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Samsung trademarks Galaxy Adore, Galaxy S Fitness and Galaxy V: (yes, with colon)

A few days ago, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) revealed the Gear Now and Gear Solo (presumably two new smartwatches) in name, and the Samsung juggernaut continues unabated.

The USPTO is at it again, this time revealing the Samsung Galaxy Adore, Galaxy S Fitness and Galaxy V:. And no, that’s not a typo; it’s the Samsung Galaxy V Colon. Weird.

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iPhone 6: 4.7in display ‘confirmed’ by Foxconn mould?

iPhone 6: 4.7in display ‘confirmed’ by Foxconn mould?

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 15 at 16:30

You all know the story by now, right? The iPhone 6 is widely tipped to arrive later this year in two sizes – both significantly larger than the 4in iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

One of those sizes is seemingly confirmed by way of a picture of an iPhone 6 mould, which supposedly originated from Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing pal, Foxconn.

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Android in 2006: ‘Touchscreens will not be supported’

Android in 2006: ‘Touchscreens will not be supported’

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 15 at 16:00

As much as litigation tends to make us sigh, court cases occasionally yield interesting titbits, such as Samsung’s 132-page comparison of the Galaxy S and the first-gen iPhone. BE MORE iPHONE was the conclusion there.

Similarly, the current legal shootout between Apple and Samsung has yielded an interesting document detailing the state of Android in 2006 – prior to the release of the first iPhone.

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HTC One M8 mini release date: yep, still May!

HTC One M8 mini release date: yep, still May!

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 15 at 14:00

A couple of weeks ago, I was relaying word from 3g.co.uk, suggesting that the HTC One M8 mini would arrive in the UK in May.

A further hint, this time from HTC’s home territory of Taiwan, gives credence to the notion of the One M8 mini being released next month.

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Google’s Android app icons to adopt flatter design?

Google’s Android app icons to adopt flatter design?

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 15 at 12:00

Prior to release, iOS 7 caused a fair bit of controversy with its “flat” design, with icons largely doing away with fancy things like lighting and shading in favour of, y’know, just being dead plain and that.

There are suggestions that Google’s Android apps are about to go the same way, adopting what’s referred to internally as Google’s “Moonshine” approach.

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LG G3 specs leaked by US network Sprint (oops): QHD display, 3GB RAM

LG G3 specs leaked by US network Sprint (oops): QHD display, 3GB RAM

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 15 at 11:30

With the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 all now very much a reality, it’s LG’s turn to wow us with its latest flagship-flavoured delight.

Rumours suggest the LG G2’s successor will launch as early as May (i.e. next month), and in the meantime, US network Sprint appears to have leaked a comprehensive list of LG G3 specs.

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ZTE Grand S II: 50,000 sold in 58 seconds

The ZTE Grand S II (Grand S II LTE, to use its full name) was one of 689,313 new phones unveiled at CES 2014 in January, and early indications are that it’s a rip-roaring success over in China.

ZTE boasts that it sold a whopping 50,000 Grand S II units in under a minute; 58 seconds, to be precise.

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Moto X+1 to offer multiple backplate options: plastic, wood, leather

Around a week ago, Martin set Mobo-hearts racing when he relayed news of a little something called the Moto X+1, essentially the successor to last year’s Moto X flagship.

There’s been a bit of a question mark over customisation, what with the Lenovo takeover and whatnot, but we’re hearing that the Moto X+1 won’t disappoint.

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Samsung Galaxy Zoom 2 touching down April 29 as Galaxy K Zoom

Cast your filthy minds back 10 days or so, and you might recall Martin “Jimmy” James saying that the inevitable Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom had been rumoured as the Galaxy K Zoom.

Well, the official invites are out, and it appears that the phone will indeed be some sort of Samsung Galaxy K. Kool!

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Lenovo Golden Warrior S8 is a wallet-friendly, er, warrior

On these shores, Lenovo hasn’t made much of an impact smartphone-wise, and is perhaps best known as the Chinese manufacturer what done swooped in and bought Motorola from Google earlier this year.

