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Free 4G for Tesco Mobile PAYG customers

Free 4G for Tesco Mobile PAYG customers

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Everyone loves a freebie, and MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) Tesco Mobile, which uses the O2 network, has a beauty to see out the week.

Its PAYG customers – old and new – with 4G-ready handsets can now receive 4G speeds at no additional cost.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Another week, another seven days closer to death. And, less depressingly, the much-discussed launch of the iPhone 6, though we're still not entirely sure when that's happening.

Mostestest comments this week goes to A rant about Three Mobile, as yours truly bemoaned the temporary lack of home broadband and a subsequent reliance on tethering.

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LG has a fantastic Q2, record-high shipments

LG has a fantastic Q2, record-high shipments

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

LG’s a funny one. It’s quite clearly South Korea’s second favourite son after Samsung, but worth remembering that it routinely features in the Top 5 Global Smartphone Manufacturers.

Indeed, while Samsung is struggling at the top, the other South Korean OEM has just confirmed that its second quarter was nothing short of freakin’ delightful. Lucky Gits.

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Vodafone Smart 4 Power: more in-house affordable smartphone action

Vodafone has seemingly been studying the OnePlus form of marketing, with the Smart 4 Power headline – in bold red – being “No compromises”.

Alas, the Vodafone Smart 4 Power is really exactly what you’d expect from an in-house, carrier branded phone i.e. fairly mediocre specs but with an affordable price tag.

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Apple ‘tentatively’ eyeing mid-September for iPhone 6 launch

Apple likely won’t give us a great deal of notice for the iPhone 6 launch event, so between now and then, for the next 5-6 weeks, we can expect every man and his dog to take a wild stab in the dark.

The latest anonymous sources have pinned the tail on “mid-September”, which, yeah, pretty much jives with what we’re expecting.

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Sony Xperia Z3 specs leaked, sounds near-identical to Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z3 specs leaked, sounds near-identical to Xperia Z2

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 24 at 14:00

The Sony Xperia Z3 is tipped to launch at IFA 2014 in Berlin, barely six months after the launch of the Xperia Z2 (left).

But if you’ve recently invested in the latter, you might find some comfort in the news that the Xperia Z3 sounds pretty much identical to the current Sony smartphone flagship.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha leaked in new pics

Samsung Galaxy Alpha leaked in new pics

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 24 at 12:00

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, Galaxy F, Galaxy Alpha… I think for the good of my sanity, we should simply stick with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha here and temporarily forget the others. Deal? Deal.

Behold! The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been leaked in a new series of pictures, revealing a phone with some metal bits on it.

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Google Play gets Material Design overhaul, rolling out now

Remember we were saying a few days ago that Google Play was due for an overhaul to bring it in line with the company’s new Material Design standard? Well, you’ll never guess what’s happening right now.

Nope, not the iPhone 6 launch; it’s the global rollout of Google Play’s Material Design makeover. For serious.

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iPad mini 3 to release as iPad mini Air?

iPad mini 3 to release as iPad mini Air?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 23 at 12:00

First we had the Apple iPad mini, then came the iPad mini 2 (left) – or iPad mini Retina if you prefer.

With the iPhone 6 and iWatch hogging the rumour limelight of late as far as Apple is concerned, we haven’t said a great deal about the inevitable iPad mini 3, but fresh Chinese whispers suggest it’ll hit the market as the iPad mini Air, with a suitable reduction in size.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet: ‘ultimate gaming tablet’ made official

Mobile gaming is an increasingly interesting sector, and I reckon it’ll continue to grow as accessories like controllers become more prevalent.

Arguably ahead of the game (pun intended), NVIDIA has officially followed up the original Shield with – as rumoured – the Shield Tablet, hailed by NVIDIA as the “ultimate gaming tablet”. Sounds tasty.

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Xiaomi Mi 4: high specced iPhone lookalike unveiled in China at a low, low price

Xiaomi Mi 4: high specced iPhone lookalike unveiled in China at a low, low price

Martin James  Jul. 23 at 10:00

Xiaomi is probably best known for its crazy sales blitzes, the last of which saw it shift 10,000 Redmi Notes in a single second.

