US networks and smartphone manufacturers sign anti-theft agreement

US networks and smartphone manufacturers sign anti-theft agreement

Lewis Curdie  13 hours ago

It’s largely kinda pointless stealing a high-end smartphone these days, what with the blocking and the security stuff and the remote wiping and whatnot.

Consolidating that pointlessness, several US networks and manufacturers have entered into a voluntary agreement making anti-theft tools mandatory.

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Whale Trail iOS review

One game I’ve earmarked for review treatment is ustwo’s Monument Valley. I’m not actually sure what the deal is, but it looks pretty sweet. Alas, the guys are out of review codes.

While I save up the necessary, er, £2.49, I’ve grabbed an ustwo freebie in the form of Whale Trail, which features rainbows, anthropomorphised clouds, and a flying whale. You heard me.

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Project Ara Grey Phone:  to build, January 2015 release

Project Ara Grey Phone: $50 to build, January 2015 release

Lewis Curdie  15 hours ago

For those who’ve been hibernating for the past few months, Project Ara is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, and aims to unleash customisable “modular” phones.

The first Project Ara Developers Conference is going down this week, and we’re getting tons more info, including word of the first Project Ara phone.

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DigiTimes: expect more dual-lens smartphone cameras

One of the standout features on the HTC One M8, and one of the things that sets it apart from last year’s HTC One, is the presence of a dual-lens camera on the rear.

Word from out east suggests HTC may be at the forefront of an imminent trend, with several smartphone manufacturers expected to jump on board the dual-lens bandwagon.

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First OnePlus One pic leaked ahead of next week’s launch

First OnePlus One pic leaked ahead of next week’s launch

Lewis Curdie  17 hours ago

Phew, big week for leaked pictures of previously unseen phones. Earlier today I scribbled about the Amazon smartphone, and here we turn our attention to the imminent OnePlus One.

Admittedly the OnePlus One picture is comparatively terrible, but it’s a good excuse to chew the fat over the wallet-friendly super-phone.

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LG G2, black, 16GB, SIM free, £295 delivered @ Amazon

LG G2, black, 16GB, SIM free, £295 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  18 hours ago

Get this LG G2 deal @ Amazon

Apologies if I’ve posted this deal already this week. My brain appears to have melted. In celebration of me losing my mind, you should head over to Amazon and buy a black SIM free LG G2 for £295 (sold by Focal Solution, fulfilled by Amazon).

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Samsung exec: Galaxy S5 should outsell Galaxy S4, Tizen phone in Q2

While some manufacturers are struggling to turn a profit, Samsung’s problem is comparatively luxurious: from atop your throne as King of Mobile, how do you stop profit decline?

Well, firstly, you throw a ton of weight behind the Samsung Galaxy S5, and then you unveil the long-awaited Samsung Tizen phone in Q2. Sounds like a plan to us.

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Behold: the Amazon smartphone

Finally, after literally years of speculation, we’re seeing the first leaked photographs of the much-discussed Amazon smartphone.

Alas, the design of the Amazon smartphone is largely concealed behind an intentionally silly case, but we can still make out a few details, including – most interestingly – those four front-facing cameras for 3D silliness. Lots more detail below.

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Samsung trademarks Galaxy Adore, Galaxy S Fitness and Galaxy V: (yes, with colon)

A few days ago, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) revealed the Gear Now and Gear Solo (presumably two new smartwatches) in name, and the Samsung juggernaut continues unabated.

The USPTO is at it again, this time revealing the Samsung Galaxy Adore, Galaxy S Fitness and Galaxy V:. And no, that’s not a typo; it’s the Samsung Galaxy V Colon. Weird.

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iPhone 6: 4.7in display ‘confirmed’ by Foxconn mould?

iPhone 6: 4.7in display ‘confirmed’ by Foxconn mould?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

You all know the story by now, right? The iPhone 6 is widely tipped to arrive later this year in two sizes – both significantly larger than the 4in iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

One of those sizes is seemingly confirmed by way of a picture of an iPhone 6 mould, which supposedly originated from Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing pal, Foxconn.

