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Samsung rumored to be getting ready for 12.2-inch tablet launch ahead of Apple in 2014

Samsung Galaxy smartpad Samsung has done a terrific job of covering pretty much all consumer market segments so far when it comes to both tablets and smartphones. It has products available in every level of the market, such as the entry-level segment, the mid-range segment, and of course, the high-end segment where phones like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active comfortab...

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AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, June 9, 2013

aa-weeklyIn the AA Weekly, we recap the most significant events that happened over the past seven days in the world of Android. We look at new devices, major news, leaks, and everything else you should know to stay on top of your favorite operating system.Asus goes tablet crazy at ComputexThe Computex trade show took place in Taiwan last week, the perfect o...

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Want a Samsung Galaxy S4 in a custom color? ColorWare can do that for you!

Samsung Galaxy S4 ColorWareFor the time being, the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in two colors, although four more colors are said to be coming soon, one of which is exclusive to AT&T. If you’re looking to get your hands on a few more options and don’t mind paying a bit more for your Galaxy S4, ColorWare may just be able to help you out.Buying a GSM unlocked Galaxy...

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Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 800 (SHV-E330S) reportedly spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks

Samsung LogoA new Galaxy S4 version reportedly packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor has appeared in AnTuTu benchmarks.The SHV-E330S is said to be the Galaxy S4 model in question, a handset said to hit South Korea later this year. In addition to the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the device is also going to offer LTE-Advanced support, rbmen s...

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Purported full specs of the Xperia Z Ultra (Togari) leak

Sony logo aa (2) - 600pxIf you haven’t heard yet, Sony is rumored to be gearing up its own competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and it’s rumored to be called the Sony Xperia ZU (previously known as the Togari). The letter “U” stands for Ultra and if we take a look at the rumored specifications, we begin to understand why, because this phone looks like it w...

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HTC and Samsung trade blows on Twitter, while LG plays the neutral

samsung galaxy s4 vs htc one standings aaThe bitter smartphone wars have gone up a notch, after HTC turned to its Twitter account to celebrate its victory at the Mobile Awards. HTC had just won the award for “Hottest Phone of 2013” and celebrated with a tongue-in-cheek tweet, calling out Samsung Mobile UK.Now Samsung wasn’t about to back down from a challenge, replying that it alrea...

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Samsung slows down: Market forecast woes

samsung galaxy s4 iphone 5 teaserSamsung has, over the last little while, definitely become one of the leaders when it comes to smartphones, posting record after record. It has even gotten to the point where in some areas, the Galaxy brand is almost synynomous for telephone. However, some speculation as of late has revealed that Samsung might be in store for a slowdown on the glob...

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HTC One sales doubled to 1.2 million in May, but may have already reached the peak

HTC OneBy now you’ve probably heard that the HTC One is selling well, with over 5 millions units sold so far, helping HTC post some decent financial results for a change.There’s some more good news for the company: it appears that during the month of May sales of the HTC One doubled up compared to April, reaching a fairly decent 1.2 million units, ac...

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Texas Instruments MaxLife tech brings fast-charging and 30% longer Li-ion battery life

Texas InstrumentsIf I were a betting man, I’d wager that having to repeatedly charge a handset makes its way into virtually everyone’s list of top smartphone complaints, especially as processors continually step-up their power requirements in the pursuit of a little more performance.Back in late March, we initially covered some new Texas Instruments chips that...

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Samsung hit by Galaxy S4 sales woes to the tune of $12 billion off the market valuation

Samsung share price drop June 7Following on from the pessimistic sales outlook for the Galaxy S4 which we first heard about Share prices gapped down significantly at the market open today, continuing a bearish move for the remainder of the trading session. Chart source: Google FinanceOther investors are stating that the main reasons for the selloff are weakening sales expectatio...

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Rumor: Sony Xperia ZU (Togari) picture says device is ultrathin, doubles as kitten holder

Sony LogoThe Xperia Togari rumors continue today with new revelations about the 6.44-inch smartphone including a reportedly leaked picture. However, the device is yet to be confirmed by the company.Earlier today we heard that the name of the rumored Togari could be Xperia ZU and that the device could be unveiled during Sony Mobile’s media event scheduled ...

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Our sources: three Google Edition phones and one X Phone are coming this year

sony xperia z vs oppo find 5 xperia z back aaA source with knowledge of the matter told Android Authority that one other “Google Edition” phone is coming this year, along with one X Phone.Much ink has been spilled in the last few days over the so called Google Edition phones. The announcement of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One with the Nexus user experience has sent shockwaves throughout th...

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iOS users spend 20% more of their time using apps compared to Android users

flurry-total time in apps on androidSince Android is winning the race for device market share, analysts and CEOs alike have turned their attention to other aspects of the battle between iOS and Android. There are of course a whole range of different ways to measure market share and user satisfaction including looking at market share in different countries, across different demograph...

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Spinpod: take panoramic pictures and record motion time-lapse videos like a pro [Kickstarter]

SpinpodA new Kickstarter project aims to help amateur photographers take better panoramic pictures and record great motion time-lapse videos with the use of a simple and highly portable accessory that fits a variety of smartphones and cameras.Spinpod is the name of this particular creation that needs to raise $75,000 by July 1 to enter mass-production. As...

