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4 years ago

Samsung gets up-close and personal in new Galaxy S5 ad

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Samsung gets up-close and personal in new Galaxy S5 ad

Samsung is boasting "meaningful innovation" in its latest Galaxy S5 TV commercial. The video goes over the device in slow, sexy pans, highlighting the "state-of-the-art camera", heart rate sensor, IP67 water and dust resistance, 5.1-inch HD display, and dimpled back. The first Galaxy S5 ad aired during the Oscars last month.

We're not quite sure what the tagline "Real innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you" means, but maybe you guys can offer your take in the comments.

4 years ago

Gapping and 4K heat reported by Sony Xperia Z2 owners

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Gapping and 4K heat reported by Sony Xperia Z2 owners

Sony Xperiz Z2

Sony Xperiz Z2

With widespread delays reported, Sony's having a tough time getting its new flagship phone, the Xperia Z2, out to consumers around the world. But even in countries where the Z2 has already gone on sale, there are reports of hardware issues affecting some users. Following the Xperia Z2's recent launch in Singapore, Sony's local arm has issued statements addressing some owners' concerns over build issues with the device.

4 years ago

How to customize BlinkFeed on the HTC One M8

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How to customize BlinkFeed on the HTC One M8

Disabling BlinkFeed
BlinkFeed Clock
Changing colors
Adding RSS feeds
Adding news
Adding apps

HTC BlinkFeed

How to add apps, social content, news, RSS, change colors and tweak settings in HTC's home screen reader

HTC's BlinkFeed home screen reader is at the heart of its Sense UI, bringing social updates, news and app content to a special scrolling list in the app launcher.

First introduced on the HTC One M7 last year, BlinkFeed returns in HTC Sense 6 with a new look, support for new services and even more customization options. Available first on the HTC One M8, HTC says BlinkFeed will eventually be coming to other Android phones through Google Play, giving owners of rival devices the chance to see what all the fuss is about.

And BlinkFeed is more customizable than ever in Sense 6. Check past the break to see how you can make BlinkFeed your own.

4 years ago

Nokia X hands-on

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Nokia X hands-on

Nokia X

It's a Nokia, with Android, minus the Google

Nokia made a big deal out of the Nokia X – and it's sibling products, the X+ and XL – back at Mobile World Congress, it's first foray into the Android world. But it's not exactly Android in the sense we're familiar with in these parts. Take out the Google and add in some square tiles and you're on the right track.

The Nokia X is definitely aimed towards the low end; a Snapdragon S4 and 512MB of RAM are long past being 'cutting edge.' The low-resolution display, fixed focus rear camera and paltry 4GB of on-board storage scream nothing but 'budget device.' But that doesn't mean we aren't interested by it.

Amazon did something different with Android and it was hardly a failure, so perhaps there is a method to Nokia's madness. And there's absolutely no better way to get a handle on what's what than by putting it through the full review treatment.

And so, that's exactly what we're going to do. The full review is on its way soon, but in the mean time we've taken a quick first look at a retail version of the Nokia X. And you'll catch that in the video up top. Stay tuned for more!

4 years ago

Geeksphone Revolution comes to Amazon in Europe, dual-boot Android and Firefox OS for €239

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Geeksphone Revolution comes to Amazon in Europe, dual-boot Android and Firefox OS for €239

Geeksphone Revolution

Geeksphone Revolution

The Geeksphone Revolution is now available for sale on Amazon in Europe. Potential buyers of the dual-boot device — you have your choice of traditional Android or Mozilla's fledgling Firefox OS — can pick one up from Amazon stores in Spain, France, Germany, and the U.K..

4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 delayed to June in Hong Kong

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Sony Xperia Z2 delayed to June in Hong Kong

Xperia Z2

Xperia Z2

Sony's Xperia Z2, already held back in parts of Europe, has been delayed even further into the summer in Hong Kong. A post on Sony Mobile Hong Kong's Facebook page says the phone is expected to arrive in June, while thanking fans for their patience and support.

4 years ago

HTC 'M8 Ace' pictured, looks like... something

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HTC 'M8 Ace' pictured, looks like... something

HTC M8 Ace

HTC M8 Ace

This, according to smartphone leaker @evleaks, is HTC's "M8 Ace," presumably another member of the 2014 HTC One family. Besides this blurry render, there's no further information on what's going on here, though we're apparently looking at a handset with front-facing speakers (and a curious new grille styling) running HTC Sense 6.

4 years ago

Sprint's HTC One M8 updated, gains Extreme Power Saving Mode

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Sprint's HTC One M8 updated, gains Extreme Power Saving Mode

Extreme power saving mode

If you've got an HTC One M8 on Sprint, be on the lookout this morning for a system update. Sprint's rolling out software version 1.54.651.8. And while the changelog is for whatever reason vague — stability and call performance improvements, is all it says — you'll also see you now have the Extreme Power Saving mode.

