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Google Nexus 6 has a hidden RGB LED for notifications

Oddly, someone asked just the other day if many current phones use an LED for notifications, and there’s a surprise addition to the group.

Turns out the Google Nexus 6 has a secret RGB LED, one that can be activated if you’re happy enough to root your device.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

What happened this week? The 0-10 Oakland Raiders beat the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs; that was pretty weird. We won’t dwell too much on Scotland vs. England in the soccerball; that was just a friendly.

In mobile (that is, after all, why we’re here), Nokia surprised us with an Android Lollipop tablet, the N1, and Finnish startup Jolla secured over $1m in three days for its own take on the tablet thing.

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Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is found in a multitude of phones, from the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto G, to high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8.

The inevitable Gorilla Glass 4 has been officially announced, and needless to say it’s “dramatically improved” with the headline feature being its ability to laugh off 1m drops on rough surfaces. Er, most of the time.

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How to create a freemium mobile game, by South Park

This ties in quite nicely with not only How to access US South Park Studios from your UK Android smartphone or tablet, but also No more ‘Free’ games on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them. Nice work, me.

I speak of South Park’s tongue-in-cheek guide (though it is remarkably accurate) for building the perfect money-grabbing freemium mobile game.

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BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

It’s amusing that every time a new high-end BlackBerry phone is rumoured, the collective blogosphere wonders: ‘Could this be BlackBerry’s saviour?’ Never say never, I guess.

The latest candidate for reversing the Canadian manufacturer’s ailing fortunes is something called the BlackBerry Rio, an all-touch flagship.

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Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Following on nicely from our Four of the best phones under £150 feature, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today introduced the spanking new Honor 3C, with a wallet-friendly price tag of £109.99.

The Huawei Honor 3C certainly offers plenty of bang for your buck, following the grand Chinese tradition of decent-but-affordable phones, but the picture's not entirely rosy.

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Four of the best phones under £150

There’s an ever-growing army of phones - not just phones but smartphones - below the £150 mark, with at least three hands required to count recent sub-£150 mobile deals.

Here we’re focusing on the £100-150 range, with four very different phones from four very different manufacturers.

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No more ‘Free’ apps on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them

The Google Play Store recently bowed to pressure from angry customers and the European Commission over the use of the word ‘Free’ in relation to gratis apps that offer – or sometimes demand – in-app purchases in order to unlock content, or perhaps to progress in a game. "Freemium" apps, for short.

In a similar move, App Store apps that are free to download are no longer listed as ‘Free’, with the button now labelled ‘Get’.

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Google Nexus 6 UK release finally on the horizon

For our money, the rollout of the Google Nexus 6 has been nothing short of farcical, with US stock being replenished each Wednesday (seriously) and the phone initially being “unavailable” in the UK.

But at least there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with the Google Nexus 6 now “out of stock” on Google Play UK, and available to pre-order at Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

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Four things you (maybe) didn’t know about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge isn’t quite available to pre-order in the UK just yet, but evidence suggests (most recently a leaked internal Carphone Warehouse communication) that it’ll go on sale on November 28. Yep, that’s Friday next week.

It’s a strange beast, no doubt, but Samsung is looking to allay fears that this is strictly a niche device for freaky-phone lovers with more money than sense. Here we present four things you probably didn’t know about the Galaxy Note Edge.

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