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Microsoft confirms shift away from Nokia, new brand debuts in France

10/21, 3:56pm

Social media changes mark first official move away from Nokia banner to Microsoft Lumia

Microsoft is making the shift away from the Nokia brand name official, as it's confirmed that the company is shifting to Microsoft Lumia for future devices. The change in names was first brought up back in September as part of an alleged leak of an internal document that dropped the Nokia name along with mentions of Windows Phone from devices.

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Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

10/21, 3:06pm

Phablet car-mount brings hands-free to larger format mobile devices

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to hold larger 6-inch phones. In our review we thoroughly put the Airframe + to the test to see what exactly it is that puts the "plus" in this portable car mount.

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LG reportedly preparing launch of first smartphone with Odin processor

10/21, 9:09am

Odin System-on-Chip may appear in LG G3 variant this week

LG may be getting close to launching its first smartphone using its own application processor, a rumor claims. The device, allegedly being prepared for its unveiling as early as this week, will apparently use the "Odin" System-on-Chip, a move which could bring LG in line with long-time competitor Samsung in developing and using its own processors on devices.

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HTC Desire 820 mini goes on sale in China with 5-inch 720p display

10/21, 7:27am

Slightly smaller HTC Desire 820 mini reduces screen size, downgrades internals

A smaller version of the HTC Desire 820, launched at IFA last month, has gone on sale in China. The Desire 820 mini switches out the 5.5-inch 720p display of the original device for a slightly smaller five-inch version, though it keeps the same resolution, and in a similar manner to other "mini" versions of existing smartphones, this version also has marginally downgraded internal components within its two-tone plastic frame.

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OnePlus One pre-orders open for one-hour window on October 27

10/20, 3:52pm

Discounted accessories offered alongside OnePlus One for brief pre-order period

OnePlus is allowing potential users to bypass its invitation-based system for its smartphone, by opening itself up for pre-orders for a brief period of time. On October 27th, people can place orders for the OnePlus One directly from the manufacturer, though the window of opportunity will last for only one hour, starting from 3pm GMT (11am EST).

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10/17, 10:05am

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Nvidia, Sony, HTC detail devices set to receive Android Lollipop

10/17, 5:59am

Android software updates for more manufacturers revealed

More manufacturers have revealed which of its devices will be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop in the future. Nvidia, HTC, and Sony have all confirmed their support for Android 5.0, though a rumor suggests that Google's own Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10 will be the earliest existing Nexus devices to gain the software update.

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HP dropping remaining support for webOS, cloud services ending 2015

10/16, 10:38pm

Final services of Palm's webOS shutting down, devices will continue to work

Remaining cloud services for webOS are coming to an end, more than three years after HP announced that it was winding down the operating system. Back in August 2011, Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it would no longer be developing products that featured the operating system, prior to it being offloaded to LG Electronics in 2013.

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CBS launches cord-cutter subscription for live stream, back catalog TV

10/16, 10:33am

Live streaming in 14 launch cities, 5000 episodes of classic shows available

On the heels of the standalone HBO subscription service, CBS Corporation today announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network, mainly intended for cord cutters. CBS All Access will offer thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition spotted on Android website

10/16, 8:06am

Stock Android device collection image shows Galaxy S5 three times

A version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a stock installation of Android could be on the way, according to reports. Following the launch of Android Lollipop, version 5.0 of the mobile operating system, Android.com has been updated with new images and information, with one image seemingly showing the Galaxy S5 amid other Google Play Edition and Nexus devices.

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Lenovo forming new phone brand in China to compete with Xiaomi

10/15, 9:57pm

New company to launch under new brand in 2015, focus on Internet-based sales

Lenovo is taking a new approach to its mobile strategy ,according to a statement it released today. The PC and mobile communications company has indicated that it is creating a new device company and brand for the emerging market in China. The unnamed company will operate separately from Lenovo, focusing on Internet-based sales. The new brand is being positioned as a direct competitor for Xiaomi, a startup that has rapidly grown its market share since its entry into the device market in 2010.

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Motorola details first smartphones receiving Android Lollipop update

10/15, 8:00pm

Nine phones set to receive Android after it releases, support could grow

With Google's announcement today that Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, many consumers are waiting to find out if their smartphones and tablets will run the new operating system (OS). Owners of Motorola devices can make an informed decision on upgrades tonight if they choose, as the company said nine phones are getting the newest Android version after its launch.

