Phone and Tablet News

Nokia Introduces Entry-Level Nokia X2 Smartphone Running Forked Android

Written by Katie on 24 June 2014 at 11:31
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Hardware Specs

It looks like Microsoft-owned Nokia is pushing hard into affordable smartphone technology. Nokia just announced the Nokia X2, a step up from the previous Nokia X, and once again the phone will fall into the budget category under $100.

Looking at the phone as an upgrade of the earlier Nokia X, we see a host of improvements,m and it looks like the company has pushed hard to make the X2 a solid but affordable entry-level phone…

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Mobile Game Summer Sales Sees Halfbrick Games Go Free On IOS

Written by Katie on 23 June 2014 at 16:43
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Games

It’s Summer Sale time, and game vendors across all platforms and genres and slashing prices as we enter one of the quietest times of year in the gaming calendar.

Mobile gaming is no exception when it comes to getting some major price cuts, and some popular titles are even going free for a limited time…

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Rumour: Full HTC Nexus 9 Google Tablet Specifications Leaked

Written by Katie on 23 June 2014 at 10:16
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Rumours

Google’s Nexus line of phones and tablets are always popular and a good source of rumours, but speculation surrounding the Nexus 9 tablet has been particularly rife. One of the most consistent rumours centres around the fact that the device will be manufactured by HTC instead of Asus, who made the popular series of Nexus 7 devices.

Now, however, a whole new series of leaks appear to show almost every detail of the HTC Nexus 9’s specs, from screen resolution down to chipset used and RAM specs…

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Dalvik Runtime To Be Replaced With Power-Efficient ART In Next Android Update

Written by Katie on 19 June 2014 at 12:11
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Software

The ART runtime compiler has been a fun experiment for people running Android KitKat 4.4 or higher for a while now, but it seems it might be about to go mainstream in the next major Android update.

Now, changes in the Android Open Source Project’s source code indicates that the next - currently unnamed - version of Android will use ART by default over the less efficient Dalvik.

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Amazon Unveils Its First Smartphone The Amazon Fire

Written by Katie on 19 June 2014 at 10:04
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Hardware Specs

As has been expected for the last few weeks, Amazon used its event last night to unveil its first ever entry into the smartphone market, drawing on its years of tablet experience with the Kindle range.

The phone has been labelled Amazon Fire, and - predictably - its features are heavily tied in with Amazon’s content service. It also sports a unique 3D UI Amazon is calling Dynamic Perspective….

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LG Will Not Be Creating A Google Nexus Phone This Year

Written by Katie on 18 June 2014 at 11:22
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Hardware

The status of Google’s Nexus smartphone line is something of a mystery right now, with speculation that Google might be replacing Nexus with Project Silver.

One thing that does seem more and more likely, however, is that LG will not be making any Google phone this year, something that has been reiterated by LG’s Communications Director Ken Hong, who says the firm had not had any communication from Google on the subject…

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Samsung Unveil S5 LTA-A, First Phone With Snapdragon 805 Processor

Written by Katie on 18 June 2014 at 10:24
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Hardware Specs

There’s been rumours about a so-called “Galaxy Prime” or “Galaxy F” circulating the internet for some time now, with much speculation that this model would be the first available phone to support Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 flagship processor.

Today, Samsung released a phone almost identical in specs to the model that was the subject of such frequent leaks and, as predicted, it’s something of a monster in the hardware department…

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Two Low-End Samsung Smartphones Appear Online Running Android 4.4

Written by Katie on 17 June 2014 at 12:29
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Hardware Specs

It looks like Samsung is about to add two low-end smartphone models to its 2014 lineup, ar least if a listing on a Vietnamese online store is to be believed.

The Galaxy Core 2 Duos and the Galaxy Pocket 2 may not pack the punch of Samsung’s recent flagship model, but it’s likely these two models will bulk out the cheaper end of the market for Samsung to compete with the array of impressive low-mid phones (such as the Motorola Moto E) that have been announced in the last few weeks…

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Xiaomi To Release 4G Capable Handsets As Soon As Possible

Written by Katie on 17 June 2014 at 12:11
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Hardware

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has enjoyed monumental success in the last few years. In China, Xiaomi handsets now outsell not only ZTE and Huawei, but also Apple, and their numbers of units shipped continues to rise year on year.

Now, looking to the future, Xiaomi boss Bin Lin has stated that the company intends to ship its first ever 4G-capable Xiaomi handset “as soon as possible”...

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Rovio Announces Transformers Cross-Over Angry Birds Transformers

Written by Katie on 16 June 2014 at 15:54
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Games

Rovio’s seemingly relentless drive to make Angry Birds the most ubiquitous brand in mobile is continuing, it seems. Angry Birds Epic may have only recently hit the worldwide iTunes, Windows Phone and Google Play stores, but Rovio has already announced its new Angry Birds title, which again sees the franchise departing from its physics-based roots to greener pastures.

Mash-ups and franchise crossovers are booming right now and, apparently working off the success of Angry Birds Star Wars, Rovio has announced it will be partnering with Hasbro to bring a Transformers/ Angry Birds crossover called - imaginatively - Angry Birds Transformers…

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