LG G3 screenshots show clean, flat design (oh, Jony Ive)

It’s funny to think that iOS 7’s “flat” design caused such a hullaballoo when it was first unveiled almost a year ago. By today’s standards, it looks completely… normal.

Google’s Android apps look to be going the same way, ditto Lucky Goldstar’s Optimus UI on the much-discussed LG G3.

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Hitman Go iOS review

Hey guy, you know what? Until this week, I’d never played a Hitman game. Ever. Not for a second. Probably symptomatic of the fact that there’s just TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF these days. First world problems, yo.

Well, my Hitman virginity has well and truly been broken, finally, by a little something called Hitman Go, a surprisingly engrossing puzzle game for iOS peeps.

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Amazon smartphone: lots of tilting, not so much tapping

Touchscreen phones have traditionally invited taps aplenty, alongside swipes and occasional multi-fingered gestures (why do I suddenly feel compelled to give my laptop the finger?).

The Amazon smartphone will reportedly take an entirely new approach, focusing instead on… tilting? Hmm. Lots more below.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime spotted sneaking into India for ‘R&D purpose’

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime spotted sneaking into India for ‘R&D purpose’

Lewis Curdie  7 hours ago

And with one phone officially born (the OnePlus One was announced this morning), another new one is rumoured, and so the circle of smartphone life goes on.

The elusive Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime was originally tipped to launch alongside the bog standard model at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, and here it’s spotted sneaking into India for a little research and development.

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iPad mini, 16GB, three-year guarantee, £219 delivered @ John Lewis

iPad mini, 16GB, three-year guarantee, £219 delivered @ John Lewis

Lewis Curdie  8 hours ago

Get this iPad mini deal @ John Lewis

John Lewis is currently offering a free three-year guarantee on Apple goodies, including the first-gen 16GB iPad mini at £219.

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OnePlus One: ‘flagship killer’ arrives, price ‘from ’

If you’re looking at that headline and wondering: ‘Who the heck is OnePlus?’, take a look at OnePlus One launch preview, buddy. Essentially it’s a smartphone newbie (headed by a former Oppo VP) with a view to shaking things up, smartphone style.

After several months of tantalising build-up, its first phone, the OnePlus One, has finally arrived, and it’s yours from a buck.

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HTC: DSLR-crushing smartphone cameras in 18-24 months

HTC: DSLR-crushing smartphone cameras in 18-24 months

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

If the One and One M8 are anything to go by, ailing Taiwanese manufacturer HTC seems to think the camera is one of the most important components in the modern smartphone.

That notion is given credence in an interview with Vodafone, wherein HTC camera guy Symon Whitehorn promises DSLR-level smartphone cameras within the next two years.

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Transport for London to trial payments by mobile

Transport for London to trial payments by mobile

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Well, long gone are the days when mobile phones simply made phone calls and sent simple SMS messages – or “texts”.

We’re hearing Transport for London (TfL) will soon trial a scheme whereby customers will be able to scoot around the capital with payments made via NFC (Near Field Communication)-enabled mobile phones.

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DigiTimes: Google looking to HTC for half-a*sed Nexus 8 tablet

DigiTimes: Google looking to HTC for half-a*sed Nexus 8 tablet

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Remember the Google Nexus 8 tablet? It briefly appeared on Android.com last year before being airbrushed out of existence.

Well, the Google Nexus 8 rumours are back, baby, and this time we’re told it’ll be manufactured by none other than… HTC?

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Toshiba 32GB class 10 microSD card, £10.85 delivered @ Amazon

Toshiba 32GB class 10 microSD card, £10.85 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Get this Toshiba microSD deal @ Amazon

Amazon seller Locoisle is currently offering this Toshiba 32GB class 10 microSD card for £10.85. Nice one.

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OnePlus One launch preview

To be fair to the stagnant old world of Android, people are starting to think outside the box. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking of Project Ara, and even the YotaPhone with its e-ink secondary display on the back.

Similarly interesting is plucky young upstart OnePlus, which threatens to make significant waves tomorrow with the launch of the OnePlus One.

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LG G Watch: always-on, two colours, water and dust-resistant

It was around a month ago that LG announced the G Watch, and while it’s not officially a Nexus device, it is being developed in close collaboration with good old Google.

One month on, LG has served a ton of G Watch info by way of the official LG G Watch site, encompassing both colours and durability. Let’s take a closer look.

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Summoner Wars, iOS, free @ App Store

Summoner Wars, iOS, free @ App Store

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Summoner Wars deal @ App Store

In celebration of Easter and stuff, you can currently grab the excellent Summoner Wars (review here) for free at the App Store.

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iPad 4 refurb, Wi-Fi, 16GB, black, £243 delivered @ eBay

iPad 4 refurb, Wi-Fi, 16GB, black, £243 delivered @ eBay

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Get this iPad 4 deal @ eBay

Over on eBay, Argos is offering this manufacturer refurbished iPad 4, in black and with 16GB storage, for £269.99. However! Pop it into your basket, and you’ll notice a cheeky 10% off, bringing the price down to £242.99.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

And so ends the week in which I churned out, Good Friday aside, six steaming slabs of news per day, an undeniably apt punishment for my gallivanting earlier in the month.

Five reasons why the HTC One M8 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 (by HTC) dominated the comments, while the industry in general is going bokeh crazy. Sorry, background; things just look better when you’re all out of focus.

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Nokia Lumia 520, Vodafone, £60 delivered @ Vodafone

Nokia Lumia 520, Vodafone, £60 delivered @ Vodafone

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Get this Nokia Lumia 520 deal @ Vodafone

It’s Easter, baby! And what better way to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead (does that make him a zombie?) than by grabbing a Nokia Lumia 520 from Vodafone for £60? No top-up required; sixty bucks and it’s yours.

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Kindle for Samsung: yep, Samsung gets its own Kindle store

Kindle for Samsung: yep, Samsung gets its own Kindle store

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

There’s been no shortage of baffling mobile news over the years, but this story really takes the proverbial biscuit. Well, for this week, anyway.

Not content with, y’know, the Amazon Kindle app, Samsung smartphone and tablet users are to get their own Kindle portal, aptly named Kindle for Samsung. Too good to slum it with the rest of us, huh?

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HTC opens One M8’s Duo Camera to developers with SDK, bokeh for all

As I’ve written about 20,000 times already this week, one of the headline features on the spanking new HTC One M8 is its dual-lens Duo Camera setup, which welcomes a whole bunch of fancy camera effects.

The Taiwanese have now opened the Duo Camera to developers, by way of the official HTC Dual Lens SDK.

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iPhone 6: more evidence for 4.7in display

Realistically, we’ve still probably a good five or six months till the official iPhone 6 release date, but the rumours and leaked pictures and whatnot are coming thick and indeed fast.

Earlier this week we got a peek at a purported iPhone 6 mould from Foxconn, supposedly confirming the notion of a 4.7in display, and a couple of new leaked images further back that notion.

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Samsung Galaxy S4, SIM free, £310 delivered @ Mobile Phones Direct

Samsung Galaxy S4, SIM free, £310 delivered @ Mobile Phones Direct

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Get this Samsung Galaxy S4 deal @ Mobile Phones Direct

The price of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has inevitably dropped thanks to the arrival of the Galaxy S5, and here you can grab the 2013 flagship for £309.99 from Mobile Phones Direct.

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