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Nokia begins Windows Phone 7.8 rollout

As we expected it to, Windows Phone 7.8 is now rolling out to existing Windows Phone 7.x users. Nokia has announced that the update will start to rollout today to the Lumia 510, Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. The updates are dependent on carriers and given …

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NVIDIA may launch their own Android devices

NVIDIA could be preparing to debut their own range of Android devices in the near future in other to give their mobile chipsets greater exposure. Tegra 3 devices were largely out-shined by those powered by Samsung’s Exynos or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. The only real exception was the ASUS Nexus 7 that undoubtedly …

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HP Pavilion Chromebook leaks ahead of release

After Lenovo announced their education-focussed Chromebook last week, another major manufacturer looks to be gearing up to launch a Chromebook of their own. After Acer and Samsung introducing new and revised offerings late last year, HP is set to join the growing Chrome OS contingent in the coming weeks. A …

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HTC announces a small phone for a big phone

There is no doubt that as we enter the year where smartphones with 5 inch, 1080p displays will dominate the marketplace; the point where devices are just too large is about to be tested even further. With the Butterfly, HTC will sell the HTC Mini alongside it in China. The …

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Samsung announces Galaxy Xcover 2

Samsung has today announced the successor to the rugged Galaxy xCover Android smartphone that we reviewed last year. The Xcover 2 is better in just about every area over its predecessor and given our impressions of the original this can only be a good thing. The Xcover 2’s primary appeal is to those …

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Nokia confirms the death of Symbian

The end of Symbian has been coming for a while now and in Nokia’s Q4 2012 earnings report that Finnish company has finally confirmed it. Nokia says that the 808 PureView, which was announced nearly a year ago, will be the last Symbian device from them. “During our transition to …

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Google’s ‘X Phone’ could debut at Google I/O in May

Ever since Google took over Motorola in May 2012 rumours have circulated about the possibility of a smartphone collaboration between the now-merged companies. Better known as the ‘X Phone’, the device would be a fully in-house smartphone offering from Google. Since 2010 Google has contacted various Android device manufacturers including HTC, Samsung, …

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The first Firefox OS phones have been revealed

Mozilla’s Firefox OS was announced last year in an attempt to introduce a new major operating system to the ever-growing smartphone market. Retail hardware is on the horizon and today the first two developer orientated devices have been announced to go on sale next month. The low-end Keon device has …

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Windows Phone 7.8 roll-out to commence January 31

In mid-November last year we heard that Microsoft will commence the Windows Phone 7.8 roll-out for first and second generation handsets by the end of the year. For reasons unknown this schedule was pushed back and the latest date appears to be January 31st. Windows Phone Colombia has informed users …

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Lenovo introduces education focussed Chromebook ThinkPad X131e

Days after rumours starting to circulate around Lenovo’s involvement with Chrome OS, the first such device has been revealed. Lenovo has introduced the ThinkPad X131e, an 11.6 inch Chromebook aimed exclusively at K-12 (kindergarten through to the end of high-school) education segment. Availability will commence from February 26th via special bid volume pricing …

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ASUS is “interested in making Windows Phones”

ASUS has revealed in a recent interview that the Taiwanese company who is typically better known for PC components and laptops are looking into producing smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In the interview Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products at ASUS says that they are …

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LG planning a return to Windows Phone?

LG was an original Windows Phone 7 partner way back when the platform originally launched in late 2010 but apart from a couple of launch day devices we have yet to see a follow-up Windows Phone device from them. Now, new rumours suggest that the Korean company will debut a …

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Huawei Ascend W2 scheduled for MWC debut

Throughout the second half of 2012 there were several rumours surrounding two Windows Phone handsets from Huawei. One of these devices, the Ascend W1, was announced last week at CES in Las Vegas. The Ascend W1 is their modest low to mid-range offering. The other, as yet unannounced handset is …

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Sony may stay clear of entry-level smartphones

Sony may have plans to abandon entry and low-level Android smartphones in an attempt to rise its product image. Apple is the best example of this; by only offering flagship quality devices across a large range of electronic devices. Whether it would be smartphones, ultrabooks or laptops it would be …

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Beats Audio to launch music streaming service later this year

Due to its recent acquisition of music streaming service MOG, Beats Audio is looking to launch its own service later this year. The service from Beats Audio, who are better known for overpriced headphones and software equalisers on some of HTC’s smartphones and HP laptops, will be in direct competition with the …

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Google introduces Chrome Beta channel for Android

Google has today announced the Chrome Beta channel for Android 4.x devices based on Chrome 25 over the stable channel’s Chrome 18. Chrome Beta 25.0.1364.8 brings improved HTML5 support and Javascript support over the current stable channel version. Furthermore, the Beta version will be the first to receive any neat …

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Windows Live Messenger to depart us on March 15

Microsoft have previously made their plans clear about the closing of its Windows Live Messenger service last November and have recently sent a notice out to users confirming the closure will take place on March 15. “On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for …

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Qualcomm outs Snapdragon 600 and 800 SoCs

Qualcomm’s system on chip solutions today find themselves at home in literally thousands of different products and in 2013 Qualcomm are looking to further establish their position. For 2013 Qualcomm is introducing new branding for its Snapdragon range. The new family consists of the Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 400 …

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