cat s50 CAT S50 Is One Tough Android Powered SmartphoneThere are smartphones, and then there are tough smartphones. With a brand name like Caterpillar, which churns out industrial equipment as well as safety boots, it is no surprise then, to hear that their smartphones, too, are tough as nails. Case in point, the CAT S50 which was first announced over at IFA in Berlin, Germany, earlier this year. Back then, there was no word on it ever arriving Stateside, but here we are with news that the CAT S50 is going to make its way over to the US soon, although exact pricing and availability details remain to be known.

Here is a little bit of nitty gritty concerning the CAT S50 – it will be a smartphone that sports a 4.7” display at 720 x 1280 resolution, while featuring Mil Spec 810G compliance. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat, the CAT S50 will be accompanied by 2GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, an 8MP shooter that does HD video recording, LTE connectivity, compliance to the IP67 standard, is scratch resistant, has wet-finger tracking ability, and will feature a thick plastic armor alongside a quartet of rubber bumpers.

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oppo r5 Oppo R5 Makes Entry As Worlds Thinnest SmartphoneIt looks like the race for the worlds slimmest smartphone is not quite over just yet – as the folks over at China-based Oppo have stepped up to the plate and wrested this particular title away from Gionee. Their latest offering, the Oppo R5, happens to be the first smartphone in the world that breaks the sub-5mm barrier when it comes to the chassis thickness. Just how thin is the new $499 Oppo R5? We are talking about a mere 4.85mm here, which is territory that no other smartphone manufacturer has tread.

It will feature a 5.2” AMOLED display that carries a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which means it has a pixel density that is on part with that of the flagship Sony Xperia Z3 at 423ppi. A 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC which boasts of eight Cortex-A53 cores while running at 1.5GHz ain’t too shabby at all, really, and there will also be 2GB RAM and a 13MP, f/2.0 Sony IMX214 camera sensor that keeps it going.

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oppo n3 Oppo Announces The N3Oppo does look as though they are on the right track when it comes to rolling out quality smartphones without breaking the bank. Lately in Singapore, they have just announced the Oppo N3, which intends to continue where the Oppo N1 left off. This particular handset would come with a swiveling camera that ditches conventional front and rear camera design, not to mention sporting a fair number of hardware upgrades of its own, too.

For instance, you will find a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor underneath the hood that is accompanied by 2GB RAM. Apart from that, there will be a 400PPI pixel resolution 5.5” display, a 16 MP camera, a 3,000mAh battery, as well as the ability to juice up the battery to 75% of its overall capacity in a matter of just 30 minutes. It would be interesting to see just how far the Oppo N3 will be able to go in the markets in which it is released, don’t you think so?

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htc sense 7 lollipop HTC Sense 7 Married To Android 5.0 Lollipop Looks Like ThisIt goes without saying that Android 5.0 Lollipop will soon be upon the masses in the near future, although not all devices would be on the receiving end of this particular mobile operating system update. YouMobile has managed to snag for themselves several leaked screenshots which Android users will be interested in – especially those who are rocking to either the HTC One (M8) or the HTC One (M7), as they depict just what HTC’s very own Sense 7 interface will resemble upon making the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

From what you can see above, it looks as though HTC has managed to include a cleaner and flatter look of Android 5.0 Lollipop into its very own Sense overlay. There will be differences that can be spotted between both user interfaces as you use your updated HTC smartphone more and more. Apparently, the software keys background will see a color change according to the App accent color, which would be a lovely look where the User Interface is concerned, making it quite unlike its predecessor.

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porsche redesign BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 Could Be RefreshedBlackBerry has made a name for itself over the years when it comes to the corporate smartphone scene, and while the company has fallen on rather difficult times in recent memory, this does not mean that they are going to throw in the towel just like that. Word on the street has it that one of their more posh offerings (and by that, I mean handsets that carry a price tag of $2,000 thereabouts), the Porsche Design P’9982, is well on its way to receive a refresh.

The refresh will be cosmetic, or so it seems, where one will be able to choose from black on black from early next month onward. Of course, if you are also the patient kind who can wait a wee bit longer, starting from the middle of next month, you too, can pick from additional color options such as black on cognac/red/aquagreen. It all really depends on whether you have a couple of grand to spare, really, and nobody will fault you if you would want your handset to come in the most gaudy of colors possible. There are also rumors that the refreshed Porsche Design P’9982 will be powered by BlackBerry 10.3 that will include BlackBerry Assistant, so let us wait and see.

