Posts by Anton D. Nagy

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    It was very early this year that we caught a glimpse of Android Lollipop running on the LG G2, the company's 2013 flagship. Since then, LG did a good job in officially bringing Android 5.0 to the two-year old device (in some cases, even earlier than its -- back then, before the G4 -- flagship, the G3) but apparently support has not been abandoned for the LG G2. According to this report from Germany, the company is already working hard on the LG G2 Android Lollipop 5.1.1 update, claims the report that cites an unnamed person inside the manufacturer's software development department. The ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z3+ is available internationally since the end of last month -- we're currently testing the device, with our full review coming next week -- but sadly there are not plans for the device to officially reach the US. Instead, a beefed up version will soon land on Verizon's line-up with the Xperia Z4v, a device that features a QHD screen, larger battery (at 3,000mAh), and support for wireless charging. However, if you're in the US want to grab the Xperia Z3+, you can do so, if you have around $650-$700 to spare. The phone is available unlocked through Amazon, and it will work ...

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    YotaPhone is the Russian company known for its dual-screen smartphones; its most recent model, the YotaPhone 2, is a step-up in every aspect compared to the initial model, its predecessor. If you somehow missed all the buzz around the YotaPhone 2, its main feature is the E-Paper Display (EPD) on the back, a 4.7-inch 960×540 E-Ink panel that dominates the rear cover of the device. While the first two models of YotaPhone are powered by Google's mobile operating system, Yahoo News reports that YotaPhone drops Android in favor of Jolla Sailfish (a mobile platform that has its roots in Nokia's ...

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    The Apple Watch, as we know it today, while a good product, it is still in its infancy, a first generation product, one which Apple will surely improve in the future, once a follow-up lands. The Apple Watch 2 will probably fix some (if not most) of the issues the current version has, and, according to reports, it might also go on a diet. Samsung is reportedly working on a new module technology which would allow the Apple Watch 2 to be thinner and lighter, while maintaining other key features, like resolution, touch panel structure, and overall design. Reports are being split on who will be ...

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    In our full review, we have called the Microsoft Lumia 640 "one of the best values in mobile"; if you're looking for a Windows Phone, go check it out. If you have already decided to purchase one, or a Lumia 640XL, and you're living in the US, you might want to grab your smartphone from the Microsoft Store, as they're adding some extras. While this might or might not be a new deal, it is definitely worth checking out. When you purchase a T-Mobile Microsoft Lumia 640, or an AT&T Microsoft Lumia 640XL from the Microsoft Store, you'll get a pair of free Nokia headphones. Of course, "while ...

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    Reports of the LG G4 not meeting sales expectations might or might not be true, but the South Korean manufacturer continues to push its 2015 flagship with different deals, campaigns, and more recently, freebies. In addition to all of those, LG has now decided to look for the #BestShotEver of Instagram, part of the company's latest marketing push, presented as a contest. You can win a trip to New York City and two LG G4 smartphones. All you have to do is upload what you think is your best shot to Instagram, tag it with #BestShotEver and @LGUSAMobile, and LG will decide who the lucky ...

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    Whether it will be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, or the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Plus) -- as hinted by a recently discovered USPTO trademark filing -- the phone should become official, judging by Samsung's previous launch windows, at the beginning of September, when IFA 2015 happens in Berlin. We should also remain skeptical, and not rule out the possibility that the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Plus) are two different devices. Actually, there seems to be more evidence pointing to the fact that these two will probably be two different phones (with the S6 Edge+ replacing the ...

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    Being made out completely of aluminum and glass, in addition to being their respective manufacturers' flagships for this year, represent the perfect reasons for us to compare these two devices. But there’s a lot more to comparing these smartphones than what we just mentioned above, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Edge) comparison. As usual, we’re focusing on hardware, software and user experience, as well as the camera, drawing some conclusions at the end, or, better said, setting the stage and making it easier for you to ...

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    We have already heard and seen enough about the upcoming Galaxy A8 (including leaked specs and pictures), so that we become both intrigued, curious, and excited about Samsung's upcoming phone. However, thanks to this leak (embedded below), the upcoming phablet-class Galaxy A8 will have very few secrets. The device is expected to feature a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 16MP main and five-megapixel front-facing cameras, 3,050mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, ...

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    The Xperia Z3+ (also known as the Xperia Z4 in some regions -- Japan), which we're currently dissecting in our review labs, is expected to boost Sony smartphone sales in Taiwan, according to "industry source" cited by DigiTimes. Sony is already reportedly holding 25 percent share of Taiwan's high-end Android smartphone market, and this number is expected to grow thanks to the local launch of the Xperia Z3+, as well as the Xperia M4 Aqua Dual. Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan, expects the availability of the 2015 flaship to slingshot Sony to a comfortable 40 percent ...

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    We've heard a lot about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales; some reports claimed that things are looking good, others insinuated that the situation could be better. You never know who to trust when it comes down to bits like these, and today's report doesn't manage to shed more light either (granted, the report is based on "industry watchers'" findings and insights, so there's, as usual, room for speculation). Said sources claim that Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are falling short of expectations for Q2 of the year; the situation is reportedly not brighter when it comes to Samsung's domestic competitor, ...

