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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Posted: 30 May 2014 09:52 AM PDT

Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! This week we talk about a new Galaxy S5 feature that measures your stress levels. A new leak that may be showing us the Gmail UI re-design. There's a new Humble Bundle with seven awesome games and one more still to be announced. Spotify got hacked and released a new application to solve the problem. A new study came out that shows Android vs iOS usage stats for applications. Finally, here are five more Android apps you shouldn't miss this week!

Peek Android apps of the weekPeek

[Price: $4.09]

First up this week is an app called Peek. Peek is a standalone application that mimics the ParanoidAndroid feature of the same name. The premise is simple. The app lets you check your notifications without pressing a single button. It's loaded with additional features and if you like to deal with your notifications quickly, check it out in the Play Store. It costs $4.09.

Get it on Google Play

addappt android apps of the weekaddappt: up-to-date contacts

[Price: Free]

Next up is addappt and this is actually a really cool application. Here's how it works. The app is a contacts replacement app that helps you manage your contacts. You get your friends to use it and when you connect, you no longer have to worry about updating your friend's information. Say your friend gets a new phone number. They update it in addappt and then that change syncs to everyone that person is connected to. It's free in the Play Store and it's cross platform so it works with iOS and Android.

Get it on Google Play

circix android apps of the weekCircix

[Price: Free with in app purchases]

Next up is an app that's is a little bit brain teaser and a little bit time waster. What you do is connect all the boxes with other boxes but you can only create so many connections per box. So if the box has a two, you can only connect two boxes to that one box. It's easy to start out and gets progressively more difficult. It also features over 200 free levels with more available. There is also a new speed round where you must solve as many puzzles as you can in three minutes. It's free to download in the Play Store.

Get it on Google Play

circix android apps of the week

tappy chicken Android apps of the weekTappy Chicken

[Price: Free]

Tappy Chicken is a Flappy Bird rip off and probably the only one I'll talk about ever. There's a reason. Tappy Chicken was actually made without one line of code being written. The developers were able to create this game using solely mouse clicks and pre-existing presets. I just wanted to talk about it for a minute because I thought it was kinda funny that you can create this game without actually using one line of code.

Get it on Google Play

Tappy Chicken android apps of the week

watch dogs android apps of the weekWatch_Dogs Companion: ctOS

[Price: Free]

Last up this week is the official Watch Dogs companion app. Watch Dogs had quite the release this last week and a lot of people have been talking about it. The companion app lets you stay connected to the game and I mean the actual game. It's actually kind of impressive you can do things like play live with other people. According to the app description you don't even need to own the PC or console version to play. If you're a fan of the game, this is free to download so why not?

Get it on Google Play

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Unannounced Galaxy S5 mini now supported by NNL Fingerprint Passport

Posted: 30 May 2014 09:41 AM PDT

The Galaxy S5 Mini has yet to be announced, however it still received a quick mention in today's update of NNL Fingerprint Passport in the Samsung Apps store. As noted within the "What's new", the app Added support for screen rotation and S5 mini.

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Electric Blue Galaxy S5 appears with Verizon tattoo on its backside

Posted: 30 May 2014 09:34 AM PDT

Hot on the heels of a rumor that claimed that Verizon will soon play host to the Electric Blue Samsung Galaxy S5, an image of that very device has leaked out.

The render shows the rear of an Electric Blue version of the Galaxy S5, complete with a Verizon 4G LTE tattoo directly beneath its camera. This branding is similar to the one that's present on existing Verizon GS5 models.

Verizon already offers the Shimmery White, Charcoal Black and Copper Gold Galaxy S5 variants, so with the launch of this Electric Blue model, Big Red's customers will have a quartet of color options when they choose Samsung's flagship as their next smartphone. Exactly when they'll be able to do that is still a mystery, but I wouldn't be surprised if a launch happens sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.

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Samsung Galaxy Wear trademark hints at naming for Samsung’s Android Wear watch

Posted: 30 May 2014 09:33 AM PDT


With Samsung switching all their current smartwatches over to Tizen you'd think they would have bowed out of the Android Wear welcome wagon by now. That hasn't been the case, though, as they are still billed as one of the handful of manufacturers bringing an Android Wear smartwatch this year.

