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Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 - 16:22
HTC 10 rear hands-on

HTC has readied security updates to many of its hero Android phones.

HTC has prepped October security updates for the unlocked versions of the HTC One A9, HTC One M9, and HTC 10. According to Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, these updates will be released over the air starting October 24.

Source: @moversi Products mentioned: HTC 10, HTC One A9, HTC One M9 Companies mentioned: HTC
Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 - 14:27
LG G5 modules hands-on

The LG G5 was a big device for LG because the company tried making it modular, allowing G5 owners to swap different modules to add new features to the G5 like physical camera controls or a a Hi-Fi DAC for improved audio. However, a new report claims that LG will be ditching modules with the follow-up to the G5.

Source: ETNews Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:37
iOS one-handed keyboard mode

Phablets with big screens are awesome for watching videos, browsing the web, and more, but they can be a pain to type on, especially if you’re trying to type one-handed. Some device makers address this by included a one-hand mode for their keyboard, but Apple doesn’t do that for the Plus models of its iPhones. Not officially, at least.

Source: Steve Troughton-Smith (Twitter) Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:12
LG V20 hands-on

US Cellular customers can now pre-order the LG V20.

US Cellular today spilled its pre-order, launch, and pricing information for LG’s new Android flagship. The V20 is now available for pre-order from US Cellular both in-store and online, and the device will officially launch on October 28.

Source: US Cellular Products mentioned: LG V20 Companies mentioned: U.S. Cellular, LG
Posted: Fri, 10/21/2016 - 07:41
T-Mobile CEO John Legere

Days after AT&T launched roaming in Cuba, T-Mobile has done the same.

T-Mobile announced this morning that its customers can now roam in Cuba. Pricing is set at $2.00 per minute for calling, $0.50 for each sent SMS and MMS message (receiving messages is free), and $2.00 per megabyte for data.

T-Mo also notes that if you use Wi-Fi Calling, you can call from Cuba to the US for free.

If you’re in the US, T-Mobile offers calling to Cuba at a rate of $0.60 per minute. To get this rate, though, you’ll need to sign up for the Stateside International Talk add-on, which costs $15 per month.

Source: T-Mobile Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 18:22
Alcatel Pixi 4 (5)

Alcatel today unleashed four new affordable Android phones, and they’re available from Amazon and Best Buy for prices that range between $79.99 and $169.99. Here’s how their specs break down:

Source: Amazon: Pixi 4 (5), Pop 4 Plus, Pixi 4 (6), Pop 4S, Best Buy: Pixi 4 (5), Pop 4 Plus, Pixi 4 (6), Pop 4S Companies mentioned: Alcatel
Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 16:18
iPhone 7 Plus rear hands-on

Apple is offering two versions of the iPhone 7 in the US: one with an Intel modem and one with a Qualcomm modem. And according to a new report, the latter version offers better cellular performance than the former.

Cellular Insights compared two different iPhone 7 Plus models, one with an Intel XMM7360 modem and one with a Qualcomm MDM9645M modem. The tests were conducted with signal testing equipment on LTE bands 4, 7, and 12, and the phones were compared at different signal strengths.

Source: Cellular Insights Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 14:17
Google Daydream View VR headset

Today’s the day that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are officially launching, but they aren’t the only new Google products that are now available for purchase.

The Google Store is now selling both the Daydream View virtual reality headset and the Chromecast Ultra. The former device is $79 while the latter is $69.

Unfortunately, both of these new products are currently back-ordered. According to the Google Store, new orders of the Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra will ship in two to three weeks.

Source: Google Store: Daydream View, Chromecast Ultra Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:07
ZTE Project CSX Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone design

Earlier this year, ZTE announced its Project CSX effort that would take suggestions for a new mobile device that it would make. Today the winner of Project CSX was revealed.

The Eye-Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone is the grand prize winner of Project CSX, beating out thousands of other ideas. The other projects in the running included Intelligent Smartphone Covers, a Stock Android Flagship Phone, a VR-Interactive Diving Mask, and a Powerglove.

Source: ZTE (1), (2) Companies mentioned: ZTE
Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:48
Nintendo Switch

It’s a console. It’s a handheld. It’s… the Nintendo Switch.

The other day I wrote an article about the top 10 mobile games to help you pass the time – basically just 10 games that don’t take much effort or time to play on your tablet or smartphone, which is what the mobile gaming genre has basically become. Here and there you get a decent game with a good story and a little bit of depth, but aside from direct ports of console games or emulators, mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets haven’t had much to offer in the way of substance. But the Nintendo Switch will.

Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:26
Kodak Ektra cameraphone official

Kodak isn’t really a name that comes to mind when you think of smartphones, but the camera company has released an Android phone in the past, and now it’s got another one coming to market.

Source: Kodak
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 18:33
Google Pixel, Pixel XL official colors

Tomorrow’s the day that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will hit Verizon stores, and that includes both online and physical stores. Unfortunately for would-be Pixel buyers, one model won’t be available.

The 128GB version of the Pixel XL is sold out and won’t be in stores on Thursday, says Verizon’s Jeffery Nelson.  If you want a 128GB Pixel XL from Verizon, you can order online, but new orders aren’t expected to ship until November 18.

Source: @JNels Products mentioned: Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel Companies mentioned: Verizon Wireless, Google
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 15:11
Android 7.0 Nougat Easter egg Nexus 6P

Just as promised, Google is now rolling out the Android 7.1 Developer Preview. 

