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  • HTC Vive, HTC One M9 and HTC Grip launch at MWC 2015

    The Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) is not just about smartphones. Huawei's stunner of a smartwatch alongside its smartband were a refreshing bunch alongside all the smartphone chatter. Though it was HTC that really took the show by the balls, with the announcement of a Virtual Reality (VR) headset that managed to overshadow its latest flagship -- the HTC One M9. In partnership with the one and only Valve, HTC just announced its answer to the VR craze that's quickly trying to shape the way we consume media -- from games to movies and simulations. The VR headset is called Vive, and...

  • 10 things you should know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch

    Samsung had a massive task in its attempts to out do not only the HTC One M9 launch just hours before it, but Apple's iPhone 6's overcast shadow. But the company really did make quite an impact last night with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and it's Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge variant. Was it muted by the rumours? Yes, definitely. But what are the ten definitive things you should know about Samsung's new flagship Galaxy duo? 1. There definitely is an Edge variant with a dual-sloping screen The Gorilla Glass 4 screen allegedly needed temperatures of around 800 degrees Celsius...

  • Alcatel OneTouch bets on Firefox to bring developing countries online

    When it comes to giving people a smartphone experience for as little money as possible, an increasingly large number of manufacturers are betting on Mozilla's Firefox OS. A case in point is Alcatel Onetouch, which on Sunday launched the Orange Klif smartphone. Despite being an entry-level device, aimed at Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, it looks like Alcatel has tried to trick the phone out as much as possible. According to the company, the new device offers connectivity speeds of up to 21 Mbps, is dual SIM, and includes a two-megapixel camera and micro-SD slot. You are however...

  • Acer Liquid Jade Z, Liquid Leap+ introduced as first devices of MWC 2015

    No, it's not quite the dawn of MWC 2015 yet, but already companies are launching products to the press before the showroom floors open for all. Acer is the first company to show its hand, releasing a gaggle of new smartphones running on Android and Windows. Perhaps the two most interesting are the Liquid Jade Z and the "Windows 10 ready" Liquid M220. The Liquid Jade Z is billed as a mid-ranger, but really is a sleek-looker with a circular speaker at it's rear (which should go nicely alongside 24-bit audio support), and a large 5.0-inch IPS screen slathered in Gorilla...

  • MWC 2015 preview: curves, edges and emerging OSes

    It's Mobile World Congress time again in the sunny but chilly Spanish city of Barcelona. But stop right now if you think football will be the topic on everyone's lips. Mobile phones, tablets and wearables will be the stars of a conference that usually sees some enormous launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Huawei. But what are we in for this year? If you've been following our Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup as religiously as you should've, you would know that the Korean company is due to launch its flagship to the world on 1 March. Preceding it by a...

  • LG to unveil four new Android smartphones at MWC 2015

    LG and Android Lollipop has a cute little relationship, with the company's G3 smartphone being the first to don Google's new coat of paint, but the company has now announced it plans to launch four new mid-range smartphones that will run Lollipop at next week's MWC 2015 in Barcelona. The LG Magna, LG Spirit, LG Leon and LG Joy will be the company's latest mid-range onslaught in a rather difficult to decipher mid-tier market. The phones don't exactly look mid-range either, with glam akin to the range-topping LG G3. It's quite easy to like the phone's exterior aesthetics, and in...

  • Google Watch pictured, Motorola smartwatch confirmed

    Motorola has confirmed recently that it's developing a smartwatch. Whether this could be the rumoured Google Watch, we're not sure. Although details about the wearable is scant, we did find some leaked images of the much-anticipated Google Watch. As reported in a live blog of Motorola's stage appearance at the MWC by AnandTech, Rick Osterloh of Motorola Mobility simply said, "We are developing a watch in 2014". When asked whether or not the watch will run Android, Osterloh said, "All I can comment is stay tuned, it won't be running Tizen." AnandTech further mentions that the focus for the...

  • LG unveils F70, a 4G, mid-range 4.5″ smartphone with KitKat

    Look at the size of this thing. Imagine if it was this large and fearsome. While everyone's been focusing on the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, companies like LG have been pushing out phones that people really need. And it seems that the phone we want, are all mid-range, like the brand new F70, a 4.5-inch smartphone with 4G internet... Android 4.4? The F70 (not the airplane) continues the trend we've noticed from MWC, that of tech companies pushing middle-range devices into our eager hands. The F70 is no different from the Sony Xperia M1 in that respect, and...

  • Blackphone launches, offers ‘unparalleled’ secure searching, messaging, browsing

    Blackphone, the pitch-black gadget for the online paranoid is now available for pre-order. The smartphone uses a branched-off version of Android called PrivatOS which offers "unparalleled" security and privacy. The Blackphone is the result of a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone. We first caught wind of this device in January this year but not much details were known about the privacy conscious gadget. As mentioned in the official site announcement recently, the Blackphone is for information workers, executives, public figures, and "anyone else unwilling to cede ownership of their privacy to other authorities." So what makes this phone so...

  • BlackBerry launches Q20 flagship with ‘classic’ keyboard

    BlackBerry unveiled the Q20 at the Mobile World Congress in Spain this week, sticking to its guns of bringing us another "classic" QWERTY smartphone. Although there's not much information available about the looks and exact specs of BlackBerry's latest, it seems the tech giant is staying true to its original design. The Canadian company's latest flagship shows off a "generous" 3.5-inch touch display which is the biggest for a QWERTY BlackBerry display yet. The smartphone comes with the physical keyboard and includes dedicated buttons for Menu, Back, Send and End. It also has a trackpad which is meant to be an...