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Facebook Messenger for Android drops account requirement

Following the 20th anniversary of the SMS message, the age old service is under threat from services such as WhatsApp, Kik Messenger and now Facebook. A recent update to the Android application, that is currently available only to select countries, allows users to use Facebook Messenger with nothing more than …

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Google employee hints at Android Key Lime Pie

We have known for a while now that Key Lime Pie would follow in the wake of Jelly Bean. After all, in order to keep with their dessert inspired naming scheme, what other desserts start with ‘k’? Not many and it does appear that Key Lime Pie was the chosen …

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Android 2.3 still on over 50% of Android devices

The latest Android platform distribution numbers were revealed today, revealing that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still on over half of all Android devices with a 50.8% share. This has fallen from 54.2% last month. Android 4.x Jelly Bean has also made strong gains. Android 4.1 adoption has doubled from 2.7% …

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Windows Phone 8 ported to the HTC HD2

The HTC HD2, first released in late 2009 is undoubtedly the smartphone that will never die. In its latest accomplishment, Windows Phone 8 has been ported to the device. It is also worth keeping in mind the HD2 originally launched with Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. The feat has been accomplished …

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Microsoft to patch Windows Phone 8 rebooting issue

Some early adopters of Windows Phone 8 devices such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC have discovered that their new devices are prone to randomly rebooting, presumably due to stability issues. The latest reports are suggesting that Microsoft believes that they have identified the issue …

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Windows Phone 7.8 rolling out from early 2013

While we are sure many early adopters of the Windows Phone platform were disappointed to find their devices would not be updated to the latest Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is set to deliver the compromise in early 2013. Windows Phone 7.8 for such devices as the Nokia Lumia 800 and …

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Google Chrome will start to align across platforms next year

Google Chrome for Android and iOS currently fall short of their desktop equivalents, if not in performance then certainly version numbers. This will change over the next year as the Chrome team expect to start aligning all platforms by “early next year”. When asked why Chrome for Android currently sits …

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Google returns December to Android in latest update

When Google first started to roll out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean two weeks ago a very minor, but rather serious object was excluded. Android 4.2 had no memory of what December, and Christmas, was. While the month of December was still included in the Calendar app, it was omitted from the …

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Ever wondered how Samsung stress test their phones?

Samsung aren’t overly known for producing devices that have great build quality but a new video detailing how Samsung stress tests various devices hopes to change our minds in the lead up to the holiday season. In an effort to put the devices through real life tests; the physical buttons, …

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Dual SIM Galaxy S III spotted in China

Samsung has a good thing going with its Galaxy S line of smartphones. The Galaxy S III recently trumped 30 million, and counting, in sales. In order to further capitalise the growing Chinese smartphone market Samsung could be about to debut a dual SIM model in China. The Galaxy S …

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Nokia launches Here Maps onto iOS

Last week Nokia announced its Here Maps initiative, a cross-platform mapping solution that has today arrived for Apple iOS devices. Nokia Here Maps will make “you feel like a local wherever you go” with traffic and public transport overlays and voice guided navigation. You also have the option to download …

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Windows Phone 7.8 will arrive by the end of the year

At a recent briefing between Nokia Singapore and Microsoft it was mentioned by the head of Nokia Asia Pacific Developer division that the Windows Phone 7.8 update has been shipped to manufacturers. This means that the update could be weeks, or perhaps even days away, we’re not really sure. However, he did …

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Lenovo also working on a 1080p Android smartphone

After Samsung, Sony and HTC it now appears that Lenovo is set to join the 1080p Android smartphone line-up. While we currently don’t know the device’s name or any other specifications, a few screenshots of the device have leaked online. According to GSMArena these three screenshots reveal the device’s 1080p …

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Samsung rumoured to unveil a 5-inch, 1080p display at CES

After the HTC J Butterfly, Droid DNA for Verizon and the leaked Sony Yuga it seems rather obvious that the next big trend for high-end Android phones is 1080p displays. The latest rumours is that Samsung is set to join the trend by announcing a 4.99 inch display at the Consumer …

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Ballmer talks down Android and Apple iOS

In a recent interview Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has talked down the threat from other mobile platforms including Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS on its own Windows Phone platform. The interview was conducted by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Ballmer said that Google’s mobile platform is “wild,” “uncontrolled” and relatively …

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Samsung denies price hike for Apple mobile processors

Earlier in the week we reported that Samsung is now charging nearly 20 percent more for the production of Apple’s mobile processors. This includes those found in the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. However, this report may have been unfounded. The Hankyoreh, a Korean newspaper has been informed by an anonymous …

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