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amazon appstore apps Amazon Appstore Is Now Part Of Android AppIf you happen to be an Android user, then chances are pretty high that you would want to see the Amazon Appstore being part of your beloved Android-powered device, right? Having options are always good – after all, to be able to enjoy a second marketplace when browsing for apps is always a boon, regardless of the ecosystem that you are in. Of course, in the past, to arrive at the Amazon Appstore and to perform an installation could prove to be too much trouble than it is worth, but thankfully, the folks over at Amazon has managed to turn their Appstore into part of its regular Android app.

The moment you have the Amazon app installed from the Google Play Store, you can open it up and select “Shop by Departments”. Within that particular section, you will find the whole Amazon Appstore under the title “Apps and Games”. This store had a soft launch on September 9th earlier this year, but it was performed under the radar. Amazon claims that their Android app carries an inventory of hundreds of millions of items which can be purchased via 1-click, and that includes over 200,000 movies and TV shows, 30 million something tunes, a couple of million Kindle books, and up to 5GB of photo back-up space via Amazon Cloud Drive, now how about that for generosity? [Press Release]

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iphone5 black gold Apple Planning 25 More Apple Stores In ChinaApple is one company that has an unbelievable marketing team, where all that they happen to touch does seem to turn into gold. In fact, their latest efforts with the iPhone 6 as well as iPhone 6 Plus do seem to continue to bring forth the company forward with greater momentum than ever before. Well, there remains the world’s most populous country to “conquer”, so to speak, in terms of the market share and China is Apple’s next target.

Right now, Apple already has 15 Apple Stores across China, with 8 out of the 15 located in either Beijing or Shanghai. Having said that, it does seem as though Apple has plans to construct another 25 more Apple Stores over in China in the course of the two years, now how about that for a rapid rate of expansion? The thing is, will the country’s population be able to gain that kind of earning power in such a short time? I know that there are plenty of nouveau riche in that part of the world, but most of the working class are still struggling to make ends meet.

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huawei growth Huawei Q3 Shipments To Hit 16.8 MillionFirst it was Nokia that ruled the mobile phone world, and then came smartphones and the rise of South Korean companies such as Samsung and LG that helped to shape the landscape of players where Android-powered smartphones were concerned. Well, just like how we have learned in history, powers do come and go, and Huawei looks set to pounce on the opportunity of being the next big thing by making its way to the top of being a major player in the smartphone market, having shipped 16.8 million smartphones already in Q3 alone this year, with 26% of them being devices that resided in the mid-range to high-end scheme of things.

In fact, Huawei’s smartphone business grew by 23% overall compared to the previous year and 18% in its home country of China. It has also managed to penetrate select developing markets in a more impressive manner compared to the likes of Samsung, where shipments in the Middle East and Africa were up by 322% compared to the previous year. Will they have the momentum to last the distance? Only time will be able to tell.

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galaxy prime lte Samsung Galaxy Core Prime About To Be Imbued With LTE SupportIt looks as though there will be LTE connectivity after all in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, where a few versions of this particular model has already gone through TENAA, which is China’s FCC equivalent, namely the SM-G3606, G3608 and G3609, where all of them happen to be dual SIM capable handsets alongside TD-LTE connectivity. Out of those, two particular models will sport international LTE connectivity, and the main difference in 2G/3G would be whether its GSM or CDMA.

What you see on the right happens to hail from Indian retailer Flipkart, where it has already put up the phone on pre-order prematurely, and the model that they placed for order lacked LTE connectivity and comes with a solitary SIM card slot, but those have not yet been officially confirmed by the folks over at Samsung, so the final result might still change. As with all leaks, it does take plenty of patience until the real deal is released or officially unveiled, and that would be when we will see the full reveal.

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galaxy alpha a5 a3 Samsung Galaxy Alpha A5 And A3 Seen In The WildSamsung knows that there are many different kinds of personalities in this world, and with that, also different sorts of budgets. Having said that, it makes perfect sense then, for Samsung to work on a wide range of devices that will cater to every kind of personality, and this time around, Samsung has decided to focus more on build quality and presumably, handsets that will not bend, using more premium materials as opposed to plastic, such as aluminum. The new handsets that have yet to be released on an official basis would be the Samsung Galaxy Alpha A5 and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha A3, where you can see them above, flanking the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, on the left and right, respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha A5 is said to feature a nanoSIM card slot as well as a microSD memory card slot, where it will supposedly arrive with a 5″ 720p Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 400 or 410 chipset and a 13MP/1080p camera. As for the smaller sized Samsung Galaxy Alpha A3, it will come with a 4.52″ qHD Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 410 chipset, a 8MP/1080p camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. Doo bear in mind that all of these specifications are just rumors, and until something official is announced, we can only guess what will be packed alongside them.

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