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Android L - a new look for Google's mobile platform

Google has released details on the next big installment of its mobile platform, known (at least for now) as Android L. The OS update, which will initially be available only to developers, will bring a range of improvements including better battery performance, an all new UI design language and full support for 64-bit processors.  Read More

The Nokia X2 is the first Android-based smartphone for Microsoft after taking over Nokia's...

Microsoft has unveiled its first Nokia-branded Android-based smartphone since the takeover of Nokia's Devices & Services business was finalized earlier this year. Aimed at the budget end of the smartphone market, the Nokia X2 packs a 4.3-inch WVGA display and is powered by a Snapdragon 200 dual core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM.  Read More

The glass-fibre cows at the Glastonbury Festival act as WiFi hotspots

Running on and off since 1970, Britain’s Glastonbury Festival is famous for hosting such acts as David Bowie, The Who, Coldplay, and Beyoncé. It’s also famous for its sea of mud and streams flowing through tents thanks to the typical English weather. This year, high tech meets the bucolic at the Festival as visitors are greeted by a herd of life-sized, glass-fiber cows that double as free Wi-Fi hotspots to keep them connected.  Read More

The Fire Phone is Amazon's first ever handset, but can it compete with the super high-end ...

Amazon is pitching its first smartphone as a fully-fledged rival to market big hitters from the likes of HTC, Samsung and LG, but it's also taking a slightly different approach to that of its rivals. While LG’s G3 handset ticks all of the high-end boxes, the Fire Phone features solid specs, but relies on its standout features to win over consumers. Read on as Gizmag compares the two flagship devices.  Read More

The Toughpad FZ-E1 runs on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, while the FZ-X1 is home to Andro...

Panasonic has added two new additions to its range of rugged Toughpad tablets designed for workers on the move. Both ready-for-anything 5-inch slates can shrug off being dropped on concrete, dive under water, and even include a built-in heater to help keep things moving in sub-zero temperatures. They promise a long battery life, include a nifty rain-sensing feature that prevents accidental activation of the HD touch panel by falling rain, and and are available with voice and data connectivity. The only marked difference between the two is the operating system running the show, the FZ-E1 coming with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and the FZ-X1 home to Android 4.2.2.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Amazon Fire Phone and the LG/Google Nexus 5

Before Amazon announced the Fire Phone, many suspected that it would carry budget pricing – a la the Kindle Fire line of tablets. Well, that wasn't the case. But does Amazon's handset offer anything over one of the best smartphone values around, the Nexus 5? Let's compare the two phones' features and specs.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Google/Asus Nex...

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 marries a terrific screen with a ridiculously light and thin build. But is it worth a US$170 premium over the 2013 Nexus 7? Let's see if comparing the two tablets' features and specs tells us anything.  Read More

Gizmag takes a first look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft got off to a bit of a rocky start with its first two Surface Pros, but we still thought there was a lot to like in the laptop/tablet hybrids. With an aggressive update schedule, we're now seeing the third Surface Pro just a year and a half after the first one hit store shelves. Before we deliver our full Surface Pro 3 review, let's take a quick first look at Microsoft's new 2-in-1.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Amazon Fire Phone and HTC One (M8)

The smartphone market is a crowded and cutthroat place. Just look at HTC: the company has arguably made the best handset for two years in a row, but it's still struggling to stay afloat. So does Amazon even have a chance, jumping into this ultra-competitive market this late in the game? Well, let's see if the features and specs of Amazon's new Fire Phone stack up to those of the HTC One (M8).  Read More

A photonic waveguide getting written by laser into a smartphone's Gorilla Glass (Photo: Op...

Gorilla Glass could be getting a lot more useful. Corning International, which makes the material commonly used in mobile device screens, has teamed up with researchers at Polytechnique Montreal to create a new type of glass that incorporates transparent sensors. Soon, the glass in your smartphone screen could be used to take your temperature, among many other possibilities.  Read More

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