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Apple no longer allows iOS 7 firmware installations

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Apple iOS 8 was released to all compatible devices on September 17, but it wasn’t a smooth launch at all. The iOS 8 was plagued by lots of bugs, Apple even removed all Health-related apps due to a bug in its HealthKit. This is where the iOS 8.0.1 update came to help, but while it may fixed the Health app issues, it broke the cell reception and Touch ID on quite a few phones.

So, the iOS 8.0.1 update was quickly taken down and iOS 8.0.2 appeared two days later to fix the Heath app and what the 8.0.1 update broke. Many users disappointed by the iOS 8 behavior decided to revert back to iOS 7.1.2, but this option now no longer available. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 1S battery life test

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The in-depth review of Xiaomi Redmi 1S is live on our homepage and as usual we are ready to share the complete battery life breakdown with you. The Xiaomi Redmi 1S features a 4.7″ IPS display of 720p resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The OS in charge of operations is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v.5 launcher.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports dual stand-by but not dual-call. We occupied both SIM slots for our battery tests and the SIM 1 was connected to a 3G network the whole time. Read more »

4K video recording app for iPhone 5s now available, costs $999.99

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This isn’t a joke! Apple has approved the Vizzywig 4K app for iPhone 5s, which enables 4K video recording with 24 fps on the 2013 smartphone. It costs $999.99 (€899.99) and works only on iPhone 5s with 32GB or 64GB storage.

The app captures 24 burst images per second in 4K resolution and then stitches them together in just 1s footage. This means you’ll lose about 72MB for each second of your video. This explains the requirement for the 32GB+ iPhone model! Read more »

Oppo to offer Color OS on LG G2, recruits beta testers now

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Did you like the so called Color OS running on the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a? Oppo’s take on the default Android looks and behavior was quite good, with lots of new eye-candies, features and services.

As of today Oppo is recruiting beta testers with LG G2 willing to test the Color OS ROM on their smartphone. Once completed, Oppo will launch the Color OS ROM to all compatibles LG G2. Read more »

Official Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4 camera samples

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We’ve managed to extract the official camera samples from the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. If we are to trust the embedded camera information, those were actually taken with a Galaxy Note 4. But since both devices feature identical camera departments, it really doesn’t matter.

Both Note devices feature front 3.7MP snappers with f/1.9 aperture for selfies, while the rear sensors are of 16MP resolution, probably ISOCELL – the same as on the Galaxy Alpha. Read more »

Motorola Moto G 4G battery life test

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Motorola Moto G 4G turned out a great smartphone on its own and an excellent upgrade over the original Moto G. It adds 4G LTE connectivity, a microSD card slot, a brighter screen backlight and a gyro sensor to the already well proven hardware mix of the 4.5″ HD display, Snapdragon 400 chipset, 5MP camera and 2,070 mAh battery.

The new smartphone is running on the latest available Android 4.4.4 KitKat revision, but so is the Moto G already. We didn’t expect much of a difference in the battery performance, but we were wrong. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 3 battery life test

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China’s most popular smartphone to date – Xiaomi Mi 3 – received our traditional review treatment already and it did great indeed. We’ve even met its successor – the Xiaomi Mi 4 and in addition to the snappy performance, the Mi 4 presented very good battery endurance.

Now, just a few days before we publish our Xiaomi Mi 3 versus Xiaomi Mi 4 in-depth comparison, we are going to share with you the Xiaomi Mi 3 full battery breakdown. Read more »

Moto 360 launch gets closer as Google asks I/O participants for shipping addresses

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Google I/O conference in June shed some light on the upcoming Android L and Android Wear operating systems. Google’s presents this year for the developers and press attending the event was an Android Wear smartwatch – people got to choose between Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360.

The Gear Live and G Watch were already in production and people who chose them got their presents immediately on site. But what about Moto 360 then? It was promised to ship as soon as the first batch enters mass production. Read more »

Video shows what happens when you throw your Xiaomi Mi 3 under a bus

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You can do so many things with your Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone – enjoy Full HD videos on the 5″ IPS display, take a wonderful 13MP pictures with its camera, play the latest 3D games hassle-free courtesy of the Snapdragon 800 chipset, or listen unlimited music via the Baidu Online Music Service.

But it is surely not such a good idea to throw your beautiful Xiaomi Mi 3 covered in polycarbonate shell and Gorilla Glass 3 under a bus. Someone did this and the result isn’t peachy. Read more »

First official video of Samsung Galaxy Alpha is out now

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the slimmest Galaxy phone to date, went official today. Most of the rumors throughout the past few months turned out correct – the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7″ Super AMOLED 720p display, runs on Exynos 5 Octa chipset with 2GB of RAM, and comes with a 12MP rear camera.

Other interesting bits of the Galaxy Alpha are the integrated fingerprint scanner, heart-rate sensor, LTE Cat.6 connectivity and 32GB non-expandable storage. If you want to meet the Galaxy Alpha up close, you can now do it thanks to the first official promo video. Read more »

Sony Xperia T3 hands-on

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Another Xperia smartphone landed in our office this week. We’ve already met the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia Z2 and Xperia M2, but we were also eager to check out what the Xperia T3 has to offer. And now we got the chance to give you a glimpse of what to expect in our in-depth review.

The Sony Xperia T3 packs a 5.3″ IPS display of 720p resolution and is powered by the popular mid-range Snapdragon 400 chipset. Sony has provided the Xperia T3 with an 8MP ExmorRS camera sensor and the phone comes with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS out of the box. Read more »

Goldgenie already offering a golden iPhone 6

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You want an iPhone 6 plated with gold, rose gold or platinum? Goldgenie has you covered – it has already listed the three different luxurious versions of the upcoming iPhone 6.

The 24ct gold flavor will set you back £1100, the platinum version costs £1140, while the rose gold model is priced at £1124. Those three are already available on pre-order in the UK and will ship for free once the iPhone 6 goes official. Read more »

Angry Birds Stella kicks off September 4, watch the trailers now

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Angry Birds Stella is one of the most teased Rovio games ever. Luckily this is coming to an end very soon – on September 4 – when the game will be released officially on all major platforms.

The new game will introduce a bunch of female characters ad will supposedly resemble the original Angry Birds game in terms of gameplay. Read more »

Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: Keep track of your life

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Sony’s SmartBand SWR10 is what you’d call a life logger, a fashionable band, a music/camera remote, and vibrates on notifications. It collects motion data and logs everything within a dedicated app on your Android smartphone.

Sony Smartband SWR10

Despite what the product name may have you believe, the Sony SmartBand is not meant to be a smart personal assistant. It’s an unobtrusive device with exchangeable wrist bands to match your style and blend seamlessly with any other accessories you might have.

And no, it doesn’t have a display, but the lack of one doesn’t get in the way. There are three small status LEDs and it communicates with you with vibrations. Read more »

Samsung releases new Galaxy Tab S ads, taunts the iPad

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Samsung has published two new videos advertising the recently released Galaxy Tab S flagship slates. The first one demonstrates the Tab S multi-tasking capabilities and compares them to…an iPad, of course.

The second video focuses on the Super AMOLED’s great contrast against an unnamed Android slate. Read more »