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Apple iPhone 6 release date: September 19?

It’s widely accepted that the iPhone 6 launch will go down on September 9, but the more pressing question for consumers is: When the hell can I actually buy it?

September 19 is the entirely unsurprising answer from out east, which gels nicely with Apple’s historical launch/release antics.

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Samsung Gear S: new Tizen wearable made official

Google is reportedly unhappy about Samsung’s persistence with Tizen wearables, and while the South Koreans threw Android Wear a cursory nod with the Gear Live, the world’s number one mobile manufacturer is back on the Tizen train. Uh oh!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Samsung Gear S, a spanking new Tizen-fuelled smartwatch that “enhances the smart wearable experience”.

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Amazon Fire Phone sales embarrassment: no more than 35,000 sold so far

Amazon Fire Phone sales embarrassment: no more than 35,000 sold so far

Martin James  20 hours ago

When Amazon launched its debut smartphone, the Fire Phone, in July, it put to an end to more than two years of rumours following the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet back in 2011.

But while the Kindle Fire was a sales hit from the start, early data suggests the Fire Phone has barely flickered at all.

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Archos teases 40 Cesium debut Windows Phone among IFA arrivals

Archos teases 40 Cesium debut Windows Phone among IFA arrivals

Martin James  21 hours ago

It's the week before a major technology show which means it's time for Archos to preview a gaggle of new mobile devices you've probably never heard of and almost certainly won't buy.

Well, that's how recent history has turned out anyway. Question is – can the French firm's pre-IFA 2014 vintage change that tune and make a lasting impact?

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Google Nexus X specs listed by French retailer

It’s largely accepted that the next Nexus smartphone is being built not by LG, but by Google’s former son Motorola, with codename Shamu.

Here we’re calling it the Google Nexus X, and seeing the specs listed by French retailer Fnac, however a closer look suggests we’re right to be cynical.

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Samsung Galaxy A range to launch with three new phones in September

Samsung Galaxy A range to launch with three new phones in September

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

For me, the Galaxy Alpha is one of the most confusing releases of late – even for a Samsung phone. See, it plugs the gap – if you can call it a gap – between the S5 mini and the flagship Galaxy S5, and looks to stand out with a dash of – shock horror – metal on the side. Er, just what everyone was… hoping for?

Confusinger still, we’re told the Galaxy Alpha is merely the first in an imminent wave of phones, with Samsung tipped to birth as many as three “Galaxy A” handsets this very quarter. Wow.

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Bloomberg: 12.9in Apple iPad in ‘early 2015’

Bloomberg: 12.9in Apple iPad in ‘early 2015’

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

The iPhone 6 in two sizes, the iWatch, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3… All of those shiny new Apple products are tipped to land throughout September and October 2014, after an 11-month iDevice drought.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, we’re reminded that a gigantic 12.9in Apple iPad Pro is on the horizon, with a vague ETA of early next year.

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HTC Desire 510: cut-price 4G thrills landing in September

HTC Desire 510: cut-price 4G thrills landing in September

Martin James  Yesterday

HTC is lining up the world's first 64-bit Android smartphone to launch at its pre-IFA 2014 press event next week, but in the meantime it has lifted the lid off another new arrival, the HTC Desire 510.

And while it's no high-roller its £149 SIM-free price tag earns it the title of HTC's cheapest ever LTE-capable smartphone.

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HTC Desire 820: first 64-bit Android phone headed to IFA 2014 next week?

HTC Desire 820: first 64-bit Android phone headed to IFA 2014 next week?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

HTC has already laid claim to “world’s first Android phone” (HTC Dream), “world’s first f/2.0 aperture on a smartphone” (HTC One X), and “world’s first 1080p phone” (HTC J Butterfly).

Now the Taiwanese manufacturer looks set to add a further trophy to the burgeoning “world’s first” cabinet, with the first 64-bit Android phone.

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Sony ‘accidentally’ leaks possible SmartWatch 3 and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

To be fair, there’s not a great deal happening at IFA 2014 that we’re not fully braced for (er, bona fide surprises aside), but for what it’s worth, Sony has given semi-official confirmation of a couple of its imminent goodies.

