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Samsung Galaxy Alpha arriving August with metal body?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha arriving August with metal body?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 14:00

Last month, I asked: Are the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime and Galaxy F two different things? Well, we’re still none the wiser, and now we have a new chap to add to the mix.

Enter: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a premium handset with a metal body. Stop me if this sounds familiar.

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Review of the week (special ‘last week’ edition)

Review of the week (special ‘last week’ edition)

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 08:45

Slightly later than billed on account of moving house and associated silliness, it’s the 2,945th instalment of Review of the week. Or, in this case: Review of last week.

Needless to say, we’re still jawing about the iPhone 6, but the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are claiming their fair share of the rumour spotlight, too. Mostest comments this week went to Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever.

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OnePlus Two, codename ‘Lettuce’, in the pipeline?

OnePlus Two, codename ‘Lettuce’, in the pipeline?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 12:00

The "flagship killer" OnePlus One (left) was launched back in April, and remains largely elusive on account of software problems and, y’know, the fact that it’s produced by a smartphone start-up.

But what’s this? Already there’s talk of a OnePlus One successor called the – you guessed it – OnePlus Two, with the suitably ridiculous codename “Lettuce”.

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Samsung Apps becomes Galaxy Apps: new UI, exclusive apps

Samsung Apps becomes Galaxy Apps: new UI, exclusive apps

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 11:00

One of the things that bothers me about tech and UIs – whether it’s a website or a mobile operating system – is the notion of being able to take several paths to achieve the same goal. For me, that’s not a good thing.

On that note (vaguely; I’m still on my first coffee), Samsung has given its own app store an overhaul, rebranding it Galaxy Apps (formerly Samsung Apps) and rolling out a new UI, reminding customers that they can download goodies like Asphalt 8 from two different sources on the one phone. Brilliant?

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Motorola Moto 360 teased in video, further details remain elusive

The Motorola Moto 360 is easily one of the most talked about smartwatches to date, largely thanks to its – shock horror – round display.

While we await further information on the release date, price and specs, Motorola is teasing us in video format with Moto 360: Why a Watch.

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HTC One M8 sales ‘fading’, and it’s only gonna get worse

Being top of the smartphone ladder, Samsung is fairly open about sales of its latest flagships, with the recent Galaxy S5 supposedly shifting 10 million units in less than a month – even faster than the Galaxy S4.

Things are less clear with the HTC One M8, though one particular analyst reckons sales are “fading”, with various big-name phones on the horizon threatening to do even more damage.

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iPhone 5s: best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014

iPhone 5s: best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 9 at 16:00

Eh, slightly confused that we’re looking at Q1 2014 here, but presumably ABI Research took a few months to make sure its figures were put together with nothing short of pinpoint accuracy.

And the headline figure says the iPhone 5s was, unsurprisingly, the best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014, with a few older smartphones nipping at its heels.

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact tipped for release shortly after IFA

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact tipped for release shortly after IFA

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 9 at 12:00

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z2 are still pretty fresh, having launched in January and February respectively, but consensus has it the Japanese manufacturer is prepping the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact for IFA in September.

The Sony Xperia Z2 in particular took its sweet time coming to market, keeping potential buyers on edge for several months, but fresh rumour winds suggest the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact could go on sale within weeks of their launch.

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Nokia Lumia 925 vs. HTC Desire 610

Yesterday I found myself giving someone advice on the Windows Phone-rockin’ Nokia Lumia 925 versus the Android-fuelled HTC Desire 610, as they’re both going for roughly the same price, whether SIM free or on contract.

As such, I figured I’d formalise my findings in Feature format (f I'd f my f in F f), thus killing two aviary-based creatures with a single rock.

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ZTE officialises Nubia Z7, Nubia Z7 Max, Nubia Z7 mini

Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been a busty bee (sorry, busy bee), announcing this morning no less than three new Android smartphones fighting under the Nubia banner.

They are the ZTE Nubia Z7, Nubia Z7 Max and Nubia Z7 mini, and it’s probably fair to say they’re a slightly confusing - if not utterly confounding - trio. Join me below as I try to make sense of them.

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