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HTC launches T-Mobile exclusive HTC One Trade Up program

HTC OneIf you’re in the market for an HTC One and have been considering T-Mobile as your service provider, then we have some very good news for you. HTC has paired up with T-Mobile to offer a trade in service to allow you to swap your old smartphone for cash when purchasing the HTC One from T-Mobile.The program will run from June 5 to June 9 and will g...

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Sony Mobile Munich event apparently set for June 25, is the rumored 6.44-inch Xperia Togari coming?

Sony LogoSony appears to have a media event scheduled for late June in Munich, although it’s not yet known what the company wants to unveil.According to German Android News Blog, Sony Mobile Communication Germany has issued press invites for June 25, but we can only speculate on what the company will unveil.The invitation below asks the readers if they wa...

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Samsung's Sales Beats Apple's in the US in May For the First Time since iPhone 5 was Released

samsung Business Insider reported this morning an interesting fact, that Samsung sold more Android running smart phones in the US market than Apple in the month of May, for the first time since the iPhone 5 was introduced. This is an important victory for Android and especially for Samsung, beating Apple on their on turf. It is well known that North Amer...

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Apple, Google, Motorola, Samsung and Microsoft attending anti device theft conference

Stolen phonesImage Credit: Photo West Midlands Police (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Cult of MacStealing smartphones may be a way of life for some people, and with the advance of technology, cashing in on a stolen device sold at half its listed price could be quite a deal. As recent reports show, cellphone theft in New York and various other cities from the United States h...

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Samsung’s Sales Beats Apple’s in the US in May For the First Time since iPhone 5 was Released

samsung Business Insider reported this morning an interesting fact, that Samsung sold more Android running smart phones in the US market than Apple in the month of May, for the first time since the iPhone 5 was introduced. This is an important victory for Android and especially for Samsung, beating Apple on their on turf. It is well known that North Amer...

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Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2 get the wireless charging treatment

Zens TeaserThe market for wireless charging has been around for some time, but despite being an innovative way to charge your device, the technology is still not widely used. The company Zens is looking to change that. Zens builds chargers for smartphones that are QI compataible or that can be fitted with external packs/cases that allow them to use the techno...

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Ethically-sourced Fairphone hits its pre-order goal ahead of schedule

FairphoneLet’s face it, phones aren’t exactly great for the environment, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. For Dutch startup Fairphone’s part, they don’t claim their upcoming smartphone is completely environmentally friendly, but instead the goal is to be as transparent and ethical as possible when it comes to using resour...

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Enjoy your large phone display? You’re not alone.

smartphones sony xperia nexus 4 aa 1600It seems that Android smartphone buyers located in the United States have developed a keen taste for larger screens, especially those at around 4.8-inch. Starting in April of this year, the volume of phones at this size have successfully surpassed more “conventional” devices, like the 4-inch panel mounted on the Samsung Nexus S.This may...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Gets Official: Same Great Specs (Mostly), IP67 Waterproof Rating, Available This Summer

GS4-Active_008Samsung's tougher brother to the flagship Galaxy S4 is a pretty poorly-kept secret, with multiple leaked photos, videos, and different sets of specifications coming out weeks before its announcement. Samsung confirmed the device today in a press release coinciding with Computex, painting a picture of the S4 Active as a device that mostly matches th...

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Firefox OS tablet quietly unveiled by Foxconn

Firefox OS tablet In case you have any doubts that Mozilla is going to release a Firefox OS tablet in the future, we’re here to tell you that you shouldn’t be entertaining those kinds of thoughts at all. And why? Because the Firefox OS tablet is real, and it’s here, at least in pre-retail form as seen in the Foxconn booth at this year’s Comp...

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Intel reveals Merrifield, a next generation mobile processor design

Intel unveils Merrifield reference design for smartphonesMove over, ARM, Intel’s finally hitting its stride in mobile. At least, that’s the impression the chip maker gave when it formally unveiled its fourth-generation CPU product family. Emphasizing the comapny’s growing presence in portable devices like smartphones and tablets – Lenovo’s K900 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 are such example...

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Intel announces plans to pair Bay Trail SoCs with new XMM 7160 LTE chip

Intel-LogoToResizeIntel may not be one of the biggest players in the mobile world, but they are working hard to change this. Recently we reported on Intel’s acquisition of a GPS chip division that could play into their future mobile plans, but their mobile ambitions certainly don’t end there. Earlier today at Computex 2013, Intel officially revealed its ...

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Sony Xperia M and M dual: Cheap mid-range smartphone revealed

sony xperia mToday, Sony has revealed some new mid-range smartphones: The Xperia M and M Dual. Highlights of these 4-inch devices include NFC capabilities and a lower price point. ...

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 receives LTE support

Qualcomm logoEarlier today, popular chip manufacturer Qualcomm issued a press release detailing some of the new features that are heading to its Snapdragon 400 line-up of processors. The Snapdragon 400 is a mid-range mobile processor which will be appearing in products like the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini among others.The major news is the addition of multimode 3G/...

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