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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE shows up in blue
A fresh exclusive report shows the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2 LE in blue/blue black and reiterates the specs mentioned by the latest rumors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage, 13 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup on the back, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
CI Games announces Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, launch set for 2019
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is the next game in the popular tactical shooter series by CI Games that has just been confirmed to arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2019. This new title is set in the Siberian wilderness and comes with a new way to play, namely the contracts system.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Sony Xperia XA3 hits Geekbench
Although the Sony Xperia XA2 arrived in January 2018, it seems that its successor will hit the market before the end of the year. A handset that is rumored to be the upcoming Xperia XA3 was recently spotted on Geekbench as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Sony H4493. This handset sports 6 GB of memory and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus coming with 4 GB RAM and up to 128 GB storage
Although it will use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor as the regular Mi Pad 4, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus is expected to come with a larger display and a higher-capacity battery. Rumored to arrive in black or gold finish, this Android slate should come with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage.
No Huawei and ZTE handsets for the US government, decides President Trump
Although ZTE can sell its products to the civilian consumers all over the US, a recent bill that was signed by Donal Trump bans the government use of any device made by the Chinese brand due to security issues. Even more, this bill also forbids the use of Huawei hardware for the same reason.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 has "the most innovative and high-performance smartphone display" ever tested by DisplayMate
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a display that managed to raise the bar "significantly higher" compared to the previous Samsung handsets that were praised by DisplayMate for the quality of their screens. In this case, the display lab claims that the Note 9 sports "the most innovative and high-performance smartphone display" it ever tested.
Xiaomi and Samsung continue to dominate the Indian smartphone market
India remains a solid market for the Chinese smartphone brand, as Xiaomi accounted for no less than 10 million units sold in Q2 2018, which translates to a market share of 29.7 percent. Samsung got the second place, while Vivo and OPPO came in third and fourth. The Indian market grew by 20 percent since the same period of 2017.
Samsung still hopes to beat Huawei in the foldable smartphone race
The race for the first foldable smartphone to hit the market might involve LG and a few others as well, but it looks like Samsung and Huawei are the strongest brands in it. According to DJ Koh, the company focuses on making the foldable smartphone a popular product from the first try, but this does mean it will wait for Huawei to steal the start.
Android 9.0 Pie confirmed for the HTC U12+ and U11 series, launch date still unknown
Although the release date is not public yet, HTC has just confirmed that Android Pie will reach the U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 Life (Android One) handsets. The company also revealed that the timeframes will be announced in a timely manner, so it is rather safe to assume that the update will not arrive too soon.
No more updates for the XPS 15 9570 this year, 17-inch XPS might be in the cards, reveals Frank Azor
Those who had any hopes of being able to acquire the Dell XPS 15 9570 updated with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 11 graphics before the end of the year should change their shopping plans because Frank Azor has just confirmed that this machine will not receive any hardware refresh in Q4.
PUBG Mobile Lite 0.5.0 launches in some markets, others should follow soon
This light version of the PUBG Mobile game received an update to version 0.5.0 and now features a new sniper rifle, clans, and a new War Mode. Sadly, this title is still not available in many markets, although it made its debut on Google Play back in March. PUBG Mobile Lite uses Unreal Engine 4 and can run on devices with rather low specs.
POCO is a Xiaomi sub-brand that targets the high-end sector of the market
The upcoming Pocophone F1 is more than just another Xiaomi handset because this will be the first smartphone by POCO, which is a new sub-brand of the Chinese company. POCO's first effort focuses entirely on speed and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with liquid cooling, an IR blaster, and a generous 4,000 mAh battery.
Intel has sold AI chips worth over US$1 billion last year
The Xeon processors employed by data centers in various artificial intelligence applications provided Intel with over US$1 billion in revenue in 2017, and the future looks even better. According to the company's officials, the data-centric businesses can provide a market worth US$200 billion in 2022.
Samsung did it again: Android Oreo for mid-range and budget phones delayed to 2019
A week ago, we heard that Samsung is pushing the Oreo update for the Galaxy A, J, and C handsets to December. Sadly, it can get even worse: the new Oreo roadmap says that most of those devices are scheduled to get Oreo — not Android Pie, but Oreo — in January 2019. In the end, it would not be surprising to find out that Samsung cancels the update.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 mobile processor might arrive next month
Although the recent official teasers have not revealed what is this all about, insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Qualcomm will launch a new mobile chip on September 10. As its alleged name suggests, the upcoming Snapdragon Wear 3100 is the successor of the Snapdragon Wear 2100, which was released two years ago.
Android Pie coming to Vivo handsets in Q4, X21 apparently the first on the list
Android 9.0 Pie has just arrived, and Vivo is one of the first brands to reveal its update plans. According to the Chinese company, its handsets will get the update in Q4 2018. Insiders familiar with the matter claim that the Vivo X21 will probably be the first one to get the update.
Samsung begins mass production of industry's first 4-bit 4 TB SSD for consumers
The new 4 TB 4-bit QLC SSD by Samsung comes with a 3-year warranty period and has a level of performance similar to the company’s 3-bit design. The new SSD for consumers provides read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s. This drive arrives more than a decade after Samsung's 32 GB 1-bit SLC SSD that was introduced in 2006.
Latest Dell XPS 15 9575 BIOS update comes with a trackpad bug
Although it might not affect all Dell XPS 15 9575 units that were patched with the latest BIOS update, it seems that at least some of this convertible's users are now facing a buggy trackpad. For now, the problem is being investigated by Dell's engineers, so a solution should surface as soon as possible.
Huawei is the king of the notch, reveals a new smartphone market report
A recent smartphone sales report for the first half of 2018 by Sigmaintell Consulting shows that Huawei shipped more than 25 million handsets (out of a 100 million total) with a notched display during the given period, followed by Apple with over 20 million units. The third position goes to Chinese brand OPPO.
Mid-range LG Q7+ hits T-Mobile
T-Mobile has just added the US$350 LG Q7+ to its portfolio, but only the Moroccan Blue variant. This 5.5-inch, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450-powered handset comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage. Those interested can also acquire it for 24 monthly payments of US$14 each (plus tax).
Fitbit Charge 3 spotted, might arrive at IFA 2018
Fitbit seems to be preparing the launch of a new smart wearable that is supposedly going to debut at IFA 2018 as the Fitbit Charge 3. The leaked images reveal a few interesting details, such as the replacement of the physical button with a touch area that could bring in the tap actions currently available for the Alta and Alta HR.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 retail box surfaces online
With less than a week to go until its August 9 launch, the Galaxy Note 9 is already all over the web, including an official product video that was unleashed — apparently by mistake — by Samsung itself. Now, an image of a Russian Galaxy Note 9 retail box confirms most details that we bumped into so far.
Armored Warfare launches today on Xbox One
Almost three years since its launch as a closed beta game for Windows PCs, Armored Warfare is finally available for Xbox consoles. The Xbox One version succeeds the PlayStation 4 variant by only a few months and joins World of Tanks and War Thunder, both already available on Microsoft's game console.
You need the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 to play World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth in 1080p at 60 fps
Although World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is not going to bring any major changes in the graphics department, NVIDA recommends a GeForce GTX 1060 to fully enjoy the game in high detail and 60 frames per second at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are required to properly run the game at 2,560 x 1,440 and 3,840 x 2,160.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5 and 97 WHr battery no longer coming to the US
Although he previously stated that the Intel Core i5-powered XPS 15 9570 would get the 97 WHr battery option, Frank Azor has recently revealed that those who want this power pack should "move up to the next config" to get it. This means a US$500-worth jump to the cheapest Intel Core i7-driven model.
Fortnite Mobile for Android lacks support for HTC and Xiaomi handsets, as well as most Nokia smartphones
Although Fortnite Mobile is still available only for iOS-powered devices, it looks like the launch of the Android variant is near. For now, we know that the list of supported handsets does not include quite a few popular brands, such as HTC and Xiaomi, while some popular Nokia smartphones are not supported, either.
Samsung Galaxy J8 hits India as the online-exclusive Galaxy On8
Just as it happened with the latest Samsung Galaxy J6, which was released exclusively online in India as the Galaxy On6, the Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) is now ready to go on sale on Flipkart as the Galaxy On8. Obviously, the Galaxy On8 also comes with a slightly lower price tag when compared to its sibling.
Upcoming white Google Pixel 3 XL leaks online
A fresh set on hands-on Google Pixel 3 XL photos confirms that one variant of this upcoming handset features 4 GB of memory and 64 GB internal storage. Even more, the white variant apparently keeps the contrasting-colored power button used by Google for the white Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Dell XPS 13 9370 now available with Ubuntu Linux 18.04 onboard
The Intel Core i7-8550U-powered Dell XPS 13 9370 ultrabook is now available with Ubuntu Linux 18.04 onboard. The first XPS 13 Developer Edition arrived more than five years ago and back then it had Ubuntu 12.04 installed. The new XPS 13 Developer Edition is only available in the US for now, but Europe and Canada will follow soon.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Core i9 is immune to Active Management Technology-related issues
While the Dell XPS 15 9570 that uses the high-end Intel Core i9 processor comes with vPro disabled, some users are afraid of the AMT-related vulnerabilities that could allow a remote attacker to gain control of their machines. Frank Azor confirmed that the issues have been patched already and the machine should be immune to such attacks.
More HTC U12 Life details surface online
Currently codenamed "Imagine Life," HTC's next mid-ranger is expected to hit the market as the HTC U12 Life. Its alleged specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 GB of memory, 64 GB internal storage, a dual camera setup on the back, a generous 6-inch display, and a 3,600 mAh battery.
Facebook Watch Party for Groups now available worldwide
The Watch Party feature for Facebook Groups has been tested over the last few months, and now it is finally available for all users of the notorious social network. Thanks to it, people within a group can watch a video together — it works for both live and pre-recorded content — and interact via comments and reactions.
Three Motorola One Power variants hit TENAA, specs and images now public
The upcoming Motorola One Power has been the subject of quite a few rumors and leaks over the last few weeks, but now it has just surfaced on TENAA. According to this fresh listing, the 6.18-inch handset features a massive 4,850 mAh battery, up to 6 GB/64 GB of memory/internal storage, a dual camera on the back, and more.
Android Oreo hits 12 percent of the market, Nougat begins to drop
After more than a month without making the Android distribution numbers public, Google reveals that Oreo is finally above the 10 percent barrier — at 12.1 percent, to be accurate — while Nougat has begun to descend, dropping by just 0.3 percent when compared to the 31.1 percent of the market it controlled during the week that ended on May 7.
Steam gets an all-new chat system for both the Steam Client and web browsers
The new stable Steam Client for Windows, Linux, and Mac brings an all-new chat feature that is also available for web browsers, GPU acceleration in web views by default, support for the PlayStation 3 controller, 15 Xbox controllers, and more. In the near future, Windows XP and Vista will no longer be supported by the Steam Client.
Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Chrome OS tablet is finally available and shipping
Although the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 — one of the few Chrome OS-driven tablets unveiled so far — arrived back in March, it took a while for it to finally become widely available. Now, those interested can acquire this 9.7-inch slate with a Rockchip RK3399 processor inside for a starting price of US$330.
A new Google Pixelbook with narrow bezels is expected to arrive this fall
Google is expected to unveil quite a few new pieces of hardware in October: the Pixel 3 and 3 XL handsets, the second-generation Pixel Buds, a Pixel-branded smartwatch, and now an updated PixelBook with narrow bezels is joining the list as well. Sadly, nothing is official yet.
Nokia's X5 confirmed to hit the global market as the 5.1 Plus
Just as previously rumored, the Nokia X5 handset will hit the global market as the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Although HMD's Global Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, confirmed its arrival on Twitter, the details are not public yet, but we expect this to happen soon.
Snapchat will shut down its peer-to-peer payment service Snapcash on August 30
Introduced back in November 2014 as the result of Snapchat's collaboration with Square, Snapcash ended up as a payment service mainly used for trading adult-oriented content online, far from the initial goal of allowing friends and family members to quickly transfer money while using Snapchat.
Upcoming 12 nm AMD Picasso APU spotted online
Although most details are still unknown, we heard that the AMD Picasso APU is a 12 nm Zen+ chip that might launch as an individual family of products instead of a mere Raven Ridge refresh. Unfortunately, AMD's current roadmap mentioned a 2019 release date, so it will probably take at least a few good months until more official details show up.
Ubuntu 17.10 is no longer supported
Those who are still using Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" should now update to the version 18.04 (nicknamed "Bionic Beaver") of this popular Linux distribution. Ubuntu 17.10 arrived on October 19, 2017, and it only received 9 months of support — as it happens with all non-LTS Ubuntu Linux releases.
Total War: Rome II - Rise of the Republic now up for pre-order
The upcoming expansion for Creative Assembly's Total War: Rome II is called "Rise of the Republic" and will launch in early August as a full prequel campaign for the game. This US$16.99 pack comes with a full map of Italy — including Rome's ancient enemy, Carthage — and is set in 399 BC.
Huawei has already sold 100 million handsets this year
Although the Chinese brand might not hit its planned sales target of 200 million units for the entire year, reaching the 100 million units milestone is also quite impressive. Compared to 7 years ago, Huawei managed to increase its smartphone sales by no less than 51 times.
Amber Lake-powered Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 spotted online
Although the changes were quickly removed, Dell's Chilean website has been up for a while showing the XPS 13 convertible with two Amber Lake processors, namely the Intel Core i5-8200Y and the Intel Core i7-8500Y. Now, it only remains to see how long does it take for Dell to make these processor options available for real.
Apex Launcher 4.0 is a complete mess
Once a very popular Android launcher, Apex Launch has just become an example of how not to do things for the developers of such apps. The latest update reduced the number of settings available, and some of those that have not been eliminated have been completely changed. All in all, Apex Launch is now one of those launchers that any user should avoid.
Sea of Thieves will get skeleton ships at the end of the month
The upcoming free campaign and content update for Sea of Thieves is called "Cursed Sails" and will go live on July 31. The three-week campaign will bring skeleton ships to challenge players on the seas and bring terror to outposts. Fortunately, those who will not be able to take part in the campaign will be able to enjoy the new content in the future as well.
World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now rolling out
Although the new story content will be playable starting on July 25 and the Battle of Azeroth update is set to arrive on August 14, the pre-patch can be downloaded already. World of Warcraft 8.0.1 comes with multiple changes, including an updated PvP Honor and Prestige system, the ability to create and join cross-realm social groups, updated classes and specializations, and more.
Tempest 4000 brings old-school arcade fun to Windows PCs and consoles
ATARI's classic arcade game Tempest that was released in October 1981 is making a return as Eat Electric Death! Tempest 4000 with new features and 4K graphics. This title is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs for US$20 or US$30 — depending on the market and platform, of course.
Android 8.1 Oreo finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe
Although the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Xiaomi Mi A1 started to roll out last month, it was quickly stopped after the discovery of an SMS bug. Back then, most markets did not even receive it, so now it is the first time for most users of this successful Android One handset when the update reaches them.
The 6th gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on Linux is facing sleep mode issues, unofficial patch available for a while
A problem that has been spotted in early March has resurfaced on Twitter this week, and Lenovo pointed the troubled customer to the official forum. Sadly, the 18-page discussion about the X1 Carbon's inability to use deep sleep on Linux also reveals that Lenovo's machines are unable to use LTE and the fingerprint reader when running this operating system.
Xiaomi teases the upcoming Mi A2 on Twitter
The teaser of the upcoming rebranded Mi 6X does not reveal much, but the essentials are supposed to be the same as in the case of the very popular Mi A1 when compared to the Mi 5X. Basically, the Mi A2 will have the same specs as the Mi 6X but will run stock Android instead of using Xiaomi's MIUI interface.
In-display fingerprint readers coming to the Galaxy A series next year
Although various Chinese underdogs are already selling handsets with in-display fingerprint readers, Samsung still has to release its first such handset. However, while the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are both expected to use this technology, recent rumors claim that next year's Galaxy A series will feature it as well.
Battlefield V Open Beta coming in September
The Battlefield V Closed Alpha stage has just reached its final day and now this title is ready for the next step. According to DICE, the Open Beta for Battlefield V will go live in the first part of September. The full game is scheduled to launch mid-October for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The new HP Chromebook x2 goes head to head with the Microsoft Surface Go
Although the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor was expected to remain a Microsoft Surface Go-exclusive, it looks like the HP Chromebook x2 convertible will soon get a version with it inside as well. Even more, a variant with an Intel Core i5-7Y54 inside is also on its way. Both have been spotted in a leaked technical document.
AMD's upcoming 7 nm Vega 20 GPU could provide well above 20 TFLOPs for an insane TDP of over 400 Watt
According to a detailed analysis of AMD's upcoming GPUs, the new 7 nm Vega 20 might hit the 20 TFLOP barrier. Unfortunately, based on the known specifications of the hardware architecture used, achieving this level of performance would also lead to a high power consumption figure of 400 W.
The first Remnant: From the Ashes trailer goes online, but the launch is expected for 2019
The Darksiders 3 studio, namely Gunfire Games, is now working on a brand-new title, the third-person survival-action shooter Remnant: From the Ashes. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future and involves interdimensional fights with a mysterious race called The Root. If everything works as planned, the game should launch next year.
Frank Azor: There is no chance to get the Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i7 and integrated graphics
While some businesses would like to order the XPS 15 9570 with an Intel Core i7 or even an Intel Core i9 processor inside, but without dedicated graphics, Dell has no plans to offer such hardware configurations. The answer to this question comes from Frank Azor via Twitter, as usual.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018) tablet lands at FCC
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is expected to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or a Snapdragon 430 processor, next to 2 or 3 GB of memory and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. The slate will most likely run Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0 on top and it might arrive soon since it has just been spotted at FCC.
The Huawei Nova 3 leaks online, official launch coming next week
Although it also has a notched display, the same Kirin 970 processor and the dual-camera setup present in the Honor 10, the upcoming Huawei Nova 3 sports a larger screen and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. According to the latest leaks, this 6.3-inch phablet will launch in China on July 18.
The Motorola Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus finally arrive in India
The 5.7-inch Moto E5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and retails for around US$146, while the 5.99-inch Moto E5 Plus will be available in the region for about US$175 and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. In both cases, the screen resolution is an almost decent 1,440 x 720 pixels.
PUBG Mobile 0.7.0 available for download, still in Beta stage
Earlier today, PUBG Mobile 0.7.0 beta was still receiving new players. Sadly, at the time of publishing this piece, all available spots have been taken already. The good part is that new players will be accepted later, so this early access program is definitely one to keep an eye on.
The Dell XPS 15 9575 with 32 GB RAM is scheduled to arrive in September, confirms Frank Azor
Those eagerly waiting for the XPS 15 9575 with 32 GB of memory have just received a new confirmation from Frank Azor, who mentioned on Twitter that Dell is currently aiming for a September launch. For now, this convertible is only available with 8 GB or 16 GB of soldered memory that cannot be upgraded.
The Nokia X5 might launch tomorrow in China
Expected to launch in China later this week for a price starting around the equivalent of US$150, the upcoming Nokia X5 is powered by a yet-to-be-revealed MediaTek processor and sports a 720p 5.86-inch notched display. This handset will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo onboard and will obviously receive Android P once it becomes available.
Samsung begins mass production of fifth generation V-NAND memory
The fifth-generation V-NAND memory chips by Samsung use the "Toggle DDR 4.0" interface for the first time in the industry and provide a data transfer speed of up to 1.4 Gbps — an impressive increase of 40 percent over the previous generation. These new 256 Gb chips will soon be followed by 1 Tb offerings.
Huawei trademarks the Mate 20 name
According to a recent trademark filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the next-gen Huawei Mate device will be the Mate 20. This is still a bit far from an official confirmation, but it definitely minimizes the chances to see the Mate 11 showing up first, as some rumors have been suggesting.
Fortnite Season 5 starting on July 12
After the changes brought by the post-meteor strike Season 4, Season 5 of Fortnite is now on its way and will kick off on July 12 at 4 AM EDT (08:00 GMT). The strange rift events that have started to appear after the recent in-game missile launch will probably play a role in Season 5 as well, but the details are not public yet.
The Vivo Nex flagship to get out of China, but the US market still has to wait
The Vivo Nex flagship, which is widely known for its fullscreen display design with a pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint reader, is expected to hit Russia, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, and Hong Kong by the end of the month. Sadly, its availability for other markets has not been confirmed yet.
OPPO A3s details surface online, a 6.2-inch notched display included
The yet to be announced OPPO A3s seems to be a re-branded OPPO A5 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a dual camera setup on the back, as well as a massive 6.2-inch notched display. Sadly, the screen resolution is very low for this size — only 1,280 x 720 pixels.
A new — and affordable — Microsoft Surface tablet might arrive this week
The affordable Microsoft tablet — most likely the one known as Lex and supposed to arrive this fall — will apparently land in stores this Friday. According to insiders familiar with the matter, this 10-inch Windows slate will start at US$399 for education customers and will go up to US$829 (without accessories).
Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 3 hits Cricket Wireless
The Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 3 is a 5-inch handset that features low-end specs such as a resolution of just 1,280 x 720 pixels, 5 MP and 8 MP cameras, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. On the other hand, many users will enjoy having a removable 2,600 mAh battery, Bixby support, as well as Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
The Xiaomi POCOPHONE handset hits FCC
The upcoming Xiaomi POCOPHONE landed at FCC with two variants, both featuring 6 GB of memory. However, one of them sports 64 GB of internal storage space, while the other offers 128 GB. The draft of the handset's back also reveals a vertical dual camera setup. Sadly, there is not much else to talk about yet.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 and MediaPad T5 10 Android slates now official
The two 10.1-inch Huawei slates MediaPad M5 Lite 10 and MediaPad T5 10 run Android Oreo and use the same HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor, although there are some differences easily noticeable in the battery and camera departments. In Italy, their prices start around the equivalent of US$235.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ flagship might feature five cameras
A dual camera for selfies and a tri-camera setup on the back — this is the mobile photography hardware rumored to be used by Samsung for the upcoming Galaxy S10+ flagship. Currently codenamed "Beyond 2," this handset is expected to become — alongside the S10 — the first Samsung phone with a triple camera setup, as well as the first S series device with two front cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Advanced2 and Advanced2 XL live images spotted online
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab Advanced2 and the Galaxy Tab Advanced2 XL are expected to hit the market soon with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, thinner bezels than their predecessors, as well as without a physical Home button. Both are very likely to arrive at the end of August, just in time for IFA 2018.
No Coffee Lake refresh coming to the Alienware 13
Those waiting for a Coffee Lake refresh for the latest Alienware 13 gaming laptop should give up all hope because Frank Azor has just confirmed that such a thing is not in the cards. The models currently available on the market use 6th and 7th generation Intel processors, as well as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti/1060 graphics.
Baidu announces a new processor for AI
Baidu's new Kunlun processor is advertised as "China's first cloud-to-edge AI chip" that will be used in both cloud and edge scenarios, including data centers, autonomous vehicles, and public clouds. The chip uses 14 nm Samsung engineering, providing 512 GB/s and 260 TOPS for a power consumption of 100 W.
The Moto Z Play gets Android Oreo on Verizon Wireless
The mid-range version of the Moto Z flagship, Lenovo's Moto Z Play has been unveiled back in August 2016 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow onboard. Now, the Verizon Wireless variant of this Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered smartphone is finally receiving the long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy J7 Aero hits Geekbench, Exynos 7885 in tow
Expected to arrive in the US exclusively via Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Aero apparently has just surfaced on Geekbench. The listing for the SM-J737V device has been removed since it was spotted by MySmartPrice News, and the details it revealed include an Exynos 7885 processor, 2 GB RAM, and Android Oreo.
New Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 renders surface online, thin bezels included
The successor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet surfaced a few times so far but still has to be confirmed by the company's officials. The new renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 show slimmer bezels than the previous ones, also revealing a few sensors and the lack of a physical Home button.
The Huawei Nova 3 hits TENAA with FullView display and two dual cameras
The upcoming Huawei Nova 3 is a massive mid-range handset with a 6.3-inch FullView display, a design similar to the P20 flagship, and dual cameras for both selfies and daily mobile photography tasks. Expected to be unveiled on July 18, the Nova 3 uses a HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.
The new Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 now available on Verizon, Boost Mobile, and Sprint
Less than a month after Samsung announced the arrival of the new Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 handsets, both are making their way to the US market. The 5-inch Galaxy J3 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy J7 are both budget handsets that feature 2 GB of memory and come with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Unofficial Microsoft Andromeda renders show gaming and laptop usage modes
Although the Microsoft Andromeda project — expected to hit the market as the Surface Phone — has been in the rumor mill for quite a long time, everything should be clarified this fall. In the meantime, we bumped into a new set of unofficial renders that is based on the latest Microsoft patent showing this device.
Samsung Galaxy J6 hits India as the online-exclusive Galaxy On6
The Exynos 7870-powered Samsung Galaxy J6 has been around since May in black, gold, and blue. However, the Indian market will now get it as the Galaxy On6, but only in black and blue. The "new" Galaxy On6 also sports a slightly lower price tag than the identical Galaxy J6 due to the fact that it can only be acquired online.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i9-8950HK processor finally available in the US, XPS 15 9580 not in the cards yet
The Intel Core i9-8950HK processor option is finally available for the full HD variant of the Dell XPS 15 9570 performance laptop. However, Frank Azor also unveiled that the Dell XPS 15 9580 is not in the cards yet when asked about the changes that should be expected from the successor of the XPS 15 9570.
Samsung's first Android Go smartphone gets one step closer to launch
Not long after surfacing online for the first time, the Samsung SM-J260 is back in dozens of markets worldwide. However, this Android Go handset is not available for purchase yet, since Samsung is only testing it at this stage. The list of countries where this handset is currently undergoing trials includes Germany, Italy, France, Singapore, and others.
OpenKirin brings stock Android to Huawei and Honor devices that are stuck with EMUI otherwise
Those who love certain Huawei and Honor devices but cannot stand the company's custom interface, EMUI, can run stock Android thanks to a new project called OpenKirin. The list of supported devices currently includes no less than 17 phones and tablets loaded with EMUI 8 by default.
Google adding DRM to all Android apps
Earlier this week, Google silently introduced a feature that is supposed to increase the security of the Android platform by adding a string of metadata to all APK files. As long as Google does not go DRM-crazy the same way Electronic Arts did on a few occasions, everything should be fine.
Libre Computer's single-board computer Renegade Elite coming in August, Rockchip RK3399 in tow
The successor of the US$35 Renegade single-board PC by Libre Computer will hit Indiegogo in July and general availability is scheduled for August. This Raspberry Pi alternative uses a Rockchip RK3399 processor and features USB Type-C connectivity, 4 GB DDR4 memory, eMMC 5.x support, Gigabit Ethernet, and more.
Microsoft drops Windows 7 support for Pentium III processors
As incredible as it may seem, Windows 7 still offered support for pre-2000 processors until recently, when Microsoft confirmed that machines without SSE2 support must be upgraded to continue receiving updates for the operating system. Back in March, the company mentioned that a workaround for non-SSE2 processors was under development.
The long-rumored Microsoft Andromeda device could use the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 chip
While most rumors that we heard so far mentioned an ARM processor, new ones reveal that the upcoming foldable Windows 10 device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000, a chip that was specifically created for Windows on ARM devices. Also known as the Surface Phone, the Andromeda still needs to be confirmed by Microsoft.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5 could get the 97 WHr battery option in the US
In addition to the noticeable price bump from US$999.99 to US$1,059.99 that has been already applied to the Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5-8300H processor, the most affordable hardware setup of this performance laptop is also expected to get a 97 WHr battery, confirms Frank Azor.
New Samsung patent shows a dual-screen handset similar to the YotaPhone
Although the space on the back of the Samsung device shown in the patent that surfaced online thanks to Mobiel kopen might not be a secondary display after all, it is nice to think that a device similar to the YotaPhone might hit the market backed by the name of a major player in the smartphone market.
Amazon Fire TV Cube is finally available for purchase
After a brief pre-ordering period, Amazon's Fire TV Cube can be acquired for a price of US$119.99 (the player alone) or US199.98 (Fire TV and Cloud Cam package). Later this year, this device should get support for sleep timers, Alexa Calling/Messaging, multi-room music, Bluetooth connections to mobile phones, and more.
MSN News becomes Microsoft News, mobile app now available for iOS and Android
Five years after the latest redesign and relaunch, the MSN News service gets a new design and a new name: Microsoft News. Microsoft News now features a dark theme, an impressive collection of curated news, as well as quick and accurate notifications. The mobile app is available for iOS and Android, but there are also versions for Windows 10 and the Web.
Microsoft acquires AI firm Bonsai
The Californian AI firm Bonsai achieved a few major breakthroughs in the field of industrial machine learning over the last years and will be joining Microsoft to help the latter in building better autonomous systems. As it usually happens with such deals, the financial terms have not been unveiled.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 was delayed in India due to supply shortages
Although Frank Azor said that the Dell XPS 15 9570 would become available in India on June 19, he has just confirmed that the company is facing supply shortages. A Twitter user also claims that Dell India removed the product page shortly after it went online, so this delay is most likely a short one.
Samsung intros the first NF1 NVMe SSD
The industry's first NF1 NVMe SSD that has just been introduced by Samsung is optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications, targeting next-gen data centers and enterprise servers. This drive provides twice the capacity of the current M.2 NVMe SSD for about the same size.
The Google Podcasts app for Android now available globally
Although Google Play Music began offering podcasts a few years ago, the internet search giant did not offer a standalone podcast player until now. Google Podcasts is a free Android app that integrates with Google Assistant across multiple devices and provides personalized recommendations to its users.
Google suddenly removes Uber integration from Maps
Back in January 2017, Google decided to integrate Uber into the popular Maps service. Now, this feature has been silently removed without any prior warning. There is no official reason for this move yet, but it is very likely that this move involves financial disagreements between Google and Uber.
You can run Android Oreo on a PC thanks to Android-x86 8.1_rc1
Available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, Android-x86 8.1-rc1 brings Android 8.1 Oreo to most devices that have not been designed with this mobile operating system in mind, including desktops and portable computers. However, this version is the first release candidate build and comes with a few issues.
Westworld TV series-inspired mobile game coming this week to Android and iOS
The Westworld game for mobile devices is supposed to launch officially on June 21st, but it can be downloaded, installed, and played already in some markets. This title is similar to Fallout Shelter and involves many characters and locations that are familiar for the fans of the Westworld TV series.
Apple allegedly killed the iPhone SE 2
Despite all the leaks and rumors about the successor of the iPhone SE, it seems that Apple has recently decided to stop its development. Insiders familiar with the inner workings of the Cupertino giant mention that three other handsets are in the making, all featuring large screens (between 5.8 and 6.5 inches in size).
Frank Azor confirms: The Dell XPS 15 9570 is coming to India next week
While the US market remains stuck at only four configurations directly available from Dell.com for this popular Cofee Lake-powered premium laptop, India is scheduled to receive the XPS 15 9570 next Tuesday. However, Frank Azor has not confirmed yet how many hardware setups will be available on launch.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X hit Geekbench with up to 4 GHz boost and impressive performance
Expected to cost around US$160, the AMD Ryzen 5 2500X is almost as fast as the Intel Core i7-7700, while the cheaper (around US$130) Ryzen 3 2300X delivers about the same performance as the Intel Core i5-7600K. Both chips are manufactured using a 12 nm process and have a maximum clock speed of 4 GHz.
Virtual keyboard SwiftKey coming to Windows 10
Available for Android and iOS until now, SwiftKey is ready for Windows 10. Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and those who opted in to Skip Ahead can use this popular virtual keyboard app in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17692. The list of languages supported includes English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portugues, and Russian.
Quake Champions is free until Monday, get it now and keep it forever
The first new entry in the Quake family of first-person shooters since Quake 4 — which arrived back in 2005 — Quake Champions can be downloaded via Steam as a free-to-play trial and those who sign up until June 18 can keep playing after the official launch as well. Early access has been available for US$30 since August 2017.
First 10 nm Intel Cannon Lake processor die spotted in the wild
Although Intel is very quiet with the details, independent sources confirmed that the new 10 nm processor is based on a 71 mm Cannon Lake die. Its die includes a 45 x 24 mm CPU area and a 47 mm chipset. Unfortunately, due to the troublesome manufacturing process, Intel will not be able to mass produce the new chip before the end of the year.
Kill the notch: The Samsung Galaxy S10 and the LG G8 rumored to be notch-free
All those Samsung and LG fans who can't live with an ugly notched display might have a reason to celebrate once the next generation flagships come out. The reason is that these two brands are supposedly ready to use "sound-emitting displays" that eliminate the need for a front-facing earpiece.
Next year's iPhones might ditch the Lightning connector
According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Apple is currently redesigning the chargers and the charging interface for its next-gen iPhones and iPads. The iPhones expected to arrive next year will probably drop the existing Lightning connector and replace it with USB Type-C, but — unsurprisingly — Apple still has to confirm this.
You can already pre-order the Nokia 3.1 in the US for US$159, launch scheduled for July 2
The new Nokia 3.1 is a 5.2-inch affordable handset with a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, as well as a polycarbonate back combined with an aluminum frame. Scheduled to launch in the US on July 2, this Android One smartphone can be already pre-ordered from Amazon for US$159.
The Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset (AW988) hits the market
The first such accessory by Alienware in almost a decade, the AW988 is a wireless 7.1 surround gaming headset with LED lights, active noise canceling, and a frequency response range of 20 to 20,000 Hz. Covered by a two-year manufacturer warranty, the Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 can be acquired directly from Dell for US$229.99.
War Thunder 1.79 "Project X" is now live, Xbox One release coming soon
In addition to the upcoming release on the Xbox One, this major update for Gaijin Entertainment's popular cross-platform vehicular combat MMO title also includes various "X items" like the Fritz-X guided bomb, the AMX-40 and XM-1 tanks, and more. War Thunder 1.79 is now rolling out to Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Shield Android TV.
A budget Microsoft Surface tablet codenamed Lex might launch this fall
The Microsoft Surface Lex, also known as the Surface L, is rumored to arrive with type covers currently codenamed "Gibs" while its list of specs and features apparently includes USB Type-C and LTE connectivity. Compared to the Surface slates currently available and the type covers for them, the Surface Lex and its keyboard attachment will both be more affordable.
Looking great: First Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer goes online
Compared to the cinematic trailer that has been available for a while, the first Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer comes with more action and landscapes, as well as a lot of water. The game is being developed by Eidos Montreal and will hit Windows PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles on September 14.
Yahoo Messenger going down for good on July 17 after a two-decade run
After 20 years since its 1998 release as Yahoo Pager, today's Yahoo Messenger — a Verizon property starting in 2017 — will be shut down in about five weeks. Although there is no official replacement for this iconic product, its successor might be Squirrel, a messaging app which is currently being tested by a few chosen ones.
AMD RX Vega 56 Nano now official
AMD unveiled the RX Vega 56 Nano during a Computex 2018 special press event, but instead a reference edition — as it usually happens — they unveiled a variant made by PowerColor. This video card features 8 GB HBM2 memory, 3584 stream processors, and the same clock speeds as the reference edition: 1156 MHz (base) and 1471 MHz (maximum).
The Google Pixel 2 XL got lazy after the latest update
According to multiple user reports, the patch for the Google Pixel 2 XL that was issued two days ago made this flagship device slower when waking up from the sleep mode via both the power button and the fingerprint reader. Fortunately, it seems that no other Pixel or Nexus device has been affected by this bug.
The mid-range LG Q Stylus phablet now official, coming later this month
The new LG Q Stylus will be available for purchase later this month in North America and Asia, followed by other regions in the third quarter. This 6.2-inch phablet will hit the market in three variants: regular, Plus, and Alpha. All three will feature the same FullVision display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, a 3,300 mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite spotted online with a notched display
The upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is expected to debut as a larger Mi A1 because it sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and up to 4 GB RAM/64 GB internal storage. However, its generous 5.99-inch display has a notch and a 2:1 aspect ratio, providing a resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels.
Intel Core i9-powered full HD XPS 15 9570 coming to the US later this month
For now, the top configuration of the XPS 15 9570 with a non-touch full HD display available in the US via Dell.com sports an Intel Core i7-8750H processor. However, Frank Azor has just confirmed that more setups will be available later this month, including one that features the i9-8950HK processor out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy A6 expected to hit the US via AT&T
The mid-range Samsung Galaxy A6 (model number SM-A600A) is supposed to hit the US via AT&T, reveals Evan Blass. Sadly, he did not mention a price tag or a date of launch. This 5.6-inch handset ships with Android Oreo onboard and sports a few premium features, such as Samsung Pay, Face Recognition, Bixby Vision, and Dolby Atmos audio.
A collection of Apple internal tools allegedly up for sale on the black market
An unnamed hacker claims to have access to a set of internal tools that can be used to reveal — obviously private — Apple customer account information. According to this individual, at least 20 people have acquired usernames and passwords — obtained using a "private exploit," he said — to access Apple's systems.
Dragon Nest hits Android devices worldwide as Dragon Nest M
Released in South Korea back in March 2010, the action MMORPG title shortly known as Dragon Nest arrived on Android a few months ago, but it was only available in South Asia since then. Now, Dragon Nest M (from "mobile") can be finally enjoyed by Android users all over the world as a free game (with optional digital purchases, of course).
Papua New Guinea to ban Facebook
Facebook will be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month, but the starting day has not been unveiled yet. The reason for this is to allow the government's analysts to track down those behind fake accounts, adult uploads, and those who introduce and promote fake news and misleading information.
The Meizu M6T is now official, packs a dual-camera setup for less than US$125
Starting at less than US$125, the new Meizu M6T is powered by the outdated MediaTek MT6750 processor, but its main selling point is the 13 MP + 2 MP main camera setup on the back. This 5.7-inch handset also has a 3,300 mAh battery and a traditional audio jack, but it is only available in China for now.
Farce ID: The OnePlus 6 flagship fell for a photo
Although the OnePlus 6 has been well received and provides an excellent value, the fingerprint and the PIN/password remain the safest methods of unlocking it. A recent statement coming directly from OnePlus makes it clear that face unlocking alone cannot deliver an optimal level of security yet.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible with 32 GB RAM coming in Q4 2018
Although its high-end variant is also available in black — unlike the XPS 15 9570 laptop — and features an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8705G processor, the XPS 15 9575 convertible only comes with 16 GB of soldered memory, so there is no upgrade option available. Fortunately, Frank Azor has just confirmed that a 32 GB variant should arrive in the last part of the year.
Hands-on video of the dual-camera Samsung Galaxy A8 Star surfaces online
The Samsung SM-G8850 handset that recently visited the offices of the Chinese telecom authority TENAA has now surfaced online in a short hands-on video. Although the processor inside it is still a mystery, most of the other specs — including a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display and a 24 MP + 16 MP main camera setup — have been (unofficially) confirmed.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth now available for Android and iOS devices in the US
Announced for Japan back in March, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is finally available for Android and iOS smartphones in the US. This cult classic is more than 12 years old, but the mobile version has been refreshed with HD graphics, a wide voice cast, partial gamepad support, as well as save and autosave capabilities.
Essential promises 2 years of updates and 3 years of security patches for the PH1 handset
Although Andy Rubin's company is now up for sale and the chances to see a second Essential Phone reaching the market anytime soon have just evaporated, the company recently announced that its only device will get 2 years of updates and 3 years of security patches. Sadly, these timelines could change if Essential gets a new owner.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered laptops coming soon
Sometimes delays can be benefic for laptops, since at least some of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 portables that were expected to arrive this year will use the faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor instead, which also has a noticeably faster frequency than when used in smartphones.
State of Decay 2 hits the one million players milestone in just two days
In just two days after the global release of the State of Decay 2 Standard Edition open world zombie survival game for Windows and Xbox One, over one million players enjoyed it. Other figures revealed by Microsoft for the given period include six million combined hours of gameplay and almost 3.5 million hours streamed via Mixer, YouTube Gaming, and Twitch.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might feature 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, Exynos 9810 variant hits Geekbench
While a recent rumor claims that a top-of-the-line variant of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might hit the market with 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage onboard, the Samsung SM-N960N model that has just surfaced on Geekbench only sports an Exynos 9810 processor and 6 GB RAM.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is now official, coming to North America in July
The convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 15 promises to deliver a 13-hour battery life and features two upward-facing speakers, as well as full support for Android apps via Google Play. It is expected to reach the North American market in July for a starting price of US$449, while the EMEA region should get it in June.
Live image of the LG V35 ThinQ surfaces online
The live image recently discovered by Evan Blass on the website of The Wireless Power Consortium reveals a handset without a notch that might feature front-facing stereo speakers. The latest rumors mention a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, dual 16 MP main camera, a 6-inch display, 6 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
StumbleUpon shutting down on June 30, accounts and content moving to Mix.com
After a history of more than 16 years, the popular content discovery and advertisement engine StumbleUpon is drawing its last breath. On June 30, all user accounts and content will move to Mix.com, a similar service that offers better compatibility with today's mobile platforms and web browsers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hits GFXBench with Android 8.1 onboard, unknown Snapdragon processor
Less than a month since it surfaced with Android 8.0 Oreo onboard, the upcoming Samsung SM-T835 tablet hits the GFXBench database with Android 8.1. The graphics performance is slightly lower with the new software version, so it might take a while before they launch this 10.5-inch slate.
Google Family Link hits 27 new markets
Available for phones and tablets that run at least iOS 9 or KitKat, Google Family Link allows parents to control the content available on their children's phones and tablets that run Nougat or later. Launched in the US back in September 2017, this service is now available in no less than 38 countries worldwide.
Frank Azor: No more loud fans for the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 convertible thanks to the latest BIOS update
The latest BIOS update for the Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible should take care of the fans issue, revealed Frank Azor on Twitter yesterday. In the last month, more users complained that the fans of the new XPS 2-in-1 are extremely loud even under light load, some of them even stumbling into this problem on more than just one XPS 15 9575.
Google silently removes its "Don't be evil" motto after almost two decades
Present in Google's corporate code of conduct since 2000, the "Don't be evil" motto was changed to "Do the right thing" in 2015 for use in Alphabet's code of conduct. However, Google did not drop this slogan until late April/early May, when all references to it have been apparently removed.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in Sunrise Gold finish coming next month, US availability not confirmed yet
US customers not happy with the three color choices locally available for the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup might want to wait for a little longer, because it looks like the Sunrise Gold option might reach them in the coming weeks. Even better, it is rumored that the Burgundy Red Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will land stateside as well.
Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury (S8 Lite) now official in China
The rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite is now official in China as the S Light Luxury. Its highlights include a 5.8-inch Infinity Display with 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone has no dual camera setup and can be pre-ordered for the equivalent of US$578.
Republic Wireless intros the Relay secure smartphone for kids
The Relay secure smartphone for kids by Republic Wireless is so secure that it does not feature a display. This accessory can be considered a basic phone with tracking capabilities for kids, as it features nationwide 4G LTE connectivity, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, NFC contact sharing, and even a smart assistant.
Ubuntu 18.10 will come with a new default theme, improved power management, and more
Scheduled to arrive in October, Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" will still use GNOME but will come with a new default theme called Communitheme, improved power saving options, a faster first-time startup for apps installed as snaps, DLNA media sharing, and more. Until then, version 18.04.1 is expected to drop in July with a few minor changes, as well as the usual tweaks and bug fixes.
Microsoft acquires conversational AI company Semantic Machines
Semantic Machines Inc. is a Californian company based in Berkeley that will join Microsoft for an undisclosed amount. However, it has been revealed that the Redmond giant will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley "to push forward the boundaries of what is possible in language interfaces."
Xiaomi coming to France on May 22
Promising to bring a "new attitude" to Europe, Xiaomi is ready to enter the French market. The Chinese brand will open its first Mi Store in Paris on May 22, but more are expected to follow in other French cities over the coming months. Two days later, Xiaomi will also enter the Italian market.
Netflix HDR support now available for the Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei's Mate 10 Pro, and the P20 family
The list of mobile devices with Netflix HDR support now consists of 11 smartphones and one tablet — namely the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 — and the last ones to be added are the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10 Pro, as well as the Sony Xperia XZ2. The only plan with UHD content streaming support is Netflix Premium, priced at US$13.99 per month.
Dragon Ball Legends for Android hits the US
Less than a month after becoming the first Namco Bandai title to reach 3 million pre-registrations worldwide, Dragon Ball Legends is now officially available for Android users in the US. Europe and other markets will follow soon, followed by the iOS version of this new title based on the Dragon Ball manga and anime series.
Motorola silently intros the Moto 1S in China
The new Motorola Moto 1S is about the same device as the Moto G6 but comes with Lenovo ZUI 3.5 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo and ZUI branding on the back. This handset also sports a 5.7-inch full HD+ 2:1 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, a 12 MP + 5 MP main camera, and so on.
YouTube Music now official, coming next week
YouTube Music will launch next Tuesday as a free ad-supported service, while YouTube Music Premium will come for US$9.99. At the same time, YouTube Red becomes YouTube Premium. The first wave of countries to get YouTube Music consists of Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and the US.
Samsung halts the Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 lineup once again
Back in February, the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 lineup was halted. Now, the new firmware for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shares the same fate as more users located in Europe are complaining of bootloops that occur once the update is complete. Not long ago, T-Mobile paused the rollout of the same update after being delayed.
Facebook to debut Voice Posts, Stories archive, and cloud storage in India
Thanks to the new features coming to the Facebook app, its users will be able to save photos and videos directly to the Facebook cloud, share voice messages with friends, as well as to archive the Facebook Stories as needed. The new features will roll out in India first and are expected to reach the rest of the world soon.
Samsung Bixby coming to ovens and robot cleaners this year
Already available in smartphones, TVs, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators, the Samsung Bixby virtual assistant will also be added to the company's robot cleaners and ovens by the end of this year. Samsung remains committed to the promise of bringing AI to all its home appliances by 2020.
The Acer Iconia One 10 tablet shows up at FCC
Just as its name suggests, the upcoming Acer Iconia One 10 tablet has a 10.1-inch full HD display. Its list of specs also includes the MediaTek MT8167A quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 6,000 mAh battery. This slate runs Android 8.0 and has no official launch date yet.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star receives its WiFi certification
The certification document spotted on the website of the Wi-Fi Alliance only shows a few details, as usual. Based on the information it provides, we can only confirm that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8 Star will launch with Android 8.0 Oreo onboard and features dual-band WiFi support.
Verizon to bring 5G to Los Angeles by the end of the year
Los Angeles will get 5G connectivity from Verizon in the last quarter of 2018, joining Sacramento as a "progressive-minded" city. The carrier still has to announce one to three more cities that will be included in the first wave of commercial 5G deployment. Verizon already tested 5G networks in 11 cities throughout 2017.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i9-8950HK processor now available in Spain
After a painfully long wait — for those interested — the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is now present in two XPS 15 9570 models. Unfortunately, they have only been listed on the Dell Spain website, so US customers still have to wait a few more days (or weeks) until the XPS 15 9570 gets this high-end mobile processor stateside.
