As you might expect, smartphone sales are going to slump during the global Coronavirus pandemic. Research firm Strategy Analytics says that shipments in February fell by 38% year-on-year. March numbers could be worse. Industries worldwide are feeling the pain of Coronavirus. In China specifically, “Some Asian factories were unable to manufacture smartphones, while many consumers […]
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Google has announced a new camera app specifically for Android Go smartphones. This continues Google’s trend of pushing more lightweight, simpler versions of their apps to lower-cost devices, making Android even better on smaller budgets. Camera Go With Android Go officially crossing the 100 million device threshold, it’s a big part of Google’s mobile ecosystem. […]
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Originally scheduled to announce its new smartphones during MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Nokia held an online launch event today to reveal its Bond-themed Nokia 8.3 5G and the more affordable Nokia 1.3 and Nokia 5.3, plus the nostalgic Nokia 5310 feature phone. As you might expect, Nokia is making a big deal of the Nokia […]
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MWC 2020 might have been canceled but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a ton of handsets waiting to be announced. LG is first out of the gate with its new 2020 K-series of range of affordable smartphones with premium features such as punch-hole displays, slim bezels, quad rear-camera setups, and big 4,000mAh batteries. We’ve […]
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The Android ecosystem is bewilderingly rich with great choices, so let us lay out the field of the best phones at every price-point so you can see which meets your needs and buy a phone that you’ll really love!
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‘Flagship’ smartphones from the biggest tech brands seem to only keep skyrocketing in price, but fortunately the Android ecosystem is rich with great options at far lower prices, so let us lay out the best choices for you so you can make your next wallet-friendly phone one that you’ll love!
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When you think of buying an unlocked smartphone in the US, you are probably thinking about buying the handset outright from a retailer such as Amazon or Best Buy. Things are slightly different here in the UK, with BT/EE, Tesco Mobile, and Vodafone among the few providers that sell mobile phones that can’t be used […]
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If you are waiting for Black Friday to buy a new handset perhaps there’s a case for instant gratification because Honor has reduced a number of its bestselling smartphones by up to £100 in the UK. The deals include the Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 Lite, and the Honor 10 Lite, with savings […]
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TCL might not be a brand that you are totally familiar with but it’s America’s most popular TV manufacturer, as well as being the licensee of some house-hold smartphone brands such as BlackBerry and Alcatel. Thanks to a leak by Evan Blass detailing the company’s roadmap, it seems that the brand is prepping to launch […]
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With Huawei recently recovering from potentially looking access to Android and the Google Play Store, there have been plenty of rumors circulating about what exactly what they do as an alternative. We’ve seen all kinds of statements, trademarks, and more concerning Ark OS, Hongmeng, and even some stuff about Huawei adopting a Russian OS, all […]
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Huawei has filed a trademark in the EU for Harmony, which could end up being some software to help get the company off of its reliance on Google’s Android OS. Ever since Huawei was tentatively given the green light to keep dealing with Google and other US suppliers they’ve been trying to figure out the […]
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One of the coolest features about Android Auto is that if you have an Android smartphone, you can use it, regardless of whether or not you’re using an Android Auto head unit in your vehicle. Simply open the Android Auto app and let your phone turn into the hub for your vehicle. But like all […]
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Meet Samsung’s newest phone, the Galaxy A80. It’s strange, weird, and different, and it’s bringing some of the funky innovation back to smartphones that we’ve been missing for a few years. Sure, it’s probably going to be a commercial flop, but we love seeing phones like this again. This phone is built for the “era […]
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Activision is finally bringing Call of Duty to smartphones, not in the same way as previous spinoff titles. Call of Duty: Mobile is the latest iteration, and it promises to bring classic CoD gameplay to your phone, including some older fan favorite maps from Modern Warfare and Black Ops. The performance and graphics of this […]
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A new report from Blancco, a company specializing in mobile device diagnostics, has detailed the failure rate of smartphones across different manufacturers and operating systems. There’s plenty of interesting information here that should take with a massive grain of salt, but we’ll get into that in just a minute. So, what Android phones are most […]
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Ask anyone what their biggest gripe with Android is, and one of the most common answers will likely be the updates. Or, rather, the lack of updates. Unless you’re rocking a flagship from a big manufacturer or a Google Pixel device, you’re probably not getting them as frequently as you’d like, and that includes monthly […]
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Meizu announced the launch of three new smartphones today that will make up their new Meizu 15 series of smartphones. The new devices stick to some older design cues from the smartphone market, sticking with some bezels, a 16:9 aspect ratio for the displays, and no signs of a notch anywhere. The hardware included suggests […]
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When I first saw its 2018 phone lineup, Alcatel was clear: its plan for this year was to make premium smartphone features available for much less than typical flagship prices. In this case, Alcatel means giving 18:9 screens, fingerprint sensors, and…
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In a move that brings Verizon in line with the rest of the wireless carrier industry, the company says they will start locking smartphones that it sells to consumers. By locking the devices, consumers will not be able to just pop in a SIM card from another carrier and have a working phone. The reason […]
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Verizon is the latest carrier to drop its plans to sell phones from Chinese handset maker Huawei, according to sources cited in Bloomberg. The move follows a similar decision from AT&T earlier this month, supposedly prompted by pressure from the…
