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Black Samsung Galaxy S III with 64GB storage arriving October

Black Samsung Galaxy S III with 64GB storage arriving October

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 18, 2012 at 18:00

Lips were well and truly licked this week when the first snapshots of the black Samsung Galaxy S III appeared on t’interweb.

Well, if you thought that was exciting, get a load of this: online retailer Clove reckons a black Samsung Galaxy S III with 64GB – yes 64GB – internal storage is set to drop in October. Good lord.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ‘proper look’ is a mock-up

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ‘proper look’ is a mock-up

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 18, 2012 at 14:00

Hmm, this is a bit of a strange one. The cyberweb was all in a tizzy yesterday when a purported – purported – image of the imminent Samsung Galaxy Note 2 leaked.

However, despite many pairs of pants being ruined, it turns out it’s merely an edit of a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 mock-up. Or something.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 18, 2012 at 13:00

I won’t lie to you: this week was quite possibly the slowest in the history of mobile. There was a cursory nod to the imminent iPhone 5 and iPad mini, and the quad-core Huawei Ascend D Quad – first spotted at Mobile World Congress – is still on its way.

However, that didn’t stop you maniacs posting over 200 comments, each more profound than the last, with nary a word uttered off topic. Oh, and no pictures of cats either. Honest.

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Motorola taunts Nokia by lining up 'the day's main event' on September 5

Motorola taunts Nokia by lining up 'the day's main event' on September 5

Martin James  Aug. 18, 2012 at 12:00

Get ready for a serious September, smartphone fans. The Apple iPhone 5 is sure to take top billing (even though, of course, nothing has actually been confirmed yet), and we're also expecting Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 devices to emerge.

Now Motorola is getting into the game too, scheduling a product launch event of its own on September 5 – the same day as Nokia's – and promising it'll be the day's main event. Fiiiight!

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HTC boss Peter Chou orders his staff to 'kill bureaucracy'

HTC boss Peter Chou orders his staff to 'kill bureaucracy'

Martin James  Aug. 17, 2012 at 19:00

HTC isn't doing too well right now, having seen a frontrunning spot on the Android gravy train turn into a slippery slope down towards the mobile doldroms in barely two years.

And boss Peter Chou believes he knows where the problem lies – bureaucracy.

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Fujitsu talks tough with the Stylistic M532 rugged Android tablet

Fujitsu talks tough with the Stylistic M532 rugged Android tablet

Martin James  Aug. 17, 2012 at 18:00

The tablet market is still in its relative infancy, which means true diversity is still a work in progress – you don't need an Apple court case to know that.

Take rugged tablets, for instance: there aren't many around, unless you mean Panasonic's beastly Toughbooks. So it's well done to Fujitsu, who have just launched something in between: a ruggedised Android tablet that's also seriously portable.

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RIM's mobile web share drops to 1% in US

RIM's mobile web share drops to 1% in US

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 17, 2012 at 16:00

More bad news for Canadian manufacturer RIM here (surprise, surprise), as if we haven’t had enough BlackBerry-based negativity for one decade.

A new survey shows that RIM’s mobile traffic share in the US of A has dwindled to little more than 1%.

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Huawei Ascend D Quad and Quad XL landing in August. In China

Huawei Ascend D Quad and Quad XL landing in August. In China

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 17, 2012 at 14:00

Only five minutes ago I was screaming: “Where the hell’s the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad?” See, it launched at Mobile World Congress in February, but still ain’t available to purr-chase. Now we have an answer. Of sorts.

The Huawei Ascend D Quad and Quad XL are reportedly set to hit shelves in August. Well, over in China, at least.

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Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II ‘confirmed’

Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II ‘confirmed’

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 17, 2012 at 12:00

A few weeks ago, we heard that Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) plans for the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II were a tad up in the air, and – in the worst case – we might instead see a pair of “Value Packs”.

However, Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II owners can dry their tears, as the Jelly Bean update has been “confirmed”. Er, unofficially.

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Delta updates for Android apps on Google Play

Delta updates for Android apps on Google Play

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 17, 2012 at 11:00

Understandably, the Asus Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) hogged the limelight at Google’s I/O event back in June.

However, another cheeky feature Google talked up was something called smart - or “delta” – app updates, and it looks like they’ve finally hit Google Play.

