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Counterclockwise: Samsung, HTC, Sony and Apple piss off users

Counterclockwise: Samsung, HTC, Sony and Apple piss off users

28 June, 2015 | comments (17)

Companies try to keep their consumers happy, but sometimes they do something that really pisses them off. In this week's edition of Counterclockwise we'll remember some examples of corporate missteps, because as the saying goes "Those who do not...

Tags: Misc


LG says no Android Lollipop plans for Vu 3

LG says no Android Lollipop plans for Vu 3

28 June, 2015 | comments (15)

LG has quietly shared that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update will not be released for the Vu 3 phablet which was announced in late 2013. The phablet launched in 2013 running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Korean company released Android 4.4...

Tags: LG, Android, Lollipop


Motorola started Android 5.1 soak test for Moto G 4G in US

Motorola started Android 5.1 soak test for Moto G 4G in US

28 June, 2015 | comments (12)

Motorola has started a soak-test of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the first generation Moto G 4G in the United States. David Schuster, senior director for software product management at Motorola Mobility confirmed the update. As expected, Android...

Tags: Motorola, Android


Purported OnePlus 2 image leaks, hints at 5.5

Purported OnePlus 2 image leaks, hints at 5.5" display

28 June, 2015 | comments (17)

A purported image of the OnePlus 2 has surfaced online along with some key details about the device’s appearance. The image features a sketch-effect filter and is different from the one we spotted in the company's photography...


The first Intel Atom x3-powered JOI Phone 5 launches in Malaysia

The first Intel Atom x3-powered JOI Phone 5 launches in Malaysia

27 June, 2015 | comments (14)

The Malaysia-based SNS network announced the first smartphone with a Intel Atom x3 "SoFIA" mobile chipset. Dubbed JOI Phone 5, the dual-SIM budget-level smartphone will be sold through GLOO’s retail network in Malaysia. The front of JOI...

Tags: Intel, Android


The next iPhone has reportedly entered early production

The next iPhone has reportedly entered early production

27 June, 2015 | comments (115)

According to a report in Bloomberg, the next Apple iPhone has entered early production. The Cupertino giant is expected to unveil the successors of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September. The next-generation iPhone lineup is tipped to...

Tags: Apple, iOS, Rumors


Meizu MX5 leaks in yet another set of pictures

Meizu MX5 leaks in yet another set of pictures

27 June, 2015 | comments (26)

Meizu may not be a particularly big name in the mobile real, but judging by the sheer amount of interest the community has shown for its upcoming flagship, things might be looking up for the Chinese manufacturer. The rumor mill has been overflowing...

Tags: Meizu, Android, Rumors


Xiaomi won't be entering US smartphone market anytime soon

Xiaomi won't be entering US smartphone market anytime soon

27 June, 2015 | comments (30)

Xiaomi might have started selling accessories in the US, but those hoping to see the company - which became the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer in Q3 last year - sell its low-cost handsets stateside might have to wait...

Tags: Xiaomi


AT&T begins selling Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

AT&T begins selling Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

27 June, 2015 | comments (1)

As announced last week, AT&T has started selling the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL smartphone, which is now available both online as well as via the carrier's retail stores. As for the price, the device carries a tag of $250 sans agreement and will...


QHD Microsoft phone pops up in AdDuplex usage statistics

QHD Microsoft phone pops up in AdDuplex usage statistics

27 June, 2015 | comments (34)

AdDuplex has diligently updated its Windows Phone device statistics with fresh data up to June 23. Usually, the company's numbers are pretty informative by themselves, but this time, the last page of the report lists two unknown Microsoft devices...


Verizon Lumia 735 now available for just $30 on contract

Verizon Lumia 735 now available for just $30 on contract

27 June, 2015 | comments (0)

Just a week after it started selling the Lumia 735, Verizon has slashed the device's price from $80 to $30 on contract. The price for the contract-free version, however, remains the same at $192. For those who aren't in the know, the same...


Galaxy S5 Neo reportedly up for pre-order in Czech Republic

Galaxy S5 Neo reportedly up for pre-order in Czech Republic

27 June, 2015 | comments (8)

Although the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo has been the subject of several leaks, there has been no word on the release date of the device. However, that was until now, as the handset is already up for pre-order in Czech Republic, according to a new report...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Leak suggests Oppo Mirror 5 may debut as Mirror 5s

Leak suggests Oppo Mirror 5 may debut as Mirror 5s

27 June, 2015 | comments (4)

A week after we brought you exclusive details on Oppo Mirror 5, a new leak is suggesting that the device might actually be called as the Mirror 5s. While we already know that the handset will come with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 5MP...

Tags: Oppo, Android


Sony E5663 spotted on benchmarking websites

Sony E5663 spotted on benchmarking websites

27 June, 2015 | comments (49)

A new, unannounced Sony smartphone - carrying model number E5663 - has been spotted on benchmarking websites GFXBench and Geekbench. The information revealed suggests that the handset will be powered by a MediaTek MT6795 SoC with 1.9GHz...

Tags: Sony, Android


Motorola Droid Turbo soak test invites hint at Android 5.1 update

Motorola Droid Turbo soak test invites hint at Android 5.1 update

26 June, 2015 | comments (5)

It looks like Motorola Droid Turbo for Verizon Wireless is finally about to get the long-awaited update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Owners of the smartphone have received invites for a soak test. Earlier this month, Motorola announced that the...

Tags: Motorola, Android


Vertu outs three new Signature Collection models in India

Vertu outs three new Signature Collection models in India

26 June, 2015 | comments (34)

If you have a lot of money to spend on a phone, and you choose your phones based more on the materials they're made out of than by what's inside, then Vertu has something for you. The luxury device maker has launched three new models in its...

Tags: Vertu


Apple Watch will be out in three more countries on July 17

Apple Watch will be out in three more countries on July 17

26 June, 2015 | comments (8)

Today the Apple Watch has become available in seven more countries, as was announced at the beginning of this month. They are Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan. That said, Apple's first smartwatch isn't done...

Tags: Apple


Snapdragon 820 SoC is being tested, inching towards release

Snapdragon 820 SoC is being tested, inching towards release

26 June, 2015 | comments (87)

We've all heard the stories and the explanations, promises and let downs surrounding the Snapdragon 810. The whole overheating saga has entirely engulfed the existence of the beastly SoC and has rendered it a major market failure. The drama still...

Tags: Qualcomm, Rumors


ZTE launches affordable Maven and Sonata 2 smartphones in US

ZTE launches affordable Maven and Sonata 2 smartphones in US

26 June, 2015 | comments (2)

ZTE has launched two budget-friendly smartphones, dubbed the Maven and Sonata 2, in the United States. While the former is available on AT&T, the latter is up for grabs from its subsidiary Cricket Wireless. The Maven is powered by a...

Tags: ZTE, Android


Lollipop public beta test for Huawei Honor 6 begins

Lollipop public beta test for Huawei Honor 6 begins

26 June, 2015 | comments (8)

Huawei has really been caught up in the update frenzy lately. Yesterday, we saw the manufacturer inviting Huawei Ascend P7 users to participate in a public beta of their new software and today, that invitation has been extended to Honor 6 users as...