Posts by Anton D. Nagy

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    Samsung is reportedly interested in a BlackBerry acquisition -- the details of the alleged offer, as well as BlackBerry's press release which refutes the rumor, leaving however, a tiny door open just in case ca be found here -- and now the South Korean phone-maker is, again, in the headlines, this time, with regards to its next flagship, the Galaxy S 6. Samsung might ditch Qualcomm for the 2015 Galaxy S -- the sixth in the company's history -- according to a recent report. According to "rumors from the industry", Samsung might opt to equip the Galaxy S 6 with its own Exynos chips, dumping ...

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    Sony's present doesn't represent the best times in the company's history and Sony Corp's CEO, Kazuo Hirai, has to take important, and, at the same time, rather difficult decisions. As a reminder, Sony has sold its VAIO computer brand, and the new owners have been rumored to enter the smartphone market. Now, a Reuters report citing "company officials familiar with the leadership's thinking" claims that a decision to sell off (or enter a joint-venture) the Xperia mobile division could be on the table, as part of the CEO's business revival plan. The Sony mobile division sale reported has not ...

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    The HTC Hima has been in the headlines for quite some time now, and we thought that the phone could turn out to officially become the HTC One M9, successor to the 2014 flagship. While that might still be the case, today's rumor talks about another device, the HTC Hima Ace Plus. We'll look at the report in a bit, but before that, we need to not overlook the "Ace" and "Plus" monickers, which could indicate that the Hima could be the HTC Ace, or the HTC M9 Ace, while the HTC Hima Ace Plus could turn out to be the M9 Max. However, all of this is speculation on unverified reports, so keep ...

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    After recently announcing the OPPO R5 and N3, the Chinese phone manufacturer just made official another device, the OPPO R1C (a successor to the R1S). Yet another phone is being rumored to be in the works, the OPPO U3, with a slim form factor and 4x optical zoom, but this particular phone is, for the moment, just a report. The OPPO R1C however, as rumored, will have a sapphire edition -- GizmoChina notes that you can see your reflection on the back of the phone from every angle -- as well as a non-sapphire, white version. It packs a five-inch 720p display and is powered by the 64-bit ...

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    After hearing lots or reports, rumors, and even leaks in the past, for the longest time, the Samsung Z1 announced today is indeed the company's first Tizen phone. Back in December we knew to expect it this month, but with no exact release date; however, today, it becomes official. There was a lot of speculation behind the phone (and Samsung's move), with the general consensus being that Samsung is testing the waters with its own OS, Tizen, in its move to have a backup plan and/or try to reduce its dependency on Google's Android mobile platform (which it leads, by the way, in terms of ...

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    "We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google's Nexus 6", allegedly said an unnamed industry source, quoted by Business Korea, and referring to Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface. This custom UI, present on Samsung's smartphones since the very early ages, is a polarising topic, with most part of the media and users alike agreeing that it is too heavy and bulk-loaded. That, and the fact that a lot of internal storage -- which could be otherwise used for documents, multimedia, games, and alike -- is being taken up by the heavy weight of ...

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    UK Prime Minister David Cameron could move to block encrypted chat apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, or Snapchat, if he wins the next elections. Basically, all apps that offer "methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant" could be affected. The intention for the ban comes shortly after the tragic events that happened in Paris, and are part of Cameron's plans for new surveillance powers. UK legislation already allows access to communications data through fixed or mobile phones, letters, etc. -- with a proper warrant -- "but it is ...

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    There is absolutely no need to recap Motorola's efforts related to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update; instead, we'll just praise the company for being among the first ones to deliver Google's latest and greatest to its current devices. However, those who own older models are not enjoying the Lollipop dessert just yet, but the company is getting there, according to Motorola's Luciano Carvalho who took some details on the progress to his Google+ page (embedded below). According to the post, Carvalho reassures everyone that Motorola is working hard on updating 2014 and 2013 devices. Some are ...

