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LG G6 Android flagship shipping to T-Mobile customers already

T-Mobile already shipping the LG G6

Although it started to take pre-orders after the other three major carriers in the US, it appears that T-Mobile is the first one to ship the latest LG flagship. Official sales are scheduled to begin at the end of next week (Verizon Wireless) and on April 6 (the others).
Most Android phones in the US are running old security software. (Source: Skycure)

Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable

A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
T-Mobile's Scam ID service will identify possible scam phone calls. (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings

Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

90% Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

Next please! Ten is more than nine - and Huawei develops its P10 according to this strategy. A faster SoC, more storage, bigger battery, and a better camera. The design is rounder and the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the front. Not revolutionary, but the Chinese manufacturer does not show weaknesses with the Huawei P10.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.1" | 144 g
The ad-supported Amazon Moto G5 Plus. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon offers a cheaper, ad-supported Moto G5 Plus to Prime members

Hello, lock screen ads—Amazon's Moto G5 Plus features a lower price in exchange for regular advertisements. Aside from that, it's the same as its non-branded counterpart: specs, looks and all.

Samsung Exynos 7880 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

A53 ARM 8 cores @ 1900 MHz 14nm

Mediatek Helio P20 MT6757 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Cortex-A53 ARM 8 cores @ 2300 MHz 16nm
Honor smartphone launch event coming April 5th

Honor smartphone launch event coming April 5th

The "Honor Universe" livestream invites users to watch a two-hour long smartphone unveiling that could be anything from the budget Honor 6C to the high-end Honor V9 for European or North American territories.
Nextbit Robin Android smartphone finally gets Android Nougat update

Nextbit Robin gets Android Nougat

Razer-owned Nextbit started a closed beta test for the Android 7.0 update back in November, and now the official Nougat firmware is finally ready for everyone. The handset should continue to receive updates until February 2018.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 V and LG K20 V. (Source: Verizon Wireless)

The Samsung Galaxy J7 V and LG K20 V are now available from Verizon

Both are affordable, mid-range smartphones that come with Android Nougat. They are available for prepaid and postpaid customers.
Casio introduced several new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017. (Source: Casio)

Casio introduces new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017

The timepiece maker introduced a new watch in each of the G-Shock, Edifice, and Baby-G lines. The new watches look tough and have full feature sets.
ZTE Nubia M2 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and 4 GB RAM

ZTE intros Nubia M2 and M2 Lite smartphones

The Nubia M2 is a 5.5-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood, 4 GB RAM, and a dual camera setup, while the M2 Lite has a single camera on the back and slightly lower specs.
OnePlus 2 Android smartphone gets another Marshmallow-based update

OnePlus 2 gets OxygenOS 3.5.8

Although its younger siblings received Android Nougat already, OnePlus 2 gets another Marshmallow-based software update. The new firmware comes with the latest Android security patch, also fixing various issues.
Google has admitted that less than half of the active Android devices in 2016 received security updates. (Source: Phone Arena)

Google promises better security for Android in 2017

Google has promised to provide more frequent and timely security updates for Android in 2017 due to the increasing number of Android-powered devices and the corresponding threat from malware.
ZTE Nubia N2 Android smartphone now official with MediaTek processor and 5,000 mAh battery

ZTE Nubia N2 now official

This new 5.5-inch handset features an octa-core MediaTek processor, an AMOLED display, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a generous 5,000 mAh battery. The Nubia Z2 is scheduled to go on sale in early April for less than $300 USD.
The Oppo F3 Plus' selfie cameras in action. (Source: Oppo)

An accidentally-published retail page confirms various Oppo F3 Plus details

The Oppo F3 Plus and its two selfie cameras are no secret, but they hadn't been officially revealed until today, when the handset's retail page was published ahead of schedule. The error was quickly noticed and the page was taken down.
Blue Sapphire Moto G5 Android smartphone official pics leak online

Blue Sapphire Moto G5 variant leaks online

Originally unveiled in Fine Gold and Lunar Gray back at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, this Snapdragon 430-driven mid-ranger will soon get a Blue Sapphire version as well.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) specs on GFXBench for model SM-J530

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) surfaces on GFXBench

The latest sighting of the upcoming Galaxy J5 reveals an Exynos 7870 processor, next to 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat. The model listed on GFXBench is SM-J530.
The VAIO Phone A is basically a Phone Biz running Android instead of Windows. (Source: VAIO)

