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HTC One M9: not too similar to the One M8?

When any new Android flagship comes along, the obvious concern is: How similar will it be to its predecessor? Let’s face it; no one wants a phone that looks bloomin’ identical, even if the specs are improved.

As such, we’re happy to hear that the HTC One M9 might look significantly different to the existing One M8. Good.

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LG’s 2014 smartphone shipments up 25% year-on-year

LG’s 2014 smartphone shipments up 25% year-on-year

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

We heard throughout the year that LG was having a great old time in smartphones, with record high shipments in Q2, and yet more record high shipments in Q3, so it comes as little surprise to hear that - on the whole – LG’s 2014 was flippin’ awesome.

The headline here is that LG’s 2014 smartphone shipments were up a massive 25% compared to 2013.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, release date, features: six things we think we know

Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, release date, features: six things we think we know

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

There’s no shortage of imminent new Android smartphone flagships (HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z4, LG G4, Xiaomi Mi 5…), but one of the most discussed is the Galaxy S6, partly on account of genuine anticipation (Samsung being the world’s number one), and also because the naysayers wonder how Team Shin will follow up the disappointing Galaxy S5.

There’s been no shortage of Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours, and here we’re putting it all together in six easy-to-digest points: six things we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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HTC One M9 Plus specs suggest a smartphone beast

It’s been well over a year since HTC introduced the colossal One Max, but we're continually told to expect a larger variant of the imminent One M9 or “Hima”.

Here, we’re seeing leaked specs for something called the HTC One M9 Plus, and if – if – they’re on the money, you can consider our interest piqued.

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Report: Samsung’s days of smartphone dominance are over

Time was BlackBerry and Nokia ruled the smartphone roost, but more recently we’ve been used to seeing Samsung sitting comfortably at the top of the food chain.

That’s still the case for now, but things have been going downhill of late, and a report out of South Korea doesn’t expect Samsung's 2015 to be any better.

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WhatsApp Web: manage your messages online. If you use an Android phone. And Google Chrome

WhatsApp Web: manage your messages online. If you use an Android phone. And Google Chrome

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Good news if your workplace frowns upon mobile phone use (*bloodcurdling flashbacks to working in a call centre*).

The WhatsApp team has announced that you can now use WhatsApp on your browser, thanks to WhatsApp Web, meaning you can keep your phone safely in your pocket. Er, with a couple of conditions.

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Argos launches new budget Bush tablets and dual SIM smartphones

Argos launches new budget Bush tablets and dual SIM smartphones

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Bush is generally accepted as a pretty decent wallet-friendly brand, and it’s now owned and distributed exclusively through Argos. Arsh? Bugos?

The guys have lifted the lid on a whole range of new wallet-friendly Bush smartphones and tablets, and I’m about to try and make sense of the slightly confusing spec sheets below.

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The Interview on Netflix: this Saturday!

Ah, what a rollercoaster ride for The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco. It was pulled from (most) theatres last year amid supposed terrorist threats of violence, before going on to become Google Play’s top-selling movie of 2014.

If you’ve yet to catch The Interview, clear your calendar for this Saturday, as the assassination spoof is coming to Netflix.

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Don’t expect the LG G4 at Mobile World Congress, more time required to ‘perfect’ it

Don’t expect the LG G4 at Mobile World Congress, more time required to ‘perfect’ it

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The LG G Flex 2 was more than enough to keep us occupied at CES 2015 earlier this month, but we’re still eager to meet the next proper smartphone flagship from South Korea’s second biggest player in mobile.

The LG G4 has kept a remarkably low profile, but that’s possibly because the South Koreans are taking their sweet time getting things right.

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Xiaomi president hits iPhone 6 with frying pan till it turns into Mi Note

Being a manufacturer of exclusively premium products and offering the biggest selling individual smartphone in the iPhone, Apple has taken its fair share of marketing pot shots over the years.

This is easily one of the most surreal examples yet, however, as Xiaomi president and co-founder Lin Bin assaults the iPhone 6 with a frying pan. Seriously.

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