They might have just given us a clue as to what they'll name it, too — Samsung Galaxy Wear. Not surprising at all, and the "Galaxy" bit at least solidifies its status as an Android-based device (which we assume will be the lone product that isn't converted over to Tizen).

We still don't know anything else about Samsung's offering as they have yet to unveil any designs, nor have we had any juicy leaks to sink our teeth into. But with Google set to take out a good chunk of time for Android Wear at Google IO next month we suspect it won't be long before Samsung takes the wraps off for the world to see.

[Korean Trademark via SamMobile]

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Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen

Posted: 30 May 2014 09:20 AM PDT


Samsung promised to update the original Galaxy Gear to Tizen to bring it in line with the Gear 2, and it looks like the update is finally ready. The 2.2.0 version update will completely replace Android with Samsung's in-house OS, Tizen, and bring a few extra features like better battery life and the ability to store music on the Gear locally. Most features on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo that didn't need specialized hardware (like the heart rate monitor) have been backported to the Galaxy Gear.

The downside to the update, however, is that it's going to wipe everything off of the Gear. Shouldn't surprise anyone, though, considering this is a switch from one operating system to another, not just a slight incremental upgrade.

As of right now, the update's only available through Samsung Kies, but it may eventually go out OTA. Keep checking for updates in Gear Manager and let us know if you see anything.

source: SamMobile

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Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany

Posted: 30 May 2014 09:07 AM PDT


If you're still using an original Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, don't worry, Samsung hasn't forgotten about you. The original Note 10.1, the GT-N8000, is starting to see prompts for an update to Android 4.4.2 in Germany, both OTA and through Samsung Kies.

The update brings the device up to par with other Samsung devices on KitKat, bringing better performance and battery life, some redesigned interface elements (think white status bar icons) and wireless printing support, plus everything that's native to KitKat.

Samsung is likely using Germany to test out the update at first, so we'll probably see it pushed out to the rest of the world pretty soon.

source: SamMobile

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Friday App And Game Sales: Star Chart Infinite, Little Big Adventure, Clipper Plus, And More

Posted: 30 May 2014 09:06 AM PDT

thumbnail You deserve a little treat every now and then, right? So treat yourself to some new apps and games for reasonable prices. Don't put it off until tomorrow like a chump – these deals are for a limited time only.



Star Chart Infinite – $2.99 from $7.99

GO Launcher Prime – Free from $5.99

Clipper Plus – $0.99 from 1.99

Learn Muscles: Anatomy – Free from $2.99


NightSky HD – $0.99 from $4.99

Little Big Adventure – $2.99 from $4.99

Decay: The Mare - Episode 2 – $0.99 from $2.49

Trios – Free from $2.99 (promo code 'appgratis')

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GO Launcher EX updated to version 5 with new flat theme and features

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:49 AM PDT

go launcher 5

GO Launcher EX is one of the most fully-featured third party launchers you'll find on the Play Store, even if it can be a little bloated at times. The GO Dev team has updated the launcher to version 5 that comes with a handful of new features and a flattened interface design that's all the rage with design teams right now.

The app now has "smart cards" that function pretty similarly to smart assistants or Google Now, plus a new GO Panel that gives you quick access to frequently used apps and features. The entire interface has also adopted a flat theme, which honestly does look quite a bit like something forked from TouchWiz. If you're a fan of Samsung's new TouchWiz design, you'll probably like this new interface, but if you don't like TouchWiz, nothing here is going to change your mind.

It's free, so give the launcher a spin and see if you enjoy version 5. While you're at it, you can use the codes "appsales" or "appszoom" as an activation code in the settings to unlock all of the features of GO Launcher EX Prime without spending a dime, thanks to the developers. Those codes will be good through June 1st, so don't wait too long.

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Would you buy the LG G3? Is it everything you hoped it would be?

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:45 AM PDT

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Another flagship has joined the race, and this one is pretty special. It has a Quad HD screen (a first among big brand names), a laser-guided focusing system that's mostly found on DSLR cameras, and a "metallic skin" design that looks like brushed metal, without the drawbacks of aluminum.

The LG G3 was a bit of a surprise, coming late to a party dominated by devices from Samsung and HTC. But now that it's here, is it all that you dreamed it would be? Are you impressed with what it offers, or were you hoping for more? What surprised you the most in a good way, and what disappointed you?

