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High-end device, low-end price: the race to the middle

Best smartphones 2013With so much going on in the world of Android, it’s often hard to sleep  at night. Lovers of mobile tech around the world, with visions of even better devices, dancing in their heads. And why not? There is not a single other industry that is as intensely competitive, that yields massively improved technology each and every year.Anyway, I dig...

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Samsung and HTC may be supporting ZigBee home automation

Zigbee home automationHome automation sounds sublime; everything we want, at the push of a button. Whether at home or away, we could control the lights, set the temperature, and who knows how many other household tasks can be accomplished remotely.ZigBee or not, an industry standard moving forward would be ideal.The problem? We don’t have a unified service. Samsung ap...

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AT&T asks us to “get ready for what’s next in wireless” on July 16th

AT&T logo [aa] (3)In just a few hours T-Mobile will take the stage in New York City to discuss some of its “boldest moves yet”. Not to be outdone, AT&T is now sending out a teaser for an announcement on July 16th, asking us to “prepare for what’s next in wireless”. Similar to T-Mobile’s event, we really don’t know for sure what to expect from ...

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20nm ARM processors could be 30% faster, pushing for the 3GHz mark

Cortex A15WaferCredit: Extremetech Semi-conductor manufacturing firms TSMC and Globalfoundries are both expected to have their 20nm mobile chip foundries up and running by 2014, which means that a new wave of faster and more energy efficient ARM processors should be heading our way sometime next year.According to TSMC, the shrink down to 20nm could see clock for...

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Samsung looking to supply chips to Amazon, NVIDIA and Sony

Samsung processor chipAccording to industry sources, Amazon, NVIDIA, and Sony are emerging as potential new clients for Samsung’s semiconductor business. Samsung could certainly do with finding some new buyers for its chips, as the company not too long ago lost its smartphone rival Apple as one of its key buyers.Samsung and Apple have an agreement whereby Samsung will...

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Korean report: “Nexus 5” to be based on LG G2, to come in early October with Android 5

Google LG Nexus 4 Logo aa 1 1600It’s looking more and more likely that the next Nexus smartphone will be manufactured by LG. The latest report that supports this prediction emerged today on the Korean tech site Daum.If the report is accurate, the successor to the Nexus 4 is currently being developed based on the hardware platform of the LG G2, the follow up to the Optimus G.The...

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Galaxy S4 Zoom Will Be Available In The UK From Clove Tomorrow For £369

Zoom-ThumbThe Galaxy S4 Zoom should become available in the UK tomorrow, July 11. Clove has announced that they will sell the joint smartphone-camera for £369 excluding VAT (£442.80 including). The Zoom will only ship in white and comes with 8GB of internal memory, though just 5GB of that is accessible to the user. Like most digital cameras, you're expecte...

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AndroidPIT visits a Repair Shop: what's inside of the Galaxy S4

galaxy s4 teardownWe went on a field trip today to a smartphone repair store in the heart of Berlin where tearing down smartphones is the meat and potatoes of their every-day workflow. We wanted to see what these experts fix on a daily basis and what kind of things I might be able to fix myself without breaking my expensive handset. The expert we met took a look ins...

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Google Maps for Android update rolling out, brings new design and features

Google Maps for AndroidGoogle is rolling out the Google Maps update for Android devices, one of the Google services that was given a new look, but also new features, As Android Police explains, the update may not be available to download on all devices just yet, but the publications offers links to software-specific APKs.In the Google Play Store, Google says ...

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Droid Maxx to offer “48 hours of worry-free battery life”? Yes, please!

Click to enlargeMotorola has been one of the few companies that have stubbornly insisted to offer devices with long battery life, when most manufacturers decided that Click to enlargeDon’t mind Daniel Craig and Halle Berry making an appearance on the storyboard, those were probably just some random hot people pics used for illustration. The same goes for the dev...

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Samsung concept video shows off the future of wearables and phone displays

Samsung Logo aa 600px 2Mobile tech has come a long way from the early era of cellphones and massive laptops. Today we have extremely fast yet thin smartphones, powerful tablets and even wearable devices such as Google Glass and the next-gen Sony smart watch. Where are we going next? It’s hard to say for sure, though today Samsung gave us a brief look at their vision o...

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HTC One on sale for just $49.99 from Amazon

htc one vs sony xperia z on design back in hand aa There’s certainly plenty of choice if you’re in the market for a new high end smartphone right now, especially considering that the Google Edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 are now shipping out. But if you’re on the hunt for a really good deal, then perhaps this is the one for you. Amazon has lowered the price on both its AT&T and Sprint sub...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active now on sale in the UK, prices start at £495 sim-free

galaxy s4 vs galaxy s4 active aa active water resistance If you’re in need of a more rugged smartphone to suit your lifestyle, but still want some top of the line hardware specs, then the Galaxy S4 Active might give you everything you need. The handset is now on sale in the UK, sim-free, with prices starting at £465 from Unlocked Mobiles, and the high-street retailer Carphone Warehouse is stocking t...

