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Samsung's enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus arrives with improved S805 chipset

Samsung's enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus arrives with improved S805 chipset

Martin James  Oct. 24 at 12:30

We felt a bit bad when we discovered we'd missed Samsung unleashing its enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone this week.

But then we noticed that Samsung itself didn't seem too bothered about it – at least not to the point of issuing a press release on the subject. All of a sudden we don't feel too bad about the whole thing.

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Project Ara modules to get their own Google Play-style marketplace

I touched on Project Ara the other day in What’s next for Apple, Samsung and Google. Yes, Big G has just launched the next generation of Nexus hardware alongside Android Lollipop 5.0, but there’s still plenty going on at Google HQ.

The story here is that Project Ara components will be given their own marketplace when Google’s modular phone thing happens next year.

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LG G3 Screen uses in-house 8-core NUCLUN processor

LG always promised more G3 variants, and while we’d resigned ourselves to largely uninspiring spin-offs like the G3 Beat (it “sets a new standard in mid-tier”, meh), this new guy is all sorts of interesting.

I speak of the LG G3 Screen, a massive phone powered by LG’s first in-house mobile application processor. Meet: NUCLUN.

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EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 23 at 16:00

Here’s a vaguely interesting little titbit to come out of the obligatory quarterly earnings word splurges.

EE says it’s selling quite a lot of its 4G-enabled Eagle tablet, more – in fact – than it’s selling Apple iPads.

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No UK release for the HTC One M8 Eye

No UK release for the HTC One M8 Eye

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 23 at 14:00

In the space of just a week, HTC’s wares went from reasonably-easy-to-follow to WHAT THE ACTUAL MOTHER OF F, thanks to the Desire Eye and One M8 Eye, and the rumoured E8 Eye. Eye phones for all (get it?).

As we suggested when it first launched, the HTC One M8 Eye ain’t coming to the UK. Should you be upset? Not one bit.

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Apple iPad Air 2 bests NVIDIA Shield tablet, Google Nexus 9 in benchmarks

At the iPad keynote last week, Apple said the spanking new iPad Air 2 was capable of console-quality graphics, and ultimately a bit of a gaming beast.

That notion is given credence by spanking new benchmark results that see the iPad Air 2 giving the former champion a run for his money, namely the NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

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Google publishes ‘Switch to Android’: how to switch from iOS to Android

Google publishes ‘Switch to Android’: how to switch from iOS to Android

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 22 at 16:00

Thinking about making the leap from iOS to Android but can’t be bothered working out the small details, with the music and the photos and the contacts?

Well, Google wants to make the switch as simple as possible, you lazy bugger, with a spanking new guide called ‘Switch to Android’.

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Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up

Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 22 at 14:00

Android L was first detailed back at Google I/O in June, and became a proper thing last week, officially launching as Android Lollipop 5.0.

In typically prescient fashion (*flexes muscles*), I mentioned that “more features will become apparent in the coming days”, and here we’re learning about something called ‘Ambient Display’.

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Impressive Xperia Z4 specs leaked as Sony kills the bi-annual flagship nonsense

Two interesting bits of news here, as pertains to Sony smartphone flagships. Firstly, the Japanese manufacturer has reportedly realised that releasing not one but two new flagships every year is a really silly idea. Yeah, we've been saying that for years, guys.

Furthermore, the first batch of Sony Xperia Z4 specs has leaked, and it sounds like a beast. Most powerful phone in the world? Probably.

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Microsoft begins migration from Nokia to Microsoft Lumia

It's finally happening, folks. Microsoft has begun the process of phasing out the Nokia brand name across its mobile operations and replacing it with Microsoft Lumia.

According to The Verge, Nokia France will be the first to make the switch to the new branding on its Facebook, Twitter and similar social media platforms, with other countries to follow in due course.

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Lenovo on the verge of buying BlackBerry?

