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LG Optimus 4X HD landing in the UK next month

LG Optimus 4X HD landing in the UK next month

Lewis Curdie  May. 15, 2012 at 12:00

LG전자가 첫 쿼드코어 스마트폰 ‘옵티머스 4X HD’를 다음 달부터 본격 출시한다. LG전자는 6월 독일을 시작으로 스웨덴, 영국, 이탈리아, 폴란드 등 유럽 주요국가에 순차적으로 신제품을 내놓을 계획이다.

What do you mean you don’t speak Korean? In a nutshell: the LG Optimus 4X HD UK release date has been set as June. Huzzah.

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Samsung picked over Asus to build Google Nexus tablet?

Samsung picked over Asus to build Google Nexus tablet?

Phil Lavelle  May. 15, 2012 at 11:30

The Nexus rumours are back - specifically that we're about to see a Nexus tablet again (it's too early for talk of a Nexus phone - that doesn't usually happen until towards Christmas time).

Only this time, the manufacturer has changed again with Asus apparently off the cards and replaced with Android favourite, Samsung.

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More than a dozen Intel-based Windows 8 tablets by November?

More than a dozen Intel-based Windows 8 tablets by November?

Lewis Curdie  May. 15, 2012 at 11:00

I recently included Windows 8 tablets in my Five things to look forward to in 2012 feature. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite interested to see what these bad boys can do. Whether or not I buy one is an entirely different story, however.

An exact release date for Windows 8 remains elusive, but a shadowy figure reckons we might see more than a dozen Intel-based tablets running the OS in November.

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Apple drops 4G reference from iPad 3 name

It's not often we see Apple admit to getting something wrong - but here's one of those rare occasions. Remember the brand spanking new, all singing, all dancing New iPad 3 unveiled just a few months ago? The 4G capable one? Well, it's had to remove the words '4G' from the marketing bumph.

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LG Optimus 2X only getting Android 4.0 ICS update in Q3

LG Optimus 2X only getting Android 4.0 ICS update in Q3

Martin James  May. 14, 2012 at 20:00

So you got yourself an LG Optimus 2X. Some would say you made a bad decision, but I'd argue that it doesn't have 3D, and doesn't run Windows Phone 7, so you're already two good decisions up right there.

But sadly, that doesn't exempt you from getting bad news: those crazy kids at Lucky Goldstar have revealed that your helping of Android Ice Cream Sandwich is only coming in Q3.

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Vodafone Portugal blows the HTC Desire C's cover

Vodafone Portugal blows the HTC Desire C's cover

Phil Lavelle  May. 14, 2012 at 18:37

We've seen a fair bit of this little fella of late, but nothing official just yet. We originally got to know him as the HTC Golf before being led to believe his full name would be the Wildfire C, only to find he'd finally settled on being known as the Desire C instead.

Although HTC hasn't confirmed details officially, we've now had the next best thing: it's now appeared in a Vodafone catalogue (albeit Vodafone Portugal) for this month with a photo and its full specs. Oops.

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Zuckerberg: Facebook to focus on mobile

Zuckerberg: Facebook to focus on mobile

Lewis Curdie  May. 14, 2012 at 16:00

As an unashamed regular user of Facebook, I could write an essay detailing the many flaws and niggles in both the Android and iOS apps. It’s all too often an infuriating experience, with crashes aplenty.

You can imagine my relief, then, on hearing that Team Zuckerberg is set to focus on its mobile apps going forward.

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Samsung: Galaxy S III’s PenTile AMOLED display will last longer

Samsung: Galaxy S III’s PenTile AMOLED display will last longer

Lewis Curdie  May. 14, 2012 at 14:00

Is PenTile a big deal? Probably not, as far as Joe Average is concerned, but try telling that to Matt. I dare you.

When the Samsung Galaxy S III launched in London a couple of weeks ago, many were disappointed to learn that it uses a PenTile Super AMOLED display - as opposed to RGB. Speaking at the CTIA event in the States, Samsung's Philip Berne has explained the decision.

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Sony Xperia Tapioca leaked again, twice

Sony Xperia Tapioca leaked again, twice

Lewis Curdie  May. 14, 2012 at 12:00

The Sony Xperia Tapioca was leaked as far back as January this year, and more recently Martin joked: “hopefully it has a nice personality”.

Y’see, the Android-rockin’ Sony Xperia Tapioca ain’t much of a looker, but it’s popped up in two new sets of piccies. Sexy.

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Huawei set to crank up the marketing

Huawei set to crank up the marketing

Lewis Curdie  May. 14, 2012 at 11:06

You and I – being incredibly knowledgeable chaps - are well aware of Chinese manufacturer, Huawei. But ask that random guy walking down the street and chances are he hasn’t heard of them.

