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Google Nexus 6 has a hidden RGB LED for notifications

Oddly, someone asked just the other day if many current phones use an LED for notifications, and there’s a surprise addition to the group.

Turns out the Google Nexus 6 has a secret RGB LED, one that can be activated if you’re happy enough to root your device.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

What happened this week? The 0-10 Oakland Raiders beat the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs; that was pretty weird. We won’t dwell too much on Scotland vs. England in the soccerball; that was just a friendly.

In mobile (that is, after all, why we’re here), Nokia surprised us with an Android Lollipop tablet, the N1, and Finnish startup Jolla secured over $1m in three days for its own take on the tablet thing.

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Jolla Tablet secures over m funding in 72 hours

I’d admittedly grown to feel a little sorry for Jolla, a group of well-meaning individuals seemingly doomed to live in the shadow of the big money-grabbing mobile players.

But the Finns clearly don’t need any sympathy, as their Jolla Tablet has secured a ridiculous $1.1 MILLION funding in just three days.

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Google patents app for real-time conversations in two languages

Google patents app for real-time conversations in two languages

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Having spent a couple of decades growing up without all this newfangled mobile technology, I find it endlessly amusing that you no longer need to know anything; just “Google it”. In that sense, the internet’s almost like external storage for your brain.

Similarly, Google wants to make things easier for us unilingual idiots, with an app that enables a real-time, local, screen-based conversation with someone else in an entirely different language. Sacré bleu!

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Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is found in a multitude of phones, from the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto G, to high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8.

The inevitable Gorilla Glass 4 has been officially announced, and needless to say it’s “dramatically improved” with the headline feature being its ability to laugh off 1m drops on rough surfaces. Er, most of the time.

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BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s amusing that every time a new high-end BlackBerry phone is rumoured, the collective blogosphere wonders: ‘Could this be BlackBerry’s saviour?’ Never say never, I guess.

The latest candidate for reversing the Canadian manufacturer’s ailing fortunes is something called the BlackBerry Rio, an all-touch flagship.

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Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Following on nicely from our Four of the best phones under £150 feature, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today introduced the spanking new Honor 3C, with a wallet-friendly price tag of £109.99.

The Huawei Honor 3C certainly offers plenty of bang for your buck, following the grand Chinese tradition of decent-but-affordable phones, but the picture's not entirely rosy.

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No more ‘Free’ apps on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them

The Google Play Store recently bowed to pressure from angry customers and the European Commission over the use of the word ‘Free’ in relation to gratis apps that offer – or sometimes demand – in-app purchases in order to unlock content, or perhaps to progress in a game. "Freemium" apps, for short.

In a similar move, App Store apps that are free to download are no longer listed as ‘Free’, with the button now labelled ‘Get’.

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Google Nexus 6 UK release finally on the horizon

For our money, the rollout of the Google Nexus 6 has been nothing short of farcical, with US stock being replenished each Wednesday (seriously) and the phone initially being “unavailable” in the UK.

But at least there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with the Google Nexus 6 now “out of stock” on Google Play UK, and available to pre-order at Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

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Jolla launches IndieGoGo campaign for Sailfish-rockin’ Tablet, target almost hit already (UPDATED)

Cast your minds back to last week, and you might recall Jolla was promising “something BIG” for this morning, something that – quite logically, with hindsight – has emerged as a tablet.

More specifically, it’s an IndieGoGo campaign for the world’s first crowdsourced tablet, and the first running Sailfish 2.0. Impressively, at the time of writing, they’ve just about reached the $380,000 target. EDIT: Target hit!

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Samsung to reduce smartphone models by up to 30%

Samsung recently endured its worst quarter in years, and as such the South Koreans are desperately trying to plug the various holes threatening to sink the smartphone Titanic.

In what definitely sounds like a sensible plan to us, Samsung reveals it’ll cut back on the number of Galaxy smartphone models by up to 30% next year.

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iPhone 7 specs: DSLR-level camera?

iPhone 7 specs: DSLR-level camera?

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

We’re partly relaying this news since it’s genuinely quite interesting, but partly on account of the ridiculousness of discussing a phone that’s in all likelihood some 10 months away from release. Yep, it’s the iPhone 7! Or perhaps that should be iPhone 6S, hmm.

In any case, the story goes that the next iPhone will mark a massive leap in Apple smartphone camera tech – the biggest leap ever.

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Nokia's back! iPad mini-loving N1 tablet announced with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Nokia's back! iPad mini-loving N1 tablet announced with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Martin James  6 days ago

It's as if the past 12 months never happened. Nokia is back – and we mean the “old” Nokia, the real Nokia – with the N1 tablet, a brand new piece of mobile hardware running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

It bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPad mini 3, but also boasts a decent spec that matches and in some cases even beats Apple's benchmark slab.

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Sony Xperia Z4 release date: April 2015?

Sony Xperia Z4 release date: April 2015?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

The Sony Xperia Z3 has only just been released, but in typical Sony Mobile fashion (for now, anyway), we’re expecting a successor within the next six months

Here, a press release from Sony Global appears to the indicate that the Sony Xperia Z4 might be released in April 2015.

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Jolla: ‘something BIG’ is coming on Wednesday

Remember Jolla? The startup was founded in 2011 by former Nokia peeps who worked closely on MeeGo, only to learn that the Finnish manufacturer would focus exclusively (mostly) on Windows Phone. And we all know how that turned out. Who-kia? Oh, you mean Microsoft.

Last year saw the release of the first Jolla phone, the, er, Jolla Phone, and it sounds like its successor might be launching later this week.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 15 at 13:00

Right, what happened this week? Ah, Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland in the soccerball; that was pretty good. In mobile, we met the first Microsoft Lumia device, the Lumia 535. Who-kia?

In other news, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is coming to the UK after all, despite being initially dismissed as a “limited edition” niche device for Koreans.

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BlackBerry Classic available to pre-order for £349

BlackBerry Classic available to pre-order for £349

Martin James  Nov. 15 at 12:00

BlackBerry has started taking pre-orders for the old-school Classic smartphone ahead of the QWERTY-based device's release in mid-December.

Head over to the BlackBerry Shop and you'll be able to reserve your very own Classic, which BlackBerry is calling “the ultimate communications tool”, for the small matter of £349.

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Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin paid ‘just’ £400,000 in Q3

Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin paid ‘just’ £400,000 in Q3

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 15 at 11:30

In another sign that things aren’t going too well over at Samsung Mobile HQ, boss man JK Shin’s salary took a bit of a hit in Q3.

According to publically disclosed figures, JK Shin earned – get the tissues ready – “just” £400,000 last quarter.

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DigiTimes: Team Cook geared up to sell 30-40 million Apple Watches

Ah, DigiTimes. It’s been too long, old friend! But you’ll forgive us for adding some delicious salt to our morning coffee, given your hit-and-miss track record.

Here the DigiMen are saying Apple has ordered a whopping 30-40 million units of the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch. That’s a lot of Apple Watches.

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Vivo's incoming X5 Max is an insane 3.75mm thick

Vivo's incoming X5 Max is an insane 3.75mm thick

Martin James  Nov. 14 at 18:30

We'd love to leave the whole “world's thinnest phone” nonsense alone, we really would. We'd love to point out that when you start quibbling about 10ths or even 100ths of a millimetre, you really need to get out more.

But it's not everyday that you hear about a phone that's supposedly just 3.75mm thick, less than half the thickness of the iPhone 5S. That phone is the Vivo X5 Max.

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