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LG G2 leaks in all its glory in video and pics

We’ve seen some Another interesting design touch is the placement of the speakers on the bottom edge of the device, flanking the USB port. Having the speakers there is probably better than having them on the back, though their small size is a bit worrying.Overall, in terms of design we’re...

Skyfire Horizon toolbar for AT&T and Sprint serves ads, collects browsing data

If you’ve purchased a phone from a wireless carrier in the past year, chances are it came preloaded with an untold amount of intrusive, bothersome bloatware. Undoubtedly, carriers’ affinity for bundling an excessive number of apps with limited, expensive functionality (AT&T’s HTC One, for ...

Google updates Hangouts, allowing us to make phone calls

Are you one of those Google Talk users who didn’t make the switch to Hangouts in Gmail because you like making calls? Yeah, me too. I like the updated interface of Hangouts, but the inability to make calls was a Gmail deal breaker.Google has heard our cries, and blessed Hangouts with the ability t...

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

Mobile 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 to...

Android Jelly Bean: A look at how it became the champion we all wanted

The first time we saw Jelly Bean in any kind of official capacity was back in August of last year. The new Android iteration (4.1, to be exact) made a subtle appearance, popping up on less than 1% of Android devices. What it represented was an incremental step forward from Ice Cream Sandwich, with ...

Update rolling out for AT&T’s Galaxy S4

Update ahoy, AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 users! Coming hot on the heels of new software Samsung rolled out to German variants of the Snapdragon Galaxy S4 last week, the firmware update for the U.S. carrier contains a number of enhancements owners have been clamoring for, including (but not limited...

Tiny Thief coming to Google Play on July 11th, first Rovio Stars game for Android

Back in May, Rovio announced plans to start publishing third party games alongside its own titles under a new brand, “Rovio Stars”. Apple iOS users have already seen the first fruit of this effort, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. Now it is Android’s turn. On July 11th, Tiny Thief (from 5 Ants) w...

New Floating Touch app brings Chat Heads-like experience to your settings

Let’s not beat around the bush here, Facebook Home was an awful idea. Who really wants a full-time Facebook experience? Not very many people we’d wager. Not everything about Facebook Home is horrible, however. In fact, Facebook’s “Chat Head” notifications have proven popular enough to se...

Facebook Home continues to play catch up, now includes folders

Facebook Home’s release will forever be known as one of the worst ones ever. To date, it carries a 2.9 rating in the Google Play Store despite having millions of downloads. It’s also been responsible for the swift death of the HTC First. However, it isn’t for a lack of trying. Wit...

Twitter for Android gets an update, now supports direct message syncing

Don’t you just hate when you read a Twitter direct message on your PC, only to find that your tablet or phone still has the same message marked as unread? Okay, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s still a minor annoyance. The good news is that Twitter is rolling out a new Android app, alo...

Three fixes for some annoying “features” in WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the more popular chat services available for mobile devices. It's cross-platform, easy to use and set-up, and a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. Today, we delve a little into the workings behind the popular App and bring you three fixes to some annoying "feature...

The best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4! (video)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year, and it’s probably one of the more expensive ones out there, especially if you pay for it outright. Most people like to protect their investments, and in this context, you do that by purchasing a case. Now, there ...

New Kindle Fire line will bring better resolutions, “chiseled” design, at the same price tag

There’s nothing particularly exciting in this leak from BGR, but it’s still nice to get some confirmation on our educated guesses. Here’s the run down – the folks at BGR claim that Amazon will launch its newest generation of Kindle Fires sometimes in autumn, probably in September, the same ...

HTC One on sale for just $49.99 from Amazon

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 low...

MIUI v5 now available for the HTC One

Last week, we did a little write-up on the various custom ROMs available and which one you should be choosing based on what you wanted to get out of them. One of the ROMs that we highlighted was MIUI, a ROM that completely changes the look of Android. Well, HTC One users, you can rejoice today, as M...

Switch:  Sense 5 and Pure Android on a HTC One

You know what? Sometimes I'm really torn between whether I want to be running a pure Android experience or using one of the manufacturers ROMs. In some respects, the Sense 5 does have some pretty interesting and useful features that I like to use, as does pure Android. Well, with Switch, you now can...

Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 arrives on the HTC Butterfly

After the odd hint and rumor, HTC has finally released its Sense 5 update for its popular Butterfly handset. This update has been expected for quite a while, we initially heard about a possible Sense 5 update coming to the One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly all the way back in February. But sadly t...

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

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...

Press shots for the ZTE U988S leak, unveil the world’s first Tegra 4-powered smartphone

It has been a little over six months since Nvidia unveiled its next-gen Tegra 4 processor. While we were genuinely impressed with its performance and especially its monster 72-core GPU, it seems smartphone OEMs were not as impressed, as most of them opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 800 ser...

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

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, b...

Why can't leakers take decent quality pics?

So we've just seen new leaked pictures of the upcoming Moto X front screen cover, which is hardly anything to get excited about, but at least the images are in focus. And they are Pulitzer winners compared to the appalling new picture of the LG G2 which looks like it was taken on the first phon...

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

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 to...

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

Credit: 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 use...

8 distinct Galaxy Note 3 model numbers spotted online

A wild rumor made the rounds through the blogosphere yesterday, sparked by a report in the Korean publication ETNews. According to the report, Samsung is preparing no fewer than four distinct variants of the Galaxy Note 3, including a “limited edition” premium variant with an unbreakable displa...

Moto X event denied by Motorola, apparently nothing scheduled for July 11

Rumored to be officially unveiled on July 11, the Moto X will not be the star of that particular event, as Motorola apparently denied the meeting with the press. A few days ago we heard that a Moto X announcement could arrive on July 10-11, which is when select media members will attend some sort o...

Galaxy Tab 3 series released in the US

Samsung has just released the Galaxy Tab 3 series in the US. The range comes in standard 7.0'', 8.0'' and 10.1'' screen sizes and the new tabs are set for release from Samsung's web store on July 19th (Amazon and Best Buy have them ready to ship already). The 8.0&#...

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

Jelly 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...

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

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 ...

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