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It's Samsung v Apple, starring Judge Lucy Koh

It's Samsung v Apple, starring Judge Lucy Koh

Martin James  Aug. 17, 2012 at 10:00

Let's get something straight: I truly detest the juvenile legal battle over patents currently raging in the US courts between Apple and Samsung. Both sides should get rid of the lawyers, grow some common sense and move on.

But after 16 hours of the tech press being more obsessed by crack than the most dedicated of strip club addicts, I have to ask the question: just who exactly is all this about – Apple and Samsung, or Judge Lucy Koh?

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Lenovo says its tablets will be better than the Microsoft Surface

Lenovo says its tablets will be better than the Microsoft Surface

Martin James  Aug. 17, 2012 at 09:00

Acer boss JT Wang was no doubt summing up the feelings of many when he said Microsoft's Surface tablet would cause headaches for its Windows 8 OEMs, and that Ballmer's crew should think twice before diving headlong into a market it has zero experience in.

Lenovo, however, has a different take on the subject: it's not bothered in the least by what Microsoft does, because it believes its own tablets will be superior.

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Liquid Gallant Solo leak heads triple play of Acer news

Liquid Gallant Solo leak heads triple play of Acer news

Martin James  Aug. 16, 2012 at 21:00

A triple dose of Acer news to lighten up your Thursday evening: first there's the Liquid Gallant Solo, or the E350, which has just popped up on an Acer support site.

Second up is the Acer Liquid Glow, which has just gone on sale here in the UK, and last up is the Acer Cloud Mobile, which we're being led to believe will be with us in just three weeks' time.

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Samsung take note? Come on Chris...

Just yesterday Nokia boss Stephen Elop was reported as telling us Mother Espoo is “near term” as it gets ready to give birth to its next Windows Phone 8-flavoured Lumia lovechild (we'll stop short of any references to being fathered by Steve Ballmer, this is a family blog y'know).

Anyhoo, further down in that piece I was saying that nobody expected it to be a head-on challenger to the likes of the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, but clearly I was wrong: Nokia VP Chris Weber does.

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Android malware rises threefold in Q2 2012

Android malware rises threefold in Q2 2012

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 16, 2012 at 16:00

Security guys Kaspersky are no strangers to issuing scary warnings. Just a few weeks ago, we heard that only 19% of Brits have security software installed on their smartphones.

Now we’re being told that Android malware leapt significantly in Q2 2012. Run for your lives!

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RIM finalises BlackBerry 10 resolutions

RIM finalises BlackBerry 10 resolutions

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 16, 2012 at 14:00

According to RIM boss Thorsten Heins, we shouldn’t expect the first BlackBerry 10 handset(s) to drop till January 2013. Still a few months to go then.

However, developers are currently beavering away on all-important Blackberry 10 content, and RIM has told ‘em how many pixels to keep in mind.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean video action

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean video action

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 16, 2012 at 12:00

Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) arrived alongside the Asus Nexus 7 at Google I/O back in June, and the update continues its sloooow trickle onto Android devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is thought to be at – or near – the top of the update list, and a spanking new video suggests we mightn’t have long to wait.

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Judge Lucy Koh to Apple and Samsung: make love, not war

Judge Lucy Koh to Apple and Samsung: make love, not war

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 16, 2012 at 11:00

You’d be forgiven for tiring of the various patent wars raging across the globe. Innovate, don’t litigate, dudes.

As the Apple vs Samsung trial continues, Judge Lucy Koh has made one last desperate plea for peace, possibly in an attempt to avoid hearing more about patents for core wireless technologies. Yawn.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: get yours today, hopefully

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: get yours today, hopefully

Martin James  Aug. 16, 2012 at 09:30

We've only been waiting for the thing for four months, but the wait is over: as of today, you'll finally be able to get your hands on the S-Pen-rocking Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

Announced last night in the US, the stylus-friendly slate comes in both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi-plus-3G flavours, and in white or grey.

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Sony Xperia S coming soon in dark silver

Sony Xperia S coming soon in dark silver

Martin James  Aug. 16, 2012 at 08:30

Sony's Xperia S was the company's first post-Sony Ericsson device, and it hasn't aged too badly either – even if that transparent strip isn't your cup of tea, the overall look is neat and largely inoffensive.

And now there's a new colour scheme on the way too that's just as neat and unoffensive – a dark grey (or dark silver, as Sony is calling it) to cater for those who think black and white are just too plain.

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