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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:00:01 +0100
At some point during the past year or two, the opt-out watermark "feature" that advertises what phone you took a photo with has become standard, especially on devices from Chinese companies. So it's more than a little bit ironic that this "feature" is now basically responsible for confirming one of the main details about Huawei's upcoming P30 Pro. The handset will be unveiled in Paris on March 26, the company has just confirmed. And it will come with a quad rear camera setup, as revealed by the aforementioned watermark on a picture shared by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:43:30 +0100
Today Razer has announced that the update to Android 9 Pie is headed to the Razer Phone 2 next week, on February 27 to be precise. That's when it will roll out for unlocked units. If you bought yours from a carrier other than AT&T, expect to see the update pop up later. That rollout will start on March 14. For Razer Phone 2 units sold by AT&T, the update will go out on April 4. Note that both of these dates applying to carriers are still subject to change - the only one set in stone is February 27 for unlocked models. The update brings with it the February 2019 security patches, and...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:30:02 +0100
Tomorrow is going to be a big day for Samsung. The company will not only announce its trio of flagship Galaxy S10 phones but also introduce the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch and the Galaxy Buds. Both devices have already starred in numerous leaks but this is by far our best look at them thanks to the leaked press renders. Galaxy Watch Active in pink The images don't reveal much but we now know about the color options. Seemingly, the watch will be available in black, blue, silver and pink with matching silicone straps. Galaxy Watch Active in blue Galaxy...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:00:01 +0100
Qualcomm unveiled its second generation 5G modem - the Snapdragon X55. It pushes wireless speeds up to 7Gbps, but more importantly it also supports 4G LTE as well as "legacy" technologies like 3G and 2G. The X55 supports both flavors of 5G, mmWave (high-bandwidth) and sub-6GHz (better coverage). And it works on both TDD and FDD networks so it can be used in devices for the West and for China. On a mmWave network, the modem can gulp up 8000MHz bandwidth (with 2x2 MIMO) for a whopping 7Gbps download and up to 3Gbps upload. In sub-6GHz mode it goes up to 100MHz bandwidth and 4x4...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:30:01 +0100
Samsung is teasing its foldable phone ahead of its Galaxy S10 event tomorrow and while a full announcement is unlikely we might get to learn more about it there. The company gave us a glimpse of it in November last year, but didn't reveal its name. Hence, it was referred to as Galaxy Fold and Galaxy F. But today, we finally have some more solid evidence about which way it will go. Popular leakster Evan Blass confirmed that this foldable Samsung phone will be officially called Galaxy Fold. From earlier we know it will feature two displays - one that measures 4.58-inch and...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:00:02 +0100
Oppo introduced its 10x camera module for smartphones back in January, with the promise to showcase the technology at MWC 2019. We will be at the event, but Brian Shen, Vice President at Oppo is now giving us a little teaser. He posted a video on his Weibo profile, where he zooms into Sagrada Familia and the image keeps its clarity and details. Screenshot from the video The 10x zoom implements an angular prism that bends the light in 90 degrees and feeds the image onto a sideways mounted sensor, that we saw back at MWC 2017. At the other end of the zoom range is the ultra...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:55:19 +0100
Norwegian channel TV2 published this ad a day earlier than it should have - it shows the new Samsung Galaxy S10+. Not that it matters much, every detail about the flagship has leaked extensively. The ad does confirm that Samsung will pair the Galaxy Buds with the phone and you can top them up with the reverse wireless charging, which also supports the Gear Sport and the Galaxy Watch. The Galaxy Buds will be included for free if you pre-order a Galaxy S10 or S10+ (but not S10e) between February 20 and March 7. The Buds normally cost NOK 1,590 (165/$185). The Samsung Galaxy S10...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:19:03 +0100
Two weeks ago, we heard that Huawei plans to launch the P30 and P30 Pro in Paris, France, in the last days of March. Today we got an official invitation in our mailbox from the company itself, confirming the date - March 26. The image has a lens, zooming into the Eiffel Tower, probably suggesting we'll see even bigger zoom than the 5x hybrid one, introduced with P20 Pro last year. The invitation from Huawei The video invitation appeared on Twitter as well, where the focus goes from the full Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe into a part of it with tremendous details. A leakster...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:45:01 +0100
We saw the vivo IQOO yesterday - it will have three cameras on the back and will not fold. The sub-brand revealed a teaser, hinting to a gaming handset with monster specs. The new device, name still unknown, will come with Snapdragon 855, 12 GB RAM, and 44W fast-charging, surpassing manufacturers like Huawei and OnePlus with their respective 40W and 30W standards. The new smartphone will be also offer plenty of storage - 256 GB and an ample 4,000 mAh battery. The charging will be done via a USB-C port. There isn't much info about the camera, but at least we know it will have Super...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:29:26 +0100
Xiaomi is announcing the Mi 9 flagship tomorrow, but it appears the company has no time to spare. Yesterday, it announced some key specs and features on its social media pages, and today it shared even more of those. The Xiaomi Mi 9 will have a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side, improved UI with Night Mode and Dual GPS feature for better positioning in crowded cities. Xiaomi Mi 9 Features The series of announcements started with introducing the updated wireless communications. There is a new NFC chip and it will bring the dual-frequency GPS, using the L1 and...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:40:01 +0100
