OnePlus One gets its own Stock Android ROM

OnePlus promised to be different and, to some extent, they are. That desire to be unique and to never settle shows up once again today as OnePlus revealed a gift for lovers of a 100 percent, pure, vanilla Android experience: A stock Android ROM just for the OnePlus One, complete with a gapps download, and instructions for flashing, all without voiding your warranty.

LG ships 14.5 million smartphones in record-high performance

Sometimes, all it takes is just one brilliant product and several popular ones (and for your archrival to have a slump) to pull up your net profits. Korean OEM LG Electronics announced a 165% increase in net profit earnings, with their mobile electronics company contributing largely to the numbers. They have shipped a record number of 14.5 million smartphones for this second quarter, ending three straight quarters of losses for the mobile division.

AnTuTu Q2 surprises: Snapdragon 800, Nexus 5 at the top

It seems to be that time when companies are showing their report cards for the 2nd quarter of 2014. In line with that, popular benchmarking site AnTuTu is showing a few figures of its own, with rather surprising, and probably questionable, revelations. According to its data, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, as it can be found inside the Galaxy Note 3, trumps almost all other more recent processors, and that, at least in the US, the Nexus 5 is still the most popular smartphone around.

Digital Tattoo can now officially unlock your Moto X

We told you a few weeks ago about the digital tattoo that can soon be used to unlock the Moto X through NFC sticker technology. Now the wait is over as Motorola announced that they, together with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group and VivaLnk Inc. are officially launching the Digital Tattoo but of course, only the privileged Moto X users can enjoy this state-of-the-art method of bypassing your phone’s security code.

Modern Combat 5 throws IAP out of your crosshairs

Modern Combat 5 is finally here and Gameloft seems to be delivering pretty much everything on its checklist. Gorgeous graphics, fast-paced multiplayer and engaging single player modes, and anything else you'd expect from the top-rated FPS Android game. And there are absolutely no in-app purchases to ruin the experience!

Skype 5.0 for Android makes it easier to find friends

Since a lot more people now log on to Skype through their mobile device rather than the desktop, it would now be more natural for the free voice-over-IP and instant messaging app to change how they find your friends. The new Skype 5.0 for Android now has a feature that will make it easier for you to search through the 300 million users and find people that you know.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha leak: semi-metallic mini Galaxy S5

Word has been going around that Samsung is preparing a certain Galaxy Alpha, not the premium Galaxy F/Galaxy S5 Prime that has not yet come to pass (unless you count the Galaxy S5 LTE-A in Korea). A bunch of leaked photos and specs have recently come out that paints a somewhat curious picture of this smartphone, which some are poising to be a more direct iPhone rival.

Foursquare relaunches with a more personalized service

Foursquare started out as one of the earliest location-sharing apps, where you can let others know where you’ve been and keep track of where your friends are. But over the past few months, they’re trying to evolve into more than just that, and they have just announced their upcoming rebranding, including a new logo and a much more personalised service where you can discover new places to visit, wherever you are.
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