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Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Are wearables like Google Glass the inevitable future for smartphones? Not if you ask Nokia, where simply floating a display in your line of sight doesn't quite satisfy the self-imposed "head up" challenge its designers and engineers are facing. The evolution of Lumia isn't just bigger displays or faster chips, it's a new way of interacting with the digital world. SlashGear sat down with Jo Harlow, EVP of Smart Devices, Marco Ahtisaari, EVP of Design, and Stefan Pannenbecker, VP of Industrial Design at Mobile World Congress this week to talk "people versus robots", rolling back the clock on convergence, and how the Finns want to pry our eyes away from smartphone screens, even if we're looking at a Lumia.

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Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Android and Chrome OS: Google's split attention between two overlapping platforms has long come in for criticism, but rumors of a merge in time for the Chromebook Pixel failed to pan out. Then again, is the world ready for a $1,300 Chromebook, no matter whether it runs Android or Chrome OS? Perhaps not, Google's director of Android user experience, Matias Duarte, says, but there's more in Pixel's prescience of the touchscreen future, he argues.

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Nokia 105 hands-on: nearly free and perfectly simple

Nokia 105 hands-on: nearly free and perfectly simple

With the Nokia 105, the former king of mobile phone sales once again attempts to take out an ace: a super-simple phone that looks cool, acts cool, and will cost you less than a couple of movie tickets. With the Nokia 105 you've got two color options - blue or black, and a price point at right around $20 USD (or 15 EURO, depending on where you live), with a release set for somewhere inside the second half of 2013. It's got a flashlight, a tiny (1.45 TFT LCD) yet brightly colored display, and the ability to play a couple of super pixel-friendly games like Forbidden Treasures and Snake Xenzia (aka simply Snake - your favorite!)

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WildTangent game renting service expands to Xperia smartphones

WildTangent game renting service expands to Xperia smartphones

This week the folks at WildTangent have revealed that they've worked with Sony Mobile Communications to release their game rental service for Xperia smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Z, this continuing their team-up into the future. Back in September of 2011, WildTangent high-fived Sony and began to partner with them in both desktop and mobile products. You'll find WildTangent pre-installed on VAIO PCs as well as Sony Tablets S and P in Europe already - and the fun continues!

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Android everywhere: Matias Duarte on Google’s “OS for humanity”

Android everywhere: Matias Duarte on Google’s “OS for humanity”

Android on every display, on every device, baked into every gadget: it may sound far-fetched, but it's user-experience chief Matias Duarte's vision of the future for an "operating system for humanity." SlashGear sat down with Duarte to talk ubiquity of platform, Android's potential as the solution to a "fractured operating system world", and the importance of that being open rather than led by Apple, Microsoft, or any government or organization.

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Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced

Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced

If you've ever used a "rugged" smartphone or tablet before, you'll be surprised to hear that the newest of these rare unicorns is not slow and stunted like those of the past have been - instead the CAT B15 is a rather well balanced device. We've had a peek at the B15 from CAT (or Caterpillar, however you like), and found it to be both obviously able to withstand a beating and appearing to run as quick in its Android implementation as we'd expect a 2013 device to be.

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LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on: high-end experience in a budget line

LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on: high-end experience in a budget line

This week LG has revealed a new F-Series smartphone line with a software experience similar to the LG Optimus G and G Pro, but coming in with lesser specifications and, in the end, a lower market price. Both of these devices will be bringing 4G LTE connectivity to the international market and, eventually, to the United States as well. If you want to be part of the LG cool club but don't want to toss as much cash down as you'd have to with the G or the G Pro, the Optimus F7 or its smaller sibling, the Optimus F5, may be just what you're looking for.

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Indigo assistant takes on Siri: she’ll be everywhere

Indigo assistant takes on Siri: she’ll be everywhere

This week we've gotten to speak with the folks behind the cloud-based personal assistant project known as Indigo, taking the form of an app for both Windows Phone and Android. What we're seeing here is the developers at Artificial Solutions creating a natural language service that you'll not easily get away with speaking about without mentioning Apple's Siri. The biggest difference is in the genes: unlike the iOS-based Siri, Indigo is coming to every platform the developers wish it to - iOS included (though later this year instead of immediately).

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LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

It's time to connect to a printer again, this time in a very miniature way with the LG Pocket Photo and the Optimus G Pro for good measure! The LG Pocket Photo is a pocketable printing machine that'll print out tiny 2 by 3-inch photos created with a special process that uses no ink - like magic! The coolest bit about this printer may be the way you connect with it - all you need to do is tap your NFC-laden smartphone to the printer (with the apropriate app open, of course), and your photo will print in right around 30 seconds.

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Wheels on 4G fire: Inside the LTE dash in GM’s connected car

Wheels on 4G fire: Inside the LTE dash in GM’s connected car

GM's plans to make 4G LTE standard across its range by 2014 is an ambitious one, even more so when you realize it's not just a case of slotting a mobile hotspot into the glove compartment and calling it a day. There's a reason GM chose to announce at a smart mobile-centric show like MWC, infotainment chief Phil Abram told us, rather than at, say, the North American Auto Show or even a more generic tech show like CES. SlashGear sat down in a specially-created concept car to see what GM has in mind for its motorized bubble of connectivity.

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Qualcomm’s AllJoyn: Evangelizing the Internet of Everything with Rob Chandhok

Qualcomm’s AllJoyn: Evangelizing the Internet of Everything with Rob Chandhok

This week we had a chat with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok about AllJoyn and the future of the company working in the open source universe to make the fully connected future possible - an Internet of Everything. He spoke specifically about small building blocks: connection points and features that have the best chance of ensuring the future is able to continue to connect with each new device of the day as one of the most essential elements in the AllJoyn platform. This approach allows the end user experience on a refrigerator or a washing machine, for example, to work through its whole lifespan - ten year or more, with devices we've not even dreamed of.

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