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4 years ago

Head-to-head: Samsung Gear 2 versus Galaxy Gear specs

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Head-to-head: Samsung Gear 2 versus Galaxy Gear specs

Gear 2 Neo

Gear 2 Neo

How does the hardware of Samsung's latest smartwatch compare to last year's release?

The Samsung Gear 2 is official, as is the Gear 2 Neo, a version of the Tizen-powered smartwatch without a camera. But how do they compare to the original Android-powered Galaxy Gear? We've got a rundown of the spec differences after the break.

4 years ago

The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapters 1 and 2

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The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapters 1 and 2

The Room Two Walkthrough
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 1
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 2
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 2
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 2
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 2
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 2
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 2
The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapter 2

The Room Two Walkthrough

Need a hand getting through the beginning of The Room Two? We've got step-by-step instructions for you.

The Room Two was launched last week on Android, and though some of you may have already started chewing on this devilishly difficult and gorgeous puzzle game, there may be many that are simply stumped at a particular point. We're going to walk you through the solutions for the first two chapters to get you on your way. Keep in mind that these are some significant spoilers. Don't read ahead unless you're well and truly stuck! You can also make use of the in-game hints in the top-left. That said, also be sure to take the time to read the notes left around each level and soak up some of the excellent story.

4 years ago

Huawei MediaPad X1 7-inch phone hands-on

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Huawei MediaPad X1 7-inch phone hands-on

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Huawei MediaPad X1
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Huawei MediaPad X1

An impressive display of hardware quality in a gigantic phone form factor

Huawei is making a big deal about its latest huge phone, the MediaPad X1, here at MWC 2014. Yes, this 7-inch device is technically a phone, but Huawei is marketing it more as an intersecting point of phones and tablets. We've seen Sony do it with the Z Ultra and Samsung with the Galaxy Mega, and now it's Huawei's turn.

Mobile World Congress

This is basically just a gigantic phone, with little to make it easy to use one-handed. Huawei does its best by offering small bezels — less than 3mm on the left and right sides — and extreme thinness of 7.18mm. It accomplishes this thickness with an impressive build quality of an all-glass front and aluminum back and sides that uses an interesting nanotechnology to keep it rigid.

On the inside, Huawei is going with a relatively unknown Kirin 910 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM — in our time with the device the UI seems snappy and fluid with not a single slowdown. The display comes in at an impressive 1200 x 1920 and looks absolutely great to our eyes with solid viewing angles and colors. Huawei is still doing some weird things with its interface that keep icons and settings overly-colorful to our eyes, but if you know its interface than you'll feel at home here.

Stick around for a closer look at the phone, including video, after the break.

The rest of the device rounds out just like most of Huawei's other devices — a 13MP Sony Exmor R camera on the rear and wide-angle 5MP camera on the front, a few new camera modes and the ability to charge other devices off the USB port. The hardware design is a step in the right directon for Huawei and really feels like a more premium device. The software still needs some work, we think, but is also heading in the right direction.

Huawei says that the MediaPad X1 will be coming to China, Russia, Western Europe, Middle East, Japan and Latin America in four colors starting in March. The price is an impressively-low €399, and we'll have more pricing details as they become available.

4 years ago

Glympse partners with Samsung's ChatON to provide simple location sharing

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Glympse partners with Samsung's ChatON to provide simple location sharing

Glympse with ChatON

Glympse with ChatON

Precise, time-limited location sharing in the app you already know

Mobile World Congress

Working to expand its reach, Glympse today announced it will be partnering with Samsung to offer location sharing in the ChatON messaging service. Glympse, which is best known for its stand-alone location sharing service and app, has been making several partnerships as of late to offer a better location sharing experience to millions of people. The latest will bring precise location sharing to nearly 180 million people in 200 countries who currently use ChatON.

ChatON users can now share their location with friends with the familiar interface of the chat app, but with the added features of Glympse. Simply share your background location as you move with a specific person or people — everyone currently sharing with Glympse will show up on a map together. Better yet, you can even put a time limit on how long they can see where you're at.