Back in the fall of 2018 vivo introduced a series of affordable handsets, part of the Y series. One of them was the vivo Y95, initially launched in the Philippines, before also coming to India. Today the phone made its way to vivo's home market, but under a different moniker - vivo U1. There are also more memory options for better price flexibility. vivo U1 in Starry Night Black The vivo U1 has a Snapdragon 439 chipset and two more variants with 3 GB RAM, compared with the Y95. The screen is 6.2" with HD+ resolution and waterdrop notch. The selfie camera, tucked in the...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:00:01 +0100
Right after the Unpacked event in San Francisco on February 20, Samsung is holding preview events on the next day in eight major cities across India. This will be the first chance for the public to see the new trio of Galaxy S10 flagships. Here's the list: Delhi Mumbai Kolkata Bngalore Chennai Gurgaon Pune Chandigarh And here are the stores where the events will be held: Alongside the new smartphones, Samsung is expected to announce its wireless Galaxy Buds so perhaps, those will be up for display as well. And in addition to the Indian pop-up events, the Samsung 837...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 01:00:01 +0100
It looks like Qualcomm is preparing a chipset for simple, affordable phones - think Android Go and such. The chip is called QM215 and may not be part of the Snapdragon line. It could be marketed as the Qualcomm Mobile 215 Platform instead. Regardless of naming, this chipset is related to the Snapdragon 410 and 425. The QM215 will stick to a quad-core CPU (most likely with Cortex-A53 cores) clocked at 1.3GHz and a GPU clocked at 650MHz. It's not clear if this chip will be made on a 28nm process like the 410/425 or something more modern. Qualcomm is already testing some reference...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:00:01 +0100
We just received an anonymous tip with what seems to be an official poster of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10e - the most affordable of the three S10s that are about to come out in just two days. Unfortunately, the poster doesn't reveal anything we didn't already know but it does confirm the existence of a yellow Galaxy S10e. The slogan is "Premium fun for everyone" further solidifying the rumors that the S10e will undercutting the price of its siblings in a similar fashion to Apple's iPhone XR. Just two more days until the official unveiling, so stay tuned. Thanks, Anonymous...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 21:00:02 +0100
In January ZTE committed to launch its first 5G phone in the first six months of the year. This will happen at the MWC on February 25 (next Monday) as the event invite promises "New Axon, New 5G Flagship". It's not clear if those two lines refer to the same device or two models. We know that there's an Axon 10 Pro in the works with Snapdragon 855, so 5G is definitely a possibility (though the EEC didn't say anything about it). However, most companies are launching separate lines for their debut 5G phones - Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, LG and others are releasing their flagship sequels and...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:30:02 +0100
The Redmi Note 7 is hitting India on February 28, and Xiaomi is doing its best to keep the hype alive for the next ten days. The latest post from Redmi India on Twitter asks fans to look closely into the 48 MP image of the number 7 and find all the humans. The image is also filled with teasers like a fingerprint scanner behind a display in the top part of the digit, leaving us with the assumption the Redmi Note 7 Pro will indeed come with a UD sensor. There is also the chance of the phone being launched simply as Redmi Note 7, despite having different specs. We've already seen it...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:00:02 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi 9 will have two pricey special editions (the Alita-themed transparent and the Explorer ones), but there will also be a Xiaomi Mi 9 SE at a lower price. That price isn't known yet, but it will be less than the CNY 3,300 ($480/430) for the vanilla Mi 9. Both the Mi 9 and the SE are on JD.com with placeholder prices. The Mi 9 SE should ship between March 11 and 20, nearly a month after the official unveiling event scheduled for this Wednesday, February 20. JD.com already has a landing page for the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Reservations will start in a couple of days, so just...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:00:01 +0100
After launching the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 smartphones late last month, Samsung is all set to unveil one more Galaxy M series smartphone of its new entry-level series. The company confirmed that the Galaxy M30 is coming next week and its debut market will be the same as the other two - India. Samsung hasn't shared any hardware details of the Galaxy M30, except that it will feature a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full-HD+ Infinity U Display. Still, the company gave us an image of the Galaxy M30 which reveals the waterdrop-shaped notch on the front and triple cameras on the back next to an...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:00:01 +0100
Youd be forgiven to think that the Xiaomi Mi 9 is already officially announced - Xiaomi has already confirmed so many details about the phone. The actual launch is not until Wednesday, but if leaks keep coming in at this rate there will be no new information there. We can now add the price of the Mi 9 and the design of the Mi 9 Explorer edition to the list of things we know. Well, the base Xiaomi Mi 9 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage will start at CNY 3,300. Check out the table below for the other configurations. Version CNY USD EUR 6/64GB ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:48:54 +0100
The Moto G lineup has come a long way since its first release in 2013. The original Moto G is still one of the most iconic handsets ever created as it jump-started a new era of mid-range smartphones. It was quite frankly the first budget phone that made sense with a fairly powerful SoC for the asking price, good battery life and clean, fast and clutter-free Android experience. But seven generations in, does the Moto G7 lineup still have it? Or the focus had shifted so much, it's hard to recognize the new Motos, for better or worse?
