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Sony Xperia Z1 gets rooted prior to release

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While the launch of the new Sony Xperia Z1 flagship is still a week away in most markets, some enthusiastic early developers in China have already figured out a way to gain root access to the device.

The process is surprisingly simple and involves using the tool found at 360-Root, connecting your Xperia Z1 via USB, and clicking the ‘Root’ button. The tool is all in Chinese, but you can’t really get it wrong. Read more »

Dryft keyboard for tablets makes typing easier by tracking your fingers

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A new keyboard interface designed for tablets aims to let you type easier and quicker by automatically repositioning the keyboard under your fingers, wherever they may be on the screen.

This is helpful because you no longer have to locate the row of buttons where you usually rest your fingers on traditional hardware keyboards, allowing you to type more intuitively. Read more »

Sony unveils WG-C20 Portable Wireless Server, lets you stream content to your smartphone

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Sony has just announced a new portable streaming device that lets you stream video, music, and images to any compatible wireless device in range.

Not only that, but it lets you charge a connected device via USB, and even stream content to a DLNA-compatible TV. Read more »

2K Drive gets released for iOS, race with licensed cars on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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2K and Lucid games have joined forced to release 2K Drive exclusively to iOS devices.

The new racing game for mobiles features some 25 licenced cars, as well as multiplayer connectivity and social networking integration. Read more »

HTC giveaway: One mini limited edition designed by David Koma

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HTC has partnered with up-and-coming UK designer David Koma to release a special edition of the HTC One mini smartphone.

Only 10 units of the handset will be ever produced, and can only be won as prizes in an exclusive Twitter competition, organized by HTC. Read more »

Samsung’s Q3 smartphone sales outlook looking good

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Back in Q2, there were several analysts that predicted grim future for Samsung’s mobile division, with many worried that the Korean giant’s Galaxy S4 smartphone will suffer poor sales in Q3 2013.

The latest prognosis for Q3 however has Samsung Securities predicting some 80 million smartphone sales in Q3 2013. Read more »

Lenovo introduces new range of ThinkPads before IFA

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The IFA festivities have yet to officially get underway in Berlin, but that’s not stopping anyone for joining in the announcement fest that usually takes place before such major events.

Lenovo has today introduced its latest line of ThinkPads, 5 in total, including the company’s first 15″ Ultrabook targeted at business users. Read more »

Acer announces 24-inch Android all-in-one powered by Tegra 3

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The pre-IFA festivities from Acer continue, as the company has just announced the DA241HL, a 24″ Android-powered all-in-one featuring a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

The AiO operates on the Android 4.2 build, which allows you to enjoy the latest games and apps in all their glory on the fullHD 24-inch display. Read more »

Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 battery test completes, here go the scores

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Gigabyte’s first quad-core offering has a 4.5-inch qHD display with 1GB of RAM, running on Android 4.2.

The Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 also has dual-SIM capabilities which puts some extra strain on its 1,700 mAh battery. Check out the results inside. Read more »

Android inching closer to Apple as app revenues expected to double to $6.8B

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According to the latest report from ABI research, Android smartphone app revenues are expected to reach $6.8 billion – nearly twice more than last years numbers.

While that may sound like a lot, that’s only about 60% of the total posted by iOS – the clear leader in app revenue amongst all mobile OS’s. Read more »

Shazam for Android gets faster song recognition and UI overhaul in v4.0

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Shazam, the popular song identification app, has just been updated to version 4.0 for Android.

The latest version promises faster song recognition, as well as a completely new user interface with large screen optimizations for tablets. Read more »

Pressy Kickstarter project aims to add an extra button to your smartphone

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A new kickstarter campaign aims to let your 3.5mm audio jack become an extra button for your Android smartphone.

You can configure the button to do a variety of configurable one-touch actions like turn on your flashlight, take a quick photo, or even start phone call/audio recording. Read more »

Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 review

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Currently Gigabyte’s most advanced offering, the GSmart Maya M1 v2 is a refresh of the dual-SIM GSmart Maya M1 smartphone released in April.

The smartphone marks Gigabytes first entry into the quad-core game, featuring a four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHZ alongside PowerVR SGX544 GPU on an MTK 6589 chipset. Read more »

Motorola posts Moto X kernel source for ROM builders to play with

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Motorola has posted the kernel source code for its latest Moto X smartphone, as required by the Android license agreement.

Source codes are available for all three Moto X device variants, the XT1053, XT1056, and XT1058, and allow you play around with the kernels as you please. Read more »

Oppo N1′s rear panel touch details revealed

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The just-leaked Oppo N1 smartphone made waves last week with a risque ad campaign, revealing it as one of the first smartphones to feature a touch sensitive rear panel.

Now, more details have come to light regarding just what you can do with the rear touch panel, including scrolling through homescreen panes and selecting screen elements. Read more »