Gartner: Apple won the smartphone race in 4Q14

Gartner: Apple won the smartphone race in 4Q14

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

At the end of January I penned Apple vs. Samsung in 4Q14: too close to call, with the iPhone seemingly shipping round about the same number as Samsung’s combined Galaxy army.

Now Gartner is chiming in with its own figures, suggesting that Apple did indeed take the top spot in global smartphone manufacturers for the final quarter of 2014.

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How many Android devices are on Lollipop? Now 1 in 30, says Google

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

It’s the same old story: new Android release is launched, updates take ages to roll out thanks to custom UIs and carrier shenanigans; by the time the latest version accounts for a significant portion of devices, the next new version is unleashed, and so the circle of life continues. Can you feel the love tonight?

Lollipop 5.0 has actually doubled its distribution in the past four weeks, but we’re still only talking, like, one in 30 users.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua price: cheaper than expected (YES!)

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 might be the stars of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, almost by default, but there are plenty of other interesting phones over in Barcelona, not least of all Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua.

On Sunday, Sony officially set Xperia M4 Aqua price at €299, but there are already signs on ye olde cyber-web that it'll sell for even less, and that - dear friends - is a good thing.

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Heads up! All the albums you bought from Amazon since 1998 are online, available to stream and download for free

Heads up! All the albums you bought from Amazon since 1998 are online, available to stream and download for free

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Not a deal as such, or even an entirely new thing – to be perfectly honest, but a seriously neat feature that not a lot of people – including myself, until five minutes ago! – know about.

Basically, all the 'AutoRip' music you’ve bought from Amazon for the past 17 years is sitting online, just waiting to be streamed or downloaded. Head on over to the Amazon Cloud Player to check it out.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Today we have apps for a whole ton of random stuff, including gaming, recording video in reverse (seriously), shining a light on something and magnifying it (yep, seriously), keeping the kids entertained with an interactive story, maintaining a To Do list, scanning stuff and converting into PDF format, and tracking your finances. Phew! Ten delicious app freebies and price drops below.

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Free £15 SIM bundle @ Sainsbury’s Mobile: 800 minutes, 5,000 texts, 2GB data

Free £15 SIM bundle @ Sainsbury’s Mobile: 800 minutes, 5,000 texts, 2GB data

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Sainsbury’s Mobile is currently offering a free £15 SIM bundle for, well, free! All you have to do is fill in the form on the linked page, and activate your SIM within 30 days. You should be ready to rock within 48 hours thereafter.

The generous allowance includes 800 minutes, 5,000 texts and 2GB of data. Again, entirely free!

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HTC One M9 price: €749.99, more expensive than Samsung Galaxy S6?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

The HTC One M9 is finally a reality after months and month of rumours, and while it sounds pretty slick, one thing we’re still not too sure about is the price. How much will the One M9 cost?

Well, if HTC Germany is anything to go by, One M9 price is set in Europe at a higher-than-expected €749.99, that’s roughly £544 in our money, and – crucially – more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 refurb, 12-month warranty, £94.99 delivered @ eBay

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 refurb, 12-month warranty, £94.99 delivered @ eBay

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Lenovo Yoga tablets are a firm favourite with deal hunters, and refurbished units are a great way to save a few quid more, especially when – like here – you’re getting a 12-month warranty from a reputed seller.

I speak of the refurbished Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8, currently selling for £94.99 at Argos on eBay. Only a couple left at the time of writing, so get in quick!

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MWC 2015: iPhone 6 and LG G3 share top prize at annual Global Mobile Awards

MWC 2015: iPhone 6 and LG G3 share top prize at annual Global Mobile Awards

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

We love a good, uhm, award thingy here on Mobot, and indeed we’ll inevitably put together some sort of Best of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 feature fairly soonish.

In the meantime, let’s turn our attention to Barcelona, and the 20th annual Global Mobile Awards – essentially the Oscars for mobile nerds.

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Official Motorola Moto G replacement rear cover, £3.75 delivered @ eBay

Official Motorola Moto G replacement rear cover, £3.75 delivered @ eBay

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Have you damaged or – not quite as likely – lost the back cover for your Motorola Moto G? Fear not; cheap replacement right here!

Reputed seller talklinesales (99.3% positive feedback) is offering the official Motorola Moto G replacement rear cover, in black, for £3.75.