The Intel Z390 chipset now (almost) official with Wireless AC, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 in tow
The upcoming Intel Z390 chipset is designed for unlocked processors and could arrive in just a few weeks, at the Computex 2018 trade show in Taipei. However, the page containing the technical details was removed by Intel shortly after it became public, so the Z390 might get a few changes until its release.
Frank Azor: No chance for a black Dell XPS 15 9570
Although those who purchase the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 can already choose to have it in black, Frank Azor has recently confirmed that the Dell XPS 15 9570 laptop will not get such a color option anytime soon. The XPS 15 9570 is only available in a platinum silver finish and starts at US$999.99.
Huawei joins the Android Go crowd with the Y3 2018 smartphone
With the same price as the Nokia 1, the Huawei Y3 2018 is now available for purchase in South Africa. Its specs include a 5-inch display with only 854 x 480 pixels, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB internal storage, 2 MP and 8 MP cameras, as well as a 2,280 mAh battery.
Firefox 60 now available for download with sponsored stories, better Android performance, and more
The recently unleashed Firefox 60 is the first Extended Support Release version since Firefox 52, so it brings more than a year's worth of new features for personal, mobile, and business users. The most important changes are the sponsored stories present in the New Tab page and the improved customization capabilities for IT administrators.
John Legend coming to Google Assistant later this year, six new voices already available
Thanks to the recent introduction of six new voice choices, Google Assistant now features a total of eight such options — four female and four male voices. Even more, Sundar Pichai has confirmed at Google I/O that John Legend's voice will also reach the company's virtual assistant by the end of the year.
Asus entering the Android Go realm with the ZenFone Live L1
The 5.45-inch ZenFone Live L1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, next to 1 GB or 2 GB of memory, a 13 MP main camera, and 16 GB of internal storage space. The pricing details are not official yet, but a price tag around the equivalent of US$107 is expected for India, where this handset should debut later this month.
Encrypted messages apparently coming to Twitter
Although the company's representatives declined to comment so far, it looks like the "Secret conversation" option that was recently spotted inside the Twitter for Android application package is ready to bring encrypted messaging capabilities to this popular news and social networking service.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could feature a new S-Pen, virtual fingerprint recognition, and more
About four months before the alleged release date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, a refreshed set of details reveals the following: 3,850 mAh battery with 18 W fast charging, under-the-display fingerprint scanner, new S-Pen, Bixby 2.0, upgraded camera, and a new "Teddy Brown" color option.
Upcoming iOS 13 update to include a new home screen, various iPad-focused features
Although iOS 12 beta is not available yet for the public, a recent leak revealed a few details about its successor. According to this leak, iOS 13 "Yukon" will come with an updated Files app, a home screen redesign, tabs in apps like in macOS, as well as other iPad-focused features.
Fortnite for Android to arrive in a few months
Available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a few months already, Fortnite has recently reached iOS devices, after a short invite-only beta period. Now, it looks like the invites for the Android beta are going out already, so mobile gamers that use Google's platform should get Fortnite pretty soon as well.
Samsung Galaxy S10 expected to arrive in January 2019
Insiders familiar with the 10th anniversary Samsung flagship claim that the upcoming — apparently not foldable — Galaxy S10 handset is likely going to launch at the CES 2019 trade show. This popular trade show is scheduled to take place in the first half of January, as usual.
AT&T customers will not get the new LG G7 ThinQ, could receive the LG V35 instead
While AT&T officials confirmed that the company will not add the LG G7 ThinQ to its portfolio, they also revealed that a new exclusive LG device is headed their way and should go on sale this summer. Unconfirmed reports claim that this device is the upcoming notch-less LG V35 ThinQ.
New Windows 10 preview build already available, features improved snipping and screenshot taking
Although the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (build 17134.1) still has to reach most users of Microsoft's operating system, the members of the Windows Insider Preview program can already take the build 17661 for a spin. Its highlights include an updated Snipping Tool and a new app for screenshots called Screen Sketch.
New Google Assistant features and actions coming to Wear OS
More than one year since the arrival of Google Assistant to smart wearables thanks to Google Wear 2.0, Wear OS receives a whole new set of features for smartwatch users. The highlights of this update include Google Assistant smart suggestions, spoken replies to queries, as well as more than one million actions.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5-8300H processor is now available starting at US$999.99
Less than two days after two more powerful XPS 15 9570 configurations were listed on the official Dell website, two cheaper variants join the lineup. Starting at US$999.99, these models come with 8 GB of memory and 8th generation Intel Core processors (i5-8300H with a 5400 rpm 1 TB hybrid drive and i7-8750H with a 256 MB PCIe SSD).
The Oath bloatware is coming soon to Samsung Galaxy S9 handsets on Verizon
All Verizon Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets will soon be pre-loaded with the following Oath apps: Newsroom, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, and Go90. Although the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, it has been revealed that Samsung and Oath will share the ad revenue generated by the aforementioned apps.
Action Launcher 35 arrives with Android P looks and features
Chris Lacy's Action Launcher app has reached version 35 and, although Android P is still a few months away, this launcher comes with a dock and search bar inspired by the upcoming major iteration of Google's mobile operating system. Obviously, those who are not happy with the new looks can still use the old versions.
Samsung intros the 16 MP ISOCELL Slim 3P9 image sensor
The 16 MP ISOCELL Slim 3P9 camera by Samsung is a solution for mid-range devices and, thanks to the Tetracell technology, its 1 μm sensor can act as a 2 μm unit by merging four neighboring pixels. This way, the next-gen front-facing cameras can take better pictures in low light scenarios.
Facebook's smart speakers coming in October
The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal forced Facebook to delay the launch of its first smart speakers, which are now scheduled to arrive in October, loaded with the Facebook M artificial intelligence software solution. These smart home accessories were initially scheduled to arrive in July.
The Coolpad Note 6 Android smartphone launches exclusively offline in India
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, the new Coolpad Note 6 smartphone has a 5.5-inch display, 4 GB RAM, and comes with either 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage. Sadly, it only comes with Android 7.1 Nougat onboard, but the starting price of around US$135 should make up for that, at least partially.
Iran joins Russia as the second country to ban Telegram
It looks like a certain type of governments does not like Telegram at all since Iran is now banning the popular encrypted messaging service that was recently taken down in Russia. Telegram has about 40 million users in Iran and has been apparently used to organize the protests that took place back in January.
Samsung leading the premium segment of the Indian smartphone market
Although Xiaomi might be leading the Indian smartphone market when it comes to the totals, things look quite different in the premium area. Here, Samsung leads with a 29 percent share, followed by OnePlus and Apple. However, the best-selling premium handset seems to be the OnePlus 5T, which accounts for 25 percent in this small niche.
Tablet shipments to hit a new low in Q2 2018
Global tablet shipments are expected to drop to a little more than 31 million units in the second quarter of this year, reveals DigiTimes. This all-time low comes one year after the market bottomed at 33 million units (in the first quarter of 2017). However, the market is expected to bounce back a bit later this year thanks to the introduction of the new Apple iPad Pro and the Amazon Prime Day.
The downvote button now tested by some Facebook users in Australia and New Zealand
The testing of the downvote button continues with a limited number of Facebook users, but now this feature rolls out to those in Australia and New Zealand. Just as before, this button allows the users to provide feedback about the comments on public posts, so the dislike button remains nothing more but a wish that Facebook continues to ignore for the time being.
The Windows 10 April 2018 Update now rolling out
The new update for Windows 10 brings the build number up to 17134.1 and includes a large number of noticeable changes, as well as a few completely new features. The essentials include Timeline, Nearby Sharing, Edge Extensions in the Microsoft Store, Focus Assist, an improved Game Bar, and much more.
Sony confirms 120 Hz display mode support for the XZ Premium
Although the Xperia XZ Premium supports video decoding at 120 Hz, Sony has chosen to "to strike a balance between power consumption and consumer benefit" and so this display mode has been disabled to ensure an increased autonomy for this handset. In addition to the XZ Premium, it seems that other Xperia handsets have this hidden setting as well.
LG Watch Timepiece hybrid watch apparently coming in June
According to an exclusive report that recently surfaced online, the LG Watch Timepiece runs Wear OS and combines a quartz movement watch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100-powered smart module that features a circular 1.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. This wearable could be announced this week and might hit the market in June.
Full Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ specs list revealed
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ come with mid-range specs and feature a flat Infinity Display panel. Out of the two, the A6+ is the only one with a dual camera setup on the back and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Their official release should take place in early May.
Next-gen MacBook Pro rumored to arrive in 2019 with up to 32 GB RAM
It seems that the delay of the 10 nm Intel Cannon Lake processors and the current pricing of 32 GB memory modules compatible with Apple's requirements are both pushing the launch of the next-gen MacBook Pro to 2019. Two years ago, Apple was afraid that 32 GB of memory would require a different design with reduced battery space, but those fears are gone now.
LG G7 ThinQ to feature a built-in Boombox Speaker
LG has just revealed that the upcoming G7 ThinQ flagship will feature a "Boombox Speaker" that packs a resonance chamber which allows it to provide 6 dB higher base sound levels and twice the amount of bass that the brand's existing flagships can deliver. The G7 ThinQ will also feature a HiFi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound.
AMD 7 nm Vega 20 benchmark results surface online
Shortly after finding out that AMD is working on 7 nm Vega 20 GPUs, the alleged benchmark results for this upcoming product were spotted in the 3DMark 11 database. According to the listing, the Vega 20 with 32 GB of HBM2 memory clocked at 1.25 GHz is about 70 percent faster per clock than the RX Vega 64 Liquid.
The LG Q Note phablet with stylus support might be in the works
Although similar rumors that we heard in the past did not come to fruition, this time we might finally get an LG flagship phablet with stylus support. For now, the only certain thing is that LG has registered the Q Note trademark in South Korea earlier this month, so the upcoming LG Q7 flagship might not launch alone.
Unannounced AMD processors spotted online, including the 12-core Threadripper 2920X and 16-core Threadripper 2950X
The AMD processors that will probably hit the market soon were recently spotted in the official product master list available on AMD.com. In addition to the dual-core and quad-core desktop and mobile Ryzen processors, there are also three Threadrippers: the octa-core 2900X, the 12-core 2920X, and the 16-core 2950X.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) was delayed due to the the mag lev keyboard
Although the new XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) was supposed to begin shipping more than a week ago, Frank Azor has just confirmed that many early adopters still have to receive their machines due to a delay that has been caused by "a small bad batch of the Mag lev keyboard." Even more, the i9 processor upgrade for the XPS 15 9570 is not available yet but will be added on May 10.
Windows 10 April 2018 Update coming next week
The Windows 10 April 2018 update is scheduled to begin its rollout on April 30. Its list of new features includes better voice recognition, Timeline to easily retrieve your content across devices, Focus Assist to get things done without distractions, various Microsoft Edge improvements, and more.
Snapchat's second-generation Spectacles camera glasses are waterproof, already available for US$150
The second-generation Spectacles camera glasses by Snapchat no longer feature a yellow ring that alerts people and can also shoot images, not just video. Capable of shooting underwater, this new accessory also comes with faster syncing, a slimmer frame and charging case, prescription options, and a price of US$149.99.
Samsung is the most popular forbidden smartphone brand in North Korea
Although there are supposed to be no Samsung phones in North Korea and the country is well-known as a totalitarian dictatorship, smuggled Samsung smartphones are very popular in the country. According to a South Korean news outlet, the number of mobile subscribers in North Korea reached 5 million this year.
Apple iTunes hits the Microsoft Store
Although it was initially supposed to become available via the Microsoft Store before the end of 2017, Apple needed some additional to make iTunes ready for the Windows platform. When installing from the Microsoft Store, the iTunes app removes its desktop variant — if installed already — and uses its settings.
Amazon bumping Prime subscription fee from US$99 to US$119
The annual Amazon Prime fee will rise to US$119 in two weeks. The annual subscription cost for this service of US$99 has been around since 2014 when Amazon had increased it from the initial value of US$79. However, the benefits of a Prime membership now include ad-free movies, Kindle eBook loans, and even in-car delivery.
The updated Alcatel A3 Android tablet coming to India next month
The new Alcatel A3 10 Android tablet has the same US$149 price tag of last year's model and features an IPS display, 4G LTE, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, as well as a 4,600 mAh battery. Sadly, this slate will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard and there is little hope for an Oreo update.
First Android Go phone by Samsung apparently spotted on Geekbench
The Samsung handset that surfaced on Geekbench using the SM-J260G model name is expected to hit the market as the Galaxy J2 Core, the brand's first Android Go-driven device. Although nothing is official for now, we expect to see this smartphone launching in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 might feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
The successor of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 tablet is expected to become the first slate of this popular Chinese brand to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, although it might take a while for it to finally reach the market. According to XDA Developers, the Snapdragon 660 is the chip that will power the Mi Pad 4.
Leaked iPhone SE 2 pics reveal a headphone jack
Although we recently heard that the upcoming iPhone SE 2 would drop the audio jack, a set of leaked images shows that the refreshed version of Apple's compact handset will keep this traditional jack around. These photos also reveal a design with a glass back, apparently inspired by the classic iPhone 5.
Google launches the Tasks mobile productivity app
Freely available for both Android and iOS devices, the brand-new Google Tasks mobile app simply provides another way of adding tasks from the other G Suite apps without using the task management features of Google Calendar or Gmail. For now, this app is quite basic and lacks many of the features found in products like Evernote, Todoist, or Google Keep.
The Iceberg is back: ZTE patents a dual-notch handset
The ZTE Iceberg concept that surfaced on the iF World Design Guide might have seemed nothing more but another over-the-top design, but now a patent showing a similar device has been spotted online. Now, it only remains to see if ZTE can still launch a dual-notch phone, since the Chinese company has been sailing some rough waters lately.
Asus Chromebox 3 now available for pre-order
Unveiled back at CES 2018, the Intel Kaby Lake-powered Asus Chromebox 3 is now available for pre-order via TigerDirect and NextWarehouse. Although it is also listed as out of stock and there is no release date public yet, those interested can place their orders to be sure they get their devices as soon as they become available.
Opera Touch is a new mobile browser optimized for one-handed use
Opera Touch is a new mobile browser from Opera Software that is only available for Android now, but an iOS version will arrive later this year as well. Its main highlight is Flow, a feature that syncs the desktop Opera browser with Opera Touch without requiring logins or authentication.
Panasonic intros the Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged tablet with Intel RealSense 3D camera
Unveiled back at MWC 2018, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is now available in Europe starting at the equivalent of over US$2,500 (without taxes). The highlights of this rugged Windows 10 Pro tablet with a fanless design include a sunlight readable display, FLIR and 3D imaging, and many hardware options to choose from.
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a business version of the XPS 9575, but with Radeon Pro WX graphics
The new Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a less powerful — but convertible — sibling of the 15.6-inch Precision 5530 mobile workstation. Its specs are similar to those of the Dell XPS 9575, but this mobile workstation features Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL graphics and is scheduled to hit the market in July/August.
Dell Precision 5530 business version of the XPS 9570 now official, Quadro P1000/P2000 graphics in tow
Available in Platinum Silver and Brushed Onyx, the 15.6-inch Dell Precision 5530 is the brand's smallest mobile workstation. Its comprehensive list of hardware options includes 8th generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processors, two IGZO 4 displays, NVIDIA Quadro P2000 graphics, as well as up to 32 GB of 2,666 MHz memory.
LG V30 gets ThinQ support
Just as promised, LG has issued a software update that brings the ThinQ set of artificial intelligence-driven photo capabilities to the LG V30 flagship. In addition to these features, the new software also includes a new startup screen, various improvements under the hood, and the security patch dated on March 1, 2018.
No more support for Microsoft Teams, Yammer and Skype for Business on Windows Phone starting next month
Although Skype for Business will remain alive and well on the iOS and Android handsets, as well as on Mac and Windows desktops, Microsoft decided to stop supporting it on Windows Phone. In addition to it, Microsoft Teams and Yammer for Windows-driven handsets will no longer be supported starting next month as well.
SmugMug acquires Flickr
In an email to the users, Flickr unveiled that it was acquired by the photography platform for visual storytellers SmugMug. Those who choose not to delete their accounts by May 25, 2018, will have all their content transferred to SmugMug. The others must download their photos/videos and delete their accounts by then.
Avira's Privacy Pal gives you more control over your personal data
Released last week, Avira's free Privacy Pal tool for Windows focuses on providing the user with a more precise level of control over the personal data collected and sent away by the web browsers and other apps. In addition to cookie, cache, or web history clearing, this app can also remove Skype chat logs or stop Cortana from tracking your location.
Mid-range LG Stylo 4 phablet with stylus allegedly in the works
Almost one month after the release of the LG Stylo 3, we hear that the LG Stylo 4 is in the making. Sadly, the insiders who talked about it only mentioned that it will hit the US via Cricket Wireless, without saying anything about the specs and features of this upcoming mid-range Android phablet.
The OnePlus 6 to be most expensive OnePlus phone so far, could launch on May 18
Although the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship has no official launch date or price yet, both have been revealed in India. Last Thursday, MoneyControl published an article about this topic that was removed shortly after going online. According to it, the OnePlus 6 will launch on May 18 and will have a price of around US$602.
Google Photos gets new video editing tools and a white color scheme
Although it still does not feature filters and themes or the ability to add text, the movie editor inside Google Photos has just received a new interface with a white color scheme, as well as new controls and commands that aim to improve the video editing capabilities of this popular app.
AMD launches low-power Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE with Vega graphics
The AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE and Ryzen 3 2200GE are available with the same number of cores and threads as the 2400G and 2200G, but with a lower TDP of just 35 W. Other than the lowered frequencies and TDP, the new chips feature the same Vega 11 (2400GE) and Vega 8 (2200GE) iGPUs as their predecessors.
The Microsoft Store only sells Android smartphones
The last two Windows 10 Mobile handset available in the Microsoft Store, namely the HP Elite x3 and the Alcatel Idol 4S, are no longer in stock. This can be considered the final nail in the coffin of Windows for smartphones and phablets since no other such devices are expected to launch anytime soon.
Motorola launches the Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus in Brazil
The Moto G6 lineup is now official and consists of the 3 handsets mentioned by multiple leaks and rumors in the last few months: the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and the Moto G6 Plus. The new Moto smartphones come with Oreo out of the box, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, as well as multiple AI features.
A new gaming smartphone hits the market: the ZTE Nubia Red Magic is here
The ZTE Nubia Red Magic joins the Razer Phone and Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming smartphones, but it is powered by the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has a 6-inch 1080p 2:1 display. Fortunately, it features 8 GB of memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, and will be available for pre-order via Indiegog for just US$399 starting next week.
Windows Defender now available as an extension for the Chrome browser
Available as a standalone antispyware program for Windows XP, Windows Defender shipped with Visa and Windows 7, then it replaced Microsoft Security Essentials as a full antivirus solution since Windows 8. Now, the time has come for it to protect those using the popular Chrome browser, as an extension.
PUBG Mobile for Android gets Arcade Mode with the 0.4.0 update
The very popular Battle Royale game, PUBG Mobile, has just received an update that brings its version number up to 0.4.0. In addition to the Dusk setting and the Training Grounds area, the update also comes with Arcade Mode, which supports 28 players and six variations: Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, All Weapons, Melee Only, Pistols and Item Heaven.
Microsoft Translator gets AI-driven offline language packs on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire
Thanks to the optimizations done in the last few months, the Microsoft Translator app can now use AI-powered offline translation packs without the need of a processor with hardware-accelerated AI capabilities. The new packs are 23 percent better and 50 percent smaller than their non-AI predecessors.
Unfoldable Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature a 3D camera and an in-display fingerprint reader
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S flagship, although still many months ahead of us, is rumored to lack a foldable display. On the other hand, this handset is expected to feature a 3D camera, as well as an Infinity display similar to those that Samsung already used for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 handsets.
The best LG G7 ThinQ render so far shows up online
The render of the upcoming — and officially confirmed — LG G7 ThinQ Android flagship reveals a thick metal frame similar to that of the LG G6, a display with curved corners, as well as a rather wide notch at the top. All the details should be official in less than a month since the launch event will take place on May 2.
Lenovo Air 2018 and Lenovo 7000 laptops hit China, 8th generation Intel processors in tow
The new Lenovo Air 2018 has a 15.6-inch display, an 82.7 percent screen-to-body ratio, and starts at US$923. The Lenovo 7000 has a 14-inch display, an 80.8 percent screen-to-body ratio, and the same starting price as its sibling. Both feature 8th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processor choices, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.
Microsoft launches Azure Sphere, its first product with a custom Linux kernel
Although Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, called it a few years ago nothing less than "a cancer," Linux is now at the core of an IoT solution that comes from Redmond. Azure Sphere includes microcontrollers, a cloud-based security service, and an operating system that includes a custom Linux kernel.
Asus might hit the gaming smartphone niche soon
After Razer and Xiaomi, Asus could become the third big brand to hop on the gaming smartphone bandwagon. The rumor has been around for a while, but the device did not arrive at MWC 2018 as mentioned. Now, the company's CEO Jerry Shen also confirmed that a gaming phone by Asus can be expected, but did not reveal any details.
OnePlus 5T gets iPhone X-like navigation gestures
Introduced with the OxygenOS Open Beta all the way back in January, the new gesture-based navigation system for the OnePlus 5T is now available for everyone thanks to the OxygenOS 5.1.0 update. Once this feature is enabled, the navigation buttons are hidden, and the user needs to swipe the display for Home, Back, and Recent Apps.
Samsung's rugged Galaxy Xcover 5 shows up online
Although there is no official announcement yet and last year's Galaxy Xcover 4 was only released in Europe and Canada, a Galaxy Xcover 5 was recently discovered on Samsung New Zealand's website. Since the webpage was taken down in the meantime, it is rather safe to assume that it was all an accident and this rugged phone will be unveiled soon.
LG Fortune 2 hits Cricket Wireless priced at just US$99.99
The 5-inch LG Fortune 2 comes about one year after the introduction of the Android Marshmallow-driven LG Fortune and provides more than enough for a backup device. Its list of specs and features includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, an 8 MP main camera, and runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
The Razer Phone gets Android 8.1 Oreo stable
The Android 8.1 Oreo OTA update for the Razer Phone has started its rollout earlier today. Its list of features includes multiple optimizations, an improved visual layout, as well as the latest security patches and bug fixes. The update rolls out in stages and all Razer Phone users should get the new firmware within the coming weeks.
Moto G6 Plus hits Geekbench, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 in tow
Although most leaks and rumors that we heard so far mentioned a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 as the heart of the upcoming Moto G6 Plus handset, this mobile device features in fact the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip, which is listed by Geekbench as a Snapdragon 660 due to a bug. Other features apparently include 4 GB RAM and a 5.93-inch display.
Android Oreo stable hits Nokia 3 in India, the Night Light feature is now gone
Although the stable Android Oreo firmware for the Nokia 3 smartphone brings a faster boot time, autofill, picture-in-picture mode, Instant Apps, Google Play Protect, and the April security patch, it also takes away a feature that was present in the latest beta, namely the Night Light mode.
Next-gen Nintendo Switch might pack multi-display features
A patent that is over one-year old reveals what appears to be a Switch tablet without the controllers, but it can also show a way to play games on more than a single display, similar to the Sifteo Cubes "intelligent game system" which has been discontinued more than three years ago.
Confidential Mode coming soon to Gmail
The upcoming Gmail design update aims to bring the desktop user experience closer to that provided by the email service on mobile devices. The list of features currently being tested includes smart replies, snooze, a new sidebar, as well as a special mode that stops email recipients from forwarding certain emails.
Russian authorities ban Telegram
Less than a month since it managed to reach 200 million users within a 30-day period, Telegram Messenger has to take a serious blow as the Russian authorities decide to ban its use in the country. The reason for this decision is the company's unwillingness to provide the keys required by the Federal Security Service to decrypt the users' messages.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425-powered Vivo Y71 hits India tomorrow
The new Vivo Y71 phablet has a generous 6-inch display and features a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 3 GB RAM, just 16 GB internal storage (expandable thanks to a microSD slot), as well as a single 13 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP selfie shooter. However, it also comes at a price of around US$168.
ZTE Nubia Z18 Mini debuts in China with a 5.7-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
Although it is not a compact handset, the new ZTE Nubia Z18 also carries the "Mini" attribute. This 5.7-inch handset is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor, next to 6 GB RAM, as well as 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage. Sadly, it is only available in China for now, where it can be acquired for the equivalent of US$285 or US$335 (depending on the amount of storage).
The Xiaomi Mi 6X hits China on April 25, international variant might be the Mi A2
The successors of the Xiaomi Mi 5X and its Android One variant known as the Xiaomi Mi A1 will soon be unveiled in China. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 626-powered Xiaomi Mi 6X is expected to be unveiled on April 25 with MIUI onboard, while the Android One variant will hit the market as the Xiaomi Mi A2.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini hits TENAA, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in tow
Not long after a Samsung device with the model number SM-G8750 surfaced on Geekbench with a Snapdragon 660 onboard, the SM-G8850 hits TENAA with a Snapdragon 845 inside. Nothing is official yet, but insiders familiar with this matter claim that the handset should be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 is coming
A video that was briefly present on the Facebook page of OnePlus India reveals that Marvel Studios will team up with the Chinese brand for an Avengers-themed limited edition of the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagships. The video has been removed shortly after being posted, apparently because it was a test video that should not have been shared online.
Instagram discontinues its Apple Watch app
After big names like Amazon, eBay, and Twitter discontinued their apps for Apple Watch, the time has come for Instagram to do the same. The Instagram app for Apple's wearable will no longer provide a standalone experience once users upgrade to version 39 on iOS, and it will be replaced by various notifications.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 onboard hits Geekbench
The handset that is believed to be the compact (and less potent) version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 flagship has just been spotted on Geekbench, where it is listed under the model number SM-G8750. This handset is rumored to be currently tested in China and features 4 GB RAM and a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.
Mid-range Google Pixel phone could finally arrive this summer
Although Google is currently involved in lower-cost initiatives like Android Go and Android One, the Google Pixel smartphones and phablets released so far always targeted the top tier of the market. However, the company is now planning to adjust its strategy in some markets like India, where a mid-range Pixel phone is expected to launch by the summer's end.
New Moto Z3 Play renders surface online with a side-mounted fingerprint reader
While the Moto Z3 Play renders that have just surfaced online show a handset with a side-mounted fingerprint reader, as well as a dual-camera setup and the contacts for Moto Mods on the back, the recent FCC listing reveals a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage.
The LG G7 could feature a dedicated AI button and f/1.5 aperture
A new exclusive report about LG's next-gen flagship — which might not hit the market as the LG G7 after all — reveals that this handset will feature a dedicated AI button and a rear camera with f/1.5 aperture (obviously, a dual camera setup). If the rumor turns out to be true, this device will be unveiled by the end of the month.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet is finally receiving Android Oreo on T-Mobile
After a rather long wait, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet owners on T-Mobile can finally enjoy the benefits delivered by the Android Oreo update. Sadly, the release notes page has not been updated by T-Mobile yet, but the update is most likely based on Android 8.0, as it happens with the other Samsung flagships that recently received the update.
April Fools' Day 2018: Nokia 2010 remake allegedly in the works
Not long after HMD Global managed to bring back two classic Nokia phones, namely the 3310 and the 8110, we hear that another iconic handset will be revived by the current owners of the Nokia brand. This is the Nokia 2010, a handset that was introduced in 1994 and is widely recognized as the first mobile phone that made it easy to write messages.
Samsung announces the Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 with 7th and 8th gen Intel Kaby Lake options
The new Samsung Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 come with 7th and 8th generation Intel Core i7 (quad-core models only) processor options, a dual storage system, as well as up to NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics options. Both notebooks are expected to hit South Korea later this month, and other markets will follow in Q2 2018.
Kickstarter project Arbtr aims to bring social networking back to the basics
If you are looking for a Facebook alternative, then Arbtr might be your thing. Returning to the basics of social networking, this Kickstarter project aims to create an "anti-feed" where users can share a single thing at a time. The project has just been posted and there are 30 days left to meet the US$32,551 goal.
Gaming Tribe to delete its Facebook page on the 4th of July
This seems serious, although there is a slim chance for it to be an April Fool's Day joke. However, the Facebook privacy-related scandal is not something to joke about, especially when an emerging targeted social network decides to delete its page which has an impressive number of 1.5 million fans.
Lenovo tablet with Dolby Atmos audio shows up at FCC
Since the Lenovo Tab 4 has been around for a while, the time seems right for a new Android slate from the Chinese brand. Sadly, the FCC arrival of the Dolby Atmos-certified Lenovo TB-8304F1 does not reveal anything else than its audio certification and the power input of just 5 V and 1 A, but many expect it to hit the market as the Lenovo Tab 5.
Google URL Shortener will be shut down on March 30, 2019
After being around for less than a decade, Google's URL shortener goo.gl — initially used for Feedburner and Google Toolbar — will go down in three stages. Support for it went down yesterday, from April 13 only existing users will be able to create short links, and the service is scheduled to go down for good on March 30, 2019.
April Fools' Day 2018: Gaijin Entertainment testing Silent Thunder
Although War Thunder has been around for more than 5 years, today its players can enjoy the experience of a sub commander for the first time. Although the "Silent Thunder" game mode is now only an April Fools' Day joke, it might also become a part of the game in the future, as it happened with last year's modern tanks.
Batterygate: Over 63,000 South Korean customers file a lawsuit against Apple
Although Apple also had some problems with inflated batteries lately, the class action lawsuit involving no less than 63,767 South Korean customers has been filed to seek damages because of the company's intentional CPU throttling on older models to increase their battery life. The amount Apple might pay is the equivalent of almost US$12 million.
Google Pixel 3 to feature a new Pixel Launcher search bar
The upcoming Google Pixel 3 flagship is expected to feature a new Pixel Launcher design, but some of the changes have been already discovered inside the APK file of the existing app by a senior member of the popular XDA Developers community. The tech giant is expected to show these changes in May, at this year's Google I/O 2018 developer conference.
Support for external graphics cards finally available in macOS
Although using an external GPU on a MacBook was possible in the past by booting up Windows on it, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 finally brings native support for external graphics processors to Apple's operating system. This update also contains multiple minor tweaks and fixes, including a fix for the graphics corruption issues encountered in certain apps on the iMac Pro.
SteelSeries intros the Arctis Pro lineup of gaming headsets
The family of gaming headsets introduced by SteelSeries earlier this month includes the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, which is the first certified Hi-Res Audio headset in the gaming world, and the Arctis Pro Wireless. Their prices are US$249.99 and US$329.99, but those on a tight budget can also pick the Arctis Pro without the USB DAC for US$179.99.
Moto G6 and G6 Plus retail listings show up before the official launch
Although the official launch might still be a week or two ahead of us, a Hungarian online store has just published the product pages for the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, revealing all the details. According to it, both handsets feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 64 GB internal storage, and a main camera that combines a 12 MP sensor and a 5 MP one.
Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times coming to Android next month for US$4.99
Warhammer Quest 2 has been available on iOS devices for a while, and now this sequel to the original Warhammer Quest video game is finally heading for Android. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times will hit Google Play on April 11, but it will not be free. Fortunately, the price tag does not read more than US$4.99.
ZTE Tempo Go now shipping in the US
Although the sub-US$200 market sector is quite crowded these days and there are a few capable handsets even around US$100, the ZTE Tempo Go tries to fight them with a price tag of just US$79.99. Sadly, this is nothing new, since the Tempo Go is only a ZTE Tempo X — a handset that arrived in late September 2017 — with Android Go onboard and a slightly different name.
FM radio support coming soon to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Although Samsung and NextRadio announced earlier this year that all upcoming handsets of the South Korean brand to hit the US and Canada will feature FM radio support, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ came with a bug that disabled it. Now, Samsung has just confirmed that a fix for this problem is on the way, but only mentioned "in the next update" instead of an accurate date.
Audiobooks on Google Play now feature Bookmarks, Smart Resume, and more
About two months since audiobooks became available for download and listening via Google Play and the iTunes Store for the first time, an update aims to improve the user's experience by adding bookmarks and smart resume capabilities. In addition to them, the update also brings the Family Library feature to 13 new countries and refines the playback speed settings.
You can pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact for US$799 and US$649
Expected to hit Europe on April 5, the 5.7-inch Sony Xperia XZ2 and the 5-inch Xperia XZ2 Compact can be pre-ordered in the US from B&H Photo for US$799.99 and US$649.99. Both come with four color options: green, black, silver, and pink. Sadly, there is no information on their date of arrival for now.
Android 8.1 Oreo preview now available for the Razer Phone
Razer Phone users who feel adventurous enough can grab the Android 8.1 Oreo preview for their handset, but they should be aware that this build will not receive any OTA updates in the future. Sadly, to install it, the bootloader must be unlocked, and this action would render the warranty of the handset void.
Free-to-play mobile RPG Marvel Strike Force now available for Android and iOS
The new free-to-play mobile RPG by FoxNext Games, Marvel Strike Force, pits the player's team against the alien warlord Ultimus and his Kree soldiers, who allied themselves with Hydra and AIM. The list of playable Marvel characters includes Spider-Man, Groot, Loki, Elektra, Hulk, Doctor Strange, and many others.
The 5.7-inch Honor 7A leaks online with a 2:1 display and a micro USB port
The upcoming Honor 7A is expected to launch on April 2, since a few fresh reports revealed images of the media invites that Huawei's subsidiary has already sent out. Its specs and features are said to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, a 13 MP + 2 MP dual camera on the back, a 3,000 mAh battery, and EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo on top.
Samsung SM-R800 wearable codenamed "Galileo" might debut later this year as the Gear S4
More than a year since the launch of a new flagship smartwatch, Samsung is on its way to bringing the Gear S4 at IFA. A recent unofficial report reveals that a wearable codenamed "Galileo" and bearing the SM-R800 model number is under development and will be released in the last quarter of this year.
Samsung starts building a US$7 billion chip line in China
Thanks to the increased demand of V-NAND memory chips from Chinese vendors, Samsung is building a second production line (valued at US$7 billion) in its factory located in Xi'an. The first line that started making NAND chips in 2014 now accounts for 20 percent of the brand's total production and will be soon expanded with additional investments.
Google acquires GIF search engine Tenor
Although the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, we know that Tenor will continue to operate under the same name "to help people visually express their thoughts and emotions." Earlier this year — less than four years since it brought GIFs to mobile messaging — Tenor managed to reach the 1.2 billion search requests per month milestone.
Amazon Kindle Lite for basic handsets and slow internet connections debuts in India
Although it was added to Google Play last year, Amazon Kindle Lite spend a few good months in the open beta stage. Now, this e-book reader app is finally out of testing, but only Google Play users in India can get it for the time being. Having less than 2 MB in size, this Android app is optimized for slow 2G/3G networks and low-end handsets, both very popular in India.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ coming later this year
According to a set of recently spotted benchmark listings, the Samsung Galaxy A6 is powered by the Exynos 7870 processor, while the Plus variant has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 under the hood. Both are expected to debut in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East in the coming months with Android Oreo onboard.
The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the world's first 512 GB handset
In addition to the same camera configuration used by the Huawei P20 Pro (40 MP RGB, 20 MP monochrome, and 8 MP telephoto), the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS features 256 GB or 512 GB internal storage, an in-display fingerprint reader, a curved 6-inch 2K touchscreen, and is the world's first microcapsule PCM-cooled handset. All these innovations also come with a price: more than US$2,000 for the 512 GB variant.
The Firefox Marketplace shuts down this Friday
Two years after it no longer supported Android, desktop, tablets, or payments of any kind, the Firefox Marketplace is ready to shut down for good. Those still using a Firefox OS-powered device have just 3 days left to download any apps they have removed for some reason but would like to keep around.
The LG K9 is just a rebranded LG K8 (2018)
The "new" LG K9 comes to Russia with Android 7.1 Nougat onboard, as well as the same specs as the K8 handset that was introduced alongside the LG K10 at MWC 2018. These specs include a 5-inch IPS 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
Nokia 7 Plus faces a brief delay, coming May 2 with free Google Home Mini
Unveiled at MWC 2018, the Nokia 7 Plus was expected to arrive in April. However, the launch date of this Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered handset has just been confirmed for May 2. Even more, those who buy the 7 Plus from Nokia's online store before the end of May will also get a free Google Home Mini smart speaker.
HTC's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, has left the company
After spending 8 years with HTC and the last 4 of that period as the company's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi has left behind the troubled company that once controlled over 10 percent of the global smartphone market. Versi is known as the official source of Android update details for HTC customers and previously worked for T-Mobile and Samsung.
Casio unveils the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20SC limited edition watch
One year after the introduction of the WSD-F20, Casio unveils the Pro Trek WSD-F20SC "adventure smartwatch" at the ongoing Baselworld 2018 trade show that focuses on wearable technology. Compared to its predecessor, the WSD-F20SC also comes with a sapphire crystal display that can easily handle scratches and bumps, as well as a durable Field Composite band.
HTC U12+ is the brand's only flagship to launch this year
Also known as the Imagine, HTC's upcoming U12+ will be the brand's next premium flagship. Sadly, this handset that is supposed to debut as a direct competitor for the Huawei Mate, Apple iPhone X, or the Samsung Galaxy Note will remain the only such device to be released by the Google-owned HTC this year.
The Moto G6 hits TENAA with Snapdragon 450 and a 3,000 mAh battery onboard
Using a similar design approach as the G5S Plus, the upcoming Moto G6 comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, a dual camera on the back, but it also features a full HD+ 2:1 ratio display. As previously rumored, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor onboard, next to 3 GB or 4 GB RAM.
Mondaine Helvetica Regular hybrid smartwatch coming later this week
The Mondaine Helvetica Regular has just been unveiled in Basel and will hit the market by the end of the month for a price of around US$640. Compared to its predecessor, it features a smaller case and can receive notifications. Since it is not a regular smartwatch and has a limited set of features, the battery lasts for about two years.
Limited edition Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS might arrive tomorrow
Since Porsche Design and Huawei-related promo materials have been already spotted in Paris at the location where the P20 and P20 Pro will be unveiled tomorrow and the name of the upcoming Mate RS is no longer a secret, it only remains to see what hides under the hood of the new limited edition luxury device.
Exynos 7870-powered Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 now official in India
Since the official product page that surfaced last week has not been removed yet, it is safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 is now official in India. Although this Exynos 7870-powered 5.5-inch Android handset has no launch date or price yet, we expect to get these missing pieces of information in a few days.
Telegram hits 200 million active monthly users
The instant messaging app created by the founder of the social networking site VK continues to grow, although it still has a long road ahead until it can challenge Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Telegram Messenger was used by 200 million people within the 30 days for the first time — as many users as the population of the sixth-largest country in the world.
Google Files Go gets search capabilities, Google Photos support
The latest version of Google's light file manager brings improved file search capabilities and Google Photos integration, so now the user can easily remove photos that have been already backed up. In addition to the above, Google Files Go 1.0.189786363 also provides improved notifications and shows the location of the duplicates upon removal.
First foldable iPhone could arrive in 2020
Although the next-gen iPhone flagships are not expected to feature any major changes in terms of design, insiders familiar with the inner workings of the Cupertino-based giant claim that Apple is currently working on a foldable smartphone that could also be used as a tablet and this device will hit the market in 2020.
The 6-inch BLU Vivo XL3 Plus debuts with 16 MP selfie camera and Snapdragon 425 in tow
Earlier this week, BLU Products silently introduced the Vivo XL3 Plus and, unlike the 5.5-inch Vivo XL 3 which features a MediaTek processor and a dual camera setup, this 6-inch handset comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and a single camera on the back. Sadly, it only comes loaded with Android Nougat.
Samsung Pay lands in Italy, now available in 21 markets worldwide
Having received the "Best Mobile Innovation for Payment" award at the annual Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) earlier this year, Samsung Pay has just reached Italy. This mobile payment service works with quite a few Samsung devices, including the new Galaxy S9/S9+ flagships.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered ZTE Nubia V18 phablet debuts in China
With a price of around US$205, the new 6-inch ZTE Nubia V18 is powered by the ubiquitous Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mid-range processor. It also features 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery. Sadly, it does not come with Oreo onboard, running Nougat with Nubia UI 5.1 on top instead.
The Exynos 7 9610 processor coming later this year with deep learning and faster image processing
The new Exynos 7 9610 SoC consists of four Cortex-A73 cores, four Cortex-A53 cores, and a Mali-G72 GPU that supports 480 fps full HD recording and video encoding/decoding up to 4K 120 fps. According to Samsung, this new chip for mobile devices will enter the mass production stage in the second half of this year.
CTL intros three new NL7 Chromebooks for education
The three new CTL NL7 Chromebooks feature a rugged design and use Intel Apollo Lake processors up to the quad-core Intel Celeron N3450. The cheapest model starts at US$229, while the Wacom pen-enabled one has a price tag that reads US$329. All of them will hit the education market next month.
Sea of Thieves hits Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles as scheduled
More than a year since the first Technical Alpha test that involved 1,000 players, Sea of Thieves is finally available for everyone to play. This game is available globally for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles for a price tag of US$59.99, but it can also be acquired as a part of various bundles.
QNAP launches the AMD-powered TS-x73 NAS lineup
The AMD RX-412ND-powered QNAP TS-x73 lineup targets small businesses and power users, featuring 4, 6, and 8 drive bays. In addition to the aforementioned processor and 4 GB or 8 GB of memory, its list of features also includes 2 PCIe Gen3 x4 slots for increased flexibility, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and 4 Gigabit LAN ports.
Windows Server 2019 Preview now available
Scheduled to be generally available in the second half of this year, Windows Server 2019 is now accessible via Microsoft's Insiders program in a Preview stage. This operating system is based on the foundation of Windows Server 2016 and is expected to have the same licensing model as its predecessor.
World of Tanks 1.0 goes live today with a whole new graphics engine, reworked maps, and more
Officially released in English back in mid-April 2011, World of Tanks received many updates in the years that followed, but now it finally gets a whole new graphics engine with support for DirectX 11 features such as tessellation, remastered in-game music and improved sounds, a new garage, and more.
Last month's security patch finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe
Although Xiaomi released Android 8.0 Oreo for the Mi A1 handset before the end of 2017 as they previously had promised, the first security patch of the new year arrives with a long delay. Even worse, the new firmware does not bring Android 8.1 or the latest security patch from Google, only packing last month's update and nothing else.
Telegram ordered to hand over user encryption keys by Russian authorities
Since Vladimir Putin will be in charge for a few more years, it looks like Telegram might end up being blocked in Russia. A set of laws introduced back in 2016 required Telegram to give the government a way to decrypt all user conversations, and they received a fine of US$14,000 for failing to do so. Now, Telegram users in Russia should prepare for the worst.
Subway Surfers becomes the first game to hit 1 billion downloads
Unleashed by SYBO and Kiloo back in May 2012, Subway Surfers managed to break the 400 million downloads barrier last year, thus becoming the most downloaded game of 2017 worldwide. Earlier this month, it also reached the 1 billion downloads milestone, so now this title is the most downloaded game on Google Play.
100 TB: Nimbus Data launches the world's largest SSD drive
Just one month and a few days after the introduction of Samsung's 30 TB SSD, Nimbus Data pushes the size of the world's largest such drive to the impressive value of 100 TB. Compared to the previous owner of the crown, the new king of the storage market draws 85 percent less power per TB and has a 42 percent lower total cost of ownership per TB. The 100 TB model will be accompanied by a 50 TB one and both will be available this summer.
The Galaxy S9 lineup is having a hard time in South Korea
Although the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the dual-camera Galaxy S9+ were well received globally, the latter even being crowned as ruler of the mobile photography kingdom by DxOMark, these two flagships only got a lukewarm response in South Korea. For many retailers, the most recent best seller is the Samsung Galaxy A8, mainly thanks to its dual front cameras and its very good value overall.
Verizon intros the LG Zone 4 phone with Snapdragon 425 and HDR support
The latest result of the collaboration between LG and Verizon Wireless is the LG Zone 4 low-end Android smartphone. The highlights of this handset include a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 2 TB, WiFi calling and HD voice, all with Android 7.1.2 Nougat on top. The (very) budget-friendly price tag reads only US$114.99.
5.5-inch BLU Vivo XL 3 hits Amazon with Android Oreo onboard
One month after the Android Nougat-driven BLU Vivo X got listed on Amazon, the US-based company BLU Products is back with a 5.5-inch handset that runs Android Oreo out of the box. The BLU Vivo XL 3 has a 2:1 ratio display, a single 13 MP camera on the back, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and uses a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor. Its price tag reads US$189.99.
Fitbit OS 2.0 rolls out to Fitbit Ionic wearables with Deezer support, new gestures, and more
Last week, Fitbit started to roll out the firmware version 220.127.116.11 to the Fitbit Ionic smart wearables. This update is based on Fitbit OS 2.0 and includes Fitbit Today, described as "an updated on-device dashboard that keeps you informed about all of your health and fitness data," support for Deezer playlists, a new set of control gestures, various changes to the interface, and more.
Apple confirms March 27 event, we should get ready for new iPads
The official invite that Apple has recently sent out contains the headline "Let's take a field trip." and the location of the March 27 event makes it all clear. The new Apple products will be unveiled at the Lane Tech College Prep High School, the rumors about them including new iPads (models with an OLED display and/or cheaper ones), VR gear, a new Apple Pencil, and even a preview of the upcoming iOS 12 update.
Alcatel 1X and 3V coming to the US in the coming months
Introduced back in February during MWC 2018 alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5, the Android Go-powered Alcatel 1X and the 6-inch Alcatel 3V with a dual camera setup are both ready for the US market. Although the prices and launch dates are not official yet, we know that the US version of the Alcatel 1X sports a fingerprint reader and will start below the US$100 mark.
Mobile gaming increased its lead in 2017
Although mobile gaming managed to leave both consoles and PCs/Macs behind for the first time in 2014, its position strengthened ever since and the figures for 2017 show that there is no turning back now. According to the latest report by App Annie and IDC, mobile game spending was 2.3 times higher than PC/Mac game spending and 3.6 times higher than the amount of money console gamers had spent during the same period.
SwiftKey 7.0 for Android launches with new languages, make-your-own-sticker, and a new toolbar
The new Swiftkey 7.0 virtual keyboard app for Android devices is rolling out right now, bringing quite a few new languages to the list of well over 200 which are already supported, the ability to create your own stickers by adding camera roll photos and other elements without leaving the app, as well as a completely new toolbar which provides quick access to all its capabilities.
