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Samsung Apps becomes Galaxy Apps: new UI, exclusive apps

Samsung Apps becomes Galaxy Apps: new UI, exclusive apps

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 11:00

One of the things that bothers me about tech and UIs – whether it’s a website or a mobile operating system – is the notion of being able to take several paths to achieve the same goal. For me, that’s not a good thing.

On that note (vaguely; I’m still on my first coffee), Samsung has given its own app store an overhaul, rebranding it Galaxy Apps (formerly Samsung Apps) and rolling out a new UI, reminding customers that they can download goodies like Asphalt 8 from two different sources on the one phone. Brilliant?

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Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever

Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 10 at 16:00

Gawd, it’s all doom and gloom at the moment, eh? Samsung is having a rough time at the top, and HTC continues to struggle.

Now we’re turning the spotlight on “tablet PCs”, and hearing that shipments in Q1 2014 were less than those recorded 365 days prior – the first time that’s ever happened in tablet land.

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Motorola Moto 360 teased in video, further details remain elusive

The Motorola Moto 360 is easily one of the most talked about smartwatches to date, largely thanks to its – shock horror – round display.

While we await further information on the release date, price and specs, Motorola is teasing us in video format with Moto 360: Why a Watch.

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HTC One M8 sales ‘fading’, and it’s only gonna get worse

Being top of the smartphone ladder, Samsung is fairly open about sales of its latest flagships, with the recent Galaxy S5 supposedly shifting 10 million units in less than a month – even faster than the Galaxy S4.

Things are less clear with the HTC One M8, though one particular analyst reckons sales are “fading”, with various big-name phones on the horizon threatening to do even more damage.

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iPhone 5s: best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014

iPhone 5s: best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 9 at 16:00

Eh, slightly confused that we’re looking at Q1 2014 here, but presumably ABI Research took a few months to make sure its figures were put together with nothing short of pinpoint accuracy.

And the headline figure says the iPhone 5s was, unsurprisingly, the best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014, with a few older smartphones nipping at its heels.

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Sony shares first photo taken with curved sensor

We’re far too old and cynical to embrace technology for technology’s sake, so you’ll forgive us for not rushing out and buying the first thing with a UHD display and 86GB of RAM. ETA: Mobile World Congress 2015.

But this – this we can get on board with: a curved image sensor that paves the way for cheaper, smaller camera lenses (ok, ok, sounds good) and higher photo quality (and we’re sold).

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact tipped for release shortly after IFA

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact tipped for release shortly after IFA

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 9 at 12:00

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z2 are still pretty fresh, having launched in January and February respectively, but consensus has it the Japanese manufacturer is prepping the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact for IFA in September.

The Sony Xperia Z2 in particular took its sweet time coming to market, keeping potential buyers on edge for several months, but fresh rumour winds suggest the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact could go on sale within weeks of their launch.

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Samsung predicts fairly terrible Q2 2014 results

It’s early July, so that means it’s only a matter of time before the official figures for Q2 start pouring in, with the percentages and the pie charts and whatnot. Mmm, pie.

In the meantime, Samsung warns that we shouldn’t get too excited about its results, with Q2 2014 looking decidedly less impressive than Q2 2013.

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Apple iPhone 6 sapphire crystal front panel leaked in videos plural

Sweet Moses, I’ve just watched the most unintentionally hilarious YouTube video I’ve seen in a looooong time. No cats, no fat nerds dancing or singing, just one man’s hands and what’s supposedly the front panel of the upcoming Apple iPhone 6.

In stark contrast, it’s joined by a second, infinitely more interesting video starring the charismatic Marques "MKBHD" Brownlee, who also claims to wield the iPhone 6’s front panel.

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ZTE officialises Nubia Z7, Nubia Z7 Max, Nubia Z7 mini

Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been a busty bee (sorry, busy bee), announcing this morning no less than three new Android smartphones fighting under the Nubia banner.

They are the ZTE Nubia Z7, Nubia Z7 Max and Nubia Z7 mini, and it’s probably fair to say they’re a slightly confusing - if not utterly confounding - trio. Join me below as I try to make sense of them.

