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Windows Phone? Android hardware to the rescue!

Windows Phone? Android hardware to the rescue!

Lewis Curdie  7 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  7 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  7 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  7 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  Aug. 22 at 14:30

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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Motorola Moto X+1 fully revealed in one last @evleaks leak

Motorola Moto X+1 fully revealed in one last @evleaks leak

Martin James  Aug. 22 at 12:00

Serial Twitter leakster @evleaks announced he was hanging up his hashtag a fortnight ago, but he's decided to push out one last leak for old times' sake: some press renders of the Motorola Moto X+1.

The quartet of images give us a clear look at the Moto X+1's front and rear, including the quintessential wooden back introduced by the first-gen Moto X last year.

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Sony Xperia Z3 still sounds a lot like the Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z3 still sounds a lot like the Xperia Z2

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 21 at 19:00

Refreshing your flagship smartphone every six months is a bold move in the current climate (Apple, Samsung, HTC et al tend to opt for annual updates), but Sony is seemingly sticking to its biannual guns.

Yes, the Sony Xperia Z2 is still relatively fresh from the oven, but it’s set to be succeeded by the inevitable Xperia Z3. On the plus side (for Z2 owners), it sounds like much the same phone.

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Apple iPhone 6 leaked in pictures (again), this time it's fully assembled

“iPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhone!!!!!!!!” yelled Martin “News Editor” James when he threw over this particular story. Thanks, MJ.

I’m officially adopting a yeah, whatever stance with all these iPhone 6 leaks, though you never know; one of them might actually be on the proverbial money. Let’s take a closer look.

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Sharp's Aquos Crystal strips down and goes bezel-free

Sharp's Aquos Crystal strips down and goes bezel-free

Martin James  Aug. 21 at 16:30

Smartphones supposedly offering edge-to-edge displays are nothing new, but in Sharp's eye-catching new Aquos Crystal we finally have a handset that does the concept justice.

Offering a 5in display size in a surprisingly compact body, the Aquos Crystal's 720p screen reaches almost all the way to the edge of the device on three sides – and doesn't have room for much more than the Aquos branding on the fourth.

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HTC Desire with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU at IFA 2014?

HTC Desire with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU at IFA 2014?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 21 at 16:00

Here’s one pulled purely from the giant collective speculatrix machine affectionately referred to as “the internet”.

With HTC and Qualcomm making vague announcements at roughly the same time this week, there might – might – be a spanking new Snapdragon 615-powered Desire launching at IFA 2014. Why the hell not?

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LG aims L Bello, L Fino at ‘growing 3G markets’

We heard earlier this week that LG was bringing its G3 UX (user experience) to more smartphones in the second half of the year, but we didn’t expect to meet these new guys so soon, or for them to be so, well, modest.

The two latest members of the popular L Series are the L Bello and L Fino, focusing squarely on “growing 3G markets” and with decidedly entry-level specs.

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Hello Moto tablets! Three models in testing, ETA: summer 2015

Hello Moto tablets! Three models in testing, ETA: summer 2015

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 21 at 12:00

Motorola is rumoured to have as many as eight new smartphones in the pipeline for launch before Christmas, though there’s a complex web of reverse interdependence; if one phone does well, another might be scrapped. For more on that, hit up TKTechNews.

Here we’re looking at a trio of rumoured Motorola tablets, tipped to touch down in summer 2015 – or thereabouts.

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Apple iPhone 6 resolution: 828 x 1472?

Apple iPhone 6 resolution: 828 x 1472?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 20 at 16:00

Apple is doing a rather impressive job of keeping everyone guessing about the imminent iPhone 6, and guess everyone has.

The latest iPhone 6 titbit suggests the resolution might be 828 x 1472, maintaining the 16:9 aspect ratio introduced by the iPhone 5 in 2012, and still qualifying as "Retina" – but only just.

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HTC One M8 for Windows: ‘going Microsoft’ just got a little more tempting

If you thought HTC’s recent naming strategy was hella lazy, get ready for this. The phone logically rumoured as the HTC One W8 (M8 + Windows = W8) has just emerged as the – wait for it – “HTC One (M8) for Windows”. Good lord.

Silly name aside, the HTC One M8 for Windows is arguably one of the most interesting smartphone releases of the year, essentially taking the Android-fuelled One M8 and shoving Windows Phone on board.

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Sony Xperia M2 Aqua: fancy waterproofing, mid-range phone

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua: fancy waterproofing, mid-range phone

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 20 at 12:00

Not content to wait a couple of weeks till IFA 2014 (take from that what you will), Sony has quietly launched the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua.

In a nutshell, the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua boasts “the world’s highest level of waterproofing on a smartphone”, with a “price that suits everyone”. More wordage below.

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September 2: Meizu MX4 launch, ‘Think High’

September 2: Meizu MX4 launch, ‘Think High’

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 19 at 16:00

September. Sweet Moses, September. We’ve got Samsung, Sony, Nokia and Huawei (among others) at IFA 2014, probably the iPhone 6 launch, and here comes another cheeky chap demanding our attention.

I speak of the Meizu MX4, and while it was originally tipped to launch this week, it’ll instead launch at the beginning of the Busiest Seven Days in the History of Mobile.

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Microsoft Lumia 530 hitting the UK on 4 September for just £60

Microsoft Lumia 530 hitting the UK on 4 September for just £60

Martin James  Aug. 19 at 14:30

The Nokia Lumia 520/525 has been the best-selling Windows Phone so far, but the new Lumia 530 could well eclipse that after Microsoft announced today it will sell for just £60 locally.

That's an impressively cheap entry point for Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now, and may tempt smartphone bargain-hunters away from rival Android handsets like the Motorola Moto E.

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iPhone 6 specs: no one has any idea how much RAM it’ll have

I’ve mentioned a few times that iPhone 6 particulars are anyone’s guess at this stage, and a series of frankly questionable leaks from Out East have only served to muddy the water further.

Earlier this week it was suggested that the iPhone 6 might have just 1GB of RAM, but the upshot is that we have absolutely no idea.

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LG: G3 UX for all!

LG: G3 UX for all!

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 19 at 12:00

It’s the age old question: should Android manufacturers strip it back and offer a near-stock experience (hello, Moto), or throw in all sorts of bells and whistles in an attempt to stand out from the 4,946 other Android manufacturers (here’s looking at you, Samsung).

LG is actually rather proud of the user experience (UX) on its latest flagship, so much so that it’s bringing the various features to “most” of its new smartphones and tablets.

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