T-Mobile finally gets the Motorola Moto E4
Although the Moto E4 has been around since last July and Verizon Wireless has been selling it ever since for just US$69.99, T-Mobile decided to add this 5-inch Android Nougat smartphone to its portfolio now instead of waiting for the Moto E5. However, the full retail price they charge is US$175. Fortunately, T-Mobile customers can also go with a US$7 down payment, followed by 24 monthly payments of US$7 each.
Huawei Y7 (2018) renders surface online
Shortly after seeing the Huawei Y9 (2018) launch in Thailand, an unofficial render of the next-gen Huawei Y7 surfaced online. This mid-range Android handset is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, a single 13 MP photo shooter on the back, a fingerprint reader, and a traditional 3.5 mm audio jack. Its specs might also include 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, and a Snapdragon 435 processor (or similar).
Honor 7C now official in China with Snapdragon 450 and dual cameras in tow
Although the rest of the world has to wait for it, the 5.99-inch Honor 7C has just been introduced in China. The specs of this handset also include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 3 GB or 4 GB RAM, a dual camera setup on the back, as well as Android Oreo-based firmware with Huawei's EMUI 8.0 on top. Those interested can purchase it in China already, where the list of color choices includes blue, black, gold, and red.
OPPO F7 coming with a notch on March 26
OPPO F7, the successor of the OPPO F5 lineup, will be unveiled on March 26. Although most technical details are still to be revealed, we know of the 6.2-inch display with a rather strange resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels and its notch similar to that of the Apple iPhone X. This phablet also comes with a 25 MP selfie shooter that features HDR and AR capabilities, as well as AI Beauty 2.0 beautification.
Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus receive Android Oreo
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430-powered Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus are two budget-friendly handsets that remain exclusively available in India for now, being launched back in November 2017. Back then, both arrived with Android 7.1 Nougat onboard. Although the update to Oreo has been announced by Sony Xperia India on Twitter, there is no official information about the build number and the security patch date available yet.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered Samsung Galaxy J8+ (2018) hits Geekbench
Although the upcoming Galaxy J-series handsets are rumored to feature Samsung Exynos processors, the Samsung SM-J805G device — believed to be the Galaxy J8+ (2018) — surfaced online with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 under the hood, 4 GB of memory, and Android 8.0 Oreo. Sadly, other details are not available right now, but we will probably hear more about the Galaxy J8+ (2018) in the coming weeks.
Apple handsets bounce back in Australia
Mostly thanks to the release of the iPhone X in November, iOS handsets managed to grab the first spot in Australia during the last quarter of 2017. During the given period, Apple shipped 1.76 million handsets in Australia, which accounted for a market share of 56.2 percent. On the other hand, 1.37 million Android handsets managed to reach the continent in the final quarter of last year, grabbing 43.8 percent of the market.
Google Android Wear to become Wear OS later this year
If the latest rumors turn into reality, Android Wear will change its name around 4 years after its release. In addition to the new name, Google's upcoming Wear OS should also feature a new, colorful logo similar to the one currently used by Google Assistant. However, this change was spotted in the latest 12.5 beta for Play Services, so nothing is official yet, but we will probably see it happening in May at Google I/O.
Huawei Y9 (2018) hits Thailand, closely related to the Mate 10 Lite and Honor 9 Lite
The new Huawei Y9 (2018) that was unveiled in Thailand shares many specs and features with the existing Mate 10 Lite and Honor 9 Lite. Its main selling points are the large 2:1 IPS display, the four cameras, and the capable HiSilicon Kirin 659 mid-range processor. Powered by a generous 4,000 mAh battery and loaded with Android 8.0 Oreo, the Y9 (2018) will hit the market in black, blue, and gold.
Sony digital paper device with E-Ink display hits FCC
The Sony tablet with an E-Ink display that was recently spotted on the FCC website has the model name DPT-CP1, so it is probably a successor to last year's DPT-RP1. Made by Netonix, this slate features WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC, but the FCC listing does not reveal any of the main technical details. However, the document confirms that this device has reached the mass production stage, so its launch is imminent.
Garmin tactix Charlie GPS watch now official, coming next quarter
Estimated to begin reaching its first owners in about a month, the US$749.99 Garmin tactix Charlie is a premium GPS watch that features a 1.2-inch sunlight-readable display with domed sapphire lens, GPS with GLONASS support, as well a rugged design. Its battery can provide up to 12 days of autonomy in smartwatch mode, 20 hours in GPS mode, and 35 hours in UltraTrac battery saving mode.
Night Light and one-handed mode coming with the Sony Xperia XZ2
The Sony Xperia XZ2 made its debut as an improved version of the Xperia XZ1, sporting the same 19 MP main camera with a Motion Eye sensor, but being capable of shooting both full HD 960 fps videos and 4K HDR content. Although its predecessor is still missing these features, the Xperia XZ2 comes with Night Light mode and one-hand operation out of the box. Sadly, it also sports a low-end front camera and an outdated design.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-driven ZTE Nubia N3 spotted online
As revealed by the images that recently surfaced on Weibo, the upcoming ZTE Nubia N3 is a rather peculiar Android handset. Although it features a quite capable mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a 5.99-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, it comes with large bezels and only features a micro USB port for charging and data transfer. At last, we should also mention the stock Android 8.0 Oreo firmware.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition finally available for purchase
Final Fantasy XV arrived on Xbox One more than a year ago, and now the time has finally arrived for Windows PC gamers to get this title as well. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition comes with 4K HDR support and can run at up to 120 frames per second, but it also has full Windows Sonic support for an improved audio experience. The game is priced at US$49.99, but various in-app purchases are also available.
Android 9.0 Developer Preview available for download
Although its name is still unknown, many websites call it "Pie" already, but the certain thing is that Android 9.0 is already available for testing. The first Developer Preview build of Google's upcoming major Android version comes with many improvements under the hood (support for HEIC images, WiFi Location with WiFi RTT), as well as support for edge-to-edge displays with cutouts and multiple interface changes.
The Sims Mobile finally official for Android and iOS
The Sims Mobile is now available for both iOS and Android devices and — fortunately for the many mobile gamers on a very tight budget — comes for free on both platforms. However, those really into this iconic title can speed up the progress and enhance the user experience by purchasing various premium items that are priced between US$2.99 (Android) or US$4.99 (iOS) and US$99.99.
VIVO V9 surfaces online on Weibo
The teaser image that was posted on Weibo reveals an iPhone X-style display with a similar notch as that of Apple's flagship that more and more Chinese brands seem to be after these days. The VIVO V9 will have a 24 MP front camera, but there is no other piece of information to talk about at this stage. However, we expect a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of memory or more, and a 2:1 display.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Nokia 9 coming later this year
Although HMD Global unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 8 Sirocco at MWC 2018 as its top-of-the-line device to arrive this year, an exclusive report reveals that at least two handsets with a Snapdragon 845 inside are scheduled to be introduced later this year. The first one is the 5.5-inch Nokia 8 Pro, and its 5.7-inch sibling is rumored to hit the market as the Nokia 9.
First Android P developer preview supposedly coming mid-March
According to VentureBeat's editor and popular Twitter leakster Evan Blass, the first Developer Preview release of Android 9.0 should arrive in around two weeks. Although there are a lot of name-related speculations, he only named "Pumpkin Pie" as a personal preference. Other desserts that could turn into Oreo's successor include Popsicle, Pecan Pie, Pastry, Popover, Pandoro, and Praline.
DxOMark awards highest score ever to the Samsung Galaxy S9+
Although the new Samsung Galaxy S9+ does not come with major improvements over its predecessor, it looks like the difference is solid for mobile photography fans. The dual-camera Galaxy S9+ scored a combined score of 99 DxOMark points and 104 points for its still photography performance, also scoring 91 in the video recording department. With a combined score of 98 points, the Google Pixel 2 now holds the second place.
YouTube offline viewing reaches 109 new markets
Although the YouTube mobile apps have been providing offline viewing capabilities for more than two years, the availability of this feature that can come quite handy in certain situations was limited to a list of select markets. That list was not long at all, but now 109 new items have been added to it, bringing the total of markets with YouTube offline viewing support to no less than 125.
BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition finally available in the US
The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has been around since last August in various markets, and now it is finally available in the US. While the original came in February 2017 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, this version comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Fortunately, the price tag of this handset reads US$549, which is just US$50 higher than the price of the regular BlackBerry KEYone.
The legendary Motorola Razr series might return with a foldable display
The rumor that we might see the legendary Motorola Razr series coming back to life is not new, but this time it comes from a Lenovo official. One year after making a similar statement at MWC 2017, Yang Yuanqing said that the Motorola Razr "will be developed or realized very soon." Sadly, Lenovo's CEO did not mention any technical details or a possible launch date for now.
Future MacBooks might have an OLED touchscreen keyboard, reveals patent
A recently published Apple patent describes a "Dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections" and the device pictured in it looks like a MacBook with an OLED touchscreen area that replaces the traditional keyboard and trackpad combination. Lenovo tried this with the Yoga Book and it apparently failed, so it remains to see if an Apple MacBook with a touchscreen keyboard hits the market or not.
Exynos 7870-powered Galaxy J8 might be in the works
Next to the alleged Galaxy J4 and Galaxy J6, as well as the US variant of the updated Galaxy J3, an Exynos 7870-powered Samsung handset was spotted on Geekbench. Codenamed SM-J800FN, this one is expected to launch as the Galaxy J8 and runs Android 8.0 Oreo. Older rumors mentioned it would feature 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 5.5-inch 720p display, but nothing is official yet.
Asus intros the ZenFone Max M1 budget-friendly handset with dual camera and 4,000 mAh battery
The new Asus ZenFone Max M1 comes with a 2:1 display with only 1,440 x 720 pixels and a rather slow Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, but also features a 13 MP + 8 MP dual camera setup on the back, an 8 MP selfie snapper, and a high-capacity 4,000 mAh battery that can provide up to 41 days of 4G standby, 36 hours of 3G calls, and an impressive autonomy of 23 hours of WiFi web browsing.
Tekken Mobile for Android finally available in the US
A few weeks after its launch in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and South East Asia, Tekken Mobile for Android hits the US market two days sooner than scheduled. This freemium game comes with loot boxes, healing items, and resources for character upgrade that can all be purchased using real-world money. Tekken Mobile is already quite popular on Google Play, with over one million installs so far.
Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) with Android Go onboard surfaces online
Surprisingly enough, Huawei is not present at MWC 2018 with any Android Go handset. However, it seems that such a device is almost ready to hit the market. References to the Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) with Android Oreo Go edition onboard were recently spotted in some firmware files. Shortly after that happened, this MediaTek-powered handset apparently arrived at the FCC as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630-powered Asus ZenFone 5Q phablet debuts with four cameras
Introduced in Barcelona during MWC as the ZenFone 5 Lite, this 6-inch phablet with a 2:1 ratio display will arrive in the US as the Asus ZenFone 5Q. Its list of technical specs includes a dual camera setup on each side, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage. The three colors available are known as Rouge Red, Moonlight White, and Midnight Black.
Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z now official with dual cameras in tow
The Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z have been unveiled at MWC 2018 in Barcelona tonight, just as expected. Although both feature a dual camera setup with a flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4 µm pixels and a 6.2-inch display, the ZenFone 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor inside, while the ZenFone 5Z is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.
OnePlus 6 hands-on images leak online
The two images that allegedly show the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship surfaced on a WhatsApp group, where it was posted by someone claiming to be an insider familiar with the matter. One of these images confirms a previous rumor that mentioned a front with a notch similar to that of Apple's iPhone X. The other one shows a back with a vertical dual camera setup and an oval-shaped fingerprint reader.
Low-end Alcatel 1T Android tablet starts below US$90
In addition to the new Android-driven phones that were introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress, Alcatel has also launched a low-end tablet that comes in two form factors. The Alcatel 1T 7 and the Alcatel 1T 10 come with Android 8.1 Oreo onboard and can provide a battery file of up to 15 hours on a single charge. This slate will soon be available for purchase starting at 69.99 EUR (around US$86).
Android 8.1 Oreo-based LineageOS 15.1 now available for select devices
After a few months of hard work, the team behind LineageOS revealed a new version of this custom ROM. Based on Android 8.1, LineageOS 15.1 comes with a new Trebuchet launcher, interface styles, LiveDisplay integration, QR support in Snap camera, and more. The first devices supported are the OnePlus 3/5/5T, Xiaomi's Mi 5/5S/5S Plus, Google's Nexus 5X and 6P, the LePro3/Pro3 Elite by LeEco, as well as the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 slates.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered ZTE Tempo Go joins the Android Go crowd
The ZTE Tempo Go might look familiar to some, and this happens for a good reason: this Android Go handset is nothing more than a ZTE Tempo X with a new name and Google's highly optimized Android Oreo variant. The specs are exactly what one could expect for the sub-US$80 price tag: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage, 5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, as well as a 5 MP main camera with LED flash.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is mostly the S8 with a better camera
When compared to their predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ offer solid improvements in the camera department, but there are no changes when it comes to the display, connectivity, or battery capacity. However, audiophiles will surely enjoy the stereo speakers tuned by AKG and the Dolby Atmos surround sound. At last, we should also mention that the Galaxy S9 lineup comes with Oreo onboard.
Huawei MediaPad M5 tablet with Android Oreo onboard now official
The new Huawei MediaPad M5 comes in two sizes (8.4 and 10.8 inches) and multiple connectivity/storage configurations. All models feature a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 4 GB RAM, an 8 MP front camera, a 13 MP main image shooter, and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box (with EMUI 8.0 on top, obviously). This new tablet comes with USB Type-C, but Huawei also decided to drop the 3.5 mm audio jack.
General Mobile intros GM 8 Android One handset with 2:1 display
Although some recent leaks claimed it would arrive as an Android Go device, the General Mobile GM 8 is now official with full Oreo onboard as an Android One handset. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, up to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, as well as a 5.7-inch display with 1,440 x 720 pixels. This Turkish handset is expected to hit the market soon for the equivalent of US$260 and up.
Alcatel 1X debuts with 2:1 display, Android Go, sub-US$125 price tag
Introduced as the first sub-100 EUR (~US$125) handset from a major global brand to feature a 2:1 display, the Alcatel 1X is also the first Android Go handset to be unveiled at MWC 2018. Its list of specs includes a MediaTek MT6580 processor, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB storage. Despite the low-end cameras used (5 MP and 8 MP), the 1X comes with social-ready camera features such as Photo Booth, Instant Collage, and Social Square.
BLU Vivo X now official, 2:1 display and quad cameras in tow
The MediaTek Helio P25-powered BLU Vivo X phablet is finally official. Currently available for purchase on Amazon for US$249.99 (17 percent down from a list price of US$299.99), this 6-inch phablet comes with a quad-camera setup and a 2:1 display. Just as the other handsets by BLU Products, it is fully compatible with the GSM networks of major US carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and others.
First Android Go devices coming at MWC 2018
Almost a decade since the release of the first Android device, Google is rapidly expanding this ecosystem by adding branches for specific categories of users and devices. After the Android One initiative that aims to provide a stock experience and very fast updates, Android Go comes with low-end handsets in mind. Although a set of Go apps is already available, the first Android Go phones will be revealed next week at MWC.
CAT S61 rugged phone unveiled, coming to MWC 2018
The CAT S61 will be introduced at MWC 2018 as the direct successor of the CAT S60, which featured a VGA resolution FLIR camera with a -4 to 248 Fahrenheit range. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630-powered CAT S61 brings this camera's top recorded temperature to 752 Fahrenheit degrees while pushing its resolution to HD as well. This phone also packs a laser-assisted distance measurement tool.
Updated LG K8 and K10 handsets confirmed to arrive at MWC 2018
LG K8 and LG K10 have been around for a while, but these two affordable Android handsets will soon get updated. LG has just made an official announcement that includes the list of detailed technical specs and features for each of the variants that will hit the market, so this is no rumor. Powered by unspecified processors, the updated LG K8 and LG K10 are expected to show up next week at MWC 2018.
Honor 9 Lite gets Face Unlock in India
The quad-camera Honor 9 Lite receives the software update that enables Face Unlock after a few other Honor devices, such as the Honor 7X and the Honor View 10. According to the website that broke the news, the update arrives in stages and should be fully deployed by March 5. Priced below US$200, the Honor 9 Lite is one of the few handsets in the same price range to support this feature.
First Windows 10 on ARM PCs to hit stores by the end of March
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Android flagships have been around for a while, and soon we will also be able to purchase notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible tablets that use the same processor. Big brands like Lenovo, HP, and Asus already unveiled such portables, and now Qualcomm has just announced that the first units are scheduled to hit the market "beginning this calendar quarter."
ZTE Blade X2 Max heading for Cricket Wireless
The successor of the ZTE Blade X Max is rumored to launch in mid to late spring. Apparently ready to hit the market as the ZTE Blade X2 Max, it looks a lot like its predecessor. The list of rumored specs includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, 3 GB or 4 GB RAM, at least 32 GB internal storage, as well as a 6-inch full HD display. This phablet will probably launch with Android Oreo customized by ZTE onboard.
Unlocked Huawei Honor 7X apparently being rebranded as Mate SE in the US
At the end of last week, the Huawei Mate SE was listed on both Amazon and B&H Photo Video. Even more, it also got an official page on Huawei's website. However, all these listings of the rebranded Huawei Honor 7X were removed since then. The US$249.99 Mate SE apparently will come in grey and gold, but now it looks like we have to wait for it to get a proper release.
Samsung begins mass production of 30 TB PM1643 enterprise SSD
The new Samsung PM1643 drive has a 30.72 GB capacity that makes it the industry's largest Serial Attached SCSI SSD for use in next-gen enterprise solutions. Its specs include four times the random read and three times the sequential read performance of the Samsung SSD 850 EVO. The lineup will be expanded later this year with models ranging between 800 GB and 15.36 TB.
Facebook Aloha and Fiona smart speakers could launch in July
Facebook's upcoming smart speakers are expected to arrive in July, reveal insiders familiar with the matter. Sporting 15-inch touchscreen displays, they are also supposed to provide video chat and social features.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Nokia 8 Pro allegedly under development
The Nokia 8 Pro is expected to hit the market in August-September with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 onboard. Obviously, nothing has been confirmed by HMD Global yet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hits GFXBench
The Samsung SM-T835 device that surfaced on GFXBench appears to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor onboard, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 12 MP main camera. This 10.5-inch slate runs Android Oreo and is expected to feature a stylus, a detachable keyboard, as well as AKG-tuned speakers.
Alcatel 5, 3V and 1X coming next week
The Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X were all introduced at CES 2018, and on February 24 they are scheduled to hit the market. Powered by MediaTek processors, they are all expected to target budget-conscious consumers.
Microsoft Surface Pro celebrates fifth anniversary
Announced as Surface for Windows 8 Pro back in June 2012, Microsoft's well-known 2-in-1 convertible was later renamed to Surface Pro and made its debut in February 2013. The fifth generation was released last year, in June.
Facebook Messenger Kids now available for Android
Not long after its arrival to iOS devices and Amazon Fire tablets, the Facebook Messenger Kids app is finally available for all Android handsets and tablets via Google Play.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Snapdragon 845 hits AnTuTu
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor apparently scored an impressive 265,267 AnTuTu score, obliterating the Snapdragon 835-driven Samsung Galaxy S8+ which scores around 170,000 points.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro roll out in India
The Snapdragon 625-powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is an affordable all-rounder that starts at US$156, while the slightly more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro employs a Snapdragon 636 chip, a dual main camera, and a 20 MP selfie shooter.
Dungeons & Dragons coming back to mobile this spring thanks to Warriors of Waterdeep
Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast and Ludia announced Warriors of Waterdeep, a new Dungeons & Dragons mobile game for both Android and iOS. This turn-based RPG is free to play and uses card packs. Although it will not launch this month, those interested can pre-register and will receive a special gift pack on launch.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Surface Phone could arrive by the end of June
The upcoming Microsoft Surface Phone is apparently ready to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 inside. While the software for it might still need a bit of polishing, the final prototypes are ready and insiders familiar with the matter claim that this device should arrive by the end of 2018, or as soon as first half of the year.
Amazon Music for Windows 10 hits Microsoft Store
The Amazon Music app for Windows 10 became available for download from the Microsoft Store yesterday. However, it is only available for those running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or a later edition.
Google has sold 3.9 million Pixel handsets in 2017
Although Google is still way behind the giants that are Apple and Samsung, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reached more than 3.9 million customers in 2017. However, both Google's handsets arrived in October, making this number of sold units quite impressive.
Facebook breaking the law when collecting personal data
Although Facebook already filed an appeal, it is worth mentioning that the Berlin regional court ruled against its data-collection practices, saying that the default settings break the law, while some terms and conditions do not meet the legal standards needed to get the users' effective consent.
Huawei patent for new gesture control for wearables surfaces online
Huawei's upcoming smartwatches could be able to detect writing movements performed in mid-air using fingers. This new gesture control method has been described in a patent dated July 2016, so it might become reality pretty soon.
LG reveals upcoming smartphone AI features
In addition to the LG Vision AI and LG Voice AI features, the next-gen LG smartphones will also come with a set of exclusive voice commands for Google Assistant. These technologies will be shown at MWC 2018 starting February 26.
Verizon to start locking phones later this year
The only major US carrier that offered completely unlocked devices decided to change its policy due to theft, so Verizon Wireless customers who get a new phone now have to go through a probationary period that lasts from the purchase date to the activation of the service.
BLU Vivo One and Vivo X unlocked Android handsets coming soon
Miami-based BLU Products unleashed two new handsets, namely the quad-camera Vivo X and the budget-friendly Vivo One. Just as expected, both run Android Nougat and use MediaTek processors.
Xiaomi Mi TV apparently heading for India
While the Redmi Note 5 is headed for India and expected to arrive on February 14, it looks like the Mi TV is going to be introduced locally on the same day.
Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition coming soon to Android
Quite a while after reaching iOS (July 2017), Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition is finally (almost) ready to launch on Google Android. This mobile game is based on the 2008 title and features 25 playable characters.
New Asus ZenFone 5 Lite images and details leak online
Not long after the regular ZenFone 5 surfaced online, the Asus ZenFone 5 Lite was spotted in black, white, and red, next to a few technical details. Both handsets are expected to feature a vertical dual camera setup on the back and should be unveiled at MWC 2018.
Get Windows 10 Live Tiles on Android thanks to SquareHome 2
Although it has not been updated since last November, SquareHome 2 remains a popular launcher app that is widely regarded as the best solution for those who want Windows 10 Live Tiles on their Android device.
KDE Slimbook II Linux laptops receive Kaby Lake i5 and i7 processors
The Spanish-made KDE Slimbook II notebook is now available starting around US$855. When compared to the first generation, the list of upgrades includes DDR4 memory, Kaby Lake processors, a 1 TB SSD option, an improved WiFi antenna, and more.
Microsoft Launcher finally gets Cortana support
Microsoft Launcher, the Android app once known as Arrow Launcher, has reached version 4.6 and finally received full Cortana support. This digital assistant can make calls, schedule meetings, change the wallpaper, and more.
Boot ROM bug allows Nintendo Switch to run Linux
Not long after they revealed a custom boot screen on a Nintendo Switch, a group of hackers calling themselves fail0verflow apparently managed to run a Linux-based operating system on this game console.
VLC 3.0 now available with 8K and Chromecast support
The first version of the "Vetinari" branch, VLC 3.0.0 is capable of streaming to Chromecast devices even in non-native formats, also supporting 4K and 8K hardware decoding on a wide range of devices, including Android flagships.
Another iPhone X wannabe: Sharp Aquos S3 leaks online
The Sharp Aquos S3 might look a bit too much like the iPhone X, but its specs are rumored to be far away from the flagship zone. The highlights include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 or 660 processor, at least 4 GB RAM/64 GB internal storage, and Android Nougat.
Huawei P20 Lite renders and live images surface online
The Huawei P20 Lite features a vertical dual camera setup on the back and its display makes it look a lot like the iPhone X. If the rumors turn out to be true, it will be unveiled by the end of March.
Samsung Galaxy S9 with Snapdragon 845 onboard hits Geekbench
As it happened so far, the next-gen Galaxy flagship will come with both Snapdragon and Exynos processors onboard, depending on the market. The Geekbench 4.0 test results for the Snapdragon 845-powered variant have just surfaced online and it looks like there is still room for optimizations until the handset's launch.
LG V30s with 256 GB storage and LG Lens AI camera features could arrive at MWC 2018
With a rumored price of over US$900, the upcoming LG V30s is expected to fit in the same niche of the market as the iPhone X and Note 8 (at least price-wise), while its new camera is rumored to provide AI capabilities similar to Samsung's Bixby Vision camera feature.
Facebook (finally) testing a Downvote button
Although the long-awaited Dislike button is far from arriving, Facebook confirmed they are currently testing a Downvote button that allows users to flag and hide comments.
Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's new offer
Back in November, Qualcomm's Board of Directors rejected Broadcom's US$105 billion acquisition offer. Now, even after an increase to US$121 billion, the negative answer of the board remains unanimous.
Sony smart TVs with Google Assistant coming soon
In addition to the X900F series that Sony unveiled at CES 2018, this iconic Japanese brand also announced the X850F series. Both feature Google Assistant support and have been listed already on Amazon at prices that range between US$1,499 and US$3,999.
Budget-friendly Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 coming to India next week
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will hit India on February 14, at noon. This handset will launch exclusively on Flipkart just like its predecessor, the best-selling Redmi Note 4.
Android Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 rolling out to Galaxy S8 flagships
After a really long wait, the official Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ has begun its rollout. Beta testers in Europe are the first ones to get the new firmware, but regular users should start to receive it after 24 hours as well.
Windows 10 build 17093 allows users to delete diagnostic data
In addition to the button that allows the removal of diagnostic data collected as part of the notorious telemetry process, Windows 10 build 17093 also brings better Bluetooth device pairing, improved graphics settings for multi-GPU systems, and more.
Essential Phone gets the February security patch
Although there is still a lot of work to be done in the camera software department, the Essential team was very quick in delivering this month's security patch from Google for the company's only handset.
Samsung begins mass production of 256 GB eUFS solutions for the automotive market
The industry's first 256 GB eUFS 2.1 solution for automotive applications that incorporates advanced features of the UFS 3.0 standard can handle a temperature range between -40° C and 105° C and provides a sequential read speed of up to 850 MB/s.
Chromebooks might soon get 4K displays
According to a Google Chrome commit, a higher-resolution Chrome logo is needed "to look crisp and pretty on our secret upcoming 4K Chromebooks." While this breaks any veil of secrecy covering the arrival of these Chrome OS devices, there is still no launch date to talk about.
Intel Xeon D-2100 processors now official with up to 18 cores and 36 threads
The new Xeon D-2100 processor architecture allows for up to 18 "Skylake-server" generation cores and was designed to provide lower-power processing to multiple enterprise applications, focusing on the needs of data centers and network operators.
New beta of iOS 11.3 allows you to disable battery performance throttling
Thanks to the Battery Health settings that appeared in the latest beta, owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 handsets will be able to disable performance throttling and to keep their devices running at full speed. However, iOS 11.3 has no launch date yet.
ADB.Miner worm turns your Android device into a mining rig
Although it quickly infected a few thousand devices worldwide, the spread of the cryptocurrency mining malware ADB.Miner seems to be quite limited at this time. However, there is still time for this piece of code to become a serious global threat.
OnePlus X successor not coming anytime soon
Less than 10 minutes after GSMArena published the rumor about a Snapdragon 835-powered, 5.5-inch OnePlus X2 being in the works, the co-founder of the popular Chinese brand, Carl Pei, denied it.
Android Oreo finally breaks the 1 percent barrier
With Android Lollipop usage finally below 25 percent, Android Oreo managed to climb above the 1 percent barrier for the first time in history. Android Nougat usage also grew up by more than 2 percent in February compared to the first month of this year.
Google fixes Android Wear 2.0 lag problems
While disabling "OK, Google" detection on Android Wear devices was a workaround that severely limited their capabilities, a new software update finally takes care of the annoying lag issue that has been around for about a month.
Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Bip smartwatch hits the US for US$99.99
The Amazfit Bip Android Wear smartwatch was launched in China last year, and now it can be pre-ordered in the US for less than US$100. This smart wearable with an impressive battery life is expected to start shipping in the US next month.
Mid-range Asus ZenFone 5 smartphone with vertical dual camera setup sufaces online
A bunch of Asus ZenFone 5 manual images surfaced online, and the details that surfaced next to them reveal a few intriguing things. Although this handset sports a main dual camera setup, runs Android Oreo out of the box and features a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 ratio, there is no USB Type-C connector.
Honor 7X in red hits the US for US$199.99
Just in time for this year's Valentine Day, the Honor 7X can now be acquired in red. Priced at US$199.99, it also comes with a free case, but the amount of units available is limited.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 flickering screen? Ice it down
While the Surface Book had screen flickering issues that were solved with a software update, this time the Surface Pro 4 seems to be facing a classic case of overheating-induced flickering. Although it might not be a good solution in the long run, it looks like adding some ice helps to quickly eliminate the problem.
Nokia 8 Sirocco with OLED display might show up at MWC 2018
Next to the 4G LTE-capable Nokia 3310, a Nokia 8 with an OLED display is also expected to drop at MWC 2018. The Sirocco name was used by Nokia more than a decade ago for a handset whose gold-plated favor retailed for more than US$2,000.
Microsoft Surface laptop with Intel Core m3-7Y30 onboard available for US$799
The new base model of the Microsoft Surface laptop features an Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB internal storage. Sadly, this US$799 model can only be acquired in Platinum finish.
Google Assistant Go brings voice interaction to slow handsets
Google Assistant Go has most features of the full Google Assistant app but was designed to work with Android Go handsets, so it lacks hands-free voice activation, reminders, controls for smart home devices, and other advanced capabilities.
High-end Sony Xperia handsets will receive two years of updates
According to the new Sony Xperia update policies, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact should get both Android P and Android Q, since they both launched with Android Oreo onboard. Sadly, the mid-range Xperia handsets might not get the same treatment.
YouTube Go hits 130 new markets
Introduced last year in India as a lightweight version of the YouTube app, YouTube Go reached 14 other markets since then. Now, it expands to 130 more countries and also gains a few new features, but many markets with fast networks such as South Korea or Japan are still being left aside.
Huawei Mate 9 gets Android Oreo in the US
Android Oreo is finally rolling out for the Huawei Mate 9 in the US. This update includes the January 2018 security patch from Google and Huawei's EMUI 8.0 custom interface.
Fujifilm takes over Xerox, up to 10,000 jobs to be lost as a consequence
Fujifilm will own a 50.1 stake in a joint venture that would combine Xerox and the existing Fuji Xerox, of which Fujifilm already controls 75 percent. The Connecticut-based Xerox will change its name to Fuji Xerox, and about 10,000 jobs will be cut by 2022.
Vivaldi Browser celebrates its third anniversary by adding vertical reading, markdown support for notes, and more
The vertical reading mode introduced by Vivaldi Browser 1.14 is one of the best ways for reading texts in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Next to this new feature, the update also brings customizable web panels and Markdown support for notes.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gets MIUI 9, but no Nougat
Although the new stable MIUI ROM for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 carries the build number 18.104.22.168, it still uses a Marshmallow core. Sadly, it seems that this Snapdragon 650-powered handset will never get Android Nougat.
Customizable hot words coming soon to Google Assistant
Although Google Assistant has been around for a while, it still lacks the ability to use a custom hot word, something that Motorola's Moto Voice introduced back in 2014. Fortunately, it looks like this issue will be fixed soon.
Mid-range Asus ZenFone 5 Max with Android Oreo onboard surfaces online
The direct successor of the 5.5-inch ZenFone 4 Max has just received its WiFi certification on January 26. The upcoming handset will obviously launch as the ZenFone 5 Max and runs Android 8.0 Oreo.
New iPad models could arrive in the last quarter
Although this subject has been around for a while, analyst Mark Gurman has just unveiled a new launch period for the new iPads. Obviously, Apple did not confirm or deny the Q4 2018 launch of its next-gen tablets yet.
Samsung launches 800 GB ultra-low latency SSD for supercomputing
The new SZ985 Z-SSD drive is the most effective solution for log data processing and high-speed caching, targeting the enterprise customers in need of top performance and reliability for AI, big data, and IoT applications.
Microsoft acquires cloud-connected gaming platform PlayFab
Microsoft has decided to purchase PlayFab, a company that provides services for building, launching, and growing cloud-connected games. PlayFab's extensive list of clients includes names like Rovio, Atari, and Disney.
ARM coprocessors coming to new Mac models later this year
Although we heard rumors involving an ARM coprocessor for Macs already, this time they come from Bloomberg Technology. According to them, Apple might launch three new Mac models in 2018 that feature an ARM coprocessor for improved security.
Nokia 3 Oreo beta coming soon, Nokia 2 to jump straight to Android 8.1
HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has recently confirmed that the Nokia 2 will jump straight to Android 8.1 to get advantage of the memory optimization features, but the Nokia 3 will also receive the first Oreo beta soon.
Samsung Pay enters the Mexican market
Mexico has just become the second country in Latin America to get Samsung Pay, after Brazil. The local launch partners include Banorte, Citibanamex, HSBC, Santander, Clip, iZettle, and others.
Samsung shutting down a manufacturing plant in Slovakia
Due to the lack of workers, Samsung decided to shut down one of its two manufacturing plants they have in Slovakia. However, this is pretty good news, since earlier reports claimed that the company was considering the possibility to shut down both of them.
ZTE Blade V9 with Android Oreo onboard hits FCC
The device that arrived at FCC features the ID code SRQ-ZTEBLADEV9 and its specs confirm some of the previous leaks, such as 2 GB/3 GB RAM and 16 GB/32 GB storage variants. Fortunately, the operating system pre-installed is Android 8.0 Oreo with January's security patch.
Skagen Falster Android Wear smartwatch now available starting at US$275
The new Skagen Falster smartwatch runs Android Wear and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. Depending on the strap/color combination, it can be purchased for US$275 or US$295.
Crowd-sourced, local news app Google Bulletin now available for testing
The Google Bulletin experimental platform is in an early access mode for now, and it promises to deliver relevant community news directly from those who live in a certain area.
Google Play increased its lead in Q4 2017 by downloads, still making less money than Apple's App Store
Although the amount of Google Play app downloads in Q4 2017 is more than double the number achieved by Apple's App Store, the tables turn when talking about the revenue they generated. In this area, Apple leads by about 95 percent.
BLU Pure View packs an 18:9 display and dual front cameras for just US$200
The BLU Pure View was silently introduced last week on Amazon with an 18:9 display, 5V/2A quick charge, face unlock, and a dual front camera setup onboard. However, this 5.7-inch handset is only powered by the outdated MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor.
Need to drive six 4K monitors at 60 Hz on the go? Imagination has a solution for that
The new PowerVR Series8XT GT8540 GPU uses Imagination Technologies' Furian architecture and provides an 80 percent fill rate gain over its predecessor. Even more, it can feed up to six 4K displays at 60 fps simultaneously.
First Chrome OS tablet shows up at tech show
A tweet that has been removed shortly after being published revealed a yet-to-be-launched Chrome OS tablet by Acer, so we should get ready for the debut of these new slates.
Smartphone shipments in China drop for the first time
Although the Chinese market recorded a few quarterly drops in the past, 2017 was the first year ever to end with a negative smartphone shipments growth.
Dell Chromebook 5190 with EMR pen support coming next month
The recently announced Dell Chromebook 5000 series will hit the market next month with the Chromebook 5190 as the debut device. This Chrome OS-powered notebook for education sports a rugged design and is expected to start at US$289.
Android 9.0 could be unveiled in May as Pineapple Cake
Although this is not official yet, Android P is very likely to show up at Google I/O 2018, an event that is scheduled to take place in early May.
Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns
After being in charge as Twitter's COO for about a year, Anthony Noto decided to move on, accepting the CEO position at SoFi, a financial technology startup.
Samsung 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs now available
The Samsung 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs come in 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2 form factors, employing a new MJX controller and 64-layer V-NAND flash memory. The available capacities are 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, or 4 TB.
Nokia 8 gets Android 8.1 beta
Two months after the public build of Android 8.0 Oreo, the Nokia 8 flagship receives a beta of the Android 8.1 firmware. This update comes with cheese on top of the patty for the hamburger emoji, as well as many unspecified small improvements.
Firefox 58 now official with tracking protection and faster graphics
Launched earlier today, Firefox 58 promises to deliver smoother graphics, improved support for progressive web apps on Android devices, faster page loading, tracking protection, and more.
BLU R2 Plus budget smartphone hits Amazon
The 5.5-inch BLU R2 Plus is now available via Amazon for US$179.99. Its specs include a MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Netflix now valued at over $100 billion
new Netflix article abstract | According to the fresh report for Q4 2017, Netflix added almost 2 million subscribers in the US and over 8 million globally (US included) during this period. The company also crossed the US$100 billion mark for its market cap earlier today.
Android Wear 2.8 brings improved notifications and new dark theme
A few days after images showing an updated smartwatch surfaced on Reddit, Google confirmed the release of Android Wear 2.8, highlighting the fact that this is an update for the smartphone app and not the same as the OTA for some wearables.
Budget-friendly LG Aristo 2 now official
The Snapdragon 425-powered LG Aristo 2 comes with Android 7.1.2 onboard and only features 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. However, its price is far below the US$100 mark, so there is not much to complain about.
MIUI 9 gets Game Speed Booster
The Game Speed Booster optimizations are now available for the MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM, as well as for the Chinese Beta and Chinese Stable ROMs. Thanks to this tool, the user can disable navigation buttons or keep a steady brightness level while playing, and more.
Google Fuchsia OS demo surfaces online
The new demo shows still a product not ready for the market, but in a more advanced status than it was back in May 2017. Now, Fuchsia OS features a few different split-screen modes and works on the Google Pixelbook Chromebook.
Amazon Alexa coming soon to Windows PCs
Alexa for PCs is scheduled to debut exclusively in the US later this year on select Windows 10 PCs by Acer, HP, and Lenovo, sporting the same features as the version for Echo devices.
Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available
Wine 3.0 is now available as the second annual release of this well-known compatibility layer and arrives more than 24 years since the initial release. This new version comes with improved compatibility with Android, Direct3D 10 and 11 support, and more.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launches globally next month
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will hit the market on February 20 as the remake of the original game that arrived two decades ago. The list of improvements includes 4K support, Xbox LIVE and LAN play, a re-recorded original soundtrack, and more.
Oppo R9s dominates the Chinese smartphone market
Although Huawei remains the leading brand in the Chinese smartphone market, the best-selling smartphone in 2017 was the Oppo R9s, with a market share of 3 percent.
Gboard 6.9 will bring smart replies, GIF making, media keyboard features
Although nothing is official yet and all the information comes from an APK teardown by 9to5Google, it looks like Gboard will soon get the Smart Reply feature for notifications, GIF making, and a new media keyboard that can search items like images and articles.
Samsung begins mass production of 16 Gb GDDR6 memory
Just as expected, Samsung has finally begun to mass produce the industry's first 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips. In addition to the growing needs of the graphics card market, the new memory will also be used in automotive, network, and AI projects.
Fujitsu unveils over a dozen notebooks for enterprise use
Fujitsu has just announced no less than 14 notebook models from five series that are scheduled to roll out in stages starting at the end of January. Sadly, there is no word on their arrival in the US yet.
Moto Z3 and Z3 Play images surface online
The Moto Z3 and Z3 Play are apparently both using a 6-inch full HD display, and a third Moto Z3 device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 onboard is expected to arrive after a while with a higher-resolution touchscreen.
Facebook promises to improve Messenger this year
Facebook has recently admitted that the Messenger app is too cluttered, but promised that this year they will focus on "massively simplifying and streamlining" it.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus get Oreo beta update
Android Oreo beta is now available for the international Huawei P10 and P10 Plus flagships, and it includes EMUI 8.0 with quite a few new features.
Samsung Pay gets a new interface
The latest Samsung Pay version that is apparently labeled 2.8.18 (the version number may vary depending on the device) drops the on-screen section menus for a traditional bottom bar. Overall, the UI is now cleaner and more user-friendly.
Google Maps returns to China after 8 years of absence
Thanks to a partnership with Alibaba-owned AutoNavi, the Google Maps service returns to China, but with a few feature limitations needed to get the approval of the local government.
BlackBerry Motion finally available in the US
After a few months of full availability in Canada, the UK, and most European countries, the BlackBerry Motion finally reached the US market via Amazon and Best Buy.
Samsung's first US home appliance plant begins production
Samsung plans to make one million washing machines in the recently opened Newberry, South Carolina factory. This new manufacturing plant should also create more than 1,000 jobs by 2020.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime launching in India later this week
In the aftermath of a pretty long stream of rumors and teasers, the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is now finally ready to hit the Indian market. This 5.5-inch handset with an Exynos 7870 processor will be available in two configurations, both loaded with Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung Mall.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ hit FCC once again
Last time, the international versions of the upcoming flagships arrived at FCC. Now, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are being tested and one step closer to being released.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 smartwatch now available
The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 is not only a smaller variant of the popular Connected Modular 45 smartwatch, since it also doubles the amount of memory and storage space, and features a 326 ppi AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels.
Battlegrounds hits 3 million players on Xbox One
Although it was released worldwide on December 12, the multiplayer online battle royale game shortly known as PUBG (or Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in full) already has a strong following of more than 3 million Xbox One players.
Samsung Galaxy X unveiled during private event
Although the foldable Samsung Galaxy X will probably not hit the market before the end of the year, insiders familiar with the matter claim that an updated prototype has been shown at CES to a few chosen ones.
North Korean malware targets defectors and their supporters
McAfee researchers recently uncovered a hacking operation that targets North Korean defectors and those who help them, using popular chat apps and social media services (Facebook included) to deliver malware to their Android devices.
Meltdown and Spectre patches not coming to older Chromebooks
Although some ARM-driven Chromebooks do not need patching, there are also a few Chrome OS-powered notebooks that will not get any sort of protection from Meltdown and Spectre, including the Acer C7 and the Samsung Chromebook 5.
Alleged Galaxy S9 retail box spotted online
The purported Samsung Galaxy S9 box image that surfaced on Imgur reveals a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, a "Super Speed Dual Pixel" 12 MP main camera with optical image stabilization, and more.
MediaTek-powered Movi smartphone features a built-in projector, already retails for US$599
Although its specs or design are nothing really special, the Movi smartphone makes up for that by integrating a built-in projector that can deliver a 720p image at a size of 12 to 200 inches.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) now official
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) is now available in Vietnam for the equivalent of around US$145. This low-end handset has an unspecified 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, only 1.5 GB RAM, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.
BLOCKS Core modular smartwatch now available for purchase
The BLOCKS Core modular smartwatch that started as a Kickstarter crowdfunded project is now available for anyone with full Android 8.0 Oreo onboard and support for Amazon Alexa voice commands.
LG Pay to hit the US by June
After a few delays, LG Pay launched in South Korea last summer and, thanks to its moderate success in that market, LG has decided to bring it to the US in the first half of 2018 with the help of the G7 and V40 flagships. The mid-range handsets are expected to get support for it at a later time as well.
Garmin intros Forerunner 645 Music GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support
The new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support that features an integrated music player for enjoying their favorite songs without having to carry a smartphone.
Samsung begins mass production of 2nd-generation HBM2 memory
The 2nd-generation 8 GB HBM2 memory is the industry's first such solution capable of delivering a data transfer speed per pin of 2.4 Gbps. This memory is branded Aquabolt and directly succeeds the original HBM2 known as Flarebolt.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) coming to India via Amazon later this month
In India, the 6-inch Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) can be pre-ordered exclusively from Amazon starting today and will be fully released in that market on January 20.
Samsung confirms Galaxy S9 launch date
The launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup is no longer a secret since the president of the company's mobile business DJ Koh confirmed that the official unveiling of the new flagships will take place at MWC 2018.
Sea of Thieves Closed Beta coming at the end of the month
Last month, Sea of Thieves went through its biggest ever Technical Alpha play session. Now, the time has come for the first Closed Beta round, which is scheduled to kick off on January 24 and last for 5 days.
Marshmallow remains most popular Android version, Oreo still below 1 percent
The data collected by Google during the 7-day week period that ended yesterday reveals that Marshmallow is now below 29 percent, with Nougat getting closer to taking the lead, while Oreo still struggles to reach the 1 percent mark.
No Huawei phones coming to AT&T after all
Although February is not here yet and the situation might change until then, unconfirmed rumors claim that Huawei and AT&T's deal is off and the two brands will no longer team up as expected.
Whirlpool smart appliances now feature Google Assistant and Alexa support
Next to the voice commands available via both Google Assistant and Alexa on multiple Whirlpool smart appliances, Amazon Prime subscribers also get to use the Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons feature with some of them.
Rockchip intros AI-optimized RK3399Pro processor
The hexa-core RK3399Pro processor by Rockchip is the Chinese company's first one to feature a neural network processing unit. It uses the same core configuration as the RK3399Pro and its NPU performance reaches 2.4 TOPs.
Huawei Honor View 10 and Honor 7X hit the US
The Huawei Honor View 10 and Honor 7X are both available in the US starting this month, including the limited edition Honor 7X in red which can be acquired in the US for just US$199.
Essential Phone gets Spectre and Meltdown fix
Although the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are quite serious and Microsoft already issued patches that take care of them, smartphone makers are not that fast. Surprisingly enough, Andry Rubin's Essential Phone is one of the first handsets to get a fix for the two problems mentioned above.
Verizon acquires Niddel
Verizon decided to buy Niddel for improving its malware detection and response for enterprise customers thanks to the machine-learning-based automated threat hunting technology of the latter.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) now official
The highlights of the updated Samsung Notebook 7 Spin include a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, Active Pen support, an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD drive. This Windows 10 notebook should hit the US market in the first quarter of the year.
Moto G4 Play finally gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Although Android 7.1.1 Nougat has been around for more than a year, the Moto G4 Play did not get it until now. Even with this delay, it is still a good thing to offer the update to a phone that is almost two years old and arrived on the market for just US$99.
OnePlus 5T Sandstone White coming next week
The OnePlus 5T flagship in white sandstone finish is finally official and will hit the market on January 9. Just as expected, it is similar to its white Start Wars edition that only launched in India.
Spotify has 70 million paid subscribers
Compared to September 2016, Spotify now has 50 percent more paid subscribers. The count of 70 million comes just in time since Spotify apparently filed for its direct listing IPO at the end of December.
Apple acquires Buddybuild
The Canadian app development toolkit makers Buddybuild have joined Apple, where they will become a part of the Xcode engineering group. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
LG V30 Raspberry Rose coming soon to South Korea
In addition to the existing violet, blue, silver, and black editions, the LG V30 handset gets a "Raspberry Rose" variant. This new color option will be on display at CES 2018 and is expected to hit the South Korean market later this month.