It'll be hoping to make more of a lasting impact with its newly announced Mi 4, however, after unveiling its new flagship smartphone at an event in Beijing yesterday.

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Is HTC working on THREE tablets?

HTC’s record in the tablet division is – how do I put this? – less than stellar, so it came as somewhat of a surprise to learn that the Taiwanese manufacturer is Google’s choice player for the upcoming Nexus 9 – or so rumour has it.

Even more surprisinger, we’re told that HTC has another two – yes, two – tablets in the proverbial production pipeline.

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Apple iPhone 6: 70-80 million units built by year-end?

Incredibly, I’m currently staring at a headline that reads: “Next iPhone Will Offer Bigger Screens”. THAT IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION. Well, if you’ve been in a coma for the past six months.

They’ll measure 4.7in and 5.5in, blah blah blah… The more interesting part of the story, for our money, is the notion of Apple ordering more iPhones for launch than ever before.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Premium: metal case, flexible display, OIS?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Premium: metal case, flexible display, OIS?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 22 at 12:00

With the ongoing farce surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S5 Premium… no, wait; the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime… no, wait; the Samsung Galaxy F, you’ll forgive us for taking this story with a bucket of salt.

Word from out east suggests the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be accompanied by a Premium variant. Oh for fff…

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LG G3 Prime launching this week in Korea?

LG G3 Prime launching this week in Korea?

Martin James  Jul. 21 at 18:00

LG disappointed a fair few high-end smartphone lovers when it revealed that the high-octane Snapdragon 805 version of its G3 flagship with 3GB of RAM wouldn't be coming to the UK.

Well, get ready for more disappointment as LG is set to announce the even more potent G3 Prime this very week, but it probably won't even make it out of South Korea.

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Motorola Moto G successor leaked: design refresh, almost identical specs?

Motorola Moto G successor leaked: design refresh, almost identical specs?

Martin James  Jul. 21 at 16:30

The smartphone world loves its sequels, especially when it's rebooting a successful device, so we've been expecting to hear details about a successor to Motorola's popular Moto G for a while now.

And today's the day, thanks to Spanish site Mellando no Android, which has furnished us with both a pic of the alleged Moto G2 (as we'll refer to it for now) and some news on its specs.

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Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition is a real thing

If you were sitting twiddling your thumbs, wondering: ‘What could possibly make the Huawei Ascend P7 a more attractive prospect for a very particular group of people?’ Well, we’ve got the answer right here.

A splash of Arsenal-scented paint, that’s what. Yes, the Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition is officially – as of this morning – a thing.

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Gionee GN9005: new world’s thinnest smartphone?

Gionee GN9005: new world’s thinnest smartphone?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 21 at 14:00

Time was, smartphone manufacturers were obsessed with making the next world’s thinnest smartphone, blissfully unaware that what consumers really wanted was a big fat battery – even if it meant a slightly thicker phone. But those days are long behind us now, right? RIGHT?

Ladies, gents; prepare to meet what will almost certainly be the next world’s thinnest smartphone, the stupdily thin Gionee GN9005.

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Sony Xperia Z3X: camera-focused smartphone flagship rumoured

The Sony Xperia Z2 has barely slipped out of the womb, but already we’re talking about the Sony Xperia Z3. Is this 6-month refresh cycle really necessary, Sony?

Crazier still, we’re getting a glimpse of what’s supposedly another Sony flagship, this time with a firm focus on camera smarts. Meet the Sony Xperia Z3X.

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Three new LG smartphones spotted creeping into India

Three new LG smartphones spotted creeping into India

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 19 at 18:00

The flagship LG G3 recently went on sale, and the LG G3 Beat was launched earlier this week, but there’s no sign of the LG conveyor belt slowing down any time soon.

Indeed, no less than three as-yet-unannounced phones have been spotted moving from South Korea into India, and their respective specs conveniently recorded.

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