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:16:00 -0600
According to a tweet from XDA's Max Weinbach, there is possibly good news coming for those who can't stand the volume heads-up display (HUD) on the Apple iPhone. This is the box that contains an image of a bell, for example, when you raise the volume of the ringer on the device. There are many out there who don't like the way the volume HUD looks on the iPhone, preferring a more subtle volume reading. The tweet from Weinbach says that he has been told that in iOS 13, the volume HUD is gone. He adds that iOS 13 will supposedly be groundbreaking, but doesn't go into details.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:00:00 -0600
On March 26th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will decide on whether to issue an exclusion order against Apple, in effect banning certain iPhone models from being imported and sold in the U.S. Last week, Apple said that an update to iOS removed the power saving feature that infringed on a Qualcomm patent according to an ITC judge. The company said that it didn't think any earlier iPhone models infringed on the patent, but disseminated the update as a result of Qualcomm's claims.
Apple has told the ITC that a ruling that prevents it from importing iPhone ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:35:00 -0600
A recent report by analytics firm Strategy Analytics claims Google Pixel is currently the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the United States. If that proves to be accurate, then the Pixel series may soon become Google's golden goose.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:35:00 -0600
Although Apple has already discontinued the iPhone SE, the Cupertino-based company realized that it could still make some money from selling this product. As such, the iPhone SE was made available for purchase directly through Apple's official store at a good $100 discount.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:27:00 -0600
Foldable designs and 5G connectivity are widely expected to take center stage at MWC 2019 in Barcelona in just a few days, but while the mobile industry is definitely pinning its hopes on these two breakthroughs for a global market rebound, neither is yet a very mature or accessible technology. Believe it or not, Oppo may have something in the pipeline that we can all get behind right away, with pretty obvious real-world utility and strong game-changing potential.
The company, which is not extremely popular in the West despite ranking fifth overall in worldwide 2018 smartphone ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:46:00 -0600
When it comes to mobile payment services, Apple and Google compete against each other in the United States, as both giants are trying to amass as many customers as possible. In fact, Apple Pay and Google Pay add new banks and financial institutions on a monthly basis, but the numbers vary greatly.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:41:00 -0600
The likes of Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola are all set to announce their first foldable smartphones later this year. Apple, however, isn't expected to unveil its offering until the second half of 2020 and, with such a long wait ahead of us, details about the device are rather limited at the moment. But thanks to the folks over at LetsGoDigital, a recent patent which sheds some light on Apple’s future offering has now been uncovered.
Unlike the adaptations from Samsung and Xiaomi which are expected to fold horizontally, Apple is seemingly developing a smartphone that ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:29:00 -0600
For a little while there, it seemed like gaming phones could become the industry's next big thing. But because essentially all high-end handsets are more than capable of running popular graphics-intensive titles like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite in crystal clear detail, Razer and Asus aren't exactly topping the charts in terms of global smartphone sales.
Still, the Razer Phone 2 is on track for an official Android Pie rollout start by the end of the month, according to a timeline shared with Android Authority as the company's internal beta process draws to a close. That's... not ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:14:00 -0600
Major U.S. retailer B&H is running a promotion on various Apple Watch Series 3 models, which are now available for purchase for as low as $270. Besides the standard Apple Watch Series 3, customers can also buy the Nike+ Series 3 for cheaper than their list price.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:43:00 -0600
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:18:00 -0600
Truth be told, we're not sure what Razer would have expected from a niche product like the Razer Phone. Advertised as a gaming phone, the top-tier device faced fierce competition from flagships coming from major smartphone companies.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:50:00 -0600
The smart speaker market continues to grow by leaps and bounds, according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics (via Apple Insider). For the fourth quarter of 2018, the three month period that included October through December, global shipments of smart speakers soared 95% year-over-year to 38.5 million units. That quarter alone topped shipments of the device for all of 2017. During 2018, 86.2 million speakers were shipped world-wide.
The smart speaker market is a two-horse race at the moment. Amazon created the category with its Echo devices, and remained on ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:48:00 -0600
AT&T today became the first US carrier to inform customers about the upcoming arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone series. Of course, the Galaxy S10 line hasn't been officially announced yet, but Samsung will unveil it tomorrow, February 20, during a live-streamed event. Until then, AT&T wants customers to "sign up to be notified when pre-orders [for the new phones] start."
At the moment, the upcoming Galaxy series does not have a proper page on AT&T's website. But you can sign up for notifications via a pop-up window (pictured ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:06:00 -0600
An interesting trend can be observed with modern smartphones over the last several years – we see considerable advancements in nearly all areas of design, hardware, and software, but battery life always seems to improve at a slower pace.
The Lithium-ion batteries found in virtually any smartphone have served us well for many years, but the technology certainly has its limits. Most handsets will shut down if they don't get some quality time with a charger after a day or two of intense usage, and iPhones are no exception. This is why portable power banks are still ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:04:00 -0600
Tomorrow is the big day, and some of you are ready to pounce on the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Samsung Galaxy S10+ by placing a pre-order. The phones are expected to be delivered starting on March 8th, so you'll have plenty of time to play that great accessory game in your mind, Case or No Case. If you do decide to go with a case, you know that there will so many options that it will make your head spin like Linda Blair (Google it). Don't forget that Samsung will also be offering its own cases as well.
A tweet disseminated by tipster Roland Quandt ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:16:00 -0600
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is surely among the hottest devices to drop in 2019. Samsung has had a pretty good run in the past few years and tech fans are at the edge of their seats, waiting to see what the new S10 family will bring.