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Verizon changing Edge program, shifts upgrades to every 18 months

10/15, 5:19pm

New device payment plan to cost more if phone replaced in a year, starts October 16

Verizon's Edge program that allows customers to finance a new device, spreading the cost over the course of 20 months, is receiving some changes soon. Under the terms of the Edge program, users will now have to pay a greater portion of a phone's cost before upgrading, while the payment period is extended. The new terms are said to start on October 16.

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Google Nexus 6 launches with 5.96-inch Quad HD display

10/15, 1:16pm

Follow-up to Nexus 5 borrows Moto X styling, enlarges screen

After weeks of rumors, Google has finally launched the Nexus 6 smartphone, running Android Lollipop. At first glance, the Motorola-produced follow-up to the Nexus 5 bears a striking resemblance to the second-generation Moto X, complete with relatively few changes made to the external styling, but it boosts the screen to a phablet-sized 5.96-inch 1,440x2,560 display with a pixel density of 493ppi.

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Android L now called Lollipop, ships on new Nexus devices

10/15, 12:58pm

Other carriers' upgrade paths to Android Lollipop unclear

Alongside three hardware announcements, Google has formally named Android 5.0. Previously known as "L," the latest iteration of the search engine giant's mobile operating system is officially titled Lollipop. Previewed at Google I/O earlier this year, the newest revision focuses on its consistent design language that it calls "Material Design," and a new battery saver feature that extends the life of mobile devices in use by up to 90 minutes.

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Asus PadFone X mini heading to AT&T, GoPhone with Intel Atom processor

10/15, 10:27am

Combined smartphone, tablet dock package going on sale in US from October 24th

The Asus PadFone X mini is heading to the United States later this month, with AT&T set to be the exclusive carrier for the device. Effectively a smaller version of the PadFone X, the PadFone X mini uses a 4.5-inch IPS smartphone at its core, with the smartphone component able to be docked inside a larger seven-inch tablet section, increasing the screen size while reusing the phone's processor and other internals.

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BlackBerry Classic resurfaces, compared to BlackBerry Passport

10/15, 7:26am

All sides of smaller BlackBerry Classic shown in picture leak

A new set of photographs allegedly showing the BlackBerry Classic has leaked. The collection of images appears to reveal more of the rumored BlackBerry smartphone's physical appearance than in previous leaks, with all sides and the back of the device on display in the pictures, with some of the shots comparing it to the recently-announced BlackBerry Passport phablet.

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Oppo teases aluminum construction, swivel camera of N3 smartphone

10/13, 5:16pm

Rotating camera module of Oppo N3 said to use motor rather than manual turning

Chinese phone manufacturer Oppo has started to tease the follow-up to the N1 smartphone. The Oppo N3 will allegedly have a large rotating camera module, a unique feature similar to its predecessor, though this time it is tipped to use an electric motor to swivel the camera around from the front to the back, rather than relying on the user to move it themselves.

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HTC launches One M8 Eye in China with 13MP rear Duo Camera system

10/10, 8:37am

Variant of HTC One M8 has higher-resolution rear camera, retains other specifications

A version of the HTC One M8 spotted before the launch of the Desire Eye will be going on sale in China this month. The HTC One M8 Eye is effectively the same as the original smartphone, except the rear 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera has been replaced by a larger 13-megapixel sensor, though it still retains the Duo Camera system and associated depth-related functionality.

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Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia Z3v shipping later this month

10/10, 7:10am

Exclusive version of Xperia Z3 heading to Verizon alongside Sony SmartWatch 3

Two more Sony devices will be added to Verizon's mobile device roster later this month, the carrier has revealed. A repackaged version of the Xperia Z3 will be going on sale, a smartphone called the Xperia Z3v, while the company's Android Wear device, the SmartWatch 3, will also be heading to the carrier's stores in due course.

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Specific date for WiMax shutdown leaked, later confirmed by Sprint

10/09, 10:59am

WiMax network ceasing operation on November 6, 2015

A definitive date for the shutdown of Sprint's WiMax service has been confirmed by the carrier, following a leak of an internal newsletter. As leaked and confirmed, the WiMax network will cease operation on or around the 6th of November next year, with the leak also revealing more detailed information about how Sprint is handling the shutdown.

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HTC launches Desire Eye smartphone with 13MP front camera

10/08, 5:18pm

Identical cameras, flash on front and rear of HTC Desire Eye

HTC has used its "Double Exposure" event to launch its selfie-friendly smartphone, just as previously rumored. The HTC Desire Eye features identical 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back, along with a dual LED flash for each side, with the smartphone putting both image sensors to good use with a number of new camera-related software additions.