VAIO announces the Phone A handset for Japan

The VAIO Phone A is a mid-range Android smartphone with a large, Full HD display. It runs Android Marshmallow and supports dual SIM. The Phone A is limited to Japan.
The limited-edition OnePlus 3T Midnight Black, available exclusively at HBX. (Source: HBX)

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition is coming soon

OnePlus announces a limited edition of the OnePlus 3T. Called Midnight Black, the handset will see a limited release on March 24; a general release will follow at a later date.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Android smartphone launch event, handset available in Malaysia

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom hits Malaysia

Although it was supposed to launch in the second quarter in the US, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has surfaced in Malaysia with Android Marshmallow on board and powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor. Those interested can get it for around $475 USD.
Vodafone to launch LTE Turbo with speeds of over 500 Mbps

CeBIT 2017 | Vodafone to launch LTE Turbo with speeds of over 500 Mbps

LTE Turbo will make its debut in over a dozen cities around Germany and for select high-end smartphones including the Pixel XL and Huawei P10 Plus.
Xiaomi Redmi 4x Android smartphone, Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Thanks to the addition of a second factory in India, the Chinese brand is now capable of producing one smartphone per second during operational hours. Xiaomi India's head reveals that Xiaomi manufactures locally 95 percent of the Xiaomi handsets sold there.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android flagship on Telus and Rogers get Nougat update

Telus and Rogers release Nougat for the Galaxy S7/Edge

These two Canadian carriers have finally begun to roll out the new firmware to the Galaxy S7 family, thus joining Bell, Virgin Mobile, EastLink, SaskTel, Wind Mobile, and Freedom Mobile.
ZTE Blade A510 Smartphone Review

78% ZTE Blade A510 Smartphone Review

Photo expert in the low-cost sector? The Chinese manufacturer ZTE advertises its latest entry-level smartphone Blade A510 as the absolutely best choice for price-conscious buyers wanting first-rate photos and videos. Find out just how good the rear-facing, 13-MP camera in the low-cost handset really is in our in-depth review.
Mediatek MT6735P | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 130 g
The new tappable shortcuts provide convenient access to information and tools. (Source: Google)

Google app and mobile site now display shortcuts to popular topics and tools

The Google app and mobile site now feature shortcuts to popular topics and services, grouped into cards by function. Android users get exclusive access to Google-specific tools as well as fun mini-games.
Coolpad Note 5 Lite Android smartphone now available for purchase in India via Amazon

Coolpad Note 5 Lite hits India

This 5-inch Android Marshmallow handset is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735CP processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, and a 13 MP camera. It uses a 2,500 mAh battery and retails for roughly $125 USD or $168 USD, depending on the storage option chosen.
LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet, LeEco to withdraw from the US

LeEco apparently failed in the US

Although this Chinese company managed to set in motion its expansion in the area last October, LeEco is now planning to sell the Silicon Valley property they purchased from Yahoo.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Android smartphone launches in India

Low-end Xiaomi Redmi 4A launches in India

This sub-$100 USD smartphone will be sold exclusively online, via Amazon India and, starting on March 23. Its specs include a Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini S Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor

ZTE Nubia Z11 mini S debuts in India

This 5.2-inch handset goes on sale in India tomorrow exclusively via Amazon for around $260 USD. Its highlights include a 23 MP main camera, a Snapdragon 625 processor, and 4 GB RAM.
Sony Xperia L1 Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737T processor and 2 GB RAM

Sony intros Xperia L1 mid-range smartphone

This MediaTek MT6737T-powered, 5.5-inch handset features 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, coming with Android Nougat out of the box. It will go on sale worldwide in late April for an unspecified price.
Oppo F3 Plus specifications revealed through GFXBench

Oppo F3 Plus specifications revealed through GFXBench

Final packaging for the 6-inch smartphone may also already be out in the wild. The F3 Plus is expected to carry a Snapdragon 653 SoC and a wide-angle 120-degree front-facing camera for easier selfies.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) for AT&T hits FCC

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) for AT&T hits FCC

Not long after the report that mentioned its arrival on Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile, the Galaxy J7 (2017) for AT&T surfaces on FCC as well. Sadly, there is no official confirmation of its arrival yet.
Bixby is Samsung's take on the digital voice assistant. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung officially announces Bixby virtual assistant

Samsung's new digital assistant, Bixby, is "fundamentally different" from the competition's digital assistants. With advanced artificial intelligence at its core, Bixby will debut on the Galaxy S8. Samsung hopes to eventually bring the assistant to all of its appliances.
BLU Life One X2 Mini 5-inch Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and 4 GB RAM

