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Huawei on Windows Phone: it’s too hard to differentiate

Huawei on Windows Phone: it’s too hard to differentiate

Lewis Curdie  10 hours ago

One of the major problems Windows Phone has right now is convincing anyone beyond Microsoft – especially big names like Samsung, HTC and LG – to produce phones. It feels very much like Lumia, Lumia, Lumia.

Top-5 smartphone manufacturer Huawei isn’t interested either, saying it’s way too hard to make Windows Phones stand out.

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OnePlus One metal back cover arriving tomorrow?

OnePlus One metal back cover arriving tomorrow?

Lewis Curdie  12 hours ago

The “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One was arguably one of the best smartphones of 2014, but unfortunately the much-discussed Style Swap covers – including a bamboo option – were ultimately discontinued.

However, a fresh teaser suggests a OnePlus One metal back cover might be launching tomorrow morning in China.

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Google Play vs. App Store: Big G wins on downloads, but Apple’s king of app revenue

With Android being the world’s most popular mobile operating system, it comes as little surprise to hear that Google Play kicks the App Store’s butt when it comes to downloads.

However, when it comes to revenue, people with iPhones and iPads and iPod touches are still spending way more money; they remain a lucrative minority.

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Free Microsoft Office for Android tablets finally arrives

For several months now, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have enjoyed the free Microsoft Office experience, in the form of free Microsoft Word, free Microsoft Excel and free Microsoft PowerPoint.

Peeps rocking Google-powered tablets have watched on with green eyes, but there’s good news today as free Microsoft Office for Android tablets is finally a thing. Yes!

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LG Mobile's 2014 results: 16% annual revenue boost, but not quite a top-5 performance

LG Mobile's 2014 results: 16% annual revenue boost, but not quite a top-5 performance

Lewis Curdie  17 hours ago

We heard on a quarterly basis that LG was doing well, with record high shipments in Q2 and again in Q3, and it’s now official: LG’s 2014 was superb.

The headline here is that LG’s net profit was up 125% year-on-year, and while that’s for LG’s combined business ventures (including TVs, home appliances, air conditioning and energy solutions), mobile in particular gets a nod.

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Is this the best smartphone case ever? Kickstarter project PRINTS your pics

Is this the best smartphone case ever? Kickstarter project PRINTS your pics

admin  2 days ago

Before I start, yes this is definitely a bulky case but wait.. it PRINTS the pictures from your phone. Seriously- it's like that 80's Polaroid magic all wrapped up in your smartphone case.

For $99 you can get the second wave of Prynt Classic Cases, including the original case, a pack of printer paper and a mention in Prynt's Hall of Fame.

If you pledge an extra $25 to the Kickstarter project, they'll throw in 50 more sheets of paper, giving you more than enough to play around with this fun piece of kit.

The project has proved to be super popular over on Kickstarter, with the original target of $50,000 being blown away within a few hours. Current pledges stand at $269k and the kits are starting to sell out quickly.

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HTC One M9/Hima: ‘slicker’ and ‘more refined’ than One M8

HTC One M9/Hima: ‘slicker’ and ‘more refined’ than One M8

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

There’s no shortage of chat about the imminent Samsung Galaxy S6, but the HTC One M9/Hima is proving a major talking point, too.

Building on the news that the HTC One M9/Hima won’t look too similar to the One M8, we’re told the Taiwanese manufacturer’s next flagship will be “slicker” and “more refined” than its predecessor.

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Apple is China's most popular smartphone manufacturer

Apple is China's most popular smartphone manufacturer

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Seriously, is there no end to the good news for Apple? Tim Cook & Co can seemingly do no wrong at the moment, which makes a change from all the doom and gloom mistakenly – and repeatedly – predicted throughout 2012/3.

In yet more good iNews, we’re hearing Apple is officially the number one smartphone player in China in terms of units shipped.

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ZTE Blade S6 launches with decent specs and 9 price tag

ZTE Blade S6 launches with decent specs and $249 price tag

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Remember a couple of weeks ago we were saying ZTE Blade S6 looks like a Chinese iPhone 6? Well, it’s officially here!

Earlier this morning, ZTE lifted the lid on its Blade S6 smartphone, with the headline being: decent specs at a low price point. Y’know, the usual Chinese smartphone thing. Sweet.

