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A class lawsuit could delay Samsung's acquisition of the US-based auto parts maker which was originally planned to be finalized by the end of 2017. Samsung intends to make every effort to finalize the deal, but it may be a drawn-out process.
Future Xperia Android devices to use OLED displays
Although the company's phone sales are no longer as high as they used to be, Sony seems to have plans for the future and insiders familiar with this matter claim that the Xperia devices would soon get OLED displays.
Oppo launches R9S New Year Anniversary Edition
This new special edition handset comes in red, without any hardware changes when compared to the regular R9S - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 16 MP and so on.
Huawei unveils P8 Lite (2017) mid-ranger
This updated handset comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display and a HiSilicon Kirin 655 SoC inside, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Android 7.0 Nougat is the operating system on board, while sales are expected to begin later this month in Europe.
Nokia 8 leak turns out to be fake
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 8 Supreme story everyone talked about this week turned out to be a fake coming from a source that has zero evidence and has come out with similar fake rumors in the past as well.
The best alternatives for the Samsung Galaxy J5
No alternatives? The Samsung Galaxy J5 is a very popular smartphone and offers a good overall package for a comparatively small amount of money. We had a look at some comparable rivals as well as the Samsung and show where you get the most for your money.
Huawei Nova Smartphone Review
Handy alternative. Like its 5.5-inch sibling Nova Plus, Huawei's Nova is almost premium-range in terms of build. However, the 5-inch handset had even more to offer in the test and gives its mid-range opponents a hard time.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5" | 146 g
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5" | 146 g
Wileyfox launches Swift 2 X smartphone
This new 5.2-inch smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and a 3,010 mAh battery. It also has dual-SIM support and runs Cyanogen OS 13.1.
HTC to introduce half as many smartphones in 2017
HTC is releasing six to seven phones instead of last year's eleven to twelve, aiming instead to focus on a few key features that can put it ahead of the competition. These devices will need to impress in order to reverse the fortunes of the struggling smartphone maker.
Google Maps gets Uber integration
The new update received by this service brings full Uber integration, as well as a new user interface for the section showing the ride options available at current location.
Bluboo D1 coming as the first Android handset with Snapdragon 835
This upcoming handset features a dual camera setup on both front and back, and is expected to be the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-driven handset to hit the market, ahead of both the Xiaomi Mi 6 and OPPO Find 9.
Android 7 update finally coming to Galaxy S7 Edge on January 17
At least for European users, the Galaxy S7 Edge should be getting its official Android Nougat update within the next few days.
Panasonic launches Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged tablet
Expected to arrive back in July in Europe, this 10.1-inch Android Marshmallow-driven tablet is now available for purchase in the US. It uses the Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor and has a list price of $2,189 USD.
HTC announces U Play
The HTC U Play drops the secondary display found in the U Ultra and packs more modest specs.
Foldable Galaxy X handset might arrive in 2018
Although the first foldable smartphones were rumored to show up last year and some recent rumors claimed that both LG and Samsung would launch such devices in 2017, but it looks like at least Samsung will not have such a product on the market before 2018.
HTC U Ultra now official
This new 5.7-inch handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB storage. It comes with Android Nougat, has a price of $749 USD, and shipments start in March.
Lollipop remains the most popular Android version
Although Nougat has been around for a while, its usage continues to struggle below 1 percent. Lollipop leads the market with over 33 percent, closely followed by Marshmallow, with nearly 30 percent.
Android Wear 2.0 coming in February
After being mentioned a few times by Google, also having to face a few delays, Android Wear 2.0 is now finally on its way for a February launch, according to an email sent to developers.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X hits TENAA
This handset looks like the Redmi Note 4, but comes with more memory and storage, a MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, 13 MP main camera, as well as a generous 4,100 mAh battery. Its launch date is not official yet, but since it reached TENAA, we expect it to arrive by the end of the month.
MWC 2017 | LG G6 confirmed to arrive at MWC
A LG spokesman has confirmed the launch of this waterproof, non-modular flagship with a big screen and a small body. Besides, a new teaser reveals some attributes of the handset that would arrive next month.
Chrome is the most popular web browser
Less than a decade since its arrival, Google Chrome leads the market with an impressive 44 percent share, followed by Safari with around 25 percent. Internet Explorer only gets third place, with less than 16 percent.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 coming to India next week
According to an invite recently sent by Xiaomi to local media outlets, the successor of the Redmi Note 3 launches in India on January 19. Although it arrived in China with a MediaTek Helio X20 on board, the Redmi Note 4 is expected to hit India with a Snapdragon processor inside.
CES 2017 | LG V20 Pro: Hands-on of the waterproof little brother of the LG V20
The smaller brother of the LG V20 was displayed at CES 2017 and got the hands-on treatment. Contrary to the big one, the 5.2 inch V20 Pro is waterproof. However, it was only released in Japan so far.
LeEco Le S3 and Le Pro3 hit Target's website
As previously announced, these two unlocked Android handsets are now up for sale via Target. Le S3 has a $249.99 USD price tag, while the more powerful Le Pro3 can be acquired for $399.99 USD.
HTC will live stream tomorrow's launch event on Youtube
Contrary to most other tech companies, HTC has not unveiled major new products at CES 2017. Instead, they will reveal something for U tomorrow during a launch event that will be live streamed on Youtube.
