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LG G3 Beat Review: The prince of the kingdom?

Published by on Oct 24th, 2014, 4 Comments

LG G3 Beat-006It has been full steam ahead for the LG train this year with the release of quite a few significant mobile devices. So far we have seen the G-Flex, G3, G-Watch (as well as G-Watch R) and of course the G-Pad hit our South African shores. Now, just in time for the festive season LG is introducing their mini flagship smartphone the G3 Beat. The Beat joins the mini market which already contains the likes of the Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha (see review), Motorola Moto G as well as the Sony Xperia Compact (and many others). But the Beat, with a 5-inch screen, can’t exactly be called a mini even though it is smaller than its big brother the G3. Earlier this year the G3 had everyone abuzz with its sleek style, Quad-HD screen and super thin bezels, will the G3 Beat follow in those illustrious footsteps? We got out hands on one to answer that question… (more…)

Sony lowers sales target once again

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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One of the biggest reasons for Sony’s lack of success is their inability to properly support the US market and it is leading to less than favourable sales figures. We believe Sony makes really good smartphones, but are unable to solve the puzzle of how to get them flying off the shelves. (more…)

Android 5.0 Lollipop release date revealed

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

android-5-0-lollipopSo the long anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop is nearing the end of its development cycle and is preparing to launch as the latest public version of Google’s mobile operating system. As with previous Android releases the Nexus range (in this case Nexus 6 and Nexus 9) will run Lollipop straight out of the box. Updates for the existing Nexus devices will follow closely and the other OEMs (Samsung, LG, Sony) have already started planning their individual releases for the all new OS. So when will Google get the ball rolling?

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Google updates email with the launch of Inbox (video)

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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It’s somewhat unnerving to think that Gmail is over ten years old, but it is. The service spread like wildfire and Google boasts billions of active accounts around the world. But now, Google is taking a fresh look at the emailing services available to users, and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences, called Inbox by Gmail. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launch: Cape Town

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, No Comments

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The evening of Thursday, October 16th saw Samsung Electronics launch a flurry of new products in Cape Town, South Africa under the banner of the official Galaxy Note 4 World Tour. Hosted in the Execujet Hangar at the Cape Town International Airport, the launch featured local celebrity hosting via Top Billing presenter Michael Moll.

Launched in South Africa at the event, The Galaxy Note 4 arrives with a revised, modernised look, sporting a metal frame with the same plastic leather back the Galaxy range has become (in)famous for. Instead of the stitched look though, it has been revamped and modernised. With a display reaching 5.7 inches, the Note sits firmly in phablet territory – positioned in what Samsung terms the “fastest growing segment in the smartphone environment.” (more…)

Google posts first Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 ads (videos)

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

You won’t be seeing these ads on South African television, but they do tell you a bit about the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. You may want to take a look as online stores will most likely be bringing these devices into the country in a timely manner. (more…)

Google announces the new Nexus 9 tablet

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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It’s great to see HTC back in the Nexus line, and this time they have built the tablet Nexus, which hasn’t seen an upgrade in three years.

As was widely expected, we’re looking at a larger, squarer design this time around. Same Nexus logo on the back, and with the camera and flash tucked up in the top-left corner. The front-facing camera is centred on the front of the display. There’s a microUSB port on the bottom for charging. (more…)

Android 5.0 is official and called Lollipop

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yes, today is all about the big G. Not only do we have two new Nexus devices, but we also have the official release of Android 5.0 or ‘L’, which is now officially called Android Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables. (more…)

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