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The Moto X’ Clear Pixel camera could feature a RGBW sensor

Moto X ad According to Taylor Wimberley, the founder of Android and Me and a person that leaked stuff from Google’s kitchen before, the upcoming Moto X will feature a Clear Pixel camera. Wimberley revealed the info on Google Plus, and, when asked what Clear Pixel actually is, he said “It means ‘dark, blurry pics and lack of details’ will be things o...

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Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One handsets are now shipping

HTC One Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Here’s some good news if you’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of your new smartphone, the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One handsets have begun shipping out from Google, right on schedule. If you pre-ordered one, then you should receive an email with a tracking number sometime today. As you probably already know, the Google Edit...

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Motorola’s PRIP push-to-talk service launches in the US

PRIPCredit: Ubergizmo Motorola has now officially launched its PRIP service in the US in conjunction with NII Holdings, and it’s now available for downloaded from the Google Play Store. Motorola’s push-to-talk service was already available in Mexico, Brazil, and across Latin America, so now US users can connect to the 11 million subscribers alrea...

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Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread to become most popular Android version in use today

Google Lawn Statues of Android versionsJelly Bean now used on just under 38% of active Android devices. The latest set of numbers showing which versions of Android are actually being used in the real world have been published by Google. The new data shows that Android 4.x, which includes Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly bean, runs on over 61 percent of devices, while Jelly Bean itself (Andr...

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Android 4.3 Google Play edition OS version ported to Sony Xperia Z

Xperia Z Android 4.3 The leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version has been successfully ported to Sony’s flagship smartphone, although the port is still in beta. Xperia Z owners that are confident enough to perform the installation can head on to xda-developers (links at the end of the post) and read more details about this Android 4.3 ROM made for their handset by Tay...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Burst Into Flames While Charging

galaxy s4 fireIt seems that modern day smartphones are a fire hazard all by themselves - although the number of spontaneously combusting handsets are far and few in between, but cases of exploding phones have been reported in the past, and it looks like the buck will not stop anytime soon. The first reported case of a Samsung Galaxy S4 catching fire has happened...

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Sprint Galaxy S4 update available, brings apps-to-SD card installs and Knox support

Galaxy S4 Sprint is apparently rolling out a Galaxy S4 update that brings some new features including Samsung Knox support but also the ability to move apps to the microSD card. The update comes about a month after the European Galaxy S4 has been similarly updated – although Knox support was not part of that particular software release. The Sprint Galaxy ...

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Android bug that affects 99% of devices detailed

computer-hacker The specifics of the widespread Android bug we previously reported on have, since security firm Bluebox revealed its existence to the developer community earlier this week, remained mired in mystery. It was understood that a malicious application could abuse Android’s signing mechanism – the operating system’s safeguard against infectiou...

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Hail to the King, Make That Monkey King!

Monkey King I bet you never heard about THL and their Monkey King prior to reading this. Because, sure as Hell, I didn't, and I spend most of my life on the internet, scouting for gadgets and tech news. Also, I'm not too thrilled about monkeys, they seem creepy and dirty, not to be trusted. To be honest, I don't have much respect for Chinese companies, and...

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Monster Galaxy Note 2 has 288GB of storage, 9300mAh battery, dual SIM support

Custom Galaxy Note 2 288GBCustom Galaxy Note 2: 288GB storage, 9300mAh battery case | Image credit: xda-developers A custom dual SIM Galaxy Note 2 model packs a lot more memory and battery life than your average supersized smartphone, although such features come with a high-cost and can affect the looks of the device. While smartphone makers are constantly trying to make de...

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Purported Motorola Droid Ultra press image leaked ahead of announcement

Motorola X Phone Ad After having recently been spotted in reportedly leaked photos, the Motorola Droid Ultra is now the star of a purported press image. Unsurprisingly, the picture comes from known leakster @evleaks (image below), who presented a similar press photo for the new Motorola Droid Maxx just a few days ago. As you can see, the image is fairly similar to th...

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Huawei Ascend P6 now available in the UK

huawei-ascend-p6 Huawei might not be the most popular smartphone brand, but it is still a solid choice. Even better, you usually get reasonably capable specs for considerably less than the competition. With that in mind, consumers in the UK can now get their hands on Huawei’s latest flagship, the Ascend P6. The phone officially touched down last Friday, bringin...

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In the market for a new Android tablet? Here are some devices worth waiting for

android smartphone shopping Has your Nexus 7 fallen in love with the concrete? Are you looking to replace that old Galaxy Tab? Looking to get in on the wonderful world of Android tablets? Making as big a decision as this can become confusing and if you want to make an educated decision on what tablet to buy, you’ll need to know what’s coming up in the next few months and...

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Acer Iconia B1 Review

acer iconia b1 reviewThe Android-powered tablet market is a vast one - just like the smartphone segment, it comes in a wide range of devices to choose from, where you can begin with the entry level segment and really go all the way with the high end market. With the Acer Iconia B1, we are looking at an entry level tablet that will cost under the £100 mark, where ...

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Who will get the third place? LG, Sony, and Huawei duke it out

best gold prize first shutterstock Credit: Gold medal/Shutterstock We are at a point in the mobile industry where the battle for the third place has become more interesting than the competition for the first position in the world market. Samsung and Apple are clearly ahead of the pack, and it’s hard to believe that anyone could disrupt their leadership in the next year or so. Bu...

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