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Google Play’s freemium games won’t be labelled ‘free’ much longer

The European Commission loves sticking its political beak into the world of mobile, but to be fair, we’re usually pretty happy with the results – such as the recent lowering of data roaming caps.

Similarly, I’m quite happy with the decision that freemium games shouldn’t really be labelled free on app stores like Google Play and, well, the App Store.

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LG G3 Beat seemingly reasonably priced

LG G3 Beat seemingly reasonably priced

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 19 at 14:00

The LG G3 Beat is essentially the obligatory “mini” version of the flagship G3, but at 5in, at least the South Korean manufacturer had the good sense to ditch the “mini” moniker.

When the LG G3 Beat launched earlier this week, we were told it would sit at a “lower price point than was previously possible”, and now we gots more specifics.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 19 at 12:00

Sweet Moses, what a week. Note to self: don’t ever buy a house ever again, and definitely don’t count on your broadband being activated in a timely fashion. This edition of Review of the week is brought to you via the magic of tethering. Sigh.

Anyway! What happened this week? Smartphone rumours, tablet rumours, smartwatch rumours… the usual; check it out below. Mostestest comments went to Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet leaked in picture

Remember the original NVIDIA Shield? It was – and indeed still is – a portable gaming thingy with a built-in controller capable of streaming PC titles and playing Android games.

Its successor, the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, has been leaked in picture format, revealing a device that recalls the HTC One M8, and – appropriately enough – the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7.

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Google unhappy about Samsung’s Tizen-fuelled wearables?

I was saying the other day that Tizen was – at one time – tipped to come between Google and Samsung, with the world’s top mobile manufacturer potentially forsaking the world’s top mobile OS, Android, in favour of what essentially amounts to its own software.

It doesn’t look like that’ll happen any time soon with smartphones (the first Tizen phone appears to have been delayed indefinitely), but it’s a different story in wearables. Oh, the drama!

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First Android One phone landing in October?

Ironically, in the world of mobile, there’s more than just one One. HTC, for one, has several Ones, and not forgetting the OnePlus One. One? One.

Room for One more? How about Android One? Launched at this year's Google I/O, it’s aimed squarely at emerging markets, and we’re hearing that the first handset might land as early as October.

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LG G3 Beat ‘sets new standard in mid-tier’: 5in 720p, QS400, 1GB RAM, 8MP

LG G3 Beat ‘sets new standard in mid-tier’: 5in 720p, QS400, 1GB RAM, 8MP

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 17 at 12:00

Well, looks like those rumours of the LG G3 mini being 4.7in – same as the LG G2 mini, or even a tad smaller at 4.5in, were wide of the mark.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the LG G3 Beat (or LG G3 S as it’s occasionally referred to), essentially a more affordable, mid-tier version of the flagship G3.

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Google search to warn when sites won’t work on your mobile

Google search to warn when sites won’t work on your mobile

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 16 at 14:00

In the world of mobile browsing, there’s nothing more annoying than entering a site only to find that it’s not supported. “Mother fugging son of a cult!” is just one possible permutation of resulting expletives.

In a neat twist, your Google search will now warn that a site mightn’t work before you click, adding seconds to your life and avoiding unnecessary frustration.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 4.7in display – same as the iPhone 6?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 4.7in display – same as the iPhone 6?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 15 at 14:00

After lots of Premium and Prime-related confusion, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha/F (consensus is they're the same thing) picture is slowly starting to become a whole lot clearer.

Its release might well be timed to coincide with the Apple iPhone 6 launch, and now we’re told it’ll adopt the same display size. Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Making sense of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Galaxy S5 Prime, Galaxy F, Galaxy Alpha

Partly in an attempt to make sense of things for my own sanity, partly for your amusement as I inevitably tie myself in literary knots, permit me to rant for a few hundred words.

In particular, I’m rambling on about the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Galaxy S5 Prime, Galaxy F and Galaxy Alpha, asking each of them in turn: “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU?”

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