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First Android One phones launch in India, lots more to come

First Android One phones launch in India, lots more to come

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

There’s plenty to moan about in the world of mobile, from stupid names to stupid phones to stupid hyperbolic promises, but here’s one thing I do like.

With Android One, Google has its eyes on “the next five billion”, offering affordable phones with decent specs – and a handful of other neat twists. Positivity abounds below.

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Apple A8: marginally better than Apple A7

Apple A8: marginally better than Apple A7

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

One of the headline features of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the spanking new Apple A8 processor, with its 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor.

The Apple A8 chipset has now been put through its paces, with benchmark scores suggesting it’s – surprise, surprise – a wee bit better than last year’s Apple A7.

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Phones 4u calls it a day as EE and Vodafone abandon ship

Phones 4u calls it a day as EE and Vodafone abandon ship

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

We were only just coming to terms with the death of the iPod classic, and now we’ve another bereavement in the mobile family.

High street mobile retailer Phones 4u has reluctantly thrown in the towel, having been unexpectedly abandoned by the last two of the Big Four, namely EE and Vodafone.

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LG G Flex 2: smaller display, higher resolution?

LG G Flex 2: smaller display, higher resolution?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

One of the most pointless phones of last year, for our money, was the Samsung Galaxy Round, an utterly bizarre device that was curved around the vertical axis. What the...?

Slightly less pointless was the LG G Flex, which was at least sensibly curved around the horizontal, though the specs left a lot to be desired - particularly as pertains to the display.

Enter: the LG G Flex 2.

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Motorola Moto X ‘Pure Edition’ says goodbye to carrier bloat (UPDATED)

Motorola Moto X ‘Pure Edition’ says goodbye to carrier bloat (UPDATED)

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

If you thought Motorola calling the new Moto X the Moto X was confusing, things are about to get, well, a little more confusinger.

The US has had Google Play Edition phones in the past with stock Android; Motorola’s Moto X "Pure Edition" does away with carrier bloat, yielding a near-stock experience.

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Surprise! Apple’s iPhone 6 sets overnight pre-order records

Surprise! Apple’s iPhone 6 sets overnight pre-order records

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

We were saying yesterday that the Apple site seemingly had trouble coping with the initial influx of iPhone 6 pre-orders, and that waiting times were already hitting several weeks for certain models.

In case there was any doubt about the iPhone 6’s popularity, Apple has confirmed that it’s set some sort of pre-order record.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Last week was all about IFA; this week the spotlight was on everyone’s favourite fruity manufacturer as it lifted the lid on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch on Tuesday night.

Needless to say, Apple accounted for the most-discussed articles this week, including yesterday’s story about iPhone 6 pre-orders and delivery times.

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New world’s thinnest tablet: Dell Venue 8 7000 Series measures 6mm

I find it utterly confounding that in space year 2014AD, manufacturers are still concerned with thickness. When was the last time – or indeed the first time – someone walked into a shop and demanded: “Gimme the thinnest phone/tablet you’ve got!” We’ll take a big fat battery over thinness any day.

Oblivious to our concerns, Dell has laid claim to the latest “world’s thinnest tablet”, the ridiculously thin Dell Venue 8 7000 series. Catchy name, too. “Hey man, what tablet’s that?” “Oh, just the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series.” Beautiful.

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HTC smartwatch in early 2015?

Right, we’ve got the LG G Watch (and G Watch R), Motorola Moto 360, Apple Watch, Sony SmartWatch 3, Asus ZenWatch, and more Samsung wearables than we’ve had hot dinners. Anyone else?

Ah, HTC! The Taiwanese manufacturer – or unofficial sources thereof – reminds us an HTC smartwatch is still very much on the cards, though it mightn’t arrive till early next year.

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iPhone 6 pre-orders: Apple site goes down, waiting times soar

Apple has officially started taking pre-orders for its latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

In an entirely predictable case of déjà vu, the Apple site experienced problems as (presumably) hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of ravenous consumers melted the internet, while iPhone 6 delivery times are unsurprisingly creeping up already.

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Microsoft planning to airbrush 'Nokia' and 'Windows Phone' out of existence

In early 2011, Nokia boss Stephen Elop said the company was standing on a “burning platform”, and announced grand plans to adopt Windows Phone as the company's main smartphone platform.

