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Visible has added eSIM support for Pixel and selected Samsung smartphones

It’s a feature that hasn’t quite made it to prime time yet but eSIM functionality is certainly becoming more popular with more brands including it on their flagship phones. While the carriers aren’t exactly flocking to support eSIM functionality, we do have news that the budget wireless carrier, Visible, now supports the feature on recent […]

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Sony will launch its new Xperia smartphones on May 11th

Sony is still making smartphones and has announced that we can expect new Xperia phones to be announced on May 11th. The video teaser (embedded after the break) doesn’t give too much away but it does show that we can expect to see the Xperia 1 IV to be announced during the launch event. We […]

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All the best new smartphones from MWC 2022

Want to catch up on all the big new smartphone announcements from Mobile World Congress 2022? We’ve gathered all the top models from the show.
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The best gaming smartphones for 2022

We all know which phones offer the best cameras and the most gorgeous looks — but here are some of the best phones if mobile gaming is your top priority.
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Vivo, OPPO, Redmi, Xiaomi, and Honor will launch flagship smartphones powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 SoC in 2022

MediaTek announced its flagship processor, the Dimensity 9000, that sports the latest Cortex cores and promises to go head-to-head with Qualcomm’s newest chipset and now we have confirmation of the first smartphone brands that will use the chip. Those confirmed to be launching smartphones powered by the 4nm Dimensity 9000 chipset are Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO, […]

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Here is December’s Security Patch with an impossibly long list of fixes for Pixel smartphones

Besides rolling out the latest Pixel Feature Drop, Google has also taken it upon itself to unload a lengthy list of fixes for its Pixel phones this December. And when I say lengthy, I actually mean mammoth. Basically, if your Pixel still has a bug after the December Patch then it’s a lemon. Or just […]

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The best small smartphones you can buy in 2021

In a world of phablets, some of the smallest smartphones can still pack a punch. We take a look at some of the best smaller smartphones you can buy right now.
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The best smartphones for 2021: Which should you buy on Black Friday?

Here are the best smartphones on the market today. From the iPhone 13 Pro to the Pixel 6 Pro; if you’re shopping for a new phone, we’re here for you.
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MediaTek’s new Dimensity 9000 is the world’s first 4nm mobile chipset – coming to flagship smartphones in 2022

Having rehabilitated its reputation in the smartphone segment with its new breed of Dimensity chipsets, MediaTek has just announced its latest flagship processor, the Dimensity 9000, which is a slight leap up from the brand’s previous flagship chip, the Dimensity 1200. The world’s first 4nm smartphone processor, the Dimensity 9000 follows an Octa-core design and […]

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Get your game on with the best controllers for Android smartphones

You can play games on your Android device, but if you’re looking to up your game, you’ll need a controller. Here’s our pick of the best for Android devices.
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Two US carriers started the Android 11 update for Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphones

Two US carriers started the Android 11 software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smartphones – AT&T and T-Mobile. Carrier customer devices may have received the update to their device before unlocked device customers. Android 11 for the Note 20 family also includes the update to the One UI 3.0. […]

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These unlocked Samsung Galaxy smartphones have received the October Security Patch so far

Samsung is rolling out the October Security Patch to a whole bunch of its smartphones in the US, starting with the Galaxy A50 last week and now with its Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 handsets. As Samsung’s wide range of handsets gets the October patch, we’ll be updating this post accordingly, making a separate […]

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Google is preparing Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 smartphones for launch (eventually)

Made By Google is preparing three smartphones for release later in 2020, believed to be derivatives of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. These were believed to be a single Pixel 4a model, a Google Pixel 5, and a Google Pixel 5 XL. However, code discovered in the Google Search app shows a Google Pixel […]

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[Giveaway] Win 1 of 5 TCL 10 Pro smartphones!

Well known for its affordable TV’s in the US, TCL has entered the smartphone market under its own branding with its 10 Series handsets proving to be a great first step into the segment. We recently reviewed the TCL 10 Pro and were pleasantly surprised by its elegant design and versatility, and now you have […]

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[Giveaway] Win one of 5 TCL 10 Pro smartphones!

Well known for their affordable TV’s in the US, TCL has entered the smartphone market under its own branding with its Series 10 handsets proving to be a great first step into the segment. We recently reviewed the TCL 10 Pro and were pleasantly surprised by its elegant design and versatility, and now you have […]

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Smartphones will be just one industry impacted by Coronavirus

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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Camera Go is a better camera app for Android Go smartphones

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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HMD Global announces Nokia 8.3 5G, a couple of affordable smartphones, and the retro 5310

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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LG’s affordable K Series of smartphones feature hole-punch displays, quad rear cameras, and MIL-STD 810G certification

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 definitively best smartphones for every budget in 2020

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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The best budget smartphones under $300 in 2020

‘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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Ofcom plans to ban carriers from selling SIM-locked smartphones in the UK

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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Report claims not many people are buying $1000 smartphones; are you one of them?

Smartphone prices have ballooned in the last few years, with $ 1000 being the “standard” price for a flagship phone, and many devices going well over that. 5G and folding phones inflate that cost even more, making phones much more expensive than they’ve ever been. But according to an NPD report, not many consumers are buying […]

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[Deal] Save up to £100 on these Honor smartphones ahead of Black Friday

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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Leaked roadmap points to multiple TCL-branded smartphones launching in the next 12 months

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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Huawei denies that they’ll be ditching Android anytime soon, Hongmeng not for smartphones

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 Harmony trademark hints at cross-platform software for smartphones and computers

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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Google is nixing a pretty big Android Auto feature on smartphones

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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Samsung’s Galaxy A80 makes smartphones weird again, and we like it

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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‘Call of Duty: Mobile’ brings classic gameplay to smartphones, beta signups are live now

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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Our favorite learning apps for tablets and smartphones

By Courtney Schley This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full learning apps guide here. We sp…
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Samsung patents point to new fingerprint reader options for smartphones

Over the course of the past week, some patents have been revealed that show Samsung is working on some technologies to change how fingerprint readers work in smartphones. The changes may not be considered especially earth-shattering, but if implemented they could make using a fingerprint to secure a phone a bit easier. The new technologies […]

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Samsung tops report for highest failure rate among smartphones

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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Google will require regular security patches for smartphones going forward

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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Steam Link and Steam Video are making their way to Android TV and smartphones this month

If you’re a big PC gamer, you’ve probably heard of or used Valve’s Steam Link for streaming your games to a television. It’s a useful little gadget that saves you the hassle of running long HDMI cables all over your house, especially if you have a decent router. I’ve invested in two of them already, […]

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Meizu launches new Meizu 15 series of smartphones

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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Alcatel crams flagship features into its affordable smartphones

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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Verizon plans to start locking new smartphones this spring

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 follows AT&T in dropping Huawei smartphones

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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Synaptics will provide in-display fingerprint sensors for Vivo smartphones

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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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Best Android Smartphones

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 enters European market via Spain with smartphones and other devices

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 3rd quarter profits are up 82% as smartphones actually lose money

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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HMD Global to update all current Nokia smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo

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 saw the future of smartphones, and it’s sexier and smarter than you’d imagine

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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This tech could dramatically improve image quality in existing smartphones

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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NYC district attorney says smartphones should be ‘answerable to search warrants’

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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Android is now used in nearly 9 out of every 10 smartphones in the world

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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Camera hard to hold? Olloclip introduces a hand grip for smartphones, GoPros

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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The digital divide is still divided — smartphones just don’t do the trick

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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