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Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:23

While Mobile World Congress doesn't technically start until Monday, February 27, the day before is typically a busy one anyway. A variety of different companies take the day before to announce their big, flagship products. That includes LG, Huawei, Samsung, and Motorola this year. The rest of the trade show will be whatever else surfaces to the top of the news cycle, as is par for the course for most of these trade shows.

Companies mentioned: LG, Samsung
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:06

Looks like we might have a date for the Samsung Galaxy S8 unveiling.

Samsung today posted a teaser for an Unpacked event on March 29. The image shows the phrase “Unbox your phone” along with the silhouette of a device.

Samsung Galaxy S8 event teaser

The Unpacked event will happen at 11:00 am ET in New York on March 29, but it’ll also be live streamed for those of us that can’t make the trip.

Source: Samsung Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 10:30
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 official

Samsung may not be showing the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, but it is unveiling a high-end Android tablet.

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 runs Android 7.0 on a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 Super AMOLED display. Samsung is touting the Tab S3’s multimedia capabilities, as the slate has four speakers that’ve been tuned by AKG. The Tab S3 also supports HDR video content for improved colors.

Source: Samsung Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 08:50
Nokia 6

Between a long string of mobile announcements ahead of MWC today, Nokia and HMD Global's event brings us not one, not two, but three highly anticipated mobile devices today: two new mid-range Android phones, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, and the reboot of one particularly beloved feature phone from yesteryear.

The fanfare is much larger for Nokia at MWC, but these devices aren’t the Nokia brand’s first return to mobile since its short life with Microsoft. HMD Global, the company that licenses the Nokia brand name, revealed the mid-range Nokia 6 on January 8th earlier in the year, but only for release in China. As a part of today’s announcement, the Nokia 6 will soon be available globally for 239/$252.

Companies mentioned: Nokia
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 08:42
Moto G5 official

Moto’s popular G series of affordable Android phones is expanding again.

The Moto G5 (above) and Moto G5 Plus (below) are now official. While the two phones share a similar design, their spec lists are a bit different, with the G5 Plus packing some higher-end features.

The base Moto G5 has a 5-inch 1920x1080 display and 5-megapixel camera on its face, and around back there’s a 13-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus and f/2.0 lens. Inside of the Moto G5’s metal body lives a Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2800mAh battery.

Source: Moto Companies mentioned: Motorola, Lenovo
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 06:51
Huawei Watch 2 official MWC 2017

Along with its new flagship P10, Huawei today introduced a new Android smartwatch.

The Huawei Watch 2 runs Android Wear 2.0 on a round 1.2-inch display. There are actually two models of Huawei’s new wearable, the sportier Watch 2 and the Watch 2 Classic, with the former packing in 4G LTE connectivity. Both also offer GPS, a heart rate sensor, and NFC.

Both Huawei Watch 2 models also include Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors, 4GB of storage, 768MB of RAM, 420mAh batteries, and IP68 certifications for water and dust resistance.

Source: Android Central, Huawei Companies mentioned: Huawei
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 06:13
Huawei P10 official MWC 2017

The parade of new flagship Android smartphones at MWC 2017 continues with a showing from Huawei.

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are now official. The phones take the design of last year’s Huawei P9 and make a few tweaks to it, like moving the fingerprint reader from the back of the phone to the front.

Interestingly, Huawei is also using the fingerprint reader to offer functions similar to the traditional on-screen Android navigation buttons. You can perform the usual nav functions with different taps and swipes on the fingerprint reader. 

Source: Huawei Companies mentioned: Huawei
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 04:50
Google Assistant Pixel XL

The Google Assistant has been one of the highlight features of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, and soon more people will get to enjoy Google’s digital helper.

Google Assistant is coming to more Android phones starting this week. The digital helper will automatically come to smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat with Google Play Services, which should greatly expand the number of users that use Google Assistant.

Source: Google Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 04:05

Last year’s LG G5 flagship turned heads with its unique modular design, but the company’s stint with modularity didn’t make the lasting impression it was hoping to, ultimately leading to a short-lived life as today’s unveiling of the G6 confirms that this year’s flagship would revert to a more familiar style.

The LG G6 features a large 5.7-inch “Full Vision” display with an 18:9 “Univisium” aspect ratio, 1440 x 2880 resolution (QHD+) display, and Dolby Vision support. The G6 is the first in what’s expected to be a long list of phones to cut down on the bezels this year, which just might be a defining design element of 2017.

Products mentioned: LG G5 Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Sun, 02/26/2017 - 04:00

Say hello to the LG G6! The G6 is LG's latest flagship, combining an entirely new design, a larger display, and a beautiful nearly bezel-less front. It's packed with a slightly outdated Snapdragon 821 CPU, the Adreno 530 GPU, and 4GB of RAM.


Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Sat, 02/25/2017 - 16:47
Nexus 6P Matte Gold hands-on review

Nearly one month after Google originally announced the Android 7.1.2 beta, the update is now hitting the Nexus 6P.

The Android 7.1.2 beta release is hitting the Nexus 6P as build NPG05F. It weighs in at a hefty 1293.1MB, so you’re probably going to want to find a speedy Wi-Fi connection before starting your download.

As for what’s included in the update, Google previously said that Android 7.1.2 brings “a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” So don’t expect to find any major new features once you’ve updated.