By the time the fourth anniversary of that decision rolls around next February, it looks increasingly likely that the names “Nokia” and “Windows Phone” will be gone from the mobile phone scene for good.

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NVIDIA outs the ‘HTC Nexus 9’ with Tegra K1 processor

NVIDIA outs the ‘HTC Nexus 9’ with Tegra K1 processor

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 11 at 16:00

The Nexus range was rumoured to have flatlined earlier this year, but more recently we’ve been told to expect two brand new devices alongside the latest version of Android.

One of those is the Google Nexus 9 tablet, and in case there was any doubt, NVIDIA has accidentally confirmed that HTC is behind the wheel.

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Google Play welcomes refunds within two hours of purchase

Google Play welcomes refunds within two hours of purchase

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 11 at 14:00

Buyer’s remorse. It’s affected us all at some point, and in space year 2014AD, you can experience the phenomenon from the comfort of the toilet seat by buying and instantly playing with a terrible new app.

In a slightly surprising move, Google Play now offers full refunds, so long as you tap the virtual Refund button within two hours of purchase.

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HTC presents Double Exposure on October 8

HTC presents Double Exposure on October 8

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 11 at 12:00

One of the highlights of October could be – according to the rumour mill – the launch of an HTC-built Google Nexus 9 tablet with premium specs and a suitably premium price tag.

Before then (the Nexus 9 will likely be near the end of October), the Taiwanese manufacturer will hold an event in NYC called HTC Double Exposure. Mark October 8 in your diaries, along with a big red question mark.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 caters for low end, welcomes surprisingly decent specs

Let’s face it; if you choose to read about smartphones for fun, you’re probably going to be running around with some sort of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-powered beast. But hey, it’s at least interesting to know what’s going on at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, a processor designed for entry-level handsets, but with support for – and I mean this without my trademark sarcasm – entirely decent specs.

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RIP iPod Classic

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 10 at 14:00

RIP iPod Classic

Apple unveiled three new products last night (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch), and as more and more stuff is added to the Californians’ current roster, it’s inevitable that some of the older wares will disappear into the shadows.

The latest iCasualty is the iPod Classic, which was quietly removed from the Apple store yesterday after years of faithful service.

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Samsung takes potshot at four-year-old Steve Jobs quote

Samsung takes potshot at four-year-old Steve Jobs quote

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 10 at 12:15

The late Steve Jobs famously felt that phones should be small and tablets should be big, and that was the end of that. No big phones, no small tablets, nothing in between.

In case there was any doubt about Apple’s outrageous hypocrisy, having launched two big phones last night, Samsung Mobile in the Philippines has taken to twitter to post a classy reminder.

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Tesco scraps Hudl smartphone plans, but Hudl 2 tablet still on the cards

Tesco scraps Hudl smartphone plans, but Hudl 2 tablet still on the cards

Martin James  Sep. 10 at 11:30

Apple's unveiling of the iWatch and iPhone 6 has dominated the mobile world over the past couple of days, but that's all in the past now and life, inevitably, goes on.

Well, unless you're talking about Tesco's Hudl smartphone that is, as the supermarket giant has announced it is shelving the handset for now to focus on a successor to the Hudl tablet instead.

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Apple Pay looks to revolutionise the way we pay, from phone or watch

Apple Pay looks to revolutionise the way we pay, from phone or watch

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 9 at 22:30

“This whole [payment] process is based on a little piece of plastic. Whether it’s debit or credit, we’re totally reliant on the exposed numbers and the outdated magnetic stripe interface, which is 5 decades old; and the security codes, which aren’t so secure. It’s no wonder people have dreamed of replacing these for years. But they’ve all failed.”

Enter: Apple Pay.

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Apple Watch finally unveiled as tonight’s ‘One more thing…’

Apple Watch finally unveiled as tonight’s ‘One more thing…’

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 9 at 21:30

“We've been working hard for a long time on an entirely new product. We believe this product will redefine what people expect from its category. The next chapter in Apple's story.”

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper “one more thing” from Apple, but the Californians didn’t disappoint tonight.

After more than 18 months of rumours, Team Cook lifted the lid on - simply - the Watch, the company’s first wearable, and it’s clear that they spent a lot of time getting this thing right. In Apple’s words, it’s “more than a shrunken down iPhone”.

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