But, then ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:05:00 -0600
When it comes to offering consumers the most bang for the buck, the OnePlus 6T has proven itself in being untouchable. Few are the phones as compelling as the 6T, which blends high-end specs and excellent performance with affordable cost. Well, that’s until now with the release of the Honor View 20! Huawei’s sub-brand has taken nearly everything found with flagship Huawei smartphones and put it in a phone with a refreshingly new design slapped with an aggressive price point – a formula to give the OnePlus 6T a run for its money. Knowing all of that, who’s going to ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:28:00 -0600
While Apple rarely offers actual iPhone discounts in markets like the US, the company's recent Chinese struggles made price cuts on 2017 and 2018 iOS mobile devices pretty much inevitable. We're not (just) talking about trade-in deals, mind you, but also savings offered to local consumers with absolutely no strings attached or convoluted terms and conditions via major third-party retailers like JD.com and Tmall.
At first, these price reductions reportedly did the trick, significantly boosting iPhone sales between January 11 and 30, but in the long run, analysts quoted by AppleInsider ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:33:00 -0600
Samsung Mobile's biggest event for 2019 is just hours away! Leaks have shown us a big part of what we're about to see, but that doesn't mean the event is not worth watching. After all, one of the most exciting parts about it, the reveal of Samsung's foldable smartphone, is still unspoiled. The event is carrying the tagline "The Future Unfolds" for a reason!
Samsung has made it as easy as it can be to join in on the action. To watch the event live, just go to the page linked below:Galaxy Unpacked live stream
The event starts at 11 AM Pacific Standard Time ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:54:00 -0600
Samsung Galaxy Fold concept renders
For quite some time, Samsung’s foldable smartphone was referred to as the Galaxy X. However, this branding rumor was shot down last summer when an industry source claimed that the final name would actually be the Galaxy F.
Since then, this moniker has evolved slightly with some reports referring to the device as the Galaxy Fold while others listed the smartphone as the Galaxy Flex – this name first appears after Samsung announced its Infinity Flex display. Thankfully, tipster Evan Blass has now shed ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:54:00 -0600
Technically, the Galaxy Tab S5e that Samsung pretty much unveiled out of nowhere last week is not meant as a replacement for the high-end Galaxy Tab S4. But at a starting price of $400, with a top-notch Super AMOLED display in tow, as well as a fairly respectable processor and an insanely thin profile, the mid-range 10.5-incher makes it painfully obvious that the Tab S4 is a bit on the expensive side.
Then again, Samsung still has a couple more months before planning to actually put the Tab S5e up for sale, during which time the company will try to tempt you into buying ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:31:00 -0600
The first smartphones with 5G capabilities are just about to become a reality, with the upcoming Mobile World Congress poised to host at least a couple of announcements for 5G handsets. Qualcomm, the provider of the modem that will allow said phones to have 5G, isn’t just lounging back, waiting to cash in on the hype, however.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:58:00 -0600
The design of OnePlus' "flagship killer" phones is a living, breathing entity. Despite the fact that the company launches two phones per year, it will always apply a facelift to its product, upgrading the design in one way or another.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:48:00 -0600
This is the iPad mini 4... and the iPad mini 5 at the same time
While Apple has almost certainly given up on its rumored plans to upgrade and drastically redesign the pint-sized iPhone SE, the company's compact tablets are not dead yet. Following in the footsteps of a 2015-released iPad mini 4 that's still up for grabs at $399 and up with 128GB storage space, a new 7.9-incher is widely expected to see daylight this spring alongside a seventh-generation "standard" iPad possibly sporting a larger 10.5-inch screen.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:23:00 -0600
The HTC 10
At HTC’s peak in 2011, the company held a very respectable 8.8% share of the global smartphone market. Since then, the brand has experienced seven consecutive years of declining sales and it now seems that 2019 could become HTC’s eighth year of negative results.
For the month of January 2019, HTC’s revenues totaled $32.7 million. Compared to the same period last year when HTC generated a much more impressive $110 million, this latest figure represents a huge year-on-year decrease of 70.46%. The number also results in ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:05:00 -0600
When it rains, it pours, and when it pours, it's a torrential rain of leaks for the Galaxy S10.
Samsung is expected to unveil a trio of new Galaxy S10 devices tomorrow, but leaks have not only revealed the phones, as well as the new Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds that will also be uncovered. Now, Samsung took things to the next level by prematurely airing a TV commercial about the Galaxy S10 and the new Galaxy Buds in Norway.
Look, ma, it's Samsung's official Galaxy S10 TV commercial
This TV ad confirms all the key ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:26:00 -0600
One of the most interesting devices expected out at MWC 2019 in Barcelona in a few days is undoubtedly the Nokia 9 PureView. Rendered a couple of times already, as well as leaked in full in a very thorough promotional video a while ago, this bad boy has been getting shutterbugs extremely excited with a one-of-a-kind five-camera setup on its back.
But despite that and the inclusion of other ultra-high-end features like in-display fingerprint recognition, the newest Nokia-branded flagship may come up short in several key departments when pitted against Samsung's Galaxy S10, the ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:06:00 -0600
While Google hasn't managed to catch up to market pioneer Amazon yet at the top of the smart speaker sales chart, the search giant's first in-house "smart display" is in the news a lot more often than the Echo Show these days with frequent discounts and sweet bundle deals. But the first-generation Amazon Echo Show, originally released in the summer of 2017, can go even cheaper than a Google Home Hub... as long as you don't have a problem buying pre-owned units in "good" condition.