Join us in our Friday Debate, sound off in the comments and vote in our poll.

Jonathan Feist

That is one nice display. Do you remember me talking about not wanting a large screen phone? What about when I said I though such ppi resolution was a waste? I take it back. I think. No, I must stick to my opinions, who needs a 5.5-inch display with more pixels than they could count in a week?

Let me be honest, the LG G3 suffers from 'too little, too late' for me. Don't get me wrong, I am in love with this phone, especially the upgraded RAM in the 32GB version, but I lost all excitement when LG failed to put the phone on sale, well, now!

I am still eager to put the G3 in hand, especially want to give the updated rear buttons a go with their 'meatier ka-chunk' that I hear people talking about. But mostly, I, like most, want to see what a mobile phone with a display beyond Full HD looks like.

It should speak measures that this is all I have to say about the G3 at this time. I simply see another wonderful Snapdragon 801 powered device with a screen larger than I actually need, running another skinned version of Android that I would likely install a different Launcher over top of.

I applaud LG for bringing a solid device offering to the table. I am honestly considering purchasing this phone, but, you know that 'new car smell' you get when you buy exciting stuff? Yeah, that is already gone. Just give me the phone and I'll go on my merry way.

Joe Hindy

There is a lot the LG G3 is doing that the competition isn't. The laser-auto-focus feature, the 2K display, the buttons on the back, the insanely large footprint of the screen on the front of the device, and the unique knock code to unlock the phone.

These days, specs are pretty much in a state of parity. You can't do better than the best chipsets available today anymore. It wasn't like a couple of years ago when the quad core processor was brand new and there were 3 or 4 makers actually pumping them out. So to gauge the phone on specs alone has become an exercise in futility. Yes, it does have the same specs as the S5 and the One M8 but I prefer to think of it as this: it has the best specs available to date.

I'm a big screen, big battery kind of guy. I play a lot of games on Android for both enjoyment and, you know, that's kind of what I do around here. So the G3 fits into my wheelhouse perfectly. I definitely want one of these and since there is a 5.5″ phone with a 3000mAh+ battery available that isn't an embarassment and isn't from Samsung, I'm stoked that I may not have to lower my screen size to get away from Touchwiz. Don't get me wrong, I actually love Touchwiz but I've also been using it since the Note 2 came out and it's time for a change.

I dunno how well the phone itself will do. They need to market it correctly obviously and they need to convince phablet fans that this is the real deal and can compete with the Note line up. It's way better than the Note 3. However, fans of the Note series will likely wait until the Note 4 and since Samsung has a good 5 months before that's due to be out, I wouldn't be shocked to see them do something to try to compete better with this phone.

Is it flawless? No. The slim profile and plastic build materials means this thing will break before it hits the ground if you drop it. It's definitely not meant for the average blue-collar user who does things like construction. That said, I do think this sits with the Xperia Z2, the S5, and the HTC One M8 as the best phones available right now and really that's all I expected out of LG.

Now, I just need to figure out how to get my hands on one!

Robert Triggs

The LG G2 was probably be favourite smartphone from the big OEMs last generation, and LG looks to have done it again with the G3.

The QHD display is stunning, although we'll have to see about battery life, and the G3 competes with the best in every other hardware segment too. CPU, RAM, and storage are exactly what you'd expect from a top tier handset, and the camera features build on the already highly impressive LG G2. LG has also made some decent improvements to its software features, arguable the one area where LG has previously lagged behind the competition.

The other huge factor is the price. Although I don't think we have anything official yet, the expected price range of £400-450 puts this handset a full £100 cheaper than the Galaxy S5. That's a huge bonus point in my book.

Not only all that, but the G3′s design really leaps out at me. LG seems to have struck the perfect balance of materials, aesthetic looks, and form factor. Those ultra slim bezels really do the large display size justice too. If you ask me, no other current flagship comes close to the G3 in this department.

Say what you will about slow innovation these days, but taking the handset on its own, I'm very impressed. I am seriously considering an upgrade.

Gary Sims

It looks like LG has upped its game once again with the G3. It has got the specs, the looks and some nice innovations. The 2K display is awesome and the laser focus is a neat addition.

However, there are some aspects of the G3 which are difficult to get excited about – another device with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and lots of RAM., yet another skin on top on Android.

