Apple iPhone 6 responsible for driving record-breaking App Store downloads

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been surrounded in controversy such s the bendgate and hairgate fiascos. Despite these controversies, the two have broken the Cupertino firm’s iPhone sales records. Apparently, not only did Apple break its iPhone sales records, the new iPhones also helped the Apple App Store achieve record-breaking downloads.

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The chart you see above comes from marketing firm Fiksu which was spotted by BGR. The “App Store Competitive Index” for the month of October highlights that app downloads had reached a record-breaking 7.8 million downloads  across the top 200 free iOS apps. The firm also reveals that app downloads in October were up 42% compared to the previous month, and up 39% compared to the previous year.

The firm adds that Apple owes this monumental increase in app downloads to new iPhone owners. Most of the initial downloads were revealed to be “re-downloads” of apps.

According to KGI analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, an analyst renowned for predicting accurate information on anything Apple, the Cupertino firm is expected to sell 71 million iPhones before the end of the year. Out of the 71 million iPhones, 56 million are expected to be units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If his prediction turns out to be accurate, the amount of app downloads from the App Store is sure to surge to whole new heights once more.

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New iPhone ads show off the smartphones’ gaming prowess and Continuity features

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake starred in Apple’s previous iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ad. Now the duo have starred in a new iPhone ad that shows off the smartphones’ gaming prowess and Continuity features.

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In the first ad, Fallon is on the Apple iPhone 6, while Timberlake is on the iPhone 6 Plus. The two are playing a game, showing that the new iPhones are more than capable of running hardcore games. The ad also tells something we already know, “the new A8 chip is so powerful it brings gaming to the next level.”

The second ad also stars the duo, showing Apple’s Continuity features. It shows how the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus can make calls from an Apple MacBook or iPad.

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5.4-inch Sony XPERIA Z4 photos and specs allegedly leaked – said to be unveiled alongside 5.9-inch Z4 Ultra on January 5

A tipster has sent PhoneArena alleged leaked photos of Sony’s upcoming flagship the XPERIA Z4. The tipster also sent the site the smartphone’s specs.

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The tipster claims that the Z4 will sport a 5.4-inch Quad HD Triluminos screen (not a 5.5-inch), a Qualcomm  Snapdragon 805 CPU (not a Snapdragon 810), 4GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera “with a sensor of new generation, and two more lens elements for collecting more light,” a wide-angle 4.8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3420mAh battery.

The tipster has also revealed that the Z4 will not be the only device to make its debut at CES 2015 on the 5th of January at Las Vegas. The other device will be the XPERIA Z4 Ultra.

The Z4 Ultra is said to sport a 5.9-inch Triluminos screen (not a 6.4-inch), a Snapdragon 805 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, and an extremely thin chassis. It is said to be a mere 5.7mm. If true, it would be the thinnest smartphone in the market.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt. Luckily, you won’t have to wait very long to find out if the rumour is true, since CES 2015 is a little bit over a month away.

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Microsoft shows what Cortana can do and what Siri can’t in new funny Lumia 830 ad

Microsoft’s new “affordable flagship,” the Nokia Lumia 830, is now out, and the Redmond firm has released a new ad for the smartphone. In the ad, the software giant shows what Cortana can do and what  Siri on the Apple iPhone 6 can’t.

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The ad starts off with Cortana on the Nokia Lumia 830 and Siri on the Apple iPhone 6 talking to each other. Cortana asks is Siri can do a number of features, with Siri answering, “I just got bigger” again and again. In the end, Cortana says, “Happens to everyone this time of year,” calling Siri fat. Hit play below to see the ad for yourself.

Microsoft calls the Lumia 830 an “affordable flagship,” but owners have found the smartphone’s hardware to be rather disappointing. The only thing that makes up for this lack in performance is its 10-megapixel rear-facing PureView camera. If you’re unfamiliar with the Lumia 830, other than its rear-facing camera, it sports a 5-inch 720p screen, a 0.9-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, support for as much as 128GB from a microSD card, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 2200mAh battery.

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Here’s another Lollipop preview for the Samsung Galaxy S4

SamMobile has done it again and released another preview of Android 5.0 (Lollipop) running on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Like the previous preview, this includes a video and screenshots, giving us an idea on what Lollipop will look like on the the S5’s predecessor.

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Here’s the video:

Although this latest video sin’t as extensive as the last one, it does give us a sneak peek at the camera UI, Samsung-standard widgets, and the re-worked settings menu.

According to the site, “The user interface looks more or less the same as Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, which we have also exclusively previewed. Samsung brought over the latest flagship’s launcher with My Magazines and Popping Colors lockscreen effect to the Galaxy S4, while the improved TouchWiz also brings an overhaul for the look and feel of proprietary system applications.

“This is the second internal build that we have received and it shows some of the improvements that Samsung has made over time. There are updated home screen widgets as well as settings toggles, making it easier for users to access essential options in just a few taps.”

So what does this mean? Although we can’t really say when exactly the Korean tech giant plans to roll out the update for the Samsung Galaxy S4, we can say that it will be coming sooner than you think.

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