Angry Birds now out for Tizen

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The Angry Birds franchise is seemingly everywhere you look these days, but one place it wasn’t present up until this point was Samsung’s Tizen OS. That all changes now with the launch of Angry Birds on Tizen.

The game can be downloaded from the Tizen Store, which can be found on the Samsung Z1 – the only smartphone running Tizen at the moment. Read more »

The LG G4 performance benchmark results are in and they are not stellar

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LG G4 is the first smartphone to run on the Snapdragon 808 chip. Qualcomm announced the 808 revision side by side with the flagship 810 model, but it is just now we are seeing it in action within the LG G4.

Snapdragon 808 offers a hexa-core 64-bit processor with two Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, an Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The LG G4, just like the G3, packs a 5.5″ Quad HD display, though it has been improved with an IPS Quantum panel for superb color reproduction.

The Snapdragon 808, according to LG, will provide equal performance for the day-to-day tasks as the Samsung’s Exynos 7420 top dog. We managed to run some benchmarks on the LG G4 Korean unit displayed at the event. The smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and we’d reckon the software should be pretty much final since the phone is launching in its home country tomorrow. Read more »

Here are the official LG G4 accessories

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Today we saw the unveiling of the LG G4 and we even got a chance to play with it first hand. What we also saw on display was the full suite of accessories, which will be available for styling the LG’s flagship. And no, it’s not just the leather backs.

Indeed, the available accessories will include a handful of premium back covers, but there are also Quick Circle cases and the official premium LG QuadBeat 3 headset. Read more »

A Mophie Juice pack for the LG G4 adds 3,450mAh of extra battery, a lot of bulk

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The just-announced LG G4 flagship is yet to make its way to the customers, but a battery pack has been announced for it by industry specialist Mophie. It promises up to 80% more power and offers added protection from accidental bumps.

The juice pack has a 3,450mAh capacity and comes in black only, at least so far. It’ll set you back a good $100 and is currently on pre-order with estimated shipping in late June. Read more »

Motorola takes a dig at the G4, says it had leather first

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It’s official, the LG G4 is here! Just minutes ago, the flagship was unveiled and it pretty much delivers on all of its promises. Naturally, the genuine leather stitched back remained the center of attention throughout a large chunk of the presentation and LG really made it clear that the G4 comes with its own unique styling, or does it?

Motorola was quick to take a shot at the new handset and its leather-covered back options, by posting a photo of the Moto X and the Motorola 360, both featuring leather. At any other point in time, such a post would have been glanced over as a simple reminder of all the options the company’s Moto Maker customization service offers, but it the current context, it leaves no mystery as to Motorola’s intentions to mock LG. Read more »

Samsung is collaborating with top brands and artists to work on its first round smartwatch

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Samsung’s next smart wearable has been on our radar for quite some time now. Rumors about the gadget have been abundant, but not much is yet known about the smartwatch. Luckily, a few days ago, Samsung brought attention to the wearable and confirmed that it will, indeed, feature a round screen.

This is a first for the Korean tech giant, who appears to be aiming high with its next creation. According to industry sources Samsung has teamed up with quite a few famous artists and fashion brands in order to make the watch – codenamed Orbis, as perfect as possible. Read more »

Microsoft makes Skype calls free to and from Nepal as part of relief efforts

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A devastating earthquake shook Nepal and affected thousands over the weekend. Ongoing rescue efforts and relief drives are being multiplied to search for those trapped or stranded, and bring them to a safe place. The earthquake also crippled the communications system for several hours but has been restored to keep the ball rolling.

While many US based mobile operators are waiving off charges and making international calls to Nepal cheaper, the software companies are making VoIP calls free. Google has discounted the rates of the Google Voice calling. In the mean time, Microsoft has announced it will offer free calls to landlines as well as mobile phones made to and from Nepal. No Skype credit is required for these calls. Read more »

Apple Watch with Sapphire crystal twice as reflective as the iPhone 6

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Being one of the hottest pieces of tech out there at the moment, the Apple Watch was unlikely to go under DisplayMate‘s radar. The imaging diagnostics specialists took a 42mm Apple Watch with Sapphire glass and compared it with an iPhone 6.

