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Samsung’s full Super Bowl ad now on YouTube, video inside

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Now that the Super Bowl is done and over, the companies that aired their ads during the game are releasing them full length on Hulu, YouTube and whatnot.

Samsung didn’t disappoint either, offering the full 4:41 minutes promo of its Galaxy Note II promo on YouTube. Read more »

ARM Q4 profits exceed analyst predictions

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British-based chip designer ARM posted a pre-tax profit of roughly $125.9 million, up 16% in the fourth quarter.

The popular ARM Cortex series of processors can be found in the vast majority of mobile devices and tablets out there, which explains the higher than expected quarterly profit. Read more »

New game title Temple Run: Oz the Great and Powerful releasing on February 27

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Temple Run is already a smash hit on both iOS and Android, and it’s only been two weeks since it was released. Following in the footsteps of Temple Run: Brave, the new game will reportedly revolve around the story and the characters from the upcoming movie Oz the Great and Powerful.

The movie is due for March 8, but the game will be available even before that – with February 27 thought to be the launch date. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus battery life test results are in

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Yesterday we published our in-depth Galaxy S II Plus review and now is the time to share the details of its battery test with you.

The smartphone offers the same battery as its predecessor, but offers a more efficient chipset and a new Android release, which should lead to an improvement in its endurance. Read more »

Sony announces ‘my Xperia’ service for finding your lost Xperia device

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Sony has announced a new service for their range of Xperia smartphones, called my Xperia. The beta version of the service will roll out to a few devices initially before it is available to all Xperia devices out there.

my Xperia works similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone and all other similar services out there. Once it’s available on your device, you log on to the service by visiting myxperia.sonymobile.com and logging in with your Google account. Read more »

Samsung Ativ Odyssey made a trip to our office, here is a hands-on

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For some reason, Samsung decided not to bring its Ativ S Windows Phone 8 flagship to the United States. Instead, the Korean giant released the Verizon Exclusive, LTE toting, and seriously pocketable Samsung Ativ Odyssey.

The Samsung Ativ Odyssey looks and feels a lot like a mini version of the Ativ S. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Read more »

Google and Motorola are in search for a product manager for the X Phone

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Motorola has posted a job listing in search for a senior director of product management to focus and work directly on the X Phone project that the WSJ reported on back in December.

Interestingly, that’s exactly how Motorola has referred to the project about its upcoming high-end smartphone set to rival the iPhone and the top dogs from the Galaxy S line-up. Read more »

Google maps out the Grand Canyon with over 9500 pictures

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Google Maps has gotten down and dirty in Arizona by mapping out over 75 miles of trails and roads in one of nature’s most impressive wonders.

The initiative is part of Google’s new Trekker program, which puts the famous 360-degree, 15-lens street view cameras in on a wearable backpack, allowing Google maps to give you up close and personal views of areas accessible only on foot. Read more »

Facebook gets twice as much advertising revenue from mobile ads in Q4

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Facebook was able to double its advertising revenue from its mobile ad platform during last years’ holiday quarter.

This is an indicator that their migration to handheld devices in the form of mobile applications is going pretty well so far. Read more »

An untethered iPhone 5, iPad mini jailbreak may be finally launching this weekend

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Ah, the iPhone 5 jailbreak is an unfulfilled dream of many, but it’s still as elusive as ever (the iPad mini one, just as well). Or are they? An independent dev group, which calls itself the Evad3rs, claims to have a jailbreak solution almost ready for the masses – called Evasi0n – and it should launch this very Sunday.

Not only that, but the jailbreak should work on all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running anything from iOS 6.0 to the latest iOS 6.1, as famous iOS community hacker MuscleNerd has confirmed personally on Twitter. Read more »

Does the BlackBerry Z10 look like the Apple iPhone 5?

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The BlackBerry Z10 is finally official and its announcement caused an argument here in the office. Since we couldn’t reach an agreement, we had to turn to you our readers and hope you would be kind enough to settle it for us. Take a look at the picture below.

On the left, we have the newly unveiled BlackBerry Z10 and on the right we have the Apple iPhone 5. The question is simple – does the Z10 look like the iPhone 5? The GSMArena team is split in two on the matter. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 promo videos go live

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BlackBerry’s Z10 and Q10 are fresh out the gate and the promo videos have started to roll in.

BlackBerry (formerly RIM) has posted two videos with Donny from Inside BlackBerry and Nawdesh – a member of Blackberry’s Product Management team – talking about the first BB 10 smartphones. Read more »

Here is what you can do with your Xperia Z, but you probably won’t

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The upcoming Sony Xperia Z is not only a beautiful phone, but it’s also pretty tough to break down. This has been confirmed by one of those always cool to watch torture videos, which shows the Xperia Z survive various trials to prove that it’s worthy of being your daily driver.

The video contains different scenarios (some of them a pretty ridiculous), and even if it’s a little disgusting, it’s still pretty fun to watch. Read more »

Watch the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 announcement event replay here

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Did you miss the BlackBerry event that just concluded? Don’t worry, a recording of the event is now available online for your viewing pleasure.

In case you’ve missed or want to watch again the BlackBerry 10 OS and the Z10 and Q10 smartphones announcements, or just want to see Alicia Keys one more time, then you should proceed this way. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 arrives at the office, we gawk at its 1080p screen

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It’s pretty clear that 2013 is the year of the 5” 1080p phones and the Oppo Find 5, which just arrived at our office, is part of the zodiac. 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, especially the Snapdragon S4 Pro chips towards its end, and the Find 5 has that too.

It’s not a matter of choice – with nearly 2 million pixels on the screen, the chipset will have to offer a lot in terms of both CPU and GPU power to make for a smooth experience. The Project Butter-enabled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also helps. Read more »