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AT&T fined $105M by FTC over cramming, $80M offered as refunds

10/08, 4:09pm

FTC settlement involves providing refunds to customers affected by premium SMS subscriptions

AT&T has been hit with a $105 million fine for allowing "premium" SMS subscriptions and other charges to be applied to customer accounts, a practice known as "cramming." The carrier has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the charges, with the majority of the settlement devoted to paying back affected customers.

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Briefly: SoundFocus' sound system iPhone case, XML Editor 16.1

10/08, 3:15pm

SoundFocus announces Amp speaker case for iPhone

Audio products company SoundFocus has announced the pre-ordering availability of Amp, a "smart" sound system case for iPhone. Comprised of two speakers with a main audio engine, the Amp features personalized audio akin to the technology behind hearing aids. The Amp case is capable of learning a person's hearing pattern and musical preferences, and adapt settings to a changing environment, thereby continually remastering the audio output from one's smartphone. The audio output from the Amp can be heard both through the case's speakers, and through headphones plugged into the headphone jack.

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Plastc launches physical credit card substitute Plastc Card

10/07, 12:37pm

Preorder of Plastc Card begins now, shipment commences summer 2015

Gadget company Plastc announced its first product -- the Plastc Card. The Plastc Card consolidates many physical magnetic strip cards into one device -- including credit, debit, loyalty, gift, and access cards. Working in tandem with a Plastc Wallet app for iPhone and Android, the company claims that its device provides more security than traditional cards as well as other digital wallets.

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Nokia India factory to close in November, 6600 workers fired

10/07, 11:44am

Factory at center of multi-billion dollar tax debt claimed owed to India

A Nokia manufacturing plant in India left out of the acquisition deal between Nokia and Microsoft will be closed on November 1. The Chennai facility, at the center of a tax dispute between Nokia and India and building devices under contract for Microsoft, will be closed following a lengthy asset freeze and extended court hearings held by the India tax authority.

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Apple to buy up 25 percent of world's DRAM by 2015, analyst claims

10/07, 1:56am

Already at 16.5 percent, company said to be ordering up to 250M chipsets for iPhone 6, Apple Watch

New estimates on Apple's consumption of DRAM for mobile phones and chips to be used in the iPhone 6 line alongside the Apple Watch will continue to keep demand at high levels, two different sources report in various trade publications. One analyst believes that by this time next year, Apple will require some 25 percent of the world's output of DRAM chips, continuing to constrain supplies for competitors. The company is also said to have ordered up to 250 million chips for its iPhone 6 line and Apple Watch across the next year.

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Review: Huawei Ascend P7

10/06, 8:02pm

Huawei smartphone measures 6.5mm thick tries to take on other flagships

In May, Huawei unveiled the latest iteration of its Ascend P flagship Android smartphone line, the Ascend P7. Measuring a svelte 6.5mm thick and packing decent specifications, it is a stylish phone that aims to take on major flagship devices from other manufacturers. Does it do enough to conquer its opponents, or does its specifications let down its appearance? Find out in Electronista's review.

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Rumored HTC Desire Eye resurfaces with front-facing 13MP camera

10/06, 6:40am

Desire Eye reappears with high-resolution front camera, front flash

The recently-leaked image of the alleged HTC Desire Eye smartphone may be incorrect, another image leak suggests. A smartphone said to be the Desire Eye is pictured sharing the same design language as the Desire 820, unlike the HTC One M8-based version found on a Chinese regulator website last week, and though the appearance is different, the high-resolution camera rumor remains almost the same.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere laughs at iPhone 6 bending controversy

10/05, 6:35pm

Legere questions why people sit on their iPhones, notes it hasn't slowed sales

Talking at the GeekWire Summit 2014 this month, the ever-vocal T-Mobile CEO John Legere talked about the how ludicrous he believed the current bending controversy was surrounding the iPhone 6. Coming off of a point talking about how his company is forcing the industry to change, Legere jokingly sat on his iPhone, only to say that the bending issue "is such horse----."

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Disney axes two Star Wars mobile titles, both less than a year old

10/04, 10:40am

Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team force choked by Disney

Star Wars intellectual property owner Disney has suddenly discontinued two iOS apps, one of which was only released this year. Disney has pulled Tiny Death Star as well as Star Wars Assault Team from Google Play and the iOS App Store, with no warning to those with a financial stake in the arrangement.

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Microsoft patent lawsuit against Samsung unsealed, $1B paid annually

10/04, 8:21am

Microsoft seeking $6.9 million in interest over Samsung refusal to pay

Microsoft's smartphone patent lawsuit from August was unsealed, showing that Samsung has paid the company over $1 billion in royalties on patents used in Android for just the second year of the agreement, but still owes $6.9 million in unpaid interest. Microsoft claims that Samsung initially ceased making royalty payments, then paid late and refused to pay interest, with Samsung claiming that the buy of Nokia invalidated patent licensing agreements that the pair had signed.