Glympse integration with ChatON will be coming to the app on Android but also across multiple platforms, including iOS and BlackBerry, starting today.

4 years ago

Lenovo announces Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ with 1920 x 1200 display, 18 hours battery life

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Lenovo announces Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ with 1920 x 1200 display, 18 hours battery life

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Dramatically improved screen and a spec bump sum up this mild refresh

Mobile World Congress

Building on the success of its initial Yoga line of tablets, Lenovo has refreshed its Android offering with the announcement of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. Just like its predecessor, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ offers three modes of operation for different uses — Hold, Tilt and Stand — depending on how you swivel it around. The new model offers some update specs, however.

You'll be greeted by a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 "20/20 Vision" display, a dramatic increase over the original. The display, while being extremely clear, also adjusts images and test on-screen to best fit the current lighting for an optimal viewing experience. The tablet also makes a bump to a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, adds USB OTG (On The Go) and optional keyboard accessory support. As for a camera, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ moves to an 8MP rear-facing shooter.

On the software side the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ runs Android 4.3, sporting Lenovo's latest DOit suite of apps. SHAREit enables easy sharing of pictures, videos, music, documents and more with nearby devices even without an iternet connection. Security-focused SECUREit protects your data from viruses, spam and malware, as well as enables theft protection. Finally, SYNCit makes it simple to back up contacts, messages and other data to the cloud.

The Yoga 10 HD+ will go on sale in April from a variety of retailers and from its on website, with models starting at just $349.

4 years ago

Lenovo's suite of DOit apps for phones and tablets debut at MWC 2014

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Lenovo's suite of DOit apps for phones and tablets debut at MWC 2014

Lenovo

Lenovo

Set of apps designed to simplify data management, security and device use

Alongside the announcement of its newest Android tablet, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, Lenovo is also debuting its latest suite of DOit apps for phones and tablets. These five apps — SHAREit, SECUREit, SYNCit, SNAPit and SEEit — aim to simplify the way you handle data and processes on your devices.

Mobile World Congress

SHAREit is an all-in-one sharing app that makes it easy to move pictures, video, music, documents and more to other devices nearby wirelessly and without and internet connection. The app shares seamlessly between Lenovo devices, iOS devices and even Windows computers.

SECUREit is focused on security, naturally, that protects your device and data from threats with a single touch — protect from viruses, unwarranted access to data and spam text messages. In addition, the app offers anti-theft protection that locks the device when someone tries to change the SIM card, making a phone unusable without entering a password first.

SYNCit is a continuous backup solution that keeps your contacts, SMS messages and calls in the cloud, which can all be restored back to any Andriod device. No more third-party solutions, you can completely back up the most important data with Lenovo's solution.

SNAPit, a camera app, and SEEit, a gallery app, work in conjunction to manage your digital photos and video. On the camera side, you'll find a multitude of camera modes — panorama, burst and more — for every situation. For the gallery, SEEit offers photo viewing with post-photo facial recognition for categorizing photos, as well as one-touch filters and effects.

SHAREit, SYNCit and SECUREit will come pre-loaded on all new Lenovo Android phones as well as certain tablets, but will also be available in the Google Play Store for free. SNAPit and SEEit will be exclusive to Lenovo devices, and will come pre-loaded on select new phones and tablets.

4 years ago

KitKat pushing out for AT&T's LG G2

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KitKat pushing out for AT&T's LG G2

AT&T G2

AT&T G2

KitKat said to be 17 percent faster than Jelly Bean

It must be KitKat day at AT&T headquarters — and none of us will complain about that. Not only is the HTC One getting it's update, but KitKat is rolling out for the LG G2 as well.

Per AT&T, you'll be getting Android 4.4, which will make your G2 faster and last longer.

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
  • Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
  • Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
  • Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
  • Enhanced "Knock On" feature: The responsiveness of LG's Knock On feature has been improved.