Samsung unveils CJ791 curved monitor with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
The Samsung CJ791 QLED curved monitor has a 4 ms response time and can provide up to 85 W of laptop charging power via the Thunderbolt 3 interface included, which can also provide up to 40 Gbps transfer rate when connected to various peripherals.
OnePlus 5T receives Android Oreo beta
Not long after the release of the Oreo updates for the OnePlus 3, 3T, and 5, this Chinese underdog is back with the first open beta of the Oreo-based OxygenOS firmware for the OnePlus 5T flagship.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will power quite a few handsets in 2018
The list of flagships expected to hit the market by the end of 2018 with a Snapdragon 845 onboard includes the HTC U12, Nokia 10, Xiaomi Mi 7, OnePlus 6/6T, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, and many more. Obviously, this should be taken with a grain of salt for now.
Samsung patents modular TV that turns into an AiO PC
A fresh patent by Samsung describes a modular TV that features a curved display and a modular base that can be configured as needed, from a speaker and wireless charger all the way to an AiO PC.
Xiaomi Mi A1 gets Android Oreo as promised
After a short time spent as a beta release, Android Oreo is now rolling out to Xiaomi Mi A1 handsets across the globe. Unfortunately, it also carries a minor bug that makes the Phone app shortcut disappear from the home screen, but fixing it takes less than a minute.
Google Duo is almost ready for tablets
Although there is no official launch date for it yet, a Google Duo developer confirmed on Twitter that a special version for tablets is currently in the making.
Honor V10 coming to India as Honor View 10 in early January
Amazon India is now taking registrations for the Honor View 10, also known as the Honor V10. The global launch is set for January 8, but the pricing for both India and the United States remains unknown.
Huawei Enjoy 7S launches globally as Huawei PSmart
The Huawei Enjoy 7S will go on sale outside of China as the Huawei PSmart but without any different specs and features. This 5.65-inch handset with an 18:9 display is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor and runs Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top.
Snapdragon 630-powered Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra apparently in the works
The Sony handset with the model number H4233 has visited GFXBench back in September, but now it surfaced on Malaysia's SRIM product certification body, so it will probably hit the market during MWC like its predecessor.
Sandstone OnePlus 5T might hit the market next month
A recently uploaded YouTube video by OnePlus suggests that a stone-textured handset is on its way, although we will probably have an official confirmation at CES 2018, if not sooner.
Samsung Exynos 9810 coming next week
The next-gen Exynos chip will launch during an official event that is scheduled to take place on January 4, 2018. The headline of this even is "Beyond a Component" and there are no details for now, but more should be unveiled in the week to come.
Moto Z2 Force on T-Mobile gets Android Oreo
One week after Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile releases Android Oreo for the Moto Z2 Force handsets on its network. The new firmware comes without any surprises and includes picture-in-picture mode, improved notifications, and more.
Google buries the Pixel C tablet, the Pixelbook is now alone
The two-year-old Pixel C is still an impressive piece of hardware, but Google has finally decided to stop selling it. However, the Pixel C magnetic keyboard is still available, and it retails for just US$99 (US$149 MSRP).
ZTE Blade V9 coming soon
The 5.7-inch ZTE Blade V9 has a screen ratio of 18:9, but mid-range specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, up to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, a dual camera setup on the back. Considering these specs, the price should not exceed US$250.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ show up at FCC
Although Samsung might take a while to ensure the batteries inside the new Galaxy flagships are safe, the international Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models have been already certified by the FCC. Sadly, there is no official launch date set yet.
Nokia 2 is more durable than expected
Although it can be acquired for just US$100 in the United States, the Nokia 2 has a frame and physical buttons made of metal that allow it to withstand more punishment than most competitors.
Wireless charger with 80-feet range hits FCC
Powercast has just announced that its latest wireless charger to get certified by the FCC can deliver power to small, low-power gadgets at distances of up to 80 feet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 facing serious problems
According to multiple Galaxy Note 8 users, their high-end phablets simply died after the battery ran out, refusing to charge and boot up. For now, Samsung is investigating the problem and advises all those affected to contact its customer support service.
Huawei Mate 10 coming to AT&T in February
Although we already heard that Huawei will enter the US market via AT&T and Verizon Wireless with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, now we also know that the smaller of the two is scheduled to hit AT&T in February.
Amazon acquires smart home camera maker Blink
Blink is a company that makes affordable video doorbells and security cameras for both indoor and outdoor use. The financial terms of its acquisition by Amazon have not been disclosed.
OnePlus 5 gets Android Oreo via OxygenOS 5.0
Thanks to OxygenOS 5.0, the OnePlus 5 flagship finally gets all the Android Oreo features, but also the latest security patch from Google. Face Unlock is also on its way, but was not included in this build.
Amazon Prime gained 4 million users in just one week
This holiday season was excellent for Amazon, with twice as many Fire TV Sticks purchased compared to last year's same period, while no less than 4 million people signed up for Amazon Prime in just one week.
Bank of Israel might issue cryptocurrency
An anonymous source revealed that The Bank of Israel is taking into account the introduction of cryptocurrency in the country's economy by the end of 2019 to allow for faster payments and to reduce the amount of cash in circulation.
Garmin Vivofit 4 now official
Although it lacks some advanced features, the Garmin Vivofit 4 activity tracker comes for less than 80 bucks and promises to deliver more than a year of autonomy on two SR43 replaceable batteries.
Wireless charger with 3-feet range gets certified
Energous Corporation has just certified a technology that allows the manufacturing of wireless chargers with a range of up to 3 feet. It supports multiple devices at once for contact and non-contact wireless charging and is compatible with virtually all small electronics, including tablets.
Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) surfaces online
The 5-inch Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) is an affordable handset with a case made of plastic, capacitive front buttons, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 1.5 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. The latest rumors claim it will launch in Russia for the equivalent of about US$136.
Next-gen Apple Watch might feature an advanced heart monitor
Although the Apple Watch already features heart monitoring capabilities, the tech giant headquartered in Cupertino is currently testing a smartwatch that sports an EKG capable of detecting some cardiac problems before they become serious.
Civilization VI now available for iPads
More than just becoming available for Apple's tablets, Civilization VI is also the first game in the series to deliver the full desktop experience to those playing it on a slate.
Amazon might be working on a competitor for YouTube
Amazon seems to aim at Google's YouTube these days, since the online commerce giant already registered a few URLs such as AmazonOpenTube.com, not to mention the trademark requests with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Samsung begins mass production of second generation 10 nm DDR4 memory
Less than two years after the launch of its first 10 nm DRAM product, Samsung begins mass production of second generation 10 nm DDR4 memory chips. The company's plans for the future include DDR5, HBM3, LPDDR5, as well as GDDR6 memory chips.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ covers and cases surface online
A set of Olixar cases for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can be already pre-ordered from MobileFun, and the UK online store also mentioned a February 28 release date for these accessories.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the flagship of the year in India
Only one year after the catastrophic failure of the Note 7, Samsung managed to bounce back with the Galaxy Note 8 and the "Flagship Smartphone of the Year" award it has just received in India proves that the Galaxy Note lineup is doing great.
LG intros ThinQ brand for AI-driven devices
Although the ThinQ name has been used by LG for a few products already, all devices and services of the South Korean-based multinational giant that feature artificial intelligence will be placed under this banner starting in 2018.
The Loapi Trojan malware can blow up your Android phone
Android malware reaches a new high (or maybe "a new low," depends on how you see it) with the Loapi Trojan, a piece of code that can push the infected devices to the limit for mining Monero tokens until they blow up.
Xiaomi goes for Samsung's crown in India
In just a year, Xiaomi managed to go up from 6 percent to 22.5 percent of the Indian smartphone market. To get there, the Chinese brand expanded at the expense of local brands, but now they are going for Samsung's slice of the pie.
Google Chrome to kill intrusive ads starting mid-February 2018
According to a recent statement by Google, its Chrome browser will begin blocking intrusive ads on both desktop and mobile websites that do not comply with the Better Ads Standards starting on February 15.
Self-healing, repairable glass developed in Japan
A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo has just developed a new type of glass that could finally allow phone manufacturers to build handsets like the iPhone X or the Galaxy Note 8 with shatter-resistant back covers.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro confirmed to hit the US in 2018
The 6-inch Huawei Mate 10 Pro phablet will reach the US via multiple carriers in 2018 and, according to Richard Yu, the details will be unveiled next month in Las Vegas.
HTC U11 Life on T-Mobile gets Oreo update
Not long after the first unlocked HTC U11 Life units received Android 8.0, these handsets on T-Mobile receive the Oreo update as well.
Samsung intros the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) with dual front camera and Infinity Display
The highlights of the new Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ include a dual camera setup for selfies, IP68-rated protection from water and dust, as well as support for Samsung's Gear VR (a first for the A series).
AIM is now gone for good
Just as announced back in October, all AIM servers were shut down on December 15. This move finally brings to an end the two-decade history of instant messaging by the once almighty AOL.
Red Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition hits Indonesia
The successful mid-range Xiaomi Mi A1 finally receives a red edition. Sadly, only Indonesia gets this new color choice for now. The rest of the world only gets to choose between black, gold, and rose gold.
Oracle acquires Aconex
Although the deal will have to go through an independent review and the shareholders' vote later this year, it looks like Australian cloud company Aconex will join Oracle after the completion of these formalities. The deal is worth AU$1.6 billion (around US$1.23 billion).
Apple releases the iMac Pro starting at US$4,999
Advertised as "the most powerful Mac ever," the iMac Pro provides an impressive set of hardware specs, packing Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, as well as a 27-inch Retina 5K display.
CAT S31 rugged smartphone finally available in the US
The 4.7-inch CAT S31 is now available in the US via Amazon for around US$330 and, although its specs do not match this price range, the IP68-rated water resistance and its compliance with the MIL-SPEC 810G standard for ruggedness make it a worthy choice for those who face tough environments frequently.
LG Gram ultrabooks with 8th generation Intel Core processors coming to the US next month
LG has just announced that the updated Gram lineup of ultrabooks is scheduled to arrive in the US starting in January. Next to the 8th generation Intel Core processors, these portables come with a sturdier build and increased autonomy.
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) now official
The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the built-in S Pen and the two Notebook 9 (2018) models without a bundled stylus come with 8th generation Intel Core processors and should hit South Korea later this month. These new ultrabooks will be shown at CES 2018 and are scheduled to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
Sea of Thieves now up for pre-order, coming March 20
Microsoft's open-world adventure game Sea of Thieves is up for pre-order already, but it will only launch globally on March 20, 2018. This title will be available for both the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs.
Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Echo hit 28 new markets
The Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service and the Echo smart speaker can finally be acquired in many new markets across Europe and the Americas. All these areas receive three plan options: Echo, Individual, and Family.
More than 460 HP laptop models come with a pre-installed keylogger
Although this is not the first time it happens this year, HP has been caught red-handed once again. This time, the keylogger has been found in the Synaptics touchpad driver that ships with more than 460 HP notebook models.
Windows PCs gaining market share worldwide thanks to the education sector
According to Microsoft, "more and more schools are choosing Windows over competitive offerings" in the US while Futuresource's latest quarterly report also revealed a 15 percent growth year-over-year for the global education market.
Microsoft OneDrive for Android updated with new looks
Microsoft OneDrive 5.1 for Android comes without the hamburger menu and features tabs at the bottom. A "Free space" option now shows up when the storage is full, advising you to remove those files you no longer need.
Huawei Nova 2S coming soon to China
Huawei Nova 2S is expected to debut tomorrow as an improved version of the Nova 2. Its list of unconfirmed specs and features includes the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, dual cameras on both sides, as well as Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top.
Commercial spyware is out of control
A fresh report published by The Citizen Lab revealed that Ethiopia, a country where less than 5 percent of the population has access to the internet, conducted a complex global cyber espionage campaign.
Android Oreo Go now official, targets low-end devices
Next to Android 8.1 Oreo, Google intros the Go edition, which is a variant of its mobile operating system that comes with a lighter set of Google apps and has been optimized to work on devices with 512 MB to 1 GB of memory.
Amazon hits Australia
At the end of a few months full of rumors concerning its expansion, Amazon is finally launching in Australia. While most locals would like to easily access global products, Amazon Australia plans to use on the "buy Australian" approach.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro gets a 4/10 from iFixIt
The teardown of the Huawei 10 Pro by iFixIt revealed that replacing the display involves the removal of almost every component, and fixing the front camera requires switching the whole display, including its frame.
Samsung begins mass production of first 512 GB eUFS storage solution for mobile devices
The new Samsung 512 GB eUFS embedded memory is about eight times faster than a typical microSD card, providing up to 860 MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 255 MB/s writes.
Target launches a new mobile payment system
The Target app has just received Wallet, a mobile payment system that only supports the Target REDcard for now, but it will soon gain the ability to add and pay with Target GiftCards as well.
Samsung Galaxy S9 to come with a desktop dock called DeX Pad
A new drop in the ocean of Samsung Galaxy S9-related leaks and speculations reveals that the next-generation desktop dock that we already heard about will be named DeX Pad. Sadly, this new bit of information comes without other details.
Lenovo V730 business notebook leaks online
The Lenovo V730 is a 13-inch notebook that has an 8th generation Intel Core processor inside (up to i7, of course) and features a business design that places it between the ThinkPad lineup and the IdeaPad family.
Facebook Messenger Kids rolls out in the US
The new Facebook Messenger Kids opens up the social network to children aged under 13. This app allows parents to download the app on their child's device, create a profile, and then approve the contacts they are allowed to interact with.
BLU Life One X3 silently debuts with a 5,000 mAh battery onboard
While many users with bricked phones are still waiting for an official solution to their problem, BLU Products forgets about the mayhem caused by its latest OTA update and silently intros the Life One X3 mid-ranger.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a VPN service with the latest update
Apparently as a response to the recently discovered (and patched) KRACK exploit, Samsung added a VPN service to the Galaxy Note 8. Known as "Secure Wi-Fi," this service encrypts all outgoing traffic to provide safe browsing while connected to unsecured public networks.
iOS 11.2 comes with faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash
Apple has just released iOS 11.2 with support for faster wireless charging, video camera stabilization, Apple Pay Cash, as well as a fix for the autocorrect bug that has been recently discovered.
Most affordable iPad ever might arrive in Q2 2018
Although it is rumored that next year will bring at least one iPad with Face ID, insiders familiar with the matter also revealed that Apple also plans to launch its cheapest iPad to date in 2018. The price of this tablet is expected to be around US$259, claim the same sources.
OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition coming to India next week
The Star Wars Limited Edition of the OnePlus 5T has not been dropped since it has just been revealed that the Indian market will get it later this month. This special flagship made its debut this weekend during Comic Con India.
Essential Phone gets portrait mode and reduced compression
While the users of Andy Rubin's flagship can take the Android Oreo beta update for a spin, the Essential Phone gets a minor update that introduces the long-awaited portrait mode and multiple image quality improvements.
There is no such thing as a "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8
Although the so-called "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy S8 has been available in the Microsoft Store for a few months, Samsung finally decided to let the world know that these flagships sold by the Redmond giant's store are not special at all.
Samsung W2018 now official with world’s first f/1.5 aperture phone camera
The Samsung W2018 is a luxury dual-display flip phone that features the world's first f/1.5 aperture phone camera. Expected to retail for more than US$2,000, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and features a Bixby button.
Google Play removes most apps with lock screen ads
A few years after removing apps that showed ads as push notifications, Google takes one more step in the right direction and forbids apps that display ads in the device's lock screen from being distributed via Google Play.
System76 to disable Intel Management Engine on its notebooks
While Intel is working with the big brands to patch the major security holes recently discovered in its Management Engine firmware, System76 plans to take it all to the next level by disabling IME entirely via a firmware update.
LG Gram lightweight notebook gets 8th generation Intel Core processors
LG has silently added three Gram ultralight Windows notebooks with Intel Core i5-8250U and Intel Core i7-8550U processors to its official US website, so those interested should be able to place their orders soon.
Google launches Datally mobile data saving app
Since having more than a few GB of free, full-speed mobile data remains a dream for many Android users around the world, Google Datally comes to help them by providing the tools needed to better manage its usage.
Microsoft Edge now available as a stable release for Android and iOS
Now that the beta period is over, Microsoft Edge is ready for both Android and iOS devices. Its list of changes includes password sync, a dark theme, and the very handy "Continue to PC" feature.
Dell Vostro 14 5471 with 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor now up for pre-order
The new Dell Vostro 14 5471 comes with up to AMD Radeon R530 GDDR5 graphics and an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor. Those interested can pre-order it only in China for now, where its starting price is roughly equal to US$830.
ZTE stops making Axon 7 handsets
ZTE Axon 7 has been around since mid-2016 and now it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but it also received CyanogenMod support in the meantime. Sadly, ZTE has just confirmed that this handset is no longer being manufactured.
Skyforge now available on Xbox One
After five years in development, Skyforge entered the open beta stage in early 2015. This free-to-play MMORPG was released for PlayStation 4 in April, and now the time has finally arrived for the Xbox One console to get it as well.
Samsung has acquired AI startup Fluenty
Fluenty has recently become the first South Korean AI startup to join Samsung on their path to a much better Bixby virtual assistant. As usual, the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
OnePlus 5T Lava Red Limited Edition hits China
Although a Star Wars-themed special edition was apparently on its way, OnePlus only released a Lava Red Limited Edition of the 5T flagship. Sadly, it is only available in China for now.
Shake your Samsung Galaxy S8 to help its camera focus properly
As strange as it may seem, Samsung recommends a "gentle tap to the back" or "a small shake" of their Galaxy S8 to those who complain that their phone's main camera is taking blurry photos and has problems focusing.
Sony Xperia X Performance gets Android Oreo
Next to the Xperia XZ and XZs, the Sony Xperia X Performance also receives the Android Oreo update this month. The new firmware includes the latest security patch from Google and comes with new features such as autofill, smart text selection, Xperia Actions, and more.
BLU Products releases phone-bricking OTA update
The latest OTA update for the phones of the popular US-based BLU Products apparently managed to brick a lot of phones and a lot of people are (very) angry about it. Sadly, there is no official solution for this problem that does not involve a factory reset.
Samsung begins mass production of second generation 10 nm chips
Samsung's second generation 10 nm SoC products deliver a 10 percent performance increase and a 15 percent power consumption drop when compared to their predecessors. These new chips use a new 10 nm FinFET technology known as 10LPP (Low Power Plus).
Huawei previews Face ID competitor
During the Honor V10 launch event, Huawei also revealed the face recognition technology they are currently developing and a demo of its animated emojis, both (advertised as) better than the Face ID and the Animoji by Apple.
Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime (2017) hits FCC
Not long after being spotted in multiple benchmark database websites, the new Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime Android smartphone is now almost ready to hit the market, since it has just been listed by the FCC.
Oppo F5 Youth debuts in the Philippines
The Oppo F5 Youth is a lighter version of the selfie-centric Oppo F5. It still has a full HD+ 6-inch display but uses a MediaTek Helio P23 processor, runs the Android 7.1-based ColorOS 3.2 firmware, and features a 16 MP camera for selfies.
Microsoft Office finally available for all Chromebooks
Without any fanfare, Microsoft finally made Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint available for (apparently) all Chromebooks via the Google Play store. Chrome Unboxed confirmed their availability on the Pixelbook, Samsung Chromebook Pro, two Chromebook 15 models, and the Acer C771.
Unlocked HTC U11 receives Android Oreo
According to Mo Versi, HTC's Vice President of Product Management, the unlocked HTC U11 flagship receives the Android 8.0 update starting today. He also revealed that the Sprint variant and the older HTC 10 should get the new firmware soon as well.
OnePlus 5 to get facial recognition capabilities
A leaked Android Oreo-based firmware build for the OnePlus 5 reveals that this handset might soon get the Face Unlock feature that has been introduced last week with the new OnePlus 5T flagship.
Windows 10 Insider Build 17046 brings more refinements
The latest Windows 10 "Redstone 4" test build is numbered 17046 and comes with a lot of tweaks and fixes, including faster access to advanced UWP app options, improved emoji support, and the ability to fill in and save data to use in forms when using Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edition Galaxy Note 8 hits Microsoft Store
With the Lumia handsets dead and gone, the Devices section of the Microsoft Store is now hosting smartphones by other brands, and the latest to arrive is the Microsoft Edition Galaxy Note 8. This handset is a regular Note 8 with a set of pre-loaded apps by Microsoft, including Cortana and Microsoft Launcher.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ might show up in January
New rumors claim that Samsung's next-gen flagships, namely the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, could be revealed in full or at least teased during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Sadly, there is nothing new to say about the possible launch of a Galaxy S9 Mini variant.
BlackBerry KEYone 2 apparently surfaced on Geekbench
A handset known as "Qualcomm BBF100-1" surfaced on Geekbench and it is very likely to see it soon available on the market as a direct successor to the BlackBerry KEYone. Sadly, this handset has not been officially confirmed yet.
AMD's RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GTX 1080 in DX12
Futuremark's brand-new VRMark Cyan Room benchmark arrived earlier today and the first set of interesting results is already available. According to AMD's own tests that were conducted using this DirectX 12 benchmarking tool, the RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 1080.
iPhone X pre-orders in South Korea go beyond the 300,000 mark
The iPhone X pre-orders in South Korea exceed by far those of the iPhone 8, having managed to hit the 300,000 units mark already. Official sales are scheduled to kick off tomorrow, so there is still time for improving this record.
Misfit Command hybrid smartwatch now up for pre-order
The successor of the Vapor is now official as the Misfit Command and can be pre-ordered starting at US$112.49. This hybrid smartwatch comes with a regular cell battery that can last up to an entire year.
We should get ready for a boring Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S9 could enter mass production next month and will leave drastic design changes aside, featuring a dual-camera setup, an improved processor, as well as a repositioned fingerprint reader. On top of these, we should also get ready for a 4-inch Galaxy S9 Mini.
A new set of Intel Management Engine vulnerabilities confirmed
Not long after a few security research groups discovered new vulnerabilities in the Intel Management Engine remote administration subsystem, the chipmaker confirmed these issues in a new security advisory that also lists other bugs that were located in its software tools.
Upcoming AMD Ryzen processors spotted in BIOS updates for B350/X370 mainboards
The latest BIOS release for the Asus mainboards that use the AMD B350 and X370 chipsets comes with a description that mentions "new upcoming processors" without naming them. However, it is almost certain that the update comes to accommodate a new wave of AMD desktop processors with integrated Vega graphics.
Maze unveils the Alpha X phablet
The Chinese underdog Maze Mobile has just introduced the Alpha X, a 6-inch phablet with a MediaTek Helio P25 processor and a screen-to-body ratio of 89.6 percent. The variant with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage can be pre-ordered for US$209.99 until Saturday.
Facebook Creator app goes live for iOS, coming soon to Android devices
Released a few days ago, Facebook's new set of tools for content creators that comes as the Creator app is only available for iOS users for now. Described as "a one-stop shop for creators of all kinds," it should hit the Android platform in the coming months as well.
OnePlus 3 and 3T receive Android Oreo
Only a few days before the release of the OnePlus 5T with Nougat onboard, the OnePlus 3 and 3T flagships receive their last major software update. This Android Oreo-based update for them comes as OxygenOS 5.0.
Apple's HomePod smart speaker delayed until 2018
Unveiled back in June, the Apple HomePod smart speaker was expected to hit the market in December. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that this Siri-powered accessory will start shipping in early 2018.
Budget Nokia 2 smartphone now available in the US
The 5-inch Nokia 2 is available in the US via Amazon for just US$99. Sadly, this Qualcomm Snapdragon 212-powered handset works on GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T, but it cannot be used on Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Lenovo Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential arrive in the US
The new Lenovo Tab 7 Essential and Tab 7 are both 7-inch tablets with quad-core MediaTek processors under the hood that come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. These slates can be acquired in the US for less than US$100.
Vivo V7 now official in China
The new Vivo V7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and features a 24 MP camera for selfies, being similar to the Vivo V7+. However, the V7 comes with 32 GB internal storage, while its more expensive sibling features 64 GB of storage space.
Android Pay hits Brazil and the Czech Republic
A few weeks after its debut in Ukraine, Google's Android Pay arrives in the Czech Republic and Brazil. This mobile payment service will go live in Slovakia soon as well.
OnePlus 5T surfaces on GFXBench
The upcoming OnePlus 5T was spotted on GFXBench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 6-inch display with 2,060 x 1,980 pixels. Its launch is expected for tomorrow.
Lineage 2: Revolution hits Europe and North America
Lineage 2: Revolution has been available in South Korea, Japan, and China since early 2017, and today it finally hits North America and Europe. The game is available for both iOS and Android.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is faster than Apple's iPhone X
The tests conducted by the popular YouTube channel PhoneBuff revealed that the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are very close in terms of performance, but Samsung's flagship managed to win thanks to its strong multitasking capabilities.
Lineage 2 Revolution Edition of Galaxy Note 8 hits South Korea
The latest limited edition variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 flagship targets South Korean consumers who play Lineage 2: Revolution, coming with a rich collection of freebies that includes in-game collectibles, a Samsung DeX, an HDMI cable, and various discount coupons for even more accessories.
AT&T-exclusive Lenovo Moto Tab launches this Friday
The 10.1-inch Moto Tab by Lenovo will join AT&T's portfolio as a slim and powerful premium tablet made for entertainment. Its list of specs and features includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, Kids Mode, and more.
Essential Phone gets unofficial LineageOS support
Although the Essential Phone's design makes it difficult to build custom ROMs for it, an XDA Developers user has been able to bring LineageOS 14.1 to Andy Rubin's flagship.
Face ID tricked using a mask
A Vietnamese security firm managed to trick Apple's Face ID into unlocking the new iPhone X with the help of a custom mask that was created for a cost of around US$150. Perfecting the whole process took them about a week.
Low-end Panasonic Eluga I5 smartphone hits India
Although the Eluga I4 arrived less than two months ago, the new Eluga I5 is already official. At first sight, it looks like it has almost identical features and about the same price as its predecessor as well.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) shows up on an official support page
Although Samsung still has not confirmed the launch date of the new Galaxy A series, the handset with the SM-A530N model number, also known as the Galaxy A5 (2018), has just received an official support page. Sadly, this page contains no technical details yet.
Google Files Go file manager for Android enters public beta
Although it was scheduled to go public in December, Google's Files Go file manager for Android leaked online earlier this week, so the tech giant decided to speed things up and made the app available via the Google Play store.
Apple fixes the autocorrect bug on iPhones and iPads
The bug that came with iOS 11.1 and simply did not allow some users to type "i" by replacing it with "A" and a Unicode symbol has just been fixed by iOS 11.1.1. This update also takes care of an issue with Siri ("Hey Siri" sometimes not working).
SwiftKey announces Photo Themes, teams up with a National Geographic contributing photographer
The SwiftKey virtual keyboard app for both Android and iOS has just received Photo Themes, as well as a gallery of nature images to use with this new feature. These shots were taken and curated by Keith Ladzinski, a top photographer who worked for ABC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
Mophie intros a battery case for the Galaxy Note 8
The juice pack and the charge force case by mophie target the Galaxy Note 8 phablet, offering wireless charging support and about 3,000 mAh of additional battery capacity for less than US$100.
Selfie-focused Oppo F5 phablet hits India
One month after launching in the Philippines, the 6-inch Oppo F5 Android phablet arrives in India, a very good market for selfie-centric handsets. The most attractive feature of this device is the 20 MP front camera with an AI-assisted beautify mode that promises to deliver amazing selfies.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) spotted online with an 18.5:9 display
Although all Galaxy A handsets released so far use a touchscreen display with a conventional aspect ratio of 16:9, the screen of the upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) will use the same 18.5:9 ratio as the Galaxy S8 flagship.
Next year's iPads might feature Face ID
Although the hardware needed to manufacture Face ID-enabled devices is in short supply right now, Apple is expected to speed things up and to add this technology to at least one of the iPad tablets to launch in 2018.
Samsung launches a Burgundy Red Galaxy S8
Not long after introducing the Coral and Deepsea Blue color options for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, Samsung unleashes a Burgundy Red Galaxy S8 that goes quite well with the colors of the season. Sadly, it can only be acquired in South Korea for now.
Credit card-sized NichePhone-S handset debuts in Japan
This tiny basic smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (yes that is the pre-KitKat Android, no mistake here!) and is powered by the MediaTek MT6752A processor. Priced around US$90, it is scheduled to hit Japan later this week.
Apple now leading the US smartphone market
Although Samsung accounted for almost 34 percent of the US market compared to Apple's about 25 percent share in the second quarter of the year, the Cupertino-based company bounced back in the third quarter and gained the lead thanks to Samsung's declining sales during the given time frame.
Saygus V Squared surfaces online once again
Back in August, the Saygus team revealed that the long-awaited V Squared flagship had finally reached the FCC. It took "just" a few months to get the agency's certifications, but at least now we know that this phone is not vaporware and should launch soon.
Google Android is now 10 years old
Although the first stable release of Google's operating system came out in 2008, the first public beta build of this open source project arrived back in the first days of November 2017, thus making Android as old as a decade.
MIUI 9 global stable ROM rolls out
After spending a long time in the public beta testing stage, the Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 ROM by Xiaomi is finally rolling out to Redmi Note 4/Note 4X and Mi Max 2 handsets. The second batch consists of six more devices and is expected to get updated this month as well.
LG silently intros the X401 smartphone in South Korea
The new LG X401 is a 5.3-inch handset with a MediaTek MT6750 processor and slightly below the average specs of a US$250 Android smartphone. However, we expect it to be just another device aimed at the South Korean market alone.
Ubisoft kicks off the Holiday Season by offering Watch Dogs for free to PC users
This giveaway that offers the PC edition of the popular action-adventure video game Watch Dogs to all Uplay users starts tomorrow and ends on November 13. However, those in a hurry can already preload the game, but they will have to wait until tomorrow to play it.
Oppo apparently working on a foldable handset as well
The new foldable handset patent by Oppo reveals a device that seems to use a hinge to allow its user to bend the entire top part at an angle. Obviously, this might never turn into a market-ready product.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2017) surfaces online once again
This time, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2017) with the model number SM-J250F received its Bluetooth certification. Not long ago, this handset also visited the FCC, so it should launch pretty soon.
ZTE Overture 3 coming soon to Cricket Wireless
The low-end ZTE Overture 3 is scheduled to hit Cricket Wireless on November 10 for just US$49.99 for new and existing customers, but switchers can get it for free. The only specs revealed so far are a 5-inch display, an unnamed quad-core processor, and a 5 MP main camera.
QNAP now shipping the AMD Ryzen-powered TS-x77 business NAS
The new QNAP TS-x77 NAS for business customers is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processors and comes with 6, 8, or 12 bays. It runs the intelligent QTS 4.3 operating system and features up to 64 GB RAM.
Samsung Internet Browser 6.2 now available for download
The latest version of Samsung's Internet Browser app for Android brings a few useful features out of beta, including a new Night Mode and a new High Contrast Mode or the ability to download and install third-party ad blockers.
Samsung and Xiaomi now control almost half of the Indian smartphone market
While Samsung maintained its share of the Indian smartphone market unchanged in the third quarter, Xiaomi's local sales jumped from 6 percent in Q3 2016 to no less than 22 percent in the same period of 2017.
Intel intros the first Optane SSD for desktops
Available with 280 GB or 480 GB of storage space, the new Intel Optane SSD 900P is up to 4 times faster than the mainstream SSDs currently on the market, also providing an impressive level of endurance.
Samsung Galaxy X sketches surface online
One month after the model SM-G888 received its Bluetooth certification, a document that Samsung submitted to the Korean Intellectual Property Office surfaced online showing a flexible handset that might be unveiled in early 2018.
Skype for Android hits one billion downloads
Earlier this week, Skype for Android reached an impressive milestone. Its Google Play store page shows that this app has been downloaded over a billion times so far, also holding a 4.1/5 rating after more than 10 million user reviews.
Assassin's Creed Origins is now available for purchase
A decade after the release of the first game in the series, Assassin's Creed Origins takes the player all the way back to Egypt's Ptolemaic period. This new game runs on Windows PCs, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
Amazon's new Appstore app focuses on Amazon Coins
The new version of the Appstore app works on Fire tablets, Fire TV digital media players, and Android-driven devices. It features a visual overhaul and an increased focus on Amazon Coins.
HTC U11 Life hits Geekbench
The mid-range HTC U11 Life is expected to arrive next week and, according to its latest visit at Geekbench, this handset features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
Apple discontinues the 256 GB iPhone 7
Usually US$100 cheaper than the iPhone 8 with the same amount of internal storage space, the 256 GB iPhone 7 looks like a very good deal right now, but those looking for a good deal should hurry up and grab one while they still can.
Misfit Vapor is finally up for pre-order
Unveiled back in January, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100-powered Misfit Vapor smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 onboard is now up for pre-order and scheduled to start shipping on Halloween.
Huawei Watch 2 Pro now available in China
The Huawei Watch 2 Pro came out of the blue and, for now, it is only available in China. This round Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch features an eSIM slot and is IP68-certified for protection from the elements.
Oppo F5 Selfie Expert phablet with front dual camera coming this week
Expected to debut on October 26, the 6-inch Oppo F5 "Selfie Expert" is rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and a dual-camera setup, as well as an 18:9 aspect ratio display.
Amazon fires up its largest wind farm yet
The Wind Farm Texas is Amazon's largest such project to date and can provide over 1,000,000 MWh of clean energy yearly. Amazon has no less than 18 wind and solar projects in the US so far and plans to complete 35 more in the future.
Sony Xperia Hello! dancing digital assistant now live
Advertised as a communication robot, the new Sony Xperia Hello! is more than just another Amazon Echo wannabe. It can be used to make Skype or Line video calls, runs Android Nougat, and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor.
HTC U11 Plus renders surface online
The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-driven HTC U11 Plus is expected to get an official launch on November 2, when it is also supposed to become the first HTC handset with a display ratio of 18:9.
Ubuntu Linux 17.10 now available with GNOME 3 as default desktop interface
The new Ubuntu Linux 17.10 release is nicknamed "Artful Aardvark" and comes with the latest version of GNOME as the default desktop, thus dropping Canonical's Unity graphical shell.
Nokia 7 now official
The Nokia 7 is a new 5.2-inch mid-ranger manufactured by HMD Global that comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and 4 GB or 6 GB RAM, as well as 64 GB internal storage. It will launch exclusively in China next Tuesday.
Sharp unveils the Aquos R Compact smartphone
The Aquos R Compact is a slightly watered-down version of the Sharp Aquos R that was announced back in April. It is a waterproof 4.9-inch handset powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor that is expected to hit the market in December via Softbank.
HP ZBook x2 convertible tablet coming in December
The HP ZBook x2 is now official and should hit the market in December as the world's most powerful detachable PC. It features a quad-core Intel Core Kaby Lake-R processor, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and starts at US$1,749.
Foldable ZTE Axon M smartphone now official
The ZTE Axon M features the slightly outdated Snapdragon 821 processor, but it is the only handset to feature a dual display folding design with four operating modes nowadays. Sadly, it will only hit the market via AT&T next month.
Samsung intros the Connect Tag smart IoT tracker
The Samsung Connect Tag is a 0.06-pound IoT accessory with GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity, as well as eSIM support. It runs Tizen IoT and will be on display at the Samsung Developer Conference that takes place in San Francisco later this week.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 will not get Oreo
The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 has been around long enough to move from Lollipop to Marshmallow and then to Nougat. Sadly, it has just been confirmed that this slate for gamers will not get an official Oreo update.
Samsung Bixby 2.0 might arrive this week
Although the current version still has to add support for a few widely used languages, Samsung Bixby 2.0 is apparently on its way and the updated virtual assistant is expected to come with improved third-party integration and support for other devices than smartphones.
Alltab underwater tablet now official
The Finnish-made Alleco Alltab is an Android tablet based on the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 that can operate down to 90 meters (TechRec version) or 150 meters (MilPro variant) and targets commercial and military divers.
The Razer Phone surfaces on GFXBench with Snapdragon 835 onboard
The handset for gamers that goes as the Razer Phone is expected to show up on November 1, and according to GFXBench it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 8 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 5.7-inch 1440p touchscreen display.
T-Mobile to eliminate unlimited LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada next month
Less than three years after introducing the "Mobile without Borders" program that offered unlimited LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada, T-Mobile has decided to reduce this amount of full-speed LTE data to just 5 GB.
OnePlus 5T might arrive next month with an 18:9 display
The OnePlus 5T is expected to arrive in early November with a 6-inch touchscreen display that features a generous resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. Sadly, there are no other details available yet.
Foldable smartphone ZTE Axon M (Z999) hits FCC
The foldable ZTE Axon M (Z999) handset surfaced on FCC yesterday, about one week prior to its alleged launch date. The certification documents reveal LTE, Bluetooth, NFC, and WiFi dual-band connectivity, as well as a foldable case that measures 5.9 x 5.51 inches when open.
Microsoft Skype gets Cortana support
Starting yesterday, Cortana support began rolling out to Skype users in the US. This new capability is available for both the Android and the iOS versions of Microsoft's well-known app.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is tied with the iPhone 8 Plus in the camera department, Google Pixel 2 steals the crown
With an overall DxOMark score of 94, the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were the best handsets until a few hours ago, when the Google Pixel 2 claimed the crown awarded by this well-known French website.
VLC for Android gets the first update in a year
VLC for Android 2.5 comes after the version 2.0 that has been around for over a year. Its list of changes is very long and it includes features like 360-degree video support, custom equalizer presets, picture-in-picture mode in Android O, audio boost in the video player, and more.
Samsung unveils the HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset with AKG audio
Just as rumored at the end of September, the Samsung HMD Odyssey is a Windows-based mixed reality headset that features AKG audio in a sleek and compact design. This accessory can be pre-ordered for US$499 and is scheduled to arrive in early November.
Samsung to launch two Galaxy S9 models in 2018
Insiders familiar with the matter confirmed that Samsung is already working on the firmware for the Galaxy S9 (SM-G960) and the Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965), both these handsets being expected to arrive in the first part of 2018.
C64 Mini retro console coming next year for US$70
Retro Games Ltd. has just revealed that its modern Commodore 64 compact replica is on its way to an early 2018 launch as the C64 Mini. This US$69.99 game console is expected to hit the market loaded with 64 licensed games such as Paradroid or Impossible Mission.
Alcatel Idol 5 heading for Cricket Wireless
The VR-ready, MediaTek Helio P20-powered Alcatel Idol 5 is scheduled to hit Cricket Wireless at the end of October 2017. The price tag of the handset reads US$199, but the UNI360 VR Goggles accessory is not included in the package and can be acquired for US$49.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active might reach T-Mobile soon
Although all Galaxy Active handsets that were launched by Samsung so far were AT&T exclusive devices, it seems that the Galaxy S8 Active might be the first one to break this rule by joining T-Mobile's portfolio as well.
LG K7i "Mosquito Away" Android smartphone hits India
Although it has modest specs, the 5-inch LG K7i (LGX230I) debuts in India as "the world's first phone with Mosquito Away technology." This handset comes with a special cover with an ultrasound emitter and a special stand to keep it in place when acting as a mosquito repellent device.
Dual-display HiSense A2 Pro is ready to take on the Yota 3
The new HiSense A2 Pro is a slightly improved HiSense A2 with a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED main display and a 5.2-inch e-ink secondary display with 2.5D tempered glass protection. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and can be acquired for about US$452.
ZTE Axon M foldable handset surfaces online
Codenamed Axon Multy, the foldable device that might launch as the ZTE Axon M in less than three weeks is rumored to feature twin full HD displays that turn into a massive 6.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1,920 x 2,160 pixels.
MediaTek MT6737-powered Panasonic Eluga I4 budget smartphone rolls out in India
The Panasonic Eluga I4 comes one year after the Eluga I3 and sports a MediaTek MT6737 processor, runs Android Nougat out of the box, and provides 4G VoLTE support. Its price tag reads around US$126.
Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is now available in the US
The Rockchip RK3399-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 convertible has a metallic body, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and can be acquired for less than US$300.
Foldable Samsung Galaxy Note X surfaces online
The foldable handset known as the Samsung Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) has just been spotted in a listing at South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, two months after it surfaced at Bluetooth SIG.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) with Nougat plagued by charging bug
More Galaxy A3 (2016) users who upgraded their handsets to Android 7.0 have been complaining that they cannot load the battery more than 87 percent. Even worse, it looks like none of the usual bug-fixing methods works.
Nokia 8 with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage hits FCC
Nokia 8 is still not present in China and the US, but it looks like these two key markets will receive special versions of this flagship. Two variants for the US have just been spotted on FCC, and they both feature 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
Moto G5S Plus coming to the US later this month
Yesterday, the Moto G5S Plus became available for pre-order across the US starting at US$229.99. The successor of the popular Moto G5 Plus is scheduled to launch on September 29.
Amazon allegedly working on Alexa-enabled smart glasses
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Amazon's Lab126 group is working on a pair of glasses with Alexa support via a bone-conduction audio system. However, this accessory is expected to come without a camera or a screen similar to those used by products like the Google Glass smart glasses.
ZTE Tempo X hits Boost Mobile for just $79.99 USD, features a Snapdragon 210 processor
The ZTE Tempo X arrives more than a year after Boost Mobile introduced its predecessor, the ZTE Tempo. This new handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and only 1 GB RAM, but it comes loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Meizu M6 unveiled with the MediaTek MT6750 SoC onboard
Not long after the M6 Note, Chinese brand Meizu intros the M6. This 5.2-inch smartphone features an octa-core MediaTek processor and is scheduled to hit the Chinese market next Monday.
T-Mobile increases its unlimited plan's throttling limit
Not long after launching the "Netflix On Us" deal, T-Mobile is now increasing the throttling limit of its unlimited plan from the industry-leading 32 GB to no less than 50 GB.
Samsung allegedly working on a 1,000 fps camera sensor
Insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Samsung Electronics is going to begin mass-producing a new image sensor that can record up to 1,000 frames per second. This capability provides advanced slow motion recording to mobile devices.
Huawei Pay might launch in the US by the end of 2017
One year after being launched in China, Huawei Pay is still exclusively available in that market, but a recently discovered patent application reveals that this mobile payment service is heading for the US market.
Action Launcher 28.1 features adaptive icons
Although Action Launcher 28.1 is a free launcher app, the AdaptivePack addon that is needed to have adaptive icons on Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat devices is a commercial product. Its regular price tag reads US$4.99, but this week it can be acquired for 30 percent less.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II to feature Google Assistant support
Although Bose still has to announce these headphones, a Reddit user spotted the QuietComfort 35 II retail box and shared an image that clearly shows the "Google Assistant built-in" logo on it.
5G phones could hit the market by 2019
Qualcomm's CEO recently unveiled that the first 5G smartphones for the masses will hit the market in 2019, about one year earlier than previously expected.
Nokia 8 with Oreo onboard hits Geekbench and GFXBench
Since it surfaced on both Geekbench and GFXBench running Android 8.0 Oreo, the Nokia 8 might soon become the first Nokia handset to get this major update. Unfortunately, the new firmware has no official launch date yet.
HP EliteBook 1040 G4 coming later this month
The new 14-inch HP EliteBook 1040 G4 premium notebook comes with 7th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor options, provides improved battery life, and should hit the market later this month for a starting price of US$1,379.
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus now official
The new 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus come with a new processor, upgrades to the camera system, augmented reality features, louder speakers, wireless charging, and a new glass and aluminum build.
Firefox 57 to drop the search bar
Although new users will get the new uni-bar design by default, existing Firefox users who will update their browser will not lose the traditional search bar.
Nova Launcher 5.5 beta gets adaptive icons
This new feature introduced by Android Oreo arrives for Nova Launcher 5.5 beta users running Android Lollipop or later. This popular Android launcher now provides the ability to automatically scale and shape legacy icons for consistency.
Free Netflix coming to T-Mobile customers tomorrow
T-Mobile's "Netflix On Us" offer brings free Netflix to all ONE Family plan users with at least two T-Mobile ONE lines. This deal comes as T-Mobile's answer to services like AT&T's DirecTV Now and Verizon Wireless' Go90.
Huawei Honor V9 Play now official
The new Huawei Honor V9 Play is a 5.2-inch smartphone that sports a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB internal storage. Sadly, it has no dual camera setup and retails for more than US$150.
HP launches the Pro 8 Android tablet for business in India
The HP Pro 8 tablet is an 8-inch Android device which can be used in tough environments and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor. It has a price tag of around US$300 and features 4G connectivity.
ZTE Blade A2S hits China this Friday
The 5.2-inch ZTE Blade A2S is a new handset with a price slightly higher than US$100. Its list of specs includes an octa-core processor by MediaTek, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Xiaomi launches the Mi A1 smartphone
The new Mi A1 smartphone comes with stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat on board but uses Xiaomi's own photo app. It sports a dual camera with 2X optical zoom and a price of less than US$235.
Fossil launches the Q Venture and Q Explorist smartwatches
The Fossil Q Venture and the Q Explorist are now finally available in select stores and online as the first full-round touchscreen smartwatches from this brand. Both have a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip under the hood and run Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
CAT T20 rugged tablet now official
The 8-inch CAT T20 is powered by the Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and runs Windows 10. While its specs are not impressive, this slate can handle drops from up to 6 feet and is rated IP67 for protection from the elements.
Archos announces the Diamond Alpha+ smartphone
The new 5.2-inch Diamond Alpha+ handset by Archos has a Snapdragon 653 mid-range processor under the hood but packs no less than 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. It is expected to hit the European market in October.
Motorola intros the Moto X4 smartphone
The new Moto X4 mid-ranger is a 5.2-inch handset with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board that features a Snapdragon 630 processor, various memory/storage configurations depending on the market, and a dual camera setup. It will hit the US market later this fall.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch now official
The all-new Vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch is Garmin's first device to come with Garmin Pay support for both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards. It can be acquired already starting at US$299.99.
ZTE silently intros the Nubia Z17 Lite smartphone
Featuring the same design as the Snapdragon 835-powered Nubia Z17, ZTE's Nubia Z17 Lite has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 under the hood. It comes with two 13 MP cameras on the back, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus now official
The new Xperia XA1 Plus comes with a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, a 23 MP Exmor RS main camera, a 5.5-inch full HD display, as well as 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. It should hit the market in late October.
SanDisk intros the world's largest microSD card to date
More than two years after the introduction of the 200 GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I as the world's largest microSD card, SanDisk sets a new world record by unveiling its 400 GB sibling.
Archos reveals the Access and Core low-end smartphones
The Archos Access comes with a quad-core processor and a screen size ranging from 4 to 5.5 inches, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The Core smartphone, its 5-inch sibling, comes with up to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The prices start below US$60 and go as high as US$120.