But having said that, the 2K display is clearly something that makes the phone different to many of the current flagship offerings, and the laser focusing could boost the phone's allure.

Is the G3′s 2K display significantly better than say the display on the Samsung S5? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, in terms of resolution it is brilliant, but in terms of the overall experience I doubt it is significantly better.

And here is the thing, will users pay the premium for the extras? Clearly this is a flagship device, and it isn't LG's only offering. But when it comes to taking money out of their pockets and handing it over, will the 2K display and the laser focus convince consumers that the G3 is what they want? That remains to be seen.

Pricing is really the key point. The OnePlus One offers consumers the same processor plus 64GB of storage, for less money. Sure, the OnePlus One "only" has a HD display, but I don't think consumers are struggling with screen resolution problems.

The OnePlus One and the LG G3 are both 5.5 inch devices. LG certainly has worked hard to keep the device's overall dimensions as small as possible. The legendary thin bezels are certainly cool. The OnePlus One is longer than the G3 by 6.6mm but the OnePlus One is actually thinner.

Other than the price, my real concern for the G3 is the choice of a 5.5 inch display. Flagship smartphones just keep getting bigger. Clearly there is a market for very large screen phones, just look at the Galaxy Note range. But the Galaxy Note range (and others) cater to a certain segment of the market. Currently I am sporting a 5 inch device, and I am testing a 5.5 inch device and really for me the jump from 5 to 5.5 is too much. The Galaxy S5 might be acceptable at 5.1 inches but 5.5 is just too big especially if I need to pay lots of money for it. I will say the same for the OnePlus One, I would have preferred the device was only 5 inches, but at that price, who cares!

So bottom line: Neat display, great design and some cool features. But is 5.5 inches too big? With other devices around that are much cheaper, will consumers pay the premium?

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HTC rumored to be working on One Wear smartwatch

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:26 AM PDT

As more and more big names get into the wearables space, it seems that no one wants to be left behind. We just recently heard more rumors of Microsoft getting into the smartwatch game joining the likes of Motorola, LG and Samsung. Now it looks like HTC may be developing their own smartwatch as well, dubbed One Wear.

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Is this the front panel of the Moto X+1?

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:05 AM PDT

moto x plus 1 leak

We're supposed to be seeing Motorola's flagship for 2014 at some point this summer, but aside from a name we haven't had much to go on. We may have just gotten our first peek of what to expect, though, as the device's front panel has leaked online.

The leak naturally tells us very little about the phone except for the fact that it'll have a display, light and proximity sensors, a speaker, a microphone and a front-facing camera. And while this photo alone can't possibly give us a hint at its size, it looks like it could clock in at a slightly bigger size than the 4.7-inch Moto X.

The casing in the photo seems to have some golden hue cast on it, though we can't be too sure if that's a stock color option Motorola is going with or if that's just the product of shoddy camera work. Regardless, it doesn't really matter much because we're sure they're going to give us all the options we need to craft the exact phone we want through Moto Maker.

[via Google+]

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Samsung Galaxy S5 now available in copper gold and electric blue from Rogers

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:54 AM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available from Rogers in "copper gold" and "electric blue" colors. The S5 was previously available from the Canadian carrier only in it's black and white variants. The phone will still set you back $249.99 on a new two-year plan. Customers looking for a smartwatch can still get the Samsung Gear 2 Neo for just $49.99 when they purchase an S5 with a two-year contract with Rogers

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GO Launcher EX Gets A Huge Update To v5, Prime Version Free Till June 1st

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:50 AM PDT


Back in the Froyo/Gingerbread days, GO was my go-to launcher. It had more features and better performance (in my opinion) than any of the other options. After Ice Cream Sandwich, however, I kind of forgot about it.

Turns out the GO Team is still alive and kicking, and it just pushed out version 5 of its EX launcher, complete with a new flat theme and improved functionality. If you're tired of the same ol', same ol', this may be exactly what you need to breathe some fresh life into your device.

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LG G3 video walkthrough

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:39 AM PDT

An in-depth look at LG's new flagship smartphone

With the LG G3 all official, announced and in our hands, it's time to take an in-depth look at this new 5.5-inch, "Quad HD" device in our latest video walkthrough. A quick recap — the G3 boasts an enormous 2560x1440 resolution display, a new textured back panel designed to be less fingerprinty, 2 or 3GB of RAM (and 16 or 32GB of storage with it. There's also a 13-megapixel laser-toting rear camera, with 4K video recording capabilities and new gesture-based controls for taking selfies.