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Apple Watch release date finally confirmed: April 2015

Apple Watch release date finally confirmed: April 2015

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Apple’s first “wearable” was detailed alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in September, but only now are we learning the official Apple Watch release date.

Speaking on an earnings call (boy oh boy, those earnings!), Tim Cook cemented the Apple Watch release date as April this year.

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Apple just had the best quarter ever. Of anyone. EVER

Apple just had the best quarter ever. Of anyone. EVER

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

It’s funny to think that everyone was predicting doom and gloom for Apple throughout 2013 in particular (here, here, here), largely on account of the Californians’ inability to “innovate” and the loss of Steve Jobs. What a load of nonsense.

Hang your heads in complete and utter shame, analysts and “experts”, as Apple has just enjoyed the most successful quarter of any company in any industry ever.

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Xiaomi Mi Note: Chinese dual SIM phone sells out in three minutes

Xiaomi Mi Note: Chinese dual SIM phone sells out in three minutes

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s early days yet, but for our money, the most exciting phones launched so far this year are the Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro (no offence, LG G Flex 2).

The latter will arrive later this quarter (or possibly early Q2), but the first batch of Mi Notes was made available in China this week in one of Xiaomi’s traditional “flash sales”, and – predictably – sold out within minutes.

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge releasing as Galaxy S Edge, coming to Europe

Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge releasing as Galaxy S Edge, coming to Europe

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

In addition to a metal base model, we’re told the Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a dual edge variant, akin to the Galaxy Note Edge (left).

Here we’re told to start calling it the Samsung Galaxy S Edge (no ‘6’), and more importantly: it looks like it’s coming to Europe.

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Summer release for the Sony Xperia Z4?

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 just around the corner and a slew of imminent new Android flagships, we had visions of rolling around in piles of Samsung Galaxy S6s and HTC One M9s and Sony Xperia Z4s come March.

But nope, it’s suggested that the Sony Xperia Z4 won’t launch at MWC - or even Q1. In fact, it’ll be “summer” before we meet the Japanese manufacturer’s next big thing. Aww man.

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TalkTalk launches cheapest UK SIM only plan at £3.75PM

TalkTalk launches cheapest UK SIM only plan at £3.75PM

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

As the “quad” market intensifies (BT is grabbing EE, Sky is on the lookout, Virgin Media is already there), TalkTalk – which also offers TV, broadband and home phone – is sexing up its SIM only mobile options.

The headline is the £3.75 per month offering, which TalkTalk proudly declares the UK’s cheapest SIM only deal.

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Samsung files trademarks for Galaxy E3, Galaxy J3, J5, J7

If you were struggling to keep up with Samsung’s many, many midrange (give or take) smartphones, things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.

In addition to the Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, and the recent Galaxy E5 and E7, the world’s number one mobile maker has filed trademarks for a load more smartphones, namely the Galaxy E3, and Galaxy J3, J5 and J7. Oh good lord.

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OnePlus 2 release delayed till Q3 due to overheating Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

OnePlus 2 release delayed till Q3 due to overheating Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Sweet Moses, there’s a heck of a lot of talk about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating. We’ve listened to The Korea Times, DigiTimes and Bloomberg, and now Forbes is getting in on the action.

The story here – in this two-pronged news bite – is that the OnePlus 2’s release date has been shoved back till Q3 on account over the overheating Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. And yes, I said OnePlus 2.

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Google Nexus 6 should’ve had rear fingerprint scanner, Apple ruined the party

Prior to the Google Nexus 6 launch in October last year, the gargantuan handset was repeatedly rumoured to have a rear fingerprint scanner, a notion seemingly corroborated by the presence of a mysterious dimple.

Turns out the Google Nexus 6 was indeed supposed to have a rear fingerprint scanner, but Cupertino’s Apple threw a spanner in the works.

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HTC One M9: not too similar to the One M8?

When any new Android flagship comes along, the obvious concern is: How similar will it be to its predecessor? Let’s face it; no one wants a phone that looks bloomin’ identical, even if the specs are improved.

As such, we’re happy to hear that the HTC One M9 might look significantly different to the existing One M8. Good.

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BlackBerry Passport looks delicious in limited edition black and gold

We’re quite used to seeing gold-coloured smartphones these days, including the rather attractive Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 830. Or, if you’ve more money than sense, you might fancy the actual gold iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Sticking with classy minimal gold colouring, we’re currently drooling over the BlackBerry Passport in black and gold.

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