Well, Huawei hopes to change all that and thrust its silly name in consumers’ faces this year with a meaty advertising campaign.

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Apple: Samsung done a bad thing, destroyed evidence on purpose

Apple: Samsung done a bad thing, destroyed evidence on purpose

Lewis Curdie  May. 13, 2012 at 11:51

If I had one wish, it probably wouldn’t be for all these patent-related cases to disappear, but they are getting a tad tedious. Maybe if I had 57 wishes…

Today’s instalment is actually fairly interesting for a change. Primarily we’re hearing that – according to Apple – Samsung wilfully destroyed evidence, and not for the first time.

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Siri: Nokia Lumia 900 is the best smartphone ever

Siri: Nokia Lumia 900 is the best smartphone ever

Lewis Curdie  May. 12, 2012 at 18:00

Remember Siri, the janky voice recognition nonsense that supposedly fuelled sales of the iPhone 4S, and that remains exclusive to said smartphone for no good reason?

Well, Siri has spawned a couple of funny stories over the past few months (including this one), but this might be the best yet.

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iOS 6 to debut Google-less 3D Maps?

iOS 6 to debut Google-less 3D Maps?

Lewis Curdie  May. 12, 2012 at 15:00

It’s generally accepted that the iPhone 5 will probably land in October (or possibly September), with little to no chance of new hardware popping up at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

As such, the technology world will be hoping Team Cupertino placates us with something suitably sweet in iOS 6, and said something might very well be Apple’s very own Maps app.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  May. 12, 2012 at 13:00

Twenty-odd news stories I penned this week and I can’t remember a single one of them. That’s what getting old does to you, kids. Something to look forward to.

In the seedy world of comments, I was dubbed Head Apple Fanboy. Sigh. I'll bite my tongue for now as this isn't really the place for a 700-word rant, but stay tuned...

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Dial M for Omnia: Samsung reminds us it still makes Windows Phones

Dial M for Omnia: Samsung reminds us it still makes Windows Phones

Martin James  May. 12, 2012 at 12:00

Samsung clearly isn't the sentimental type. While the rest of the world debates whether the Galaxy S III is good enough to keep Samsung at the top of the Android pile, Samsung itself has already moved on.

Now its Windows Phone's turn to get some Korean love courtesy of the Mango-flavoured Omnia M, a budget 4in contender aimed at smartphone first-timers.

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32GB Samsung Galaxy S III coming to the UK - and why you could end up going without

32GB Samsung Galaxy S III coming to the UK - and why you could end up going without

Phil Lavelle  May. 11, 2012 at 20:00

There are few stories that this author writes which are capable of inducing a good, old fashioned, girlie squeal of delight. But here is one: The 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to Blighty! Whoop!

Unfortunately, the bad news is that Vodafone has nabbed exclusivity on said variant which means if you're not with big red, you're going to have to do some serious PAC coding.

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LG lining up Galaxy S III killer to eclipse Korean rival Samsung?

LG lining up Galaxy S III killer to eclipse Korean rival Samsung?

Phil Lavelle  May. 11, 2012 at 19:00

Samsung is now the biggest phone manufacturer in the world - but if another South Korean maker (LG) wants to get a look in, it's going to have to up its game.

And apparently it has, according to a post over at Briefmobile. It reckons LG is working on a quad-core smartphone that will, on paper at least, easily have the measure of the likes of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III or the newly released HTC One X.

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Microsoft's Windows 8 RT browser snub has Mozilla and Google up in arms

Old habits die hard, it seems. These days, Apple may be the big kid in the tech industry playground – or “the man” if you prefer, in the sense of how plucky underdogs look to “stick it to the man”.

Well OK, lingo like that is probably a couple of decades out of date, but that brings us nicely to the subject of this piece – Microsoft, and some Windows 8-related news that sounds like something from MS's bad old days.

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HTC boss Chou on the run as London 2012 Olympics draw near

HTC boss Chou on the run as London 2012 Olympics draw near

Martin James  May. 11, 2012 at 14:15

Samsung must be getting used to having things its own way in the mobile playground these days, but in one respect at least it's still a distinct second best behind former Android favourite HTC.

Never mind the Samsung Galaxy S III being the official handset of the Olympic Games – HTC boss Peter Chou has been selected to carry the actual Olympic flame on its long journey to east London.

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O2 lands double Huawei exclusive

Lewis Curdie  May. 11, 2012 at 12:00

O2 lands double Huawei exclusive

That headline might’ve raised a few eyebrows, but don’t worry: we’re not talking about the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad (the D1Q) or the Ascend P1 S (the P1S).

Nope, O2 will exclusively stock two decidedly more modest chaps. They are the Huawei Ascend Y 100 and the Huawei G 7105.

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