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Gartner: Smartphones in emerging markets rise

The era of feature phones might be coming to a close. That is one of the possibilities coming from Gartner's analysis of this year's third quarter smartphone sales. The mobile phone market has practically stagnated compared to the same period last year, thanks to the rise of low-end Android phones. This is most especially seen in emerging markets like Eastern Europe and the Middle East, while Western Europe's smartphone sales reveal a disheartening downward trend.

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 land in Taiwan

The metal clad members of Samsung's family is slowly, very slowly, making their way to markets. Samsung has just officially launched the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 in Taiwan, giving buyers there a peek at the manufacturer's slight adventure away from plastic. Of course, no sign yet of the larger Galaxy A7.

Xperia E4 pictures and specs hit the web

The first images of an unreleased Sony Xperia smartphone have leaked on the internet. The device is said to be the Xperia E4 and a handful of images show some details of the smartphone. The device in the image is model number E2105, tipped to be a single SIM version of the smartphone.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 14, 2014

Things have been relatively quiet on the mobile front this week, seemingly the great quiet before the storm. Of course, that doesn't mean nothing of importance passed us by. This week saw one of the biggest updates to Android Wear: official support for watch faces. We've also seen a good number of games land on Android. India also continues to be mired in controversy . This is your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 8 to December 14, 2014

Sony releases tutorial vid for unlocking Xperia bootloaders

Unlocking the bootloader is, more often than not, the gateway to squeezing out every bit of functionality from your Android device, specifically via rooting and installing custom ROMs. While not exactly necessary for most users, it has become both tradition and requirement for developers and power users. Trying to endear itself to that crowd as well, Sony has just released a video tutorial that guides users through the process of unlocking an Xperia device's bootloader.

OPPO R5 goes Hulk, smashes everything

The Oppo R5 used to be the thinnest Android smartphone in the world but sadly, the super thin phone has been replaced by the new Vivo X5Max recently. The crown may have been snatched from Oppo R5 by a mere 0.1 mm difference but the super thin smartphone still continues to impress us with its specs and a newly posted video on YouTube will tell you why: it can smash fruits, nuts, and be run over by a vehicle.

Samsung rumored to update Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810

If you’ve followed Samsung for a while, you know that they like to put out two variants of their flagship phones – one usually armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which usually is the international version. The other would be the device armed with an Exynos chip, made from Samsung’s in-house chipmakers – this would be the brand released to the home market in South Korea, and usually has some bonus features that the international version doesn’t have. That was the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, until now when these rumors are coming out.

Smartphone theft on the rise but isn’t totally hopeless

Consumer Reports' 2013 survey revealed a situation that many of those observing the mobile industry might already be well aware of. Cases of smartphone theft in the US alone has grown exponentially. To be precise, 3.1 million Americans have been forcibly removed from their smartphones, double the number in 2012. And even without the element of theft, there is still a staggering amount of smartphones that have been lost and remain lost, at least to their owners. This despite increasing awareness and technology about smartphone theft.

Acer outs Liquid Jade S, with 64-bit ‘true’ octa-core proc

The Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers continue their assault on the smartphone market with better specs for their phones at lower-than-flagship prices. Acer is one of those manufacturers, coming out with the Liquid Jade S, a new smartphone with ‘true’ octa-core processing as its main weapon.
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