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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi raises $216 million in new funding, looking to spread MIUI-based devices

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We’ve talked time and again over the past few months about the “Chinese offensive” on the global smartphone market, led by companies like Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba and Baidu. However, it seems that there are even more Chinese tech manufacturers looking to make it big in an Apple and Android dominated world, and some of the smaller ones, like Xiaomi, are growing in leaps and bounds. Xiaomi is not very well-known in the Western world, and even in China, Xiaomi is hardly a household name. However, the name of the 2-year old company may ring a bell for some of you,…

Dock your Android device wirelessly to any TV, with Android Transporter and Raspberry Pi

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Those of you who’ve been following up with our website for more than a little while might remember a little piece we did a month back on Android Transporter, a software project based on Wi-Fi Display technology that makes wireless display between two Android devices a piece of cake. The project was in development at the time and is still far from an official introduction and release, but we’re excited to let you know about an important Transporter update. The software has now been made to work with the Raspberry Pi and allows easy content sharing from an Android smartphone or tablet to a television…

Canalys: 40% of Chinese smartphones to be priced below $200 by 2015, Alibaba and Baidu to lead the revolution

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We’ve talked several times in the past about how the global smartphone market is dominated by China, where pricing and functionality come first, while hardware specs and raw power are often ignored by the regular tech users. Most recently, we’ve been seeing some interesting movements in the Chinese smartphone market, with Alibaba and Baidu, two relatively unknown names in the Western world, getting in the business and trying to offer their own affordable smartphones to challenge Samsung, HTC, or Apple. Alibaba + Baidu = victory? While some market watchers have ignored or even mocked Alibaba and Baidu’s initiatives, a recent…

Google Glasses in metallic blue and red shown for the first time, starting to look good!

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We’ve been hearing about Google’s Project Glass and how it could turn the science-fiction of yesterday into the reality of tomorrow for a while now. But until a few weeks ago, very few of us seriously thought that we would see the “augmented reality head-mounted display” released commercially in the close future. However, things are really starting to shape up for the Google Glass(es), and, if you needed additional proof that the project is close to a commercial debut, we have for you some hot pics showing off exactly how cool (and nerdy) the Glasses look right now. First off,…

All aboard! US Navy plans deployment of LTE-like networks on board warships

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Men and women in the Navy have to make a lot of sacrifices while out at sea, being cut out from land, their families and friends for months in a row. However, US sailors might enjoy a bit of extra comfort while on service soon, as plans of fitting Navy ships with LTE-like networks surfaced last week. While US Navy ships are already connected to the Internet in one way or another, the speed of the service is a huge problem for sailors. Wired.com reported a while back that dial-up speeds are common while out at sea, making communication via…

NY Times: Is Facebook building a smartphone from scratch?

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Although Facebook’s IPO (Initial Public Offering) was called by financial experts a failure, Mark Zuckerberg’s monster company still has its sights set very high. With stocks falling and more than $17 billion lost off an initial $104 billion valuation, the social networking service might be looking to expand way off its comfort zone and into smartphone hardware manufacturing. I know, you’ve heard the rumors before and you might already be familiar with the HTC ChaCha (aka the Status), or that rumored “Buffy” project that has been in the works for about a year. However, the newest report about the Facebook smartphone takes…

Galaxy Note is smartphone with best screen-to-body size ratio, S3 follows closely

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Not long ago it seemed like a mobile phone’s most important target was to be as slim, light and portable as possible. But recently, tech users have started changing their views on the market. They now look for phones with the largest and brightest screens, first and foremost. However, a display’s size could be deceiving sometimes, as there are still a multitude of phones featuring large bezels and/or physical buttons and therefore restricting the actual usable space on the screen. That’s why we were relieved to bump into a chart compiled by Reddit user, Thare, who compiled some information on…

ABI Research: Phablets to ship 208 million units a year by 2015

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Whether we like it or not, the time of the “petite” phones with touchscreens between 3.5 and 4 inches has passed and we are now heading towards the domination of “super-phones” and “phablets”. It’s practically impossible to find a high-end Android smartphone released during the last few months (or due for release soon) that has a display smaller than a 4-inch and the biggest hits of the market seem to fall in the 4.6 to 5.3-inch range. Our own Ankit did a very thorough analysis of what he called “the rise of the phablet” last week and, if anyone doubted…

What’s next for smartphone camera technology?

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We’ve all come to take for granted how easy it is to take a photo or video at any time, thanks to our smartphones having cameras. While it’s amazing that we have this ability, one thing that has been sacrificed for the most part is the actual photo and video quality. In most cases, manufacturers have settled to pumping up the sensor size, neglecting other aspects, such as better lenses, low-lighting functioning, or improved shutter speeds. Fortunately, things begin to change. Smartphone camera tech continues to develop and there are some pretty cool improvements and features in the pipeline. Here…

Share content wirelessly between two Android devices with Android Transporter!

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A few months back, we started hearing about WiFi Display technology and how it could be featured by smartphones, tablets and TVs by the end of 2012. Unfortunately, while it sounded like a fantastic idea in theory, we haven’t heard anything since then about any developments in the field; it has recently felt as if the technology was never going to become reality. However, when the industry’s major players fail to make headway in a new technology area, we often see small, unknown companies shock us with their ideas and development. This is exactly the case in this example, where we…