Acer Swift 5 ultrabook with 8th generation Intel Core processors now official
The updated Swift 5 ultrabook weighs only 2.2 pounds and promises to offer a battery life of 8 hours. Just as expected, it has an Intel Core Kaby Lake-R processor under the hood and runs Windows 10 out of the box.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 to launch on September 11
Xiaomi has just confirmed that its Mi MIX 2 phablet will be unveiled on September 11 in Beijing. They did not reveal any specs except a "revolutionary 2.0 bezel-less display."
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 now official
The ZenBook Flip 15 is a new 2-in-1 laptop that comes with a 360-degree rotatable display design. Other highlights include the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and quad-speaker Harman Kardon audio.
Archos unveils a new Diamond Tab slate
This new 10.1-inch Android tablet comes with a Rockchip 3399 processor, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a generous battery that provides a capacity of no less than 6,600 mAh.
Xiaomi Mi A1 surfaces on Weibo
This handset is supposed to launch as the first Xiaomi smartphone with stock Android on board. The details are not available yet, but the leaked images reveal a Galaxy S8-like slim-bezel design.
Micromax launches Canvas Plex in India
This 8-inch Android slate will arrive in India the day after tomorrow. Its highlights include DTS sound, Android Nougat, and a one-year subscription to the local online streaming service Eros Now.
Misfit Vapor being delayed until October
Although this touchscreen smartwatch was announced back at CES and was supposed to hit the market by the end of this summer, Misfit has just confirmed that the US$199.99 wearable is facing a two-month delay.
Western Digital acquires Upthere
The Californian startup Upthere joins Western Digital one year after receiving US$77 million in venture funding, but the financial terms of this new deal were not revealed to the public yet.
Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones coming in October
Featuring a rugged, sweatproof design and customizable fit, Fitbit's first Bluetooth headphones integrate Waves MaxxAudio technology and can be pre-ordered already for US$129.95.
MediaTek intros Helio P23 and P30 mid-range processors
The two new chips keep the typical mid-range Cortex-A53 core blocks used by their predecessors, but provide new GPUs and modems. Both are scheduled to roll out in the last quarter of this year.
Maze Alpha with 6 GB RAM now available for purchase
This 6-inch phablet with more memory than before is now available for US$209.99 exclusively on GearBest. Its buyers get a chance to win a 4 GB Alpha, the older Maze Blade smartphone, or a protective case for the Alpha.
Fitbit Ionic now official
Fitbit's first smartwatch comes with its proprietary operating system, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora Premium support, smart notifications, improved sensors, extended battery life, and is expected to hit the market in October.
Xiaomi Mi 5X to launch worldwide on September 5
This budget handset that has the same camera setup as the Mi 6 flagship currently retails for the equivalent of US$220 in China and next week it will finally hit other markets.
Alcatel Idol 5 leaks online
The new Idol handset that surfaced recently on GFXBench appears to be on its way. A set of (apparently) official press images has just leaked online thanks to Roland Quandt, alongside the confirmation of the handset's main specs.
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite coming to Malaysia next month
This handset comes in addition to the six ZenFone 4 variants that have been recently released. Its main highlight is the 16 MP front camera and is expected to hit Malaysia for around US$210.
Alcatel quietly intros the U5 HD smartphone
This 5-inch handset uses a MediaTek MT6737 processor, next to just 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, and a 2,200 mAh battery. The price and launch date are not public yet, but we might find out the details soon.
OxygenOS 4.1.7 now available
In addition to the latest security patch, this new firmware for both the OnePlus 3 and 3T brings battery optimizations, performance improvements, as well as multiple minor tweaks and fixes.
Microsoft removes the Lumia channel from YouTube
One year after shutting down its regional Lumia accounts and its support account on Twitter, Microsoft removes the official Lumia channel from YouTube. Its phone business' revenue in the second quarter has fallen to US$5 million from US$1.4 billion back in 2015.
Samsung Bixby finally available worldwide
Although this virtual assistant is now available virtually everywhere, the only two languages supported remain US English and Korean for now. Additional languages and devices should get Bixby support in the future, but the details are not yet public.
Nintendo Switch gets PayPal support
Nintendo accounts can now be linked to PayPal so their users can easily pay for future purchases using the Nintendo Switch or on the company's website. Sadly, this update is not available for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.
Tonino Lamborghini ALPHA ONE hits the UK and UAE
This 5.5-inch Android handset with a (quite outdated) Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under the hood hits select retail stores in the UK and UAE with a custom Italian leather accompanying phone case. The price tag reads US$2,450.
New iOS 11 beta builds now available
Next to the sixth public beta, Apple also unleashed the iOS 11 beta 7 aimed at developers. The anticipated release date of the final version remains in September when the next-gen iPhone should arrive.
Paranoid Android 7.2.3 comes with new languages
The latest release of the popular custom ROM known as AOSPA to its users brings new customization options to the stock launcher, including app labeling, as well as support for Russian, Dutch, French, German, and a few other languages.
YotaPhone 3 hits TENAA
The next-gen YotaPhone has a 5.5-inch main display and a 5.2-inch monochrome touchscreen on the back. It uses the Snapdragon 625 processor and is expected to hit the market starting around US$360.
Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Galaxy A5 (2018) surfaces online
The SM-A5300 handset that arrived at Geekbench is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and has 6 GB of memory, while the A5 (2017) has an Exynos 7880 chip under the hood and just 3 GB RAM.
Nokia 8 to skip China and the US
While the Nokia 8 is an interesting flagship that would surely gain quite a few fans in China and the US, HMD Global has revealed that this handset will not arrive in these two markets.
Android 8.0 to launch as Oreo, reveals Evan Blass
Although a few other names surfaced in the Android 8.0-related rumors we heard so far, it seems like the next major iteration of Google's mobile operating system will be named Oreo after all.
Moto 360 Sport gets Android Wear 2.0
About a year after receiving Android Wear 1.5, Motorola's smartwatch is finally ready to get the features and improvements that other wearables such as the Asus ZenWatch 3 or Huawei Watch already got thanks to Android Wear 2.0.
Micromax Evok Dual Note now official
This new 5.5-inch handset comes with 3 GB or 4 GB RAM, both variants offering a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 32 GB internal storage, and a dual-camera setup that uses the Sony IMX258 sensor. It runs Android Nougat and has a price tag of around US$156.
Coolpad Cool Play 6 flagship coming to India next month
This flagship comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a 13 MP + 13 MP dual setup on the back, and runs Android Nougat out of the box. It will hit India exclusively via Amazon for about US$235.
Asus ZenFone 4 Max being released in Taiwan
Only available for purchase in Russia so far, the 5.5-inch ZenFone 4 Max is now official in Taiwan. However, the details regarding its price and launch date are still shady at this time.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) hits TENAA
Not long after obtaining its FCC certification, this upcoming 8-inch Android slate surfaces at TENAA with a quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB and 64 GB storage versions, as well as a 5,000 mAh battery.
Action Launcher 27.1 now available
A few weeks after receiving Google Now integration, Action Launcher gets a new update that delivers a weather widget for handsets that run Marshmallow or later, as well as new customization options.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 successor hits FCC
Samsung's next-gen affordable 8-inch Android tablet is expected to hit the market soon, as it has just received all the needed certifications from the WiFi Alliance and the FCC. However, the details are nowhere to be found yet.
YouTube TV now available in 14 more areas
Thanks to the latest expansion of this service's availability, US customers in 29 heavily populated areas can now enjoy it via multiple platforms - Android, iOS, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, as well as in a web browser.
Google Search Lite app in the works
This upcoming version of Google's most used mobile app aims emerging markets, where low-end handsets are very popular. The official announcement still has to arrive, but the app is already in testing.
Samsung shipped over 10 million Galaxy S8 units in the second quarter
Although Apple's iPhone 7 remains the world's most popular smartphone model, the Galaxy S8 is the most popular Android handset, with 10.2 million units shipped in the second quarter (Galaxy S8+ sales reached 9 million for the same period).
Maze Alpha with 6 GB RAM coming later this month
Maze Mobile has just confirmed that the 6-inch Alpha phablet with 6 GB RAM is on its way and will go on sale on August 28 "at a killer price" that has not been disclosed yet, but we expect it to be around the US$200 mark.
Google Home owners in the US and Canada get free phone calls
While Amazon's Alexa can only provide device-to-device calls, Google's smart speaker is now able to call phone numbers for free. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for its users located in Canada or the US.
Google to pay Samsung US$3.5 billion to remain the default search engine
A few days after we heard that the internet search giant wants to pay US$3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS, we find out that Samsung is going to receive US$3.5 billion to keep Google as the default search engine on its devices.
Google buys AIMatter
This AI startup based in Belarus is behind Fabby, a mobile app for Android and iOS with more than 2 million downloads so far that uses artificial intelligence to detect and process images.
Nexus 6 gets Android 7.1.1 for the second time
After releasing this update back in January and then rolling back to Android 7.0 due to various bugs, Google finally upgrades the firmware of the Nexus 6 to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Huawei confirms mid-October launch event
The Chinese phone maker has just sent out invites for the Mate 10 launch, confirming that this next-gen phablet would be unveiled in October, just as most recent rumors revealed.
Nokia 8 now official
Thanks to the new "Bothie" feature, Nokia 8's selfies can show both sides of the story. The specs are top-tier, including a dual-camera setup with Zeiss optics, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and more.
Google files patent for a Pixel C notebook
Google might not launch a new Pixel notebook, but this patent that recently surfaced online shows an interesting device that comes with a section that can be covered and opened.
Upcoming Qualcomm chipsets to feature depth sensing camera tech
The next-gen Spectra ISP makes Qualcomm the first brand to announce depth-sensing camera tech that was designed specifically for the Android ecosystem. The next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform is expected to bring it to the market.
Galaxy Note 8 surfaces on AnTuTu and GFXBench
This long-awaited phablet that is expected to show up next week surfaced online with a both Qualcomm and Samsung processors on board, next to 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 12 MP main camera.
FrontRow wearable action camera now official
This wearable camera works with Android and iOS handsets, offering up to two hours of live streaming autonomy and using USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately, its price tag reads US$399.
Google Allo is finally available for desktop
Although iPhone users are not able to use Allo on the desktop yet, those who own Android handsets can finally use the messaging app on the desktop. However, quite a few features remain exclusively available on mobile.
The GNOME Project is now 20 years old
Although its archrival KDE has been around since 1996 and its initial release only arrived in 1999, GNOME can be considered to be two decades old now, since the GNOME Project was born on August 15, 1997.
Samsung Portable SSD T5 now available
With prices starting at US$129.99 for the 250 GB model, this new portable SSD comes in blue and black, also offering 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB models. It comes with 256-bit AES hardware data encryption and supports transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s.
Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing
Thanks to the addition of the cloud computing orchestration market leader Cycle Computing to its long list of assets, Microsoft hopes to ease the process of using High-Performance Computing and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud.
Google Pixel 2 features squeezable edges
According to a filing with the FCC that surfaced online yesterday, the HTC-made Google Pixel 2 borrows the squeezable sides of the HTC U11. This feature is allegedly called "Active Edge" and launches Google Assistant by default.
Meizu M6 Note might use a Snapdragon processor
Although its predecessor used a MediaTek processor and most rumors mentioned the M6 Note would use a chip from the same manufacturer, Meizu's head of global marketing mentioned that this handset might come with a surprise in this department.
Samsung patent reveals a Note device with breathalyzer stylus
Although this is only in the patent stage for now, future Note devices might come with a breathalyzer-stylus accessory that also bends to act as an external microphone and a gas sensor.
Google Contacts finally available for older devices
Although there are many contacts apps for Android around, the Google Contacts app only worked for Pixel and Nexus users until recently. Now, all devices running Lollipop or later can run it as well.
Asus ZenFone 4 Pro specs leak online
The latest leak concerning this 5.5-inch handset that is expected to show up later this week reveals 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a dual-camera setup, as well as Android 7.1 Nougat.
HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5.0 with Android O
Next to the Alexa support and full HD 60 fps video recording capabilities that have been introduced since its launch, HTC's latest flagship will also get full Bluetooth 5.0 support as soon as it receives the Android O update.
Gear Fit 2 Pro leak reveals offline Spotify support
In addition to offline Spotify support and an integrated GPS module, this upcoming wearable is rumored to offer 5 ATM water resistance. It is expected to show up on August 23, alongside the new Galaxy Note.
Saygus V Squared hits FCC
After countless delays, the crowdfunded Saygus V Squared handset was labeled by everyone as vaporware, but this might have been wrong. The phone has apparently cleared the FCC and might finally reach the market.
Opera discontinues Opera Max
Opera Max has been delisted from the Google Play store catalog but those still using this service will be able to do so "for a period of time" that has not been revealed. Opera promised to announce the termination of server-side support once the date has been decided.
Facebook hits China via Colorful Balloons
Although Chinese regulators have something against social networks and foreign search engines, it seems that Facebook has just found its way to the local market via a photo-sharing app that launched via a local partner.
Google's voice typing now supports 119 languages
The latest expansion of Google's speech recognition brings 30 new languages to Gboard for Android and Voice Search, as well as to the Cloud Speech API. The Google Translate app and other Google products are also expected to get the new languages in the coming months.
ZTE Blade Z Max hits MetroPCS later this month
This 6-inch phablet features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and is expected to retail for a no-contract price of only US$129.
Nokia 5 to hit India tomorrow
This affordable handset made by HMD Global is expected to hit top mobile retail stores in India at a recommended price equivalent with less than US$200. At launch, only the matte black color option would be available, with three more to follow shortly.
Panasonic Eluga A3 and A3 Pro now available in India
These two 5.2-inch handsets come with MediaTek processors, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, 13 MP main cameras, Android 7.0 Nougat, and can be acquired for up to US$200 in Mocha Gold, Gold, or Gray.
Huawei Honor 9 now available in Robin Blue
This special variant of the Huawei Honor 9 handset comes with 6 GB RAM like the Honor 9 Premium, but only features 64 GB storage space like the standard model. Sadly, the Honor 9 is not officially available in the US yet.
Dropbox gets two-factor authentication via mobile app
When in need to access an account while located in an area where no cell signal is available, but WiFi is at hand, Dropbox users can now take advantage of the mobile app to verify their identity.
Gear Fit 2 Pro surfaces online
Shortly after surfacing on FCC, the Gear Fit 2 Pro (SM-R365) was also spotted on an official Samsung website. Sadly, there are no details to talk about right now, but it is very likely to see this wearable unveiled next month.
MIUI 9 global beta hits Xiaomi Mi 6 and Redmi Note 4/4X handsets
The global beta of Xiaomi's custom ROM based on Android Nougat is now finally rolling out to three handsets, but a second (and larger) batch of devices scheduled to get the new firmware has been announced as well.
HTC U11 Life coming to T-Mobile later this year
At the end of a long stream of HTC Ocean Life-related rumors, we find out that this mid-range handset is going to hit the market later this year as HTC U11 Life, but this has not been confirmed officially yet, either.
Moto Z2 Force with 6 GB RAM hits TENAA
While the US market only got a model with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, it looks like China is on its way to a Moto Z2 Force with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, but with a slightly lower battery capacity.
Google Camera update brings double-tap to zoom feature
Version 4.4 of Google's camera software is now available via Google Play and comes with a new toggle for switching between camera functions and the ability to double-tap to zoom.
Samsung Bixby might go global
Without any official confirmation of a Bixby global launch yet, Samsung updated its Contacts app and added "Bixby English global launching" to its changelog. For now, the US remains the only market where Bixby is available with English language support.
No Nougat updates for the Lenovo Phab lineup
Although not upgrading the software of the original 2015 Phab handset anymore is something one would expect, Lenovo has decided to leave the Project Tango AR-enabled Phab2 Pro without an Android Nougat update as well.
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations coming this fall
This upcoming Windows 10 edition will come this fall with the following highlights: the ReFS file system, SMB Direct file sharing, persistent memory, and expanded hardware support.
Anker Eufy Genie launches with Alexa support
Priced at just US$34.99, this new smart speaker is the cheapest Alexa-enabled device available on the market right now. Its set of Alexa capabilities is limited, but at least it can be connected to another audio system to improve the sound quality it provides.
Upcoming Fitbit Watch leaks online
The unofficial renders that surfaced online reveal a handset that looks similar to the Fitbit Blaze and the rumors claim it will hit the market in silver, rose gold, and dark steel finish.
Samsung Internet Browser Beta now available for non-Samsung devices
The last time we heard about Samsung's browser for Android, it was only available for the company's own handsets and Google Nexus phones running Lollipop or later. Now, any Android device with Lollipop on board can run this piece of code, although it is still in beta stage.
Three Asus ZenFone 4 handsets surface online
Although these new models have not been announced yet, the product listing pages for the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro went live on Asus France's official website.
Maze Comet coming in September
Not long after the attractive low-cost Blade and the (more or less) bezel-less Alpha, Chinese startup Maze Mobile promises to come up with a 5.7-inch handset made using leather and metal that reminds us of Vertu's latest luxury phones.
PayPal buys Swift Financial
The goal of this new corporate acquisition is to help increase small business owners access to capital and better provide credit to merchants who are not using PayPal's services yet.
Facebook Watch now official
Facebook's video platform called Watch is now official, although some of the details are not public yet and the service is on a limited rollout in the US. However, full availability is expected soon.
BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition coming soon to new markets
This handset with more storage and memory than the regular KEYone arrived as an exclusive edition for India, and now a teaser for IFA 2017 suggests that more markets would follow this fall.
Oppo R11 FC Barcelona edition to hit China next week
This limited edition football-themed Android smartphone will be available starting on August 18 for a price of around US$522. Unfortunately, there is no information about its release in other countries for now.
T-Mobile REVVL now official
This US$125 handset runs Android Nougat and features a 5.5-inch HD display, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a fingerprint reader, as well as a 3,000 mAh battery and quite average cameras that use 5 MP and 13 MP sensors.
Gionee A1 Lite launches in India
This 5.3-inch affordable handset with a 20 MP front camera and a MediaTek MT6753V processor under the hood can be acquired in India starting today for around US$234. The only two color choices available are gold and black.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) gets Android Nougat
This 5.7-inch premium mid-range handset launched in early 2017 but only had Android Marshmallow on board back then. Now, the Nougat update is finally available for it. The new firmware brings Samsung Pass, Dual Messenger, and improved always-on capabilities.
Acer Chromebook 11 C771 hits the market
This new Chromebook comes with an 11.6-inch IPS display and has the Intel Celeron 3855U processor under the hood, carrying a price tag of US$280. The touchscreen variant retails for US$50 more, and more powerful variants are expected to arrive soon.
Lenovo K8 Note launches in India
This Lenovo handset comes with a MediaTek Helio X23 processor and runs pure Android 7.1.1 Nougat, leaving aside the company's custom interface recently known as Vibe Pure and introduced as Vibe a few years ago.
Motorola Stream wireless earbuds coming to the US next month
This new audio accessory made by Binatone and branded by Motorola is available for purchase only in the UK at this time, for a price of around US$105. These earbuds come with a charging case and work with both Google Now and Apple Siri.
Disney leaving Netflix
The Walt Disney Company has just unveiled that its ESPN-branded video streaming service would debut in early 2018, followed one year later by a new direct-to-consumer Disney-branded service.
HTC U11 to get 60 fps video recording
HTC has just confirmed on Twitter that its flagship device would get 60 fps video recording support "over the next couple of months" but failed to come up with a launch date for the software update that would deliver this feature.
Sharp Aquos S2 hits China
Japanese brand Sharp has been releasing bezel-less handsets since 2014, and now the new Aquos S2 is available in China as promised. The price of this Qualcomm Snapdragon 630-powered phone is around US$370.
Xiaomi to launch a dual-camera handset in India
Xiaomi has two handsets with a dual camera setup on the market, but none in India yet. However, this is going to change in September, when the first Xiaomi phone with this popular feature is scheduled to hit the local market.
ColorOS update leaves Oppo R11 without status bar notifications
While the Marshmallow-based ColorOS 3.0.0i firmware for the Oppo R9s and R9s Plus shows notifications in the status bar, the Nougat-based ColorOS 3.1 update for the R11 comes without this popular feature.
LG GPad X2 8.0 Plus leaks online
Although this 8-inch tablet is not official yet, a T-Mobile support page for it is already live. This page reveals the following specs and features: a 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, Android 7.0, as well as a docking accessory.
Google's August Android security patch now available for Nexus and Pixel devices
This month's update is based on Android 7.1.2 and Android 7.1.1, depending on the device targeted. In addition to the Pixel and Nexus handsets, the Nexus Player digital media player and the Nexus 9 tablet also got updated.
Unlocked LG X Venture hits the US market
This 5.2-inch rugged handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor that was initially available as an AT&T exclusive is finally available unlocked from Amazon, carrying a price tag of US$297.05.
Samsung Galaxy S9 to feature a large battery
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that the next-gen Galaxy flagship will use a new type of mainboard that would allow for a bigger battery without increasing the device's dimensions.
Skip Ahead option for Windows Insiders disappears
Shortly after showing up, the option to access early new builds of Windows 10 has disappeared from the list of choices available to the new members of the Windows Insider testing program.
Samsung U Flex Headphones now official
This new wireless headset comes with improved Bluetooth connectivity, a bendable, around-the-neck design, also featuring a splash resistant coating, a customizable button, as well as Samsung's proprietary Scalable Codec tech.
Lollipop and Marshmallow users get adaptive icons thanks to Adapticons
This free Android app known as Adapticons allows its users to bring Android O-style icon customization options to older versions of Google's mobile operating system, starting with Lollipop.
T-Mobile Alchemy coming this fall
In addition to the upcoming REVVL, T-Mobile is expected to launch a handset developed by Coolpad as well. Scheduled to launch this fall, this smartphone is allegedly called "Alchemy" and is supposed to cost around US$100.
BlackBerry KEYone Special Gold Plated Edition now up for pre-order
Although it has less memory and storage than the recently introduced black variant, this custom BlackBerry KEYone comes for about US$816, while the standard model without gold plating retails for around US$528.
Asus Zenpad Z8s hits Verizon
This new slate is a direct successor to last year's ZenPad Z8, keeping the 7.9-inch IPS display and US$249.99 price tag, but featuring a faster processor, more memory, and Android Nougat instead of Marshmallow.
Leatherman announces its first timepiece
The Tempo Tread Watch features stainless steel links that can be equipped with interchangeable tools, similar to the existing Leatherman Tread bands. This timepiece would be Leatherman's first watch and is scheduled to hit the market in November.
Arrow Launcher 3.8.0 now available
This new update to Microsoft's launcher app for Android devices does not bring any major changes. However, next to the usual tweaks and fixes, there are a few obvious improvements in the Contacts, Calendars, and News Cards areas.
Lenovo phones to feature stock Android from now on
After moving from Vibe UI to Vibe Pure UI with the launch of the K6 Power, Lenovo is now ready to deliver only pure Android handsets, and the first one is expected to be the K8 Note. This handset is scheduled for launch in India, on August 9.
Xiaomi dominates the wearable market
With a 17.1 percent estimated market share in the second quarter, Xiaomi is now the leader of the wearable market, ahead of Fitbit and Apple, reveals a recent report by Strategy Analytics.
Moto E4 Plus finally hits the US market
This 5.5-inch handset with a massive 5,000 mAh battery has been available in India for a while, and now it arrives in the US, where it can be acquired for prices starting at US$129.99.
Windows 10 to get native eye-tracking controls
Inspired by the Eye Gaze Wheelchair project that won Microsoft's internal hackathon held back in 2014, eye-tracking technology is now available in the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10.
Asus Zenfone AR now available on Verizon
Verizon Wireless customers can get the world's first handset with support for both Google Daydream VR and Tango AR for US$648, but there is also the choice to go with 24 monthly payments of US$27 each.
BlackBerry KEYOne hits India with better specs
While the original KEYOne is built by TCL, the Limited Edition Black that retails in India is built and distributed by Optiemus, also featuring more memory and storage (4 GB and 64 GB vs. 3 GB and 32 GB on the TCL version).
Massive Dell Canvas tablet now up for sale
The Intel Atom-driven, 27-inch Canvas tablet with pen, touch, and dial input support can be purchased starting at US$1,799, but depending on the hardware, software, and services chosen, it can get much more expensive.
Nextbit Robin support shuts down
Razer will no longer provide customer support for this handset from now on, but software updates will continue to arrive until February 2018, as previously announced.
LG Q6 coming to South Korea this week
According to the South Korean tech giant, its first mid-range handset to offer a FullVision display is scheduled to hit the local market this week, while the rest of the world should get it "in the weeks to come."
Facebook acquires AI startup Ozlo
The Californian startup that managed to build a huge knowledge graph and also created the AI technology to use this large amount of data "to understand real-world nuances" is joining Facebook's Messenger team.
Three Nokia 8 variants surface online
The upcoming flagship has been spotted on AnTuTu and GFXBench, although the latter listed the same model numbers as Nokia 9 models. The Nokia 8 is expected to arrive in about two weeks.
Action Launcher v26 now available for download
This new full release of Chris Lacy's popular Android launcher features various Android O elements, such as extended Unread Count support, new "Icons & App Shortcuts" settings, as well as a new widget picker.
Moto GamePad pre-orders now live
Although the Moto Z2 Force Edition will hit other major carriers in the US by mid-August, the Moto GamePad accessory is exclusively available via Verizon Wireless, next to the JBL SoundBoost 2 speaker mod in red.
Samsung continues to lead the Indian smartphone market
Samsung keeps the first position with a market share of 24.1 percent overall, as well as an impressive 55 percent slice of the premium smartphone pie. Local manufacturers continue to stay out of the top 5.
Nokia 3 to get Android 7.1.1 by the end of August
On its way to the promised Android O update, this affordable 5-inch Nokia smartphone is scheduled to receive the next minor Nougat refresh in the coming month.
Sony Xperia XZ1 hits Geekbench
The 5.2-inch handset with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that surfaced on Geekbench as Sony G8341 is expected to be unveiled as Xperia XZ1 in early September, during the IFA 2017 trade show in Berlin.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 spotted with Android Nougat on board
This slate that made its debut loaded with Lollipop has just received its WiFi certification running Android 7.0, which is certainly the last major OS upgrade it will get via the official channels.
Windows 10 Creators Update now ready for business deployment
The well-known version 1703 that delivered Paint 3D and many other new features arrived back in April, and now the Redmond giant encourages commercial organizations "to begin broadly deploying" this update.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Mercury Silver Edition coming soon
This limited edition handset has a price tag of around US$445 and, unfortunately, it seems that Xiaomi only plans to sell 100 units in China. Color aside, there are no changed specs.
WhatsApp hits the one billion users mark
After eight years on the market, WhatsApp now provides voice, audio calls, and text messaging services to one billion daily users and 1.3 billion monthly users, more than twice the numbers recorded in early 2014.
Sharp Aquos S2 leaks online
This upcoming premium Android handset is expected to offer a 5.5-inch 4K display, a dual-camera setup on the back, an on-screen fingerprint scanner, as well as a high screen-to-body ratio.
Nokia 6 finally available in silver
The black version has been up for purchase in the US for a while now, and now we see a silver color option on Amazon as well. Those not happy with black or silver can get this handset in blue or copper as well.
Google Chromecast is now 4 years old
Although many consider it a product that completely changed the streaming market for home users, Google Chromecast's fourth anniversary was a quiet one. Sadly, there is no promo to come with this celebration, but there's always the next year.
BlackBerry KEYOne Black Edition spotted online
This flagship is currently available only in silver, but a Chinese website has just unveiled the unconfirmed information that a Black Edition is ready to launch locally on August 8.
Microsoft Paint will not be discountinued
Although it was rumored that Windows 10 users would no longer have access to the good old Paint app, since a whole new, 3D version, was introduced by the Creators Update, Microsoft has just confirmed that MS Paint will be available in the Windows Store.
Xiaomi Mi 5X teaser video surfaces online
The video reveals that this new handset would hit the market in gold, pink, and black. Its list of features includes a fingerprint reader, MIUI 9 software, a 5.5-inch display, and more, all for a price between $250 USD and $400 USD.
Facebook acquires Source3
Thanks to the Source3's technology and this content rights management company's team, Facebook plans to help digital artists monetize their content while staying safe from piracy.
BLU R2 and R2 LTE now official
These two new affordable handsets come with a MediaTek MT6737 processor inside, next to 1 GB memory and 8 GB storage (R2) or 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage (R2 LTE), both running Android Nougat out of the box.
YouTube TV hits more US cities
Offering 48 channels in its basic package, this service is now available in ten new cities, those interested being able to take advantage of a one-month free trial. After the first payment, users also receive a free Chromecast.
Moto Z2 Force allegedly coming to all US carriers
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered handset is expected to get an official launch very soon, and should also become the first Moto flagship in a while to hit all four major US carriers.
T-Mobile LG V10 gets Android Nougat
Released with Android Lollipop on board back in October 2015, the LG V10 now receives its second major OS upgrade on T-Mobile, almost two months after the first units got Android 7 in South Korea.
Phoenix OS 2.1.0 now available
This new build is the second one based on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with updated keyboard mapping, better hardware compatibility, as well as some minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 coming in August
The launch of the Galaxy Note 8 is scheduled to take place at Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Samsung has confirmed that the event is set to kick off at 11 AM EST on August 23.
Ubuntu 16.10 reaches end of life
Nine months after its release, the "Yakkety Yak" Ubuntu release, also carrying the version number 16.10, reaches its last day of support. Those still using it should upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04.
iOS 10.3.3 now official
After quite a few public beta releases, Apple iOS 10.3.3 is finally ready to deliver multiple bug fixes and improvements to all iPhone and iPad users who own one (or more) compatible device(s).
LG G4 finally gets Android Nougat
After a long wait, LG G4 users can finally choose to upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat. Strange enough, LG did not make any big announcement concerning this new firmware, but it looks like everything is on track, since the company promised this update since March.
Possible LG V30 surfaces on Geekbench
The handset that was spotted on Geekbench is known as LGE LG-H932PR, its list of specs including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, and Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Previous rumors also mentioned a variant with 6 GB RAM, but nothing is official yet.
Honor 9 Premium heading for Europe
The Honor 9 flagship with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage is allegedly coming to Europe as Honor 9 Premium. The price depends on the market and retailer but is expected to fall in the $520-$580 USD range.
RuneScape for mobile coming in 2018
One of the oldest and most popular MMORPGs still around will finally become available for mobile users, but not as a whole new game, but as a client for Android devices that is expected to go live in early 2018.
Jide to drop Remix OS
Although Jide's Remix OS reached its third major build last year, when the Marshmallow-based version 3.0 arrived, the company was quite silent this year. Now, they reveal the intention to move away from the consumer market and to focus on the enterprise.
Moto E4 reaches MetroPCS later this month
Those who make the switch from another carrier to T-Mobile's prepaid brand can get the Moto E4 for free, but even those who do not qualify for this offer can buy this smartphone for as little as $50 USD.
HTC Desire 555 hits Cricket Wireless
This 5-inch low-end Android Nougat handset comes with a quad-core processor, 5 MP and 8 MP cameras, a 2,200 mAh battery, and can be acquired for just $119.99 USD when joining Cricket or upgrading an existing plan.
Panasonic P55 Max launches in India
This new budget handset has a 5.5-inch 720p display, uses the MediaTek MT6737 processor, runs Android Nougat, and is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery, all for a price of around $130 USD.
Samsung Pay gets PayPal support in the US
PayPal is now a payment method available in-app, online, and in-store, in all locations where Samsung Pay is accepted. This starts with the United States, but other countries will receive the feature "soon" as well.
LinkedIn app for Windows 10 rolls out
The app rolls out already and should reach all markets by the end of the month. It provides a fully integrated LinkedIn experience, with real-time notifications, trending industry news, and more.
Moto E4 Plus launch day sales in India hit 100,000 units
The new Lenovo handset became a Flipkart hit, with 580 units sold per minute during the first 60 minutes after going live, and a total of 100,000 units sold in the first 24 hours.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) with Nougat gets its WiFi certification
Unveiled back in January, this 5.5-inch handset launched last week in South Korea with Bixby Home on board, as well as Samsung Pay support. Now, it looks like the US might get it soon as well since the handset has just received its WiFi certification.
Amazon Anytime messaging service apparently in the works
This app is expected to handle virtually anything that consumers need when it comes to messaging - SMS, video and voice calling, games, photos, stickers, and more. Message encryption is expected to be in the list of features as well.
Samsung Galaxy C10 spotted with dual cameras
Although many rumors claim that the Galaxy Note 8 would be the first Samsung handset to feature a dual camera setup, it looks like a few mid-rangers with this technology inside are also heading for the market, as shown by the latest Galaxy C10 leaked images that made it online.
Wacom announces two large Cintiq Pro tablets
The new slates will join the existing Cintiq Pro tablets with 13-inch and 16-inch sizes by taking the size of this family up to 32 inches. They should hit the market in early 2018 for prices starting at $1,999 USD.
HTC U11 gets Alexa support
This well-received flagship has been around for a while, and now HTC has decided to add Amazon's Alexa personal assistant, next to a visual feedback style. The new feature arrives as part of a software update that goes live today.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) with Nougat on board spotted online
This 5.2-inch handset that launched earlier this year with Android Marshmallow on board has just received its WiFi certification with Android 7.0 on board, so the arrival of this software update is imminent.
Huawei working on a whole new chip
The chip that is supposed to launch later this year allegedly combines CPU, GPU, and AI features and is expected to allow smartphones to be used as car keys for various brands such as BMW, Audi, or Porsche.
Lenovo TB-X704Y hits FCC
Not long after surfacing on GeekBench, this upcoming Lenovo tablet with a 7,000 mAh battery as the only confirmed specification so far has also been spotted at FCC. The official announcement is expected to take place in early September at IFA.
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra hits Amazon and Best Buy
This 6-inch phablet with a MediaTek MT6757 processor under the hood can be acquired for $399.99 USD from Best Buy (a holder/stand included for free), while Amazon has listed it for a price of $409 USD.
Microsoft Surface Pro has a hibernation-related bug
The successor of the Surface Pro 4 is now facing a new bug, this time involving random entries in hibernation mode. Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has already identified the issue and a fix should arrive soon.
Asus ZenFone AR launches in India
This handset with Tango and Daydream VR support debuts in India exclusively on Flipkart, carrying a price tag of around $775 USD. The impressive set of specs and features includes 8 GB RAM, a 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display, as well as a TriCam system.
Amazon Echo successor apparently in the works
Although there is no official confirmation yet, insiders familiar with the matter claim that a successor for Amazon's two-year-old virtual assistant-powered speaker is already in the works.
BlackBerry KEYone hits Sprint tomorrow
Sprint subscribers will soon be able to enjoy this BlackBerry handset as the company has just confirmed its availability for online orders starting tomorrow, while those who plan to use other channels to purchase it will be able to do so starting two weeks later.
Second public beta of iOS 11 now available
In addition to the new beta for iOS 11, macOS "High Sierra" also receives a beta refresh. Both updates come less than three weeks since the release of the first public beta builds and consist of tweaks and fixes, without any new features.
Crowdfunded Eve V tablet gets delayed
Since the Eve V is a crowdfunded project, it is not surprising to see it facing multiple delays. However, this time the manufacturer allows its backers to choose an improved display without paying anything extra.
QNAP launches AMD-powered TS-x73U NAS
This new business-class rackmount NAS is available featuring 8, 12, and 16 bays, with both single and redundant power supply options. It uses the quad-core AMD RX-421ND processor and comes with a pre-installed dual-port 10 GbE SFP+ network card.
Alcatel PULSEMIX to hit Cricket Wireless later this month
This affordable Android handset comes with a MediaTek MT6738 processor inside, next to 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 2 MP and 8 MP cameras, as well as the usual connectivity features such as 4G LTE, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and so on.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) gets Samsung Pay Mini support in India
The basic version of Samsung Pay comes inside an update that also includes the June 2017 security patch, in addition to the usual bug fixes, tweaks, and stability improvements.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 coming to India next week
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered, 6.44-inch Android phablet is scheduled to become available for purchase in India on July 18. The prices in China start around $245 USD for the 64 GB variant and $290 USD for the 128 GB version.
Fedora 26 launches today
After three delays faced by the alpha release and two for the beta, Fedora 26 is now on track, and the torrent downloads are already available, although the official website has not been updated with the news yet.
Google Allo desktop client coming soon
Although the initial launch period announced by Google has passed, it looks like the Allo app for the desktop environment is still in the cards and should arrive in just a "few more weeks," reveals Google's Amit Fulay.
Windows Phone 8.1 mainstream support ends today
More than three years since its arrival, Windows Phone 8.1 no longer receives mainstream support, so Microsoft can no longer promise any security updates or patches for it starting today.
T-Mobile Galaxy S8's Bixby button remapping disabled
Samsung seems to play a dirty game with the Android community since the latest update for the Galaxy S8 on T-Mobile puts out of the picture the ability to remap the Bixby button once again.
LG Q6 surfaces on Geekbench
Although an official trailer reveals that LG plans to launch a new device to feature a FullVision display, the details remain secret for now. However, the Geekbench device known as LG-M700 might be the handset to launch tomorrow with a Snapdragon 430 inside, next to 3 GB RAM.
Samsung Galaxy Note FE might launch globally this month
Although we heard that Samsung only plans to sell 400,000 Galaxy Note FE units in South Korea, it seems like the global market is supposed to get the refurbished Note 7 as well.
Vivo X9s and X9s Plus debut in China
These new Vivo handsets come with a dual camera setup for selfies (20 MP + 5 MP), Qualcomm Snapdragon 652/653 processors, 4 GB RAM, all with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on top. The price tags read values equivalent to about $396 USD and $440 USD.
Android Nougat usage continues to rise
In around 10 months since its official debut, Android 7 managed to conquer 11.5 percent of the market. Its predecessor, on the other hand, remains the most popular version, with a share of almost 32 percent.
Sony G8441 hits AnTuTu
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered flagship device surfaced with Android 8.0 on board, and some leaks claim that it will be unveiled at IFA 2017 as Xperia XZ1, next to a Compact version.
Samsung Galaxy On Max hits India
This handset is the Galaxy J7 Max that was simply rebranded for online sales. It comes with Samsung Pay Mini and Social Camera, those interested being able to acquire it via Flipkart and has a price of around $262 USD.
Xiaomi plans to sell 100 million smartphones next year
After shipping over 23 million handsets in this year's second quarter, the Chinese brand announced an optimistic forecast for 2018, when they expect to sell more than 100 million smartphones.
Alexa-powered iMCO Watch launches in India
Unveiled back in April 2016, this Alexa-powered wearable has changed its name from CoWatch to iMCO Watch in the meantime and is now finally available for purchase via Yerha.com.
Nokia 8 leaks online
This upcoming 5.2-inch handset is expected to feature IP68-rated protection from the elements, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB or 6 GB RAM, a dual-camera setup, an iris scanner, and more.
Motorola launch event coming later this month
The event is scheduled to take place in New York City on the 25th of July, and it is expected to involve a few new Moto Mods, as well as the Moto Z2 Force flagship, a handset that has been in the rumor mill for a while now.
Jawbone is apparently gone
Although the company declines to comment, multiple sources confirm that the brand that delivered many Bluetooth headphones, wireless speakers, and fitness trackers is now gone and its CEO and many employees moved to Jawbone Health Hub.
Mid-range HTC U11 variant surfaces online
The leaked specs and features of this upcoming HTC handset include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, a 5.2-inch full HD display, Bluetooth 5.0, 16 MP cameras on both sides, as well as a 2,600 mAh battery and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro launches in Thailand
The Galaxy J5 (2017) has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, while the Galaxy J5 Pro comes with the same design and features, but gets 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage instead. Its price in Thailand is about $293 USD.
Nokia 6 hits the US via Amazon
The unlocked Nokia 6 is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile. Available for pre-order in copper finish as a Prime Exclusive device, this 32 GB handset has a price tag of $229.99 USD and shipments should begin next month. The black and silver variants will be released in just a few days.
Next-gen Galaxy A and Galaxy C to feature dual cameras
Both expected to hit the market after the arrival of the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy A and Galaxy C families are expected to offer a dual-camera setup, but nothing has been confirmed by Samsung yet.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) now available in South Korea
The new Galaxy J5 comes with a durable metal frame, a 13 MP camera for selfies, 2 GB RAM, and Samsung's Exynos 7870 Octa processor, all driven by a 3,000 mAh battery. The price is around the $300 USD mark.
Moto X4 specs surface online
An insider familiar with the upcoming Moto X4 claims the latest leaks are wrong and this mid-ranger features a Snapdragon 630 processor, as well as dual rear cameras and an aluminum body with IP68 water resistance.
Linux Mint 18.2 now official
This new build is a long term support version that is set to get support until 2021. Linux Mint 18.2 features Cinnamon 3.4, a Linux kernel 4.8, as well as an Ubuntu 16.04 package base.
Google delays Backup and Sync's release
Although Google Drive was supposed to be replaced by Backup and Sync on June 28, it looks like this change has been delayed by a few weeks and, sadly, there is no accurate launch date to talk about at this stage.
Sony launches new Wena watch accessories
While the Wena Wrist Leather with a new FeliCa module is scheduled to arrive in December, the basic steel band simply known as Wena Wrist should hit the market next week, but it will only be available in Japan.
OxygenOS Open Beta 19 for OnePlus 3 and Open Beta 10 for 3T now available
In addition to various tweaks and fixes, the new Open Beta builds for OnePlus' handsets integrate the all-new OnePlus Launcher 2.1 app that comes with support for Weather and Calendar dynamic icons, and much more.
Asus delays Android Wear 2.0 update for ZenWatch 2
Although the arrival of the new firmware for the ZenWatch 3 has been confirmed to happen on July 11, it seems that those using the previous generation smartwatch by Asus might have to wait a few more weeks.
Sony might unveil a bezel-less handset in September
A rumor that surfaced on Weibo claims that Sony plans to unveil a 6-inch handset with a bezel-less design that uses a JDI ultra-narrow touchscreen with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
SwiftKey gets support for GIFs
Although the latest update to this popular virtual keyboard app brings support for GIFs, the search feature is not available yet and full GIF support should be added as soon as possible.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 gets Android Nougat
This 9.7-inch slate that arrived on the market last August gets Android 7.0 via OTA, the new firmware dropping some of the preinstalled apps in addition to the usual changes that come when moving from Marshmallow to Nougat.
Android 8.0 confirmed to arrive in Q3
Although the accurate launch date is still unknown and Android Oreo is still an unconfirmed name, Google revealed that the next major Android version is scheduled to arrive by the end of this year's third quarter.
Microsoft acquires Cloudyn
This new acquisition aims to help the Redmond giant improve its cloud services, more precisely Microsoft Azure. Cloudyn's technology allows enterprise customers to optimize their cloud-related spending.
Moto Z2 Play hits Verizon Wireless
This 5.5-inch mid-ranger that uses a Snapdragon 626 processor can be acquired from Verizon for $408 USD outright or 24 monthly payments of $17 USD each. These prices apply to the 3 GB/32 GB model, but Motorola plans to offer a 4 GB/64 GB model as well.
LG G6+ launches in South Korea
Although it has the same processor, screen size, and the same amount of memory as the LG G6, the G6+ comes with 128 GB internal storage space. Next to the G6+, a cheaper 32 GB LG G6 arrives in Korea as well, both featuring LG Pay support.
Facebook reaches 2 billion users
According to Mark Zuckerberg, there are no less than 2 billion people connecting to Facebook each month, while more than 800 million like something on Facebook each day. At last, more than 1 billion use Groups every month.
Huawei MediaPad T3 7 coming to Japan next week
This new affordable tablet has an aluminum shell and uses a MediaTek MT8127 processor, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The specs are in line with the price of less than $110 USD.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom gets Android Nougat
In addition to Android 7.0 and various bug fixes, the new firmware also comes with support for Portrait mode. According to Asus, the autopush should be complete in about a week.
Apple's iPhone is now 10 years old
After being announced earlier that year, the original iPhone arrived in stores on June 29, 2007, exactly a decade ago. More than a billion Apple flagships were sold since then, the latest major update arriving in mid-September 2016.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE might launch next week
The ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to return to the market in early July. This time, it will be sold as Galaxy Note 7 FE (Fandom Edition). The first country to get it would be South Korea, for a price tag of around $615 USD.
Alcatel A50 and Alcatel A30 PLUS now up for pre-order
These new Android Nougat-powered handsets can be acquired for less than $100 USD when the buyer chooses to go with the Prime Exclusive variants that have lock screen offers and ads.
Latest Galaxy flagship named "Best Smartphone" at the Asia Mobile Awards
This award comes after all the entries have been assessed by a panel of journalists, analysts and influencers "based on a wide array of criteria ranging from physical design and UX (user experience) to performance, simplicity of use, value for money and sheer innovation."
Alcatel Idol 5S joins the Amazon Prime Exclusive lineup
This 5.2-inch handset is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and can be acquired for $280 USD (or just $200 USD with lockscreen offers & ads), but those who become paid Prime members receive $80 USD back as a gift card.
Unofficial list of Samsung devices to get Android 8.0 shows up
While the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 handsets will get Android O for sure, it is very likely that the Galaxy S6 series and the Note 5 phablet will never receive an official update to Android 8.0.
Huawei confirms global launch of Honor 9 and Honor Band 3
This premium handset powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor and featuring a dual camera setup (12 MP + 20 MP) will hit the Europe in July, starting at €450 EUR - roughly $511 USD.
Google Home starts shipping in Canada
In addition to its arrival in Canada, Google's smart speaker has finally received French language support. Sadly, there are only two languages supported by Google Home and Google Assistant right now - English and French.
Andy Rubin's Essential Phone hits FCC
Although most details are no longer secret, the FCC documents confirm the presence of Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 ac, as well as NFC, next to support for wireless bands that allow it to work with all US carriers. However, this handset is expected to sell directly to customers only via Sprint.
First public beta of iOS 11 now available
The final version of iOS 11 is scheduled to become available this fall, but Apple plans to release regular public beta builds during the summer, and the first such version arrived earlier today.
Meizu reveals list of devices to get Nougat
Meizu comes up with this list extremely late, but after all it is better late than never. Registrations for the Nougat beta program will close on July 2 so until the final build shows up it might take at least a few extra weeks.
LineageOS to offer seamless system updates
In the beginning, only select devices are expected to get A/B system updates. To be more specific, LineageOS is supposed to bring this Nougat feature to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets.
SUSE Linux hits Windows Store for Insiders
Members of the Windows Insiders program can now download SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE directly via Microsoft's Windows Store. Windows 10 users who are not members of the program can view both programs in Windows Store, but cannot download them.
Samsung has finally managed to beat Fitbit
According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung has finally managed to steal the silver crown of the wearable market from Fitbit, but Apple still owns more than half of the entire market.
