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Hands-on with HTC’s RE action camera and Desire Eye smartphone

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HTC announced two image-focused products at its Double Exposure event on Wednesday: the RE action camera and the selfie-taking Desire Eye phone. Here are our hands-on impressions with the devices. RE The RE camera’s round shape fits well in the hand, but I’m not sold on the look. It might still grow on me, but my first impression is it feels too much like an inhaler or one of those spy gadget mini-periscopes. The camera also ends up compromising wearability in favor of ergonomics. The RE armband looked positively awkward on the event models, as if they had strapped a water pick on their…

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Report: Xiaomi overtook Samsung to become top smartphone vendor in China in Q2 2014

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Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is hogging the limelight after several analyst reports have pointed to its rapid growth — among them Kantar and Strategy Analytics. Now another research firm, Canalys, has offered up even more evidence of Xiaomi’s popularity — in the second quarter of 2014, it found that Xiaomi recorded a 14 percent market share in China on the back of 240 percent year-on-year growth, overtaking Samsung in terms of volume of smartphones. This was the first time Samsung slid to second place in China since Q4 2011 and came after a 15 percent year-on-year decline. Shanghai-based Canalys…

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Blackphone, the privacy-focused Android smartphone, begins shipping to pre-order customers

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Blackphone, the privacy-focused Android smartphone unveiled back in January, is finally a real product. Collaborators Silent Circle, an encrypted communications firm and Geeksphone, a Spanish smartphone maker today announced that the first handsets have begun shopping to pre-orders customers. It’s been a long time coming. Pre-orders opened in February, during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the first handsets were expected to ship in April. The handset itself sports a quad-core 2 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and support for LTE networks. The components aren’t bleeding-edge, but bundled with the $ 629 asking price is a suite…

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LG confirms its upcoming G3 smartphone will have a 5.5-inch screen with video teaser

LG has posted a video touting the “grip-ability” of its upcoming G3 flagship smartphone which confirms that it will come equipped with a 5.5-inch display. Posted to YouTube by the official LG Mobile Global account, the video stops short of revealing any other details – such as the resolution of the display – but the clip suggests its reasonably large screen will come in a relatively small chassis. A smart move for a larger device, no one likes an oversized bezel that makes it hard to hold. While there have been a number of leaks ahead of launch, this is the first…

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Worth a read: ‘Time’ goes behind the scenes with Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone

Dovetailing with Google’s announcement of a developer conference for its Project Ara modular smartphone effort, Time’s Harry McCracken has a fascinating inside look on the makings of the project.

ara.side  Worth a read: ‘Time’ goes behind the scenes with Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone

McCracken goes into the development process at Motorola’s Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) group and why a smartphone made entirely of user-replaceable parts might just be the phone of the future for the next five billion users.

Between Project ARA and the ambitious Project Tango 3D-sensing smartphone prototype, ATAP is doing some killer work that should have you excited about how our phones will evolve in the next few years.

Project Ara: Inside Google’s Bold Gambit to Make Smartphones Modular [Time]

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LG’s curved G Flex smartphone is landing in Europe next month

LG G Flex 21 730x434 LGs curved G Flex smartphone is landing in Europe next monthLG will launch its curved G Flex Android smartphone in Europe next month, the Korean company announced today.

This means consumers in major European markets including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Austria, among others, will be able to get their hands on the smartphone, which comes with a vertical curve and a “self-healing” cover capable of covering over minor scratches, as well as a rear-mounted set of power and volume buttons.

It was already revealed in December that mobile operator EE will be carrying the G Flex in the UK next February, but we will have to wait and see on other carrier options, as well as the specifics of price and availability.

So far, LG has already released the G Flex in Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore – where it retails for S$ 1,088 ($ 870). It’ll be hitting India “soon” and will be launched in the US on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile some time this quarter.

Read: G Flex review: LG’s giant smartphone with a natural grip is proof curved could be mainstream

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