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Redesigned Google Play Store Shown Off!

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play-store-material-3 (1)At Google I/O 2014, we had one major UI overhaul for a not so fancy looking Android KitKat that we know off. With the introduction of Android L 5.0 we had material design that changed the way UI elements interact and animate.

Right off we can see that images now dominate the listings, be it apps or media. Instead of small thumbnails, we have large dramatic icons that results in a screen that looks very clean, organised and clutter free. Yes there will always be frustration because now everything is spread out more. There looks to be more amount of scrolling involved in browsing an app or movie. Also, this is extremely painful on lower resolution devices.

This may very well be a version under testing that may or may not see the light of day. Are you excited about the new look or would you rather stick to the current one?

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July 14th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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Sprint LG G3 Available For $199.99!

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gsmarena_001Sprint’s retail network has started selling the LG G3 now before it was actually expected to. The LG G3 on Sprint will cost you $199.99 on a two year contract.

Sprint is also offering a $150 gift card for everyone who purchases the LG G3 with Sprint Easy Pay and agree to a monthly payment of $25 for a span of 24 months. The exclusive deal starts today and ends on July 24. The LG G3 has a 5.5 inch display with an industry first 2K screen anda  Snapdragon 801 with 2/3GB of RAM. A 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera with Android Ktikat 4.4.2 onboard.

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July 13th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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Xperia Z1 Compact Available For Just $350!

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xperia-z1-compactThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a great phone for folks who want to migrate to Android from iOS but don’t want a 5 inch phone. The phone features flagship level specs in a 4.3 inch package.

The Xperia Z1 Compact also a 20.7 MP G lens rear camera and a Snapdragon 800 with 2 GB RAM, 16GB memory storage with microSD expansion and all the connectivity options you need. A reputed seller with high ratings is selling the Z1 Compact for $349.99. The seller also has a 99.4% rating which makes him trustworthy of purchase.

It is available in black, white, lime, and pink, you’ll get a D5503 16GB model, which should work on AT&T’s LTE network. This price is 19% off its regular price. If it interests you, head here.

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July 13th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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New Xperia Z3 Already? Very Similar To Xperia Z2!

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z3-leak-1The Sony Xperia Z2 is already a fantastic device and has just began selling in the US and while some of us even are buying that one, Sony has already prototyping the Xperia Z3.

The hardware from the outside is easy to be mistaken as the Xperia Z2 itself since it looks so similar. On the backside we can see that even the camera is the same 20.7 MP one!  However the evidence lies in the device identifying itself as the L55t and the L50t was the Xperia Z2.

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There is still a lot we need to learn and publish about what Sony is cooking.

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July 12th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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Apple iPhone 6 Spotted On Amazon JP?!

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gsmarena_001It’s been quite some time now since we are getting tipped about more and more details about the iPhone 6. A couple of mocks-up did surface and now we seem to have official confirmation.

Amazon Japan has jumped the gun and has listed the iPhone 6. The specs mentioned in the listing include a 4.7-inch display, dimensions of 13 x 6.5 x 0.7cm and weight of 113 grams. Apart from that we also know that the next iPhone will be released sometime in the month of September. Amazon had also listed the price of the 64GB US Version as $1380 which is far from final pricing. 

There will also be a bigger 5.5 inch iPhone 6 sometimes this year.

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July 12th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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Nokia’s New Cheapest Windows Phone Spotted!

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gsmarena_001Nokia’s Lumia 520 was the world’s cheapest Windows Phone and it really outsold all of the Lumia’s collectively. What we have here is a possible Lumia 530 – a revision to the cheapest Lumia, but now with Windows Phone 8.1.

Since there would be WP 8.1 on-board, there would be on screen buttons instead of hardware keys. There is also no sign of a front facing camera yet. The new Lumia 530 is expected to be running on a better Snapdragon 200 with 512 MB of RAM. The display is slightly bigger from 4 inches to 4.3 inches.

Rumored pricing says it will cost $179, so let’s hold for a few more days.

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July 11th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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T-Mobile LG G3 Pre-Orders Starts Reaching Doorsteps!

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t-mobile-lg-g3While Verizon has just started taking orders for it’s LG G3, T-Mobile has got it’s pre orders shipping already with some orders reaching to customers too!

What’s great is that T-Mobile’s version doesn’t ruin the phone by over using T-Mobile branding. It wasn’t officially mentioned that they would start shipping soon but we don’t see anyone complaining for this. It is possible that for normal orders, customers might have to wait for a week or so.

If you have pre-ordered the T-mobile G3, make sure to let us know what you think about it!

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July 11th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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Here Is Why The Display Of The iPhone 6 Is Like No Other

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A Youtuber has got hold of a leaked component that he claims is from the iPhone 6 assembly itself. The part he has showcased happens to be the Sapphire glass that would cover the display of the iPhone 6.

This confirms that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch display. The scratch test show that the iPhone 6 will have a hell of a durable display. The flexibility and durability of the display unit is also put to the test when the torturer bends the unit and it doesn’t creak or shatter.This is definitely good news for Apple and it’s consumers. 

Apple being Apple would market it in their own way and make the iPhone 6 a huge success which such components, that is what we believe.

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July 10th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Xperia Z1 Compact Hits The US Market!

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gsmarena_001The Sony Xperia Z1 compact is the first and possibly only android smartphone with a small display and flagship specs. It was announced back in January and after 6 months we have it in the USA.

Sony has been one of the OEMs that have a sort of reverse strategy when it comes to the US. Usually US sees phones arrive to them first then the rest of the world, but this is not the case when it comes to Sony. While rumors of a Z3 have already started, they might have just missed a huge opportunity in terms of sales. Nevertheless, the Z1 Compact is a hot phone.

If you are interested, head here to visit Sony’s store for a $258 purchase.

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July 10th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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Xiamoi’s Flagship Will Sell For $250 In India!

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0616444989340539031Xiaomi is a Chinese OEM famous for it’s famous aftermarket ROM called MIUI. They also manufacture phones but now they are taking over India – a country that has attracted a lot of eyeballs lately for a variety of low-mid range smartphones.

It is hard to believe, Xiaomi is planning to sell it’s flagship Mi3 for just $250 in the Indian market and will go on sale on July 15. From the pricing it is difficult to tell but what you are getting for that price is gold –  a 5 inch 1080p phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB Internal storage and a 13 MP rear camera with a 2MP front camera and a 3050mAh battery with MIUI on Android 4.3.

Some of those specs are even better than the Nexus 5 for an even better price, your thoughts?

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July 9th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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