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Posted: Sun, 07/24/2016 - 15:11
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 render

Just a little over a week from now, Samsung will be holding another Unpacked event on August 2nd, unquestionably to unveil this year’s Galaxy Note. Similar to how Microsoft chose to make Windows 10, skipping right over 9, Samsung is rumored skip over the Galaxy Note 6 name and jump ahead to the Galaxy Note 7. This move makes sense as it unifies the names between their Galaxy S7 flagships released earlier in the year, and (coincidentally) would also line up with Apple’s (presumably named) iPhone 7, which will likely show up sometime in September.

Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Sat, 07/23/2016 - 15:41
Samsung Galaxy Note 7

In August, right after the month starts, Samsung is hosting an event that everyone expect to see the Galaxy Note 7 unveiled. Yes, if you’ve been keeping tabs on the rumors, it’s believed that the manufacturer is going to actually skip the “6” brand for its phablet lineup, and go right to 7. Depending on what you read, the reasons for this range, to wanting to seem like a direct competitor to the oft-rumored iPhone 7 Plus, and to also not look directly inferior to the Galaxy 7 and Galaxy S7 edge that launched earlier this year.

Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Sat, 07/23/2016 - 14:28
Apple iPhone 6s case

Not too long ago, I wrote about how the accessories we invest in for our phones can sometimes hinder our decision to upgrade – particularly if you've spent a lot of money on accessories for one specific phone. In that same article I also wrote about how I wasn't particularly fond of my Galaxy S7, and hadn't invested in many accessories. Because of that, I felt like it wouldn't be too big of a deal to switch if I really wanted to.

Well, I opted to go ahead and keep the S7. It may not be my favorite device, but I've decided that the camera is too good for me to give it up. So my search for the perfect accompanying accessories began.

Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Sat, 07/23/2016 - 14:00
iPhone 6, iPhone 6s comparison

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Apple iPhone 7 are two of the biggest phones still to come in 2016. It’s expected that Samsung will launch its new flagship next month, and now we might know when Apple will launch its new phone, too.

Source: @evleaks (1), (2) Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 17:59
Sprint logo CTIA

Sprint customers, there may soon be a new unlimited family plan coming your way.

It’s been discovered that Sprint is currently testing a new plan called the Unlimited Freedom Plan. Sprint customers in Milwaukee and Boston can get one line with unlimited talk, text, and data for $60 a month, then a second line for $40 per month, and additional lines at a rate of $25 each.

Sprint’s also reportedly testing the plan in Oklahoma and parts of Arizona, but with a slightly different pricing setup. In those markets, the Unlimited Freedom Plan is $50 for the first two lines and $25 for each additional line. So while the final price is the same, the price for the first two lines is different.

Source: Sprint Companies mentioned: Sprint
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 16:47
Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid review

Verizon this week finally revealed its launch date and pricing for the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Droid Force as well as their Moto Mods. If you don’t mind buying your new phone from a retailer not named Verizon, though, you can get a deal on your new Moto phone.

Source: Best Buy Products mentioned: Moto Z, Moto Z Force Companies mentioned: Motorola
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:33
BlackBerry Priv

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that there are actually four “major” smartphone platforms available to us. There are iOS and Android, of course, but there are also the less popular Windows 10 Mobile, and the even less popular BlackBerry 10 OS. In particular, it isn’t farfetched for people to forget that BlackBerry 10 still exists, especially since BlackBerry made headlines last year when they revealed their first Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv.

Source: GSMArena, GFXBench Products mentioned: BlackBerry Priv Companies mentioned: BlackBerry
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 13:35
T-Mobile logo CTIA

Starting later this month, some T-Mobile customers could see an additional fee when upgrading to a new device.

An image leaked to TmoNews suggests that T-Mobile is planning to launch an Assisted Service fee on July 31. In the leaked memo, T-Mobile says that the fee will apply to “the fraction of customers” that aren’t using JUMP!, JUMP! On Demand, or SCORE! and who upgrade to a new device in store or through customer care.

Source: TmoNews Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:49
Pokémon Go iPhone app

If it seems like Pokémon Go has been everywhere over the past couple of weeks, well, now we know why.

Apple has revealed that Pokémon Go earned more downloads in its first week than any other app in App Store history. Apple didn’t share exact download numbers, though, so it’s unclear exactly how many downloads the app got. As of this writing on July 22, though, Pokémon Go is the number one app on both the App Store’s Top Free and Top Grossing app charts.

Source: TechCrunch Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:09
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 colors S Pen leak front

As we inch closer to the Galaxy Note 7’s official debut, the leaks surrounding Samsung’s next flagship continue to pile up, and today there’s another to add to the pile.

Source: Seeko Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:35
Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7

Earlier this week, we learned that Verizon would be going after unlimited data customers with an “extraordinary” amount of usage, forcing them to change plans or have their line disconnected. At the time, it wasn’t clear exactly what “extraordinary” meant, but now that detail has been confirmed.

Source: Ars Technica Companies mentioned: Verizon Wireless
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 19:43

It’s commonly understood that our smartphones are much more than just phones. No longer is the primary function for the phone to be, well, a phone. It almost seems like there is no singular primary function of smartphones. We all use our smartphones for so many different reasons, whether it’s to take and share photos and videos, to connect via social media, to browse the web, to text and e-mail, to make actual phone calls, to watch movies and TV, to manage files, to play games… the list goes on. The bottom line is that smartphones, for many people, are completely capable of serving as a replacement for a lot of things in our lives, including computers.

Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 19:08
Moto Z, Moto Z Force review

Over the past year or so, security updates have become a major focus on Android, with Google and several device makers pledging to release monthly security updates to their devices.

Source: Android Central Products mentioned: Moto Z, Moto Z Force Companies mentioned: Motorola, Lenovo
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:41
HTC Desire 626s red T-Mobile

When it comes to Android updates, much of the focus lately has been turned to Android 7.0 Nougat. There are still some devices receiving their Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates, though, and HTC today announced two of them.

Source: @moversi, T-Mobile Products mentioned: HTC Desire 626s Companies mentioned: T-Mobile, MetroPCS, HTC
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 13:44
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active hands-on

Earlier this month, the Galaxy S7 Active failed Consumer Reports’ dunk test twice, despite the fact that its advertised as being water resistant. Samsung originally said that it “stands behind” the GS7 Active’s water resistance rating, but it turns out that there was an issue with the phones.

Source: Consumer Reports Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:44
Google Play Books Android Bubble Zoom comics

Read comics on your Android device? If so, an update to Google Play Books is going to make your day.

Google today announced Bubble Zoom, a new feature that’ll make it easier to read comings on Android. Using an object recognition technology, Google Play Books can now expand speech bubbles in comics one tap at a time, making them easier to read on your phone or tablet. Bubble Zoom is included with the latest version of the Google Play Books app and will support all Marvel and DC collected volumes out of the gate.

Source: Google Play Books (Play Store) Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:01
OnePlus 3 Soft Gold teaser image

When the OnePlus 3 was announced, OnePlus showed off both a Soft Gold model a Graphite model. The Soft Gold OP3 wasn’t available at launch, though, and OnePlus later clarified that it’d be released in the second half of July. Now it looks like that launch is finally near.

Source: OnePlus (Weibo) Products mentioned: OnePlus 3 Companies mentioned: OnePlus
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 09:52

The HTC 10 is one of a handful flagship smartphones to feature the Snapdragon 820 Quad-Core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. I’ve been using this phone as my daily driver for the past couple of months or so and these are my two cents on the performance of the device. I’ll start by saying that the HTC 10 still has that HTC feel to it. It’s kind of hard to explain what that is but if you’ve ever used an HTC phone, you’ll kind of know what I’m talking about. The scrolling speed isn’t particularly fluid or responsive to touch. But the phone, as a whole, is very fast. It’s consistent. It all flows together very well. The animations appear to match the raw processing speed nicely right out of the box.

Products mentioned: HTC 10 Companies mentioned: HTC
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:14
T-Mobile Un-carrier event

Apparently T-Mobile is in the data-giving mood, because one month after announcing free unlimited high-speed data for its customers that are roaming in Europe, it’s now announced a similar offer for those going to Brazil next month.

T-Mobile’s Brazil Unleashed promotion will give free unlimited high-speed data to Simple Choice postpaid customers going to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Also included will be free calling from Brazil to Mexico as well as free texting. All of these offers will begin on August 1 and last through the month.

Source: T-Mobile Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:36
Moto Z Droid official

After their announcement back in early June, we now finally know when the Moto Z Droid (above) and Moto Z Force Droid (below) will launch at Verizon.

Both new Moto Z phones will be available at Verizon on July 28, but both are available for pre-order now. Pricing for the Moto Z Droid will be set at 24 payments of $26 each, which works out to a full retail price of $624. Meanwhile, the Moto Z Force Droid will cost 24 payments of $30 each, which is a full retail price of $720.

Source: Verizon: Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Droid Force Products mentioned: Moto Z, Moto Z Force Companies mentioned: Motorola, Verizon Wireless
Posted: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:36
Nokia McLaren

Earlier today the Nokia-branded, and probably almost completely forgotten about, McLaren Windows Phone popped up unexpectedly. It was a quick hands-on report, with some live images of the canceled device, sitting next to the Lumia 1020 it was supposed to replace but never got the chance to. This is a device that first caught attention back in 2014, and now, more than two years later, it’s a relic of a lost time.

Companies mentioned: Nokia
Posted: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 16:31
Verizon logo Samsung Galaxy S7

In recent years, Verizon has been making moves to try get those customers still on its grandfathered unlimited data plan onto a newer plan. Those efforts have included a $20 per month price hike and a Network Optimization program, and now it’s been revealed that Verizon’s got something else up their sleeve.

Source: Droid-Life
Posted: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:12
Apple iPhone 6s

I’ve been going through a small personal crisis lately when it comes to buying smartphones. You see, since I’ve really started getting into phones, I’ve always been drawn towards the most popular brands. When Palm was cool, I went with Palm. When HTC was cool, I went with HTC. When I ventured into Windows Phone, I would only consider buying a Lumia. When Apple was cool (has it ever really been uncool?) I went with Apple. I went back to HTC when the company started making headlines again with the M7. Now I’m with Samsung using the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Companies mentioned: Samsung, Apple, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, LG, Kyocera
Posted: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:48

Corning’s Gorilla Glass has been giving us smartphones with toughened displays for years now, and today the latest version of Gorilla Glass has been revealed.

Gorilla Glass 5 is now official, adding further protection from drops. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops up to four times better than competing glass designs. In Corning’s testing, Gorilla Glass 5 survived up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face down onto rough surfaces from a distance of 1.6 meters, or 5.25 feet.

Source: Corning
Posted: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:48
Nokia McLaren Lumia 1020 comparison leak

We first got wind of the Nokia McLaren in June 2014, and even though the device was eventually cancelled, we’ve gotten several peeks at it

Companies mentioned: Nokia, Microsoft