The G3 is launching in the next month or so, having arrived in LG's home market of Korea this week. We'll have a complete review coming up in the days ahead, but until then our video walkthrough covers just about everything there is to know about the LG G3.

So join us after the break for a look at hardware, software, design and build quality, and camera.

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Using Extreme Power Saving Mode on the HTC One M8

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:35 AM PDT

What Extreme Power Saving Mode is and how it can help you make the most of your HTC One M8's battery life

The HTC One M8 may have more than average battery life for a smartphone of its size, but that doesn't mean we won't run into situations where we can't get to a charger and we're running low on battery life. For that, there's Extreme Power Saving Mode. This feature can help you conserve as much battery life as possible, hopefully until you can get to a charger again.

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Here’s a better look at Motorola’s next flagship

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:20 AM PDT


A couple of days ago, an image of a Motorola phone with a 5-inch+ display leaked online, but it really wasn't all that clear. Why is it that the first leaked image(s) of a phone end up being that way? Anyways, we have another image for you, this time much clearer.

This device is most likely the Moto X+1, which has already been unofficially confirmed by Motorola. The leaker says that it will sport a 5.2-inch (1080p) display, but didn't divulge anything else.

What I find interesting is the size. During the Moto X announcement, Motorola said they did extensive testing to come up with the perfect sized phone, and the 4.7-inch display was it. An increase to 5.2-inches is a dramatic change. On the other hand, the RAZR MAXX and RAZR Ultra both have 5-inch displays, so could this be the next RAZR for Verizon? Only time will tell. Stay tuned.

source: baidu

via: BGR

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HTC One (M8) Prime development halted indefinitely

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:18 AM PDT

HTC_One_M8_Back_Slanted_HTC_Logo_TA_03 If you were the purchaser of the new HTC One (M8) only to be miffed by the fact that HTC was working on a prime variant of the device, you may not have to be miffed anymore. According to evleaks, HTC has suspended development of the device indefinitely. The reasons behind this decision are unknown. Perhaps it's because HTC is focusing on one of the other rumored variants of the One device, specifically the rumored "Plus" version of the device that's supposed to be water resistant, come with a bigger display and have updated specs.

One thing is for certain, in a world full of rumors, nothing is ever concrete until it's official. HTC One M8 owners, you can rest easier knowing that your flagship will continue to be HTC's cream of the crop for a little while longer.

source: evleaks

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Oppo officially announces the N1 Mini, revealing some specifications

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:11 AM PDT

As we expected, Oppo today has officially unveiled the N1 Mini. The Mini is sporting a 5-inch screen, 720p HD display and running on Color OS 1.4. It does have LTE bands as well, along with a beefy 13MP camera. No other details were given as far as internal hardware, but Oppo is holding an event on June 10th where we should get all the goods.

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Rumor: HTC One M8 Prime development suspended indefinitely

Posted: 30 May 2014 06:50 AM PDT

HTC One M8 Prime 360 degree view evleaks

After weeks of hearing about an " HTC One M8 Prime" that would one-up the original HTC One M8 in the specs department, murmurings suggest that it's time to put those rumors to rest. Twitter leakster @evleaks has reportedly heard that the HTC One M8 Prime's development has been suspended indefinitely. There's no reason or rhyme — it's just done.

We hadn't seen or heard much regarding the Prime, except one revealing press render did show off a tweaked backplate design compared to the original. We also learned that it would look to use a new composite material made out of liquid silicon and aluminum for its chassis. Finally, the specs that were initially leaked had our mouths watering quite profusely: 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display, Snapdragon 805 chipset, 18 megapixel camera — you know, the phone we wish the HTC One M8 would have launched as.

Part of me doesn't know whether to feel relieved or maddened. I'd feel relieved because it would make any future purchase decision that much less hard, but at the same time I'd be pretty peeved if I were waiting to see what was on the horizon only to be told that the horizon doesn't exist.