No longer sold directly by the e-commerce giant in either new or refurbished condition, the Alexa-controlled ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:04:00 -0600
For the longest time, we assumed Huawei's next-gen flagship phones would be unveiled at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month. Even Samsung reportedly took that possibility into consideration when scheduling its latest Unpacked event several days before the start of the MWC trade show to make sure the Galaxy S10 family will beat the Huawei P30 series to the limelight.
But just like last year, the world's second-largest smartphone vendor has different plans from the rest of the industry, looking to do its own thing on March 26 in Paris. The date, vaguely teased ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:44:00 -0600
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been preparing for 'life after iPhone' by making changes to its executive lineup. Apple is trying to lessen its reliance on its smartphone, which has been uncharacteristically struggling this year. The company has been aiming to hit $50 billion in services revenue by next year; last quarter it reported an all-time high of $10.75 billion in gross for that unit. The division includes Apple Pay, AppleCare, the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and more.
Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley says that the services unit will make ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:05:00 -0600
The Nokia 6.1 is a mid-tier Android smartphone with more than decent specs even for a $250 device. But when the phone's price drops well below $200, the Nokia 6.1 is quite the deal if you're looking for a cheap Android smartphone.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 21:30:00 -0600
Samsung has pushed out an update to the Samsung Internet Browser Beta app (via Android Police) found in the Google Play Store. The big story here is that v9.2 includes the new One UI interface that moves most actionable content to the bottom of the screen. This way, it works easier with one-handed use (we don't have to remind you how tall screens are these days). For example, the three dot menu that is found in the upper right corner in the current version of the app is now a hamburder hamburger menu icon on the bottom right corner of the Beta app.
In addition, the ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 21:30:00 -0600
The Xperia XZ2 Premium is one of those expensive phones that you don't want to change after just one year of use unless you're rich enough to switch phones like socks. Although its price sits below $1,000, the Xperia XZ2 Premium competes with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Apple iPhone X.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 21:12:00 -0600
YouTube Music is great for many, but the app has its shortcomings as well. One of the features that are cited as missing more often than not is support for Android Auto. Up until the last update, YouTube Music users had to manually start and handle the app on their phone while it's connected to the car in order to get music playing.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:26:00 -0600
Many of you out there might figure that the trio of Sony handsets with the 21:9 aspect ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:36:00 -0600
Whether you like it or not, Android 9 Pie does introduce gestures to Android. Some find them to be lacking compared to the gestures offered on the 2018 Apple iPhone models and the iPhone X, but other Android users are satisfied. You might recall that when using the Android 9 gestures, the back button comes and goes. If it is possible for the user to go back a page, the button appears. Otherwise, it is not there.
Many of the complaints about the gesture controls in Android 9 deal with the back button and swipe up from the "pill" to open the app drawer. However, a pre-release ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:30:00 -0600
Shopping on Instagram has been getting bigger and bigger and Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that enabling more commerce on Instagram is a priority for the 2019. But, the company seems to be starting with a bit of a Trojan horse in order to remove a bit of friction, and the Trojan horse is a very interesting one: donating to charities through Instagram Story stickers.
To be fair, a Donation sticker to make it easy to give money to non-profits and charities is a good thing, and Facebook's version of the donation sticker has already raised more than $1 billion. Adding ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:07:00 -0600
Although we've been getting a good number of rumors about Apple's planned video streaming service and the actual details haven't been released yet, one analyst is already throwing cold water on the whole idea. In comparing what Apple is aiming to do with what Netflix has done, analyst Tim O'Shea said even the best case scenario for Apple doesn't look so great.
O'Shea, an analyst for Jefferies, started by assuming Apple will charge $15 per month for the service, which would be $1 more than Netflix's top tier 4K option, but the problem would be in the content. O'Shea ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:57:00 -0600
It's not hard to figure out why Amazon constantly ranks among the world's top five tablet vendors despite rarely upgrading the Fire lineup in big ways. The Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire 10, as well as their children-oriented derivations, are reliable, respectably powerful, and above all, incredibly affordable.
But even the cheapest Android-based slates out there are occasionally available at lower than usual prices, and one such occasion currently allows you to save as much as $40 on a gadget that already delivered excellent bang for your buck. Of course, the entry-level ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:07:00 -0600
The most recent Samsung wearable device, the Galaxy Watch is on sale once again, but this time you'll be able to get it much cheaper than the usual. Although the smartwatch is still selling for $350 at many retailers in the U.S. Amazon has it for much less than that.
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Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:12:00 -0600
Sony WH1000XM3 and Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless noise-canceling headphones are direct competitors in the United States. They are available for the same price when not on sale - $350, and take pride in the fact that they offer premium features for a decent price.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:02:00 -0600
Apple's own App Store rules prohibit the use of push navigation for marketing. But as reported by 9to5Mac (via @bbchase), Apple has been using push notifications to market its own streaming music service Apple Music. This started last week when Apple offered former Music subscribers another three month free trial. And now the company is using push notifications again to spread the word about a new Apple Music promotion. Apple Music subscribers can give a friend one free month of Apple Music.
Tapping on the notification will take you to a site where you can send the ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:52:00 -0600
Reverse engineering is when a company takes apart a product made by a rival to discover how the product is made. This is not necessarily illegal, depending on the country and the process involved. However, a report published today by The Information says that Apple and some of its suppliers are upset with the methods used by Huawei to obtain some of the secrets used by Apple in its products.
