Could an LG phone powered by the Snapdragon 800 be announced by Qualcomm at CES?

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To bring a little excitement prior to CES, Qualcomm took to its Twitter account to post a small teaser of a ‘mysterious’ phone that will be powered by their Snapdragon 800 processor. This new device will debut during CES and while the brand of the phone hasn’t been released, all indications point towards it being from LG (most likely the rumored LG Flex 2). Read more

Google lists their “must have” apps for Android devices

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Whether you are a new Android device owner trying to figure out where to start when it comes to apps or a long-time user that may be worried they have missed something along the way, Google hopes to help you out with a new list in the Google Play Store. Google has gone through the library of more than 1 million apps in their app store and created a list of 127 “must have” apps for Android.

Most of the apps on the list are free and many of them are the familiar apps you might expect like Netflix, eBay, Spotify, Hulu, or a variety of news sources. There are some others that you may not be so familiar with that may help you squeeze the most use out of your device as possible. To check out all the apps, just hit the source link.

How many of these have you installed? Do you think Google missed an app?

source: Google Play Store

Samsung to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in February 2015

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According to an industry insider, Samsung will cease production of the Galaxy Alpha as soon as existing inventory of its materials run out. ET News reports that the reasoning behind this decision is partly due to the Terminal Distribution Structure Improvement Act recently passed in South Korea, which has resulted in more consumers favouring budget-friendly smartphones.

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Gionee rebrands as Kazam, lays claim to world’s thinnest smartphone

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Although major manufacturers of smartphones like Samsung, HTC or Apple will talk about how thin their flagship devices are, there is a whole class of companies that walk the walk in pursuit of the title of world’s thinnest smartphone. One of those companies that is always in the hunt is Gionee. Their most recent device, the Gionee Elfie S5.5 managed to lay claim to the title for much of 2014. They appear to have released the successor to that smartphone, pushing the boundaries a little bit while at the same time rebranding themselves as Kazam. Read more

¡Enhorabuena! Spain Gets Android Lollipop Update on Galaxy S5

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A few weeks ago, Poland was the first country to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The rollout was also reported in South Korea and hinted at in France, but we’ve yet to see much more action in Europe.

Now, after a simple hop over the Alps and Pyrenees, Spain appears to be the next European country in line to receive the Lollipop update on the S5 SM-900F variant. The OTA brings the software version to G900FXXu1BNl9.

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HTC Hima benchmarks show up online, no UltraPixel camera in sight

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The HTC Hima is making its rounds through the rumor mill today, including showing up in some AnTuTu benchmarks. The benchmark was run by a device with the model HTC6535LVW, which may end up being the Verizon version of the variant if the last two letters of the model are anything to go by.

Hardware for the Hima is exactly what we’d expect from a 2015 flagship caliber device: there’s a Snapdragon 810 on board, 3 GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p screen. Personally, I’m glad HTC isn’t racing to shove a ridiculously high resolution screen in their device instead of a fantastic 1080p display, if these benchmarks end up being accurate.  Read more

Chinese retailer lists OnePlus Two with specs and price tag

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We know the OnePlus Two is coming in the next few months, so we should expect a handful of leaks and rumors about the device in the coming weeks. This time, we have a Chinese retailer that has prematurely listed the handset for presale, complete with a relatively high price tag and a full set of specs.

According to the listing, the OnePlus Two will sport a 5.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of non-expandable internal storage, and Color OS based on Android 4.4. The rear camera is a 16 megapixel shooter with a 5 megapixel front camera. The asking price for the flagship is set at about $538, which is much higher than what the original OnePlus One was priced at, and it will supposedly ship on February 10th.  Read more