Products mentioned: Huawei Nexus 6P Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:05

The BlackBerry Mercury made its official debut at CES in January, but at the time, neither BlackBerry nor TCL (maker of BlackBerry phones) spilled any of the device’s specs or even its real name. Now all of that info has been revealed.

The BlackBerry Mercury is now the BlackBerry KeyOne. As expected, one of the highlight features of the KeyOne is its physical keyboard, which is something we don’t see much of in the smartphone world anymore.

Source: BlackBerry (1), (2) Companies mentioned: BlackBerry
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 17:15

The ZTE Blade V8 Pro features everything we've come to expect in a high-end flagship smartphone, minus the premium price tag. For $230 off-contract, it features a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, dual 13-megapixel camera sensors, NFC, Dolby Hi-Fi audio chipset, fingerprint scanner and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Will the Blade V8 Pro be your next smartphone?

Companies mentioned: ZTE
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 17:11
LG G6 logo large

Yesterday we got a good look at the LG G6 in black, but that’s not the only color that LG’s next Android flagship will be offered in.

A new image has been shared by Evan Blass that shows the LG G6 in a trio of color options. There’s the “Astro Black” version that we saw yesterday as well as “Mystic White” and “Ice Platinum” models.

Source: @evleaks Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 16:52
Google Allo

Google I/O brought some big announcements last year, such as the introduction of Google Daydream, Google Home, Google Assistant, and two (technically three if you include Spaces, which I completely forgot about until I saw in the news today that it is already getting the axe) new messaging apps called Allo and Duo. While Daydream, Home, and Assistant are thriving and appear to be making headway, the messaging apps have struggled to take off. Why? Because Google has a reputation for their messaging apps, and - surprise - it’s not a very good one.

Source: Twitter Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 15:43
Google Spaces app features

Less than one year after launch, Google Spaces is shutting down.

Google announced today that its Spaces service will shut down on April 17, 2017. What’s more, it’ll become read-only on March 3, so you’ve only got one more week to create new spaces, posts, and comments.

Before the shutdown date, you’ll be able to read, save, print, and delete your content on Spaces. After April 17, though, all Spaces and their content will be deleted.

Source: Google Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 13:12
iPhone 7 Plus smoking, melted case

As we learned with last year’s Galaxy Note 7 disaster, smartphones can be dangerous little devices if there’s an issue with the lithium ion battery packed inside of them. And now one user may have run into one such issue with their iPhone.

Source: Twitter, Mashable Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 7 Plus Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:24

Samsung’s got a new app for its flagship Android smartphones.

Secure Folder is now available for download from Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store.  As its name suggests, Secure Folder gives you a private, encrypted space on your smartphone to store data and apps of your choosing. Once created, you’ll need authentication to access a Secure Folder, which means you’ll need to verify your identity using a PIN, pattern, passcode, or biometric method.

Source: Samsung Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:46
US Cellular logo large

US Cellular today announced that it’s joining in on the unlimited data plan fun.

US Cellular has launched its Total Plans with No Hidden Fees, which offer different data allotments, including unlimited. No matter how much data you want, though, you’ll get unlimited talk and text.

Source: US Cellular Companies mentioned: U.S. Cellular
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:23
External battery pack

A year ago, I picked up a battery case for my iPhone. A friend of mine was getting rid of his (going with a different model), so I decided to give it a shot. I've never really had any battery issues before (knock on wood), but I figured why not. I'd give it a shot, see if it would be nice to be able to play even more of my favorite mobile games without having to worry about that battery life.

Companies mentioned: Apple, Samsung
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:11
Android Messages RCS messaging

Google is making another big push for RCS (Rich Communications Services) messaging.

Google today announced that it’s renaming its Messenger for Android app to Android Messages. This app will be preloaded on Android phones from Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe, as well as devices launched in 10 markets by Vodafone. These carriers are joining Sprint, Rogers, and Telenor is backing Google’s RCS initiative.

Source: Google Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 02/24/2017 - 07:33
Samsung Galaxy S7 AT&T logo

AT&T today kicked off a new offer that can get you a free flagship smartphone.

Source: AT&T Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 Companies mentioned: AT&T
Posted: Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:39
LG X power2 official colors

LG may have a big reveal planned for MWC 2017, but the company is also announcing new hardware ahead of the show.

The LG X power2 is now official. Like the original X power, the X power2 is all about battery power, packing a 4,500mAh battery that LG says can “operate for an entire weekend without recharging.” To compare, the original X power came equipped with a 4,100mAh battery.

Source: LG Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:15
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 leak front

After getting our first look at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab S3 earlier this week, more images of the unannounced Android tablet have surfaced today.

As with the previous leak, these images show an Android tablet with a physical Home button and capacitive Recent Apps and Back buttons. There’s also a rear camera with a flash below it.

Source: TechnoBuffalo Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 02/23/2017 - 16:40
Samsung logo CES 2015 booth

One day after specs for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ leaked out, details on the regular Galaxy S8 have followed.

The alleged spec details for the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been leaked by TechnoBuffalo. Unsurprisingly, they’re largely the same as the Galaxy S8+’s, including 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, 64GB of storage, microSD support, 4GB of RAM, and an IP68-rated body. Also said to be included is an iris scanner, wireless charging support, and earphones tuned by AKG.

Source: TechnoBuffalo Companies mentioned: Samsung