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Maybe MyPhone didn’t think people would notice, but Rio’s Facebook groups have been abuzz for days now after the discovery of a new version of the budget smartphone being sold in stores. The updated phone is packing a newer kernel and build number (basically more up-to-date and optimized software), plus it has a revised case with a finger tab for pulling the back cover open. User reports have been saying that this version has a smoother interface than the old, and that’s enough to warrant a huge public outrage from early adopters (including us).

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Have you heard of a locally-made movie called “DotA: Nakakabaliw?” Well if you haven’t, you should really get acquainted with it via our original article first. Simply put, its horrendous – we can’t really imagine how Philippine malls allowed it to show on their theaters. The poster is terrible, and the trailer is a total pukefest. But maybe you love / hate it for a completely different reason. Maybe it’s the glass-breaking, baby-silencing, dog-howling rap song that played through the trailer. Well if that’s the case, then you’re in luck. Because you can listen (watch) the whole rap song to your hearts content just after the jump. Brace yourself.

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Happy Easter! Back in March, we had local startup “The Diff” drop by on the #BigTimeShow (3/15/2014) to talk about their phone accessories. In addition to custom cases, they were also planning on releasing something called the “Egg” Powerbank. True enough, its shaped like an egg and packs a decent 4,400mAh. Today, Easter Sunday, they’ve announced its availability to the public for PHP 1,300. Not bad for a quirky little powerbank from a local brand. You can check out a quick (unscripted) unwrapping of a black version below, as well as a link to it’s product page.

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Cherry Mobile is at it again with a huge flyer full of new Androids! Will we have enough time to still include Jam’s new phone? Topics for this #BTS episode that aired on April 12, 2014 are: Asus MeMO Pad 8, LG G2 Mini, LG G Pro 2, Samsung Galaxy S5, Cherry Mobile Festival, & some Rafid Fire News. Check out the video, iTunes, and/or audio player/download for the podcast below!

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Believe it or not, the image you see above is the actual poster for a movie showing right now at Philippine mall cinemas nationwide. We’ll let that sink in for a bit. Because for a theatrical release of something that pertains to eSports and popular MOBA game DotA, it looks like the guy who made this poster didn’t even learn how to use Microsoft Paint. To be honest, we don’t know which is worse – the trailer or this poster. Because the trailer might just make you puke. You know, we’ve seen low budget B Movies, we’ve seen indies, we’ve seen wooden actors, but nothing could have prepared us for this:

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A Quad-Core, 5.0” HD phone for PHP 4,999 is out and its called the MyPhone Agua Rio. Is this the must have phone for the summer? Topics for this #BTS episode that aired on April 5 2014 are: MyPhone Agua Rio, Cherry Mobile Topaz, Amethyst, & Hidden Treasures Line, Gionee Elife E7, & some Rafid Fire News. Check out the video, iTunes, and/or audio player/download for the podcast below!

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myphoneriorooting

 

We rarely ever do this to phones and even more so when we’re in the process of reviewing them, but the MyPhone Agua Rio just gave us no choice. Its ridiculously limited 1.55GB of app space guaranteed that we couldn’t even test the games we wanted to test on it. But what about the SD card, you say? Well, you can’t install on that either – it’s the phone’s biggest flaw for unrooted users. And so, here we are – rooting and doing a memory swap on the phone so we can run games on it and continue our review. In case you already own one and want to do the same though, here’s how. (Watch the video to see it happen step-by-step.)

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myphoneriosbiggestflaw

 

We thought we’d give you a heads up as early as we can – since most blogs will likely post a crappy one-day review of the MyPhone Agua Rio and tell you how amazing it is and how it’s the best phone ever such and such – but here on our blog we actually test stuff in-depth and tell you what’s what. So here it is. We found a huge flaw with the Rio’s software, and it will affect users planning to install at least one or two games with 3D graphics. MyPhone’s UI doesn’t allow the user to install apps or use the MicroSD as extra app space.

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We know everyone is probably very excited about the new MyPhone Agua Rio. That’s because for only PHP 4,999, you’re getting a 5.0” HD screen phone with a Quad-Core MediaTek 6582 processor – the latter packing the much more powerful MALI 400 GPU that guarantees for better gaming capabilities. So while on the process of our review on the phone, we’ve decided to upload some gaming tests and camera tests on our Extras YouTube channel. If you’re not yet subscribed to our Extras channel though don’t worry. We’ll be embedding the videos below and updating this page when we manage to upload more. So without further ado, check out our gaming tests and camera tests on the MyPhone Agua Rio!

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Seems like the recent introduction of the Dual-Core Amethyst was just the tip of the iceberg for Cherry Mobile’s new brand of budget smartphones – they’ve just teased a new member of what seems to be part of a line of 7 new devices. This new phone is called the Topaz and it shares a lot of the same specs as the one before it – Dual-Core processor, 3.5” display, 2MP camera, and 2GB ROM. Not all of the specs were revealed though, but the price is the same – PHP 2,299. More importantly, Cherry Mobile is asking everybody to “guess the rest” of the line. 5 more phones to be revealed. Anyway, check out the specs of the Topaz below.

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