Make sure your battery is over 50 percent charged, look in Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now to get started.

Be sure to get into the comments and share how it all went with all of us!

Source: AT&T. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

4 years ago

KitKat for AT&T's HTC One now live

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KitKat for AT&T's HTC One now live

HTC One

HTC One

And that's all four here in the US

While getting out your update on a quiet Sunday morning isn't quite as dramatic as a late night push while everyone in the industry is on a plane to Barcelona, it's still a welcome site. And that's exactly what's happening today for folks on AT&T with the HTC One, which has a shiny new KitKat update ready and waiting.

It's a sizeable download at 620MB, and you'll need to make sure your battery is charged past 50 percent or so to apply it. And there's that pecky little deal where AT&T only allows you to check once per day to contend with, so if you don't see it today don't get too alarmed.

I know plenty of folks have already downloaded and installed, and I'm sure some will share their experiences in these very comments.

Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG G2 Mini

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Hands-on with the LG G2 Mini

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LG G2 Mini
LG G2 Mini
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LG G2 Mini
LG G2 Mini
LG G2 Mini
LG G2 Mini

LG G2 Mini fits into a weird, but targeted place in the smartphone spectrum

Mobile World Congress

Let's just put this out in the open here. We're a bit perplexed by the prospect of the LG G2 Mini, which we've just taken a look at here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. On paper, it's not exactly a scaled-down version of the LG G2 — more like a scaled down, under-spec'd model, actually. A mere 4.7 inches — but at qHD 960x540 resolution. Whereas the G2 has a Snapdragon 800 processor, the G2 Mini sports either a Qualcomm MSM8926, or an NVIDIA Tegra 4i (not insignificant, but also not exaclty hard-core). A mere 8GB of total on-board storage, 1GB of RAM — but with a 13-megapixel camera, minus some features.

The LG G2 Mini is, simply put, not a smaller version of the high-end G2. What it basically is, however, is a lower-cost device, somewhere in between the even-lower L series (that's not what L stands for, but we can't help but make that distiction now). That's a murky area — but also not all that surprising given that it appears to be targeted for specific regional markets. That's something to keep in mind, we suppose.

But, bottom line? Not the worst "affordable" device we've ever seen. Low-end certainly isn't as low as it used to be.

4 years ago

Mozilla announces $25 smartphone, additional 12 Firefox OS markets for 2014

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Mozilla announces $25 smartphone, additional 12 Firefox OS markets for 2014

Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom launching 12 combined new markets in the first half of 2014

Mobile World Congress

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today we've been spending a little time with the folks from Mozilla, getting an update on the performance and future of Firefox OS. During the presentation, Mozilla COO Jay Sullivan, announced a partnership with Spreadtrum which will provide chipsets for $25 Firefox OS smartphones. You read that right. Just $25.

Sure, such devices may not meet the requirements many of us look for in a smartphone, but Mozilla isn't targetting us. This new bar in the entry-level smartphone space Mozilla says is to help people get online, to ditch their feature phones once and for all.

Additional news on the future of the fledgling platform sees 12 new markets coming online in the first half of 2014. Telefonica will be launching Firefox OS in Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama, while Deutsche Telekom will take it to Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, and Montenegro.

4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG G Pro 2

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Hands-on with the LG G Pro 2

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LG G Pro 2
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LG G Pro 2

LG's largest Android smartphone gets bigger, and smarter

Mobile World Congress

LG already introduced the new G Pro 2 over in Korea, and they're showing it off to the rest of the world here at Mobile World Congress for the first time. If you're thinking it looks a little familar, you'd be right. Gone is the physical home button of its predecessor and in are the rear mounted power and volume controls of the G2. It's actually pretty handsome. And quite large.

A quick specs recap first, then. The G Pro 2 houses a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, with a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM underneath. You get either 16 or 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot and a 13MP camera round the back with OIS. Software-wise we're looking at Android 4.4.2 KitKat and LG's own brand of customizations.