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Samsung and Apple have both struggled to integrate fingerprint sensors into smartphone displays, creating workarounds like iris scanners and Face ID instead. The latter technologies are still big advancements in the mobile space, but the Holy Grail has been an invisible fingerprint sensor within your screen. That illusive tech has finally become a reality, but […]
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Know someone that’s still rocking a phone from 2013? Is their Galaxy S3 screen finally going out? Hook them up with a new smartphone. It’s a big present, but if you want to show up Santa Claus at his own game, a nice phone will definitely impress everyone. You’ve got options here, too. You can […]
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Xiaomi has slowly been working to expand itself to be a global competitor in the smartphone market. Thus far the company’s reach has been limited to the Chinese and Indian markets, though Xiaomi has been very successful in both. At a launch event, the company revealed their initial steps into the European market. They will […]
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LG’s operating profits for the 3rd quarter were 516.1 billion won (about $ 454 million) and revenue was up by 15.2 percent at 15.23 trillion won (about $ 13.4 billion). Unfortunately, LG’s mobile division didn’t contribute a dime. The bulk of profits came from high-end home appliances and televisions. LG had a big comeback with smartphones in […]
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In a tweet sent out over the weekend, HMD Global‘s chief product officer, Juho Sarvikas, confirmed that current Nokia smartphones will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Sarvikas even committed to the budget Nokia 3 getting the update despite some delays in that device getting the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update. The updated operating system […]
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We’ve seen the future of smartphones. Two amazing phones, the Xiaomi Mi Mix and the Honor Magic, have given us a glimpse of the tech many of the major manufacturers are going to build into their flagship devices for the coming year.
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A company called Almalence is working on an app that drastically improves image quality in today’s phones, without requiring any new hardware. Similar to how HDR photography works, it samples the sensor multiple times for each image.
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In Manhattan, there are 423 Apple devices that have been lawfully seized since October 2014. The reason they’re sitting around like bricks? NYC District Attorney Cyrus Vance points to Apple’s default device encryption in iOS 8.
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As per a new report from Strategy Analytics, Android now represents 87.5 percent of global smartphone market share in the third quarter of 2016, crushing Apple’s iOS in the race to become the primary power in the mobile space.
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Smartphones and action cameras can be hard to hand-hold, but the Olloclip Pivot makes it a bit easier, thanks to an ergonomic grip. It rotates 225 degrees to provide a comfortable hold from a variety of different shooting angles.
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A California study showed increases in home broadband internet access, but for many, access is limited to smartphones, which does not help with education. The digital divide between lower- and upper-income households is not making much progress.
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T-Mobile is kicking off a new promotion that starts tomorrow, July 13th, and it’s one of the carrier’s most aggressive pushes yet. Any customer that has the 6 GB or 10 GB plan will be able to walk out of a T-Mobile store with a free Galaxy smartphone, covering up to 12 people on one […]
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Nokia Technologies came around when Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile division. For two years, the company has been devising a strategy around digital health and virtual reality. We sat down with President Ramzi Haidamus to flesh out Nokia’s goal.
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It can be a minefield going out to buy a smartphone right now, thanks to the bewildering choice and high quality products available. To help out, here are our six favorite smartphones for sale right now, or very soon.
Chinese smartphone company Oukitel wants you to come and punch its newest smartphone, the K4000 Pro. Why? Because it’ll prove just how tough it is. The odds, unsurprisingly, are stacked in the phone’s favor.
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MWC 2016 will begin on Monday, but apparently ARCHOS can’t wait that long. The company just announced two new smartphones called the Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus, both which feature some high-end specs.
The Diamond 2 Note, not the Diamond Note 2, is the larger of the duo at 6-inches. The display is of IPS LCD and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 good for QHD. The recently launched MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 processor is powering the device along with 3GB of RAM. On the back is a 16MP camera, and on the front is a lower-resolution 8MP camera. On the outside, the Diamond 2 Note features a metal design that is very pleasant to the eye.
The Diamond 2 Plus packs a smaller 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution. This is also an IPS LCD panel. This device runs an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor with 4GB of RAM. The back houses a 20.7MP camera from Sony, and the front houses an 8MP shooter. Both sides have their own flash. Like the Diamond 2 Note, the design is made of metal. However, this one contains a fingerprint scanner just below the rear camera lens. 64GB of internal memory is onboard and so is a USB Type-C port for charging, unlike the Diamond 2 Note which has a microUSB port.
Both devices run Marshmallow and will be showcased next week. Both phones will be priced in the $ 200 range at launch, which is scheduled for May.
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Samsung reported a decrease in profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to last year’s numbers, due to lessening demand for smartphones and mobile components like processors.
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Best Buy chairman and CEO Hubert Jolly announced that the retail chain did not sell as many smartphones as it anticipated during the 2015 holiday season ending January 2. Instead, customers turned to wearables.
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Alcatel unveiled its new Pixi 4 line of smartphones and tablets, while the Pixi 3 8-inch tablet represents the company’s first foray into the world of Windows, albeit Windows 10 Mobile. The latter will be available in April.
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Samsung has announced production of a new memory module designed for smartphones, that could provide flagship devices of the near future with 6GB of RAM, giving more performance and reductig energy consumption.