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Android in 2006: ‘Touchscreens will not be supported’

Android in 2006: ‘Touchscreens will not be supported’

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

As much as litigation tends to make us sigh, court cases occasionally yield interesting titbits, such as Samsung’s 132-page comparison of the Galaxy S and the first-gen iPhone. BE MORE iPHONE was the conclusion there.

Similarly, the current legal shootout between Apple and Samsung has yielded an interesting document detailing the state of Android in 2006 – prior to the release of the first iPhone.

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HTC One M8 mini release date: yep, still May!

HTC One M8 mini release date: yep, still May!

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

A couple of weeks ago, I was relaying word from 3g.co.uk, suggesting that the HTC One M8 mini would arrive in the UK in May.

A further hint, this time from HTC’s home territory of Taiwan, gives credence to the notion of the One M8 mini being released next month.

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Google Nexus 10, 16GB, £220 delivered with code @ Expansys

Google Nexus 10, 16GB, £220 delivered with code @ Expansys

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Google Nexus 10 deal @ Expansys

Using code 15GONEXUS10, you can grab the Samsung-built Google Nexus 10 for £219.99 at Expansys. That’s £15 off the usual £234.99.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

As much as Samsung’s ludicrous output often leaves me shaking my head (Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo, anyone?), I have to concede that the South Koreans are responsible for two of the best smartphones on the market.

I speak of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the spanking new Samsung Galaxy S5, and it gives me great pleasure to pit the two in a bloody fight to the death.

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Google’s Android app icons to adopt flatter design?

Google’s Android app icons to adopt flatter design?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Prior to release, iOS 7 caused a fair bit of controversy with its “flat” design, with icons largely doing away with fancy things like lighting and shading in favour of, y’know, just being dead plain and that.

There are suggestions that Google’s Android apps are about to go the same way, adopting what’s referred to internally as Google’s “Moonshine” approach.

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LG G3 specs leaked by US network Sprint (oops): QHD display, 3GB RAM

LG G3 specs leaked by US network Sprint (oops): QHD display, 3GB RAM

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

With the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 all now very much a reality, it’s LG’s turn to wow us with its latest flagship-flavoured delight.

Rumours suggest the LG G2’s successor will launch as early as May (i.e. next month), and in the meantime, US network Sprint appears to have leaked a comprehensive list of LG G3 specs.

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ZTE Grand S II: 50,000 sold in 58 seconds

The ZTE Grand S II (Grand S II LTE, to use its full name) was one of 689,313 new phones unveiled at CES 2014 in January, and early indications are that it’s a rip-roaring success over in China.

ZTE boasts that it sold a whopping 50,000 Grand S II units in under a minute; 58 seconds, to be precise.

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Trials Frontier iOS review

Ask your Xbox-owning chums what their favourite Xbox Live Arcade games are and there’s a good chance someone will mention the infuriating but sublime Trials Evolution.

We’ve had a handful of pretenders over the years, but Trials Frontier marks the first smarphone outing for the series. Huzzah? Yeah, mostly.

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Moto X+1 to offer multiple backplate options: plastic, wood, leather

Around a week ago, Martin set Mobo-hearts racing when he relayed news of a little something called the Moto X+1, essentially the successor to last year’s Moto X flagship.

There’s been a bit of a question mark over customisation, what with the Lenovo takeover and whatnot, but we’re hearing that the Moto X+1 won’t disappoint.

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Samsung Galaxy Zoom 2 touching down April 29 as Galaxy K Zoom

Cast your filthy minds back 10 days or so, and you might recall Martin “Jimmy” James saying that the inevitable Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom had been rumoured as the Galaxy K Zoom.

Well, the official invites are out, and it appears that the phone will indeed be some sort of Samsung Galaxy K. Kool!

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