weeks before carriers and manufacturers start pushing it to Windows Phone 8 devices. Read more »

Check out the full Samsung Galaxy S5 manual

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Although the Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship is still a ways away from release, Samsung has already provided its full manual online to give you an in-depth look at all of its features without making you buy the device.

Apart from the usual usage instructions, the manual goes into detail about maintaining water protection, using ultra power save mode, selective focus, S Health, finger scanner, and more. Read more »

Nokia X unboxing and hands-on video

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This is not a joke! Nokia X has just arrived at HQ and joined our review queue. The Finns’ first Android-based handset running on the so-called Nokia X Software Platform is quite interesting indeed, so naturally we gave it our traditional hands-on treatment.

Nokia X platform is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Microsoft services in its core replacing Google’s, plus a proprietary lightweight and Asha-like launcher. Read more »

Spanish CaixaBank to deploy 30,000 Nokia Lumia 925 units to its employees

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Nokia announced earlier today its partnership with Spanish CaixaBank to deploy 30,000 Lumia smartphones to its employees. The deal includes the Lumia 925, after it was put under various testing programs.

CaixaBank employees will have the option to upgrade their Lumia 925 to newer Nokia devices in the future. The company also says its employees will be given the opportunity to acquire Nokia phones for their personal usage as well as for family and friends. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 gets rooted

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Sony Xperia Z2 is yet to go on sale across the globe, but the developers have already found a way to gain root access on the smartphone.

The rooting process for the Xperia Z2 requires you to unlock its bootloader before being able to flash the Kernel and install SuperSU to gain the root access. Read more »

Futuremark gives HTC One (M8) the boot for cheating

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The new HTC One (M8) does well in benchmarks, perhaps too well. Futuremark, makers of the popular 3DMark benchmark, have caught wind that HTC’s new flagship cheats when it detects a benchmark and delisted the device.

The same thing happened to HTC’s previous flagship, Samsung’s too (but Samsung phones were brought back after a software update disabled the boosting). Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest Android flagship to get disassembled

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Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest high-end Android smartphone to get the teardown treatment. The exercise was performed by the folks at Mobile China.

The Xperia Z2 joined the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) as the third Android flagship to get disassembled this week. Read more »

HTC releases kernel for Google Play Edition HTC One (M8)

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The HTC One (M8) was announced last week, and alongside it the Taiwanese company announced a Google Play Edition that runs a vanilla version of Android out of box.

While the device isn’t available yet (although it is up for preorder on Google Play in the US), HTC has released the kernel source through its HTCDev developer portal. Read more »

Benchmark-boosting High Performance Mode officially confirmed in HTC One (M8)

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HTC officially confirmed that the One (M8) features benchmark score-boosting High Performance Mode. The word arrived hot on the heels of yesterday’s story about the inflated AnTuTu scores of the Android flagship.

In a response to an inquiry made by CNET, HTC confirmed that its engineers optimize the device to produce the highest possible performance in certain scenarios, including benchmark tests. Read more »

The Nokia WP8.1 firmware is called Lumia Cherry Pink Blossom, screenshots surface

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New leaked screenshots of what’s reportedly the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 firmware have leaked. One of them suggests the firmware is going to be called Cherry Pink Blossom. Considering the previous two were also named after colors – Lumia and Black – that’s not too surprising.

There aren’t many details regarding what Nokia plans to include in the Cherry Pink Blossom update at this time. Luckily, despite being in Chinese, the leaked screenshots give us some idea of what to expect. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets the teardown treatment

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It was going to happen eventually, but somewhat surprisingly it has happened before the actual market launch. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has undergone the teardown treatment. This time though, it wasn’t executed by iFixit, but Russian tech site Ferra.

Nevertheless, the teardown revealed all of the Galaxy S5′s internals. According to the person that did the teardown, the screen is quite tricky to remove and you have to heat the phone quite a bit in order to get the glue holding the display to melt and let go. Read more »

HTC One (M8) benchmark scores raise cheating suspicions

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A couple of days ago, we reported that the Asian version of the HTC One (M8) with a 2.5GHz MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 processor crushed the competition in the AnTuTu 4 benchmark. However, the triumph of the One (M8) may be short-lived, as it may turn out that the phone is cheating.

The reason for the eyebrow raising is AnTuTu X – an alternative version to AnTuTu 4 specially designed to prevent devices from cheating. When ePrice, which originally reported the beastly benchmark results of the One (M8), decided to run AnTuTu X on the phone, the results where quite different. Read more »