Alcatel unveils the OneTouch Pop Up, Star and Go Play phones, Go Watch

Alcatel has already announced a myriad of smartphones at IFA, with even more to come, we’ve been told. On top of that there’s also a smartwatch, running a proprietary OS.

The OneTouch Pop Up is the highest-specced of the lineup and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 (MSM8929) with an octa-core processor clocked at up to 1.4GHz. There are 2GB of RAM on board and the built-in storage is 16GB, expandable via microSD.

The display is a 5-inch IPS unit with 720p resolution and 5-finger multi touch support. The primary camera is a 13MP shooter with a sensor size of 1/3.06”, f/2.0 lens aperture and an LED flash. On the front there is a 5MP fixed-focus selfie snapper.

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual is now receiving Android 5.1.1

gsmarena 002 Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual is now receiving Android 5.1.1

Sony is now rolling out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to another of its devices, but this time it’s not a member of the Xperia Z line of current and former flagships.

Today the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system is hitting the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual, which is the dual-SIM version of the Xperia T2 Ultra from last year.

There’s no word yet on when the same software release should reach the single-SIM iteration of the same model, but it’s clearly due to happen soon.

In the meantime, if you own the T2 Ultra Dual, expect to see an update notification popping up any day now. After you’ve gone through the necessary steps and installed the new bits, you’ll be on build number 19.4.A.0.182.

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Large Samsung Galaxy View tablet gets teased

gsmarena 001 Large Samsung Galaxy View tablet gets teased

Last month we heard a rather outlandish claim – that Samsung is working on bringing to market a tablet with a whopping 18.4-inch touchscreen. Not long after that, a new report seemingly confirmed the information. What’s more, this also brought us a list of leaked specs for the gigantic device.

And today Samsung itself may have confirmed its existence, while also revealing what it will be called. At the end of its press conference focused on the Gear S2, the Korean company outed a very short teaser for the Galaxy View tablet.

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Acer Predator 6 and Jade Primo hands-on: Acer at IFA 2015

Introduction

Acer kicked off the IFA 2015 press conferences and definitely went all out. The OEM unveiled an avalanche of new devices across most of its product branches, ranging from PC’s and gaming hardware all the way to Android and Windows mobiles. The amount of new tech was so overwhelming that we are still catching up with our hands-on experiences.

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We were quick to cover the wide array of Android phones the company released, namely the Z630, Z530 and Z330, as well as their variants and a rather interesting duo of Windows 10 devices as well – the M330 and M230. This list, however long, did leave out two of the company’s most interesting new smartphone offers. Both managed to pique or interest in its own way and so we naturally went back for a closer look.

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Acer at IFA 2015

Introduction

Acer kicked IFA 2015 off with a wide-reaching press conference. In between the plethora of Chrome OS based products and Windows laptops and PCs, the company also announced a trio of Android smartphones and its first Windows 10 phone.

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The company has a clear vision in its mind that the mid-range is the space it wants to occupy. As such, the Android trifecta consists of lower and upper midrangers, which strive to give best value for money. For those seeking an alternative to Android, the Windows 10 rocking Acer Liquid M330 offers just that.

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Google will soon stop considering sites with full-page app install ads as mobile friendly

gsmarena 001 Google will soon stop considering sites with full page app install ads as mobile friendly

Clicking through a search result and being greeted by an app install ad covering the whole web page can surely be frustrating. Looks like Google has taken note of this, and is taking steps to ensure that web-masters adopt user-friendly ways to promote apps.

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“Starting today, we’ll be updating the Mobile-Friendly Test to indicate that sites should avoid showing app install interstitials that hide a significant amount of content on the transition from the search result page,” the search giant said in a blog post.

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Archos announces affordable 5.5-inch Diamond Plus

gsmarena 001 Archos announces affordable 5.5 inch Diamond Plus

Right ahead of IFA, Archos has announced yet another smartphone. This is Diamond-branded like the Diamond S we told you about not long ago. Yet in this case we’re looking at a device that’s more into phablet territory, in fact bridging the gap between the 5-inch Diamond S and the Diamond Tab.

The Archos Diamond Plus comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, an 8 MP selfie snapper, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 4G LTE support, dual-SIM functionality, and a 2,800 mAh battery with fast charging.

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