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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.
Huawei P10 Lite Android smartphone with Kirin 655 processor and 4 GB RAM

Huawei P10 Lite launches in Malaysia

This 5.2-inch handset is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Priced around $290 USD in Malaysia and $370 USD in Europe, it only has a 12 MP main camera.
Family Link offers parents a new way to manage Android devices. (Source: Google)

Google offers a solution to content management through Family Link

The service (currently invite-only) allows parents to restrict their children's use of Android devices. Parents can control what apps are downloaded, limit screentime, and lock a device at certain intervals during the day.
Samsung Z3 Tizen smartphone's successor surfaces at FCC

Samsung SM-Z400F/DS hits FCC

The Linux-based Tizen mobile operating system seems to be ready for a new handset that has just surfaced on FCC as Samsung SM-Z400F/DS. Sadly, there are no specs and features to talk about yet.
Xiaomi Surge S2 SoC may be facing 10 nm fabrication issues

Xiaomi Surge S2 SoC may be facing 10 nm fabrication issues

The high-end variant to the Surge S1 could be moving to a more dependable 16 nm process to meet launch deadlines and save on production costs.
The extravagantly designed phones fetched an equally extravagant price tag (Source: Sirin Labs)

Sirin Labs' ultra-secure $16,000 smartphone is no more

Solarin, a really expensive Android smartphone focused on security and marketed towards business consumers, is no longer the company's focus. However, it will continue to receive official support for at least a year.
"Spring is coming," according to HTC. (Source: HTC Taiwan)

HTC teases a surprise announcement for March 20

The Taiwanese smartphone company has posted an extremely vague teaser image on Facebook. A March 20 date and the promise of an "unexpected surprise" are the only other hints it has provided.
Motorola Moto G5 Plus Android smartphone by Lenovo hits India March 2017

Moto G5 Plus launches in India

This 5.2-inch handset comes with Android Nougat on board and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 3 GB or 4 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage. Both variants go on sale tonight via Flipkart.
If the Meizu Pro 7 does use the Snapdragon 835, it will likely launch in May or later due to high demand for Samsung's Galaxy S8. (Source: PhoneArena)

Meizu Pro 7 may feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset

Meizu and Qualcomm have settled last year's patent wars and are now cooperating on what could likely be Meizu's next flagship, the Meizu Pro 7. Reports say the smartphone will feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Windows Phone's market share halved to 1.3 percent in 2016 as Android and iOS crowd out the competition. (Source: Kantar Worldpanel)

Android market share in China climbs 9.3 percent but declines in the US

The latest smartphone data from a few months ago shows that iOS and Android have cemented their positions at the top of the food chain. Now, the battle is between these two major players for fast-growing markets in China and India.
Motorola Verve Loop sports wireless headphones

Motorola Accessories unveils Verve Loop wireless headphones

These new sports wireless headphones join the VerveLife lineup of products and come as a cheaper alternative to the existing VerveOnes ME, while still providing IPX4 water resistance and HD audio.
Honor 6X Smartphone Review

83% Honor 6X Smartphone Review

Good and affordable. Although Honor's 6X does not cost much, it is a serious competition for considerably more expensive smartphones in terms of configuration and performance. It is even equipped with a dual-camera. Our review reveals how the Android phone of Huawei's subsidiary Honor fares in our tests.
HiSilicon Kirin 655 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.5" | 162 g
Sony Xperia XA1 launching on April 10

Sony Xperia XA1 launching on April 10

The mid-range 5-inch smartphone will be coming two weeks earlier than initially anticipated in the UK for a retail price of 229 Pounds.
The IP68-rated AGM X2 features a Snapdragon 835 and 8GB of RAM. (Source: AGM)

AGM preparing ruggedized smartphone with flagship specs

AGM is preparing to release a rugged smartphone with flagship specs. It will be the first Snapdragon 835-based flagship with a ruggedized design and IP68 rating.
The Oppo F3 and F3 Plus feature dual front cameras for "expert" control of your selfies (Source: Oppo)

Oppo will launch the F3 and F3 Plus on March 23

Dubbed the "Selfie Expert", the new smartphones feature a dual front camera setup, and will simultaneously launch in five Southeast Asian markets on March 23.
AT&T intros GoPhone unlimited data plans with 22 GB download cap

