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Samsung Galaxy S II Crystal Edition unveiled

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Samsung has released yet another edition of its Galaxy S II former flagship. A special crystal-studded version is aiming to attract some more female customers to the Samsung camp.

The new edition is set to feature white leather back panel covered in exactly 129 Swarovski crystals. Read more »

Samsung will throw in a Galaxy Tab 2 if you get a new Galaxy S III or Note and trade in your old phone

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UK residents who have purchased (or plan to purchase) a new Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note can send their old phone to Samsung for a new Galaxy Tab 2 tablet.

Currently, the only trade-in devices accepted are the iPhone 4/4S and Samsung Galaxy S II, although there are plans to add additional devices as early as next week. Read more »

Samsung tells the story behind the Galaxy S III design on video

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With all the trials and jury hearings Samsung was forced to reveal a lot of information concerning its design ideas – both hardware and software.

However, now we get to see what’s the inspiration behind the company’s current top dog – the Galaxy S III. Read more »

Samsung I9103 Galaxy R ICS source code released, ROM builders rejoice

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Samsung have just released the source code of the ICS kernel of their Galaxy R Android smartphone. This will presumably open the floodgates and custom ROMs and kernels for the device will now start appearing at a rapid rate.

Samsung engineers took their time with the Galaxy R ICS update, delivering it several months after the release for the Galaxy S II, but that was to be expected given the difference in popularity (and price) between the two handsets. Read more »

Tough and touch – the Sony Xperia acro S comes by for a visit

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The Sony Xperia acro S stopped by our office and brought along its powerful 12 MP snapper and HD Mobile BRAVIA display in an attempt to impress us.

If you thought that the Xperia acro S is just another smartphone, you thought wrong. It’s an IP57 certified device, meaning it’s dust resistant and can survive when submerged in up to a meter of water for as long as 30 minutes. Read more »

Guy switches from Android to a Lumia, Nokia decides to film and share the whole story

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Oh, this is a “Dear Diary” moment! Christopher Taylor of Glasgow got fed up with his clumsy Motorola Atrix and decided to go down Windows Phone path via the Nokia Lumia 800.

Nokia, being in dire need of good publicity, decided to film the freshly-converted Chris and post the story on YouTube. The nerve, right, on Google’s own turf! Read more »

Motorola RAZR MAXX comes by our office with its friend, Android ICS

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The new Motorola RAZR family has a long distance runner in its family – the RAZR MAXX. The phone isn’t new and we’ve already reviewed the CDMA version for Verizon and the GSM version of the regular RAZR, but Motorola pushed out the ICS update about a month ago, so we thought we should put it through our review routine.

The Verizon version has been our battery test champ for quite a while now and no phone seems like it can dethrone it. We will, of course, do a battery test on this one too, just to check if there are any differences, but that will come later. Read more »

New Jelly Bean firmware for the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III breaks loose

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Many adventurous Samsung Galaxy S III owners are now enjoying Android Jelly Bean after the first official Android 4.1.1 ROM for the device leaked.

Now, there’s a new one, with a build date of August 14, which brings some fixes and cool new features to Samsung’s Android flagship. Read more »

Google Play Store’s upcoming gift cards pose for some spy shots, definitely headed our way

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In case you weren’t convinced enough that Google Play Store gift cards are in the works earlier today, we have another argument to help you in the process. Photos of the actual gift cards have surfaced, thus proving that the Google Play Store is about to get yet another step closer to its Apple rival.

As you can see in the photo above, the Google Play gift cards will come in at least $10 and $25 flavors when launched. Read more »

Samsung has sold 10 million Galaxy Notes worldwide

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During the US announcement of Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 10.1, we found out that the Korean giant has sold 10 million Galaxy Note devices worldwide. The news was brought by Younghee Lee – Samsung’s SVP and head of global marketing.

The impressive number includes sales of both the international Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 and its US sibling, the AT&T flavored, LTE sporting I717. Read more »

An iPhone 5 mockup shows what the iPhone 4S should have looked like

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According to its creators, what you see below is what the new iPhone 5 will look like. The beautifully looking render is made with a few reasonable points in mind. It has the same screen resolution as the iPhone 4/4S to save iOS some effort, a thinner body and a smaller connector.

Now judging by all those rumors, it’s all but guaranteed that the new iPhone will have a larger 16:9 screen, so chances are the guys from 3d-desk didn’t get it quite right. However you can’t deny that this is what the iPhone 4S should have looked like. Read more »

Electronic Arts is looking forward to releasing more games on Windows Phone 8

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EA Games has announced its interest in the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform and the possibilities it’ll be able to offer to gamers.

It’s not that games by EA for the Windows Phone platform are too hard to come across, no. Read more »

Sony LT29 Hayabusa may be called Xperia TX, while the Xperia tablet to go as Xperia Tablet S

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Recently a DLNA certification revealed that the Sony Xperia LT30i ‘Mint’ will be called Xperia T. Now, XperiaBlog reports that the Sony Xperia LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ will go by the name Xperia TX. The close naming of the two phones makes sense, considering how similar their specs are. Plus, the Hayabusa has already launched in Japan as the Xperia GX.

An Xperia Tablet is also laying in wait in the rumor mill, though some EXIF info from a photo uploaded to Picasa reveals that won’t be it’s final name either. Read more »

Here’s how iOS 6 apps look like on a taller display

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We’ve heard a wide variety of sources claim that the upcoming iPhone will feature a larger display, and today we can add one more to the list.

When put through an iOS simulator at a resolution of 1136 x 640 (the rumored resolution of the iPhone 5), many iOS 6 apps scale perfectly to the new size, revealing interfaces which have been tweaked and optimized for the different aspect ratio. Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported to the T-Mobile G1

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The opensource nature of the Android OS means new updates are often found running on older phones before they officially hit the newer devices.

Keeping with that tradition, today we are about to see the very latest version of Android running on the very first commercially sold Android phone. Yes, you are about to see Jelly Bean running on the T-Mobile G1. Read more »