As an example, the heart rate monitor on Huawei's smartwatch was not considered by its users to be up to the same standards of the same feature on the Apple Watch. So last November, ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:42:00 -0600
We compare battery life on all four new Moto G7 phones to see whether these phones share a battery life as similar as is there appearance.
We have the basic Moto G7 Play, the Moto G7 and G7 Plus, all three with a 3,000mAh battery, and then the Moto G7 Power, a phone built around great battery life and featuring an absolutely massive 5,000mAh battery cell.
While it's clear that there will be at least some differences, we were curious to see the exact difference in battery life between these phones. Let's take a closer look.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:03:00 -0600
The first truly high-end Nokia phone in five years is almost certainly right around the corner, possibly aiming to hit the US market in addition to select European and Asian regions after finally going official at MWC 2019. Even though the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry is technically scheduled to start on Monday, February 25, a number of companies will jump the gun on Sunday with exciting product launch events.
To get us even more excited about the Nokia 9 PureView announcement, exclusive brand licensee HMD Global just unveiled ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:59:00 -0600
While Apple focused primarily on system stability and performance improvements for new and old devices with iOS 12, last year's big platform update also contained a number of all-new features. Group FaceTime was perhaps the most notable add-on, attracting a lot of positive and then negative attention as it promised to support simultaneous video conferencing with up to 32 people, miserably failing however at protecting users' privacy.
But even after Apple discovered the widely publicized eavesdropping glitch (from a teenager), temporarily disabling the feature until a bug-fixing ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:27:00 -0600
In a few years, the Apple Watch 4 might look like a relic
Patents are cool because they reveal where technology is headed further into the future than the usual leaks and renders. And while not every patented tech makes it into a commercially available device, if a company is patenting something it’s usually considering it for its products.
The latest patent coming from Apple reveals where the Apple Watch might be headed. Reaching us thanks to Foldable.News, is the patent titled “Display module and system applications”, describing an ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:54:00 -0600
While the BlackBerry brand comeback of the past couple of years hasn't been quite as spectacular as Nokia's revival under the management of HMD Global, it's certainly nice to see phones with modern specifications and physical keyboards still out and about. At least for the sake of diversity, the mobile industry needs devices like the TCL-made BlackBerry KEYone, KEY2, and KEY2 LE.
The oldest of those three business-friendly typing machines is about to turn two, which probably means it won't be available for sale much longer. In fact, Best Buy recently ran a clearance sale on the ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:07:00 -0600
One of the most interesting (and polarizing) new color options for the Galaxy S10 lineup is called Canary Yellow. It's reserved for the more affordable Galaxy S10e, which is likely going to come in a handful of lively hues, and has been a divisive topic due to its shocking appearance. Samsung's Canary Yellow, you see—or at least what we've seen in renders so far—is not like a 'regular' yellow, but a more garish shade that really seems to 'pop'.
Newly leaked press images of Samsung's upcoming wireless earbuds—aptly named the Galaxy Buds—seem to confirm that the accessory ...
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 05:30:00 -0600
As Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy S10 lineup and highly anticipated Galaxy Fold several days before the 2019 Mobile World Congress, while Huawei will apparently keep us waiting until next month for the P30 launch, this year's MWC needs a different hero. Many companies are likely to try to capture the Barcelona limelight with buzzworthy 5G-related announcements and foldable demonstrations, but although Sony's phones have dwindled in popularity these past few years, it would be foolish to disregard the Xperia XZ4.
The next-gen flagship is not mentioned by name in a fresh ...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:30:14 +0000
We publish a lot of stories on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of news breaks during our European hours of operation, which makes it difficult for our readers in the US (and other regions) to keep up. However, we think we’ve come up with a fantastic solution — a daily recap. Here’s what we covered today. Phones […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:21:48 +0000
Welcome to part nine of our 10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagship series, in which we here at SamMobile talk about our experiences and memories of each of the nine Galaxy S flagships that have come before the Galaxy S10. Today, we look back at the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ were […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:32:23 +0000
Samsung may reduce the pricing for the Galaxy Tab S5e, its newest AMOLED-toting tablet, in Europe. Samsung initially announced the Galaxy Tab S5e will start at 419 euro for the Wi-Fi variant, and that equates to around $475, which is considerably higher than the $399 price tag in the US. However, Samsung Netherlands tells us […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:22:27 +0000
FCC documents published yesterday have revealed that Samsung is working on a wireless power bank, confirming earlier rumors. As the name suggests, this is a power bank with wireless charging capabilities built-in as shown in the pictures below. The documents say it is a 10,000mAh power bank and may support fast wireless charging. We currently […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:17:03 +0000
Samsung may soon add a new skill to Bixby‘s repertoire. The company has registered a trademark for the brand name “Bixby Routine” in Korea. The AI assistant already exists on our Galaxy smartphones in various forms, including Bixby Voice, Bixby Home and Bixby Vision. Application comes just days ahead of Galaxy S10 launch Samsung submitted […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:49:51 +0000
Do you ever just look at your phone’s case and wonder if it could give you some emotional support? Samsung seems to think a lot of people are doing this which is why the Galaxy S10 LED cover will have an “Emotional LED Lighting Effect” for some reason. This LED cover for Samsung’s upcoming flagship […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:25:32 +0000
The Galaxy Note 8’s Android Pie update started rolling out last Friday in Bulgaria and Slovakia, and it has now reached a number of other countries. Of course, users of the Pie beta had access to the stable update as well, but Samsung has also released the update quickly for those on Android Oreo. Galaxy […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:15:46 +0000