The smartphone’s display is covered with what Apple calls Ion-X glass, which is similar to Gorilla glass, and is found of the more affordable Watch Sport. Read more »

Tencent announces OS for smartwatches, VR headsets, game consoles and TVs

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A fashionable trend among multi-billion tech companies is to launch their own OS. The latest to join the fray is Tencent, the company best known for QQ and WeChat, which updated its TencentOS with a version to run on smartwatches, TV sets, VR headsets, game consoles and other Internet-connected devices.

Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Qualcomm have partnered with Tencent to work on TOS+ devices. Read more »

Samsung announces Level On Wireless and Level Link Bluetooth headphones

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Samsung has launched two new products in its Level series of audio accessories. The first is the Level On Wireless, which is a wireless variant of the Level On headphones.

The Level On Wireless connects to your phone via Bluetooth and has a touchpad on the side to control playback of music, calls, and features like S Voice. It also has six built-in microphones that are used for the active noise cancellation feature. Unlike the Level Over headphones, the Level On have a supra-aural design, which means they sit on your ears instead of around them. Read more »

Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R prices slashed on the Google Play Store

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Earlier this month, Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch got a $70 price cut and the leather strap model was available for purchase from Amazon and Best Buy. That coincided with the arrival of the Apple Watch.

Now even the Google Play Store is offering the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch for $180 and this price cut is said to be permanent. Along with that, the LG G Watch R model also got a $50 price cut and is available at a new effective price of $250. Read more »

Here is what the LG G4 retail box looks like

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As most of you surely know, today is the day that LG finally unveils its latest flagship phone. The event is set for 3:00 PM GMT in London and excitement is at an all-time high. We already know quite a lot about LG’s upcoming top-of-the-line handset we got official renders, banners, a few live photos, as well as a lot of info on specs. There has even been some talk about pricing and production costs, so, we can definitely say that LG hasn’t been too concerned with shrouding the G4 in mystery.

Just mere hours before the device becomes official, a couple of new images allegedly reveal one of the very last things about the LG G4 that we haven’t previously seen – its retail box. The packaging appears to be standard enough with a white rectangular shape and what looks to be a two-piece design. It does have some sort of accent around the logo on the front, but, we can’t really tell if it’s a sticker or the box is curved. What is even more-important, tough, is that the bottom of the package has some specs listed, which provide perfect proof for a lot of what we already know. Read more »

LG G Watch no longer on sale

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One of the first Android Wear devices (the other being the Samsung Gear Live) is no longer being sold. The device is no longer visible on the Play Store in any of the regions. Since Samsung already pulled the Gear Live from certain markets, they now have no Android Device category available on the Play Store.

The G Watch was the first and by far the simplest of all the Android Wear devices. It really was a matchbox shaped device with little to no design flair. It looked like it was designed in the lunch break. It was good enough if you absolutely wanted an Android Wear device and would be okay with the cheapest one available (which is why I have one as well) but it wasn’t something you’d buy because it looked cool. Read more »

Best Buy now accepting Apple Pay in-app, in-store support coming later this year

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US consumer electronics chain Best Buy has updated its official iOS app with support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to pay for purchased items using Apple’s mobile payments service. All its US stores will begin accepting Apple Pay later this year, the company said.

“Today’s consumers have many different ways to spend their money and we want to give our customers as many options as possible in how they pay for goods and services at Best Buy,” the company said in a press release. Read more »

Verizon to reportedly begin carrying the LG Watch Urbane on April 28

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On April 28, US carrier Verizon will begin carrying LG’s new high-end Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch Urbane, according to some leaked promotional material revealed by the website Android Spin.

The smartwatch, which made its way to the Google Store in the US earlier today, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, where it went on sale just a few days ago. Over in the UK, online retailer Clove is selling it for £260 ($394). As per the leak, Verizon will be selling the device for $350. Read more »