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Sony announces Xperia C3 'selfie phone' with 5MP wide-angle front camera

Sony announces Xperia C3 'selfie phone' with 5MP wide-angle front camera

Martin James  Jul. 8 at 10:00

The world has truly gone selfie-mad in 2014, with everyone from the US president to over-eager cycling fans jumping on board the latest cultural craze.

And now there's even a “selfie phone” designed for budding narcissists looking to take their photographic self-love to the next level: enter the 5.5in Sony Xperia C3.

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Motorola Moto X and Moto G seemingly earmarked for Android L

With the release of each new version of Android comes the inevitable question: “When will my device be updated?” Or, more simply: “Will my device be updated?”

The answer to the latter question, for users of the Motorola Moto X and Moto G, appears to be yes. Yes, they’ll be updated to Android L when it arrives later in the year.

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Vodafone does a Three Feel At Home… for £5 per day

Vodafone does a Three Feel At Home… for £5 per day

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 7 at 14:00

Good to see Three has started advertising its Feel At Home proposition, as it’s really stonkingly great value i.e. free. I called/texted/browsed my butt off in New Orleans back in April, and it didn’t cost me a penny.

Vodafone is kinda sorta taking a page out of Three’s book, kinda sorta doing away with roaming charges, but kinda sorta (i.e. actually) saying: “That’ll be £5 per day, boss.”

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LG G Pad 10.1 global rollout: US first, UK soon

If you go down to the LG Newsroom today, you’re sure of a, well, not much of a surprise, truth be told.

Having initially launched back in May, the LG G Pad 10.1 will go on sale in the US later today, with other markets – including the UK – following “later in the month”.

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Incoming: a Nokia by Microsoft Lumia smartphone... running Android

Incoming: a Nokia by Microsoft Lumia smartphone... running Android

Martin James  Jul. 7 at 11:30

What the...? OK, we can just about get on with the idea of Nokia's low-end Android smartphones. They're cheap, they don't really interfere with the Windows Phone business model, and Nokia was working on them already when the Microsoft buyout was agreed.

But according to the reliable @evleaks, Microsoft is also working on a full-blown Lumia handset running Android, which will bear the newly minted “Nokia by Microsoft” branding.

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iPhone 6 launch early September, release later in the month?

iPhone 6 launch early September, release later in the month?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 5 at 18:00

It’s largely accepted/expected that the iPhone 6 will launch in September, but it’s time to start talking specifics.

Getting a little more specific, we’re thinking early September for the iPhone 6 launch date, and mid-September(ish) for the iPhone 6 release date. Even more specificity below.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact specs leaked: 4.5in, 2GB RAM, 20.7MP, 2.5GHz QS801

The Sony Xperia Z family already has five members, and just as we’re getting used to having the Xperia Z2 around, we’re told to brace for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.

A spanking new Sony Xperia Z3 Compact spec leak suggests it’ll pick up where the Z1 Compact (above) left off, though as a “mini” phone, it’s not quite as impressive.

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Microsoft ‘Touch First’ Office for Android tablets landing before Windows version?

Windows users are still waiting for the much-discussed “Touch First” version of Microsoft Office, and recently they had to sit on their hands and watch as the touch-friendly iPad version rolled out.

Now we’re told that Android tablets will get a touch-focused version of Microsoft Office before the Windows guys, too. Ouch.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 5 at 12:00

And so ends another week on Mo-One of the Top 60 Tech News Websites-bot. Hey, who are we to question Miguel Cruz Cairo? Commiserations to The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Know Your Mobile et al. Suddenly my 6-figure salary seems entirely justified.

Mostest comments? The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 update thingy. Yeah, it was a, uhm, pretty slow week, all things considered.

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Cheers M8! One (M8) effect has HTC back in the black

HTC has reported its latest quarterly figures, and the unaudited results make for positive reading for a change thanks to the impact of the HTC One (M8).

All told HTC pocketed NT$2.26bn (£44m) over the three months ending in June, slightly eclipsing the expected figure of around £42m and easily trumping the £24m profit it posted in Q2 last year.

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