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Google allows preinstalling Waze app on Android devices

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While most handset makers are reducing the pre-installed ‘bloatware’ on the Android devices, Google has added the social traffic and navigation app – Waze in the basket of Google Mobile Services (GMS). Now handset makers will be able to pre-install the Waze app as part of the GMS bundle on the newly sold Android devices.

Waze provides smart navigation solution to its users thanks to the crowd-sourced data collected by those very users. The data includes traffic conditions, road obstacles, or even police traps and is seeded to users in real time through the app. Read more »

Updated Google Play Services 7.0 will bring better performance and experience for both Android users and developers

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Today the new version of the all-important Google Play services framework was announced through the official Android developers blog. This new version is a major update, hence the version number 7.0 and brings about numerous new features, APIs and optimizations to existing features, which will allow both developers and users to make the most of their applications, mobile hardware and the services Google provides.

For anybody not exactly sure what Google play services is or what it does – it is probably best known as the app that helps you seamlessly update your other applications through the Play store. It is actually far more powerful than a simple update delivery system. It is actually a whole framework, or collection of functions or API’s which allow developers to easily access various hardware features on your device, as well as remote Google features, such as maps, authentication and others within their applications. Read more »

SanDisk outs the iNAND 7132 – a high-performance embedded storage for smart devices

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The advancements in smartphone features are continuously pushing the limits of storage when it comes to speed and volume. Industry specialist SanDisk is keeping up with the trends and just unveiled its brand new iNAND 7132 storage solution for application in smartphones, tablets, and computing devices.

It’s targeted at flagship devices, which are the ones that require (and can benefit from) the improvements in speed. Read more »

Wiko Highway Star 4G and Highway Pure 4G hands-on

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Wiko announced two new smartphones yesterday and we have the hands-on impressions for you now. The Highway Star 4G and Highway Pure 4G are are both quite the lookers but also boast impressive specs.

The higher end of the duo is the Highway Star 4G and rocks a matte aluminum unibody with flat front glass. It also comes in various color options like Silver, Gold, Grey and Bleen (the cyan one). Read more »

Google Play celebrates 3rd birthday, treats you to up to 90% discounts instead of lollipops

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The Google Play Store turned three today and is celebrating by slashing prices on select items in its catalog up to 90%.

Technically, the Play Store was born on March 6 2012 when Google combined the Android Market with Google Music, Google Videos and Google Books into the unified Play Store. Read more »

New BlackBerry Leap gets demoed in an official hands-on video

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Just moments ago BlackBerry announced a brand new device ant it MWC 2015 press talk. The BlackBerry Leap, as it is called, comes with a 5-inch HD screen and is powered by what the company refers to as “mid-range” hardware.

The phone is equipped with a quite dated Snapdragon S4 Plus chip and comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Battery life should be pretty good thanks to the 2800 mAh battery pack, but it does come at a price, as the device is quite thick at 9.5mm and weighs 170g. Read more »

Samsung unveils 8MP ISOCELL selfie camera, new NFC chip

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Samsung is best known for its phones these days, but behind the successful Galaxy line are huge component factories and R&D laboratories. The latest in their creations include a new 8MP ISOCELL selfie camera and a new NFC chip.

Both components tie into two of the biggest fashions in the mobile market – selfies and mobile payments. Read more »

Samsung details the process behind the glass and metal on the Galaxy S6 edge

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Behind the beautiful design of the glass and aluminum body of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, there is a lot that goes on to make the phones look and feel the way they are. Both the phones use glass on the front and back, with the S6 edge having a curved glass on the front, and both phones have an aluminum frame that goes around and inside the phones.

The glass on the S6 edge is made using a process called 3D thermoforming, where the glass is pressed between two moulds after heating it to 800 degree Celsius, which gives it the curved edges on either side and it is then polished to give it the desired finish. Read more »

Qualcomm celebrating MWC 2015 by giving away HTC One M9, LG G Flex 2, and Xperia Z3

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To celebrate the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) happening this week in the Spanish city of Barcelona, Qualcomm has started a sweepstakes that allows US residents (age 18 older) a chance to win some really cool prizes. Dubbed #InventForBetter, the sweepstakes runs through Friday, March 6.

To enter, just sign into your Twitter account, follow Qualcomm, and then send a tweet answering the question “What’s the mobile invention you can’t live without? Your smartphone? 4G LTE? Apps?,” using the hashtag #InventForBetter. Read more »

Android TV update will transform your phone into a gamepad

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You will soon be able to use your Android smartphone as an Android TV controller. An update to Google’s TV platform will allow the sweet functionality.

The search giant is about to launch an update to Google Play services, which will bring a Nearby Connections API. Read more »

Mortal Kombat X for mobile devices is coming in April

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Warner Bros Interactive announced that it will launch Mortal Kombat X for mobile devices. The latest installment of the legendary fighting game will land on iOS and Android in April.

Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X will mix fighting with card collecting. Read more »

Mophie unveils Juice Pack battery case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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The mobile accessories powerhouse mophie took the wraps off a battery pack case for Samsung Galaxy S6. The case will also be available for Galaxy S6 edge.

Mophie’s Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S6 family features 3,300mAh battery. Read more »

Microsoft to include Project Spartan in upcoming Windows 10 Preview release

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Today at its MWC 2015 press event, Microsoft demonstrated the Project Spartan web browser running on a Lumia 930 and also mentioned that the upcoming Windows 10 Preview build will ship with the latest browser as well.

Project Spartan will replace Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10 and early benchmarks show it to be really fast. Read more »

Apple Watch coming to Europe in April, Tim Cook quoted

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The Apple Watch will not be exclusive to the US market, German Apple store employees report. The piece of news comes courtesy of no other, but company CEO Tim Cook himself.

During last week’s visit in Berlin, Apple’s commander in chief decided to disclose that intriguing information in the informal surroundings of an Apple Store. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 spotted running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop at the MWC

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Sony announced that its entire Xperia Z lineup (yes, even the original Xperia Z) will get updated to Lollipop and… we’re still waiting. Spotted in the MWC halls in Barcelona was an Xperia Z3 running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

There’s no indication of how close to final it is. Read more »