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Vivo's incoming X5 Max is an insane 3.75mm thick

Vivo's incoming X5 Max is an insane 3.75mm thick

Martin James  Nov. 14 at 18:30

We'd love to leave the whole “world's thinnest phone” nonsense alone, we really would. We'd love to point out that when you start quibbling about 10ths or even 100ths of a millimetre, you really need to get out more.

But it's not everyday that you hear about a phone that's supposedly just 3.75mm thick, less than half the thickness of the iPhone 5S. That phone is the Vivo X5 Max.

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Cortana for iOS and Android? ‘Yeah’ says Microsoft

Cortana for iOS and Android? ‘Yeah’ says Microsoft

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 14 at 14:00

We’re still not entirely sure about the logic here, but it sounds like it’s a done deal regardless. What am I rambling on about? Cortana for iOS and Android!

There wasn’t much doubt that it was happening, to be fair, but Microsoft has given us the closest thing we’ve had to an official confirmation to date: “Yeah.”

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Sony announces January 5 press event at CES 2015: will we see the Xperia Z4?

Sony announces January 5 press event at CES 2015: will we see the Xperia Z4?

Martin James  Nov. 14 at 12:30

It's less than six weeks till Christmas, but as any true gadget lover will know, that means it's less than eight weeks till CES 2015 – the biggest tech show of the year.

And as of today we've got our first big CES keynote locked in too: Sony has announced it will be lifting the lid on its 2015 wares at a press conference in Las Vegas on Monday 5 January.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge UK: pre-orders today, on sale November 28

When the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge launched in September as a “limited edition” device, we were thinking it’d be launched on a suitably “limited” scale, perhaps akin to the curved Galaxy Round in 2013.

But nope! Turns out the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge UK release is officially GO. You can pre-order it from today, and it should be in your hands in a couple of weeks.

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Android Lollipop update rolling out now to ‘most Nexus devices’

Android Lollipop update rolling out now to ‘most Nexus devices’

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 13 at 14:00

Just yesterday I penned Android Lollipop 5.0: when will my phone be updated? and it turns out the good people at Android were firing out a tweet almost simultaneously.

Android Lollipop 5.0 is now officially making its way through the airwaves to ‘most Nexus devices’. More below!

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YouTube launches Spotify-style Music Key: ad-free music, background play, offline listening

Over the years, YouTube has established itself as the place to go for music videos (and live performances and remixes and covers and whatnot), and the service is embracing its musicality with a dual-pronged new-feature assault.

Google has officially announced YouTube Music Key, its long-rumoured Spotify-style streaming service, alongside a spanking new free-to-use Music section within YouTube.

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Motorola Moto G (2014) Lollipop update rolling out now

Motorola Moto G (2014) Lollipop update rolling out now

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 12 at 12:00

LG proudly declared it’d be the first manufacturer to start serving the Android Lollipop 5.0 update, starting this week with the G3 in Poland.

Motorola might well dispute that "first" claim, but in any case, Motorola Moto G (2014) handsets are already starting to see the Lollipop update.

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Are we being snubbed by the Droid Turbo, one of the best Android phones EVER?

We wrote earlier this morning that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is seemingly coming to the UK, despite being a “limited edition” niche concept phone (with a suitably lofty price tag).

Alas, it’s not such good news as pertains to the Droid Turbo super-phone, as Motorola France says the handset won’t be released in Europe. Should you care? Yeah, probably.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge coming to the UK after all, priced around £700?

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge coming to the UK after all, priced around £700?

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 12 at 09:30

When the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge launched in September this year, we were told it was a “limited edition concept” device, and as such didn’t get our hopes up for a UK release.

Having recently been launched in the US, we’re now told the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will get a UK release after all – though in “limited numbers”.

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Mysterious LG Lollipop phone tipped for early 2015 launch

Mysterious LG Lollipop phone tipped for early 2015 launch

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 11 at 12:00

LG made a little history this week, officially becoming the first Android manufacturer to start rolling out the Lollipop 5.0 update, with Polish G3 users right at the head of the queue.

