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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  5 hours ago

Another week, another seven days closer to death. Or Christmas! That’s a slightly more positive way of looking at things.

The big story in mobile this week was BT entering exclusive negotiations to acquire EE (not O2, as we originally thought), while the rumoured OnePlus One mini got you all chatting.

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Motorola Moto G Lollipop update: take 2

Motorola Moto G Lollipop update: take 2

Lewis Curdie  6 hours ago

A couple of weeks ago, we reported Motorola Moto G (2013) Lollipop 5.0 update is seemingly Go. Turns out I was right to say “seemingly”, as it was a bit of a false alarm.

Fast-forward two weeks, and Lollipop for the first- and second-generation Motorola Moto G is seemingly go… again!

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BlackBerry teams with Boeing for ‘self-destructing’ smartphone

BlackBerry teams with Boeing for ‘self-destructing’ smartphone

Lewis Curdie  7 hours ago

If you thought the BlackBerry Passport was one of the strangest smartphone devices of the year, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

BlackBerry boss John Chen has confirmed that the Canadians are working with Boeing to provide a super-secure Android smartphone, one that’s capable of self-destruction. Amazing.

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Sony CES 2015 trailer: Lollipop, chameleon, Paris, dragon shadow, eyeball, face paint, tears, pregnancy

What do a lollipop, a chameleon, time-lapse footage of Paris, the menacing shadow of a dragon, a rectangle-shaped device reflected in an eyeball, face paint, tears and pregnancy have in common?

If you answered: “They all appear in Sony’s artsy fartsy CES 2015 video trailer,” well, I guess you already read the headline. Smart ar*e.

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Amazon Prime Now: one-hour delivery lands in Manhattan

I used to think it was pretty cool that I could order something from Amazon in the early evening and have it delivered via Prime the next day, but that notion now seems a tad quaint.

Meet Amazon Prime Now, a delivery service that offers to bring you stuff WITHIN THE HOUR. Good lawd.

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Better UK mobile coverage: ETA 2017

Better UK mobile coverage: ETA 2017

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

We’re racing along on 4G in the UK now, maybe even super-fast 4G if you’re on EE, and already we’re starting to look ahead to the next generation, predictably referred to as 5G.

But spare a thought for those areas in the UK with patchy mobile signal, or even – worse still – no signal at all. The good news is: a massive £5bn investment will see many of those areas addressed within two-and-a-bit years.

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Daily mobile, tablet and app deals roundup

Daily (adjective): done, produced, or occurring every day or every weekday. Example: Mobot's Daily mobile, tablet and app deals roundup. Just saying.

These intros are getting weirder by the day, but essentially we're looking at the best UK and US deals for mobiles, tablets and accessories (including price drops and voucher codes), and the hottest app discounts and freebies for iOS and Android.

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Apple Pay’s UK launch date seemingly edges closer

Despite a little conflict of interest with the Merchant Consumer Exchange (including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CVS and Rite Aid), Apple Pay seems to be doing alright over in the US.

There’s still no official word on Apple Pay’s UK launch date, but a recent job advertisement suggests it’s very much on the horizon.

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80 Days: 2014 Smartphone Game of the Year arrives on Google Play

80 Days: 2014 Smartphone Game of the Year arrives on Google Play

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

The obligatory Top X smartphone games of the year countdowns are in (including our own Best 30 smartphone games of 2014), and there’s one game that’s pretty much guaranteed to be at – or at least near – the top.

I speak of Inkle’s 80 Days. It’s bloody brilliant, and it’s finally available for you Androidians at Google Play, for the entirely reasonable price of £3.00.

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra specs: 13in display, Snapdragon 810, 6GB RAM, 12,100mAh battery

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra specs: 13in display, Snapdragon 810, 6GB RAM, 12,100mAh battery

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Samsung recently broke through the 12in tablet barrier with the Galaxy Note and Tab Pro 12.2, and Apple is tipped to follow suit next year with a massive-screened iPad Pro.