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HTC One (M8) Eye surfaces with 13MP Duo Camera on rear

10/03, 10:29am

Chinese regulator listings show new HTC One variant images

Another variant of the HTC One (M8) smartphone has apparently surfaced in TENAA filings in China. The device, said to be called the HTC One (M8) Eye, appears to have the same list of specifications as the flagship, though it appears HTC will be combining the Duo Camera from the M8 with the higher-resolution rear camera from the HTC One E8.

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Speed test on flagship phones shows off iPhone 6 hardware

10/02, 6:22pm

New iPhone wins handily despite half the number of CPUs, RAM

Though it has often been said that "specs aren't everything" when it comes to buying electronic devices, many consumers are still swayed by things like RAM or processing speed alone when considering device purchases. A new speed test by enthusiast site PhoneBuff, however, may convince many buyers to re-think the importance of the spec sheet. The new iPhone 6 was tested against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), and won the race handily.

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Vertu Aster smartphone has 4.7-inch 1080p display, premium materials

10/02, 10:08am

Assorted leather options available for upscale Vertu Android device

Luxury smartphone manufacturer Vertu has unveiled the latest in its high-priced mobile device collection. The Vertu Aster is an Android 4.4 device with a 4.7-inch 1080p sapphire-protected display, and while it has relatively high specifications, the luxurious materials used in its construction pushes the price tag up far above any comparable flagship smartphone.

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Toshiba rolls out new NAND, fabricated using 15nm process

10/02, 8:41am

New manufacturing process leads to higher capacities, faster NAND

Toshiba today announced the launch of the world's smallest embedded NAND flash memory products, integrating NAND chips fabricated with cutting-edge 15nm process technology. The new products are compliant with the latest e∙MMC standard, and are designed for application in a wide range of digital consumer products, including smartphones, tablet PCs and wearable devices. Sample shipments of the 16GB products start from today, with 8GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB products to follow.

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Pro-democracy protesters targeted with malware on iOS, Android

10/02, 1:47am

Malware entry vector not yet identified; may capitalize on jailbreak compromise

In an almost unheard-of claim, Lacoon Mobile Security has said that it has discovered a new spyware attack that targets both iOS and Android devices and which appears to be aimed specifically at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Lacoon says it made the discovery while investigating the Android version, but did not clarify how the malware might be installed, or overcome the security built into iOS that has, thus far, kept it largely immune to serious malware or viruses.

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Sprint, Verizon take on AT&T 'double data' promotion with own offers

10/01, 3:17pm

Verizon matches AT&T data promotion, Sprint increases data cap more

AT&T's recent promotional offer to double the data caps on its Mobile Share Value plans seems to have struck a nerve with other carriers. Both Verizon and Sprint have announced their own data-doubling promotions just a few days after AT&T -- and while Verizon appears to match AT&T's allowances and prices, Sprint has opted to go further, by redoubling the caps.

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Early buyers: Galaxy Note 4 case gap large, business card fits in void

09/30, 2:55pm

Gap between plastic, metal components may 'expand slightly' with time

First purchasers of the Galaxy Note 4 are claiming that the devices have a gap between the plastic body of the phone, and the metal frame that surrounds the edge of the phone. According to reports, the gap is large enough to stick in a business card. Samsung has issued a statement about the gap, denying that it is a problem, or will affect functionality of the device in any way.

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Alcatel bundles smaller Bluetooth phone with Pop Mega phablet

09/30, 12:42pm

Smaller Buddy accessory for Pop Mega offers phone functions in smaller device

Alcatel is attempting to make the large-screen phablet useful to those wanting a smaller device, by bundling it with a secondary phone device. One of two new devices, the Pop Mega is a phablet with a six-inch display which Alcatel has paired with a small "Buddy" candybar-style accessory, capable of making and receiving calls without needing physical access to the main device.

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Briefly: Mozilla's new streaming dongle, TiVo adds Android streaming

09/30, 11:03am

Mozilla announces launch of Matchstick streaming Internet and media dongle

Creator of the open-source Firefox OS, Mozilla has announced the launch of its own Internet and media streaming dongle device, named Matchstick. A competitor to Google's Chromecast, the dongle runs Firefox OS, and allows users to view content -- via a WiFi connection -- from their smartphone, tablet, or laptop to stream to a big screen TV. TV apps will be available for download through the Matchstick App Store, and both the hardware and software for Matchstick are open-source, providing ready potential for other uses for the dongle to appear. Matchstick has been launched as a Kickstarter campaign, with backers pledging for the Early Bird option receiving one Matchstick dongle for $12. Retail pricing is anticipated to be $25.

