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Sony Xperia ion for AT&T completed our battery test, here go the results

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We are all well aware by now that the combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset and LTE network connectivity do not bode well for the battery life of a smartphone. Throw in the Sony Xperia ion’s HD screen in the mix, and its easy to guess that the 1900mAh non-removable battery has a lot to deal with.

As always we took a look at the 3G talk time performance of the Sony Xperia ion first for AT&T. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus now getting Android 4.0 ICS

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The next Samsung slate to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

The update is currently rolling out in Austria and its neighbors, but should hit other regions soon. Read more »

Rovio’s Amazing Alex launch trailer is here, the game to follow in two days

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We already knew Rovio had another title planned for us. Amazing Alex features some nicely done animation and promises hours of creative contraption building.

As the title is nearing its July 12 release (that’s only two days from today), Rovio has released the full trailer of the game (as opposed to the previously available teaser). Read more »

Tiny Wings 2 coming for iOS devices in July 12, Android version in the works

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Tiny Wings was such a huge hit on iOS that it gave the start to a whole new genre of mobile games and now its creators have announced that we are about to get its sequel.

Tiny Wings 2 is also expected to hit the Google Play Store soon after the iOS release (which should happen in two days). To build up some hype ahead of the imminent release, the developers also released a trailer video. Read more »

iPad Mini to be assembled in Brazil, production starts in September

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The iPad Mini rumor marathon is going at full speed and by the looks of it that’s not going to stop any time soon.

Today we heard the parts for the upcoming Apple slate have already been manufactured in China and will soon be shipped to Foxconn’s plants in Brazil. Read more »

Here are the most popular mobile devices on the GSMArena.com mobile version

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Just over 6 months ago we launched the mobile version of our website, hoping to make our articles and database even more accessible to those of you who browse through their smartphones. The feedback we got back there was great and we are pleased to say that it has been pretty smooth sailing ever since.

Virtually all of you opt to stick to the mobile version, when visiting our website from your mobile phone (tablets get the desktop version by default). That alone confirms that our coders and designers did a great job and the mobile GSMArena.com is serving its purpose well.

We also thought that you might be interested (we certainly were) to see what mobile devices are used most frequently for accessing our site. That’s why we turned to Google Analytics, who were kind enough to provide the statistics for us. Read more »

Three new ads of the Galaxy S III show its sharing prowess in “real life” scenarios

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Samsung has ousted a trio of lighthearted ads for its Galaxy S III flagship, which focus on the AllShare Play, Group Cast and Share Shot abilities.

The first one is of a guy that “suffers” the nuisance of having to show a photo to a group of people, who apparently don’t own smartphones. Read more »

Windows 8 to be released in October, RTM version comes in August

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Microsoft has announced today that the Windows 8 development goes according to schedule and shed some more details on the actual market availability of the platform.

Windows 8 will reach the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage in the first week of August. This means the OS will be ready by then and Microsoft will seed it to its OEM partners. Read more »

8GB Nexus 7 tablet parts estimated to cost $184

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It was iFixit that first tore down the Nexus 7 tablet and as a result we can now see how much money Google is making from selling the device itself.

For the 8GB model, the margin is pretty slim (if it exists at all) as its parts were estimated to cost $184 while it sells for $199. That’s a small profit margin whichever way you look at it, and this price doesn’t even factor in manufacturing, marketing, shipping or research and development. Read more »

Krait-packing HTC One X overclocked to 1.8 GHz, gets ready to ace benchmarks

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By using a custom Kernel module, some XDA developers members have managed to overclock the Krait CPU cores of the HTC One X (the one available on the AT&T and Rogers networks) to 1.8 GHz.

This makes the MSM8960 SoC about 20% faster and the Kernel is applicable to any rooted One X, based on Krait, without the need to unlock the bootloader. Read more »

RoboCop reboot in the works for 2013

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It looks like everyone’s favorite metal police enforcer is due to make a return, as RoboCop is getting a remake.

Although a trailer has not been released yet, a website has gone up for a fictitious OmniCorp company. Read more »

Caution: gsmarena-n.com looks like a scam, has no affiliation with us

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Some of our readers recently reported that they are getting advertising emails from a seemingly scam Asian online store, which is to be found at www.gsmarena-n.com. The emails all claim (in rather bad English) that they are our sister site and urge buyers to shop with confidence.

Well, this can’t be more far from the truth. There are many people out there, who make a living off persuading you they represent a well-established trademark – such as ours. Since we have a wide global reach and you never know what sort of a scam you might stumble into, we thought we should give you this heads-up.

We don’t sell phones, tablets, computers or related equipment and we have no plans on opening a retail or wholesale store for those.

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Amazon planning to launch Kindle Fire successor in Q3 this year

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The Kindle Fire has been quite a success thanks to its humble pricing and the might of Amazon’s online store, which puts the tablet front and center on the homepage of the world’s most popular online store. But it’s been seven months now since it’s been on sale and by now Amazon should be working on a successor. The fact that Google just launched a rival in the form of the Nexus 7 and that Apple might be working on one as well means that Amazon cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

Fortunately, it hasn’t. According to a report by AllThingsD, Amazon is planning to release the successor to the current Kindle Fire some time in Q3, this year with the announcement coming some time in the second half of this year. Read more »

BlackBerry App World hits the three billion downloads mark

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Yes, yes, you are right – this number is rather paltry compared to what Apple and Google have been recording, but, nevertheless, it is the closest thing to good news we’ve had coming from RIM in quite some time. The BlackBerry App World has served three billion downloads since it opened for business back in 2009.

A cool one third of the abovementioned milestone has been accomplished in the last six months alone. Read more »

Sony Mobile will move its headquarters from Sweden to Tokyo on October 1st

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This should hardly catch anyone by surprise, given the fact that Sony’s acquisition of Ericsson’s stake in their joint venture took place a few months back. The newly formed Sony Mobile with move its headquarters from Lund, Sweden, closer to the center of everything Sony in Tokyo, Japan.

Sony Mobile has a rather large operation in the Nordic country, so it is yet to be determined exactly which operations will be moved. Read more »