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1 month ago

Samsung reportedly overtaken by Apple in Q4 2014 smartphone sales

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Research firm Gartner claims that Samsung sold 73.03 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2014, but was beaten by Apple, which the firm said sold 74.83 million smartphones.

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1 month ago

Honor 4X unveiled, coming in Q2 for €200

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The latest in the Honor line will be available Europe in the next few months.

At the Honor press event at Mobile World Congress, the newest mid-range offering, the Honor 4X has been announced. As we've seen before from Honor devices, we're looking at good specs without a high price, and while the Honor 6 Plus is clearly the most premium offering in the European lineup, the Honor 4X sits nicely in the middle.

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1 month ago

The Honor 6 Plus is officially coming to Europe

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We're in Barcelona with Honor at the brand's MWC 2015 press event where we learned that the Honor 6 Plus will be officially coming to Europe.

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1 month ago

Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promises to double their battery life

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The battery cases will be launched around the time the new Galaxy smartphones are released later this spring for $99.95

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1 month ago

How to take a screenshot on the HTC One M9

There are a couple of easy ways to capture what's on your M9's screen

There are a bunch of reasons why you might want to capture what's on your HTC One M9's's screen and keep it for posterity. Maybe you want to show off a cool app, quickly share something with a friend, or make a quick copy of some important information. Whatever the case, there are a couple of ways to take a screenshot on the HTC One M9, and for the most part everything works just as it does on earlier phones like the M8.

So if you've used an HTC phone before you'll probably be right at home. But if you're new to Android or HTC, or just want to reacquaint yourself with the basics, we've got a quick guide to taking screenshots on the HTC One M9 after the break.

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1 month ago

Just how fast does the Galaxy S6's camera launch? Check out these animations

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera

Imaging is a big focus of Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — not only is the Korean company talking up image quality, but also how quickly the camera can be launched at any time — Samsung says the camera can be brought to life in as little as 0.7 seconds using a variety of shortcuts. To put this to the test, we spent some time with the phone at Mobile World Congress, and captured the GS6 camera's startup times compared to the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, as well as Apple's iPhone 6. Check out the animations down below.

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1 month ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S6

These two shortcuts let you easily take a screenshot on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge

Just like earlier Samsung phones, taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge is simple enough once you know how. So if you're upgrading to Samsung's 2015 flagship from a previous Galaxy phone, chances are you'll be right at home — taking a screenshot works just as it does on the GS5 and earlier handsets.

But if you're new to Samsung or Android in general, it's worth recapping this basic function, as there are countless situations where capturing an image of your phone's screen can be useful.

Let's take a look at the two main methods.

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1 month ago

In pictures: Galaxy S6 TouchWiz versus the previous generation

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Galaxy S6 + S5

Samsung hasn't just overhauled its smartphone hardware in the new Galaxy S6. The company's TouchWiz UI has also received some much-needed attention. It's much faster than before, with slicker animations and a clear Material Design influence. We've already seen some movement in this direction through the Galaxy S5's Lollipop update, but the differences between the two generations of Samsung UI are pretty striking, even when compared with a fully updated GS5.

We've been playing with the Galaxy S6 here at Mobile World Congress, and we've had a chance to see all the little changes Samsung's made to TouchWiz. Some are major, some are minor; you'll find the more notable ones in our photo essay after the break.

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1 month ago

Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: It's all about the camera

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Lenovo Vibe Shot

Lenovo puts its focus on the camera with the 16-megapixel Vibe Shot. It's as much smartphone as it is camera, perhaps, but it's clear this one's intended to be the only shooter you need.

Lenovo's brought a couple of new phones to Mobile World Congress this year, and the Vibe Shot (as the name suggests) is bringing some serious tech to the back of the phone. This guy's got a 16-megpixel camera (using a Samsung sensor and f/2.2 lens) with optical image stabilization that Lenovo says could well serve as the only camera you need.

The Vive Shot has some interesting controls, starting with the hardware.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge listed with 64GB storage as standard in the UK

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in storage variations of 32, 64 and 128GB, with the flash memory based on the vendor's latest UFS 2.0-based storage modules. While the Galaxy S6 comes in all three storage variants, it looks like the dual-curved Galaxy S6 edge will be offered with 64GB as standard, with the 128GB storage version also available.

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1 month ago

Relive our HTC One M9 video preview!

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Much has been said about the new HTC One M9. And we've got a few thoughts as well. Here they are, in moving pictures.

While the jury's still out on the HTC One M9 — and likely will be for a little while now — it's probably a good idea to take a couple extra minutes and give our initial preview a gander. We spent a solid 36 hours with the M9 here in Barcelona, Spain. It's perhaps an imperfect device (what isn't, really), but still addresses a number of issues we had with 2014's HTC One M8.

The question is how does it stand up to more through use. We'll find out soon enough, to be sure. For now, enjoy.

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1 month ago

Watch our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hands-on video!

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The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are very much official now, and through all of the news and our own coverage we completely understand if you happened to miss our comprehensive hands-on preview video. Well that's okay, because we wanted to show it off once again — we're pretty darn proud of it, and we think you'll enjoy it too.

Give it a watch, and when you're done you can circle back and get all of the GS6 info you can handle right here.

Samsung Galaxy S6

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1 month ago

SanDisk's new embedded iNAND flash storage boasts stupid fast write speeds

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There are bottlenecks throughout the modern smartphone, but SanDisk is working to make their path as wide as possible with their new iNAND 7132 embedded flash storage.

While SanDisk is well known for their consumer memory products — SD cards, microSD cards, USB flash drives, replacement SSDs, and so forth — a major (and under-appreciated by the general consumer) part of their business is actually in selling embedded flash storage to device manufacturers.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch announces the 6-inch, Cyanogen OS-powered Hero 2+

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Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+

It's a big week for the folks at Cyanogen Inc. as it enters into a partnership with another Android phone manufacturer.

Hot on the heels of a new partnership with Qualcomm, the Cyanogen team have announced a device with Alcatel OneTouch. The Hero 2+ is a North American remix on the original Hero 2, which we took a look at back in September. This new version swaps out the MT8392 found in its predecessor for the MT6592 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz, and that's just about where the hardware changes end. All the changes that earn this device that extra "+" lie in software, as Alcatel OneTouch will be shipping this new version of the Hero 2 with Cyanogen OS.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua hands-on

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Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony's latest mid-ranger, announced at Mobile World Congress, is a 64-bit waterproof phone running Lollipop out of the box

Sony didn't surprise us with a new high-end flagship phone at Mobile World Congress this year, however it did introduce a solid new mid-range handset — the Xperia M4 Aqua. With a 5-inch 720p display and a plastic back panel, the M4 Aqua sits squarely in the middle of Sony's Android portfolio, between the Xperia E4 at the low end and the Z3 series at the high end.

A resolution of 720p might not sound particularly impressive in a market dominated by Quad HD panels at its most expensive price range, but the M4 Aqua's screen is not to be sniffed at. As HTC has done with its Desire series, Sony's shipping a somewhat lower-resolution panel, but one with bright, vivid colors that's still going to be more than good enough for most things you'll want to do on a phone.

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