oneplus-one-cm12If you are a OnePlus One owner, and have been looking forward to the release of the CyanogenMod 12S update as well as the new Oxygen OS, I suppose you will be disappointed when March 30 rolls around, since that is the promised release date by the folks over at OnePlus. According to the company’s representative David, who did a post on Reddit, rather than the update being released, OnePlus will instead give out free handsets to a lucky few folks.

Taking into consideration the delay of the CyanogenMod 12S update, this means that the version has not quite achieved a level of stability as people would have expected it to. Heck, even OnePlus’ very own Oxygen OS will need to go through additional testing prior to it going online for a round of public download.

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Samsung_logoThe Samsung Galaxy S6 certainly failed to be the flagship smartphone in which many people hoped for it to be, where there was no SD memory card slot, and neither was the removable battery there, too, all because of a more refined design and improved user experience. Well, while those mentioned features can be deemed to be a lost cause where the Samsung Galaxy S6 is concerned, perhaps there is some light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, especially when one takes into consideration how the Galaxy S6 Active could come with all of those.

Yes sir, it does seem as though the Galaxy S6 Active will carry most of the hardware specifications from the Samsung Galaxy S6, except that it will not come with a fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor, but rather, there will be front physical keys. Oh yeah, and the inclusion of a microSD memory card slot, of course, as well as a removable battery. All in all, we should just sit tight and wait for an official announcement to be sure.

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sony_logoThe Sony PlayStation 4 is all set to be on the receiving end of an update tomorrow, where the system software will get bumped up to version 2.50. This particular software has been codenamed “Yukimura,” where it will see the introduction of a slew of features where some of them would definitely have been looked forward to by the masses for quite some time already, although there will certainly be other surprises in store, too. It is touted that this particular update will deliver some rather significant improvements to your PS4 experience in a more streamlined and enjoyable manner.

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oppo-leakOppo, the smartphone manufacturer from China, looks as though they are about to grow from strength to strength, what with the leak of an upcoming device of which we do not know much about. Virtually nothing at all, really, other than the fact that leaked images of it do seem to point to an extremely slim bezel. Heck, make that a close to non-existent bezel, as it is said that the company has decided to make use of a kind of light refracting technology which will make it look as though this device has no side bezels to look at.

While it might be a cool element in terms of design, this illusion might not be too good for the users in the long run where usability is concerned, since a lack of bezels at the side will translate to the fact that there is no place for one to rest one’s fingers or palms when not touching the display.

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sailfish-os-oneplusWell, well, what do we have here? It seems that it is close to a year since an “Early Adopter Release” was released for the Nexus 4, and now the same has happened – with a somewhat similar build making its way over to the OnePlus One. Needless to say, it is not all smooth sailing if you ever decide to take the plunge with this particular build, since it will not offer support for several key areas.

With that, we are referring to the lack of support for Wi-Fi connectivity, camera usage, Android Apps or OTA updates. Yup, it will be pretty restrictive overall, so you can be sure only those who are extremely adventurous would want to give this build a go. The link here will lead you to the relevant installation instructions and download links for the curious and brave.

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xperia-j1-compactThe first walk, the first date, the first kiss, there are always many memorable firsts in one’s life. You can also say the same when it comes to that of hardware and other mobile devices. For instance, the Sony Xperia J1 Compact (also known as the D5788 where its model number is concerned) over in Japan happens to be the company’s first SIM-free smartphone in that part of the world.

In terms of its hardware specifications, the Sony Xperia J1 Compact will run on a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with Adreno 330 graphics, accompanied by 2GB RAM, a 4.3″ 720p display, a 20.7MP Exmor RS camera, a 2,300mAh battery, and an IP68-certified chassis. Expect the Xperia J1 Compact to launch this April 20th, where pre-orders will open from March 27th onward. [Press Release]

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uhohWhile most of us would like to go through life without mishaps or accidents, those are just the things that cannot be avoided – which is why there is this particular industry known as insurance. HTC themselves know that owners of a new smartphone would want to do their darndest best to protect the handset in all possible ways, which is why they have come up with the HTC Uh-Oh Protection Program.

Having become official, the HTC Uh-Oh Protection Program is said to offer a free replacement unit in the event that your brand new HTC One M9 meets its demise, and this initiative will include coverage of the risks associated with a cracked screen or water damage within the first year of ownership. Should your HTC One M9 go through the entire year unscathed, you will then be able to take advantage of a $100 credit in the direction of purchasing another HTC handset, now how about that as an incentive?

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xperiz-z3-lollipopBetter late than never or so the saying goes. Well, if you happen to own either the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Xperia Z3 Compact, you would be well pleased to know that Sony has, at long last, kept to their word – albeit being a few months late, by announcing the release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for both the Sony Xperia Z3 as well as the Sony Z3 Compact.

The rollout kicks off a good five months after Android 5.0 Lollipop was first announced, where it will first make its way over to both of the mentioned handsets in the Nordics and Baltics, before expanding to other markets in the weeks ahead. Not only that, Sony has promised that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update will also be available on additional Xperia Z Series products – starting from a couple o f weeks’ time. Now that ain’t too shabby, don’t you think so? [Press Release]

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xcover3Hmmm, if you think that you are willing to come to a compromise between a pretty decent smartphone with that of rugged features, Samsung might have just the thing right up your alley – and I am referring to the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3. Having been announced today, it is set to be paraded at CeBIT later this year, targeting an April release date with a price point which will hover in the 275 Euros range.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 is touted to adhere to MIL-STD 810G specifications, which means it can handle drops of up to 1.2 meters without missing a beat, while boasting of IP67 rating, which in turn would mean it is dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes when submerged in a body of water that is no deeper than a meter.

Other hardware specifications include support for LTE (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20), a 4.5-inch WVGA display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 2200mAh battery, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 5 megapixel shooter at the back with underwater shooting mode support, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, altimeter, compass, GPS, NFC and KNOX.

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htcone-e9-shotsIt looks like there are more images of the HTC One E9 that has surfaced to whet your appetite – and that would mean additional speculation to add to an already potent mix. This particular round of leaks would center upon an entry in the Chinese regulatory authority that is better known as TENAA, where it looks as though the HTC One E9 would gain a bump in screen size to 5.5” – not to mention an improved resolution count to QHD , which in turn, would definitely raise the pixel density count at the end of it.

In addition, the HTC One E9 is widely expected to run on a high end Mediatek MT6795 chipset that will be accompanied by the likes of 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. At the back lies a 20MP camera that is tucked away behind a large circular lens, while selfie lovers will have to make do with either a 13MP front-facing camera or a 4MP UltraPixel shooter.

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