Honor 8 Pro to launch in India as an Amazon exclusive
This premium handset offers a 5.7-inch 2K display, next to a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, a dual-camera setup, all driven by a 4,000 mAh battery.
Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ coming next month
Not long after rebranding to blue, gold, and gray color options of the Galaxy S8/S8+ flagships for the Taiwanese market, Samsung decides to launch a limited edition Rose Pink variant in the country. It will become available next month online, for a short period.
Samsung Pay gets support for Discover cards
Although Discover promised its customers to bring the company's cards to Samsung Pay in early 2016, adding this functionality took far longer than expected. However, Discover cards can now finally be added to Samsung Pay.
Nova Launcher brings Google Now to Lollipop devices
The latest beta build of this popular launcher app for Android delivers Google Now to handsets still stuck with Lollipop. Unfortunately, those who stay away from alpha- and beta-stage software will have to wait until this feature reaches the Nova Launcher app available via Google Play.
Huawei opens R&D center in Brazil
The Chinese brand teamed up with a local government agency and opened a research and development facility in Santa Rita do Sapucai, in the state of Minas Gerais. Huawei invested $1.3 million in the center.
Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 leaks online
This new slate that should hit Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks might be the same as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-driven ZenPad 3S 8.0 that made its debut at COMPUTEX last month.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) to hit Cricket Wireless
This 5.5-inch handset is expected to launch as Galaxy Halo on Cricket Wireless, most likely by the end of July. The price should be around $380 USD, and the list of color options allegedly consists of black, pink, gold, and blue.
Next BlackBerry handset might have a full HD display
Although nothing is official yet, it seems that the next BlackBerry smartphone will finally use a common screen resolution and will not use BB's iconic design that includes a QWERTY keyboard.
Windows Task Manager to get a GPU tab
This new feature surfaced in the latest Windows Insider Preview build and will probably hit all Windows 10 users in one of the next updates. The list of Windows 10 features to arrive soon also includes currency conversion inside the Calculator app, Emoji 5.0, and more.
Otterbox Case for OnePlus 5 now official
This rugged protective case is available in black and red. It delivers dual-layer protection via a hard shell on the outside and a silicone layer on the inside, retailing for $29.95 USD.
Bixby Voice finally available in the US
Although this feature was supposed to be available at the same time as Samsung's Galaxy S8 duo, Bixby Voice had to face some English grammar and syntax issues that delayed its arrival in the US even more, but now it is finally rolling out.
Foxconn plans to leave Brazil
Although the company pledged to invest $12 billion in Brazil and to create no less than 100,000 local jobs back in 2011, they failed to succeed in doing so. Now, insiders claim that Foxconn plans to stop its manufacturing activities in the country as well.
Samsung begins mass production of the Exynos i T200 chip for IoT use
This is the first Exynos-branded IoT solution by Samsung and it uses the 28 nm High-K Metal Gate process, offering good performance and a high level of efficiency in a compact package.
Firefox Focus mobile browser now available on Android
Mozilla seems to have spent some time to refine this mobile browser since its release for iOS devices last year, and now Firefox Focus is finally available for Android users as well. Those interested can get it for free via Google Play.
Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) spotted at Bluetooth SIG
The model that just got its Bluetooth certification is SM-C7100, while last year's Galaxy C7 is known as SM-C7000. Two related models, dubbed SM-C7108 and SM-C710F, received their certifications yesterday as well.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets Android 7.1.1
More than three months after its larger sibling received the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Axon 7 Mini gets the same firmware version as an OTA update that also provides WiFi calling to T-Mobile users.
LG V30 expected to show up at IFA
The next-gen LG V handset is rumored to feature a dual-camera setup, a secondary display, and is also supposed to be IP68-certified. LG V30 should come in three storage variants, and it looks like it will keep the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack around.
Withings becomes Nokia Health
HMD Global launches a few Nokia digital health products, bringing back what was once the brand known as Withings. The two first such products are the Nokia Body scale and the Nokia BPM blood pressure monitor.
Spotify hits the Windows Store
Microsoft announced its partnership with Spotify back in early May, and now Spotify for Windows 10 is available for download in the Windows Store. It works with PCs and tablets running the Anniversary Update or a later Windows 10 version.
HTC U11 Solar Red now up for pre-order
After a strong debut on the market, the latest HTC flagship is already coming back with a new color option. Those interested can place their pre-orders for the "Solar Red" HTC U11, a handset that comes for $649 USD, just like its blue and black siblings.
Sony Xperia XA gets Android Nougat
Not long ago, the Japanese brand released the Nougat firmware update for the Xperia XA Ultra handsets. Now, the time has come for the Xperia XA to get the same treatment, one year since its release with Marshmallow on board.
Emporio Armani Connected with Android Wear 2.0 coming in September
The first Emporio Armani Connected smartwatch to launch with Android Wear 2.0 on board is scheduled to hit the market on September 14. Its predecessor, a hybrid smartwatch, made its debut last fall.
Moto Z2 hits AnTuTu
This upcoming 5.5-inch handset is expected to arrive on June 27, packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, as well as a dual camera setup.
Amazon acquires Whole Foods
The company that started by selling only non-processed foods back in 1978 as SaferWay and grew to a chain of no less than 431 markets, all located in the US, joins Amazon for $13.7 billion.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) leaks online
This slate surfaced on GFXBench under the codename SM-T835 featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. An IFA launch might be in the cards, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Dell now has 7 Ubuntu-driven premium laptops in its portfolio
Next to the seven different laptops with Ubuntu Linux on board, Dell also has a 27-inch all-in-one desktop PC that runs this well-known distro. The Kaby Lake-powered models come with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, while their Skylake-driven siblings run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
LG G6 users in the US get one extra year of warranty
To keep its latest flagship relevant in a very competitive market, LG has decided to extend the limited warranty for the G6 to two years. Sadly, the Second Year Promise program is only available in the US.
Meizu Pro 7 to feature a secondary display on the back
According to the latest leak, this upcoming handset will have a secondary display similar to the YotaPhone, but one that only covers about one-third of the back panel's surface.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile update the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships
Both carriers offer an update that does not deliver Android 7.1 or Android O, providing Android Pay support, various improvements to Bixby, as well as the monthly security patch instead.
Samsung unveils Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro Android handsets
While the 5.5-inch J7 Pro comes with the Exynos 7870 processor under the hood and 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage space, the larger J7 Max uses the Helio P20 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
Archos intros four new Android smartphones
These new handsets target the mid-range market sector, offering rich sets of features for their prices, including dual-camera setups (only for the Sense 55s and Diamond Alpha). All are expected to hit the market next month.
Verizon completes acquisition of Yahoo
Marissa Mayer has resigned after the acquisition finally closed for a price tag of $4.5 billion. The remaining Yahoo business becomes Altaba and carries on as a publicly traded investment company.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 apparently coming in August
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Samsung has decided to launch the new phablet earlier than usual to have it on the market before the next-gen iPhone, widely rumored to show up in September.
Andy Rubin's Essential Phone to be a Sprint-exclusive
Although many people are waiting for Andy Rubin's phone and most of them might not want to be tied to a certain carrier, it looks like the Essential Phone is headed for the US as a Sprint-exclusive.
Samsung Z4 heading for South Africa
Less than a year after the Z2 (launched back in September in the country), the Tizen 3.0-driven Samsung Z4 is scheduled to hit South Africa via Vodacom for a price tag of around $100 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 finally gets Nougat in the US
More than two months after the Galaxy Tab S2 slates received Android Nougat in Europe, US owners of these tablets finally receive the new firmware. However, there is no confirmation for the arrival date of the update targeting the 9.7-inch model yet.
Sony FES Watch U now available in Japan
Sony's new smartwatch comes with a rechargeable power pack, unlike its predecessor that used replaceable coin cell batteries. It also has a minimalist design and features a metal bezel. The prices start around $420 USD.
Asus ZenFone 4 confirmed to arrive at the end of July
Although it was supposed to arrive last month, the ZenFone 4 lineup is now scheduled for a late July unveil. This has been revealed by Asus' CEO Jerry Chen, who recently spoke to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.
Samsung Secure Folder hits Google Play
This app that launched with the Galaxy Note 7 is now available via Google Play, being compatible with various Samsung handsets, such as Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Sadly, it does not work with other Android devices yet.
Alcatel Pixi 5 tablet apparently certified by the FCC
The new Android slate that arrived at FCC has the official name Alcatel 9024O, but its documentation also calls it "PIXI5-8" so it is rather safe to assume this is the Pixi 5 with an 8-inch display.
OxygenOS 4.1.5 rolls out
The new firmware is based on Android 7.1.1 like its predecessor, bringing mostly minor changes, such as push notifications for information from OnePlus, updated network settings for various carriers, multiple fixes and tweaks, as well as the security updates for May.
Microsoft acquires Hexadite
The main goal of this new corporate acquisition is to improve Windows Defender, allowing commercial Windows 10 customers to improve the detection of various advanced cyberthreats.
AT&T Locker shuts down in August
This cloud service does not allow its users to store new files since June 4, and all existing files will be deleted in August. The service will be discontinued on August 3, announces AT&T.
Coolpad Defiant coming to T-Mobile next week
Although featuring band 12 LTE and RCS messaging, the 5-inch Defiant is a budget handset that runs Android Nougat and features a Snapdragon 425 processor, 1 GB RAM, and only 8 GB internal storage.
Nokia 9 hits AnTuTu
The TA-1004 model that surfaced on AnTuTu has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and two 13 MP cameras, all with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on top.
Android Nougat usage nearing 10 percent
The latest major Android version continues its solid growth, finally nearing the 10 percent market share barrier. Back in April, Nougat's market share was less than 5 percent.
Apple Music has 27 million paid subscribers
Although having 27 million paid subscribers does not sound bad at all, Apple's music streaming service still has a long way to go before catching Spotify, which currently has 50 million subscribers.
T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to get Nougat this week
Although there is no precise date, we now know that T-Mobile has approved the Nougat update and the rollout of the new firmware should begin by the end of this week. There are no details about the changes, either, but we do not expect any surprises.
Oppo unveils R11 smartphone
The highlights of the new Oppo handset include a 20 MP selfie camera, a dual-camera setup on the back. This 5.5-inch smartphone has a Snapdragon 660 processor inside and 4 GB RAM.
Apple macOS "High Sierra" now official
The developer preview of the next-gen macOS is already available to Apple Developer Program members, while a public beta for all Mac users is scheduled to kick off later this month. The free software update is expected to arrive this fall, packing various refinements to Photos, Safari, Mail, and more.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0 shows up online
Only a few days after its 10-inch sibling surfaced officially, the 8-inch MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0 shows up online with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and Harman Kardon speakers on board.
Moto Z2 Play coming to India this Thursday
This 5.5-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 under the hood, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage or 4 GB RAM/64 GB storage space hits the Indian market with a free Moto Armor pack for every pre-order.
OnePlus 5 to launch in two weeks
A new OnePlus 5-related teaser surfaced on Weibo, this time showing a calendar with the number 20 circled and the "Save the date" tagline next to it. These being said, we should get ready for the arrival of the new OnePlus handset.
Amazon Fire Phone successor in the works as "Ice"
Two unnamed sources who spoke to Gadgets360 reveal the plans to replace fire with ice, this supposedly being the name of Amazon's next generation of smartphones. These handsets are expected to come with a Snapdragon 435 processor, Android 7.1.1, and a price tag around $100 USD.
New OxygenOS Open Beta builds now available
The new beta software updates based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat target the OnePlus 3, which gets OxygenOS Open Beta 17, while its younger sibling, namely OnePlus 3T, receives OxygenOS Open Beta 8.
Nextbit Robin receives Android 7.1.1
The new firmware for this handset now supported by Razer comes with the official patches from Google dated April 1, 2017. It has 560 MB in size and provides overall performance and security improvements.
Samsung might announce the Galaxy J5 (2017) smartphone today
This 5.2-inch Android handset has been spotted on Amazon with a full metal body, packing an octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and running Android 7.0 Nougat.
Nokia 3, 5, and 6 will receive Android O
Although the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 still have to become available for purchase outside China, HMD Global has just confirmed that all three handsets would get Android O once Google delivers the new firmware to its OEM partners.
Samsung delays Bixby's US launch
Although the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships are available in the US and Bixby should have been ready at launch as well, it looks like Samsung's virtual assistant is facing English syntax and grammar issues and fixing them might take a while.
LG Pay debuts in South Korea
After a few long delays, this new mobile payment service that uses the Wireless Magnetic Communication technology launches in South Korea. LG G6 owners will be able to use it after performing a software update.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 now official
This new tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 435 processor, featuring up to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. It comes with Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top and will be available in gold, white, and space gray. The prices have not been unveiled yet.
QNAP announces the world's first AMD Ryzen NAS
The new TS-x77 NAS will hit the market in the third quarter with 6, 8, and 12-bay models, all powered by Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors, next to up to 64 GB DDR4 memory. The pre-release version will be on display at COMPUTEX Taipei until the end of the week.
MIUI 9 might roll out in July
Although Xiaomi revealed that MIUI 9 is expected to roll out in July, there is still no official launch day to talk about at this stage. The list of features expected to arrive with the updated UI includes split-screen capabilities, picture-in-picture mode, and more.
Asus ZenPad 10 Z301ML and Z301MFL now official
These new 10-inch tablets come with Android Nougat out of the box and MediaTek processors, one of them having a full HD display, while the other's touchscreen provides a lower resolution (HD).
BlackBerry KEYone hits the US via Amazon and Best Buy
After being available for pre-order for almost two weeks, this new BlackBerry flagship that features a full QWERTY keypad is finally reaching select Best Buy physical stores, as well as Amazon and BestBuy.com.
Samsung Galaxy Feel unveiled in Japan
This 4.7-inch handset runs Android Nougat out of the box and features 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, as well as a 16 MP main camera. The price and launch date are not known yet.
Unknown Nokia handset with 8 GB RAM hits Geekbench
Although Nokia 9 supposedly surfaced on Geekbench a while ago as HMD Global TA-1004 with 4 GB RAM, now we hear that this upcoming flagship might launch with no less than 8 GB RAM. However, nothing is official yet.
Maze Alpha confirmed to use the Helio P25 SoC
Initially unveiled without any details about the processor, the Maze Alpha phablet is now one step closer to its launch, as Maze Mobile has just confirmed the use of MediaTek's Helio P25 SoC.
JLab Audio launchess three new wireless earbuds
The three new products that succeed the award-winning Epic2 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds retail at prices between $24.99 USD and $39.99 USD, all offering a six-hour battery life and, IP55 dust/sweatproof rating, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
ZTE K81 Android tablet hits FCC
This upcoming slate previously received its WiFi certification, and now it surfaces once again. The K81 appears to be a successor of last year's AT&T exclusive Trek 2 HD and is expected to hit the market later this year.
Essential FIH-PM1 to be unveiled on Tuesday
Andy Rubin's phone brand is going to unveil "something big" on May 30th, most likely during his appearance at the Redcode Code Conference, an event scheduled to kick off on the same day.
Android 7.0 Nougat heading for more LG devices
The list of smartphones, phablets, and tablets that receive the Nougat treat from LG includes the V10, G5, G Pad III 8.0, and the Stylus 2. Even more, it looks like even the two-year-old G4 flagship receives the new firmware.
E FUN launches Nextbook Ares 11A tablet
This new 2-in-1 convertible Android tablet has an 11.6-inch IPS display, is powered by the Intel Atom Z8350 processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Those interested can purchase it from Walmart for $179 USD.
Apple opens its first retail store in Singapore
More than just being the first Singapore-based Apple retail store in Singapore, the Orchard Road location is also the first one in Southeast Asia and apparently also the first one capable of fully operating on solar power alone.
Red Hat acquires Codenvy
RedHat's new acquisition aims to help improve JBoss Middleware and OpenShift. Even more, Codenvy will become a part of the hybrid cloud services platform OpenShift.io. The financial details have not been disclosed.
Moto X Force gets Android 7.0 Nougat
This Android handset that was unveiled back in late 2015 receives the most recent major iteration of Google's mobile operating system starting with Latin America, so the Verizon-exclusive Motorola Droid Turbo 2 should get the latest security patches as well.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 now official
This 6.44-inch phablet features a massive 5,300 mAh battery that is supposed to provide two days of regular use and uses a Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage.
Samsung Pay hits Hong Kong
Concluding a brief early access phase, this mobile payments system is now fully available in Hong Kong. Apple Pay and Android Pay are both present in the area already, so gaining popularity in Hong Kong is a tough task for Samsung's service.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus coming to Canada next month
These two new flagships are scheduled to go on sale in Canada on June 6. The P10 will be available via Rogers, Fido, Bell, and Videotron, while the P10 is expected to hit Canada exclusively via Rogers. The prices are not public yet.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) spotted with Nougat on board
This 5.7-inch phablet that arrived in South Korea last year was mentioned in the list of Nougat-compatible Samsung handsets a while ago but did not receive the new firmware yet. Now, we see it surface on GFXBench with Android 7.0 on board, so the update should arrive soon.
Acer Spin 1 convertible now official
The new Spin 1 convertible comes with a slimmer, lighter, and sturdier design than its predecessor, featuring Intel Celeron and Pentium processor options, up to 128 GB internal storage, and 4 GB RAM.
Samsung Gear 360 (2017) camera hits the market for $229 USD
The new VR camera by Samsung is $100 USD cheaper than its predecessor, offering support for 4K video recording, as well as 2K live streaming to YouTube, Facebook, and other social networks.
Honor Band A2 smart wearable coming next month
This new fitness tracker is a direct successor of last year's Band A1 and comes with a heart rate sensor, also featuring an OLED display and carrying a price tag of around $30 USD.
Asus Zenfone Live arrives in India
This 5-inch handset comes with a rich set of both hardware and software features that aim to improve its live streaming and photography performance. Indian customers can pick it in gold, pink, or black, for a price tag of around $155 USD.
Kodak Ektra finally hits the US
This smartphone/digital camera hybrid was supposed to arrive in the US last month but did not make it back then. For $399 USD, this stylish handset comes with RAW support, 4K video support, as well as software solutions for quick editing of videos and images.
Japan Display announces 600 ppi E-Ink display
Thanks to its collaboration with E Ink Holdings, JDI is now capable of delivering ePaper panels with the same resolution as top-of-the-line smartphone displays and high-quality prints.
Huawei Honor 6A now official
This new budget-friendly Android handset comes with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, being powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 430 processor, next to 2 GB or 3 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage.
Asus ZenFone Go 2 hits TENAA
The handset that surfaced on the Chinese FCC is listed as ASUS_X015D and features a dual camera setup, as well as a 5.5-inch 720p TFT display, an octa-core processor, and a 4,850 mAh battery.
Microsoft intros Windows 10 China Government Edition
This new custom operating system comes without OneDrive integration and is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition. In addition to better management of features like Microsoft's cloud storage service, the new Windows 10 for China also allows the local government to use its own encryption algorithms.
Huawei launches Honor Play Pad 2 tablet
This new Honor tablet comes in two sizes - 8 and 9.6 inches. Both feature an aluminum body and use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, running Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top.
Meizu M5c mid-range smartphone now official
This new smartphone has a plastic body and no specs to write home about - an unspecified quad-core processor running at 1.3 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a 5-inch HD display, all with Flyme 6 OS on top.
Alcatel Pixi 4 (7) tablet starts at $61 USD
This low-end tablet has a dual-SIM setup, being powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor and only offering 1 GB RAM. However, it comes with Marshmallow on board and starts at just $61 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 unveiled in South Korea
This new Galaxy Wide handset is a mid-range handset with a 5.5-inch 2.5D LCD HD display, an octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. Priced around $265 USD, it hits the South Korean market with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
Nokia and Apple bury the hatchet
After quite a long time spent as adversaries in court, the two companies signed a multi-year patent license, settling all litigation related to their high-profile intellectual property dispute.
HP Spectre x2 now official
Less than a day after the official images surfaced online, the new Spectre x2 convertible is official. Just as rumored, it features a 12.3-inch display, two Kaby Lake processor options, and Intel Iris Plus graphics. It will hit the market next month starting at $999.99 USD.
Verizon Ellipsis 10 HD surfaces online
Although there are no specs to talk about at this stage, the image of this upcoming slate leaked by Evan Blass reveals that the next Ellipsis tablet runs what appears to be a stock Android build (maybe Nougat, but it might run Marshmallow as well) with a few Verizon Wireless apps added on top.
Oppo R11 and R11 Plus spotted at TENAA
These two handsets will use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip, both offering a dual camera setup on the back and a 20 MP selfie shooter. Since Oppo published a few teasers already, their arrival at TENAA only confirms that the launch is imminent.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active spotted in the wild
An image of the Samsung handset that carries the model number SM-G892A has just surfaced on the websites of The Wireless Power Consortium, the group in charge of the Qi wireless charging standard.
HP Spectre X2 12 (2017) images show up online
This updated convertible tablet promises to arrive soon with a 12.3-inch IPS display, as well as two processor options that belong to the Kaby Lake lineup, Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics, Bang & Olufsen audio, and more.
Nubia N1 Lite launches in India
This 5-inch handset launches in India for less than $110 USD. Its specs include a MediaTek MT6737 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a fingerprint reader, and runs Android Marshmallow.
Samsung now leading the West European tablet market
Apple lost its crown in Western Europe, where the company's tablet sales dropped 11.5 percent in the first quarter, while Samsung managed to grab the first place thanks to a year-over-year growth of nearly 18 percent.
Huawei MediaPad T3 Lite 10 hits GFXBench
This upcoming MediaPad T3 slate is expected to debut as a mid-range device similar to its smaller-screen siblings that were already announced. According to GFXBench, it is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) press render leaks online
This handset recently surfaced on FCC, also receiving its WiFi and Bluetooth certifications. Now, what appears to be a press render reveals four color options - black, blue, gold, and pink.
World’s first stretchable display to be unveiled this week
This whole new technology will be displayed at the Society for Information Display 2017 in Los Angeles. The event starts tomorrow and runs until Thursday. Unlike flexible panels currently available, stretchable OLED displays can bend in both directions.
Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) shows up online
This 10-inch slate that recently surfaced on FCC is expected to hit the market with two storage options - 16 GB and 32 GB - as well as a quad-core MediaTek processor, 2 GB RAM, all with Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
HTC celebrates two decades in the business
The Taiwanese company was one of the first brands to offer a 3G smartphone to the masses, while the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 became the first Android handset back in 2008. A recent anniversary video reassures consumers that HTC aims to "keep innovating" although the company has been sailing rough waters lately.
Panasonic recalls 280,000 tablet batteries
The battery packs of three Toughpad tablet series are prone to short circuits after prolonged use in extreme temperatures, and so Panasonic ended up recalling the affected models, also releasing a patch that reduces both the charging voltage and peak operating settings.
Huawei confirms Nova 2 launch
Not long after it surfaced on TENAA, Huawei's head of smartphone operations, Kevin Ho, confirms on Twitter the imminent arrival of the Note 2 handset, showing the dual-camera smartphone in lime green finish.
Asus ZenFone AR coming to Verizon this summer
This Android phablet ready for both Tango AR and Daydream VR will come to the US exclusively via Verizon Wireless next month when the ZenFone AR is scheduled to go on sale for a price that has not been disclosed yet.
Oppo A77 now official
This 5.5-inch handset can be pre-ordered in Taiwan for around $365 USD, its specs including a MediaTek MT6750T processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a 16 MP front camera, and Marshmallow-based ColorOS 3.0 on top.
Android Pay to reach five new markets soon
In addition to the improved loyalty card features, this mobile payment service will soon be deployed to Brazil, Russia, Canada, Spain, and Taiwan. This would bring the total number of markets with full Android Pay support to 15.
Oppo R11 confirmed to have a dual-camera setup
Already spotted on GFXBench and AnTuTu, this upcoming flagship has just been teased on Weibo. The image reveals a dual-camera setup with a 16 MP and a 20 MP camera, complemented by a 2X optical zoom-capable lens.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 rugged convertible coming to the US later this month
Packing 7th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, this rugged convertible tablet with Windows 10 on board will hit the US market later this month, starting around $3,649 USD.
QNAP launches TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS
This new Intel Kaby Lake-powered, Thunderbolt 3 NAS can accommodate up to 90 TB RAW capacity by using 10 TB 3.5-inch hard drives. It comes with Intel Core i5-7500 and 16 GB DDR4 RAM or Intel Core i7-7700 and 32 GB RAM.
LG Stylo 3 Plus hits T-Mobile
This $225 USD phablet comes with a 5.7-inch full HD display, next to a Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a fingerprint reader, as well as a premium stylus with a set of dedicated features.
HTC U11 now official, shipments starting in June
The new HTC flagship also known as "Ocean" is the new top handset on DxOMark, beating the Google Pixel. This smartphone uses the Snapdragon 835 chip, comes with squeezing actions, and can be pre-ordered for $649 USD.
Android 7.0 Nougat coming soon to HTC One M9 on AT&T
Although it arrived back in 2015, the One M9 is still a capable flagship, especially since it receives Android Nougat via the official channels. AT&T users still using this HTC handset should get the new firmware in a few days, since the official update page is already up.
Tonino Lamborghini ALPHA ONE launches in Russia
This liquid metal-made luxury smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 3,250 mAh battery. Its price tag reads no less than $2,110 USD.
Tizen smartphones to go global
Although these low-end handsets are only available in a few markets, the excellent sales recorded in India during the last two years made Samsung consider launching them in all markets. However, a time frame has not been disclosed yet.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max coming soon
This 5.7-inch Android handset is expected to hit the market with a MediaTek processor on board, next to 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, as well as 13 MP front and back cameras.
OnePlus 5 surfaces on AnTuTu
The unit listed on AnTuTu has the model number A5000 and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 inside, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, 16 MP cameras (not clear if a dual setup on the back or one on each side), all with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on top.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ sales hit 5 million units
Although the two Galaxy S8 flagships are not available in China yet, the South Korean giant managed to sell 5 million units already. The global launch of the Galaxy S8/S8+ began with South Korea, Canada, and the US on April 21.
Huawei Mate 9 with EMUI 5.1 spotted online
Although Huawei recently claimed that its handsets currently running EMUI 5.0 would not get EMUI 5.1, an updated Mate 9 has been spotted in the wild by a member of the well-known XDA Developers community.
Motorola unveils Moto C and Moto C Plus handsets
Although Motorola released quite a few official photos, the blog post about the imminent arrival of these two handsets misses some essentials, including the size of the display or the details regarding the processor inside.
Huawei to launch three new MateBooks next week
The company's CEO has recently revealed that the three upcoming Windows 10 laptops by Huawei are scheduled to be unveiled at the end of next week as MateBook D, MateBook E, and MateBook X.
Samsung Chromebook Pro now available for pre-order on Amazon
This Intel Core m3-6Y30-powered Chromebook with pen support and a 360-degree rotating touchscreen can be finally pre-ordered for $549.99 USD, about $100 USD more than its ARM-driven sibling known as Samsung Chromebook Plus.
Samsung Z4 coming to India for less than $90 USD
The Tizen platform lives on thanks to this 4.5-inch handset that comes with a quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4G LTE support, and is scheduled to go on sale in India later this week for around $90 USD.
Apple quietly acquires Lattice Data
This largely unknown startup that has just joined Apple was founded in 2015 to commercialize DeepDive, a system created at Stanford that uses machine learning to "extract value from dark data."
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) hits AT&T
This new Galaxy J3 edition was introduced quietly and features a 5-inch 720p display, being powered by the Exynos 7570 processor, next to 1.5 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The handset comes with Android 7.0 and has a no-contract price of $179.99 USD.
Microsoft Arrow Launcher 3.4 now available
The list of new features delivered by this new version of Microsoft's custom Android launcher app includes notes, home screen app shortcuts, as well as password protection for hidden apps and Android for Work support.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6 GB RAM hits Hong Kong
This version will not reach any other market for now. Shipments are scheduled to begin before the end of the month, the price of a flagship with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage reaching the equivalent of almost $900 USD.
Dual-camera Gionee S10 handset coming soon
This upcoming handset is expected to hit the market with a MediaTek MT6755 processor on board, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a dual-camera setup, all with Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
Nubia Z17 apparently surfaces online
Next to a few TENAA images, there is one fresh AnTuTu entry related to this upcoming handset. The specs it reveals include a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, as well as a dual-camera setup.
Minecraft for Nintendo Switch now available
The first to get Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition becomes the Nintendo eShop in North America today, while Europe and Japan should gain access to this popular game starting tomorrow.
HTC U11 shows up on GFXBench
Also known as HTC Ocean, this 5.5-inch handset surfaces online once again. The list of specs revealed by GFXBench includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and more.
ZTE Blade X Max hits Cricket Wireless
This 6-inch phablet is now official and has the specs mentioned by the latest rumors, including a quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage. The price can go as low as $99 USD for new Cricket Wireless customers (regular price is $150 USD).
Garmin Quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch coming next month
This new smart wearable is based on the Fenix 5 platform and comes in two variants, priced at $599.99 USD (basic) and $849.99 USD (sapphire crystal display protection and stainless steel band).
Xiaomi opens its first retail store in India
The first Mi Home retail location In India is scheduled to open its gates on May 20. Located in Bengaluru, this store will offer all Xiaomi products, from smartphones and power banks to air purifiers.
WhatsApp for Tizen gets Voice Message and Call Again features
Two years after receiving voice calling capabilities, WhatsApp for Tizen gets updated with two new essential features, their names being self-explanatory - Voice Message and Call Again.
Honor 8 Lite launches in India
This 5.2-inch handset that was unveiled back in February is now available in India, where the only variant up for purchase right now is the $279 USD model with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, in a premium black finish.
Getac ZX70 rugged tablet now official
This new 7-inch Android tablet for use in the field comes with Marshmallow on board and has been certified to comply with the IP67 and MIL-STD 810G standards for protection from water submersion and extreme conditions.
Opera Reborn browser now available for download
This new version of the Opera browser brings some features introduced by Opera Neon to the masses, its main highlight being the ability to pin Telegram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger to the left side of the main window.
Google acquires Owlchemy Labs
This six-year-old startup that joins Google is well known for its VR game Job Simulator, which has been a launch title for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Touch. For now, Owlchemy plans to keep delivering VR content for multiple platforms.
Alipay coming to the US
This mobile payment service that launched as a payment processor for the websites owned by Alibaba has over 450 million users worldwide and is expected to hit the US market starting with companies using First Data Clover products.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ on AT&T get the red tint fix update
Although this patch has been around for a while, it is now finally available for AT&T users as well. Once applied, it offers an easy way for Galax7 S8/S8+ users to eliminate the red tint issue.
Apple WWDC opening keynote set for June 5
During the opening event of the conference that will run from June 5 to June 9, Apple is expected to reveal new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Some reports also claim that a competitor for Amazon Echo might also be unveiled during WWDC 2017.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 arrives in Taiwan
This tablet that was unveiled back at MWC 2017 is now ready to go on sale in Taiwan, where it will hit the market in two days starting around $657 USD for the 32 GB WiFi variant.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom finally hits the US
After quite a long wait, this 5.5-inch handset powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor and featuring a dual-camera setup with a 2.3X optical zoom factor can be acquired in the US for $329 USD.
Unlocked Galaxy S7 handsets in the US get Android Nougat
After quite a few carrier variants received the new firmware, the Galaxy S7 SM-G930U model finally gets the first Android Nougat-based update. Unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge units in the US should follow soon as well.
New Nubia handset leaks online
This upcoming handset features a dual-camera setup, as well as the flash strip design that was introduced by the Meizu E2. Although this might be wrong, the leaked image might show the Snapdragon 835-driven Nubia Z17.
Asus ZenFone 4 Max surfaces online
This 5.5-inch handset was listed on an official Asus website apparently by accident, being removed promptly. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE, and more.
LG X power2 coming to the US this month
Although it was supposed to arrive in June, this smartphone with a massive 4,500 mAh battery and a 13 MP main camera with Zero Shutter Lag is expected to hit the North American market by the end of this month.
Google working on a new OS for smartphones
Known as "Fuchsia," this operating system for smartphones uses a custom kernel that is not based on Linux. Sadly, Google did not reveal anything about its plans for this operating system yet.
Oukitel K10000 Pro coming soon
The successor of the handset with a 10,000 mAh power pack unveiled back in late 2015 promises to arrive with the same massive battery, next to a MediaTek MT6750T processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and a 12V/2A charger that can fully charge it in about three hours.
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 630 and 660 mid-range chips
These two new mobile platforms are the direct successors of the existing Snapdragon 626 and 653. They both use the 14 nm technology and come with Bluetooth 5, Quick Charge 4.0, X12 LTE connectivity, and more.
Samsung Galaxy C10 and Galaxy C10 Plus are in the works
These two new handsets are expected to debut as the direct successors of the Galaxy C9 and C9 Pro. Their model numbers are SM-C9100 and SM-C9150/9158, but no other details are available right now.
Huawei Watch gets Android Wear 2.0
This long-awaited update has finally started its rollout. The first reports about it surfaced on Reddit, and there is no official info about it yet. This update was expected to arrive at the end of March.
Opera Max 3.0 rolls out
This major update of Opera's web browser for Android devices turns the app into "a smart assistant," adding enhanced data management and savings, unlimited privacy protection, as well as a new design.
LG smartphones hit a market share of 20 percent in the US
This figure is a new record for LG Electronics, its market share translating to more than 7 million smartphones shipped in the US during the first quarter of the year, reveals data from Strategic Analytics.
Unannounced Lenovo IdeaPad 720S surfaces online
This upcoming notebook surfaced on well-known websites such as TigerDirect, although it does not appear to be in stock yet. Its specs include a 14-inch full HD IPS display, the Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage, and more.
Chromebook shipments expected to grow by over 16 percent this year
After an excellent year, Chromebook sales are expected to continue growing in 2017 as well. Gartner anticipates a 16.3 percent growth this year, which means shipments of almost 11 million units.
MIUI 9 leaks online
The new MIUI version is expected to show up in the middle of 2017. This new firmware would be based on Nougat, and its list of features is said to include screen recording, split-screen, picture-in-picture, and more.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 hits FCC
Less than a month after surfacing online, this upcoming 10-inch Android tablet gets certified by the Federal Communications Commission. The prices in the US should start below $400 USD, but its launch still has to be confirmed.
Android Nougat coming to T-Mobile's Galaxy S6 Edge+ next week
This curved-display flagship device that arrived in late 2015 is now finally ready for the first Android Nougat update on T-Mobile and will be updated next week, one week after the Galaxy Note 5 received the new software as well.
Vivo V5s now up for pre-order
This new 5.5-inch handset is powered by the octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 20 MP front camera for best selfies in its class. Those interested can pre-order it in India for the equivalent of $296 USD.
Samsung Galaxy S8 users now facing random restarts
In addition to the Bixby button problems and the red tint issues, it looks like Galaxy S8 users also have to face random reboots. Strange enough, the handset seems to be restarting for no obvious reason.
Logitech launches Universal Folio keyboard case
This new keyboard case uses four-point adjustable grips instead of cheap elastic as most similar products that can accommodate various tablet sizes. It works with Android, iOS, and Windows tablets ranging from 8.9 to 10 inches and has a price tag of $59.99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime now available via T-Mobile
This 5-inch handset comes for a full price of $150 USD, its specs also including the Exynos 7570 processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a 2,600 mAh battery, all with Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July
This upcoming wearable by Acer has a 1.6-inch display, coming with a design compliant with the IPX7 water resistance standard and being powered by the MediaTek MT2523 processor.
WD now shipping the 12 TB HGST Ultrastar He12 enterprise hard drive
This fourth-generation helium hard drive comes with a five-year warranty and provides up to 54 percent better power efficiency when compared to 8 TB air drives, as well as a rich set of features such as Instant Secure Erase and self-encryption.
Google Bluetooth headphones hit FCC
Although it would be interesting to see this accessory on the market, it looks like the Google-branded wireless headphones that recently surfaced on FCC are only for use inside the company's HQ.
Moto X Pure Edition gets Android Nougat
Owners of this handset that retails in Europe as Moto X Style can finally enjoy the benefits on Android Nougat, including multi-window support, improved Doze mode, overhauled Quick Settings area, and more.
ZTE Blade X Max surfaces online
This 6-inch handset is expected to hit Cricket Wireless with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor on board, next to 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed.
Bluboo D1 now up for pre-order
Although it was expected to arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on board, the Bluboo D1 is now up for pre-order as the cheapest Android handset with a dual camera setup and features low-end features overall.
Huawei finally leading the Chinese smartphone market
With almost 21 million units shipped in the first quarter of the year and a market share of 18 percent, Huawei is now the new leader of the Chinese smartphone market. The next two places went to Oppo and Vivo.
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch now available
This long-awaited smart outdoor watch with Android Wear 2.0 can be finally purchased directly from Casio's website or via Amazon. It has a price tag of $500 USD and comes in black and orange.
Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro coming soon
Acer's upcoming convertible slate has the same design as last year's Switch Alpha 12. It apparently uses a fanless cooling system as well but employs the Intel Pentium N4200 processor. Although this was not confirmed yet, we might see it unveiled tomorrow in New York City.
Apple Dubai Mall opens tomorrow
This new retail location features an 186-foot curved storefront and balcony that overlook Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, being the third Apple store in the region. The company's first two similar locations in the UAE recorded more than 4 million visitors since their opening 18 months ago.
Google Pixel 2 handsets might use the Snapdragon 835 SoC
The successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are known as Walleye and Muskie for now, and there are also references to a Snapdragon 835 processor, but the launch date and other details are not public at this stage.
Xiaomi is not ready for the US market yet
The Chinese company is currently busy conquering many developing markets and has no plans to take on the US market yet. Considering LeEco's recent failure, it seems they are playing it safe.
Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance get Android 7.1.1
These two handsets get the usual Android 7.1 Nougat features, apparently without any Sony-exclusive changes. The new firmware also includes the official security patches for April.
The Mali-C71 is ARM's first ISP for the automotive market
This new chip was built from scratch for the automotive market, its list of features including high dynamic range, noise reduction, advanced error detection, low-latency processing, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US break previous record
The recently released Galaxy S8 flagships seem to break the previous records everywhere since Samsung Electronics America also reported a 30 percent year-over-year growth in pre-orders.
Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin next Monday
This mid-range Android smartphone that arrived at the end of February during the MWC 2017 trade show will soon be up for purchase in the US. Those interested can get it unlocked for $299.99 USD.
QNAP TS-x53B series NAS now available
This new NAS family comes with 2, 4, or 6 bays, all powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor and available with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. All models come with 10GbE 10GBASE-T LAN connectivity and hardware-accelerated encryption.
Samsung named the most admired brand in Africa
The South Korean giant was recognized as the most admired brand in Africa by the Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands annual survey, also growing its brand value by 13 percent.
LG X power2 apparently coming in June
While this Android handset was unveiled a few days before MWC 2017 kicked off and was supposed to hit the market last month, it looks like LG delayed the X power2 until early June.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) hits GFXBench with updated specs
Although it surfaced on GFXBench a while ago, the refreshed Galaxy J3 returns with updated specs, namely more storage space and memory. Now, we only need to wait for this handset to get an official launch.
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets Android 7.0
Samsung's phablet has begun to receive Android Nougat a while ago, long enough for Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T to release the new firmware. Now, T-Mobile subscribers using the Note 5 finally get the same treatment.
Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 hits Cricket Wireless
Available on Sprint as Galaxy J3 Emerge, this handset has a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Nougat out of the box. It can be acquired for less than $150 USD with activation.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 LTE coming to South Korea this week
Unveiled next to the Galaxy Book back at MWC 2017, the new Galaxy Tab has been well received, and pre-orders have recently begun in various markets. Now, the LTE version of this tablet is ready to hit the South Korean market.
Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus now official with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage
Although it arrived about two weeks ago, the Enjoy 7 Plus now gets a specs bump, receiving 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 435 processor and the other specs remain the same.
Alcatel A30 coming to T-Mobile in May
This tablet comes with almost the same specs as the A30 smartphone, the main difference being in the display department. This Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered slate runs Android Nougat out of the box and should hit the market next month for well below $150 USD.
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available
These new rugged cases offer improved protection for all the latest Huawei P and Mate flagships - P10, P10 Plus, Mate 9, and Mate 9 Pro. These cases are all compatible with the fingerprint sensor and comply with the MIL-STD-810G military standard.
QNAP TVS-873 wins a Red Dot Award for design
Thanks to this award, the QNAP TVS-873 NAS will be shown for an entire year in the Red Dot Design Museum. This NAS is driven by a 3rd gen AMD R-Series APU and features up to 64 GB RAM, USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, dual HDMI out, and more.
Legend unveils 24K gold-plated Galaxy S8 and S8+
Thanks to a new plating method, Legend can cover the glass back of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships with 24K gold, also adding VVS1-grade diamonds around the Samsung logo, all for around $3,000 USD.
Moto Z2 Play surfaces online
The alleged render of the cheapest upcoming Moto Z2 phone has made it online, but there are no specs to talk about at this stage. However, the design looks similar to that of the original Z Play, so the changes below the hood might not be radical, either.
Delayed Saygus V Squared to use the Snapdragon 835 processor
Those still waiting for the Saygus V Squared to come out two years after being unveiled do not get any launch date, but at least the handset's specs have been upgraded with a Snapdragon 835 processor. It only remains to see if there are even more delays ahead or not.
Bixby Vision image recognition not working on Verizon yet
The Amazon shopping feature offered by Samsung's latest flagships currently works on Galaxy S8/S8+ units on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, but Verizon customers cannot enjoy its benefits yet.
Xiaomi Mi 6 to hit China later this month
This long-awaited flagship is finally official, promising to hit the market by the end of April, priced starting at $363 USD. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, dual cameras on the back, up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless headphones now official
Advertised as the first ergonomic neckband headphones to hit the market, the Forza Metallo Wireless is an accessory that comes with a titanium neckband, metal housing, sport fins, as well as 3D printing customization of in-ears.
MasterCard now testing a credit card with fingerprint sensor
This new credit card is currently being tested in South Africa and combines the traditional chip technology with the convenience and security of a fingerprint reader. Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to join the trial in the coming months as well.
Sprint offering two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of one
This deal targets both new and existing customers, who can lease two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of a single one, but those interested should hurry up and take advantage of it before April 27.
US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Android Nougat
Although the Galaxy S7 handsets in the US started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat more than three months ago, US Cellular was not in a hurry. The new firmware it rolls out as we speak has about 1.5 GB in size and does not hold any surprises.
System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order
This Linux machine weighs less than 3 pounds and can be configured with various Kaby Lake processors, including the Intel Core i7-7500U, up to 32 GB RAM, multiple storage options, and more. The prices start at $899 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware setup.
HTC's squeezable handset coming in less than a month
HTC has just confirmed that the next U handset will be squeezable, so its owner will be able to make gestures by squeezing the sides or swiping on them. This way, HTC plans to take smartphone controls beyond the limits of the display.
Samsung Galaxy Book pre-orders in the US to begin tomorrow
This Windows convertible that made its debut back in February at MWC is finally ready to hit the US market. The pre-order prices start at $630 USD for the 10.6-inch model and $1,130 USD for the 12-inch model ($1,300 USD for the LTE variant).
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser finally gets Android Nougat
Although we heard about the arrival of the first Nougat update for the ZenFone 3 Laser smartphone back in January, this handset gets Android 7.0 only now. The list of changes also includes the removal of ZenMotion and Shake Shake.
Apex Launcher to finally get updated in May
Although it has been downloaded more than 10 million times, this Android launcher received its last update in June 2015. Now, it is ready to return with an updated interface and new features.
Eve V to begin shipping next month
This crowdfunded "Surface killer" was supposed to launch in February, but the whole program has been delayed due to undisclosed reasons. Now, this 12.3-inch Windows tablet with a built-in kickstand is already being tested and shipments should finally begin by the end of May.
Instagram for Android to get offline mode
Offline Instagram users will soon be able to see their feed without being connected, but can also leave comments, Like various things, or unfollow other users while offline. All these would be processed on reconnect.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) gets its WiFi certification
The upcoming Galaxy J3 with model number SM-J330F has just received its WiFi certification, and it looks like this affordable handset is going to ship loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Huawei quietly intros two MediaPad T3 tablets
While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425-powered, 8-inch MediaPad T3 comes with Nougat and up to 3 GB RAM/32 GB storage, the cheaper MediaPad T3 7 uses the MediaTek MT8127 chipset and has lower specs overall, also coming loaded with Marshmallow.
Galaxy Note 8 might come with dual cameras and a 6.4-inch display
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that the successor of the ill-fated Note 7 would launch as the first Samsung handset with a dual camera setup. However, nothing is official yet.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 shows up online
Images of this all-metal 6.4-inch phablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor inside has just surfaced on Weibo, so it is very likely to see it unveiled next to the Mi6 later today.
Essential FIH-PM1 specs leak online
Andy Rubin's upcoming handset surfaced on GFXBench featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, next to 4 GB RAM, a 12 MP main camera with 4K video recording, as well as a display with about the same ratio as the LG G6 flagship.
Chuwi unveils SurBook and SurBook mini tablets
These upcoming slates use both the Intel Celeron N3450 but come in different sizes - 10.5-inch and 12.3-inch. Both feature 6 GB RAM and are expected to come with Windows 10 or Linux on board.
Microsoft to buy Intentional Software
This new corporate acquisition aims to further improve Microsoft's capabilities and its ability to deliver new tools and services as a part of the company's productivity offering.
Android Pay adds more banks, PayPal support coming soon
The latest update brings the number of Android Pay-supported banks and credit unions beyond the 600 barrier, but Google confirms that PayPal payments will also become supported in the coming weeks.
ZTE Axon 7s now official
This upcoming handset looks like the Axon 7 but uses the Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the Snapdragon 820 of its predecessor. The international launch date is not known yet.
LeEco drops EcoPass content subscriptions
Although LeEco missed its sales forecast and dropped most of its plans for expansion in the US, the Chinese brand also dropped the EcoPass Beta program in the area, offering three months of DirecTV NOW for each phone and TV purchase instead.
Samsung Galaxy S5 remains the most popular Samsung handset in the US
Although it arrived on the market three years ago, the Galaxy S5 controls almost 16 percent of the entire Samsung user base in the United States, followed by the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7, each with around 11.5 percent.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic now available in 24K gold
This luxury gold variant of the Gear S3 Classic smartwatch comes for a lower price than expected - those interested can get the 24K gold-plated wearable for $599 USD thanks to De Billas.
Samsung Galaxy S8 flagships facing display issues
Many South Korean customers who just received their Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pre-order units claim their new handsets have display problems - excessive red tints on the screen, to be more specific.
Cricket Wireless unveils LG Harmony
LG Harmony is the same device that goes as LG K20 on both Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. Cricket Wireless now has it in stock carrying a price tag of $99.99 USD (plus the activation of a prepaid plan).
