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ASUS launching first ‘cheap’ Android Wear smartwatch

Published by on Jul 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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All the major announcements regarding Android Wear and companies making wearables running the new software were made at Google I/O last week, but another one also didn’t go unnoticed. We heard via the interwebs that ASUS is also making an Android Wear smartwatch, but other than that nothing much was known.

We now get some more details, however.

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LG G Flex Review: Curved brilliance or gimmicky mess?

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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The LG G Flex was announced to a public that was already quite sceptic of curved smartphones, thanks to the bemusing design of the Samsung Galaxy Round, which is curved along the portrait orientation. Luckily, the G Flex is curved along the landscape viewing axis, which makes a lot more sense (for reasons we will get to later).

As the name suggests, it is also flexible. Not like rubber – you have to put some muscle into doing it. Bendable, foldable, flexible screens have long hovered on the horizon and LG wants to start making them a reality. Could this be the beginning of a new revolution in the smartphone industry or just another whim which will fade away soon?

Before we find out, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Review: Jack of all trades

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Update: This article’s content has been updated since initial release.

The Sony Xperia Z1 launched only about 9 months after the original Xperia Z and a little more than 6 months later we have this – the Sony Xperia Z2. Some critics of Sony are saying that bringing new versions so regularly will alienate customers who have just bought the top-of-the-line Sony, but 6 months down the road it will be obsolete.

While we do get what they are saying, we have to disagree. You’ll notice that not much is changing from one version to the next. In fact, all Sony is doing is addressing some of the problems from each iteration. So why should we be excited about a new Sony that is about to hit the market?

Before we give you the answer to this question, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

ZTE shifting focus to Google Now Launcher

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Finally, it seems that things are changing in the world of Android phones. And this change is mostly coming from the lesser known manufacturers. Heave manufacturer skinning is giving way to cleaner, pure Google interfaces – the way Google intended Android to be.

In the past we could only find this on Nexus devices, but now many companies have heeded Google’s call to keep the modifications minimal, the latest of which is ZTE. This may actually be a very significant shift, as ZTE is not a small player these days. ZTE says it will feature the Google Now Launcher on its phones. (more…)

Will Google and Samsung’s relationship last?

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, 2 Comments

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It is no secret that Samsung has been a big part of Android’s meteoric rise to dominance. In fact, the utter dominance that Samsung enjoyed in the Android market had Google worried. So much so that Google had to personally meet other manufacturers and help them to step up their game to compete with Samsung.

The reason for this is of course the eventual intentions of Samsung to leave Android behind altogether for their in-house operating system, Tizen. Samsung also changed the Android interface so much with the launch of the Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets at the beginning of the year that it lead to Samsung execs flying out to South Korea to confront Samsung. Subsequently Samsung has vowed to drop this Magazine UI in favour of something more traditionally like Android. (more…)

LG G3 Launch – Return of the King?

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, 4 Comments

LGG3The hype train that is the LG G3 has finally hit our South African shores! Last night saw LG unveil their latest flagship device to the South African media at The Venue in Melrose Arch Johannesburg. Since the launch of the LG G2 last year the LG SA marketing team has certainly stepped up their game. They have been focusing on forming partnerships with the media, tech influentials and their immediate service provider partners. The venue, people and setup of last night’s launch spoke volumes of the growing confidence LG has in their smartphone offerings. Last year many people rated the G2 king of the hill. Will the king return in 2014? (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to include UV sensor

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We have heard this news before, but more light (excuse the pun) has been shed on the inclusion of a UV sensor in the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 phablet from Samsung. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung’s S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.

It will measure the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and will prevent owners from potential sunburn and general skin damage which increases the risk of skin cancer. This is possible thanks to guidance provided with recommendations, based on the current UV index level measured at that point in time. Simply tilt your phone at a 60 degree angle towards the sun to take the measurement. (more…)

LG launches the G3 Beat

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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After a plethora of leaks LG has made the G3 Beat official. We welcome with some excitement the smaller version of LG’s G3 flagship. It has the same flowing lines and small bezels as its larger brother and the same stunning looks.

As you’d expect, we basically have a scaled down G3, very much like we see with the Galaxy S5 Mini. It isn’t actually that much smaller than the flagship as you’d expect. What we have here is a 5-inch display, but all the specs are pretty much mid-tier. (more…)

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