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Google SVP Sundar Pichai wants mobile phones to be less intrusive

Technology may already be at its peak but there is certainly more rooms for improvements and innovation. Google, being ahead of most companies in the industry today, aims to provide not just accurate information whenever it's needed but also provide a well-balanced life. The idea may be impossible because as technology progresses, there is the danger of people depending more on it and forgetting about the more natural stuff or things that really matter.

Cyanogenmod’s CM11 now ported for the Amazon Fire Phone

I’ve heard lots of people talk about the Amazon Fire Phone as a “pretty good phone if you consider the hardware”. And that it is – you can’t look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front and back) and say the hardware sucks – it most definitely does not. But everybody, and I mean everybody, will reach that point where Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS will trip them up. It’s simply that much far behind the stock Android experience that it renders itself pretty much as a bad experience. To counter that, the guys at XDA have ported CM11 for the Fire Phone.

We got the specs of the upcoming 2015 Moto G

There is no argument whatsoever that the 2014 version of the Moto G was one of – if not THE top budget phone in the market last year, and that is all to Motorola’s credit. It had to be better than the 2013 version of the Moto G, already reigning at that point as Motorola’s best-selling phone and one of the most popular smartphones ever made. But the 2014 Moto G was all of that – with a larger screen (and HD 720p at that), better camera, a snappy Android 4.4.4 Kitkat UI and the USD$180 price point, users and industry pundits alike were still claiming that this was the best smartphone you could buy under USD$200. The question now is, can this year’s version hold that trend?

Samsung to come up with device to measure body fat through phone

While there are a lot of things that our smartphone and wearables can do in terms of tracking our activities and measuring our health through various sensors and features, one thing they haven’t been able to do yet is to measure body fat, which is an important thing to know if you’re trying to lose weight or you’re monitoring your body. A new patent by Samsung may very well solve that if things go according to plan, and maybe you wouldn’t even need to buy a new device.

Nokia might be back in smartphones after Q4 2016

There are a number of things to consider when talking about Nokia and the smartphone industry. Arguably, they were the ones that started it all, and the name still commands a certain respect in markets and in the industry. But practically, they are out of the mobile handset game, selling that part of their business to Microsoft. The rumors that they will come out with another smartphone just will not seem to die down though, so Nokia has seen it fit to clear up the issue.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 visits TENAA, coming very soon sans fingerprint scanner

Last week, we learned that Xiaomi is one of the biggest names in the fake Android market. That's not really something to be proud of but we know Xiaomi is determined to be bigger not only in China but in other countries as well albeit not in the US anytime soon. The MIUI 6 ROM for the Redmi 1S was recently made available globally and the brand has also launched in Brazil the entry level Redmi 2 Android phone.

Lenovo Vibe P1 gets TENAA certified

We got wind of the Lenovo Vibe P1 early this year, among the numerous Lenovo gadgets that were supposed to be launched at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. Well that didn’t happen, but no worries, the Lenovo Vibe P1 is apparently nearing launch – this is usually what is signaled when a phone is certified by China’s TENAA.

Geeksphone calls it quits, Spanish manufacturer out of smartphone biz

After six years and six separate smartphone models, Geeksphone has announced that it is getting out of the smartphone business. The Spanish smartphone manufacturer is one of the few Europe-based mobile makers – jumping into the business as a startup that built handsets for an active enthusiast community (hence the name). But all of that has come to an end.