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    While the LG G3 Lollipop update spreads across the world -- as a reminder, LG was the first OEM to deliver the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to a non-Nexus smartphone -- the company didn't forget about its 2013 flagship, the G2 (pretty much like HTC working on the refresh for both the One M8 and One M7). When it talked about the firmware update, LG didn't make anything official regarding the LG G2 Lollipop update; it did, however, mention that it will follow after the G3's Lollipop treat. We're now there in the "after" timeframe, and LG appears to be still working on the update. The video ...

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    While HTC is preparing its Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7, its main competitor from South Korea is continuing the rollout procedure of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Lollipop update. S5 users in Spain, Poland, Russia and Malaysia are already enjoying the latest dessert treat from Google, and now it's time for those in the UK to join the party. The build you should expect to receive is LRX21T, and it looks like it is based on Android 5.0, instead of the latest Android 5.0.2 code (which would have probably delayed the roll-out process, as noted by SamMobile). ...

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    QHD (Quad HD, often referred to as 2K) resolution, with 1440 x 2560 pixels, will become a standard for 2015 flagship smartphones, according to industry observers cited by a recent DigiTimes report. In 2014, we've seen smartphone manufacturers experiment with both screen technologies as well as the market's reaction to smartphones incorporating higher-than-1080p-resolution. LG, Samsung, and Oppo, just to name a few, all have offerings with Quad HD resolutions. Good reception on the market, as well as a decrease in prices for such display panels, will make us see more QHD phones this year, ...

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    Despite reports that the rumored Samsung Galaxy A7 would be officially introduced on January 14 (thus missing the CES 2015 buzz, probably on purpose), the South Korean company has displayed the phone at its Galaxy A-series launch last week in Malaysia. The January 14 rumors wasn't spot on, but is wasn't completely off either (just two days), as the Samsung Galaxy A7 announced today is as official as it can get. "Premium hardware for a superior social experience" is how Samsung describes the A7, which features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with HD (that's 720p, 1280x720) resolution ...

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    The HTC One M7 Lollipop update -- or at least a pre-release or beta version of some sort of it -- has been caught on camera. The Taiwanese phone maker has officially committed to delivering the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to both the 2013 and 2014 flagship phones, the HTC One M7, and HTC One M8. The company told users to expect the firmware update around 90 days after Google finishes developing the final build. We've already seen reports and leaks showing Android 5.0 Lollipop in the HTC One M8 (and the most recent reports claim that the update is one or two weeks out), but this time we're ...

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    It's been a while since we last had the chance of holding (testing, using, etc.) a Samsung-made Windows Phone. The South Korean manufacturer is comfortably leading the pack when it comes to smartphones powered by Google's mobile operating system, Android, but, according to recent reports, Samsung might be considering a comeback in the Windows Phone game. According to the Korea Times' unnamed sources, we can expect to see some Samsung Windows Phone 8.1 devices soon; these phone would allegedly be mid-rangers or lower-end devices being aimed at the cheaper, low-cost segment. The publication ...

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    HTC's next flagship, the rumoured Hima (aka the One M9) didn't make an appearance at the ongoing CES 2015 (and we're not at all surprised), but there were enough news from the Taiwanese company to get us excited: the Desire 320 (though not a CES device per se), the Under Armour partnership bit, as well as the Desire 826 announcement (and our hands-on). While still in Vegas for CES 2015, HTC announces that the company's Re camera will be able to live stream to YouTube, if that's something you wanted to do, and couldn't out of the box. The HTC Re YouTube live streaming capability will be ...

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    Yes, these are two different phones from BLU (the makers of the Vivo Air and Studio Energy), but they difference lies in the screen sizes. One is a five-incher, and the other one packs a slightly larger screen, at 5.5-inches, both with 720p resolution. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same, and the design is also common to both. Behind the Gorilla Glass 3 there's a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, helped by the Adreno 306 GPU. The BLU Life One and BLU Life One XL both pack 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a pair of 13- and five-megapixel cameras, ...

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    Samsung showed off the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 smartphones at CES 2015 (and maybe a prototype of the Galaxy S 6, behind closed doors), but not the Samsung Galaxy A7, which, according to some rumors, should officially see the light of day on January 14. That, however, didn't stop Samsung from putting the phone on display in a different part of the world: Malaysia. The Galaxy A-series launch in Malaysia had a special guest: the larger sibling, the Galaxy A7, which will be available in the country next month. In terms of specs, some of the rumors were quite off, as the phone packs a ...