While LG's manage to keep the overall look and feel of the original G Pro, this one's definitely in the extra-large department. There's just no disguising 5.9 inches, small bezels or not. If you absolutely have to one-hand the G Pro 2, you can fire up Mini View, which shrinks things down into a windowed display. But that doesn't change the fact that you're manhandling a massive phone.

And Knock On — where you tap the screen twice to wake the phone — has gotten even better with Knock Code, which lets you set one of 80,000 some-odd combinations of knocking patterns, so you now have convience as well as security. Love this feature.

But enough words, you want to see it, right? Head on past the break for a hands-on look at the new LG G Pro 2.

4 years ago

Three UK to offer Samsung Gear 2 Neo, heavy price cut on original Galaxy Gear

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Three UK to offer Samsung Gear 2 Neo, heavy price cut on original Galaxy Gear

Galaxy Gear

£99 with a Samsung device purchase, £149 without from March 4

The Gear 2 Neo is only just official but we're already hearing the first snippets of UK availability. Three is set to sell the new smartwatch, but as yet hasn't announced firm details on pricing. If you're looking for a deal, Three is also offering heavy price cuts on the first generation Galaxy Gear.

Brendan Arndt is Three's Device and Accessory Portfolio manager, so he's pretty well placed to pass on such information. Three already sells the Galaxy Gear throughout its retail network so you should be able to pop along to your local store and pick one up at the lower price from March 4.

4 years ago

Poll: Do you care what OS your smartwatch runs?

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Poll: Do you care what OS your smartwatch runs?

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Galaxy Gear and Gear 2 smartwatches

The Samsung Gear 2 runs Tizen, not Android — but do you care?

Samsung today announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo — two new smartwatches that work with its Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. Unlike the original Galaxy Gear, however, the new watches themselves run the Tizen OS. But with similar software and a matching user experience, does the underlying OS really matter? If you're not planning on hacking the device to run third-party apps, do you care that the wearable connecting to your Android phone doesn't also run Google's OS?

Share your opinion in our poll!

4 years ago

Why Samsung switching smartwatches from Android to Tizen maybe isn't that big a deal

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Why Samsung switching smartwatches from Android to Tizen maybe isn't that big a deal

Gear 2 and Gear Neo
About Tizen
About Android
Gear 2 Neo
Samsung software
Galaxy Gear

Gear 2 and Gear Neo

Things have changed behind the familiar faces, but does that really matter?

Mobile World Congress

Samsung has announced their new wearables this evening, and one of the bullet points stands out a bit more than the others. Both the Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo are running Tizen — an open-source operating system developed in part by Samsung.

This brings up a lot of contreversy from Android faithful — the original Galaxy Gear ran a version of Android — as well as a lot of questions about what Tizen is, and why Samsung decided to go with it. We're not going to jump too deep into the controversy, but we can try to talk about some of the questions and give a few answers.

The short version is that the sky is not falling, and Tizen on Samsung's new smartwatches can be a very good thing. The longer version follows below.

4 years ago

Samsung Gear 2 specs

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Samsung Gear 2 specs

Samsung Gear 2 group shot
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo
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Samsung Gear 2 in gold
Samsung Gear 2 in black
Samsung Gear 2 in black
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Samsung Gear 2 in gold
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Samsung Gear 2 Neo in black
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Samsung Gear 2 Neo in Mocha Grey
Samsung Gear 2 Neo in Mocha Grey
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Samsung Gear 2 Neo in Mocha Orange
Samsung Gear 2 Neo in Mocha Orange
Samsung Gear 2 Neo in Mocha Orange

Samsung Gear

Samsung has announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. Both are compatible with Smasung's Android smartphones, but neither watch actually runs Android instead switching to Samsung's own open-source OS, Tizen.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo essentially are the same thing, only the Neo a tad smaller and lighter, has no camera and has different color options.

Here are the Samsung Gear 2 specs:

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