The Samsung Galaxy S10e, which is said to be the cheapest of the upcoming Galaxy S10 trio, has surfaced in another leak, this time showcasing the Canary Yellow variant of the handset. And it’s, for lack of a better word, bright — almost as if someone’s colored it in with a Stabilo. It’s not too dissimilar to what […]
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:30:55 +0000
Samsung, for the first time in three years, is finally making another flagship phone with a flat screen. The Galaxy S10e gets that distinction in the Galaxy S10 lineup that will go official on February 20. While Samsung has probably just done it as a cost-saving measure, fans who have been staying away from Samsung […]
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Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:54:53 +0000
A leaked image of the official Samsung Galaxy S10 screen protectors suggests that they will be able to work with the in-display fingerprint sensor without requiring any cutouts. Some earlier rumors had suggested that normal screen protectors would not be able to function with the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. It was even claimed in […]
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:08:18 +0530
Samsung is all set to unveil a slew of products on Feburary 20 in San Francisco, United States. The South Korean electronics major will be celebrating 10 year anniversary of the Galaxy smartphones with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Buds and a foldable Galaxy F smartphone. The […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:22:25 +0530
Honor has finally announced the sale date of Honor Watch Magic for India. Along with the View20 smartphone launch last month, the Chinese company did announce Watch Magic smartwatch and Band 4 Running wearable devices for the country, but didn’t provide any release date. Now in a tweet on Tuesday, Honor India has revealed that […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:56:52 +0530
The players of PUBG Mobile have been waiting with bated breath for the long rumored zombie mode to be introduced to the game. And now that it has, let’s take a look at how Tencent Games has adopted the characters from Resident Evil 2 for its battle-royale game. The new mode which is called “Zombie: Survive […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:51:53 +0530
Sony has just posted a new teaser on its official Twitter account with a caption that is asking the world to “embrace a new perspective” at MWC 2019. The teaser tweet also comes with a 15-second long video where the company seems to be teasing its much-rumored 21:9 aspect ratio smartphone. The video also shows […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:47:10 +0530
Motorola has partnered with Flipkart, and is offering discounts on a few devices. The e-commerce giant is offering deals and discounts on the Motorola One Power, Moto X4 and Moto E5 Plus during its five-day ‘Mobile Bonanza’ sale. Flipkart is also offering discounts on other smartphones from brands like Xioami, Realme, Apple, Samsung, Nokia and […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:42:19 +0530
Taking a leaf out of Twitter‘s book, LinkedIn on Monday launched a new way for its over 55 million members in the country to see the day’s top professional news stories and conversations happening around them — all in one place. This new experience shows users a list of the top trending stories in India […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:34:17 +0530
Gionee has launched the ‘Pro’ upgrade of existing F205 smartphone on Flipkart today. The Gionee F205 Pro comes with almost similar specifications as the previously launched F205, which came in December alongside Gionee S11 Lite and Gionee A1 Lite. The Gionee F205 Pro boats a 13-megapixel primary rear camera instead of an 8-megapixel seen on […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:04:30 +0530
With the new foreign direct investment (FDI) rules regarding online marketplaces and the emergence of offline to an online model, Morgan Stanley has revised its estimate for the e-commerce sector, expecting it to now clock USD 200 billion by 2027, from its initial forecast of 2026. “The new regulations released in December 2018 strive to […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:00:03 +0530
Chinese tech giant Huawei has been involved in “a pattern of dubious tactics” to steal technology from its rivals, particularly Apple’s China-based suppliers, The Information has claimed. While the theft of trade secrets is nothing new among technology firms, the new allegations against Huawei represent “a more brazen and elaborate system of seeking out secret […]
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:50:55 +0530
A fresh report has revealed that Mediatek is powering more smartphones in India. It garners a 42.2 percent of the share, while Qualcomm secured 38.6 percent of the smartphones launched in the year 2018. However, the popular chip maker Qualcomm leads the Indian chipset market when it comes to volume of smartphones released in India […]
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:00:00 +0530
Airtel has the fastest 4G download speeds by a considerable margin, according to a new report, published by Tutela, a mobile quality measurement company. Airtel's 4G download speed is 8.6 Mbps, over 2 Mbps faster than the closest nationwide 4G competitor,
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:42:40 +0530
We have been seeing several reports regarding the Vivo V15 Pro. The device has been hitting the rumor mills constantly over the past few weeks. It has been teased to flaunt a pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:00:00 +0530
With the adoption of a foldable future- a design likely to be found on Android compatible devices, the makers seem to be over-enthusiast. Honestly speaking, foldable phones and return of the slider phones are going to be the coolest trends of
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:09:00 +0530
LG has halted its plans to develop a foldable smartphone after evaluating the current market viability of them, confirmed LG's mobile and TV chief Brian Kwon. He said, "We have reviewed releasing the foldable smartphone when launching 5G smartphone but decided
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:38:45 +0530
MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019 is slated to happen from February 25 to February 28 in Barcelona, Spain. As usual, many smartphone brands are expected to unveil their next-generation flagship models at the tech show. Already, a few brands have come
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:00:00 +0530
When it comes to Samsung flagship smartphone then you can witness a series of rumors and leaks related to the smartphone. The company is all set to unveil its Galaxy S10 alongside the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e on February 20
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:53:45 +0530
