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Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 30 at 11:00

Time was, HTC was your go-to guy if you wanted a premium Android phone in a metal body, but with the One and One (M8) generally pleasing eyes the world over, it was only a matter of time before the Taiwanese manufacturer’s peers jumped onboard.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a dash of metal on its sides, but we’re told Sony will go the whole hog next year, with sexy metal-bodied phones.

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HERE for Android is here, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones

HERE for Android is here, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 30 at 10:00

Samsung and Nokia might seem like an unlikely alliance in the current mobile climate (the world’s number one and the world’s former number one; Android hero and Windows Phone lackey), but the two cosied up this week with the announcement of “HERE for Gear”, which puts Finnish mapping goodness on the spanking new Gear S wearable.

And the fun doesn’t end there. The big news… wait for it… here (badum tsh!) is that HERE is finally coming to Android, but exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones. Are there any other Android phones? I jest, I jest.

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Acer Liquid Jade smartphone, Liquid Leap band definitely coming to UK soonish

Acer Liquid Jade smartphone, Liquid Leap band definitely coming to UK soonish

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 29 at 16:00

If there’s one thing that really annoys us, it’s when manufacturers start teasing products early, and take freakin’ ages before making the blasted things available. Can you see where I’m going with this?

I first mentioned the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap band FOUR MONTHS AGO, and now we’re finally told that they’ll definitely go on sale in the UK. At some point.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 on sale now! No announcement necessary!

In this day and age, absolutely nothing gets past the internet. It doesn’t matter if it’s the mention of an as-yet-unannounced device buried deep in some low-level code, or the brief and entirely “accidental” appearance of a new gadget in the background of some promo shot.

Naïve old Samsung clearly thought it could quietly launch the Galaxy Mega 2 in Thailand and Malaysia without anyone else noticing, but now the whole world knows the phone – inside and out.

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Ascend P7 with sapphire crystal display: the first ‘shocking product’ from Huawei?

Ascend P7 with sapphire crystal display: the first ‘shocking product’ from Huawei?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 28 at 16:00

Huawei chairman Richard Yu teased “shocking products” a few weeks ago, and while the Ascend Mate 7 will likely make a decent splash at IFA 2014 next week, “shocking” is maybe a bit of a stretch.

This guy, however, this guy is a little more interesting. I speak of the Huawei Ascend P7 with sapphire crystal display, which might just land before the iPhone 6.

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September mobile madness: full preview

September mobile madness: full preview

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 28 at 13:00

Earlier this week I answered September Madness: What are YOU looking forward to? with September Madness: What I’M looking forward to. Makes sense, right?

However, I touched on a mere four things, when there’s nothing short of a bona fide onslaught of new technology on the horizon. “Scribble it all down!” you say? Check it out below, Jeeves.

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Google Nexus X specs listed by French retailer

It’s largely accepted that the next Nexus smartphone is being built not by LG, but by Google’s former son Motorola, with codename Shamu.

Here we’re calling it the Google Nexus X, and seeing the specs listed by French retailer Fnac, however a closer look suggests we’re right to be cynical.

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Samsung Galaxy A range to launch with three new phones in September

Samsung Galaxy A range to launch with three new phones in September

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 27 at 14:00

For me, the Galaxy Alpha is one of the most confusing releases of late – even for a Samsung phone. See, it plugs the gap – if you can call it a gap – between the S5 mini and the flagship Galaxy S5, and looks to stand out with a dash of – shock horror – metal on the side. Er, just what everyone was… hoping for?

Confusinger still, we’re told the Galaxy Alpha is merely the first in an imminent wave of phones, with Samsung tipped to birth as many as three “Galaxy A” handsets this very quarter. Wow.

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HTC Desire 820: first 64-bit Android phone headed to IFA 2014 next week?

HTC Desire 820: first 64-bit Android phone headed to IFA 2014 next week?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 26 at 16:00

HTC has already laid claim to “world’s first Android phone” (HTC Dream), “world’s first f/2.0 aperture on a smartphone” (HTC One X), and “world’s first 1080p phone” (HTC J Butterfly).

Now the Taiwanese manufacturer looks set to add a further trophy to the burgeoning “world’s first” cabinet, with the first 64-bit Android phone.

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Sony ‘accidentally’ leaks possible SmartWatch 3 and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

To be fair, there’s not a great deal happening at IFA 2014 that we’re not fully braced for (er, bona fide surprises aside), but for what it’s worth, Sony has given semi-official confirmation of a couple of its imminent goodies.

The Japanese manufacturer has “accidentally” leaked a new Sony SmartWatch and what appears to be the rumoured Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Interesting.

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