This is an update we knew was coming, of course, as HTC previously told us it was waiting on U.S. carriers to approve the update that has already pushed out to non-U.S. versions of the M8.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style KitKat-based entry-level phone is official

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Style KitKat-based entry-level phone is official

Galaxy Ace Style

Galaxy Ace Style

A few days after it unexpectedly appeared in Germany, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style has today been officially announced by the Korean manufacturer. The device packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera. And on the software side it's running Android 4.4 KitKat, topped with Samsung's current TouchWiz UI — "TouchWiz Essence."

4 years ago

Relive our initial Samsung Galaxy S5 review!

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Relive our initial Samsung Galaxy S5 review!

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Welp, here we go, folks. The Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives this week. Galaxy S5 reviews are dropping — don't worry, we're working on ours, all in due time — and phones will find their way into thousands of hot little hands by the weekend.

So now's a perfect time revisit the best of our Galaxy S5 coverage thus far. To wit:

Get it? Got it? Good. This is just the beginning. Strap in, folks.

4 years ago

Verizon HTC One Max update to Android 4.4.2 rolling out as scheduled

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Verizon HTC One Max update to Android 4.4.2 rolling out as scheduled

HTC One Max

HTC One Max

The Verizon HTC One Max KitKat update has started rolling out, with users in the Android Central forums downloading it right now.

The One Max already had Sense 5.5, so the user facing changes shouldn't be too noticable, but the update to Android 4.4.2 brings along all of the new APIs from Google, such as immersive mode and the new web views.

4 years ago

Clove drops price of Moto X in UK down to £225

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Clove drops price of Moto X in UK down to £225

Clove drops price of Moto X in UK down to £225

Clove drops price of Moto X in UK down to £225

Two months ago the Moto X launched in the UK with retailer clove pricing it at £380, shortly thereafter giving it a price cut for to £299. Today, Clove cut things even further, offering the Moto X for just £225 (£270 including VAT). Everything else that we know and love about the Moto X remains unchanged. If you haven't grabbed a Moto X in the UK yet, is this latest price drop enough to tempt you?

Source: Clove

4 years ago

Blurring the background: Understanding focus, defocus, refocus and Ufocus

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Blurring the background: Understanding focus, defocus, refocus and Ufocus

Galaxy S4 camera
HTC One M8

Lumia 1020, HTC One M8 and Lytro

Your HTC One M8 isn't a Lytro, but that doesn't mean you can't create some neat-looking effects

Background defocus effects are the hot new feature for smartphone cameras this year. Sony, Nokia, LG, Samsung and HTC are all offering DSLR-like bokeh effects in photos through software trickery. These effects have even been likened to the Lytro, the first mainstream light-field camera, which lets users refocus their photos after capture.

Instant after-the-fact refocusing from a smartphone camera isn't truly upon us just yet, however, and each manufacturer's approach to defocusing and refocusing shots after taking them has its individual quirks. That includes the HTC One M8's Ufocus feature, which while capable of producing some striking depth-of-field effects, has its limitations. And the same goes for single-camera refocusing effects from competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G Pro 2 and Sony Xperia Z2.

Let's take a closer look after the break.

4 years ago

S-OFF for HTC One M8 paves way for further hackery

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S-OFF for HTC One M8 paves way for further hackery

HTC One M8 S-OFF

HTC One M8 S-OFF

S-OFF exploit for M8 released by Firewater team, Google Play edition conversion now possible for GSM handsets

Good news for those wanting greater freedom to hack and tinker with the HTC One M8, as the Firewater dev team has released its method for gaining S-OFF ("security off") on the device. The method is relatively straightforward if you're handy with a command line — first your device will need to be rooted, then disable any lockscreen security, push the files to your device and let them work their magic.

4 years ago

Oppo Find 7a international pre-orders go live

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Oppo Find 7a international pre-orders go live

Oppo Find 7a

Oppo Find 7a

The folks at Oppo caused a stir with the recent Find 7 launch, and now the – only slightly – less spec happy Find 7a has gone up on international pre-order. Folks across Europe and the U.S. can now place their orders for the new phone, and you'll be parting with €399/$499. And you're getting more than just the phone for that, too.

Oppo is throwing in an Easy Cover case, an additional 2800mAh battery and a 32GB microSD card in to the package with every pre-order of the Find 7a. Not a bad deal at all.

The Find 7a might not pack the crazy screen and camera of the Find 7, but it's not exactly a low-end device. Beneath that 5.5-inch 1080p display lies a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front facing camera and support for microSD cards up to 128GB. It comes running Android 4.3 and Oppo's own Color OS, with promise for third-party ROM support coming soon.

Who's buying?

Source: OppoStyle (Europe)

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