Chinese gear maker Huawei today said that it is in talks with all telcos for 5G trials. "We are in talks with all operators for 5G trials in India," said Jay Chen, chief executive of Huawei India. He said,
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:30:00 +0530
Last year Google introduced new gesture mode with Android Pie, there were many mix review about the gesture navigation. According to leaks, the company has realized that and now working on revamped navigation gesture of Android Q which was obtained back
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:24:09 +0530
Realme was speculated to launch a new smartphone sometime in the first quarter of the year. Going by the same, the company launched the Realme C1 (2019) a few weeks back. And, there are numerous speculations regarding the Realme 3, which
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:59:15 +0530
NASA upcoming mission might be one of the most ambitious projects yet. The space agency is aiming to build a space observatory that will map out space in extreme detail. During the process, it will also survey millions of galaxies -
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:26:29 +0530
We've already seen the renders of Sony's upcoming ultra-tall smartphones which are expected to be called the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, last week. Though the company is yet to confirm the existence of these devices, it did tweet a
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0530
While Samsung is gearing up for its new smartphone launches this year including the Galaxy S10 and the Galax A series, the company is also rolling out firmware updates for its older smartphones. The company has recently pushed out the Android
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:23:56 +0530
February's full moon will be the brightest supermoon of 2019. The supermoon occurs during this cycle because it will be the closest in its orbit to our planet. Well, the supermoon will be at its peak on Tuesday morning
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0530
Xiaomi' recently launched Redmi Note 7 has been grabbing the headlines for the affordable price tag which it carries and the powerful set of internals it offers for its price tag. While the company is preparing to launch the Redmi Note
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0530
Amazon's new plan of "Mi Days", looks quite fascinating due to some fantastic offers on some Xiaomi products. The E-commerce is hosting the Mi Days deal from the 19th of February to 23rd of February- during which users can purchase gadgets,
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:17:28 +0530
The market for online gaming is getting bigger by the day. Most of us now play online battle-royale games in our leisure times, and some users play e-sports professionally. In the era of internet, nothing is safe, and we
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:45:00 +0530
The MWC 2019 is all set to begin from February 25 and we are only a few days away from the biggest mobile trade fair. A number of smartphone manufacturers are looking forward to this event to introduce their new smartphones
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:30:00 +0530
There are many rumors and leaks already available on the web about the Nvidia's upcoming mid-range GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. There are multiple sources which have pointed a launch on this Friday with the starting price of $279 which is
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:15:00 +0530
Samsung is all set to host the Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20 at San Francisco, US to unveil this flagship Galaxy S10 series smartphones. In just one day of its global unveiling, the Samsung fans in India will be able
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:45:35 +0530
HMD Global's mid-range and premium mid-range smartphones - Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 8.1 are likely available at discounted pricing via online retailers. Well, the online portals such as Amazon and Tata CLiQ seem to have given attractive discounts on these smartphones
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:30:00 +0530
Redmi Note 7 is the latest hit affordable Xiaomi smartphone which everyone around the globe is waiting to launch. While the company is planning to launch the Redmi Note 7 for the masses, it is also working on another powerful mid-range
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:01:03 +0530
Samsung announced the Galaxy M series smartphones with two models - Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 earlier this year. These models replace the affordable Galaxy J and Galaxy On series smartphones with their revamped design and disruptive pricing. Similar to the
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:45:00 +0530
The Chinese smartphone brand Vivo has launched a new affordable smartphone for the masses in its hometown China. The company has introduced its first U series smartphone called the Vivo U1 with a gradient finish. This launch comes only a few
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:31:47 +0530
Vivo recently announced a new sub smartphone brand iQOO, under which the company is expected to launch affordable flagship smartphones to compete against the likes of the Poco, Asus, and OnePlus. And now, the company has started to tease the launch
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:18:14 +0530
The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 range is kept coming closer and the leaks and renders are not ready to stop anytime soon. The Samsung S10 range will this time witness three new smartphones including Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, and
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:08:52 +0530
OnePlus, the premium smartphone brand based out in China is all set to showcase the company's first 5G enabled smartphone at MWC 2019. According to the reports, the company is expected to launch the first 5G smartphone along with the OnePlus
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:23:18 +0530
According to a new report by Hong-Kong based Counterpoint Research, sales of smart feature phones could cross the hundred million mark in the next three years. Nearly 370 million smart feature phones are expected to be sold across the
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:28:39 +0530
Xiaomi India is all set to launch the first premium looking Redmi smartphone in India, the Redmi Note 7. Similarly, the company has released new easter-egg asking users to find the humans present in the picture. According to the
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:00:00 +0530
After Xiaomi garnered a huge user base in the smart TV market, more smartphone manufacturers are foraying into the smart TV segment. After OnePlus announced that it has a smart TV in works, it seems Huawei also wants a piece of
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:29:00 +0530
Sunil Mittal- led Bharti Airtel is now providing 1000 GB data to its subscribers as bonus data, Telecomtalk reported. Under this new scheme, users will also get 15 percent discounts on six months subscription whereas if anybody subscribe for the