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    Android lag is an issue, if you're asking users of other platforms. While we won't go into this debate, lag is present on all devices, regardless of the platform they're running on. Whether we're talking about software lag or hardware latency, devices we use, even flagship ones, are all trying to keep up to the best of their knowledge with user input. Here's where the Chrome TouchBot comes into play. Built by Finnish company OptoFidelity, the robot is being used by Google to check for "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices". The video of the robot in action has been shared ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Google is continuing to improve the user experience of its offerings, as a whole. We've seen an update to Play Music -- to support free radio streaming with ads in the US -- and we've also seen how the Google+ Pictures component will stop functioning soon, as we migrate over to the newly introduced (at I/O) Google Photos. The Google app (Search) has also been updated, and, while it doesn't bring anything new and noteworthy, under the hood, the code reveals some great features that will probably land in future versions. Conclusions drawn from APK teardowns aren't always spot-on, so treat ...

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    This phone popped up on benchmark sites (as well as the Indian import database) with the model number E5663. Whether this will be the Xperia Z4 Compact (Xperia Z3+ Compact) is yet unknown, though we'd be inclined to believe that we're looking at a different upcoming new Xperia, one that appears to be an attractive compact device. What the benchmark results testify to in terms of the internals include a 4.6-inch display with 1080p resolution (a step up from the Z3 Compact), octa-core MediaTek MT6795 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (most probably expandable), ...

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    Not only the Apple rumors are getting more frequent by the day, dealing with the next smartphone, but this recent report from Bloomberg tells us straight up that the Apple iPhone 6s with Force Touch is already in production. We've already heard reports hinting that the Cupertino-based company is preparing to bring a key Apple Watch feature to its next smartphone, but, if this report is true, it serves as an early confirmation. The information comes from "people with knowledge of the matter", who also claim that the two upcoming iPhones will have the same screen sizes and very similar outer ...

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    As we're getting closer and closer to the time when Apple usually unveils its iPhone, the rumors are starting to slowly pile up. We've already heard mentions of a possible adoption of Force Touch, from the Apple Watch, and there were even bold reports of the iPhone becoming curved at one point (and no, we're not talking #bendgate). Today's latest bits come from the Korean media, and they refer to the screen of the iPhone. No, not the iPhone 6s (or whatever its name will be) from this year, not even the 7, or 7s, but maybe the 8 (if our calculations are right; the report claims 2018). Given ...

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    Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Nokia, Toshiba, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, are just a few of Foxconn's largest clients. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese company that also happens to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. At a recent company shareholder meeting, the company's chairman, Terry Guo, made some reassuring statements. According to Guo, this year, in 2015, Foxconn will become the world's largest desktop, tablet, and smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) / ODM (original design manufacturer). ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 was announced for the Japanese market six months after the introduction of the Xperia Z3 in September of 2014, making Sony stay true to its “flagship every six months” policy. It took the company about a month to announce the Xperia Z4 globally, but with a different name. We’re here to unbox the Xperia Z3 Plus, aka the Xperia Z4. The Xperia Z4 unboxing experience is pretty much the same as it was on the Xperia Z3, Z2, and the rest of the Sony phones we reviewed, just like the phone looks 99% identical to all of its predecessors. Is this a bad thing? Definitely not, ...

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    Until Microsoft "soon" decides on the next Windows 10 Mobile release, Insiders can continue playing with build 10136, that's become available last week. Whether the new build that will arrive will be 10149, or a more recent one, is yet unknown, but this particular 10149 version, that's been allegedly leaked, brings some changes to the table. For starters, as you can see in the image above, the Edge address bar (Edge is the name of the now rebranded browser) has been moved to the bottom. Unlike on Android and iOS, where you have to reach all the way up to the address bar, Edge will make it ...

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    Many people are using the Photos app that comes with Google+ (and there also are users who can't wait for it to go away), but, apparently, with the latest update to the Google+ app, the Photos counterpart will go away. This message (pictured above) will pop up, at one point, once you get the Google+ 5.8 version from the Play Store: "This Google+ version of Photos will stop working soon. But don't worry! All your photos and videos are already in the new Google Photos — organized, searchable, shareable, and ready for you." Those who were relying on the built-in Google+ Photos section ...

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    Whether Apple Music will turn out to be the Spotify killer or not (or a serious contender for that matter), is yet unknown. However, what we do know, is that, thanks to Taylor Swift, Apple will now pay artists for their songs streamed by users in the free Apple Music trial period. While nothing has been set in stone yet, and negotiations are under way with several labels, The New York Times reports that Apple will pay 0.2 cent for the use of recordings. Executives in the music business said that this is more or less similar to what other services are offering, like Spotify. The ...

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    If you are, or were, a "flash-aholic", just like some (read most) of us were at one point, then you're probably going to like this, especially if you are an HTC One M9 owner. It's been a while since we covered custom ROMs, but, just as we did in the past, we'll remind you again: tampering with your phone's software could render it unusable, seriously damage it, and may void your warranty. Not that we've got this one out of the way, here's the meat of it: first HTC One M9 custom ROM that's based on Android 5.1 is out, and, of course it comes from XDA Developers. While HTC is doing a great ...

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    The OPPO Joy 3, as seen above, is the latest budget smartphone coming from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It has been listed on the phone-maker's website, and, while pricing has not yet been confirmed, it will definitely be a budget-oriented device, given the rather low-end specifications. It features a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. RAM and internal storage are on the low side, with one- and 4GB respectively, granted, internal storage can be expanded using a microSD card. ...

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    Confused? Just yesterday we wrote a news piece regarding recent speculation on Samsung's upcoming flagship device; the headline was "Samsung Galaxy S7 launch happening this year?" Today we're writing a new one, with the headline you can see above. This is what usually happens when the rumor mill gets in motion. According to the Korean media, Samsung is pushing its R&D team with the Galaxy S7, because the company reportedly wants to make it official this year, instead of next. Today's information is just as shady and unreliable, and wants to debunk the aforementioned. An unnamed source ...

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