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Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 1 final scores

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The first four games of our Smartphone Champions League are now over and we now get to learn the names of the first 4 Round 2 participants.

The first four games produced the first major upset with the unseeded Nokia Lumia 1020 knocking out the odds-on favorite Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This was by far the most interesting game of the day, scoring over 40,000 votes. Read more »

BBM will come preinstalled on LG smartphones

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BlackBerry’s popular BBM instant messaging app will come preinstalled on LG smartphones. The Canadian company announced a bundling agreement with LG which will include standard and virtual preloading of the app.

The LG G Pro Lite will be the first smartphone to have BBM out of the box. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 1

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The first eight contenders in the first edition of our Smartphone Champions League are ready to go head to head. You can read the rules for the tournament here, where you’ll also find the full tournament bracket and more information on the competition.

Round 1 of the tournament sees the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5, Google Nexus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Nokia Lumia 625. Read more »

Announcing the GSMArena Smartphone Champions League

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GSMArena.com has a current rankings page that sorts phones by the daily interest in them from our readers. We use that to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s popular, but it can be useful to our readers too. But the daily rankings shift quickly as a new popular phone is launched and at the same time slowly as old popular phones take quite a while to go down the ladder.

This is why we decided to launch the Smartphone Champions League – a knockout tournament to determine which phone you, our beloved readers, like the best. Read more »

Apple releases new iPhone 5s holiday ad: ‘Misunderstood’

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Apple has released a new holiday ad for the iPhone 5s with a Christmas theme. The ad shows an extended family getting together to celebrate Christmas under one roof.

The ad features a boy who is shown being busy on his phone, while everyone around him is taking part in the festivities. This is a common sight now that we see everywhere, with people having their faces buried in their smartphones even when they are in the company of others, being socially reclusive. However, in this video, that’s not really what is happening. Read more »

LG G Flex battery life test

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The LG G Flex is an unusual device that brings a lot of innovation in one package. The battery is one – it’s a curved, flexible battery that allows the whole device to be flexed. To make this happen, LG also had to develop a flexible screen – an OLED built on a plastic substrate.

Despite working with such new technology, LG still managed to squeeze a whopping 3,500mAh battery in the G Flex. But with a huge 6″ OLED screen to feed, will it be enough? Read more »

Motorola Moto G battery life test

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Motorola Moto G is surely one of the most commented smartphones this holiday season. It’s a quad-core device with a big 4.5″ IPS HD display, pure Android experience and amazing price tag.

We are now about to see how the Moto G’s 2,070 mAh battery holds up against its display and chipset. In theory it should provide you with much better endurance than the uninspiring Moto X, due to its lower-power chipset and slightly smaller screen. Read more »

Vivo releases an augmented reality invite for Xplay 3S unveiling

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Vivo’s initial invitation for the upcoming Xplay 3S was pretty standard – a tagline, time, and date. The new one is decidedly cooler – it’s a card with a built-in NFC chip that triggers an augmented reality presentation.

You’ll need to download the dedicated app but it’s worth it – an impressive presentation for an impressive device. Read more »

Samsung merges Wireless and Digital Imaging divisions in pursuit of better cameraphones

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Samsung has merged the two divisions responsible for mobile devices and cameras into one, in the hopes of producing better camera imaging tech in its smartphones and tablets.

The Korean tech giant hopes that the greater synergy between the two teams will result in even higher quality mobile camera experiences. Read more »

Android 4.3 leaks for Sony Xperia Z and ZL

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The latest Android Jelly Bean build has surfaced for the former Sony flagship, Xperia Z, and its softshell variant, the Xperia ZL.

The 4.3 build has recently leaked through xda-developers as a version which was destined for commercial outlets and members of the press. Read more »

LG G Flex hands on

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We have been teased by the concept of flexible displays for a long time now, but finally the time has come for us to witness what was once a cool tech demo in an actual product. Greetings, LG G Flex.

Featuring a 6.0″ 720p flexible OLED display, the G Flex pioneers LG’s lineup of curved smartphones. It’s an important product in a freshly introduced category of smartphones and the company hopes it lures adventurous customers with a plethora of cool features both on the hardware and software fronts. Read more »

Spotify announces free music streaming for iOS and Android

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Spotify has just announced that you can now access millions of songs across your smartphones and tablets for free.

Spotify allows you to shuffle play on your smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, you can now listen to your favorite music, or to your favorite artist without having to pay anything. Read more »

Sailfish OS ported to Nokia N9, demoed on video

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Jolla’s upcoming mobile OS Sailfish debuted on the company’s first smartphone earlier last month in Finland, and has yet to see a global rollout.

Meanwhile, the Sailfish community has been hard at work on improving the OS, and some clever developers have been able to get it to work on the Nokia N9. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 disassembled, all components meticulously labeled

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first of the new generation Nokia devices – the first with a 1080p screen, the first with a quad-core Krait processor, one of the first two 6″ Nokia phablets. It even has a new PureView camera.

All of that adds up to an attractive, powerful device on the outside. Thanks to WindowsMania.pl now we know what it looks like on the inside too. Read more »

Motorola Moto G hands-on

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The Motorola Moto G has been all the rage recently being hyped as the best-spec’d entry-level offering in the market right now.

It’s made its way into our offices, and we’re stealing it away for a quick peek before our review team takes it away. Read more »