Lenovo on the verge of buying BlackBerry?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 21 at 16:00

It’s been a tumultuous time for BlackBerry of late, to say the least. In fact, I’m not even gonna try and sum it all up in a single opening paragraph; I’ll detail recent goings on below.

The headline here, however, is that Chinese manufacturer Lenovo is again tipped to be on the verge of snapping up the Canadian OEM, with BlackBerry’s shares up 3% as a result.

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Tim Cook: iPhone 6 supply and demand are ‘not on the same planet’

Tim Cook: iPhone 6 supply and demand are ‘not on the same planet’

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 21 at 14:00

It’s par for the course that demand for the latest iPhone outstrips supply. Some would even argue it’s an intentional tactic to keep consumers ravenous, but Apple seems to have been genuinely taken aback by response to the iPhone 6.

Tim Cook confirms that supply of the Apple iPhone 6 hasn’t yet caught up with the colossal demand. In fact, it’s not even close.

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Google Nexus 6 UK release date weeks behind the US?

We’re not huge fans of this whole launching-something-but-not-specifying-the-release-date nonsense. TELL US WHEN WE CAN BUY IT, you maniacs.

Google failed to specify the Nexus 6 release date when it launched the phone last week, but it looks like pre-orders will commence on October 29, a week from tomorrow. Well, across the Atlantic, anyway.

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Spotify Family welcomes up to five users on one account, savings aplenty

Spotify Family welcomes up to five users on one account, savings aplenty

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 20 at 16:00

The ability to register your Spotify account across several devices is all well and good, but the notion of account sharing goes to pot as soon as two devices attempt to rock out at the same time.

Realising that there’s obviously a market for the sharing thing, Spotify Family will soon welcome up to five users on the same account for a discounted price.

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Don’t expect a Facebook ‘Dislike’ button

Don’t expect a Facebook ‘Dislike’ button

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 20 at 14:00

It’s been discussed since the dawn of time itself (give or take); the possibility of a Dislike button on Facebook for those occasions when “Liking” something simply isn’t appropriate.

Alas, one of the chaps behind the Like button says the likelihood (pun intended) of a Dislike button is not, er, likely. DISLIKE.

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Microsoft smartwatch: great battery life, November arrival?

We first heard about the rumoured Microsoft smartwatch back in May, and of course anyone who’s anyone has a piece of “wearable tech” on the go at the moment; Motorola has the Moto 360, LG has the G Watch, Apple’s Watch is coming soon…

As such, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable Microsoft smartwatch emerged officially, and indeed a fresh report reckons it could be here “within weeks”, boasting muchos battery life.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 18 at 12:00

Crazy week in the world of mobile, easily one of the craziest this year, thanks to these guys: the Motorola Google Nexus 6, HTC Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus Player, Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Phew!

In comments, you guys agreed that the 6in Google Nexus 6 is just too big, while Jan indulged in some verbal sparring over the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen.

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Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 17 at 16:00

In the name of the great dragon lords above. Just when you thought it was safe to banish the phrase “Facebook phone” to the burgeoning annals of mobile disasters, it’s back for another spin on the rumour mill. Oh for f…

Seemingly undeterred by the utter embarrassment that was the almost-immediately-discontinued HTC First, Facebook has reportedly flown into South Korea to talk hardware with Samsung.

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Oppo N3 to feature self-rotating camera?

For those unfamiliar with Chinese manufacturer Oppo and its various wares, all you need to know is that last year’s Oppo N1 featured a rotating 13MP rear – and technically front – camera.

We’re skipping right past the Oppo N2 (no such thing) to the Oppo N3, and wondering what craziness the manufacturer has in store this time around. The latest batch of teasers suggests a camera that’s capable of rotating by itself.

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Vodafone Smart Tab 4G is the network’s 'best ever tablet'

If you liked the look of the Vodafone Smart Tab 4 back in May this year, but mourned the absence of 4G, Big Red has the answer to your tablet-flavoured prayers.

Meet the Vodafone Smart Tab 4G, described as the network’s “best ever tablet” and the “most affordable 4G tablet on the market”.

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