The Japanese manufacturer has “accidentally” leaked a new Sony SmartWatch and what appears to be the rumoured Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Interesting.

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LG G3 Stylus officially detailed, definitely not a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 killer

LG G3 Stylus officially detailed, definitely not a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 killer

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

With the recent success of the LG G3 flagship, you’d be forgiven for getting excited about something called the LG G3 Stylus, a name that immediately brings to mind the Samsung Galaxy Note range and its super-fancy S Pen.

But nope, the LG G3 Stylus is officially a watered down G3, ultimately intended to sit at an “exceptional” price point.

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Android L: Lemon Meringue Pie?

Android L: Lemon Meringue Pie?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Not that it makes much difference to anything or anyone, but we’ve been having lots of fun guessing the name for the next version of Android, known officially as simply Android ‘L’:

A. Liquorice?

B. Lollipop?

C. Lemon Drop?

D. None of the above, is the latest suggestion, with Android Lemon Meringue Pie being the new front-runner, a claim backed up with several strands of low-level evidence.

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Motorola Moto X+1 specs: optical zoom, 3D display?

We’ve been talking about the Motorola Moto X+1 since, well, pretty much since the Moto X was released last year.

We got a good glimpse of the Moto X+1 the other day thanks to retired leakster Evan Nelson Blass (see above), and here we’re told to expect a couple of fancy features, namely optical zoom and some sort of 3D display. What the…?

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LG G Watch R officially teased ahead of IFA 2014 launch

LG G Watch R officially teased ahead of IFA 2014 launch

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

This time last week we were saying that a possible LG G Watch successor was tipped to debut at IFA 2014 in Berlin, and what do you know?

In typical LG fashion, the South Koreans have officially teased said device in video format, with just over a week to go till launch.

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Windows Phone? Android hardware to the rescue!

Windows Phone? Android hardware to the rescue!

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

It’s been an incredibly odd almost-four years for Windows Phone, with the initial partners essentially backing off when Nokia came on the scene, and Microsoft ultimately acquiring the ailing Finnish manufacturer (kudos, Elop).

But this week saw the launch – and release – of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, and with it there are signs Windows Phone might be about to turn a corner, largely thanks to Android.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha UK release date: September 12

Samsung Galaxy Alpha UK release date: September 12

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The “evolution of Galaxy design” is shoving some metal on the sides, apparently, and the first example of Samsung smartphone Darwinism will soon be available to buy in the UK.

The South Koreans have confirmed the official Samsung Galaxy Alpha UK release date as September 12, just a few days after the iPhone 6 launch.

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‘iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program’: some units officially faulty

‘iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program’: some units officially faulty

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

There’s no shortage of people moaning about iPhone 5 battery life, but there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon if you’re constantly finding yourself short of juice.

Apple concedes that a small batch of iPhone 5s (that’s iPhone 5 plural as opposed to iPhone 5S) is actually faulty, and potentially eligible for free battery replacement.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

In addition to the obligatory barrage of iPhone 6 rumours (iPhone 6L pics, iPhone 6 RAM, iPhone 6 resolution, even more iPhone 6 pics, iPhone 6 production fears), we met an intriguing new phone in the form of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, and spent the rest of the week discussing Microsoft's lack of "cool".

Indeed, the HTC One (M8) for Windows articles accounted for the mostestest comments this week, too.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets selfie-tastic camera upgrade

With so many bits of new mobile kit coming in the next month, it's taking more than your usual spec rumour or insider leak to get our attention right now.

Enter SamMobile and a massive splurge of detail on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which in case you'd forgotten is set to be unveiled at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event in Berlin on 3 September.

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Production headaches with 'key component' raise fresh iPhone 6 delay fears

Production headaches with 'key component' raise fresh iPhone 6 delay fears

Martin James  6 days ago

It happens every time. We're talking about reported component shortages giving Apple headaches ahead of an iPhone launch and potentially putting launch day stocks at risk.

This time we're told only that it's a “key component” of the iPhone 6 that's putting things at risk, but Reuters claims it comes on the back of a separate issue with the display that saw Apple having to stop production for weeks to make a last-minute revision.

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