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ZUK Z1 is a well Spec'd Chinese Smartphone
By Luke Jones on Tuesday August 11, 2015

We have been expecting the ZUK Z1 flagship to land, last month the company's CEO revealed the handset and just days later it passed through TENAA to receive Chinese certification. Now the new device has received an official announcement and it proves to be a solid all round mid-range device without being anything overly spectacular.

HTC One M8 not getting Sense 7 until Android M
By Luke Jones on Tuesday August 11, 2015

HTC's One M9 launched earlier in the year with the company's brand new Sense 7 Android UI, still probably the best third party Android skin. However, users of HTC's 2014 One M8 flagship are still awaiting the new software to land on their device, with Sense 7 UI expected to land on the handset when Android 5.1 Lollipop is rolled out by the Taiwanese company.

Cortana Can Replace Google Now on Android
By Luke Jones on Monday August 10, 2015

Microsoft is currently busy with its Windows 10 roll out, with Windows 10 Mobile due this fall also set to occupy the software giant. However, Redmond makes more than $1 billion per year from Android apps and is focusing even more on launching software across platform. Enter Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant that has been available on Android in beta form recently.

Samsung Device Destroy AnTuTu Benchmark Record
By Luke Jones on Monday August 10, 2015

A Samsung smartphone has passed through benchmark database AnTuTu and smashed the record with that software, with an amazing score of 95,972. Meaningless numbers for some of you I imagine, but this is a stunning score that blitzes the current record holder. That device is the Samsung Galaxy S6, but the company's upcoming Galaxy Note 5 has recently recorded a score of 69,702 pre-launch.

HTC?s Value Tanks, Company Now Worthless
By Luke Jones on Monday August 10, 2015

Thing are not going well for HTC as sales have tanked in 2015 due to the poorly received One M9 flagship, resulting in huge losses and tumbling share prices. Those shares have hit a ten year low in fact, not great for a company that has only been operating since 1997. Things have gone from bad to worse as it has now emerged that HTC currently has no brand value.

Huawei Honor 7i Leaks with Weird Camera
By Luke Jones on Monday August 10, 2015

A post on Chinese social network Weibo gave as a glimpse of Huawei Honor 7i, a handset that comes with a quirky unique feature and is reported to be launching August 20th. Overall the device will be solidly spec'd, while its design sticks closely to what we would call "standard candy bar". However, this handset will have one aesthetic feature that makes it stand out... literally.

Xiaomi Launches Made in India Redmi 2 Prime
By Luke Jones on Monday August 10, 2015

Xiaomi has raised the curtain on its latest budget smartphone, the Redmi 2 Prime, the company's first product to be "made in India". As we are used to with the Chinese company, the Redmi 2 Prime delivers plenty of bang for your buck by offering a solid spec sheet and an affordable price tag. The handset is a slightly better version of Xiaomi's existing Redmi 2.

Huawei Misleading Consumers with False Thin Bezel Images of P8
By Luke Jones on Friday August 07, 2015

Huawei is being a bit cheeky with its promotion of the P8 flagship as it has been revealed that the company is making the landscape bezels thinner than they really are in promotional shots. If you look at the image above you will see an officially Huawei shot of the P8 with very thin landscape bezels, so thin in fact that they are almost non-existent with the powered up screen almost meeting the edge of the device.

Microsoft Translate App Available on Android and Android Wear
By Luke Jones on Friday August 07, 2015

Microsoft may have Windows 10 rolling out and Windows 10 Mobile and brand new hardware to look forward to this fall, but the company is still continuing its new expansions. Of course, that means launching software on other platforms (primarily Android) as Redmond attempts to take an even bigger chunk of Google?s pie. The latest app to land on the rival OS is Microsoft Translator.

Google to Debut Android Pay Alongside LG Nexus 5 2015
By Luke Jones on Friday August 07, 2015

It is being reported today that Google will debut its Android Pay mobile payment system alongside LG's new Nexus smartphone, which is due to be launched at the end of the third quarter. The device is an updated version of LG?s 2013 Nexus 5 and will be imaginatively called the Nexus 5 2015, but crucially it will ship with a fingerprint scanner, something that will play a major part in Android Pay.