To be honest, that’s unlikely to change with this new chap, but it’s worth mentioning for its name alone. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Lenovo Golden Warrior S8.

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Coming soon: plastic HTC One M8

Considering the HTC One M8’s aluminium body is one of its key selling points, and one of the things that sets it apart from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you’d be forgiven for frowning at the notion of a plastic HTC One M8.

But apparently such a device is heading to China as early as next month – just one month after the release of the aluminium chap. Confused? Read on!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 selling significantly faster than Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S5 selling significantly faster than Galaxy S4

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 14 at 11:30

April 11, last Friday, marked the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in a whopping 125 countries, and of course what we all want to know is: how well is the thing selling?

According to an early report from out of South Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is – in some territories – more than doubling initial sales of the Galaxy S4.

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Five reasons why the HTC One M8 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 (by HTC)

Five reasons why the HTC One M8 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 (by HTC)

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 18:00

While Five reasons why the HTC One M8 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 possibly sounds like the kind of feature I’d pen during the week, this is actually an HTC production.

Yes, HTC has kindly fired out a training document for sales reps explaining why its latest flagship is better than Samsung’s.

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Amazon smartphone release date tipped for 2H14, hologram-style 3D display

Amazon smartphone release date tipped for 2H14, hologram-style 3D display

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 16:00

Good gawd, it’s the rumour that just won’t go away. I speak, of course, of the Amazon smartphone, an entirely unofficial device that has had rumour tongues wagging for something silly like two-and-a-half years now.

If the latest whispers are to be believed, Team Bezos could put us out of our misery with an Amazon smartphone launch in June, and a release at, er, some point in the ensuing months.

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AU Optronics beats Samsung in the race to QHD AMOLED

AU Optronics beats Samsung in the race to QHD AMOLED

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 14:00

You’d be forgiven for thinking Samsung might be first to unleash a QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display, having announced it was beavering away on such a beast earlier this year.

But nope, that particular accolade goes to the lesser-known AU Optronics, which produces displays for multiple manufacturers, including – you guessed it – Samsung.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 12:00

And so ends another week in which I largely ignored the world of mobiles in favour of galavanting around and stuff. Don’t worry; I’ll be going into super-overdrive – aka punishment – mode next week.

The big story this week was probably the global release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, while the story about Samsung's legal action against ET News grabbed the most comments.

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Vodafone Smart 4 Mini: 4in, dual-core, £50

Vodafone Smart 4 Mini: 4in, dual-core, £50

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 11 at 16:00

There’s no shortage of wallet-friendly smartphones at the moment, with the £100 Motorola Moto G really making people question if any phone is worth £500 – five times as much as the Moto G.

Chances are the Vodafone Smart 4 Mini won’t have quite the same impact, but it’s worth noting for its £50 price tag.

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Stream direct from Google Play Music to Sonos speakers

Stream direct from Google Play Music to Sonos speakers

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 11 at 14:00

Good news if you happen to use Google Play Music and own some fancy Sonos wireless speakers.

The chaps at Google and Sonos have teamed up to make it possible to stream music directly from the Play Music app to Sonos hardware. Lovely.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 global release date arrives

It seems like only yesterday that good old “Life Companion”, the Samsung Galaxy S4, came along and did, uhm, all the things that smartphone flagships do.

Just shy of one year later, its successor has touched down. I speak of the all singing, all dancing, all heart monitoring Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Microsoft Surface 2 (4G): pre-order now for £540 ahead of 8 May release date

Microsoft Surface 2 (4G): pre-order now for £540 ahead of 8 May release date

Martin James  Apr. 10 at 18:00

It's taken a while to happen, but Microsoft is at long last taking pre-orders for its Surface 2 (4G) tablet ahead of its official rollout on 8 May.

The Windows RT 8.1 tablet was notable by its absence when Microsoft announced the second generation Surface last September, but fast forward six months and finally the wait is over.

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