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LG Optimus Vu runs in our battery life marathon, see how it did

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LG Optimus Vu is almost a tablet, but it has voice calling functionality and qualifies for our full battery test. It’s a big device, so there’s room for a big battery but there’s also a big huge power-hungry screen to consider – let’s see how these two things balance each other out.

It’s a little disappointing to find out that the Optimus Vu has only a 2080mAh battery – even the 4X HD had a 2150 mAh juice pack. Read more »

Nexus Q gets gutted, $299 internals revealed

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If you’re curious about what exactly the Nexus Q is all about, iFixit have done its thing and shown us perhaps more than most people needed to know.

So if you want to see what hides underneath the Nexus Q hood, look no further. And yes, the image above has Google spelled with the Q’s own parts. Read more »

CyanogenMod provides details regarding Jelly Bean and CM10

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With the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, everyone is now looking at popular custom ROM makers CyanogenMod to provide details as to when will they be releasing an update to CyanogenMod.

The team has taken to Google+ and although they did not provide an ETA for the update, they did provide a few details about the update itself. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 comes back, this time it will stay for a full review

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 is in our office for the second time, and this time it will stay for a full review. The Ace 2 is part of a new breed of dual-core phones – slotted above the single-cores but below last year’s flagship dual-cores. Another example of such phone would be the Sony Xperia U.

Actually, both of these phones are based on the ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 chipset, but the Galaxy Ace 2 has an unusual (for a dual-core) clock speed of 800MHz. On the upside, it has more RAM – 768MB – and a microSD card slot in addition to the 4GB of built-in memory. Read more »

The Lumia brand is more popular than Windows Phone in web searches

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Nokia’s Lumia series of smartphones might have become more popular than the Windows Phone operating system as a whole. Or at least that’s what the Google search statistics might lead you to believe.

A quick look at said stats shows that since its launch late last year, Nokia has made a good job of keeping the Lumia brand in the public eye. Sadly for Microsoft, that’s not the case with Windows Phone. Read more »

Samsung lets you be part of the Olympics with Take Part 2012 augmented reality app

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Samsung released an Android app that will help you feel the spirit of the upcoming Olympic games (which start on July 27). It’s called Samsung: Take Part 2012 and offers tours of the Olympic venues, info on the UK, the latest news and it will even let you participate. Of course, we are not talking taking part in the real games but at least in the augmented reality games.

Take Part 2012 features 360-degree panoramas the venues of the games and the Top 10 list of British attraction (according to David Beckham), so you can check them out in your spare time. Read more »

Galaxy Note pairs with a PlayStation 3 controller to become the king of portable gaming

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If you had asked me a couple of weeks ago which was the ultimate mobile gaming device, I’d say the PlayStation Vita in a heartbeat. But who needs a PlayStation Vita when you can just use your Samsung Galaxy Note and a wireless PlayStation 3 controller and get something even better.

As you can see, one owner of this Galaxy Note has decided to do just that. Rather wittily he has made a special holder for the Note, which is attached to the back of the PS3 controller. Read more »

Official Android 4.0.4 ROM leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S II

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If you are a Galaxy S II user, chances are that you have been running Android 4.0 for a while now. However, the current version of ICS on the Galaxy S II is Android 4.0.3, and not the latest 4.0.4 found on phones like the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S.

The guys over at SamMobile.com have come across an official Android 4.0.4 ROM for the Galaxy S II. No proper changelog is available at the moment but if you have used it on the Galaxy Nexus you’d know that 4.0.4 only brings minor improvements. Read more »

ACTA is no more after getting rejected by the European Parliament

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Congratulations, Internet, ACTA is finally dead. The European Parliament voted against the controversial “trade agreement” with 478 to 39 votes.

This was the final push needed for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to finally become history after it got rejected by the International Trade Committee. Read more »

Indoors Google Maps is now available in the United Kingdom and Switzerland for Android

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Previously available only for the US, Canada and Japan, the Google Maps support for indoor plans for museums, train stations, and other large buildings now comes to the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Google says more than 40 venues have declared their interest and worked with the search engine giant to make a floor plan for the app. Read more »

Google Now hits AOSP ICS devices, voice commands not supported just yet

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Google Now, Google’s new voice search feature for Jelly Bean introduced during Google I/O last week, is now available for download on all AOSP ICS devices as well.

As is usually the case with exclusive apps and features introduced in a new Android build, the folks over at xda-developers forums were able to get their hands on the apk, and successfully port it over to Android 4.0. Read more »

Ice Cream Sandwich update is seeding to Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets

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Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update notifications have started popping up on the Samsung Galaxy Tab family members.

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the majority of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family of tablets was supposed to receive the update some time in July or early August. Fortunately, the wait wasn’t that long and now users can finally experience ICS on their tablets. Read more »

Certain Nexus 7 displays suffer from severe image persistence issue

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Image persistence is a problem with LCD and plasma displays where if a certain image is displayed continuously on the screen for a long time, it gets “burned in”, which means even after the contents of the screen change, you can still faintly see the previous image on top of the current contents of the screen. Unlike screen burn-in, this effect is temporary but can still be annoying.

This issue was common on plasma displays but was greatly reduced on LCDs. It seems, however, the display on the new Nexus 7 is not one of them. Read more »

iFixit teardown lets us take a look what’s inside the $200 Google Nexus 7

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The fellas from iFixit have managed to get their hands on a Nexus 7 tablet Google I/O edition and did what they are best at – tearing gadgets down.

Besides the usual innards of the tablet that we already know, iFixit found out that the 1280 x 800 pixels display is permanently attached to the Corning Glass protection layer. Read more »

Samsung unveils EX2F Wi-Fi-enabled digicam with super-bright F/1.4 lens and 1/1.7″ sensor

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Samsung has just announced an interesting addition to its lineup of point-and-shoot cameras. Called Samsung EX2F, the new digicam features a large (by compact camera standards) 1/1.7″ 12MP sensor and a really bright F/1.4 Schneider-Kreuznach zoom lens.

The Samsung EX2F lens covers the modest zoom range of 24-79mm (in 35mm equivalent), but that’s the price you have to pay for keeping a wide-aperture lens within a reasonable size. But the advantages of having this wide an aperture, makes up for the short focal range by a mile. Even at its maximum telephoto, the lens still offers shooting at the respectable F2.7, which most digicams can hardly match even in the wide end. Read more »