Then again, if anyone's purchasing decisions hinge on the strength of loose rumors I suppose it's their own fault. Were you holding out to see what the HTC One M8 Prime had to bring to the table? If so, which phone would you go with now? Let us know in the comments section straight ahead!

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Deal of the Day: Seidio LEDGER Flip Case with Metal Kickstand for LG Nexus 5

Posted: 30 May 2014 06:24 AM PDT

This LG Nexus 5 flip case is a combination of an Italian polyurethane and a cloth-like texture to provide some impact protection while giving your device a snazzy look. What's more is you even have a slot for credit cards on the backside of the front cover. Did this LG Nexus 5 flip case just turn into your new wallet too? Yep.

The Seidio LEDGER Flip Case is available for just $21.95, 45% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!

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HTC Desire 816 with Sprint bands makes a stop at the FCC

Posted: 30 May 2014 06:24 AM PDT

A supposed Sprint version of the HTC Desire 816 seems to have popped up at the FCC, indicating that the device may soon make its U.S. debut. The device has appeared at the FCC under model name 0P9C300, with a sketch highly reminiscent of the Desire 816. It's a CDMA phone with support for LTE bands 25, 26, and 41, indicating compatibility with Sprint's Spark network.

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Oppo N1 Mini introduced with 13-megapixel camera, 4G LTE connectivity

Posted: 30 May 2014 05:08 AM PDT

Well, that didn't take long. Just days after some leaked images gave us our first look at the Oppo N1 Mini, the shrunken smartphone has been given an official introduction.

Oppo has officially taken the wraps off of the N1 Mini, the smaller version of the original N1 that launched last year. Just as you might expect, the Oppo N1 Mini looks an awful lot like the N1, sporting rounded corners, three capacitive navigation buttons and a swiveling camera.

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When it comes to the N1 Mini's hard spec details, we know that it's packing a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1/3.2" sensor. The phone also includes 4G LTE connectivity and Oppo's ColorOS 1.4 running atop Android, all wrapped up in a package that weighs 150 grams.

The remainder of the N1 Mini's spec list is still unknown, but it's said that the device is packing a 5-inch display, down from the 5.9-inch screen found in the N1.

I'm sure that there are quite a few folks that don't believe that a 5-inch phone is "mini," but considering how large the 5.9-inch N1 is, the N1 Mini is likely considerably smaller than its full-size sibling. It's not yet clear how widespread the N1 Mini's availability will be, but Oppo's website does mention a June 11 date, so we may hear more about the device and its release schedule then. Stay tuned.

Via: PhoneArena, G For Games

Source: Oppo

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Deal: gold HTC One (M8) just $99 on contract, today only

Posted: 30 May 2014 04:38 AM PDT

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Golden smartphones all the rage these days, with virtually every major manufacturer offering a device in a shade of golden. HTC's is called Amber Gold, and if you prefer it to the gunmetal or silver versions, now it may be a good time to take the plunge and buy a gold One (M8).

Today only, HTC is offering the Amber Gold One (M8) for $99 on contract with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. This is $100 off the regular price, and likely the best deal on HTC's flagship you'll be able to get for a while. The promo goes on until midnight CST tonight or while supply last, so, if you're interested in a new on-contract phone, you should make up your mind fast. This is the 32GB model and you get free shipping.

HTC is throwing in its well-known Advantage extended warranty plan, which gives you a one-time free broken screen replacement (in the first six months of ownership), free Google Drive storage for two years, and the guarantee of "timely Android updates."

If you're interested, head over to HTC's website and get your gold M8 now. It's not like you'll regret it when the M8 Prime comes out, as the rumored Quad HD device was reportedly cancelled.

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The top app, device and accessory sales for May 30, 2014

Posted: 30 May 2014 04:38 AM PDT

We're back at it with another day's highlights of Android apps on sale. We're throwing some devices and accessories into the mix as well, so be sure to check back early and often.

And as always, if you spot something that's worthy of a mention, sing out in the comments!

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Samsung switches the Galaxy Gear from Android to Tizen

Posted: 30 May 2014 04:37 AM PDT

Samsung has finally pushed the green light on rolling out its own operating system, Tizen on its Android-based smartwatches. An update for the original Galaxy Gear is currently under way, which will bring hardware over to Tizen from Android. While consumers won't notice any substantial visual alterations, a fair few under-the-hood improvements are included in the switch.

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