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ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android smartphone gets LineageOS 14.1 ROM

LineageOS 14.1 hits OnePlus 3T, ZTE Axon 7, and others

The Nougat-based custom ROM developed by the former Cyanogen team now offers the same build for the OnePlus 3T and the older OnePlus 3. The other additions to the list of supported devices are ZTE Axon 7, HTC One M7, and the LG G3 on Sprint.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Android smartphone successor coming soon

Alleged Galaxy J7 (2017) US variant spotted on GFXBench

The GFXBench listing of the Samsung device codenamed SM-J727VL reveals a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Android tablet now free for T-Mobile users

T-Mobile offers free Samsung Galaxy Tab E slates

The "Tablet on Us" promotion offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab E for free to T-Mobile One subscribers, as well as to those who sign up for any mobile plan with 6 GB of data or more.
Instant Tethering will make it a bit more convenient for your non-LTE Android device to borrow an internet connection. (Source: Android Guys)

New "Instant Tethering" feature rolling out to select Android devices

Android 7.1.1 enables the new "Instant Tethering" feature on specific Nexus and Pixel phones. It fully automates internet sharing between devices once they have been verified once.
Verizon will begin offering plans with uncapped mobile data February 13th. (Source: Verizon)

Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th

Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is now available for $449 from select retailers. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's Chromebook Plus now available for purchase

The Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus and support for Android apps via the Google Play Store for Chrome. Current retail price is $449.
Allview X4 Soul smartphone now available for pre-order

Allview X4 Soul smartphone now available for pre-order

The 5.5-inch smartphone is the company's first with dual rear cameras and reasonably high specifications. Prices start at 420 Euros with free extras for the first 100 buyers.
Meizu M5S retail units leak

Meizu M5S retail units leak

New shots seemingly confirm previous rumors of an octa-core MediaTek SoC with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. A low starting price in the 150 to 200 Euro range is likely.
Lenovo C2 Smartphone Review

80% Lenovo C2 Smartphone Review

Affordable battery-giant. The Lenovo C2 is an entry-level smartphone that is supposed to attract low-budget customers with a big and removable battery, an HD display, and dual SIM. Since the screen, camera, and battery life are quite good, this could work. But are there also any shortcomings?
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 139 g
Jolla Sailfish OS 2.1 "Iijoki" update brings OpenVPN support

Jolla releases Sailfish OS 2.1 "Iijoki"

Although this Finnish company is done launching its hardware, they continue to update the Linux-based operating system known as Sailfish. The latest update brings support for various VPN connections, additional languages, as well as various minor improvements and multiple bug fixes.
BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 rugged Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and 1 GB RAM

BLU launches Tank Xtreme 5.0 rugged smartphone

Priced at just $130 USD, this rugged and water-resistant handset is powered by a MediaTek processor, next to 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage, coming loaded with Android Marshmallow.
OnePlus 3T Android smartphone gets OxygenOS 4.0.3 firmware update

OxygenOS 4.0.3 now available

This new update has almost 100 MB in size and, in addition to many bug fixes, it comes with WiFi connectivity improvements, better camera performance in low light conditions, as well as a pre-installed Amazon Prime app for users in India.
The foldable smartphone market is about to get crowded very quickly as Apple, LG Electronics and Microsoft are all looking into similar technology. (Source: NDTV)

Samsung's foldable smartphone to launch in Q4 2017

The age of the clamshell phone is long gone, but Samsung has some new foldable smartphones and displays in the works, some of which will debut at MWC in a closed-door event. This information will be used to gauge interest in the technology from both consumers and other handset makers.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S tablet successor coming soon, specs leak online

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2 specs surface online

The upcoming Galaxy TabPro S successor has been spotted at FCC earlier this week, and the latest leak reveals a Quad HD AMOLED display, a Kaby Lake processor, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB internal storage.
Xiaomi may be making its own line of SoCs, codenamed "Pinecone." (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"

Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
Google Android usage distribution graph at the beginning of February 2017

Lollipop remains the most active Android version

With Froyo finally out of the picture and Nougat still struggling around 1 percent, Android Lollipop continues to dominate the market, closely followed by Marshmallow, each with a share of over 30 percent.
Honor 8 to receive Android 7.0 OTA update starting February 11th

Honor 8 to receive Android 7.0 OTA update starting February 11th

The OTA rollout will bring both Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 for faster performance, improved memory management, and slight changes to the UI.
Asus ZenFone Go ZB500KL now available across Europe

Asus ZenFone Go ZB500KL now available across Europe

The 5-inch budget smartphone is equipped with the entry-level Snapdragon 410 SoC and just 2 GB of RAM for a starting price of 180 Euros.
Verizon Wear24 Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with LTE connectivity

Wear24 LTE smartwatch coming to Verizon Wireless

This upcoming smartwatch is IP67-certified for resistance against the elements, runs Android Wear 2.0, and it even features customizable watch faces. It goes on sale next month for $300 USD.
LG G6 Android flagship teaser, LG Pay not to be included in the features list

