Three months after the ZenFone 3 Max arrived in India, its successor comes to offer an impressive 5,000 mAh battery, Android Nougat out of the box, a 64-bit MediaTek processor, and 3 GB RAM, all for around $220 USD.
BlackBerry teams up with Optiemus
The exclusive long-term agreement with Optiemus will bring secure BlackBerry Android handsets, software and services to more markets, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
HTC tests 2017 flagship with Snapdragon 835 on Verizon
Since other smartphones can only release their Snapdragon 835 phones after Samsung does, the inclusion of the chipset means that HTC's flagship may hit the market later in the year than the HTC 10 did in 2016.
Samsung may no longer source smartphone batteries from China
The South Korean conglomerate will instead look to local and Japanese manufacturers for all of its upcoming Galaxy S8 battery demands.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) gets Samsung Pay support in India
The latest minor update for this handset in India does not even carry the latest security patches but comes with support for Samsung's mobile payments service.
Lenovo K6 Smartphone Review
Price cutter. Lenovo's K6 5-inch middle-class smartphone sells for less than 200 Euro (~$215), but its robust hardware features put it in a category normally reserved for much pricier competitors.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5" | 140 g
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5" | 140 g
Cyanogen, Inc. might be renamed to Andrasta
Cyanogen Inc. may be rebranding itself as Andrasta in order to separate future operations from the Cyanogen name.
Android Nougat hits unlocked Moto Z handsets
As previously promised, the new firmware is now available for all unlocked Moto Z handsets in the US, but it seems the update only includes the November security patches at this time.
Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro gets its WiFi certification
While the China-exclusive SM-C5010 surfaced in late December, the new Galaxy C5 Pro variant that received its WiFi certification, dubbed SM-C501X, is expected to be available in foreign markets. Sadly, nothing is official yet.
Nokia to hold MWC 2017 press conference on February 26th
HMD Global may have a smartphone or two up its sleeve for show at this year's MWC. Rumors are few and far between on what exactly the company has been working on behind curtains.
More details and leaks suggest higher starting price for the LG G6
Outside from the older Snapdragon 821 SoC, the G6 could also be shipping with a 32-bit quad-DAC module similar to the one used in the V20. New renders point to a 2:1 5.7-inch display and overall smaller dimensions than the LG G5.
Huawei Mate 9 now available in black
An official third color option joins the original gray and silver. Additional colors like Rose Gold or others have yet to be announced.
End of an Era: Google Now Launcher will soon be discontinued
Google plans to delist the Google Now Launcher by the end of March and remove it from the list of approved launchers for use by OEMs.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus renders show design and screen size differences
More unofficial images suggest a screen size ratio closer to 2:1 instead of the expected 16:9 on both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
LG K10 2017 launching in South Korea later this month
The budget-mainstream 5.3-inch K10 will kick off the LG K series and sell for approximately 210 to 240 Euros depending on the storage size. A launch date overseas has not yet been announced.
ZTE Blade A2 Plus hits India
This 5.5-inch handset will go on sale next week exclusively via Flipkart and comes with Android Marshmallow on board, but features a generous 5,000 mAh battery, 4 GB RAM, having a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor under the hood.
Sony revises forecasts downwards after Xperia sales disappoint
Sony's smartphone business has contracted sharply over the past two years as the company restructures to focus on profits. While the company might appear to be struggling, at least they are no longer bleeding cash.
Honor 8 Lite spotted in Finland
Although it still has to be officially unveiled, this 5.2-inch handset has been apparently listed as available for pre-order in Finland, being expected to begin shipping on February 17.
EU is on the verge of removing roaming charges for good
After June 15, travelers will be able to go anywhere within EU borders without having to pay any extra fees. Everyone will pay the same price, and there will be no exceptions to this rule. Everybody wins.
Nubia Z11 camera falls short of the latest iPhone and Nexus smartphones
The Sony Exmor RS IMX298 camera in the Z11 is slower with more image noise according to tests from DxOMark.
Mozilla eliminates Firefox OS development team
After discontinuing Firefox OS in September, Mozilla has now disbanded the development team and will be laying off 50 employees.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus renders show up online
This pair of handsets is powered by HiSilicon Kirin chipsets, also coming with Android Nougat on board. The high-end P10 Plus features up to 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage, as well as a dual-camera setup.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is already outselling its predecessor in South Korea
The Galaxy A5 is not coming to the U.S. and is only available for pre-order in parts of Europe, but it is already selling like hotcakes in its home region.
OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks
Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
Alleged Honor 8 Lite images leak online
The unannounced Huawei Honor 8 Lite is expected to show up at MWC, targeting the mid-range sector of the market. This handset would not feature a dual-camera setup or USB Type-C connectivity, claim the rumors.
Apple dominates the smartphone market
Global smartphone shipments reached a record 1.49 billion units back in 2016, while Apple managed to beat Samsung and to grab the leading position in the fourth quarter, thanks to the Note 7 disaster.
