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Counterclockwise: iPhone rumors, Skype on WM, and the Nokia 500

Counterclockwise: iPhone rumors, Skype on WM, and the Nokia 500

01 August, 2014 | comments (0)

This weeks' edition of Counterclockwise has us looking back at several historic milestones for the likes of Skype, Samsung, Nokia, and Apple. Early August is typically the time when iPhone rumors start ramping up in anticipation of Apple's events,...


LG Optimus G Android 4.4 KitKat update reaches India

LG Optimus G Android 4.4 KitKat update reaches India

01 August, 2014 | comments (10)

The LG Optimus G launched to much fanfare a couple of years ago as the precursor and basis for the Nexus 4. Yet while Google's version of the handset has been kept up to date with Android versions as you'd expect, the Optimus G has been stuck on...


Sony Xperia T3 is now available in the UK too

Sony Xperia T3 is now available in the UK too

01 August, 2014 | comments (5)

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini isn't the only smartphone to become available in the UK today. It's been joined by the Sony Xperia T3, which is exclusively sold by Carphone Warehouse. All three colors are already up for grabs - white,...

Tags: Android, Sony


Press image of HTC One M8 with Windows Phone 8.1 leaks out

Press image of HTC One M8 with Windows Phone 8.1 leaks out

01 August, 2014 | comments (40)

The much talked about HTC One (M8) with Windows Phone 8.1 leaked out in a full press image. The latter was caught on the servers of Verizon Wireless right in line with a past report. The leaked press image reveals the front of the...


Read how the Samsung Galaxy Mega saved this man's life

Read how the Samsung Galaxy Mega saved this man's life

01 August, 2014 | comments (34)

Samsung may want to add another feature to its Galaxy Mega phone's spec sheet: that the device is bullet proof. A Taiwanese man was shot in the chest during a heated dispute about a misplaced wallet. The shooter was apparently not pleased with...

Tags: Samsung, Android


SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini already in stock in the UK

SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini already in stock in the UK

01 August, 2014 | comments (2)

The official release date for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini in the UK is August 7, just like we told you a few days ago. However, if you're impatient and must have this smartphone as soon as possible, a couple of online retailers are reporting that...

Tags: Android, Samsung


Blue HTC One (M8) to be exclusive to Three Ireland

Blue HTC One (M8) to be exclusive to Three Ireland

01 August, 2014 | comments (1)

Last week the HTC One (M8) went on sale in the UK in two new hues - red and pink. That said, there's another color version of the handset that's been leaked quite a few times so far but hasn't managed to make it to store shelves just yet: blue. A...

Tags: Android, HTC


BlackBerry Z3 is making a splash in Indonesia and India, CEO says

BlackBerry Z3 is making a splash in Indonesia and India, CEO says

01 August, 2014 | comments (28)

The BlackBerry Z3 is available in India and Indonesia with strong sales and considerable attention from customers. BlackBerry's CEO John Chen confirmed this in an interview with India's Economic Times, but didn't mention specific numbers. He...

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HTC upcoming One (M8) Windows Phone has European LTE bands

HTC upcoming One (M8) Windows Phone has European LTE bands

01 August, 2014 | comments (23)

Yesterday, HTC sent out invites for its August 19 press event, where the company is anticipated to announce a Windows Phone running HTC One (M8). The phone is rumored to launch on Verizon hinting at the phone's CDMA version. Fortunately, it is...


OnePlus drops ColorOS in China in favor of in-house made ROM

OnePlus drops ColorOS in China in favor of in-house made ROM

01 August, 2014 | comments (13)

The international version of the OnePlus One runs a custom-made CyanogenMod 11S ROM, but in China, the phone comes with Oppo's ColorOS out of the box. That's about to change, as company's CEO Pete Lau has decided it's time OnePlus develops its own...

Tags: OnePlus, Android


Apple iPhone 6 back logo unlikely to act as a notification light

Apple iPhone 6 back logo unlikely to act as a notification light

01 August, 2014 | comments (48)

A couple of weeks ago we covered a report suggesting that Apple would be using its logo to double as a pulsating notification light. This received a lot of positive feedback, but another, in-depth look at the iPhone 6 back housing suggests...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Europe to allegedly have a full HD display

Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Europe to allegedly have a full HD display

01 August, 2014 | comments (37)

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Europe, or SM-G901, has gone through the usual 'benchmarking before the launch' process. According to the leaked GFXBench results, the S5 LTE-A for Europe won't have the QHD display and you'll have to settle...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Sony Xperia C3 selfie phone priced at $323 in China

Sony Xperia C3 selfie phone priced at $323 in China

31 July, 2014 | comments (30)

Remember Sony's much-touted selfie phone? It got official as the Xperia C3 at the beginning of July, and it's set to become available in August. The first market to get it is China, and incidentally it's already been priced over there. The Xperia...

Tags: Sony, Android


Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs leak ahead of August 13 outing

Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs leak ahead of August 13 outing

31 July, 2014 | comments (43)

Another day, another rumor about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The Korean company's first ever Android smartphone to come with a metallic design is now said to be launching on August 13. Yesterday's leak claimed that the Alpha would get...


Fly Era Windows phone rumored to cost only $111

Fly Era Windows phone rumored to cost only $111

31 July, 2014 | comments (17)

The Windows Phone world has seen some pretty cheap handsets thus far, but they may all get outdone pretty soon - at least in Russia. That's where the Fly Era Windows smartphone is supposed to launch in the coming weeks. This handset is said to...


Kyocera Brigadier rocks a sapphire screen before the iPhone 6

Kyocera Brigadier rocks a sapphire screen before the iPhone 6

31 July, 2014 | comments (26)

Outside of luxury device manufacturers such as Vertu, phone makers haven't so far used sapphire glass to protect those sensitive touchscreens. That said, Apple has long been rumored to debut the new material in its upcoming iPhone 6, though the most...


Verizon makes the LG G Vista official, it's available now

Verizon makes the LG G Vista official, it's available now

31 July, 2014 | comments (4)

The LG G Vista has been announced by Verizon today. Not only that, but the phone can already be purchased from the carrier's website. It would be cool if all new handset introductions came on the day of their availability. The G Vista has been...

Tags: LG, Android, Verizon


The Nokia X2 is not cancelled after all, already on sale

The Nokia X2 is not cancelled after all, already on sale

31 July, 2014 | comments (39)

Microsoft is terminating Nokia's Android program and company's CEO Satya Nadella said that select future Nokia X-series designs will be transformed into Windows Phone devices. However, there was no specific answer in which direction Nokia X2 is set...

Tags: Nokia, Android


Samsung plans two new flagship phones in the next six months

Samsung plans two new flagship phones in the next six months

31 July, 2014 | comments (72)

Following the somewhat underwhelming Samsung second quarter performance, Kim Hyun-Joon, the company's senior vice president of its mobile communications business, tried to ease things with the investors. He said the company is preparing to launch...

Tags: Samsung


Huawei Ascend Mate 3 specs confirmed via AnTuTu

Huawei Ascend Mate 3 specs confirmed via AnTuTu

31 July, 2014 | comments (6)

Huawei Ascend Mate 3 is out in the open again but still not official. A few days ago we saw its back panel and now we get confirmation of the rumored specs from an AnTuTu screenshot. The Mate 3 maintains the traditional for the series 6.1" screen...