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Amazon to finally bring its Appstore to Europe this summer

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Android users based in Europe will finally get access to Amazon’s Appstore. The company announced today its expansion plans for the old continent and while they are not massive, it’s a decent start.

The Amazon Appstore will launch in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom this summer. Developers are also encouraged to start certifying their apps for distribution in those countries. Read more »

New Swype beta is out, brings 4-in-1 keyboard capabilities

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Nuance, the company that acquired Swype last year, has launched a new beta version of the popular text input method.

The new Swype Beta for Android features a 4-in-1 keyboard and now supports voice as well as touch inputs . You can now draw letters one by one or just tap it, like on classic keyboard. The Dragon voice engine takes care of voice inputs. Read more »

ICS updates rollout for the Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup to start in July

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab slates will get the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment in July and August. This is surely good news for all the owners (including myself) who have been stuck waiting for so long.

Here is the full list of compatible devices: Read more »

Flipboard receives Google+ integration

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Flipboard, the social and news aggregation app, is set to receive Google+ integration as Google announced a new partnership with its developer. The deal includes the launch of a new API specially formulated to write content for Flipboard.

Soon, Flipboard will be able to show your Google+ stream alongside your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as news and RSS feeds. Read more »

Dolphin Browser HD beta for Android released with new Dolphin Engine, we pit it against its rivals

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Dolphin has released a new version of its popular Dolphin Browser HD for Android. The browser, currently in beta state and available only from the official website, uses a new version of the Dolphin Engine, which it claims makes it the highest performing HTML5 browser available today, not just on mobile but on any platform.

Its main claim to fame is the absurdly high HTML5 test score, where it scores an astounding 450 points (plus 3 bonus points), more than any other browser that is currently available, including those on desktop. Dolphin says it has paid special attention to canvas elements, 2D context and text rendering and that the Dolphin Engine made significant GPU technology improvements around GPU accelerated canvas rendering and optimized CPU / GPU parallel computing. Read more »

Google releases I/O 2012 app for Android

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The Google I/O developer conference is starting next week and just like last year Google has released an app for Android that would allow visitors to find their way around the conference and know what’s happening at what time.

The following are some of the things you can do with the Google I/O 2012 app: Read more »

We go hands-on with the Huawei Ascend P1, have a quick look at its features

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We say welcome to the Huawei Ascend P1. While it gets ready to step in front of our camera, let’s go over the basics. The Ascend P1 is an Ice Cream Sandwich droid, with a dual-core processor, a 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen and a 8MP camera.

The Ascend P1 has an attractive, distinctive design and takes care to get most things right. Read more »

WinZip now available for Android, rolls back the years

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Anyone who has used a .zip file manager before has heard of WinZip and has used it too.

Well if you want to relive some of that nostalgia anew and you own an Android-powered device you can – the app is available for free in the Google Play store. Read more »

New Dark Knight Rises trailer emerges to promote Nokia Lumia 900 Batman edition

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Despite manufacturing just 900 units of its special limited edition Batman Lumia 900, Nokia continues its promotion of the Windows Phone 7 handset by launching a new, unseen Dark Knight Rises trailer. And we couldn’t be happier.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, the Dark Knight Rises will hit the cinemas worldwide starting July 19. Until then, Nokia is running a special promotion and anyone who likes the Finnish company’s Facebook page has the chance to win the specially-themed smartphone. Read more »

Microsoft Surface announcement event is now online, watch it here

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Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the Surface and Surface Pro tablets at its event in Los Angeles and now the full keynote has been uploaded online for your viewing pleasure.

The event goes on for about 48 minutes and demonstrates the cool Touch Cover and Type Cover and how they function on the Surface and Surface Pro. Read more »

Meizu App Center reaches 200 million downloads milestone

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Meizu has just announced their own App Center has passed the 200 million downloads mark. This happens only three months after the 100 million milestone was reached.

The Meizu App Center is available on all the latest Meizu smartphones including the MX and MX quad-core. Read more »

Survive in the wilderness by dismantling your mobile phone

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If you’re ever lost in the wilderness and your cellphone is busted or has no signal, you’re not as totally screwed as you may think.

It turns out that you can make yourself a handful of nifty survival tools if you crack open your cellphone. And these just may save your life Read more »

VLC Media Player is officially heading to Android

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VideoLAN today announced via its Twitter account that it’ll be officially launching the VLC Media Player on Android.

Don’t get too excited however, as the tweet didn’t give any specifics whatsoever. There’s no release date, no requirements or even a feature list we might be looking forward to. Read more »

Microsoft Surface announced – the company’s own Windows 8 tablet

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Microsoft just announced its own tablet, named Surface, which blurs the line between tablets and ultrabooks. The 10.6″ slate features simplistic design and compact measures, while offering a full-blown Windows 8 experience.

Microsoft’s latest creation will be offered in two flavors. The entry level one will run Windows RT for ARM based chips, while the fully tricked out version will be running Windows 8 Pro. The screen size on both versions will be 10.6″, but the Windows 8 Pro units will offer full HD resolution. Read more »

Nokia 808 PureView vs Olympus E-PL2 vs Canon 5D Mark III vs Apple iPhone 4S: 38MP shootout

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After seeing the Nokia 808 PureView ace our blind test and comfortably beat even a Micro Four Thirds camera, many of you wanted to see how its 41MP sensor does against higher res cameras. We now suggest you take a comfortable seat and get ready to find the answer.

This time we used the full resolution mode on Nokia 808 PureView, which is the only one that shows the true capabilities of the monster sensor. We shot the same image with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is our workhorse DSLR, the Olympus E-PL2 large-sensor interchangeable lens camera, which was soundly trashed in the blind test and the Apple iPhone 4S, which should serve as a reference for the improvement the Nokia 808 brings to the smartphone world. Read more »