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3 years ago

Racing to the app grave: the dead, the zombies, and the parasites - Talk Mobile

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Your finger hovers over the download button in your smartphone's app store. Maybe it’s free, maybe it’s not. Even if it costs only 99 cents, you spend four times that much at Starbucks every day. Yet you hesitate, haunted by the memories of that app you downloaded a few years ago, fell in love with, and then watched as the servers shut down and the app was abandoned and left to wither and die on your launcher.

3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 hands-on

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Huawei fields another ridiculously thin Android phon​e

We're live from London, where Chinese manufacturer Huawei is showing off its latest Android smartphone, the Ascend P6. An insanely svelte little handset, the P6 measures in at just 6.18mm thick, making it the thinnest Android phone we're aware of. (In fact, Huawei claims that the P6 is the world's thinnest smartphone.)

It's also a good-looking piece of kit, with an iPhone-like metal trim around its top and sides, and a featureless back panel save for the Huawei logo and rear-facing camera. It comes in white, black and pink color options -- the white and pink versions have a soft touch pack panel, while the black has a more granular texture. The main camera is an 8-megapixel unit, and In today's presentation Huawei was keen to talk up its wide range of software capabilities designed to boost dynamic range and improve color vibrancy. But it's actually the front-facer that's most unique here, as it packs a 5-megapixel sensor, far beyond what's offered by most competitors.

On the front there's a 4.7-inch 720p display -- no longer cutting edge, but equally nothing to sniff at. Once again, Huawei's sporting on-screen buttons as part of its Emotion UI, which brings a unique, highly themable user interface to the P6. As with previous Huawei handsets, there's a central focus on the big "Me" widget containing weather details and other pertinent info. There are plenty of customization options too -- the manufacturer boasts 100 custom skins out of the box, and more than 1000 more online, including seasonal variants. The software experience is speedy, with no sign of lag whatsoever, on account one-two-punch of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Huawei's custom-built 1.5GHz quad-core CPU.

One thing you won't be enjoying on the P6 is 4G LTE connectiity -- the current model is HSPA+-only, though Huawei boss Richard Yu did mention that an LTE-capable version would be launching around October or November.

Check out our hands-on video and gallery after the break.

More: Huawei London liveblog

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3 years ago

No 'Google Edition' Ascend P6 in the works, Huawei says

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Huawei is pretty proud of the new flagship Ascend P6 and its Emotion UI, which it unveiled today in London. And while we're seeing the likes of Samsung and HTC -- and probably Sony -- get on board with "Google Edition" versions of their top-shelf phones, Huawei has no plans to do so with the Ascend P6, Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer for the Huawei Consumer Business Group, said at Tuesday's event.

That sentiment was echoed in the press release.

“The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is a star among smartphones with its industry-leading design, high-quality camera, and intuitive user interface. Building on the success of our Ascend P series of fashion smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 provides unsurpassed technology and a design that is simply stunning.”

"Stock" versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will go on sale June 26 at Google Play.

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3 years ago

Former HTC executives create, Kazam, their own smartphone startup

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Former head of sales at HTC Michael Coombes, and former U.K. marketing director James Atkins may have left HTC during this tumultuous spring, but that doesn't mean they plan to stop making smart phones. The two high level HTC execs have joined together to create the startup Kazam, and they plan to keep building phone hardware with a "stunning design, robust hardware, and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service" for the European market.

While there is no news about any actual hardware just yet, CEO Coombes says they will be focused on support after the purchase. This should allow them to differentiate themselves in a very competitive market, but it will be easier said than done.

We're assuming Android will figure big into their plans, and we're going to keep a close eye on the duo and their new company.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile gets the Sony Xperia Z this summer

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T-Mobile U.S. has announced that (as was rumored) it'll carry the Sony Xperia Z "in the coming weeks." No pricing was announced. It'll be available in black and, for a limited time, in purple.

The phone looks to be the same that we reviewed some weeks ago -- 5-inch display at 1080p (and with Sony's Bravia 2 engine), 13-megapixel camera and, more important -- it'll work just fine on T-Mobile's fledgling LTE network.

More: Xperia Z at T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Huawei announces the Ascend P6

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Huawei this morning from London announced the Ascend P6 smartphone, a ridiculously thin 4.7-inch Android device.

The thinness is Huawei's lead bullet point here, with the phone measuring in at a mere 6.18 mm. It's sporting a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2.2. The LCD display proclaims to have "MagicTouch" -- basically meaning you can rock gloves with this guy.

Camera-wise, the Ascend P6 has an 8-megapixel shooter out back with an f/2.0 aperture. It's also sporting a full 5-megapixel camera out front, so your duckface pics will have a higher resolution than ever before.

We're live from the launch event in London. Be sure to check our liveblog!

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3 years ago

Samsung to live-stream its Galaxy & ATIV event from London

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A quick heads up for those of us who can't make it to London on Thursday for Samsung's Galaxy & ATIV event -- it'll be streamed live on YouTube. Specifically, you can find it at youtube.com/SamsungMobile.

Start time is 7 p.m. BST, or 2 p.m. on the east cost of the U.S., or 11 a.m. out west.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 200 gets official with 3.5-inch display

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HTC this morning took the wraps off the diminutive Desire 200, sporting a look that mostly is a throwback to the pre-HTC One days but still has hints of its flagship line.