LG Pay might be cancelled

According to South Korean media outlet Newsis, the LG G6 flagship will not debut with LG Pay support. In fact, the same source reveals that LG might cancel its mobile payment service completely.
Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

80% Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

Gigaffordable. The GS160 is Gigaset’s cheapest smartphone so far. The manufacturer has even installed a fingerprint scanner for under 150 Euros (~$160). But is the device anything special or just another low-cost smartphone? Find out in the test report.
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 139 g
Android Wear 2.0 brings better cellular calling to supported smartwatches. (Source: Google)

Google releases Android Wear 2.0

The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband brings the classic Atari 2600 to smartwatches. (Source: Gameband Kickstarter)

The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist

The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku limited edition Android smartphone

Xiaomi unveils Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku limited edition smartphone

This special Redmi Note 4X will hit the market on February 14, right on this year's Valentine's day. Its bundle includes a Hatsune Miku branded back case, as well as a Mi power bank.
Lenovo Moto G5 Plus Android smartphone leaked image

Lenovo Moto G5 Plus spotted online

This upcoming handset is expected to show up at MWC, and its specs are rumored to include a 5.2-inch display, a 12 MP Rapid Focus main camera, NFC connectivity, a fingerprint reader, as well as a TurboPower-compatible 3,000 mAh battery.
Xiaomi teasing Redmi Note 4X phablet ahead of reveal

Xiaomi teasing Redmi Note 4X smartphone ahead of reveal

The Redmi Note 4X could be set for a February 16th reveal. Previous rumors suggest that the affordable 5.5-inch smartphone will drop Huawei's in-house Helio X20 in favor of the mainstream Snapdragon 653 SoC.
The Cube i35 will have a 3000 x 2000 resolution panel. (Source: Cube)

Cube's upcoming i35 notebook sports a 3000 x 2000 resolution screen

The Cube i35 will have a high-res screen but low-powered processor. Intel's Core M3-7Y30 CPU sits at the heart of the thin-and-light but may not be enough to power the dense display.
ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch image leaked by Evan Blass

ZTE Quartz smartwatch might launch soon

The first alleged image of this upcoming wearable was leaked by Evan Blass yesterday and is possible to see it unveiled later today, next to a few other Android Wear 2.0 devices by other brands.
ZTE Axon 7 Android handset gets Nougat update with Daydream VR support

ZTE Axon 7 finally gets Android Nougat

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered, 5.5-inch Android handset launched as a Daydream VR-compatible device, and now it finally receives this feature thanks to a software update.
Jack Huang is spearheading Alibaba's moves to engage emerging markets in India and Indonesia. (Source: Tech in Asia)

Alibaba is negotiating with telecoms to bring free internet to India

Another internet giant wants to bring free internet to one of the world's most populous countries. Where Facebook failed, Alibaba might succeed, if they play their cards right.
The new sensor can create 64x slow motion video clips. (Source: Sony)

Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps

The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
Samsung Galaxy S8 unofficial render, Bixby/Kestra AI to offer support for up to 8 languages out of the box

Samsung's Bixby to offer support for 7-8 languages at launch

Although this rumor has not been confirmed by Samsung yet, it looks like the virtual assistant expected to arrive with the Galaxy S8 would offer support for up to eight languages out of the box.
Asus ZenFone 3s Max Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and 5,000 mAh battery

Asus ZenFone 3s Max launches in India

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 smartphones could reach India after being manufactured locally

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.
LG Watch Sport Android Wear smartwatch details on Geekbench

LG Watch Sport hits Geekbench

The upcoming smartwatch has been spotted next to references to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and LTE cellular support, so the Watch Sport will probably launch with Android Wear 2.0 out-of-the-box.
Google Play Store might come back to China

Google Play Store might return to China

Insiders familiar with the matter reveal that NetEase, a Chinese company, is on its way to team up with Google. The purpose of this partnership would be to bring back the digital media store operated by the search giant to China.
The additional confirmation we need that HTC is not holding back on the hardware for the next HTC flagship. (Source: The Inquirer)

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

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) Android handset gets Samsung Pay support in India

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

83% 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
Could Andrasta be the new Cyanogen Inc.? (Source:

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.
Unlocked Motorola Moto Z Android smartphone by Lenovo gets Nougat update

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 SM-C501X hits WiFi Alliance and gets WiFi certification

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.
Lenovo Yoga A12 Android convertible tablet with Intel Atom x5 processor

Lenovo Yoga A12 now official

Not long after surfacing on Amazon, this 12.2-inch convertible tablet with Android onboard is finally official. Its highlights include the Intel Atom x5 processor, two Dolby Atmos speakers, and a Halo touchscreen keyboard.
Nokia to hold MWC 2017 press conference on February 26th

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

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

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.
The Google Now Launcher has been a popular option for Android OEMs and users. (Source: Google Play Store)

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

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

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.

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