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‘PhoneLocator Pro’ for Android app review

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Lately our smartphones have become one of our most precious possessions, partly because they store so much of our private data but also because they are usually quite expensive. That’s why theft is as great a worry as it ever was, while misplacement is quite the nuisance. Luckily we’ve got remote management and phone tracking apps to help us in these times of distress. Recently, Google has also recognized the importance of remote tracking our smartphones and has delivered its first attempt in the category.

PhoneLocator Pro is one of the most functional `third-party application for the Android platform, that helps you track and remotely manage your smartphones. Today, we will take a look at the features and the functionality of the app to see if it’s worth your cash. Read more »

LG G2 camera’s photo and video samples surface, check them out

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LG G2′s 13 megapixel sensor at the back is one of the most talked about features of the smartphone – the optically stabilized camera and its ability to shoot 1080p videos at 60fps have created a buzz among the tech enthusiasts. We now have a couple of user-captured videos and photos which tell us a great deal about the G2′s main shooter.

The user sample images and videos of the LG G2 come from the administrator of OptimusForums. G2′s camera has been tested out in the outdoor conditions and you can have a look at the samples below. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini duos battery life tests are done, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes in a dual-SIM version, just like its big sibling. But with the same chipset and same battery, we can expect lower talk time and standby, with the same web browsing and video playback times, right?

As it turns out, no. Looking at the specs sheet reveals no changes between the single and dual-SIM versions, but there’s potentially a new modem as the talk time went up. Read more »

Delta Air Lines equips its flight attendants with 19,000 Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones

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In line with its promise to garner wider enterprise usage this month, Nokia has delivered big time as its partnership with Delta Air Lines has come to fruition.

Some 19,000 Lumia 820′s have been deployed to Delta flight attendants, complete with special additions to streamline onboard purchasing from passengers. Read more »

Chrome Beta update adds universal image search, new gestures

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Aside from the regular Chrome web browser Google supplies a Beta for eager users, wishing to check out the latest developments before they come to the battle-tested app.

Said Chrome Beta app, has received an update, which brings along new gestures, which work more intuitively than before, aiming to reduce accidental tab switching while panning and scrolling around pages. There’s also a universal image search option, allowing you to search an image through Google, like you can on the desktop version of the browser. Read more »

‘Contra: Evolution’ now available on the Play Store

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We reviewed Contra: Evolution when it was released on iOS back in May. Now, developers Punchbox Studios have also released an Android version of the game on the Play Store for $0.99.

Contra: Evolution, as you can imagine, is an evolved version of the 1987 cult classic. The gameplay and even the general level design is nearly identical but the game has been given a solid shot in the arm with significantly updated visuals that are completely redrawn and not just running at a higher resolution like most ports. Read more »

Sony Xperia M flaunts its OmniBalance charm and dual-SIM possibilities in front of our camera

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The Sony Xperia M is the company’s next entry-level dual-core phone. It shares many of the features of the Xperia L but is positioned lower on the ladder with a smaller, 4″ screen (but with the same FWVGA resolution), same chipset and a 5MP / 720p camera.

The Xperia M has a dual-SIM option, making it an direct upgrade over the Xperia E (which also came in single and dual-SIM versions) and it’s a huge improvement over it. Read more »

HTC Butterfly S battery life test completes, numbers inside

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The newest high-end smartphone from HTC, the Butterfly S, shares many of its features with the HTC One, but one area where it has the aluminum flagship beat flat is battery capacity.

The huge 3200 mAh battery of the Butterfly S rivals the capacity of our current champion, the Motorola RAZR MAXX, but is its software optimized well enough to challenge the Motorola offering? Find out inside. Read more »

Nokia launches new Lumia 1020 ad, hilariously mocks iOS and Android phones

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Nokia Lumia 1020′s early success is great news for the troubled Finnish company, which is trying to generate even more hype around the cameraphone flagship, releasing quite a few promo videos. This latest one takes place at a school performance and reminds us of the wedding-themed video of the Lumia 920.

There, the kids’ parents are fighting for the top spot to take the best photo. And thus hilarity at the expense of the iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy smartphones ensues. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be available in five different color options

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We all know that Samsung is working on a smartwatch, which is rumored to be officially showcased at the company’s upcoming Unpacked 2 event in Berlin on September 4. The purported specifications of the gadget were revealed a few days back and now, we have another report that tells us that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be available in different color options.

According to a report from SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will initially ship in White, Orange, Grey and Black hues. Read more »

Oppo N1 to feature a rear touch panel, new teasers reveal

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We already got a couple of teasers for the Oppo N1 upcoming smartphone, and today the company posted yet another one revealing a unique feature of the handset – a rear touch panel.

The teaser in itself is quite unorthodox, if slightly cheesy, and compares the N1 smartphone to a woman’s body. Oppo promises a “brand new user experience” suggesting the back of the phone features a touch panel. However, said touch panel isn’t evident from the previous leaks of the N1. Read more »

Minor Android 4.3 update rolling out to Nexus devices

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Google has started rolling out an update for Nexus devices running Android 4.3. The update is available for the Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 2013 and 2012 and the Nexus 10.

The update is minor and will upgrade your build number from JWR66V to JWR66Y. The 2MB update doesn’t really add any new features but is more of a security update. Read more »

Asphalt 8: Airborne launches on iOS and Android

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Gameloft’s next big release in the Asphalt series of racing games – Asphalt 8: Airborne – has finally been released on the App Store. The Android version of the game should be arriving shortly and even a Windows Phone 8 version is on the cards.

Update: Asphalt 8: Airborne is now available on Android devices too. You can find the links to download the popular racing game below. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core is here for review, we start with a video hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Core is currently headlining Samsung’s midrange lineup along with the Galaxy Win and Galaxy S4 mini. It brings a fair set of features for a price hovering around the $200 mark, which makes it ideal for emerging markets and money-conscious buyers.

Our unit has the optional dual-SIM support with dual stand-by so you can hit a two birds with one stone purchase, bringing a holster for both your SIM cards and getting solid smartphone experience with the backing of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Swiftkey Cloud exits beta, released today as part of Swiftkey 4.2

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The popular Swiftkey keyboard replacement app for Android has been updated to version 4.2, which includes the addition of the new Swiftkey Cloud service.

Swiftkey Cloud syncs with your Gmail and Facebook accounts (and others) and learns from your typing style. You can then transfer it across multiple devices easily. Read more »