LG G6 prototype images may have leaked online
These latest images may offer a glimpse at LG's upcoming flagship. Even though it's still encased in a development shell, the phone's screen size combined with the tiny bezel look very appealing.
Nintendo financial highlights: Pokemon pays big, hardware sales slow
Nintendo hit it big this holiday season with Pokemon Sun and Moon, while Wii U sales continued to falter. Smartphone app sales were mixed.
Oppo Find 9 may launch in two variants with Snapdragon SoCs
Talk of Oppo's next flagship smartphone is suggesting very thin bezels and multiple SKUs with different Snapdragon SoCs for a starting price of about 550 Euros.
Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February
While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
Moto E3 Power will not get Android 7.0 anymore
Although this 5-inch Android handset has only been around since last September, it will not receive the Nougat update. While this MediaTek-powered smartphone remains stuck to Marshmallow, various older Motorola handsets will receive Android 7.0.
Plex acquires news streaming service Watchup
The media streaming service Plex will bring reliable news streaming into the mix with the acquisition of Watchup.
Oppo A57 coming to India
This selfie-centric Android handset launched in China back in December 2016 and is scheduled to hit India on February 3. Its specs include a generous 16 MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture.
No more Nougat updates for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9
Although the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet will no longer get Android updates since Google has confirmed that Android 7.1.2 would not reach them, these devices will continue to get security patches.
Nougat Launcher hits Tizen Store
The Nougat experience is now available to Tizen smartphones, although it comes from an independent app developer shaped as a basic app that simply launches other apps and then shuts down.
Oppo R9 replaces iPhone as top selling phone in China
After five years, a mighty titan has been dethroned. Apple's iPhone has finally been supplanted by a fast-growing mid-range smartphone maker Oppo Electronics. Apple will have to impress with the iPhone 7 in order to win Chinese consumers back.
Nextbit Robin team acquired by Razer
The Nextbit team, developers of the Robin cloud-based smartphone project, have been acquired by Singaporean gaming hardware company Razer.
Silent killer: Update to Blackphone's Silent OS intentionally breaks unauthorized devices
The makers of the ultra-secure Blackphone have released an update to Silent OS that prevents the operating system from running on phones "identified as unlicensed."
Starbucks' new virtual assistant takes coffee orders via voice
Starbucks has updated their app to include a virtual assistant. Users can now use the app to place orders using either voice commands or a chat interface. The app will also integrate with Alexa.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo and Galaxy J2 Prime get updated
The factory unlocked variants of these two entry-level Android handsets have just begun to receive the security patch that takes care of 67 common vulnerabilities and exposures.
Oppo and Vivo are now the 4th and 5th largest smartphone manufacturers worldwide
Both Lenovo and LG are no longer two of the top five largest smartphone manufacturers while Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the market with over 38 percent of worldwide shipments.
Satechi releases a new USB-C Power Meter
This handy accessory allows its users to test the output parameters of their chargers and provides information about their safety, effectiveness, and USB Type-C compatibility.
ZTE might reboot the Hawkeye project
Since ZTE already decided that the specs of the Hawkeye handset need a bump to draw enough attention on Kickstarter, it might not be a bad idea to change the specs and to start once again, pushing the device into the high-end market sector.
Kyocera announces Japan-exclusive washable smartphone
The rafre KYV40 smartphone will be available via KDDI Corporation and is the successor of the world's first "hand-soap-washable smartphone," namely DIGNO rafre. It comes with Nougat on board, as well as a hand gesture-operated cooking app.
Lenovo lists Moto smartphones eligible for Android 7.0 OTA updates
The Moto G4, G4 Plus, X Force, and X Play will all begin receiving Android 7.0 upgrades later this February with the Moto X Style, G4 Play, and Z Play to follow shortly thereafter.
Microsoft's Lumia smartphone sales numbers disappoint
Windows Phone may be on its last legs, but Microsoft isn't giving up on smartphones just yet. The upcoming Surface Phone represents all of the company's hopes and dreams when it comes to the mobile market.
Sony could launch five devices next month
One of these five devices could be the Xperia XZ2, a top-of-the-line handset with a 5.5-inch 4K display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB RAM, and the new Sony IMX400 sensor powering the main camera.
Classic adventure game Myst now available on Android
The venerable PC adventure game finally comes to Android devices for an immersive gaming experience on the go.
Google might launch a cheaper Pixel handset
The cheaper Google phone is expected to launch later this year and is known as Pixel 2B for now. Sadly, the rumors do not say anything about its specs and features, so it might even hit the market as an Android One device.
BLU Vivo XL2 now available in the US
This affordable Android handset uses the MediaTek MT6737T processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 13 MP main camera, all driven by a 3,150 mAh battery. It runs Marshmallow and has a price tag of just $100 USD (special launch price, regular price being $150 USD).
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