Gionee’s Elife S5.1 is the world’s thinnest smartphone

The world’s thinnest phone has been officially launched and it is a smartphone you will never have, or maybe even never want. The Gionee Elife S5.1 from Chinese brand Gionee was revealed sometime back, but is only getting its official launch today, boasting a minimal 5.1mm thick (or should that be thin?) body.

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Here is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

We know plenty about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z3 flagship after several massive leaks revealed all but the finer details of the handset. However, the Xperia Z3 Compact, the smaller version of the device has managed to stay quiet with just a day to go until it is launched. Today though the Compact has showed up for some revealing images that are among the clearest leak shots we have ever seen.

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Minor Android 4.4.2 patch for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5

AT&T has issued a new Android 4.4.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 today, fixing some minor issues found in the full 4.4.2 build. The second largest carrier in the United States issued the patch last week, but only today is it starting to arrive on S5?s over the air.

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Moto X+1: metal build, material options, 3D screen, and rear button

The Moto X+1 has leaked enough times now that when the handset is actually launched in three days’ time we will already know most of the things there is to know about it. However, a new detailed shot of the Moto X+1 from TKNews throws up plenty of fresh information about the Motorola flagship and even raises a few new questions.

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HTC smartwatch coming this month

HTC has announced no plans for the IFA trade show this week, but some reports suggest the company will release its first ever wearable smartwatch at the event. However, Chinese leak expert @Upleaks says that HTC will skip IFA and will instead launch its smartwatch later in the month.

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Sony has two wearable products for IFA

Sony has been open about some its IFA line up, while other products from the company have outright leaked. Last week the company issued an image on its website that showed an unknown wearable, which led to speculation that a SmartWatch 3 would land at the Berlin based trade show later in the week. The seems to be the case as Sony will be launching a new version of its wearable, but will also be rolling out another smartwatch product.

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Apple planning NFC competitor with finance heavyweights

We have heard plenty of rumours about the iPhone 6 arriving with NFC for contactless payment, which would make Apple very late to this method. Cupertino has long held out against NFC while all of its rivals on Android and beyond have included the technology. Now Apple may be planning its own contactless payment method and will team up with a number of heavy hitting companies to deliver it.

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Nokia updates Z Launcher

Nokia actually no longer making hardware is not an easy thing to take, after-all, this was the company that dominated the mobile scene for years and was one of its leading lights in the early years. However, Nokia sold its devices division to Microsoft earlier in the year and is now focusing on its services and software.

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Samsung’s Android KitKat plans

Samsung has detailed its Android KitKat plans for a slew of devices, bringing version 4.4.2 to a bunch of its products and confirming Android 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 for others. The Korean company is often slower than some of its rivals (for example, both HTC and Sony’s 4.4.3/4 plans are well underway), but it is nice to see Samsung dealing with so many of its devices in one swoop.

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Apple to appeal Samsung sales ban decision

Apple’s legal battle with Samsung shows no signs of stopping as Cupertino is still unhappy with the terms of its victory over the Korean giant. The long saga took a new twist this week after a decision was made to deny Apple’s request for a sales ban on several Samsung devices in the US.

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