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Anker Astro E5 16,000mAh portable power bank, £23.99 delivered @ Amazon

Anker Astro E5 16,000mAh portable power bank, £23.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Ok, so this Anker Astro E5 16,000mAh portable power bank isn’t on sale per se, and it was never sold for its self-imposed “RRP” of £89.99, but it’s still a cracking great deal.

Specifically, you’re getting the dual-port Astro E5 16,000mAh portable power bank for £23.99, inviting you to charge up to two devices at once, be it smartphone, tablet, PS Vita…

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Voucher code: 15% off for 24 months on 24-month contracts @ Vodafone

Voucher code: 15% off for 24 months on 24-month contracts @ Vodafone

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Using voucher code 24MonthsILS, you can knock 15% off your monthly Vodafone bill on a 24-month contract.

So let’s say you’re paying £25 per month (£600 total), that’d be £21.25 per month instead (£510 total, a saving of £90 over two years). Not too shabby!

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MWC 2015: Vodafone edges closer to becoming a ‘quad’ player, TV in H2

MWC 2015: Vodafone edges closer to becoming a ‘quad’ player, TV in H2

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Being a “quad” player is where it’s at these days, with everyone and his dog aiming to satisfy all four of your basic human needs with TV services, landline phone, mobile phone and home broadband.

Vodafone revealed last year that it had its eye on TV, and now – from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 – the network says it’ll be ready at some point in the second half of 2015.

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MWC 2015: Acer Liquid Jade Z aims to slap the Moto G silly

MWC 2015: Acer Liquid Jade Z aims to slap the Moto G silly

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

There’s been no shortage of action at the high end of the smartphone spectrum, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 launching at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, and the Sony Xperia Z4 and LG G4 almost visible on the horizon.

But things are every bit as exciting down in the circa-£100 sector. We met the Moto E 2015 last week, and now Acer is threatening to give Motorola a run for its money with the Liquid Jade Z.

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MWC 2015: SanDisk’s 200GB Ultra microSD card is the world’s largest

MWC 2015: SanDisk’s 200GB Ultra microSD card is the world’s largest

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

There’s been no shortage of new smartphones and tablets at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, but it’s not all about devices.

The memory guys at SanDisk have flown into Barcelona to debut the world’s highest capacity microSD card, at a whopping 200GB.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, Vodafone PAYG, £59.99 + £10 top-up @ Carphone Warehouse

Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, Vodafone PAYG, £59.99 + £10 top-up @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Over at Carphone Warehouse, you can currently grab the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini on Vodafone PAYG for £59.99, with an obligatory £10 top-up taking you to £69.99.

If you’re eligible for an upgrade, you can ditch the £10 top-up, and save £5 on the handset (£54.99 all in) on Vodafone, O2, Orange or Virgin Mobile.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Today's selection of free apps and app discounts is typically eclectic, including a comic book maker and George Romero's 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead (seriously), and we're spicing things up with an array of Android icon packs, too. Enjoy!

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MWC 2015: Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 doesn’t mind being upside down

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Over the years we’ve seen various manufacturers think outside the proverbial box with smartphone design, yielding banana phones, phones with e-ink displays on the rear, phones with two rear camera lenses

When Alcatel was throwing around ideas for the One Touch Idol 3, one bright spark mused: wouldn’t it be cool if you didn’t have to worry about which way up your phone was?

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Google Nexus 7 2012 refurb with Travel Cover, 8GB, £49.99 delivered @ Rakuten

Google Nexus 7 2012 refurb with Travel Cover, 8GB, £49.99 delivered @ Rakuten

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Looking for a decent tablet under £50? Head over to Expansys on Rakuten, where you can find the refurbished (grade A) Google Nexus 7 2012 with 8GB storage for £59.99.

And indeed I said “under £50”. Use discount code margift10 to knock £10 off, so that's £49.99 total. Easy! Comes with a free Travel Cover, too!

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Tesco Mobile Nokia Lumia 530 and Linx 7 tablet bundle, now £89 @ Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile Nokia Lumia 530 and Linx 7 tablet bundle, now £89 @ Tesco Mobile

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

This Tesco Mobile Nokia Lumia 530 and Linx 7 tablet bundle was £109, then £99, and is now just £89 at Tesco Mobile. That’s a brand new Windows Phone smartphone and Windows 8 tablet for less than £100!

Nokia Lumia 530 specs include a 4in display (480 x 854), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 5MP rear camera, and Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana personal assistant.

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