smartphones

Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

Meizu MX4 Pro debuts with 2k+ display, fingerprint reader and more

The Meizu MX4 Pro has made its debut, and with it comes an upgraded version of the company's previously released MX4 flagship. Features abound, some of them a tad odd ("Retina Sound"), but overall the handset looks to pack a punch, bringing with it display resolution a little above 2k, a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, and the mTouch fingerprint reader, among other things. Topping it all off is the Android 4.4.4-based Flyme 4 operating system, something that flies in the face of the occasional speculation that Meizu might be including Ubuntu Touch.

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YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

The YotaPhone 2, shown off earlier this year at MWC 2014, will be making its official launch in a couple of weeks, according to the folks at Android Central. Yota Devices, the company behind the handset, will be having an event in London on December 3 for the second-iteration of the phone we saw back during CES 2013, and though no new details about it are forthcoming at this point, it looks to have the same dual-screen construction.

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Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

If you're no longer satisfied with only being able to see little ellipses as your chat partner types a message, the text messaging app Beam will likely strike your fancy. It leaves no room for edits -- at least, no room for private edits. Rather, everything you type is shown in real time to the person on the receiving end, for better or for worse, meaning you'd better think carefully about what you want to say before taking to the keyboard.

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Aeternum gives jailbroken iPhones the Apple Watch UI

Aeternum gives jailbroken iPhones the Apple Watch UI

Those enamored with the Apple Watch's UI can now bring it to their iPhone, as long as it is jailbroken. Called Aeternum, this Cydia app builds upon previous offerings to present users with the Apple wearable's smooth floating interface, complete with solid animations, the ability to rearrange and remove icons, and a nice dock at the bottom of the display. Aeternum isn't the first tweak to do this, with WatchSpring before it bringing about a similar version, but it is arguably the best available thus far.

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Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

We've seen a resurgence in interest for printed photographs, with different services ranging from ZenCam to Polaroid's Socialmatic offering printed images as part of their features. Adding itself to the list is the Prynt Case, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a smartphone case that prints photographs, only with a unique twist. Using the app, one can hold the printed photograph in front of their phone's camera to see it turn into an animation, giving it the Harry Potter universe's living portrait feel.

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Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia, as a handset maker, is gone from us. Having sold their hardware division to Microsoft, the once-dominant mobile device maker is changing direction. Now a company of services, Nokia will concentrate on its Networks unit, technologies division, and impressive mapping prowess. Still, as end-users and consumers, many of us still want a Nokia handset. Their Lumia devices co-produced with Microsoft were special, but those will now be branded as Windows. Still, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri isn’t closing the door on Nokia handsets in the future.

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Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

You can make time lapse videos on your smartphone easily enough using various apps, but moving on to a higher-end camera makes the task a bit more difficult. Here to simplify it is Mindarin, which has again taken to Kickstarter, this time to fund its latest project: Pico. Pico looks somewhat like a small deflated balloon and is a bit bigger around than your thumb, operating as a button that brings time lapse functionality to your DSLR or similar camera.

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Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Earlier this month Finnish startup Vsenn revealed that it is making its own modular phone, which will join Project Ara in what is sure to be a growing array of module-based handsets. Not much about the phone was revealed at the time (nor since then), but the makers did tease that security, customization, and guaranteed updates would all be central to its efforts. Following this, Vsenn has now announced that Paranoid Android is the first approved ROM under its Approved ROM Partner program.

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ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

With smartphones, taking a picture is as easy as tapping a screen, and for that reason we often have hundreds of digital photos floating around that aren't terribly meaningful, and that are bound to get lost in the archives of some cloud storage service. The folks behind ZenCam want to change this by introducing a nostalgic twist to your smartphones: a digital roll of film that limits shots and, later on, arrives in your mailbox as physical prints.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Following its leak last night, Microsoft has made its self-branded Lumia 535 smartphone official, making it the first Lumia handset to eschew the "Nokia" name. The Lumia 535 is a decidedly entry-level smartphone, but it is well-rounded as far as features go, giving budget-conscious users a device that covers most of the bases they'll care about most while drawing them nicely into the Windows Phone experience. As expected, the handset features a 5-inch IPS display with a 960 x 540 qHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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