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    While manufacturers are racing for the title given away to the one manufacturing the thinnest smartphone (including BLU, and its Vivo Air), there's a significant part of the market that couldn't care less about how thin a phone is; these users don't want to sacrifice battery life, even if that means having to carry a beefier device. Check out the BLU Studio Energy, the smartphone that rocks a 5,000mAh battery, which will surely last you a couple of days, and some more. The specs aren't in line with all the flagships on steroids out there, but they're not bad either: five-inch 720p display, ...

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    CES is not always about announcing devices or showing them off at the Convention Center or at special events. As the first show of the year (which also happens to be in the US, one of the largest markets in the world), smartphone manufacturers often show off prototypes of upcoming devices to heads of carriers or retailers. Last year, there was a rumor according to which the Galaxy S 5 (announced later, at MWC), was shown off at CES behind closed doors, and, similarly, this year, there's a report claiming that Samsung has shown off prototypes of the Galaxy S 6 to select few, behind closed ...

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    A new, round, smartwatch made by LG, popped up at CES 2015, and could (or could not) be the G Watch R2. The South Korean company already has a couple of smartwatches in its portfolio, but, according to a recent report, we might see a webOS smartwatch in about a year from now. "We’re going to slowly try to build an (software) ecosystem around areas we can have more control over", said the unnamed source, referring to the fact that LG might start to move away from Android Wear (or at least have an alternative). Another person familiar with the matter, still unnamed, claims that LG might ...

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    The G Flex 2 was not the only device LG came prepared with to CES 2015 (and it wasn't even the only one with a curved display); however, it was the only one that was publicly shown off, as there was also some behind-closed-doors action going on. According to this Korean report, on the 5th, when LG introduced the G Flex 2, LG Display unveiled a technology which would allow a smartphone screen to wrap around both edges. Think of it as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, on steroids. Called "Active Bending" technology, this allows a smartphone utilising such a display to have three displays, if you ...

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    Lots of news coming from the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show and we're only on Day 1. Today, it's time for Alcatel OneTouch to introduce its new products, and, pictured above, is the new PIXI 3 family of products. “We are proud to announce the launch of our high-performing PIXI 3 family, which supports different OS platforms” said Dan Dery, the company's CMO. The PIXI 3 product family supports Firefox, Android, as well as Windows. We're looking at four different devices, out of which those with higher resolutions support 4G connectivity as well. Check out the specs for each ...

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    Alcatel OneTouch is introducing a new POP line-up at the ongoing CES 2015, and it consists of a smartphone subfamily (with 5-, 4.5-, and 4-inch screen versions) and a tablet, called the POP 10. The latter has a 10-inch screen and an unnamed resolution (at least not in the press release that we've received), packs a quad-core CPU (sorry, no make, model, or speed listed), 8GB of storage, and a pair of 5 and 2 megapixel cameras, while being "one of the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablets on the market" (7.9mm thick and 400 grams). The phone family, as mentioned above, consists of three ...

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    Aside from lots of smartphones and a tablet, Alcatel OneTouch is also introducing a smartwatch, joining the wearables game. As expected, the smart timepiece has a round shape (in line with current trends), and is compatible with both the iPhone and Android phones. There will be different style options to choose from, including sporty dark red/volcano black, feminine all-white, classic chrome/dark gray and elegant metal-white. Materials used include brushed chrome, micro-textured resin bands and white stainless steel. In terms of its capabilities, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch has a 1.22-inch ...

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    Despite being an incremental update to its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z3 is a great phone, with exceptional performance, awesome battery life, and a build (which you might like or dislike) that makes it resistant to both water and dust. Out of the box, the Sony Xperia Z3 is powered by Android 4.4.4 (with Sony's own UI on top of it), but that's about to change soon, according to the manufacturer. At the CES 2015 special Sony keynote, the company's COO, Michael Fasulo, announced that the Sony Xperia Z3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update will start rolling out to devices beginning next month. ...

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