AT&T unveils GoPhone unlimited data plans

Although advertised as unlimited, this new plan comes with 22 GB of 3 Mbps data, but the video streaming speed is limited even more - just 1.5 Mbps from the start, and all for a monthly fee of $60 USD. In these conditions, 720p or full HD video streaming are both impossible. For $40 USD, the user can get only 6 GB of high-speed data, but after using it, a 12...
LG Aristo Android smartphone on US Cellular as K8 2017

LG Aristo hits US Cellular as K8 2017

This handset that arrived back in January via T-Mobile and MetroPCS is now available via US Cellular as K8 2017. Its original price is $150 USD, but those eager for a good deal can get it with the prepaid Simple Connect Plan for $49.99 USD.
The LG G6 has to be a knockout hit as LG doesn't want to relive painful memories of the disappointing sales of the G5. (Source: Pocketnow)

LG could withdraw from Chinese market in near future

LG hasn't had a great time selling its phones in China, especially after the international flop that was the G5. Speculators say LG might want to make a quick exit as the company's smartphone market share in the country hovers at about 0.1 percent.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone coming to the US using different names

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) and J7 (2017) coming to the US under different names

Although their US launch dates are not known yet, Evan Blass managed to find out the names that various local carriers plan to use when adding these two handsets to their portfolios.
Samsung already introduced foldable screen tech that has four phases: curved, bent, foldable and rollable. (Source: ET News)

Samsung's foldable smartphones to enter production in Q3 2017

The competition is heating up between Samsung and Chinese smartphone makers as they race to create the world's first foldable smartphone. Sources say Samsung may produce thousands of prototype smartphones in Q3 2017.
Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet and siblings to get monthly updates in the US

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy devices in the US to get monthly updates from now on

After releasing quarterly security updates for unlocked Galaxy devices in the US for a while "due to various circumstances," Samsung is now ready to release monthly security updates for them.
Vertu luxury brand acquired by Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan

Hakan Uzan buys Vertu

Baferton Ltd, a Cyprus-registered company that was funded by controversial Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan, acquired Vertu from Godin Holdings, the Hong Kong-based company that previously owned the luxury brand, paying around £50,000,000 GBP.
Xiaomi Mi 6 could come in two variants with Sony cameras

Xiaomi Mi 6 could come in two variants with Sony cameras

New rumors point to a Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus starting at 270 Euros and 340 Euros, respectively, with Snapdragon 835 SoCs and Sony Motion Eye camera technology.
ZTE might apply the V8 Blade's dual camera setup to its new smartphone. (Source: ZTE)

ZTE will likely unveil a new smartphone on March 21

The recent post suggests a new Nubia smartphone with a dual camera. If confirmed, it would be a first for that product line.
Expect the LG G6 to command a higher price than its predecessor. (Source: LG)

German retailer reveals price for the LG G6

The LG G6's release price is significantly higher than that of last year's LG G5. However, it falls square in the middle of the pack relative to other current and upcoming flagship phones.
True to its name, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium will carry a premium price tag. (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia XZ Premium UK release date and price revealed

A pre-order listing on Amazon's UK website briefly displayed the information before being abruptly taken down. Expect a late spring release and a decidedly premium price tag.
Archos 50 Saphir Smartphone Review

79% Archos 50 Saphir Smartphone Review

Hard shell – slow core? The 50 Saphir from the French manufacturer Archos is a robust smartphone for harsh environments. The smartphone is not the most powerful of its kind, but it provides a lot of stamina in return.
Mediatek MT6737T | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 222 g
The Powermat standard includes the ability to log things like how much time a user spends charging, so it's more popular among businesses. (Source: 9to5mac)

Wireless charging company Powermat pledges compatibility with upcoming iPhones

Powermat says it intends to support whatever wireless charging system Apple comes up with, reassuring businesses and consumers that it would not leave iPhone users high and dry if Apple was to go an unconventional route.
Xiaomi's Redmi line is aimed at budget-conscious buyers, offering great price-to-performance ratio. (Source: Xiaomi Today)

Upgraded Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will launch tomorrow

Xiaomi is about to launch an 'exclusive version' of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 that will come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Compared to the current version available in China, this is a competitively-priced upgrade.
Gamepad Moto Mod accessory and upcoming Moto Z (2017) Android smartphone

Moto Z (2017) apparently in the works

The upcoming Moto Z surfaced in a tease of the upcoming Gamepad Moto Mod but was recently shown in a case and taped over by Sprint and Motorola, promoting the upcoming Gigabit LTE service in the New Orleans area.

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