This is decidedly not a high-end device. The 3.5-inch display has a 480x320 resolution -- nearly unheard of these days but not unexpected for a phone this small. It's rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor running at 1 GHz, and it's got a mere 4 gigabytes of internal storage and 512 megabytes of RAM. (The included SD card slot lets you bump that up, of course.)

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3 years ago

We're live from London with Huawei at 1 p.m. BST, 8 a.m. EDT

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We're live from Camden's Roundhouse in London, where Huawei is showing off its new smartphones. We're expecting the Ascend P6 -- heavily teased, but not yet officially unveiled, along with more Android goodness. And there's a chance we might get a look at the manufacturer's new Windows Phone handset too, the Ascend W2.

We'll bring you live coverage starting at 1pm local time (BST). That's 8am EDT, or 5am PDT. Liveblog's after the break!

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3 years ago

Minus 2.0 brings a redesigned interface and simplified navigation

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Following up on a pivot that shifted Minus to be a chat and photo sharing service, an update to version 2.0 today brings a nicely refreshed and improved interface to the table. Building on the idea that Minus is made to help people meet and chat with its app, the new interface gives users an easy option to browse around a globe to find new people to connect with. Once you've made some new connections, the changes continue including a new greetings inbox for incoming chats, icons to indicate online users and an overall simpler navigation paradigm. As always, you still have access to a full-featured chat interface with both text and media sharing options.

The new version 2.0 update of Minus is now available in the Play Store, which you can find at the link above.

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3 years ago

Dragon Mobile Assistant hits version 4.0 with new features, stability improvements

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Nuance's assistant app, Dragon Mobile Assistant, has just received a notable update to version 4.0 today bringing in a new set of features and enhancements. With this latest update, Dragon Assistant will now automatically switch to Driving Mode when it detects that you are moving quickly enough to be driving, creating a seamless experience. Additionally, users can now have email dictation, so you can now create, dictate and send email through the app. Facebook activity will now automatically read out when enabled for notifications and newsfeed updates as well.

And what good would an update be without a bunch of stability and performance improvements, along with a bunch of bug fixes? Those are all here too. The version 4.0 update of the app has just been pushed out to the Play Store, which you can find at the link above.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G Pro sales surpass 1 million in Korea

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Average daily sales of over 8,000 push total sales to 1 million in just 4 months

Since its introduction to the Korean market back in mid February, the Optimus G Pro has passed the 1 million sales mark according to LG. The manufacturer claims that this is the fastest it has reached the 1 million device milestone in its own country, hitting it in just 4 months with average daily sales of over 8,000 for the period. LG Says this tops its previous record sales of the Optimus LTE in Korea, which took a full 7 months. Naturally LG gives the credit to the number of features it packed into the Optimus G Pro, from the hardware side with LTE and a large HD display to the software UX improvements it has included and upgraded.

LG isn't talking about the sales figures of its Optimus G Pro elsewhere in the world, but these sales figures in its home country are certainly promising.

Source: LG

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3 years ago

Sprint files lawsuit against Dish, Clearwire to block strategic purchase

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Delaware law and Equity Holders Agreement both stand in the way of Dish's bid for Clearwire, claims Sprint

While it has publicly voiced its opposition to Dish's attempt to purchase a large portion of Clearwire, Sprint is taking things to the next level today by filing a lawsuit against the two companies to stop the deal once and for all. In a release put out to its official newsroom, Sprint details the fact that it has filed a complaint in Delaware against the two companies, citing that if the deal were to go through it would violate not only Delaware law but also Clearwire's Equity Holders Agreement (EHA).

The current deal, which could see Dish purchasing up to the 49.5-percent of Clearwire that Sprint doesn't already own, violates several different principles in Sprint's view.

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3 years ago

Spotify adds another big name to their catalog with the full works of Pink Floyd

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Legendary band's full back catalog available to stream only on Spotify, staking another claim to be king of the streaming game

Spotify continues to try and establish themselves as the biggest players in the streaming game, and their latest acquisition won't harm their chances. Following the addition of Metallica in late 2012, the streaming service can now add the complete works of Pink Floyd to their ever increasing catalog. 

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3 years ago

Google expands retail availability of Chromebooks to new store partners

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Walmart and Staples in the U.S. to carry various Chromebook models

With the somewhat quiet success of Chromebook sales through its original sales channels of Amazon and Best Buy continuing, Google announced today that it is expanding retail availability of the laptops to three times the number of stores. Starting today, Walmart will carry the lowest-end Chromebook model from Acer, which comes in at just $199. This weekend Staples will begin to carry Acer, HP and Samsung Chromebook models in every one of its U.S. stores, as well as online or through its Staples Advantage B2B program if buying for enterprise. Additionally, Office Depot, Office Max, Fry's and TigerDirect will all begin to carry Chromebooks.

Google is also expanding worldwide availability in the other 10 markets worldwide that have Chromebooks available, with new retail partners such as Dixons in the U.K. and new stores in the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Australia. New countries will be announced later this year also. In all, 6,600 stores will now be carrying Chromebooks worldwide.

If it wasn't apparent before, Google is taking the availability of Chromebooks seriously, and we'll be hearing even more about them in the coming months.

Source: Official Google Blog

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