Android 7.1.1 coming soon to Moto Z Play handsets
The lower-end member of the Moto Z family arrived back in September 2016 with Android Marshmallow on board. In the meantime, it also received Android 7.0 Nougat, and now Motorola's support confirms that Android 7.1.1 is headed for it as well.
Windows 10 Creators Update to hit only 13 handsets
The new software should roll out to most compatible handsets in the coming days, but Microsoft confirmed an issue with the new Windows 10 update for mobiles as well. The company is working on fixing this problem, so all supported units get the Creators Update promptly.
HP allegedly working on a Rockchip-powered notebook
The Rockchip-powered notebook with HP EliteBook branding was spotted at the Hong Kong Global Sources Fair this week, For now, it runs Remix OS and has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, but these might change until its launch, especially the operating system.
Nokia 6 receives Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Although this 5.5-inch handset is only available in China and a few other markets for now and the global launch is scheduled for May, HMD Global releases an update to Android 7.1.1 that comes with various enhancements and fixes, as well as the latest official security patch from Google, dated April 2017.
Samsung Gear S3 gets three functional watch faces
These new watch faces target tourists and business travelers (Tourist), as well as lovers of outdoor activities and sports enthusiasts (Outdoors and Sports). The Sports watch theme comes in six colors, while the other two only offer four color options each.
HTC One X10 now official
This new 5.5-inch handset is powered by the MediaTek Helio P10 processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, all powered by a generous 4,000 mAh battery. For now, it is only available in Russia, priced around $355 USD.
OxygenOS 4.1.3 rolls out
The new firmware is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat but comes without the Pixel-like launcher and the other features introduced in the latest Open Beta updates for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets.
Nintendo reveals Joy-Con battery grips and more
The Joy-Con will get a Neon Yellow color option, but Nintendo also unveiled a special battery grip accessory for it. In around a month, the standalone Switch dock should hit the market in limited quantities.
Sharp Z3 premium phablet launches tomorrow
This new 5.7-inch handset hits Taiwan this week, with more Asian markets to follow next month. Its specs include a Snapdragon 652 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, 16 MP main camera with dual LED flash, all with Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
Alcatel Idol 5 shows up on GFXBench
The 5.2-inch handset known as Alcatel 6060 at this stage surfaced on GFXBench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor inside, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, mid-range cameras, all with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on top.
Turing and TCL team up for the Appassionato smartphone
This premium handset is scheduled to hit the market in September starting at $1,099 USD. It is made using durable Liquidmorphium material and will come with an AI assistant known as Amplified Intelligence.
Xbox Project Scorpio to be unveiled in June
The long-awaited upgraded Xbox that promises to be the "first true 4K console for gamers" will be unveiled during a special press event that is scheduled for Sunday, June 11.
Huawei Mate 9 sales hit 5 million
In addition to the P9 and P9 Plus, both selling very well since their launch, the Mate 9 phablet is also a hit for Huawei. In only four months of availability, Huawei managed to sell five million units.
Garmin Vivosmart 3 now shipping
This fitness tracker features the Elevate wrist heart-rate technology with 24/7 hear rate monitoring, also being capable of determining the user's VO2 maximum level. Garmin's Vivosmart 3 has a suggested retail price of $139.99 USD.
Maze Alpha Android phablet surfaces online
This upcoming 6-inch phablet from China has a bezel-less design and is expected to come with Android Nougat out of the box, its top variant offering 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Maze Alpha should arrive in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 expected to launch next week
The latest leak reveals a 6.44-inch screen size, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor, a generous 5,000 mAh battery, all with Android 7.1 Nougat on top. The prices are expected to begin around $215 USD.
Canonical CEO Jane Silber to step down
Mark Shuttleworth returns at Canonical's helm 7 years after leaving this position and being replaced by Jane Silber. The switch is scheduled to take place in July 2017, Silber moving to the company's Board of Directors.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ get Android Nougat on Verizon
These two handsets on Sprint got the Android 7.0 Nougat update last week, and now Verizon Wireless does the same. The new firmware has 1.3 GB in size and rolls out in stages, so it might take a while for it to reach all compatible handsets.
SwiftKey Keyboard gets support for 9 more languages
Despite last year's leak of its users' confidential data, SwiftKey remains a popular virtual keyboard for Android devices. Its latest update brings the total of supported languages up to 162.
Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users
After breaking the one billion users barrier back in May, Facebook Messenger moves to a whole new level and leaves behind the 1.2 billion users mark, also increasing the number of messages sent per active user.
HTC One M9 on Sprint might get Android Nougat soon
Sprint is quite busy updating older flagships to Android 7.0 these days since the Galaxy S6 handsets got the new firmware earlier today and now it seems like HTC One M9 units on this carrier receive it as well.
Teclast X5 Pro now available for $499.99 USD
This tablet can be acquired for $499.99 USD without the magnetic detachable keyboard, its specs including a 12.2-inch display, the Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB internal storage, all with Windows 10 on top.
Google launches AI-driven drawing app AutoDraw
This new creation by Google comes as a free web-based app that works on any computer, phone, or tablet and uses machine learning to help its users finish a drawing by suggesting objects based on the shape they draw.
LeEco might lay off more than a third of its US workforce
Although it managed to sell its Silicon Valley property already, Chinese company LeEco continues to have a tough time in the US. Although it entered the local market less than a year ago, the latest rumors claim LeEco plans to fire 175 of its 475 US employees.
Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch without Bixby's voice support
Although it was supposed to launch with the new Galaxy S8 flagships, we now hear that the Bixby voice control features will not roll out in the US at the same time as the new Galaxy handsets, being scheduled to arrive "later this Spring" instead.
Misfit Flare fitness tracker now official
This basic fitness tracker uses an aluminum frame and is waterproof up to 50 meters, offering up to six months of autonomy (it uses a replaceable CR1632 coin cell battery), as well as compatibility with Misfit App and Misfit Link App.
Fifth Tizen Developer Conference confirmed for mid-May
Samsung has just unveiled that registration for TDC 2017 is now open, also unveiling that the event is scheduled to take place in San Francisco, between May 16 and May 17. The location chosen is the Hilton Union Square Hotel.
Oppo R11 hits GFXBench
Insiders familiar with this Chinese brand claim that Oppo will skip releasing the R10 and will go straight to R11, a handset that apparently surfaced on GFXBench labeled as "R6051" and features a 20 MP front camera and a 16 MP shooter on the back, most likely a dual camera setup.
Windows 10 Creators Update now rolling out worldwide
This long-awaited update is finally available to all Windows 10 users, its new features including a whole new Paint program that was designed with 3D modeling in mind, game streaming with Beam, Game Mode, and many others.
Sony Xperia XA1 launches in India
This premium handset packs a borderless design and a 23 MP main camera, being powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, and running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The price is around $310 USD.
Micromax launches Evok Note and Evok Power handsets
These new handsets use MediaTek processors and run Android Marshmallow, both coming with generous batteries and decent specs. They go on sale today exclusively via Flipkart, starting at less than $110 USD.
Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL get Android 7.1.2
The new firmware comes shortly after this month's security patches for the Pixel flagships, bringing improved WiFi and Bluetooth performance, better Voice calls, as well as the ability to backup and restore apps such as Drive, Calendar, and Messenger.
Affordable Linux laptop Pinebook starts shipping
This Linux laptop available via a build-to-order system comes in 11.6- and 14-inch models, its specs including a 64-bit Allwinner A64 quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC internal storage, a full-size keyboard, as well as a touchpad with multitouch input support.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx hits Sprint
Widely known as Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017), this 5.5-inch handset features a 2.2 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.
Nokia 9 Android flagship pricing confirmed
This upcoming 5.5-inch handset is rumored to feature 6 GB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as a dual-camera setup with Carl Zeiss lens, all for a price tag of $699 USD.
Truly Exquisite Gold and Platinum frame Galaxy S8 flagships now up for pre-order
For those who do not find the new Samsung flagships luxurious enough, the UK-based customizing specialists at Truly Exquisite can cover them in platinum, as well as 24K gold or 18K rose gold. The prices start at £2,250 GBP - around $2,791 USD.
Android Marshmallow closing in on Lollipop
Google's latest data collected during the first days of this month show Nougat still struggling to reach the 5 percent barrier, while Android Lollipop's domination is finally approaching its end.
SK Hynix develops 72-layer 3D NAND flash chip
The new technology allows SK Hynix to manufacture chips with a capacity of 32 GB, pushing the South Korean chip maker past Samsung and Toshiba, both still unable to supply 72-layer 3D NAND flash memory.
Huawei WX9 tablet hits FCC
Not long after a benchmark leak that revealed what appeared to be a Huawei MateBook Pascal model, one that has a similar codename has been spotted at FCC. Its specs are expected to include a Kaby Lake processor and 8 GB RAM.
ZTE Quartz now official
This new smartwatch runs Android Wear 2.0 out of the box and comes with 3G/HSPA connectivity, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, built-in GPS, all for a price of just $192 USD.
LineageOS now supports 15 more devices
The latest LineageOS update brings a new Gallery app, Quick Settings tiles, as well as support for more than a dozen devices, including the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 tablet, T-Mobile's LG V20, various Galaxy Note II variants, and more.
Tablet shipments finally drop in Japan
After more than a year of going against the global trend, the Japanese tablet market has finally dropped for the first time in 2016. Apple controls over 40 percent of the local market, followed by Huawei and NEC/Lenovo.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Asiana Airlines Edition coming this month
South Korea's second-largest commercial airline teamed up with Samsung to offer a special edition of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to its customers. These exclusive handsets can only be purchased using mileage points.
Bixby to reach Germany by the end of the year
Although Samsung's answer to Apple Siri and Google Assistant only made its debut with support for English and Korean, the South Korean giant has just confirmed that Bixby is scheduled to become available in Germany by the end of 2017.
Kobo acquires Shelfie
Shelfie has been around for a few years already, offering its customers the chance to purchase low-cost titles they already own in hardcover/paperback editions. After announcing its demise back in January, the Shelfie ecosystem gets back thanks to Kobo.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 receive Android 7.0
Both variants of this slim Android tablet receive the Nougat update in Europe, so the US should follow in the coming weeks as well. In addition to the usual Nougat changes, the new firmware also comes with Game Launcher.
Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition launches in India
This cricket-themed handset comes to mark the tenth IPL edition and has the same technical specs as the regular Vivo V5 Plus, being powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor and rocking a dual camera setup for selfies.
Western Digital intros its first portable SSD
The portable drive known as My Passport SSD offers transfer speeds up to 515 MB per second, being compatible with USB 3.1 Type-C and also able to withstand falls up to 6.5 feet.
Samsung leaving the digital camera market
Although Samsung had a strong presence in the digital camera market until a few years ago, the decline of this sector and the increasing popularity of mobile photography made the company to drop this area for good.
Polar M430 GPS running watch now official
The successor of the popular Polar M400 comes with wrist-based heart rate monitoring, 24/7 activity tracking, as well as an integrated GPS module. Priced at $229 USD, it promises up to 20 days of autonomy with activity tracking enabled and up to 30 hours while using low-power GPS.
ZTE Nubia Z17 mini launches in China next week
This 5.2-inch handset will come in two variants that feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 and 4 GB RAM or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 and 6 GB RAM, both packing a 13 MP dual-camera setup on the back.
Huawei silently intros Y5 2017 entry-level smartphone
This new affordable 5-inch handset packs a quad-core MediaTek processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Marshmallow with Huawei's EMUI 4.1 on top. Pricing and availability should be announced shortly.
QNAP launches TVS-1282T3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS
This new NAS comes with 7th generation Intel Core processors, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, three HDMI outputs, six LAN ports, also supporting up to 64 GB RAM and 12 storage drives.
Fairphone 2 to finally get Android Marshmallow
Although way behind other brands, Fairphone is now ready to launch Marshmallow for its second handset but also unveiled that the company's original handset would also get Android 4.4.4 KitKat at some point in the future.
Huawei Honor Beta program launches in the US
While the Honor 8 Pro goes on pre-order in Europe, Huawei launches the Honor Beta program in the US, promising to offer for testing both hardware and software products scheduled to launch "in one or even two years from now."
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets Android Nougat on Sprint
Although the most recent Note phablet still available for the masses received the Nougat update in other parts of the world already, Sprint now becomes the first US carrier to roll out Android 7.0 in the country.
Xiaomi unveils Mi Pad 3 Android tablet
This new 7.9-inch slate only comes with Android on board, featuring the new Mediatek MT8176 chipset, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The price in China is around $220 USD, but the launch date is not public yet.
Apple updates Music for Android
This app for music lovers got out of the beta stage a few months ago, and now it gets a major interface overhaul that makes it look similar to the version available for Apple iOS 10 devices.
ZTE Prestige 2 now available in the US
This 5-inch handset comes with a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor, 5 MP cameras, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Marshmallow, all for a price tag of just $79.99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro hits India tomorrow
This budget-friendly handset goes on sale for around $130 USD, offering a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. Compared to the Chinese variant, this smartphone apparently has a faster processor and a slightly weaker battery.
Mad Catz files for bankruptcy
Although it won a partnership with Harmonix to supply Rock Band 4 controllers, the well-known San Diego-based company has just filed for bankruptcy. Mad Catz laid off a third of its staff back in 2016, being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange last week.
Amazon launches Amazon Cash
This new service targets cash customers, allowing them to add between $15 USD and $500 USD to their Amazon account in a single transaction by showing a barcode at a participating retailer.
Apple releases iOS 10.3.1
The new update comes in a small package, and it does not bring any new features, only offering the usual bug fixes and security improvements. All iOS 10 users can download it for free via OTA or iTunes.
Cube unveils iWork 3X Windows tablet
This convertible tablet comes with a 12.3-inch high-resolution IPS display and an Intel Apollo Lake processor, next to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, all for around $290 USD in China and about $360 USD internationally.
Android 7.1.2 update rolls out
The new firmware is now available for Pixel C users, coming with a new launcher, a multitasking menu optimized for the larger screen, and more. However, Google still has to make the official announcement.
Bixby unofficially available for older Samsung handsets
Although it made its debut exclusively for the Galaxy S8 family, the Bixby virtual assistant has just been spotted running on a Galaxy S7 so it seems it can run without problems on older Samsung handsets as well, although this has not been confirmed officially yet.
HTC CBP smartphone hits AnTuTu
The upcoming sibling of the existing HTC U handsets is expected to feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, next to a 2K display, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage space, all with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on top.
S Health becomes Samsung Health
Selected countries now get Ask an Expert Telehealth Services via the rebranded service by Samsung, its list of changes also including a new user interface, personalized insights, social capabilities, and more.
Google Calendar hits Apple's iPad
This well-known app by Google is now available for the iPad and allows its users to search their calendar from the home screen with Spotlight Search, also having many more useful features currently in the pipeline.
Asus ZenBook Flip UX370UA sufaces online
This upcoming 13.3-inch convertible has recently visited FCC, this visit revealing a premium design with four premium speakers and an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and more.
Fitbit Alta HR launches globally
Advertised as "the world’s slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate tracking," this smart wearable comes with a battery life of up to a week. The colors available for the classic band are black, blue gray, coral, and fuchsia, while the price tag reads $149.95 USD.
Garmin Forerunner 935 sport watch now official
This premium GPS running and triathlon watch allows its users to see all six running dynamics, but it can also track sleep patterns and more. It can be acquired in black already, carrying a price tag of $499.99 USD.
Dual-camera Micromax Dual 5 smartphone now official
This new 5.5-inch handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, next to 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, and two 13 MP sensors on the back. It will go on sale in India in about two weeks for roughly $385 USD.
Sony MESH wireless tags up for pre-order in Europe
Already available in Japan and the US, this kit of app-enabled smart sensors allows ordinary objects to become part of a home network, thus turning them into connected devices that can be linked to Google Home or Amazon Echo.
HTC 10 gets Android Nougat on Verizon
This flagship on Verizon Wireless gets the update more than four months after its unlocked siblings received Android 7.0 in the US. The official change log is not available yet, but it should come with the latest security patch from Google included.
Amazon to buy Souq.com
After turning down an $800 million offer from Emaar Malls PJSC, the Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com signs an agreement to join Amazon. However, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Moto G5 hits India next week
Although the Motorola Moto G5 was unveiled at MWC 2017 next to the Moto G5 Plus, this Snapdragon 430-driven Android smartphone is set to arrive in India more than two weeks after its sibling.
Truecaller Pay mobile payment service launches in India
The new service includes two-factor authentication, and its introduction creates the largest mobile payment platform in India - a country where Truecaller has no less than 150 million customers.
LG TONE FREE wireless earbuds hit Best Buy
These headphones were unveiled back at CES 2017 in January, and now they are finally available for purchase. Best Buy has them up for sale both in stores and online, carrying a price tag of $199.99 USD.
Unofficial Android O Pixel Launcher available for Marshmallow and Nougat
Although the latest Pixel Launcher app was made to work with Android O Developer Preview, one XDA Forums user made it available for download to those running at least Android 6.0.1, who should be able to have the launcher up and running quite easily.
OnePlus 3T Midnight Black now available for purchase
One week ago, the Chinese brand finally announced the arrival of a Midnight Black color option that would join the existing Gunmetal and Soft Gold. Now, the blackness unfolds with a price tag of $479 USD.
Samsung Z4 gets its WiFi certification
Not long after being spotted at FCC, this Tizen-driven smartphone hits the WiFi Alliance. Unfortunately, we only get to find out that it runs Tizen 3.0 and is compatible with the 2.4 GHz band, nothing more.
Opera Mini to offer fast access to downloads and more
In the coming weeks, this mobile browser will gain many useful features, including the ability to automatically scan sites for downloadable multimedia content, a new Facebook notification bar, various UI improvements, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in the US get updated
While the unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagships in the US receive one more Marshmallow update, their siblings on T-Mobile that already got updated to Nougat get this month's security patches.
Motorola Moto X 2017 specs surface online
After being mentioned in a few rumors, the upcoming Moto X handset shows up in a set of images that also reveal a few key specs - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha brings Android 7.1 to desktops
While Android was not designed to work as a desktop operating system, those who would like to employ it in this manner can use Phoenix OS. The early 2.0 Alpha build is based on Android 7.1 and integrates a taskbar, a start menu, support for windowed apps, and more.
Samsung patent shows a thinner dual camera setup
In addition to the company's existing patents on dual camera technology, Samsung has recently filed a new one that describes a thinner dual camera setup that also provides better low light performance when compared to existing solutions.
Xiaomi sold 250k Redmi 4A smartphones in four minutes
This affordable handset went out of stock last week as no less than 250,000 units were sold in a flash sale via Amazon.in in less than five minutes. However, over one million potential customers chose to be notified about the availability of this smartphone.
Snapdragon- and Exynos-powered Galaxy S8 flagships hit AnTuTu
Thanks to this popular benchmark database, the detailed specs of the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagships are now public. The processors used are Samsung's Exynos 8895 and the Snapdragon 835 chip by Qualcomm.
Xiaomi Mi6 and Mi6 Plus specs leak online
Both handsets allegedly use the high-end Snapdragon 835 processor, next to up to 6 GB RAM. However, the smaller Mi6 is said to come with a Marshmallow-based firmware, while the 5.7-inch Mi6 Plus is rumored to run Nougat out of the box.
Logitech unveils Rugged Combo keyboard case for the new iPad
This new accessory made for the new 9.7-inch iPad was designed for the education market, offering protection from drops and daily wear and tear, while its detachable keyboard provides a secure, approved solution for exams and tests.
Future Gear smartwatches might feature a rotary dial display
Although foldable and bendable displays are still far from being mass produced, a new patent by Samsung unveils a rotary dial display for a smartwatch that can provide basic information, taking it all to the next level.
Google Play gets a "Free App of the Week" section
This new section is apparently available for US users only at this time. Out of the roughly three million apps on Google Play, the first one to be featured as the "Free App of the Week" is the $2.99 USD Card Wars - Adventure Time by Cartoon Network.
AT&T might bring Huawei handsets to the US
Huawei handsets arrived officially in the US last August, when the Honor 8 premium smartphone made its debut via Best Buy, Amazon, and other major retailers. Now, the Chinese brand is in talks with AT&T to add a HiSilicon-powered handset to the carrier's portfolio.
Apple to start making iPhones in India this spring
Although the Indian government has not accepted most of Apple's demands for financial incentives, the Cupertino giant is expected to begin iPhone manufacturing in Bangalore by mid-May.
Movado Connect smartwatch coming this fall
This upcoming smartwatch has been designed specifically for Android Wear 2.0 and is expected to launch offering five styles for men. Its features will include Google Assistant, an "Always On" display, and more.
MyKronoz ZeTime smartwatch coming in September
Advertised as the world’s first fully hybrid smartwatch, the Swiss ZeTime brings together a touchscreen and a mechanical watch, promising to offer up to a month of autonomy on a single charge.
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series case for LG G6 now available
This case is available in transparent gray and clear versions, both priced at $39.95 USD and capable of offering 360-degrees of solid protection for both the screen and body of the new LG flagship.
Apple opens three new stores
The new stores in Nanjing, Miami, and Cologne introduce The Forum to each of these cities, also featuring The Boardroom space where business customers can get hands-on training and advice.
Nova Launcher beta gets "Dynamic Badges" feature
This Android launcher app takes icon badges to a whole new level, focusing on images instead of numbers. This feature rolls out to Nova Launcher 5.1's first beta and can be already taken for a spin, but numeric counts remain available as an option as well.
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).
Etsy adds Android Pay support
Now one of the most popular online stores for handmade and vintage items, Etsy has just added Android Pay support for its customers in the UK and the US. However, some users might have to wait for this feature for a while, since Android Pay support for Etsy seems to be rolling out in stages.
FreedomPop intros $5 USD prepaid family plan
While other carriers in the US introduce unlimited data plans, FreedomPop focuses on affordability. Its new plan starts at $5 USD per line a month, offering unlimited text, talk, and 1 GB of shareable data.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE coming soon
The 4G LTE-enabled Gear S3 Classic smartwatch will soon be available via AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Availability and pricing depend on each wireless carrier and should be unveiled soon.
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.
LG Pay to finally launch in June
Apple Pay and Samsung Pay will get a competitor made by LG after all since it is now official that LG Pay would launch this June in South Korea, although there is no information about its availability in other areas yet.
Misfit Vapor confirmed to run Android Wear 2.0
Back at CES 2017, Misfit unveiled the Vapor touchscreen smartwatch without saying anything about the operating system chosen for it. Now, they finally confirmed that the Vapor would launch with Android Wear 2.0 on board.
Oppo F3 Plus launches in India
Advertised as a "Selfie Expert" handset, the 6-inch F3 Plus has a metal unibody design and comes with a 16 MP + 8 MP frontal camera combo. It can be pre-ordered in India for the equivalent of around $474 USD.
Lexar JumpDrive Tough ruggedized flash drive now available
This USB 3.1 flash drive was created to tackle tough environments and various hazards, being available in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB capacities. The price starts at $19.99 USD and goes up to $59.99 USD.
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.
Casio unveils Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20S limited edition watch
This new smartwatch is based on the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 and has similar specs, but comes with a blue and black color scheme and sapphire crystal and ion plating protection.
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.
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.
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) 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.
Samsung Pay launches in India
This mobile payments service debuts in India integrating Paytm and the government's Unified Payments Interface into the Samsung Pay app. Its launch makes India the 12th market to get full Samsung Pay support.
Chinese-customized Windows 10 edition ready for launch
Around a year after hearing about its development from Microsoft officials, it looks like the custom Windows 10 version for Chinese enterprise clients is ready to hit the market.
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.
Fossil Q x Cory Richards limited edition smartwatch coming next Monday
This limited edition smartwatch is the result of Fossil's first collaboration with National Geographic wildlife photographer Cory Richards and features a design inspired by the Fossil Blue watch. Pricing is unknown for now, but sales are scheduled to begin next Monday.
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.
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.
Apple Clips video editing app coming next month
This simple video editing app is Apple's answer to Snapchat and Instagram Stories and will launch in early April to fill the gap between iMovie and Camera's slideshow feature Memories.
International variant of Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro hits FCC
A few months after its quiet debut in China, this 5.7-inch phablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood surfaces at FCC, so we should see it reach new markets soon.
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.
Mystery Asus tablet hits GFXBench
This unknown Android Nougat-driven tablet that surfaced on GFXBench is listed with a MediaTek MT8173 processor that usually has four cores, but this time it was detected as a dodeca-core part.
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.
Low-end Xiaomi Redmi 4A launches in India
This sub-$100 USD smartphone will be sold exclusively online, via Amazon India and Mi.com, starting on March 23. Its specs include a Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
LineageOS hits the one million users mark
Just a few months after rising from CyanogenMod's ashes, LineageOS has more than one million users, OnePlus One being the handset with the most installs. The second spot belongs to OnePlus 3 and 3T.
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 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.
Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform now official
This new mobile chip was unveiled in New Delhi and promises to bring 4G LTE connectivity to low-end handsets, the first devices to use it being expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2017.
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.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 and Mi Pad 3 Pro leak online
Both upcoming tablets are expected to retail for less than $250 USD, offering 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, Intel Cherry Trail processor, and Android Nougat (Mi Pad 3) or Windows 10 (Mi Pad 3 Pro) on board.
Swatch working on its own OS for wearables
Bloomberg reveals that this well-known Swiss watchmaker is working on its own operating system for wearables and plans to release its first smartwatch that would use it by the end of next year.
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.
Microsoft Arrow Launcher gets support for tablets
This Android app that came out of Microsoft's Garage division receives its second update this month, finally offering support for tablets, as well as various minor fixes and enhancements.
Montblanc Summit premium smartwatch coming to the US in May
The first smartwatch of this German brand is expected to start at $890 USD, offering a heart rate monitor, microphone, and barometer, but lacking more advanced features such as GPS, cellular, or NFC connectivity.
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.
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 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.
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.
Samsung Global Innovation Center becomes Samsung NEXT
Samsung's startup incubator was born back in 2013, and now it turns into Samsung NEXT, a rebranding operation announced back at CES 2017. In addition to the launch of a venture capital investment fund, Samsung NEXT also receives a new logo and website.
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.
Android Wear 2.0 coming to Fossil smartwatches later this month
The new firmware begins to roll out today, and all compatible devices are expected to get it by the end of the month, reveals Fossil on Twitter. In addition to the original Q Founder, the newer Q Wander, Q Marshal, and Q Founder 2.0 are scheduled to receive the update as well.
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.
Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger now available for download
This app comes from the Google Area 120 startup incubator and, in addition to transcribing the words you speak, it also recognizes words that have a corresponding emoji and adds the symbols to the ongoing conversation.
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.
LG Stylo 3 hits Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile
This 5.7-inch phablet is available from Sprint's prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, for $179.99 USD plus tax. Its specs include a Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
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.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) receives Android Nougat
Soon after doing the same for its 5.5-inc, Snapdragon 625-powered sibling, Asus updates the firmware of the 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe, a handset that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and features up to 6 GB of memory.
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 128 Kbps speed cap applies.
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.
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.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 now official
This new luxury connected watch comes with over 500 style choices, featuring a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen next to the Intel Atom Z34XX processor and running Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
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.
HTC Sense Companion hits Google Play
The digital assistant that arrived back in January with the high-end U Ultra and U Play handsets by HTC is now freely available for other Android devices via the Google Play store.
iPad Pro 2 could arrive next week
Industry insiders familiar with the matter have just confirmed the rumors about Apple's upcoming product launches. According to these sources, the new hardware is expected to arrive between March 20 and March 24.
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.
Eurocom launches Sky X9E3 VR Ready high-performance laptop
This new Kaby Lake-powered notebook comes with a desktop processor, up to 64 GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics, as well as up to 14 TB storage via five drives. The price starts at $2,499 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware and software options chosen.
Garmin Vivosmart 3 coming soon
This upcoming wearable will log sleep, also providing adaptive step tracking, data on the resting heart rate over seven days, and more. Garmin's Elevate optical rate sensor is expected to be on board, next to a built-in GPS.
Teclast X3 Plus Windows tablet now available
This 11.6-inch Windows slate starts around $360 USD and comes with a Celeron N3450 processor inside, next to 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Unfortunately, the keyboard shown in the promo images is not included in the package.
Pandora Premium now live
This on-demand streaming service will be available for $9.99 USD a month, combining Pandora's personalized radio experience with a set of personalized playlist features. A limited number of free trial invites rolls out this week while the option to upgrade will arrive to everyone in the coming weeks.
Intel buys Mobileye
The value of this deal is around $15 billion while its purpose is to "position Intel as a leading technology provider in the fast-growing market for highly and fully autonomous vehicles."
New TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch coming tomorrow
Although TAG Heuer is expected to reveal new Android Wear devices in May, the watchmaker has recently posted a teaser on Twitter that shows a few pieces of a smartwatch that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
BlackBerry intros Privacy Shade app
This new free Android app by the company once known as RIM hides those parts of the screen not being viewed at a given time, thus allowing its user to enjoy personal content without exposing it.
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.
Next Gear 360 might launch soon
The Samsung device with model number SM-R210 surfaced in an import listing back in 2016, and now it surfaces on Bluetooth SIG, not long after obtaining its WiFi certification. This device is expected to launch as Next Gear 360 and to become Samsung's second action camera.
Harman finally joins Samsung
Harman International Industries is now a part of Samsung Electronics, its many audio brands remaining on the market while the company begins to operate as a Samsung subsidiary. Harman gets to keep its workforce, headquarters, and facilities.
MediaTek allegedly working on a 7 nm, 12-core processor
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that TSMC will soon begin trials of a 12-core MediaTek chipset built using 7 nm technology and mass production is expected to start in the first half of 2018.
E FUN Nextbook Ares 8A tablet hits Walmart
Carrying a price tag lower than $70 USD, this 8-inch tablet comes with an Intel Atom processor and runs Android Marshmallow out of the box. Its specs also include 16 GB internal storage, a 2 MP main camera, and more.
BlackBerry Aurora launches today
This 5.5-inch handset features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage, as previously rumored. Sadly, it seems it will not reach any other markets soon.
HTC U Ultra starts shipping in the US
Shipments of this new high-end Android phablet have begun yesterday and should be available for purchase in stores starting tomorrow. This $749 USD retails unlocked but is only compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T.
Sprint might merge with Comcast or T-Mobile
Thanks to the push for lower taxes and improved regulations of the Trump administration, the CEO of Sprint's owner SoftBank is apparently planning a merger with T-Mobile or Comcast.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active gets Nougat on AT&T
In addition to the usual new features delivered by Android Nougat, this update also removes the AT&T address book and throws new Samsung services such as Samsung Pass and Samsung Cloud into the mix.
Android Nougat's market share continues to grow
Google's data collected in the first few days of this month show that Nougat's market share is nearing the 3 percent barrier, while Lollipop and Marshmallow continue to dominate.
QNAP TS-453Bmini vertical NAS now official
This Intel Celeron J3455-powered NAS for home users comes in two variants (4 GB and 8 GB RAM), offering support for up to four 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drives and featuring two Gigabit RJ45 LAN ports, AES-NI hardware encryption, 4K output/transcoding, and more.
LG Stylo 2 Plus hits Geekbench with Nougat on board
This 5.7-inch handset that launched almost a year ago now finally surfaces on Geekbench running Android 7.0, so the update should arrive soon, especially since T-Mobile released it and then stopped the rollout, probably due to a last-minute issue.
Amazon acquires Thinkbox
This company that provides tools for media and design content creation has been founded back in 2010 and now is on its way to join Amazon Web Services, not long after AWS launched the Chime videoconference call service.
Yota Devices apparently planning a third YotaPhone
Although the second YotaPhone turned out to be a commercial failure and Russian company Yota Devices also teased a few new products that never materialized in the meantime, they have just confirmed that a third YotaPhone is currently under development.
Samsung Internet Beta now available for download
This new mobile browser provides speed, security, and privacy, offering support for all Samsung Galaxy and Google (both Nexus and Pixel) handsets that run at least Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Samsung delays the Nougat update for Galaxy S6
Although the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have not been around for that long and should get the long-awaited Nougat update, the release of the new firmware has been delayed due to quality concerns and is now expected to arrive "at the earliest opportunity."
LG V10 and G4 to get Nougat later this year
Not long after announcing that these handsets offer the best performance when running Marshmallow, LG has finally decided to offer Android Nougat to both the G4 and V10 flagships. The V10 should get the new firmware in the second quarter, while the G4 is scheduled to follow in the third quarter.
Samsung still leading the NAND flash market
Despite its serious problems with the Note 7, Samsung managed to increase its lead in the flash memory market, its sales exceeding $14 billion - almost twice as much as Toshiba.
LG G6 pre-orders hit 400,000 in four days
Dropping the modular design and introducing the unique Full Vision display, next to a full-metal unibody with protection from water and dust seem to have been smart choices since 400,000 G6 units have been pre-ordered in South Korea in just four days.
Fitbit shipped 22.5 million devices in 2016
While global wearable shipments hit an all-time high in Q4 2016, the leader of the market remains Fitbit, although it faced a severe drop in sales. Even this way, the American company managed to ship more devices in 2016 than Apple, Samsung, and Garmin combined.
Cortana for Android gets lock screen support
Just as previously announced, this new update to Microsoft's Cortana for Android comes packing the ability to use the digital assistant on the lock screen of the handset as well.
Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro now official
After a long time in the rumor mill, this 5.2-inch has been finally unveiled at the Samsung Forum 2017 event in China. Its specs include a Snapdragon 626 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
Microsoft phases out OneDrive unlimited storage
Since some Office 365 subscribers who received limitless OneDrive storage used their cloud space to store movies, TV shows, and other similar files, Microsoft is now placing a 1 TB limit on all previously unlimited accounts.
QNAP intros TS-1685 16-bay Super NAS
This new business-class NAS features a Xeon D processor by Intel and up to 128 GB DDR4, offering support for twelve 3.5-inch hard drives and four 2.5-inch SSDs, as well as six M.2 SSD slots.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 launches in Europe
This long-awaited rugged handset is finally official. It comes with Nougat on board, using a low-end Exynos 7570 processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The Xcover 4 is compliant with the MIL-STD 810G and IP68 standards.
System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop coming next month
Unlike its heavy and powerful high-end siblings, the Galago Pro is thin and light, packing a 13.3-inch display and a Kaby Lake processor. This Linux-powered machine is scheduled to hit the market in April, starting at $899 USD.
BlackBerry Aurora listed by Indonesian retailer
One day after the first images of the BBC100-1 surfaced online, the BlackBerry Aurora shows up once again. This time, the handset is apparently up for pre-order, carrying a price tag of approximately $260 USD.
OnePlus 3 and 3T receive Android 7.1.1-based beta update
The new beta software update has almost 1.5 GB in size and comes with improvements to the Gallery app and a new Shot on OnePlus wallpaper option, also taking care of a few bugs and providing various tweaks.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge named Best Smartphone of the Year
This top-of-the-line handset was recognized as best smartphone of 2016 at this year's Glomo Awards in Barcelona, an event that unfolded at the Mobile World Congress trade show.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe gets Android Nougat
Less than two months after the ZenFone 3 handsets received Android 7.0, Asus updates the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe. However, the Nougat update for these devices ends support for the Share Link app, also removing the "ShakeShake" feature.
General Mobile unveils GM 6 Android One handset
This 5-inch handset seems to be the most powerful Android One device to date, featuring a MediaTek MT6737T processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, as well as a fingerprint reader, all with Android Nougat on top.
Barnes & Noble's NOOK Tablet 7" now back in stock
Last month, not long after its late 2016 launch, this $50 USD Android tablet was recalled due to the faulty charger that shipped with it. Now it looks like the issues have been ironed out and the NOOK Tablet 7" is available for purchase once again.
Microsoft Arrow Launcher 3.0 now available
The new version of this Android launcher is 20 percent more efficient when loading animations and pages, also using 15 percent less battery power. At last, it also comes with additional wallpapers to choose from and is easier to customize.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 shows up at FCC
The Samsung handset with model number SM-G390F received its WiFi certification a while ago, and then it surfaced on Geekbench. Since it recently arrived at FCC, its launch should be close now.
Mozilla acquires Pocket
After starting as a Firefox extension, Pocket expanded its team and then reached every major platform via a suite of apps. Since 2015, it has been Firefox's default read-it-later service and now becomes Mozilla's first corporate acquisition.
Xiaomi Mi5c now official
This new handset is the first one to use Xiaomi's first processor, namely Surge S1. The Mi5c is expected to hit China for around $220 USD as a budget variant of last year's Mi5.
Jide Remix Pro tablet hits FCC
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-powered 12-inch tablet was first announced kast summer and now it seems like this slate with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage is finally ready to launch in the US.
MediaTek Helio X30 deca-core processor now available
The new processor is built using the 10 nm process and has a tri-cluster configuration with two Cortex-A73, four Cortex-A53, and four Cortex-A35 cores. First devices to use it are expected to debut in the second quarter of 2017.
Panasonic intros Toughbook CF-33 rugged convertible
This new Toughbook detachable hybrid is the first in its category with a 3:2 aspect ratio display and, just like its predecessors, targets professionals that have to face tough work conditions.
Gionee announces selfie-centric A1 and A1 Plus
These two handsets use MediaTek processors (Helio P10 and P25), offering impressive front cameras (16 MP and 20 MP), LED flash on both front and back, as well as batteries with over 4,000 mAh each.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium now official
This new 5.5-inch handset has a 4K HDR display and offers top-of-the-line specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The Xperia XZ Premium runs Android 7.1 and can record 960 fps footage for super-slow motion videos.
Jolla to develop a mobile OS for China
Jolla and a Chinese consortium signed an exclusive agreement for the development of a Sailfish-based operating system for the local market. The investment in growing the Sailfish-driven ecosystem in China is expected to reach $250 million.
Alcatel unveils A5 LED smartphone
Advertised as "the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone," this handset is powered by an octa-core processor and has a 5.2-inch HD display, as well as 4G LTE connectivity.
ZTE Blade V8 Mini and V8 Lite now official
These two 5-inch handsets come with Android Nougat on board and offer premium features for a mid-range price. The metallic unibody V8 Mini is the more advanced of them, sporting a dual camera setup and 3D shooting.
Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra now official
These two successors of last year's Xperia XA handsets come with Android Nougat, using a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, as well as the impressive 23 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor for the main camera.
Google Assistant hits Android Marshmallow
Already available on Pixel handsets, Google Home, Google Allo, and Android Wear, Google's virtual assistant is now ready to reach various other devices that run Marshmallow and Nougat.
Huawei uncovers the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic
These two new smartwatches feature a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display, a Qualcomm processor, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, GPS, and run Android Wear 2.0. Rated IP68, the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic are scheduled to hit the market next month.
Samsung Galaxy Book Windows convertible now official
The new convertible comes in 10.6-inch and 12-inch sizes, both powered by Kaby Lake processors and using a fanless design, capable of providing up to 10 hours of autonomy on a single charge.
Samsung's Tizen Store hits 41 additional countries
With Firefox OS gone for good, Samsung's Tizen OS is now moving one step forward as the Tizen Store gains access to 41 new countries, including Niger, Cuba, Liechtenstein, Palestine, and others.
Expandable slide-out display patents by Samsung surface online
Although foldable handsets are not available for purchase yet, Samsung takes everything one step further already by detailing a device with an expandable slide-out touchscreen display.
Asus delays ZenFone 3 Zoom's US launch
While an early version of this handset was shown at CES in January, Asus has decided to delay its launch until Q2 to improve its specs and to provide "an awesome smartphone to use."
QWERTY keyboard slider Moto Mod coming to Kickstarter
This modular accessory for the Moto Z that reminds of the Motorola Photon Q is expected to hit Indiegogo soon and, if the campaign turns out to be successful, it should reach the market later this year.
Archos unveils two Graphite Android handsets
The 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite bring the dual camera setup to the masses, being expected to become available for purchase in June, starting around €130 EUR (roughly $137 USD).
Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo 2 gets Androud Nougat
This Verizon Wireless-exclusive handset that arrived on the market in the fall of 2015 gets the Android 7.0-based firmware update with the December 2016 security patches included.
US Cellular intros unlimited data plan
The new unlimited data plan comes for $60 USD per month for a single line with autopay/paperless billing enrollment, but after reaching 22 GB of data, the speed automatically goes down to 2G.
Samsung Galaxy Book might arrive with Windows 10, LTE, S Pen support
The description of an app that surfaced on Windows Store apparently by mistake revealed that Samsung's upcoming slate would debut with Windows 10 on board, offering 4G LTE and S Pen support.
Archos 101 Saphir rugged tablet now official
This upcoming slate has a 10.1-inch display, using a MediaTek processor next to 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The 101 Saphir is IP54-certified for protection from the elements, also featuring a shock-proof body.
Asus ZenFone Live now official
This upcoming 5-inch handset uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, also featuring a 13 MP PixelMaster main camera and a front shooter optimized for selfies and live streaming.
LG intros the X power2 smartphone
This new 5.5-inch mid-range handset comes with a large battery that can deliver up to 18 hours of web browsing or 15 hours of video playback. Its specs include 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and an unspecified octa-core processor.
Xiaomi Pinecone processor coming next week
The name of this upcoming chip has not been confirmed yet, but most of the details should become official on February 28. This chip will make Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone maker to manufacture central processing units for mobile devices.
Meitu launches selfie-focused T8 smartphone
This 5.2-inch handset has a hexagonal shape that might be considered ugly by many but comes with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, and a dual camera setup on the front for the best selfie experience.
Huawei Honor V9 now official
This high-end phablet has a 5.7-inch WQHD display and is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, having a dual-camera setup able to capture 3D images for use with a 3D printer.
Samsung's reputation in the US takes a big hit
While the company's profits were unexpectedly good at the end of last fiscal year, the Galaxy Note 7 scandal seems to have a negative impact on the public, reveals a recent study.
Huawei MediaPad T3 spotted at TENAA
This 8-inch slate should hit the market as Honor MediaPad T3 once/if it gets out of China, and its specs are expected to include a quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
LG G5 on AT&T finally gets Android Nougat
Although it took a while for it to arrive, the Android 7.0 firmware update is finally rolling out to LG G5 owners on AT&T. In addition to the usual changes, the new software also includes Google's January security patches.
ZTE might kill the Hawkeye project
What started as "Project CSX" and turned into ZTE Hawkeye seems to have failed. The Kickstarter campaign for it only raised about $36,000 USD of the $500,000 USD goal and ZTE has just decided to stop the campaign and reconsider the whole project.
Harman shareholders approve the deal with Samsung
Although this acquisition has been announced back in November, the Samsung-Harman deal had to pass the shareholder's vote, and this has just happened. Now, the deal is expected to close in the coming months.
HTC One X10 images leak online
This previously rumored handset surfaces in a set of images showing a fingerprint reader on the back and three capacitive buttons below the screen. As many other unconfirmed handsets we keep hearing about these days, it should become official at MWC 2017.
LG G Pad III 8.0 gets Android Nougat
Canadian carrier Fido is apparently the first one to release this update to these 8-inch Android slates that arrived back in May 2016, carrying Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.
Archos to release Kodak-branded tablets soon
This French maker of affordable Android devices has been selected by Kodak as a brand licensee for the European market and the first Archos-made Kodak tablets are expected to become available by the end of May 2017.
First official Huawei P10 images leak online
Although the images show a design with a flat screen without curved edges that makes the upcoming handset similar to the Huawei P9, the fingerprint reader appears to be placed on what seems to be the home button.
Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge gets Nougat on T-Mobile
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners on T-Mobile have recently begun to receive OTA notifications that the Nougat update is ready and it looks like the latest security patches have been included as well, although the new firmware is not based on Android 7.1.1.
Manu Jain is Xiaomi's new vice president
The head of Xiaomi's Indian operations, Manu Kumar Jain, who was also a close colleague of Hugo Barra in the last few years, has been appointed as the new vice president of the Chinese company.
Asus ZenFlip UX370 render leak online
This upcoming convertible is probably an updated version of the ZenBook Flip UX360 and, although the name has not been confirmed by Asus yet, it could be the first ZenFlip product to hit the market.
Chrome is the fastest web browser on Windows 7
In the Windows 7 world, Internet Explorer has lost the popularity crown to Chrome back in 2016, but it usually ranks in tests behind Firefox and Opera as well. All in all, Chrome is the fastest browser to use on a Windows 7 machine these days.
Canonical launches Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS
The new point release is available for the desktop, server, cloud products, as well as other Ubuntu variants with long-term support. Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS comes with many security updates and corrections for high-impact bugs.
Chuwi Hi13 convertible coming next week for $369 USD
Although it comes with a slower processor and lacks dedicated graphics, this Chinese convertible features a 13.5-inch display with 3,000X2,000 pixels and pen input, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
Meizu M5s now official
The new handset has a 5.2-inch 720p display and uses the MediaTek MT6753 processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage. It will hit China next week starting around $115 USD.
Microsoft's February patches coming next month
As strange as it may sound, Microsoft has decided to hold the release of February's patch Tuesday updates until March 14. The company's officials who confirmed this did not provide any detailed information for the delay, only mentioning "a last minute issue."
Eurocom launches "Love Your Laptop" monthly newsletter
This newsletter that made its debut on Valentine's Day provides regular technology updates and is part of a campaign that also involves customers in the development of the company's future products.
PayPal buys TIO Networks
The Vancouver-based bill-pay processor joins PayPal as the result of a $233 million transaction. TIO operates around 900 bill payment kiosks in North America, claiming no less than 14 million consumer bill pay accounts.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 hits Geekbench
Three weeks after receiving its WiFi certification, this rugged handset surfaces on Geekbench with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, next to the 14 nm Exynos 7570 processor and 2 GB RAM.
Apple orders 60 million OLED panels from Samsung
Last year, Samsung Display struck a deal to supply 100 million OLED panels to Apple for the upcoming iPhone 8, and now they have just signed up for an additional 60 million units, worth around $4.3 billion.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 with Android 7.0 hits Geekbench
Not long after grabbing its WiFi certification, the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 with Android 7.0 Nougat on board hits Geekbench. However, Samsung still has to launch the official Nougat firmware for this tablet and its siblings.
Huawei Watch 2 might arrive at MWC
Huawei Watch will get a successor simply known as Watch 2. A teaser posted on Weibo reveals that this smartwatch will be unveiled at the end of the month, during the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
Nokia 3, 5, and 6 to launch globally this month
The Nokia 6 is finally going to hit other markets soon, next to the cheaper Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones, as well as a tribute to the classic 3310 that launched back in 2000 and is well known for its durability.
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.
Harman shareholders to vote on Samsung merger on February 17
The $8 billion deal announced by Samsung already is on the right track, as Harman expects to see the vote completed without problems, although minority shareholders have recently voiced their concerns.