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South Korean smartphone manufacturer Pantech put up for sale

09/29, 5:10pm

Third-ranking South Korean phone company forced to sell after bankruptcy woes

Things have gone from bad to worse for South Korean smartphone manufacturer Pantech. After filing for a debt restructuring in February, it asked was forced to ask for a deadline extension in July to pay off its creditors. It turns out that the interest-free, two-year extension granted in August wasn't long enough, as the company is now searching for buyer after filing for court receivership.

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China to begin iPhone 6 sales on October 10, reports say

09/28, 2:56pm

Long-delayed device hampered by regulatory approval process

While it is currently possible to legally buy an iPhone 6 in some parts of the regional "Greater China" area (such as Hong Kong or Taiwan) the country of China itself -- which manufactures and assembles the new iPhones - ironically does not yet offer them for sale, due to a cumbersome regulatory process. This may finally be changing, as various reports out of the region indicated that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally debut in China on Friday, October 10.

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Consumer Reports: iPhone 6 'bending' controversy overblown

09/26, 10:30pm

Testing finds that larger iPhone 6 Plus actually less prone than iPhone 6

Adding to new suspicions that some of the "iPhone 6 Plus easily bends" videos appearing on the web may have been staged, Consumer Reports has now weighed in with the results of its own independent testing that largely refutes the claims that the phones can bend easily. After testing both models of new iPhone, as well as some other smartphones and phablets, the lab found that while the new iPhones were indeed less resilient than the iPhone 5 or Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One (M8) is actually the most prone to deformation.

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Blu rebrands 5.5mm-thick Gionee smartphone as Vivo IV

09/26, 10:30am

Thin Blue Vivo IV has 5-inch 1080p display, ships unlocked

A smartphone from Gionee with a 5.5-mm body has gone on sale in the United States as an unlocked device, though it now forms part of the Blu Vivo range. Previously known as the Gionee Elife S5.5, the Blu Vivo IV retains the thin body and specifications of the original, and combines it with a five-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display.

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Intel invests $1.5 billion in pair of Chinese SoC manufacturers

09/26, 8:31am

Products made from the deal to be sold in summer of 2015

Intel Corporation and China state-owned holding company Tsinghua Unigroup today jointly announced that both parties have signed a series of agreements. The purpose of the deals is to expand the product offerings and adoption for Intel-based mobile devices in China and worldwide, by jointly developing Intel architecture and communications-based solutions for mobile phones. The agreements will see Intel invest $1.5 billion in a pair of semiconductor companies, one of which is known for the chip found in Firefox phones.

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Samsung reportedly preparing entry-level Tizen smartphone for launch

09/26, 7:50am

Rumor claims low-specification Tizen smartphone bound for India in November

Samsung could be planning to release an entry-level smartphone running Tizen in India, according to a rumor. Following the launch and persistent delays to bring the Samsung Z to market, the company is said to be preparing a lower-specification device for launch in November, with the unnamed smartphone said to be running on Tizen version 2.3.

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Motorola's second generation Moto X hits Verizon on September 26

09/25, 4:47pm

Verizon release comes three days after AT&T pre-orders started shipping

Verizon Wireless customers waiting to buy the second generation of Motorola's Moto X smartphone don't need to wait very long, as the wireless company says the phone is coming tomorrow. Those wanting to customize their version of the Moto X will be happy to hear that Verizon is selling phones customized through Moto Maker in both 16GB and 32GB capacities.

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Archos debuts low-end 45c and 50b smartphones

09/25, 3:35pm

New Archos phones available at low-cost, with no contract

Electronics manufacturer Archos has announces the availability of its new range of Platinum smartphones, the Archos 45c Platinum and Archos 50b Platinum. Both entry-level phones feature Android 4.4 "Kit Kat," MediaTek quad-core processors, IPS screens, and a choice of three colored back covers.

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Next Google Nexus smartphone rumored to be enlarged Moto X

09/25, 5:53am

Updated Moto X believed to be inspiration for Nexus 6 smartphone

The next version of the Nexus smartphone from Google could look like an enlarged Moto X, a report claims to show in an image. The rumored device is said to be called either the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, with Motorola expected to reuse some of the design of the updated Moto X to create a larger nexus device running on Android L.

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