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After Swype, HTC taps China's TouchPal for new Android keyboard — Tech-savvy users may have already come across TouchPal when trying different keyboards on Android and iOS 8 (and maybe even Windows 8), but it looks like a whole lot more people will be introduced to it soon.

Here's another decent slim smartphone from China, but it won't be cheap — This wouldn't be the first time that Gionee's released a 5.5mm-thick phone. Following the aptly named Elife S5.5, the Chinese company is back with an LTE refresh model that's confusingly dubbed the Elife S7, which manages to retain the same slimness (read: not 7mm-thick), the standard headphone jack and a lighter weight of just 126.5g, while packing some nice upgrades.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 can take phone calls even when upside down — Yes, that's me holding a phone upside down while pretending to make a phone call. It may look silly, but that's exactly what the folks over at Alcatel OneTouch want to see going viral on the streets soon.

Year of the Goat: 11 Chinese smartphone brands to watch — 2014 has been a wonderful year for the ever-competitive Chinese smartphone market. We saw the birth of new brands, the record of world's thinnest phone broken three times, and a couple of companies entering India with great reception (although not without some struggle).

Omate's smartwatch is the first to be assembled in Africa — When Omate announced its $99 Racer last month, little did we know that this rugged, near-circular smartwatch will be heading to Africa -- Congo, Ivory Coast and Cameroon to begin with -- this coming June. According to today's announcement, this is all thanks to Congolese mobile startup VMK, who is already leading efforts to boost local smartphone penetration with affordable devices.

HTC's next flagship appears to flaunt 20MP camera in leaked shots — Leak happens, and poor HTC might have just become the first victim out of the MWC lot this year. What we're looking at here are two alleged spyshots of the company's upcoming flagship, the "Hima" aka "M9," courtesy of ,who has since removed the images.

Muscle-sensing Myo gesture armband will be on Amazon this quarter — About a year after getting our first taste of the Myo, Thalmic Labs has announced that it's reaching out to the masses by way of Amazon this quarter. As with its pre-order on the company's website, this muscle-sensing gesture control armband will be available for $199.

HTC's next flagship phone to be unveiled on March 1st — While we're still in the middle of January, some of us are already hearing bits about the upcoming MWC. One e-mail that caught our attention comes from none other than HTC, who is already teasing its very own Barcelona event on March 1st -- the day before MWC kicks off.

Xiaomi's $30 Android streamer looks exactly like a phone charger — In addition to the phablet and headphones announced today, Xiaomi also threw in a little surprise. And by "little" we do mean literally, because this new Mi Box Mini is much smaller than the company's earlier Android streaming devices; it's so small that when it's plugged into the power socket, you'd easily mistake it as a USB phone charger.

Xiaomi mocks Apple with its very own premium phablet — There's just no stopping for the world's most valuable startup. After adding an air purifier, an IP camera, a smart light bulb and the affordable Redmi 2 to its portfolio, Xiaomi is now going right after the iPhone 6 Plus with its very own high-end phablet, the 5.7-inch Mi Note.
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Mar 05, 2015

@psfk Not the first dual screen smartphone. Check out the NEC Medias W:…

Mar 05, 2015

@flibblesan There are still the official ones from the GSMA, though.

Mar 04, 2015

RT @engadget: We talked to @htc's design lead about the One M9, criticism and the promise of VR

Mar 04, 2015

RT @jgriffiths: One of China's biggest copycats now wants the government to do more to protect intellectual property:…

Mar 04, 2015

@jonrussell @longadin The tablet comes with a free set of N95 masks, actually.

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