Lenovo Moto G5 Plus photos and specifications leak
Online seller leaks the upcoming Moto G5 Plus with a mainstream Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4 GB RAM, and 5.5-inch 1080p display.
OnePlus 3T now available in Soft Gold color option
The gold option will not cost buyers any more than the existing gray color at 439 Euros.
Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?
Android N has been trickling out to flagship smartphones for a few months now, but Chromebooks may be the next devices in line to receive the update. Android 7.1 promises to bring better Android app management for Chrome OS.
Xiaomi Mi 6 leaks online
The popular Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to get a successor with 4 GB RAM and a flat display soon, but the leaked information also mentions a Mi 6 Pro variant next to the regular Mi 6. This one is expected to have 6 GB RAM and a curved display.
Meizu sets January 27 date for major announcement likely showcasing M5s
A leak in December revealed Meizu's 2017 smartphone launch roadmap, indicating that the company would release the M5s in February. Many expect the M5s to be the focus of the January 27th event.
Lenovo P2 hits India via Flipkart
This 5.5-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 under the hood and a 5,100 mAh was only available in China and a few other markets so far. India gets two versions via Flipkart, one with 3 GB RAM and the other with 4 GB, starting around $250 USD.
Nokia working on a voice assistant as well
Dubbed "Viki" for now, Nokia's voice assistant is expected to take on Siri, Cortana, Google Voice, and Samsung's upcoming Bixby/Kestra some day in the future. For now, there is only a recent trademark file and nothing more.
Samsung hopes to ship 60 million Galaxy S8 units in 2017
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Samsung aims to ship no less than 60 million Galaxy S8 handsets by the end of 2017, higher than any of the flagships they ever released.
Xiaomi may launch new Redmi Note in the US
Leaked details of a mysterious Redmi Note-like phone in an alleged FCC filing suggest that Xiaomi is finally ready to make a wider range of devices available for US consumers.
CES 2017 | LG intros Stylo 3 mid-range phablet
This handset is also known as Stylus 3 and has a 5.7-inch HD display, being powered by a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It should reach the US in the coming months.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro coming to India and other Asian countries
After spending a while exclusively on the Chinese market, this Snapdragon 653-powered phablet comes to India, where is expected to become available by the end of the month. Other countries in the area, including Thailand and Vietnam, will get it soon as well.
LG G6 display may feature 18:9 aspect ratio and no bezels
The upcoming flagship may feature a new 2880x1440 display produced by LG Display.
Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby spotted online
Although it looks like this was not intended, Samsung might have just confirmed the Bixby voice assistant and the Pay Mini service, as both have been spotted on an official Samsung Pay beta page.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge with Android Nougat gets its WiFi certification
Although it has just arrived on the market with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board, this handset now has been spotted receiving its WiFi certification, but loaded with Nougat.
Google Voice to get updated soon
After unleashing online a banner about the new update by mistake and then removing it, Google has finally confirmed that the refreshed Voice app is coming soon, but without revealing any details.
Nokia E1 specs leak online
This upcoming handset is rumored to use the 5.2-inch form factor, but with a modest 720p display. It will also pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.
Asus Zenfone Pegasus 3S will be available this month
Among the more expensive of the budget phones, the Zenfone Pegasus 3S's main selling point is its impressively large 5000 mAh battery, which is a substantial improvement over last year's model.
SK Hynix announces 8GB LPDDR4X DRAM for phones
Semiconductor company SK Hynix has announced the release of 8 GB LPDDR4X DRAM, made possible through high-density 16Gb chips. The DRAM is 30% smaller and 20% more power efficient than current LPDDR4.
OxygenOS 4.0.1 rolls out
Last week, while everyone was paying attention to CES, OnePlus finally introduced the first Nougat-based update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T handsets, dubbed OxygenOS 4.0. Now, OxygenOS 4.0.1 is already available.
CES 2017 | Changhong's H2 smartphone has a "molecular identifier"
The sensor aims to give users data about objects based on their chemical and physical makeup solely from a simple scan.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) hits Taiwan and the UAE
Exclusively available in South Korea via SK Telecom until now, this 5.7-inch Android phablet has been quietly released in Taiwan and the UAE, hopefully opening the path to other markets as well.
CES 2017 | Xiaomi: The Mi Mix ceramic phone will be available in white
Hugo Barra, VP of Xiaomi International introduced the white version of the Mi Mix concept phone last weekend during CES 2017. However, unless you import it yourself, it will still only be available officially in China.
CES 2017 | Xiaomi: The Mi Note 2 was shown in three more colors
Not only the Xiaomi Mi Mix received a new color option during CES 2017, Xiaomi also showed three new colors for the powerful Mi Note 2, the only world-phone the Chinese company has introduced so far.
Asus ZenFone 3 gets Android Nougat
The new firmware only rolls out to users of the 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 handsets in the Philippines for now, but global availability is expected to follow in the days to come.
CES 2017 | Huawei might launch a Tango handset as well
The existing Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the upcoming Asus ZenFone AR will soon have a new Tango-enabled handset to compete with. Huawei has just confirmed that its Tango-capable smartphone or phablet is scheduled to hit the market soon.