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Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

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Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


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Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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Text

oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

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Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


Pocketnow

Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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Text

oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

_____

Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


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Get your own Cardboard VR on the cheap

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Google made tons of announcements at I/O Wednesday, but one of the most puzzling was right before the keynote ended when all attendees were told they were also receiving “Cardboard,” which no one understood until opening the box.

Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made from a pre-cut cardboard, lenses, magnet, velcro, rubberband and NFC tag, which works with your smartphone and an Android app.

While the Oculus Rift is defining VR today, with this strange, yet interesting device, Google showed that it can actually be done quite cheaply, although this will probably never become a top competitor in the market.

Carboard-thing

If you weren’t at the conference, you can ether pay $ 100+ on Ebay for one of the kits from the conference, which we wouldn’t recommend, make one with things you can find in your home (Google offers full-instructions) or you can buy one for either $ 19.95 or $ 24.95 from DODOcase.

Over at their site, DODOcase said that they did the math and it costs over $ 45 for all the bits and pieces Google suggested and that doesn’t include shipping from four different vendors.

“Well lucky for you we are nerds who know a thing or two about making stuff and we want to help get VR goggles in your hands!”

DODOcase gathered all the pieces and pre-cut the cardboard so you can have a kit that can be assembled in “under 5 minutes.”

You have a choice of either the $ 19.95 model without the NFC tag or the $ 24.95 model with it. The NFC  is optional and Google says that it is used to trigger the launch of the Cardboard Android app automatically, but if you didn’t have it, you can just launch the app before putting your phone inside the viewer.

With such a high demand, you should get your order in soon if you’re interested. You may not have it for about month to a month and a half.

VIA DODOcase


AndroidGuys

OnePlus One CyanogenMod phone to get a cheap Nexus-level price tag

Last month we started getting answers about Cyanogen Inc.’s plans to work with an OEM to produce an all-new CyanogenMod smartphone, with news of the formation of OnePlus from former Oppo staff and its plans for its One handset. From what OnePlus shared about the hardware (and those details were very sparse) it sounded like we were looking at a pretty darn high-end phone. We’ve talked a little about our dreams for the OnePlus One, but would flagship-level specs translate into a flagship-caliber price? Thankfully, that won’t necessarily be the case, with OnePlus CEO Pete Chou sharing on Google+ yesterday that the OnePlus One “will definitely be available for under $ 400.”

Sure, that’s not down to a Moto G (or even quite Moto X) level, but it’s still fantastic. Consider that the CyanogenMod-running Oppo N1 starts at around $ 600, and you can appreciate why we’re so pleased to get this news.

Of course, we should probably try and contain our excitement a little until more details on the hardware are revealed (lest we discover there’s a very disappointing reason why the handset’s so affordable), but so far OnePlus hasn’t give us any reason to doubt that the One will be top-shelf, so we’re optimistic.

Source: Pete Lau (Google+)
Via: phoneArena


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Cheap voice calls specialist introduces an app for Nokia Asha phones

Symbian is dead so long live Nokia’s Series 40

With the news that WhatsApp is considering offering its users free calls and the fact that arch rival LINE already offers such free calls, it’s easy to forget that in the majority of cases, consumers still have to pay for ‘cheap’ international calls. The technology which makes these calls possible is, of course, VoIP [Voice over IP]. Although Skype has its own flavour of the technology,  VoIP is what it utilises to provide cheap callers for its subscribers, for example. However, Skype doesn’t suit everyone and it certainly does cover all mobile platforms. Which is where cheap phone call software specialist – Mobile VOIP comes in. And guess what – Mobile VOIP has just announced that it now has a VoIP client for Nokia’s S40 Asha (Series 40) range of handsets.

A company spokeswoman told GoMo News, “With the recent news of Microsoft giving Symbian the boot and concentrating on Windows and Asha devices, we felt it was a good idea to release a VoIP app for Asha as well.”

What she meant really was Nokia not Microsoft, of course. But these days many people already view Nokia as part of Microsoft anyway.

It’s worth taking a look at the Mobile VOIP site because the company not only has the obligatory VoIP clients for iOS and Android, it also has clients for BlackBerry; Windows Phone; Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Plus, crucially, it has a client for Nokia Symbian devices which GoMo news would guess even covers the highly popular Nokia N73.

Now Mobile VOIP itself is only the software provider. In order to place the actual low cost voice calls from your mobile phone, you’ll have to sign yourself up with one of the specialist VoIP service providers.

The list of companies which Mobile VOIP supports is highly impressive with names such as Call2India and PanggilanMalaysia showing that many of these services are aimed at Asian users.

To date Mobile VOIP has around 10 million users of its software and by releasing the Asha client, GoMo News can only see that number growing significantly.


GoMo News

Cheap voice calls specialist introduces an app for Nokia Asha phones

Symbian is dead so long live Nokia’s Series 40

With the news that WhatsApp is considering offering its users free calls and the fact that arch rival LINE already offers such free calls, it’s easy to forget that in the majority of cases, consumers still have to pay for ‘cheap’ international calls. The technology which makes these calls possible is, of course, VoIP [Voice over IP]. Although Skype has its own flavour of the technology,  VoIP is what it utilises to provide cheap callers for its subscribers, for example. However, Skype doesn’t suit everyone and it certainly does cover all mobile platforms. Which is where cheap phone call software specialist – Mobile VOIP comes in. And guess what – Mobile VOIP has just announced that it now has a VoIP client for Nokia’s S40 Asha (Series 40) range of handsets.

A company spokeswoman told GoMo News, “With the recent news of Microsoft giving Symbian the boot and concentrating on Windows and Asha devices, we felt it was a good idea to release a VoIP app for Asha as well.”

What she meant really was Nokia not Microsoft, of course. But these days many people already view Nokia as part of Microsoft anyway.

It’s worth taking a look at the Mobile VOIP site because the company not only has the obligatory VoIP clients for iOS and Android, it also has clients for BlackBerry; Windows Phone; Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Plus, crucially, it has a client for Nokia Symbian devices which GoMo news would guess even covers the highly popular Nokia N73.

Now Mobile VOIP itself is only the software provider. In order to place the actual low cost voice calls from your mobile phone, you’ll have to sign yourself up with one of the specialist VoIP service providers.

The list of companies which Mobile VOIP supports is highly impressive with names such as Call2India and PanggilanMalaysia showing that many of these services are aimed at Asian users.

To date Mobile VOIP has around 10 million users of its software and by releasing the Asha client, GoMo News can only see that number growing significantly.


GoMo News