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.
Google might combine YouTube Music and Google Play Music
Google's two music streaming apps might soon become one, as the company is apparently rethinking its strategy and plans to combine the two products, including the two teams behind them as well.
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.
Lenovo Miix 320 Windows convertible leaks online
This Intel Atom x5-driven 10.1-inch convertible has been recently spotted on a few Lenovo websites, the pages showing it being removed in the meantime. Its official launch is expected to occur by the end of the month.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nintendo Switch to lack a web browser and video streaming support
Although the Wii U browser is quite capable, the Nintendo Switch will not have such an app at launch, confirms the company's CEO. Sadly, this hybrid console will not offer support for video streaming apps, either.
MediaTek announces the Helio P25 octa-core processor
The new processor has been optimized for dual-camera handsets, featuring a 12-bit Dual ISP that supports up to a 24 MP single camera or a 13 MP + 13 MP dual setup, as well as HDR video with full preview.
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.
Samsung SDI factory catches fire
The battery factory located in Tianjin, China, was affected by a minor fire that broke out earlier today in a warehouse depositing waste material. Thankfully there were no casualties.
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 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.
Apple leads the smartwatch market
According to an estimate by research firm Canalys, Apple controlled 49 percent of the global smartwatch market in 2016, followed by Fitbit and Samsung, with 17 percent and 15 percent.
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.
Samsung Chromebook Plus might have up to 16 GB RAM
While the Samsung Chromebook Plus is expected to arrive next week with 4 GB RAM on board, its Pro sibling is scheduled to arrive in April. While it is supposed to feature up to 8 GB RAM, the latest rumors claim the Chromebook Pro might get a 16 GB RAM variant after a while as well.
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.
Apple iOS 10.3 beta 2 rolls out to developers
This second beta build arrives two weeks after the first one that included new App Store APIs, a Find My AirPods feature, and also enabled calls on iCloud-connected devices for Verizon Wireless customers.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Apple to start making iPhones in Bangalore
As the Indian market grows, Apple seeks to take advantage of this trend and plans to start manufacturing smartphones locally as soon as this April. The location chosen for the plant is Bangalore, India's technology hub.
Samsung acquires Perch
Perch is a small company behind a DiY home monitoring solution that turns old smartphones into security cameras. After joining Samsung, the entire Perch team will help them develop next-gen IoT products.
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.
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.
Nintendo has sold over 1.5 million NES Classic Edition consoles
The affordable mini console with 30 classic titles pre-installed that ships with a controller similar to the original NES controller managed to record over than 1.5 million units sold.
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.
Samsung SM-T378 gets its WiFi certification
The new tablet that surfaced on the website of the WiFi Alliance might be related to the Galaxy Tab S3, but nothing is official yet. No less than four versions of this slate have been certified, so we will most likely see them arise at MWC 2017.
Microsoft Outlook for iOS receives add-on support
Microsoft has just teamed up with Evernote, Giphy, Nimble, Trello, and Smartsheet to deliver the first third-party extensions to Outlook on iOS, but the road is now open to other developers as well.
New Balance RunIQ now available
This Intel-engineered smart wearable by New Balance features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, multiple sensors, runs Android Wear and comes with Google Play Music support. It should hit the market soon for around $300 USD.
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.
Nintendo Switch online access to cost less than $2.5 USD a month
According to Nintendo's president, the online play for the Switch hybrid gaming console does not come for free. However, it is around two times cheaper than Playstation Plus and Xbox Live Gold.
Take-Two Interactive buys Social Point
One year after its rival Activision acquired Candy Crush Saga publisher King, Take-Two Interactive enters the free-to-play mobile game industry by taking over Spanish mobile game developer Social Point.
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.
HTC vice president quits the company
After more than a decade with the company, HTC's global executive vice president Jason Mackenzie announces its decision to quit. While the company did not announce a successor yet, Mackenzie did not unveil his plans for the future either.
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.
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.
LG Watch Style rumored to retail for $249 USD
The upcoming Watch Style is expected to launch next to the fully-featured Watch Sport next week. Rumored to cost $249 USD and up, this smart wearable will come with interchangeable bands and a few color options.
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.
Nintendo expected to sell 12 million Switch consoles in Japan
A study that appears overly optimistic at this stage shows that almost 11 percent of Japan's population will buy the Nintendo Switch console, which means over 12 million units.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 arrives at FCC
The WiFi only SM-T820 model and the 4G LTE-capable SM-T825 surfaced on FCC, but the launch date of the Galaxy Tab S3 surfaced online. Reports from South Korea reveal that Samsung plans to unveil it on February 26 at MWC.
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.
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 to developers
The update comes with a new Theatre Mode, as well as access to SiriKit, thus allowing third parties to interact with the virtual assistant on the Apple Watch, but also limiting the app types that can use it.
Google unveils Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Shortly after the official announcement, Google also posted the Public Beta images for the Pixel/Pixel XL, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. This update promises to bring bug fixes, optimizations, and a few enhancements for carriers and users.
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.
Comcast's wireless phone service coming later this year
The rumors about the launch of Comcast's wireless phone service were confirmed back in September 2016, and now more details surface. The service would use both Comcast WiFi hotspots and Verizon's LTE network, being expected to launch in stages, starting this summer.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 with Nougat gets its WiFi certification
Two months after Samsung begun the work on the Nougat firmware for this slate, the Galaxy Tab S2 with Android 7.0 on board finally receives its WiFi certification, so the update should arrive soon.
Windows 10 leading the market according to Microsoft
A graph revealed by the Redmond giant showing the install base of the Windows operating systems still supported by Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 has been leading the market since last November.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hits GFXBench
The device that surfaced on GFXBench had Android 7.0 "Samsung Edition" on board, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage,and a 9.7-inch multitouch display with 2,048X1,536 pixels.
Microsoft apparently working on a light Windows 10 version
This unconfirmed Windows 10 variant is expected to target lightweight devices similar to the Surface RT. As rumors claim, the new operating system could be the desktop Windows 10 Cloud with CShell modularity.
Samsung Gear Fit Pro might launch soon
Those who do not find the Gear Fit 2 or the Gear S2/Gear S3 suitable for their health/fitness tracking needs might soon get a new smart wearable from Samsung that offers such features, allegedly named Gear Fit Pro.
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.
Nokia's Snapdragon 835-driven flagship rumored to be a tablet
The upcoming tablet is expected to offer the impressive 4K resolution, next to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
Toshiba to sell part of its memory business
Due to the cost overruns expected to reach several billion dollars incurred by its US nuclear business, the Japanese company is spinning off part of its flash memory division and selling a stake in the resulting business.
Google Maps now shows parking difficulty icon for 25 US metro areas
In addition to the tools for drivers, commuters, and pedestrians available until now, Google Maps now shows parking difficulty icons based on previous and historical parking data.
Audrey personal assistant being tested by Hinge
Not long after switching from swiping to "stories," dating app Hinge aims to add a personal assistant who automatically sends messages to matches and schedules dates. Rumors mention a $99 USD/month price for the upcoming service.
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.
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.
A new Windows tablet by Samsung gets certified
The upcoming 10-incher might debut as the Galaxy TabPro S2, no less than four different models being expected to hit the market. For now, they have only received the WiFi certifications.
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).
ZTE delays the Nougat update for Axon 7
The update was expected to arrive this month, but now ZTE pushes the launch date of Android 7.0 for the Axon 7 handsets to a later date. Although this date is not public yet, the company says the update should arrive by the end of March.
Netflix app now supports downloading to microSD
A few months after allowing its users to download videos for offline viewing, Netflix takes things one step further. The latest update to the Netflix app for Android allows users to save videos directly to the microSD card.
Japan Display unveils 5.5-inch flexible LCD display
A cheaper flexible touchscreen display has just been introduced by Japan Display, who decided to use the older (and cheaper) LCD panel instead of the more expensive OLED technology.
Huawei P8 Lite (2017) hits the UK
The successor of the first P8 Lite handset, simply known as P8 Lite (2017), is expected to debut in the UK next Wednesday. Priced at almost $235 USD without a contract, this smartphone will also be available with a contract.
Google I/O 2017 will take place in May
The coming months are full of interesting events - MWC 2017 kicks off in about a month, followed by Google's annual developer conference that is scheduled to take place take place in California from May 17-19.
HTC U Ultra Sapphire now up for pre-order in Taiwan
The HTC U Ultra Sapphire edition with 128 GB will hit Taiwan for around $922 USD, and shipments are expected to begin by the end of February. The regular U Ultra with 64 GB of storage, on the other hand, would carry a price tag of almost $750 USD.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE now official
This 9.7-inch slate has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor inside, next to 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Thanks to its 2K display and surround sound, it provides an excellent multimedia experience.
Cisco to buy AppDynamics
This deal is valued at no less than $3.7 billion and aims to give Cisco a broader reach in analytics, as well as an increased impact on the software market. In the future, Cisco plans to provide a comprehensive suite of monitoring tools thanks to the technology that comes with AppDynamics.
Acer debuts Chromebook Spin 11 for educational use
This new convertible comes with military-grade durability and extra features that make it a perfect classroom companion, such as the Wacom EMR technology and stylus that provide an easy way to write and draw directly on the screen.
Vertu unveils a new Constellation handset
This new high-performance, luxury handset promises to hit the stores in less than a month, offering dual-SIM with support for 34 international bands and protocols, a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display with sixth generation sapphire crystal protection, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge facing display problems
The problem that first appeared back in March 2016 seems to have surfaced again, but Samsung still does not recognize it as a widespread issue. Even worse, when taken for repair, handsets with such problems might not be covered by warranty.
Samsung Pride with Tizen 3.0 in the works
The handset also known as SM-Z250F is expected to become the first smartphone to run Tizen 3.0 out of the box and is known internally as Pride. It is anticipated to launch in the same areas as the Samsung Z2.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus renders surface online
The larger sibling of the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship will apparently keep the old 3.5 mm audio jack that most top-tier handsets seem to drop in favor of the new USB Type-C connector these days.
Samsung to begin production of 7 nm chips in early 2018
An unconfirmed report from South Korea claims that Samsung plans to begin producing 7 nm chipsets in early 2018, but until then the company has to work on stabilizing the 14 nm production process as well.
Toshiba unveils 4 TB and 6 TB N300 hard drives
The N300 high-reliability hard drives feature a generous 128 MB data buffer, offering a sustained data transfer rate of more than 200 MB/s. The 6 TB model has a 4 TB sibling as well.
Xiaomi sells 250,000 Redmi Note 4 units in just 10 minutes
The first flash sale offering the new Xiaomi handset to Indian customers turned out to be a major success, the whole stock of 250,000 units vanishing in just 10 minutes. The second batch arrives next week.
Huawei P10 Lite surfaces on TENAA
This upcoming handset is apparently another Huawei P10 variant, offering dual-SIM capabilities and the usual LTE connectivity options. Sadly, there are no other details to mention at this stage.
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1
While this new update does not come with any new features, iOS 10.2.1 is not a minor refresh, either. Apple's latest update of its mobile operating system protects against a few severe vulnerabilities, and it is highly recommended to install it as soon as possible.
Huawei Honor V9 hits TENAA
This Honor V9 successor comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 6 GB RAM, a generous 5.7-inch QHD screen, no less than 128 GB internal storage, as well as a 3,900 mAh battery.
Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal
As a result of this deal, the music streaming service now reaches Sprint's 45 million prepaid and post-paid customers, while the Marcelo Claure, Sprint's CEO, joins Tidal's board of directors.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs leak online
The specs of the upcoming Tab S3 tablet with model numbers SM-T820 and SM-T825 have recently surfaced on Weibo. These specs include the Exynos 7420 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and UFS 2.0 internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 investigation results are now public
The whole Galaxy Note 7 saga seems to have reached its final page - the results of the official investigation are now public and they hold no surprise - the fires were caused by faulty batteries coming from two different suppliers.
WinkPax G1 Nintendo Switch alternative is already up for sale
This 8-inch "3 in 1 phablet" comes only with Android 5.1, but offers 4G connectivity via a micro SIM card, HDMI output, and has a foldable/detachable/adaptable controller with two joysticks, one D-pad, and four action buttons.
Oracle lays off over 1,000 employees
Due to the refocus of its Hardware Systems business, Oracle is now laying off employees who mainly work in the SPARC department, most of them as software and hardware developers.
Samsung Galaxy S8 not showing up at MWC
Since the Note 7 troubles were caused by the batteries (now this is finally official), Samsung has decided to improve the testing of this essential hardware part. As a direct consequence, it looks like the next Galaxy flagship will miss this year's Mobile World Congress.
LineageOS 14.1 now available for Nexus and Moto handsets
Although the first official build is not ready yet, the Android 7.1 Nougat-based LineageOS 14.1 is now available in a nightly/experimental stage for a few devices, including the Nexus 6P and 5X, Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Nextbit Robin, and Xiaomi Redmi 1.
Galaxy S8's Bixby to feature visual search and text recognition capabilities
Samsung's upcoming virtual assistant that is expected to come with the next Galaxy flagship will be able to conduct payments and control all native apps, but also to perform visual search operations and text recognition with the help of the device's cameras.
Sony G3221 smartphone hits AnTuTu
The benchmark page for the G3221 reveals a Sony smartphone loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat that uses the MediaTek Helio P20 processor, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, and 16/23 MP cameras.
TAG Heuer to launch a new smartwatch in May
Although the company only expected to sell 20,000 Connected units, TAG Heuer managed to ship no less than 56,000, and now they aim even higher. The upcoming smartwatch by this Swiss brand is scheduled to arrive in May, and the plan is to sell over 150,000 units.
Acer Liquid Z6E coming soon
This new low-end handset loaded with Android Marshmallow is expected to cost below $110 USD and to offer a 5-inch 720p display, an unspecified quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB internal storage.
ZTE Hawkeye might get improved specs
After toning down the initial hardware specs announced for this handset, ZTE plans to improve at least a few highlights and has set up a poll that allows those interested to choose what they want, so the Snapdragon 835 might be back in the game after all.
HTC Halfbeak smartwatch surfaces online
The long-awaited HTC One Watch has just surfaced on Weibo as "Halfbeak" and seems like a smart wearable that is the result of HTC's collaboration with Under Armour. Sadly, its specs and launch date are not known.
Huawei Honor 8 gets Android Nougat globally
The new firmware comes with EMUI 5.0 on top and has over 2.2 GB in size. According to Huawei Japan, the update comes with the usual Nougat features, as well as better app versatility and various tweaks.
Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive new security patches
The new firmware fixes a few minor issues, the most noticeable one being the clock reset that occurs after rebooting on some handsets. The update is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and has the security patch level dated January 1.
LG G6 to feature Google Assistant
Next to the heat pipes for cooling the processor and its water resistance, both teased by LG already, the upcoming G6 is also rumored to come with Google Assistant. However, this has not been confirmed by LG yet.
LineageOS to offer weekly updates and support for over 80 devices
The former CyanogenMod team is now back with LineageOS, another Android-based ROM that is already available in the shape of a few unofficial builds that run on over 66,000 devices. The official versions coming soon promise support for over 80 handsets and weekly updates.
The 3.5 mm audio jack might disappear earlier than expected
Since the latest iPhone and the HTC Bolt, Moto Z, or the latest LeEco smartphones dropped this old connector, it would not be a surprise to see all high-end handsets abandon it by the end of the year.
Huawei unveils list of devices to get Android Nougat
Some Huawei handsets already received the Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 beta firmware, and now the list of devices to get this later this year when the beta is over has been revealed. The list includes the Mate 8, Honor 6X, MediaPad M3, and others.
Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy
This acquisition allows Buzzvil to deliver 4 billion ad impressions each month, but also "to diversify its geographic footprint while bringing on a world-class team" at the same time.
Nokia's 18.4-inch tablet hits GFXBench
This huge tablet promises to be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy View, the benchmark database revealing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
Asus ZenFone 4 might launch in May
Although Asus failed to ship as many ZenFone units as anticipated last year, stopping at the 17.5 million barrier, the company aims to sell 20 million units in 2017. The next-gen ZenFone is rumored to show up in May, claim insiders familiar with the matter.
Vivo V5 Plus also heading for Malaysia
Already confirmed to launch in India, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia, this unique Android smartphone with dual cameras for selfies will also reach Malaysia, but the prices have not been announced yet.
Samsung's Flip Cover to come with an e-ink display
Next to its foldable devices, Samsung seems to be working on a new Flip Cover. As revealed by a patent recently filed in Korea, Samsung plans to add an e-ink display to the next-gen cover for its flagships.
Latest Windows 10 build offers support for e-books
The new Insider test build does not include the new "My People" feature that surfaced in October and was supposed to be included now, but it is important to see that e-book support is coming to Windows 10.
LG Music Flow to get Google Home and multi-room support
LG's music streaming system arrived back in 2015, and now it is a few weeks away from a Google Cast update that promises to bring both Google Home support and multi-room capabilities. For now, the update is still being tested but should arrive by the end of February.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) passes FCC testing
Not long after showing up on Geekbench, the Galaxy phone with model number SM-J727 arrives at FCC. This handset is most likely the long-awaited Galaxy J7 (2017), a smartphone that still has to be announced by Samsung.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hits India
The successor of the Redmi Note 3 comes to India in three variants, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, featuring 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space and between 2 GB and 4 GB memory. The starting price is around $150 USD.
Samsung Z2 gets WiFi calling
Samsung has just added WiFi calling to the features of this first 4G LTE Tizen handset via a software update. The 50 MB firmware also comes with improved Panic mode and updated security.
LG G6 to be unveiled on February 26
Just as rumored, the next-gen LG flagship launches in time for MWC, but everything is official now. The launch event has been scheduled for February 26, in Barcelona, one day before the popular trade show for the mobile industry opens its gates.
Samsung reveals list of devices in line for Nougat
In addition to the Galaxy S7 lineup that has just received Android 7.0, Samsung plans to deliver this update to a pretty long list of devices, including the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 5, and a few others. The list is not final, so more Samsung products could get the update in the second half of 2017.
First Nokia 6 batch sold out in one minute
Available via a flash sale, the first Nokia 6 batch disappeared no less than 60 seconds. However, HMD Global did not reveal how many units were part if this first lot, but this achievement looks impressive nevertheless.
Google acquires Twitter's Fabric
Twitter's mobile app developer platform joins Google, who also gets the Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login, as well as the FastLance development automation system.
Android Nougat coming to unlocked Moto Z handsets next month
While Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid on Verizon got updated to Nougat back in mid-November, the unlocked Moto Z will finally get the latest Android version next month, reveals a Motorola spokesperson.
Nokia P1 might be unveiled next month
After Nokia 6 has been unveiled back at CES, we heard about two more upcoming handsets from this iconic brand - Nokia E1 and Nokia 8. Now, the time has come for the 5.3-inch Nokia P1 flagship with many top-of-the-line specs, including the Snapdragon 835 processor and a 23 MP main camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro hits FCC
The international variant of this massive 6-inch Android handset has been spotted on FCC, not long after the model number SM-C900F surfaced on the WiFi Alliance website as well.
Nvidia Shield Tablet to get Android Nougat soon
NVIDIA has just confirmed that both the Shield Tablet and its improved sibling simply known as Shield Tablet K1 will receive the long-awaited Android 7.0 software update "in a few weeks."
Chinese brands now in control of India's smartphone market
Samsung and local brand Micromax are losing ground in their battle against Chinese brands, who managed an impressive jump from 19 percent a year ago all the way up to more than half of this $10 billion smartphone market.
Sony Xperia Z5 lineup gets Android Nougat
This new firmware update comes with all the Android 7.0 goodies, as well as a new Xperia Home launcher that is "smarter and more personal" and also fully integrates Google Now.
Fujitsu working on a 6-inch Windows 10 Pro device
The 6-inch phablet/tablet will launch as "ARROWS Tab V567/P," but will only be available in Japanese. Its technical specs are not public yet, but considering the price around $1,300 USD, a high-end Intel processor would not be a surprise.
LG Aristo hits T-Mobile and MetroPCS next week
Although it can be purchased right away for just $144 USD, this Snapdragon 425-driven, 5-inch handset comes with a 13 MP main camera, 16 GB internal storage, 4G VoLTE, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.
OxygenOS 4.0.2 rolls out
As promised earlier this month, the new OxygenOS update comes to solve the Google Play store app download issue encountered by OxygenOS 4.0.1 users. The new firmware is compatible with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets.
Android One handsets might reach the US market
Initially introduced to allow low-cost handsets to retail loaded with stock Android and to receive updates coming directly from Google, the Android One initiative only targeted emerging markets so far, but the US might be added to the list by mid-2017 as well.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace launches in India
This handset comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box, featuring a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1.5 GB RAM, a 5-inch qHD display, 4G VoLTE support, and a 2,600 mAh battery, all for a price of roughly $125 USD.
Microsoft acquires Simplygon
The new acquisition is a developer of automatic 3D data optimization solutions headquartered in Sweden that has been founded back in 2006. Microsoft aims to accelerate its 3D For Everyone vision and strategy with the help of the Simplygon team.
ZTE reveals final Hawkeye specs
This crowdsourced smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual cameras on the back, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 5.5-inch full HD display, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Nokia might be working on foldable devices
Nokia seems to be back in the game on all fronts, including the apparently next big thing in the industry, namely foldable devices. At MWC, the company is expected to unveil quite a few new products and prototypes, including virtual reality devices, smart wearables, and more.
Android Wear 2.0 expected to arrive on February 9
The next iteration of Google's operating system for wearables is apparently scheduled to arrive in early February, Evan Blass now confirming previous rumors and leaks. The list of supported devices is said to consist of only 18 items at launch.
Huawei MediaPad T3 gets its WiFi certification
The slate that surfaced online and appears to be the MediaPad T3 (not confirmed yet by Huawei). The MediaPad T2 lineup consists of three models that feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 3 GB RAM, and a 7-inch or 10-inch touchscreen display.
Seagate shuts down its plant in Suzhou
The world's largest hard disk maker is going through a global business restructuring plan and, due to a slowing market, recently announced the plan to shut down a manufacturing plant and to cut over 6,500 jobs worldwide.
Unlocked HTC One A9 handsets get Android Nougat
Although it took a bit longer than expected, the Android Nougat update for this unlocked handset has finally received the technical approval and the new firmware already rolls out via OTA.
Researchers create a battery with built-in fire extinguisher
Researchers at Stanford University created a lithium-ion battery that contains a chemical compound which prevents both the fires and explosions that sometimes occur when the battery overheats.
ZTE ZMax Pro to get Android Nougat as well
ZTE takes software updates very seriously since Z-Community members can now join the Android Nougat Beta program for the $99 USD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617-driven ZMax Pro handset that launched back in July 2016 with Marshmallow on board.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is incredibly secure
Although not patches for two zero-day exploits, Windows 10 Anniversary Update machines were shielded from them, proving the excellent level of security achieved by this version of Microsoft's operating system.
Samsung plans to retire its SmartThings app in April
Although the app that allows its users to control SmartThings-compatible IoT products will be retired on April 1, existing users will continue to receive technical support through June (sadly, only 2017).
LG Watch Urbane 3rd Edition apparently spotted at FCC
The two LG smartwatches that recently arrived at FCC come with IP67 certification for protection from the elements and use a Qualcomm chipset, being expected to show up next month, shortly after Android Wear 2.0 gets unveiled.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge now up for pre-order
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 430-powered smartphone comes with Android Marshmallow for now, although it has recently been spotted online with Nougat on board while grabbing some certifications.
Microsoft patents a foldable device
The patent of the Redmond giant describes what appears to be a foldable tablet with a flexible hinge, a design similar to those previously spotted in patents belonging to Samsung, LG, and Apple.
Samsung Note 7 investigation results coming next week
With almost all Galaxy Note 7 units now back in Samsung's possession, the final results of the company's ongoing investigation targeting the reasons behind this device's issues that led to its withdrawal from the market will go public next Monday.
Sony Xperia Z4 tablet to get Android Nougat update soon
In addition to various smaller Xperia handsets, this 10.1-inch tablet that arrived back in 2015 with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board is on its way to Nougat. The new software has just been spotted receiving its certification from wireless device certification forum PTCRB.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini to get unified software update
Right now, ZTE Axon 7 Mini handsets in the US have one of three possible software builds, but soon all will get the same "Build 21" firmware. This update promises to bring new APN settings for all major carriers, HD Voice call on T-Mobile, and more.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) surfaces on Geekbench
One month after receiving its WiFi certification, the Android Nougat-loaded Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) now surfaces on Geekbench. The model spotted on this website also runs Nougat, so it will probably hit the market in the coming weeks.
Charger problems cause Barnes & Noble to stop NOOK Tablet 7" sales
Although this $50 USD, 7-inch slate is one of the most affordable tablets currently available in the US, a few malfunctions of the charging adapter prompted Barnes & Noble to stop sales until the problems are solved.
Gole1 Plus mini PC coming soon
This mini desktop PC with an 8-inch touchscreen IPS display comes for about $200 USD, packing the quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
Moto X Play to get Android Nougat later this month
This 5.5-inch handset powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor that arrived back in August 2015 with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on board will get Nougat by the end of the month, confirms Motorola.
Android Pay gets support for 40 new banks and credit unions
This new update expands the reach of Google's mobile payment system to BMO Harris Bank N.A. and 39 other banks and credit unions, but still leaves a few bigger names like Simple Bank out.
Microsoft acquires Maluuba
The Montreal-based deep learning startup joins the Redmond giant to improve its artificial intelligence-driven reading and writing capabilities thanks to the "state-of-the-art technology of machine literacy" that is now owned by Microsoft.
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.
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.
Opera Neon experimental web browser now available for download
This new piece of code does not aim to replace the user's main web browser, instead delivering a few interesting ideas in a visually appealing manner that Opera advertises as a preview of "the way it could be."
Adobe unveils voice-controlled photo editor for tablets
Beginners who cannot handle Adobe's current programs might get a voice-controlled photo editor with basic capabilities. The app has just been unveiled in a video by Adobe, but there is no launch date to talk about yet.
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.
Nintendo Switch launches on March 3
The long-awaited hybrid game console by Nintendo comes with a 6.2-inch 720p display, a pair of detachable Joy-Con controllers, 32 GB internal storage, is powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra chip and has a price tag of $299.99 USD.
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.
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.
MintBox Mini Pro mini desktop PC with Linux now available
This compact desktop PC has a fanless design, using a low-power AMD Mullins chip, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD storage, and running Linux Mint 18 out of the box. Announced back in September, it can finally be acquired for $395 USD via Amazon.
Xiaomi aims for $14 billion revenue this year but stops disclosing sales figures
With more than 50 million connected devices as part of its ecosystem and over $1 billion annual revenue in India for the first time in 2016, the Chinese brand targets a total income of no less than $14 billion this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Windows 10 build 15002 coming with big changes
This new major Insider Preview build comes with a massive list of fixes and tweaks, including advanced power settings for laptops and tablets, as well as a blue light reduction feature similar to the Night Light present in Android 7.1 Nougat.
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.
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.
Fitbit acquires Vector Watch
Continuing its corporate acquisition spree, the leading smart wearable maker engulfs another competitor, namely Vector Watch. This European startup is behind a lineup of smartwatches that deliver a battery life of no less than 30 days.
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.
Sennheiser unveils HD 1 In-Ear Wireless headphones
These new in-ear headphones come with Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC connectivity so can connect up to two devices simultaneously. Also featuring Qualcomm's apt-X technology, the HD 1 offers up to 10 hours of autonomy on a single charge.
Yahoo's remains to be rebranded as Altaba
Yahoo Japan and the company's stake in Alibaba are not going to Verizon and are considered to have an impressive value - around $35 billion. These key parts will soon be known as Altaba.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung might open a TV and appliance manufacturing facility in the US
As a direct answer to Donald Trump’s protectionist policies, Samsung reveals that is now considering to establish an appliance factory in the US soon, but nothing is official yet.
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.
LG anticipates its first quarterly operating loss in six years
Despite the introduction of its innovative G5 modular flagship and a 12 percent increase in revenue compared to previous quarter, LG's preliminary earning results show a loss of almost $30 million.
Endless intros two Linux-driven mini desktop PCs
These two compact desktop computers start at just $129 USD (the ARM-driven Mission Mini) and are Endless Computers' first products designed specifically for the US market. Pre-orders begin next week.
Samsung wins 120 awards
Next to quite a few media and industry awards, Samsung received no less than 34 CES Innovation Awards at this year's edition of the Las Vegas technology show, including a Best of Innovation award in the video display category.
Ockel unveils Sirius A and Sirius A Pro Windows 10 tablets
These Intel Atom-powered Windows 10 tablet/mini desktop PC hybrids come with 4 GB RAM/128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage in silver, gray, or gold. Prices start at $699 USD, and early Indiegogo backers should get the first units by the end of May.
Samsung extends iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices
After a long wait, iPhone users interested to use a Gear device with their handset can finally bring the two worlds together. They need an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9 or higher to use the new Gear S or Gear Fit app.
ZTE to cut up to 3,000 jobs worldwide
Although it is currently expanding on multiple Western markets, including the US, ZTE seems to be profoundly affected by a drop in its market share in China, industry sources revealing that over 3,000 employees will be soon laid off.
Fitbit working on an app store
Not long after buying Pebble, Fitbit reveals its plans to launch its wearable app store that uses some of the assets gained thanks to this corporate acquisition. Sadly, the launch date is not public yet.
Nokia 6 now official, to debut in China
This 5.5-inch handset will ship loaded with Android Nougat and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage, all for a price below $250 USD.
LG updates the Gram family with Kaby Lake processors
No less than eight LG Gram laptops received Kaby Lake processors and DDR4 RAM, next to 256 or 512 GB SSDs. The most impressive is the 13.3-inch, 2.1-pound model with a Core i3-7100U processor and a 60 Wh battery, capable of providing 24 hours of autonomy on a single charge.
Fossil unveils three Q smartwatches
The three upcoming hybrid smartwatches that join the large Q family are dubbed Accomplice, Modern Pursuit, and Grant. With prices between $175 USD and $215 USD, they are expected to hit the market this spring.
Apple's App Store generated $20 billion for developers in 2016
In addition to the massive income generated in 2016, Apple's digital distribution platform also achieved sales of $240 million on January 1st, 2017, a performance that made it this digital distribution platform's busiest day ever.
Samsung introduces two Chromebooks with pen support
The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro come with ARM/Intel processors, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, also offering pen input support and the ability to be used as a regular notebook or as a tablet, thanks to the 360-degree rotating touchscreen.
ZTE launches Blade V8 Pro smartphone
This 5.5-inch Android handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and has a dual-camera setup (13 MP + 13MP), 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, all for a pre-order price of $229.98 USD.
Garmin launches Fenix 5 multisport GPS watches
The existing Fenix 3 Sapphire multi-sport watches and the Fenix Chronos luxury smartwatch get three successors, all part of the same family, simply dubbed Fenix 5X, Fenix 5S, and Fenix 5.
Kodak Ektra coming to the US in April
This handset focused on photo-related features that made its European debut last month is now on display at CES and will become available for pre-order in the US and Canada this April.
ZTE Blade V8 now official
The new Blade smartphone features bokeh and 3D shooting abilities thanks to a dual-camera setup. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, runs Android Nougat, and is expected to hit the market beginning with Russia and Japan next month.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets its WiFi certification
This tablet has been mentioned by multiple rumors and leaks in the last few months and now, not long after surfacing on TENAA, the Galaxy Tab S3 gets its WiFi certification from the WiFi Alliance.
Google acquires Limes Audio
The 10-year-old Swedish company joins the US-based giant to help them improve Hangouts and its enterprise counterpart, Chromebox for Meetings. The financial terms of the deal are not known.
Alcatel unveils A3 XL phablet
This 6-inch phablet comes with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but its overall specs can barely place it in the lower area of the mid-range sector. However, it is also priced accordingly - $200 USD.
Nokia to launch up to seven smartphones this year
While previous rumors claimed that HMD-owned Nokia plans to launch four handsets in 2017, it seems the figure will go up to six or seven, thus allowing this iconic brand to cover the entire price range.
SanDisk unveils the world’s first Application Performance Class 1-compliant microSD card
The 256 GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition memory card is optimized for smartphones, being the first one compliant with the A1 specifications. This product will hit the market this month for $199.99 USD and can manage up to 1,500 random reads and 500 random writes per second.
Xiaomi India's revenue exceeded $1 billion in 2016
Back in October, Xiaomi sold over one million smartphones in India in 18 days. Now, the local division reported over $1 billion in revenue in 2016, thanks to its focus on online sales and the creation of an entire ecosystem of companion products.
Apple confirms plans for its first South Korean store
A few months after the reports claiming that Apple signed three long-term lease contracts and had plans to build a two- to three-story store in Seoul, the Cupertino-based company finally confirms these rumors in an official statement.
Misfit introduces Vapor touchscreen smartwatch
This Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100-powered smart wearable is Misfit's first one with a touchscreen display and promises to launch later this year for a price of $199 USD.
Amazon to open a bookstore in New York City this spring
The three existing Amazon Books retail bookstores will be joined by a new one that is expected to open in New York this spring. The location chosen is inside Manhattan’s Time Warner Center.
QNAP announces Thunderbolt 3 NAS and other new storage solutions
The Thunderbolt NAS introduced back in 2015 has been updated with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, but QNAP has also unveiled a NAS with optical disc drive compatibility, as well as a few other new products.
Casio unveils WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch
This new smart outdoor watch is MIL-STD-810-compliant as its predecessor, but the WSD-F20 comes with GLONASS and Michibiki GPS support. Its launch is scheduled for April, but the price is not known yet.
Huawei Mate 9 hits the US market
The massive 5.9-inch handset is the first one to come with Amazon Alexa preinstalled. US customers can get it starting tomorrow via Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and B&H Photo, for a price of $599 USD.
Gigabyte unveils updated P34 and P35 notebooks
These two refreshed notebooks will soon hit the market as the lightest 14-inch portable with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics (P34) and the slimmest 15.6-inch laptop with GeForce GTX 1070 graphics (P35).
ZTE Hawkeye now official
Previously known as Project CSX, this crowdsourced Android smartphone is finally official and can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter for a discounted price of $199 USD, but shipments are only expected to start in Q3 2017.
LG G Pad X 8.0 on T-Mobile gets Android Nougat
Not long after the LG V20 launched as the first new handset to come with Android Nougat on board, LG launches the first Android 7.0 firmware update for one of its tablets, namely the G Pad X 8.0 V521.
ZTE to launch its first Android Wear smartwatch later this year
In a recent interview, ZTE USA's chairman and CEO confirmed they are working together with a local carrier for the release of the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. Unfortunately, he did not reveal any other details.
RCA launches a 17.3-inch AiO, a 7-inch tablet, and two 12.2-inch convertibles
The Voyager III tablet is a low-end device with a $50 USD price tag, while the convertibles come with up to 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (the Windows-driven one) and prices up to $450 USD.
Asus launches ZenFone 3 Zoom
This 5.5-inch Android handset comes with a generous 5,000 mAh battery and 2.3X optical zoom lens that can help this smartphone created with mobile photography in mind to achieve a total zoom factor of 12X.
Gigabyte announces P56 and Sabre 15 gaming notebooks
Both these new portables come with Intel Kaby Lake processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, as well as Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and multiple hardware options to choose from.
Aorus updates its gaming laptops with Kaby Lake processors and GeForce GTX 10 series graphics
The Aorus gaming notebooks now feature an overclockable Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, as well as up to 64 GB of memory and flexible storage options.
First OnePlus Experience Store opens on January 7
India is a big market for OnePlus, but the company only sells its products on Amazon for now. Later this week, OnePlus will expand its reach into the offline market by opening its first retail store, which will be located in Bengaluru (Bangalore).
Samsung to have 10 million Galaxy S8 units available at launch
A recent report reveals that Samsung's suppliers received a production plan that involves no less than 10 million Galaxy S8 units that should be ready to hit the market in April.
First Android Wear smartwatch by Swarovski coming in March
The first Android Wear smartwatch by Swarovski is expected to show up in March at the yearly Baselworld show for the world's watch and jewelry industry. Sadly, it seems this new luxury smart wearable will only target ladies.
Kingston unveils world's first 2 TB flash drive
Dubbed Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT, this impressive flash drive has a shock-resistant zinc-alloy case, offers USB 3.1 speeds, and will hit the market next month in 1 TB and 2 TB variants.
Asus launches Chromebook Flip C302CA
The long-awaited successor of the original Chromebook Flip is now official as a convertible with a 360 degree hinge and a touchscreen display that uses a Skylake processor and starts at $499 USD.
Toshiba Portégé X20W now official
This premium convertible runs Windows 10 Pro, features a dual action hinge, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and promises to offer no less than 16 hours of autonomy on a single charge.
Dell unveils Latitude 5285 convertible
This cheaper Microsoft Surface Pro alternative comes with a full HD display, a Kaby Lake processor, up to 16 GB of memory and up to a 1 TB SSD storage option. It will go on sale at the end of February, starting at $899 USD.
Acer Aspire VX 15 notebook now official
This new 15.6-inch gaming notebook comes with powerful Intel Kaby Lake processors and extreme cooling capabilities, next to a full HD IPS display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics.
Acer announces Chromebook 11 N7 (C731)
This new Chromebook is powered by the Intel Celeron N3060, next to 4 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB eMMC internal storage, being compliant with the MIL-STD 810G ruggedness standard.
Acer Aspire V Nitro coming next month
The updated Aspire V Nitro lineup features Kaby Lake processors, up to 16 GB DDR4 memory, GeForce GTX 1060 and 1050 Ti graphics, and will hit the market next month, starting at $1,199 USD.
Samsung foldable smartphone patent with multiple biometric ID methods shows up
Although Samsung patents showing devices with foldable displays have been around for a few years now, the latest one shows a foldable smartphone that also uses two biometric identification methods.
Vivo V5 Plus coming to India later this month
The new Vivo V5 Plus handset features dual front-facing cameras will debut on January 23rd and comes with the goal to bring "the biggest selfie camera revolution" to the Indian market.
Windows 10 finally overtakes Windows 7
Although the adoption rate of Microsoft Windows 10 slowed once the free upgrade stopped, recent reports show that Windows 7 is no longer the leading operating system in both the UK and the USA.
New Moto M handset spotted online
The Moto M in gold has been available for a while, and now what appears to be the same handset in black surfaced on Weibo. Unfortunately, it might only become available in India and China.
LG announces January security patch
A new security bulletin is already up on LG's official website dedicated to Android patches. LG's January security patch comes with 81 fixes, arriving ahead of Google's first update of the month for Nexus and Pixel devices.
HTC U Ultra/Ocean Note to drop the headphone jack
According to an unverified source quoted by OnLeaks, HTC's Ocean Note and U Ultra are the same device and we will soon see it launch without the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack.
ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone leaks online
Apparently by mistake, Qualcomm has confirmed the rumors about a Snapdragon 821-driven Tango phone by Asus. Since the blog post has been removed already, it seems like the ZenFone AR is as real as it gets.
OnePlus 2 gets OxygenOS 3.5.6
This minor update solves the network drop problem that came with OxygenOS version 3.5.5, a firmware release that arrived less than two weeks ago. Unfortunately, it does not include any new features.
Alleged press image of upcoming Sony Xperia X surfaces online
Back in 2016, Sony replaced the Z lineup with the new X series. Now, the next Xperia X seems to be ready to debut at CES later this week, and what appears to be an official press image has already been spotted online.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active with Android 7.0 Nougat hits GFXBench
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active has just been spotted on the GFXBench online database running Nougat, so it looks like the update will arrive later this month, as previously announced.
Verizon releases security patches for multiple Android flagships
This major US carrier closed last year by releasing security patches for no less than 11 flagships on its network, including older devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5.
OnePlus 3 gets a new Open Beta update
A few weeks after the first OxygenOS Open Beta firmware, OnePlus releases a new ROM build based on Android Nougat, which now includes a Data Saver feature, as well as multiple optimizations and fixes.
Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series now official
Although the new Galaxy A handsets come with Android 6.0.1, they offer IP68 water and dust resistance, USB Type-C connectivity, as well as 16 MP front cameras.
Foxconn-made JDTab J01 tablet hits the market next month
Previously leaked as a Meizu slate, this tablet made by Foxconn comes with Harman Kardon audio, a MediaTek MT8173 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, all for around $215 USD.
Motorola Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus get Android Nougat
Motorola updated the Moto Z to Nougat back in November, and now the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus receive the Android 7.0 update as well. All Moto X and Moto Z variants should get the new firmware soon as well.
BLU Vivo XL2 hits FCC
Although the FCC filing only contains a few images, previous rumors mentioned a 5.5-inch display, a MediaTek processor, microSD support, a 3,150 mAh battery, as well as a basic camera/flash setup on the back.
E Fun Nextbook Flexx 12 Flip coming next year
This affordable 12.2-inch Windows tablet will launch powered by a Kaby Lake processor, offering 5G connectivity and up to 256 GB storage space (up to 128 GB internal and 128 GB via microSD).
Xiaomi Mi 5s gets MIUI 8
The global stable ROM version 22.214.171.124.MAGMIDI for the Xiaomi Mi 5s is finally available. The update is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and sadly there is no changelog for it yet.
Asus Chromebook Flip 2 surfaces on Best Buy
The C302CA model was spotted earlier this year on Newegg, but now the Flip 2 name is finally confirmed, although Asus still has to announce it. This $499.99 USD Chromebook has an all-metal casing and uses the Intel Pentium 4405Y processor.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy S7 series coming in January
The Galaxy Beta program will shut down later today, and the official notice that delivers this information also reveals that the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat software update should arrive in January "as soon as possible."
CUBE iWork8 Air dual-boot tablet available for less than $90 USD
This 8-inch tablet comes with Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Lollipop on board, its hardware specs including an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Google Nexus 9 tablets on T-Mobile get Android 7.1.1
Since this is not the first Nougat-based firmware for the Nexus 9 tablets on T-Mobile, the update is tiny, weighing only 52 MB. Even this way, the update comes with a few noticeable changes, such as support for sending GIFs from the keyboard.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 finally gets Android Marshmallow worldwide
A few weeks after releasing the update for the Redmi Note 3 in India, Xiaomi finally begins to deliver the Android Marshmallow firmware to the international version of this 5.5-inch handset.
Future Nokia Android smartphones surface online
The well-known brand is now no longer under Microsoft's wing, being owned by HMD. Leaving its ill-fated Windows past behind, the company is now ready to launch new Android handsets, and a few images already surfaced online.
Sony to unveil a new Xperia handset next month
Sony announced that its press conference at CES will be held on January 4 and will also broadcast the event online. The only image leaked so far shows a 5-inch handset with USB-C that is believed to come as a follower of the Xperia XA.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge coming to Sprint in January
This upcoming handset is, basically, a Galaxy J3 (2016) powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, but also featuring 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Other carriers are expected to sell it as the Galaxy J3 (2017).
First IP68 certified LG X smartphone might show up at CES
One of the several new handsets that LG is expected to unveil during next month's event in Las Vegas is said to be X Caliber, the company's first IP68 certified smartphone to join the X family.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro hits FCC
Not long after its appearance on Geekbench, this 5.7-inch handset surfaces at FCC. The filing reveals a 3,300 mAh battery, but Samsung still has to make the official announcement, so everything should be taken with a grain of salt for now.
LG to supply foldable displays for Google, Apple, and Microsoft
Although there is no foldable screen device on the mainstream market right now, it looks like big names like Apple, Microsoft, and Google are getting ready to use this technology in products for the masses. However, it also seems that LG will be the brand behind the foldable screens employed by these upcoming gadgets.
New Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air might launch this week
The Mi Notebook Air model that is scheduled to come out on the 23rd of this month is expected to feature 4G connectivity, but most other details are still shady for the time being.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) coming to Europe next month
These two mid-range handsets are expected to hit Western Europe in early 2017, starting at roughly $360 USD. Both will be available in the same colors - black, blue, gold, and pink.
QNAP announces TS-831X quad-core NAS
This new cost-effective NAS for businesses has eight hot-swappable bays, up to 16 GB of memory, and uses a quad-core AnnapurnaLabs Alpine processor. It also features a hardware-accelerated encryption engine, SSD caching, and two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports.
Android Pay gets support for 31 new banks and credit unions
In what will probably remain its last refresh for this year, this digital wallet platform developed by Google receives support for no less than 31 new banks and credit unions in the US.
Samsung updates the Notebook 9 lineup
This family of ultra-light Windows notebooks has just been updated and now features Intel Kaby Lake processors, a fingerprint sensor and support for Windows Hello, as well as USB Type-C and adaptive fast charging.
LG launches G Pad III 10.1 Android tablet
The successor of the 8-inch G Pad III that arrived back in May comes with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, comes with Android Marshmallow, and has a price around $360 USD in South Korea.
HP EliteBook 800 G4 series coming soon
The updated EliteBook 800 lineup now gets Intel Kaby Lake processors, as well as new security features. HP Sure Start Gen3 was designed to notify the user when someone unauthorized attempts to tamper with the BIOS.
OnePlus 3T gets another Marshmallow update
The OxygenOS 3.5.4 firmware for this fresh handset is, unfortunately, still based on the old Android Marshmallow. It does not offer any new features but has multiple tweaks and fixes instead.
Google Home gets support for Netflix and Google Photos
Not long after introducing "Actions on Google" for third-party voice support through Google Assistant, Google adds Netflix and Google Photos support to Google Home. Even more, new YouTube Red subscribers get a free 6-month trial with their Google Home purchases by the end of 2016.
Fossil Diesel and Kate Spade smartwatches coming soon
Next to the Emporio Armani smartwatch by Fossil that has been recently announced, the Diesel- and Kate Spate-branded Fossil smartwatches are also expected to debut in the coming weeks.
Apple pulls watchOS 3.1.1 update
Since it seems that this week's update bricked some Series 2 Apple Watches after installing, Apple has decided to withdraw watchOS 3.1.1. For now, the latest watchOS variant available remains 3.1.
Nova Launcher 5.0 now available
The new version of this Android launcher marks the fifth anniversary of the very popular application that has been downloaded more than 10 million times so far.
Samsung Pay Mini might not offer iOS support
Apple seems to have rejected the Samsung Pay Mini app submitted to the App Store and it looks like Samsung will not resubmit it again for the time being, choosing to focus on the Android client instead. Samsung Pay Mini for Android is expected to launch next month, at CES.
Apple releases iOS 10.2
This new update is the second major one received by iOS 10 since its October release. The list of new features includes more than 100 new emojis, additional support for RAW digital cameras, new full-screen effects in Messages, and more.
Google acquires Cronologics
The startup that joins the search giant has been founded in part by former Google employees back in 2014. Now, the Cronologics team will be working on improving Android Wear directly.