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China Cell Phone Users Now Exceed 900 Million

According to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the number of mobile phone users in China now totals at 900.39 Million. The number of cell phone users has grown here by 41.39 Million in the first four months of 2011, while the number of 3G users throughout China grew by 20.52 Million in the same period to a total of 67.57 Million.

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Meizu Me Member Successfully Trades Meizu M8 For M9

The Meizu M8 for M9 trade-in program that begun on May 10th seems to be a success as a member of Meizu Me, the popular Meizu forum, has received their brand new M9. This is pretty exciting news, and a huge PR and reputation boost for Meizu which is quickly becoming one of the best and most trusted cell phone brands in China.

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Wine Makers/Drunks Develop The MOPS Android Gaming Phone

The development of Android as a mobile gaming OS has been on the up and up, which I’m happy about. Until now though, I’d never seen a supposedly dedicated gaming Android phone that actually had an potential. Well it seems that developers just needed a bit of assistance from our good buddy alcohol to come up with a brilliant design.

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Shanzhai Samsung Nexus S To Be Released

For those serious Android and Google fans out there like myself, there’s really only one option when buying a new phone, and that’s Google’s own Samsung Nexus S. If you’ve been following Gadgets Republic a while you’ll have seen me profess my obsession with Anroid, but I never mentioned that I personally own the Samsung Nexus S. If I were allowed to use only one word to describe my feelings for the device, it would be LOVE. Shanzhai developers have finally gotten around to making a knockoff, but the question remains….have they done the original justice?

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BEON TS007 4.3-inch Android Smartphone Hands-On Video

A little while ago we introduced you to the Apanda A100, a 4.3-inch Android device from the heart of Shenzhen. We’ve been hard pressed to find any other decent 4.3-inch Shanzhai smartphones, until now. Introducing the BEON TS007, a 4.3-inch smarthphone bears absolutely no resemblance to an iPhone, THANK GOD!

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Introducing the Gooapple G22: The Unholy Spawn of Google and Apple (Video)

We’ve seen plenty of Shanzhai gimmicks over the years but this is by far the most disturbing yet. It’s the Gooapple phone, and it’s basically the spawn of Satan’s attempt at creating a phone. As a pretty serious Android fan I’m feeling a bit quezy looking at the combination of both my favorite and most despised tech icons (although that could just be lunch). The designers didn’t put much thought into what my feelings would be on the phone’s branding, but they have actually put some thought in to it’s specs. At the end of the day though, the best thing about the G22 is it’s mind blowing boot up intro.

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Hero H2000 Hands-On Review!

Last week we mentioned we’d gotten our hands on the Hero H200, a sweet capacitive touchscreen smartphone made right here in china. Well we’ve had quite a few days to put it through it’s paces, and we’re surprised at just how impressive the device really is.

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Got Our Hands On The Hero H2000, A Capacitive Touchscreen Android 2.2 Smartphone

During our weekly trips to the grey market this weekend, we got our hands on the Hero H2000 (or Othello), a capacitive touchscreen smartphone with a price just as smart. It only took us a few minutes to decide that this was a phone worth having a look at, and we’ll have the full hands-on review for you in the next few days!

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The Umeox Apollo, a Solar Powered Android Device [MWC2011]

Introducing the Umeox Apollo, the Chinese manufacturers latest Android powered device which also happens to gather it’s power from the SUN! Umeox is best known for the V3, a .58cm thick low cost phone which was released at MWC2010. This solar powered android device is the first of it’s kind that actually looks as though it’ll head in to production. I’ve always doubted the practicality of solar powered mobile devices, but this device has swayed my opinion and has me hopeful for the future.

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ZTE Skate, 4.3-inch Android Smartphone Unveiled [MWC2011] (Video!)

ZTE has unveiled their latest flagship mobile device, the ZTE Skate, at Mobile World Congress 2011 (MWC 2011) in Barcelona. From what we’ve seen and heard so far, ZTE’s latest attempt at a high end mobile device has been somewhat successful. The Skate comes packed with 4.3″ touchscreen and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has an 800Mhz processor and a 200Mhz GPU, but I’m skeptical as to whether that’s enough power to allow the Skate to be called a “high-end” device. What do you think of the ZTE Skate?

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