Not to be outdone, we’re hearing that Sony is prepping a gigantic Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra, and if these leaked specs are to be believed, it’s a freakin’ monster.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus launches with ‘Symmetrical dual camera technology’

Huawei Honor 6 Plus launches with ‘Symmetrical dual camera technology’

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

The Huawei Honor 6 recently touched down in Europe, and currently sells on Amazon.co.uk for £249.58 (black) or £249.99 (white). As I yelled back in October, that’s a whole lotta smartphone for £250.

Over in China, consumers are being treated to an enhanced version called the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, and the headline feature here is an HTC One M8-style dual camera setup.

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OnePlus One mini leaked: OnePlus One vs. OnePlus One mini

The “flagship killer” OnePlus One was easily one of the smartphone hits of 2014, offering top-of-the-range specs at a wallet-friendly sub-£300 price point.

The inevitable OnePlus Two has already been confirmed, but it sounds like we’ll meet a OnePlus One mini in the meantime. Er, unless it is the OnePlus Two.

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Microsoft @ MWC 2015: a low-end affair, no new Lumia flagship till September?

Microsoft @ MWC 2015: a low-end affair, no new Lumia flagship till September?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

If you were hoping for a high-end, flagship-level Lumia Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in February, well, don’t get your hopes up.

We’re hearing that Microsoft’s MWC presence will be decidedly modest, with as long as nine months to wait for its next big Lumia.

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BT enters exclusive negotiations to buy EE for £12.5bn, convergence is good

BT enters exclusive negotiations to buy EE for £12.5bn, convergence is good

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

In the tech world, you’re no one if you’re not buying other companies. Apple bought Beats, Microsoft acquired Skype, Facebook picked up WhatsApp, Lenovo nabbed Motorola…

We heard a few weeks ago that BT was interested in O2 (which essentially started life as BT Cellnet), but it turns out the telecoms colossus is more interested in EE, with exclusive negotiations now underway.

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Apple iPhone 6: big in Japan

Apple iPhone 6: big in Japan

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The iPhone is generally pretty massive across the globe, though logically – with the phone being rather expensive – some countries are more iPhone-hungry than others.

Japan has traditionally been one of the iPhone’s biggest fans, and we’re hearing – surprise, surprise – that the spanking new iPhone 6 has been utterly dominant in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Samsung Galaxy S6: CES launch, Edge variant?

The Galaxy S6 launch could be a matter of weeks away, and as such we’ve had no shortage of S6 spec rumours, and not forgetting a doctored picture of the Galaxy Alpha cheekily masquerading as Samsung’s next flagship.

This latest rumour suggests the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch has been brought forward to CES 2015 next month, and that we’ll meet a variant with an Edge display.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 13 at 13:00

Not a hugely exciting week for mobile news, to be perfectly honest, as the pre-CES/MWC pressure continues to mount. Samsung Galaxy S6 and Sony Xperia Z4 soon… but not yet.

One of the most important stories this week was China’s Xiaomi being forced to pull out of India on account of stepping on Swedish manufacturer Ericsson’s toes. It’s all very international.

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When is the Samsung Galaxy S6 not the Galaxy S6? When it’s the Galaxy Alpha

When is the Samsung Galaxy S6 not the Galaxy S6? When it’s the Galaxy Alpha

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 13 at 12:00

The Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours are flying thick and fast, with most whispers concurring that it’ll have top-of-the-range specs (surprise, surprise).

The design, however, is somewhat of a mystery for now, and indeed a purported Samsung Galaxy S6 pic turns out to be nothing more than a doctored pic of the Galaxy Alpha.

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Wal-Mart discounts iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S5

Wal-Mart discounts iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S5

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 13 at 10:00

Black Friday and Cyber Monday might’ve come and gone, but there’s still plenty of smartphone and tablet bargain action to be had in the run up to Santa’s birthday.

US retailer Wal-Mart (which owns Asda, incidentally) has rolled out a bunch of discounts for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5. Great news if you’re on that side of the Atlantic.

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi forced to pull out of India… for now

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi forced to pull out of India… for now

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 12 at 14:00

Xiaomi is definitely a name worth remembering. The Chinese manufacturer jumped to number three in global smartphone shipments in 3Q14, meaning it shifted more units than anyone other than Apple or Samsung.

As such, Xiaomi being forced to leave a major territory like India is a pretty big deal. Pourquoi? Patents; they’re back.

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