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Android in December 2013: KitKat, Jelly Bean on the rise

Android in December 2013: KitKat, Jelly Bean on the rise

12 January, 2014 | comments (31)

Google released its traditional monthly Android version distribution numbers. The latest state of the platform saw Android 4.4 KitKat add a bit to its share and the latest release now powers 1.4% of all droids. Despite not being the most current,...


Sony WP smartphone to come in 2014 under the Vaio brand

Sony WP smartphone to come in 2014 under the Vaio brand

11 January, 2014 | comments (144)

It appears that the negotiations between Sony and Microsoft have ended up successfully and the Japanese company will indeed be joining the list of Windows Phone hardware manufacturers. Microsoft’s Windows Phone director Greg Sullivan has confirmed...


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo new photos, benchmark score arrive

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo new photos, benchmark score arrive

11 January, 2014 | comments (35)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is quickly becoming one of the industry’s worst kept secrets. First we got to learn its detailed specs and shortly after we were treated to its first live photo. Now, we get a bunch of new shots plus a benchmarks score,...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Samsung responds to Knox vulnerability accusations

Samsung responds to Knox vulnerability accusations

11 January, 2014 | comments (84)

Samsung Knox security software is continuously gaining popularity among the corporate businesses. And while the US Department of Defense was considering using the Knox-protected Galaxy S4 for its staff, cyber security researchers at Ben Gurion...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Sony in talks with Microsoft to develop Windows Phones

Sony in talks with Microsoft to develop Windows Phones

10 January, 2014 | comments (150)

According to Sony Mobile head for Europe, Pierre Perron, who spoke to TechRadar Sony is in talks with Microsoft to deliver a Windows Phone device. He says Sony is in talks with "other partners, including Microsoft" for a broader Sony...


Ubuntu-running Meizu MX3 in the works

Ubuntu-running Meizu MX3 in the works

10 January, 2014 | comments (24)

Several shots of what appears to be a Meizu MX3 running on the Ubuntu operating system have surfaced online. The photos come courtesy of Meizu's official account on the Weibo.com Chinese social networking site. Just last month, Canonical (the...

Tags: Meizu, Ubuntu, Rumors


Apple looking to improve autofocus and OIS for new iPhone

Apple looking to improve autofocus and OIS for new iPhone

10 January, 2014 | comments (60)

A recent patent filed on behalf of Apple has made its way to the US Patents website, which details the development of a new camera stabilization mechanism. The "VCM OIS actuator module" is not only poised to reduce image blurriness, but will also...

Tags: Apple, iOS, Rumors


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets pictured

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets pictured

10 January, 2014 | comments (24)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which was recently leaked via internal promotional documents, has been pictured next to the Galaxy Note 3. If the leaked specs are to be believed, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is set to be more of the spiritual...


32GB Nokia Lumia 1520 AT&T goes on sale

32GB Nokia Lumia 1520 AT&T goes on sale

10 January, 2014 | comments (7)

AT&T has added the 32GB version of the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet on its web store at $250 with contract. Note that only the black version has a 32GB option, while the red (which is selected by default), white and yellow ones do not. Anyway,...


Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a tasty KitKat test build

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a tasty KitKat test build

10 January, 2014 | comments (47)

KitKat for all! Sammobile has received a pre-release firmware of Android 4.4.2-running TouchWiz for the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 (the Snadragon version). The release has build number I9505XXUFNA1. The build is still shaky here and there but...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Sony Store offers freebies with Xperia Z1 Compact pre-orders

Sony Store offers freebies with Xperia Z1 Compact pre-orders

10 January, 2014 | comments (35)

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is already up for pre-order in Europe, but if you're thinking of getting one, you should check the offers by Sony's own web store as there are some enticing offers. XperiaBlog.net checked the regional stores and made a...

Tags: Sony, Android


Nokia Lumia Black update is now seeding worldwide

Nokia Lumia Black update is now seeding worldwide

09 January, 2014 | comments (115)

Nokia’s long-awaited Lumia Black update is now seeding to devices worldwide. The first Nokia smartphones to get the treatment are the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925. More Nokia Lumia models will receive the update in the coming weeks. The Nokia...


Samsung to launch Galaxy S5 with iris scanner by April

Samsung to launch Galaxy S5 with iris scanner by April

09 January, 2014 | comments (135)

A VP at Samsung has confirmed the company will be launching its latest smartphones flagship, the Galaxy S5, by April. The executive vice president of mobile business at Samsung - Lee Young Hee - has shed some light on company's future plans about...


O2 UK now offers exclusive red HTC Desire 601

O2 UK now offers exclusive red HTC Desire 601

09 January, 2014 | comments (9)

A red version of the HTC Desire 601 is now available on UK's O2 carrier, and it's free with a 2-year contract. UK carrier O2 is now offering an exclusive red version of the recently launched HTC Desire 601 mid-ranger. You can get the smartphone...

Tags: HTC, Android


Samsung and Apple agree on out-of-court talks

Samsung and Apple agree on out-of-court talks

09 January, 2014 | comments (46)

According to Reuters, Oh-Hyun Kwon and Tim Cook, CEOs of Samsung and Apple, respectively, have agreed on having talks outside court in an effort to reach a settlement in their latest patent battle. The report states that legal teams from both...

Tags: Samsung, Apple, Misc


BLU updates its Life series with new affordable 5-inchers

BLU updates its Life series with new affordable 5-inchers

09 January, 2014 | comments (24)

BLU Products, the Latin America-owned mobile phone manufacturer based in Miami, Florida, has updated its Life smartphone lineup. The new additions are several affordable smartphones and a tablet. The new flagship Life One X features a quad-core...

Tags: BLU, Android, CES 2014


Nokia Lumia 929 Icon shows up on Verizon's site

Nokia Lumia 929 Icon shows up on Verizon's site

08 January, 2014 | comments (20)

The Nokia Lumia Icon slipped out from under the covers a second time – leaking on Verizon's own site no less. By the looks of it, the Icon will be a 5" version of the Lumia 1520 phablet, which coupled with the carrier of choice means this is the...


 Alleged Apple iPhone 6 frame leaks

Alleged Apple iPhone 6 frame leaks

08 January, 2014 | comments (48)

It's still pretty early for believable leaks of the whole design (those start popping up closer to the announcement) but some parts are certainly already in testing so there might be something to this. Straight off Chinese leakster CTech...

Tags: Apple, iOS, Rumors


Hisense X1 has a 6.8

Hisense X1 has a 6.8" display and is US bound

08 January, 2014 | comments (49)

Did you ever want to hold your Nexus 7 tablet up to your ear and make a phone call? Hisense feels your pain, so they made the X1 - a phablet with a 6.8" 1080p IPS display. The humongous device will be selling in China before it hits the...

Tags: CES 2014, Android


Incipio confirms Nokia Lumia ICON existence and name, again

Incipio confirms Nokia Lumia ICON existence and name, again

08 January, 2014 | comments (16)

Sometimes the easiest way to get a confirmation of a smartphone's existence is to just look at the accessory manufacturers who mass produce for upcoming devices. A look at Incipio's portfolio gave us just that with its case for the Nokia Lumia...