The Android 7.1 Developer Preview is now available to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C. Google says that the preview will be offered to more devices in November.

Source: Android Developers Blog (1), (2) Products mentioned: LG Nexus 5X, Huawei Nexus 6P, Google Pixel C Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 14:24
Nextbit Robin

Times have changed in the past few years for the smartphone industry. It wasn’t too terribly long ago that the phrase “You get what you pay for,” was spot on; cheap phones were pieces of junk that seemingly only worked for the first couple of weeks that you bought them, while the flagships maintained their status as high-quality smartphones that were worth the extra money. But that was a different time, and I don’t think that old phrase works for this industry anymore.

Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7, Apple iPhone SE, Apple iPhone 7, LG G5, Huawei Honor 8, Google Pixel, OnePlus 3 Companies mentioned: Samsung, Apple, HTC, LeEco, LG, Huawei, Google, OnePlus
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 13:11
Apple October 27 event invite

Apple fans, clear your schedule for next Thursday.

Apple today sent out invites for an event on October 27. The invite shows a colorful Apple logo and includes the caption “hello again.” The event will be held on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Calif.

As usual, Apple hasn’t shed any light on what it plans to show at this event. Rumors have suggested that there will be updates to the Mac lineup, though. There haven’t been any mobile-centric rumors surrounding the event, so it’s possible that Apple is dedicated it to new Mac hardware.

Source: The Loop Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:51
LG V20 official

As promised, Verizon today revealed more details on its LG V20 launch plans.

Verizon’s LG V20 will be $28 per month for 24 months, or $672 full retail. Verizon will begin selling the LG V20 on its website tomorrow, October 20, with in-store availability coming October 27.

To celebrate the launch of the V20, Verizon will have a few special offers available:

Source: Verizon Products mentioned: LG V20, LG Stylo 2 Companies mentioned: Verizon Wireless, LG
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:10
Le Eco Le Pro3 silver official

LeEco today made its big debut in the US with a pair of new smartphones and several other new products.

The Le Pro3 is the flagship Android phone that LeEco will be bringing to the US. It’s got an aluminum chassis with a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display and an 8-megapixel camera on its face, and around back there’s a 16-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 4K video capture, as well as a fingerprint reader below it.

Source: LeEco: Le Pro3, Le S3 Companies mentioned: LeEco
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:04
iPhone 7 Plus hands-on

Two days after releasing iOS 10.1 beta 4, Apple has unleashed yet another iOS 10.1 beta update.

iOS 10.1 beta 5 is now rolling out to registered developers and public testers. The update appears to only be available to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, suggesting that it includes the cellular connectivity bug fix that was included with the iOS 10.0.3 update that rolled out to the public this week.

Source: MacRumors Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 09:56
LG V34

Earlier today, another LG-branded flagship made its presence known to the world – despite the fact it’s a region-locked handset. It’s called the V34 (14 spots higher than the V20!), and it was unveiled by LG Japan for the Japanese, and only the Japanese, market. It’s a device that shares all the right similarities with the V20, but also makes a few key changes that, I would imagine, would be pretty exciting to customers all over the world.

Products mentioned: LG V20 Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 09:40
Google Wallpapers Android app screenshots

Google today released a new Android app called Wallpapers.

As its name suggests, Wallpapers will provide you with different wallpapers for your Android phone. The app includes images from Google Earth, Google+, and “other partners,” and you can even let the app pick out a new wallpaper for you every day.

Wallpapers will also let you select different home and lock screen wallpapers, but this feature is only supported on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher.

Source: Wallpapers (Play Store) Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 09:39

Xiaomi is often dubbed the "Apple of China". It's a large Chinese technology company that focuses on producing high-quality products, and while Apple tends to charge a premium for its products, Xiaomi typically offers its products at a more budget-friendly price.

Companies mentioned: Xiaomi
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 09:06
T-Mobile Un-carrier 3 event

The FCC and T-Mobile have struck a deal that’ll see T-Mo pay $48 million because of its unlimited data plans.

In March 2015, the FCC began investigating T-Mobile over its deprioritization of heavy unlimited plan users and how the carrier explained its deprioritization policy. During its investigation, the FCC says that it got hundreds of complaints from T-Mobile customers who were unhappy with T-Mo’s deprioritization policy and felt that they weren’t getting the unlimited data plan that was being advertised.

Source: FCC Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Tue, 10/18/2016 - 14:32
LG V34 gray official

As the LG V20 gets close to hitting store shelves and consumers’ hands, LG has introduced a similar-but-not-the-same model in Japan.

The LG V34 is now official, and it’s got many of the same features of the V20. That includes the dual rear cameras, the secondary display above the main display, the Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of RAM. The V34 also comes preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat, just like the V20.

Source: LG Japan Products mentioned: LG V20 Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:08
Chrome Canary Android app

Google already offers three versions of its Chrome browser for Android — Stable, Beta, and Dev — which you can choose from based on your desire to try new features and your willingness to endure bugs. Now there’s another version of Chrome for those that like to live life on the edge.

Source: Chrome Canary (Play Store) Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Tue, 10/18/2016 - 08:59
Qualcomm booth CES 2015

Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 800-series chipsets typically get all of the attention in mobile, but the company has 600-series and 400-series chipsets that power a lot of mid-range hardware, and today Qualcomm introduced new processors in those families.

Source: Qualcomm (1), (2)