There’s yet more LG Lollipop news here, as a mysterious device-in-testing has seemingly booked flights to the US and Europe.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 official: 5in qHD, Snapdragon 200 CPU, lots of colours, no Nokia, less than £100?

Well all knew it was coming, and at some point last night – while we were all drooling into our pillows – Microsoft unveiled the first Lumia handset to omit the good Nokia name. Goodnight, sweet Finnish prince.

Yep, it’s a new dawn with Microsoft all the way, and the first Nokia-less Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 535, is emphatically entry-level, perhaps coming in below the £100 mark.

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HTC struggling to keep pace with Nexus 9 demand

HTC North Asia president Jack Tong has revealed demand for the HTC-made Google Nexus 9 tablet is so high the company's struggling to keep pace.

Tong was speaking at a product launch event in Taipei, where he said HTC was in the process of expanding its production capacity in light of the higher-than-anticipated demand.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 fully detailed ahead of tomorrow's launch

UPDATE: It's alive...

After months of wondering when the first non-Nokia branded Lumia Windows Phone would appear, suddenly we're faced with the prospect of the Microsoft Lumia 535 launch being just one day away.

The event was teased last week, of course, but now comes a veritable flood of info, including a decent number of both images and headline specs.

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OnePlus One aims for 1 million sold by year-end

OnePlus One aims for 1 million sold by year-end

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 10 at 14:00

The "flagship killer" OnePlus One caused a minor storm earlier this year, delivering on its long-discussed promise of top-of-the-range specs at a wallet-friendly price point, though it hasn’t exactly been easy to come by, largely being sold on an invite basis.

Despite that, a whopping 500,000 phones have supposedly been sold to date, and OnePlus reckons a full million is an achievable figure come the end of the year.

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LG G3 Android Lollipop update rolling out this week

LG G3 Android Lollipop update rolling out this week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 10 at 12:30

Time was, South Korean manufacturer LG took a lot of flack for failing to provide speedy software updates, or – worse still – failing to provide software updates period.

What a difference a few years make, as LG will officially be the first Android manufacturer to roll out the Lollipop 5.0 update, starting with the flagship G3. When? This week!

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 8 at 12:00

And now we’re into November. Old Father Time really has his foot on the gas here. It’ll be 2015 before we know it.

In the meantime, some things happened in the world of mobile, things that I’ve conveniently laid out below. The imminent arrival of the first Microsoft Lumia smartphone (RIP Nokia) was easily the biggest talking point.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 specs: dual-edge display?

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was launched at IFA 2014 in September as a low-volume Galaxy Note 4 variant with an additional portion of display down the right hand side. Check it out above.

Some analyst guy reckons the Samsung Galaxy S6 might go one step further, with Edge-style displays on the left and right.

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RIP Nokia: first Microsoft Lumia phone dropping next week?

As Microsoft has gradually phased out the Nokia name, we’ve struggled to get onboard with the whole “Nokia by Microsoft” concept. It’s a real mouthful, and ultimately just confusing for anyone who doesn’t follow tech with a magnifying glass i.e. most consumers.

But worse still, it’ll soon be Death To Nokia, with the first Microsoft Lumia handset tipped to land as early as next week.

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Samsung to produce a whole new range of Galaxy smartphones?

Samsung might still technically be King of Smartphones (for now), but things are going downhill fast, and indeed the South Koreans recently endured their worst quarter in years.

The grand plan for fixing stuff? Another line of Samsung Galaxy phones with an as-yet-unknown letter. Oh dear.

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WhatsApp introduces read receipts as rumours of VOIP calls swirl again

WhatsApp introduces read receipts as rumours of VOIP calls swirl again

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 6 at 14:00

Bit of a double-pronged WhatsApp news assault here. In story the first, an automatic over-the-air WhatsApp update has introduced read receipts for both iOS and Android peeps.

Meanwhile, those long-discussed WhatsApp voice calls are taking yet another spin on the rumour mill, this time with an accompanying pic (left).

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