BLU Products Life One X2 Mini hits Amazon

This Android handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, having a 5-inch full HD display, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage space, all for a price of just $179.99 USD.
Doogee Shoot 1 Smartphone Review

79% Doogee Shoot 1 Smartphone Review

Are two always better than one? Dual-camera systems are no longer restricted to high-end smartphones - not in a year as technologically sophisticated as 2017. Now even entry-level models can boast of back cameras with two modules: enter the Shoot 1 model from the Chinese manufacturer Doogee. But is the second camera in the low-budget device really a boon? Our comprehensive review reveals the answer.
Mediatek MT6737T | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 167 g
In a move later echoed by Samsung, LG mis-diagnosed the original problem and sent out replacements with the same issue. (Source:

LG faces class-action lawsuit over G4 and V4 hardware faults

LG is facing a class-action lawsuit over bootloops in their G4 and V10 handsets. Customers first complained of the issue over a year ago and were offered replacements, yet many of the replacement smartphones still suffered from the same issues.
Some aspects of Android O may appear later in the year to coincide with the release of the Pixel 3 in the third quarter. (Source: Google)

Android O rumored to have improved notifications, picture-in-picture mode and other features

Android O is rumored to feature a whole host of new features, including updated app icons and increased Google Assistant integration. More details will be revealed during Google's I/O Developer Conference in May.
The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8+ is rumored to launch in April. (Source: Android Police)

Samsung Galaxy S8+ with the Exynos 8895 chipset leaks on Geekbench

Benchmarks for the Exynos 8895 chipset have unexpectedly appeared in benchmark database Geekbench, giving us some indication as to what performance we might expect from the upcoming Galaxy S8+.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to sport a QHD OLED display with dual curved edges, 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and dual rear camera setup. (Source: NDTV)

Xiaomi Mi 6 will get a Snapdragon 835 variant

Xiaomi's Mi 6 is releasing with a Snapdragon 821, though sources say Xiaomi could swap this processor out for the high-end Snapdragon 835 when the latter processors are easier to come by in May.
The Google Pixel may see a trio of successors in the near-future. (Source: Google)

Three new Google Pixel phones are reportedly in the works

Code-named "muskie," "walleye," and "taimen," the three devices are expected to replace Google's existing Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Several sources have confirmed the existence of the devices, but have not provided much additional information.
Alexa is now available to help in the Amazon iOS app. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS

The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
The rear-panel fingerprint scanner from the Huawei P9 has also returned in the new P10 Lite. (Source: Phone Arena)

Huawei P10 Lite gets an official UK launch date

The third and final variant of the Huawei P10 has arrived. This time it's the mid-range option, the P10 Lite, which is available for pre-order now and will be available on March 31st.
Asus ZenFone Live Android smartphone for selfies and live streaming now available in Taiwan

Asus ZenFone Live hits Taiwan

This affordable Android handset that targets mobile photography fans has a 5-inch HD display, packing a 5 MP front camera with f/2.2 and 1.4um pixel size, next to a 13 MP PixelMaster image snapper with f/2.0 on the back.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 may be coming soon with the Helio P25 SoC

Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 may be coming soon with the Helio P25 SoC

The successor to the Redmi Pro 2 is reportedly still slated for a launch this month for as low as 1600 Yuan or 215 Euros. The Redmi Pro series is notable for incorporating dual rear cameras on an entry-level device.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone passes a series of tough durability tests

Nokia 6 is as durable as its iconic ancestors

This recently released Android Nokia smartphone proved to be very durable when tested by YouTube user JerryRigEverything, its only weakness being the flimsy fabric that covers the earpiece.
ZTE Axon 7 Android flagship gets 7.1.1 Nougat firmware

ZTE Axon 7 gets Android 7.1.1

While more than just a few other popular handsets are waiting for the first Android Nougat update, the Axon 7 receives Android 7.1.1, about a month after being updated to Nougat.
Lenovo Moto E3 Smartphone Review

79% Lenovo Moto E3 Smartphone Review

Moto Cheap. The affordable Moto E3 is an entry-level smartphone with a water-resistant finish and relatively large battery. The budget of 130 Euros (~$140, RRP) is quite tight but Lenovo is a specialist in offering a lot of smartphone for little money...
Mediatek MT6735P | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 141 g
BQ Aquaris X Pro Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 and dual camera setup

BQ unveils Aquaris X and Aquaris X Pro handsets

These two new handsets will hit the market in May and June, both with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and running Android 7.1.1 out of the box. They are also BQ's first smartphones to feature USB Type-C and Quick Charge 3.0.

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