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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.
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 188.8.131.52, 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 425 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 184.108.40.206.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.
Odin2 mini tablet/projector coming in June 2017
This mini tablet/projector hybrid surfaced on Indiegogo, where its campaign already reached the goal. Now, the 5-inch Android Marshmallow-driven device is almost ready to hit the market, but shipments are expected to start in June.
LG V5 renders leak online
The upcoming V5 Android smartphone is expected to target the mid-range area of the market. The images that surfaced show what appears to be a plastic body with a removable back panel, as well as a fingerprint reader.
Action Launcher 3 gets updated
The latest version of this launcher app for Android now features a home screen with support for widgets accessible via a swipe from the right edge, scrolling dock pages, and more.
Sony to bring the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update soon
Android 7.1.1 was recently unleashed by Google for its own devices, and now it looks like Sony aims to become the first brand from the crowd to get the update ready. According to a recent report, the developer team of the Japanese company has made this update its "number one priority."
International variant of the Galaxy C9 Pro surfaces online
This unannounced variant of the 6-inch phablet already present in China has just received its WiFi certification. Aiming the international market, it has the same specs as its China-only counterpart - Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, 6 GB RAM, 16 MP main camera, and more.
Microsoft completes LinkedIn acquisition
The Redmond giant announced its plans to buy LinkedIn back in June, and now the $26 billion acquisition is complete, after securing regulatory approval. LinkedIn notifications will soon be added to the Windows action center, with much more changes planned.
Updated ZenFone 3 Zoom coming soon
The handset that surfaced via both TENAA and Bluetooth SIG is also known as Asus Z01HD. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and dual cameras on the back, hopefully with 3X optical zoom like the original ZenFone 3 Zoom had.
Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge now available
This is the seventh color edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge, following the Blue Coral and Pink Gold options that became available earlier this year. The other choices available are White Pearl, Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
ARM chips to get support for desktop Windows in 2017
Intel's domination might soon end as the giant ends up facing Qualcomm and other ARM-based chips, which are expected to get full support for Microsoft Windows desktop by the end of 2017.
Consumers abandon one third of their wearables
According to a study by research firm Gartner, over 30 percent of the customers who buy smartwatches, fitness trackers, and virtual reality glasses get bored or simply do not find them useful, so they stop using them after a while.
TouchWiz becomes Samsung Experience
Android 7.0 Nougat beta reveals that Samsung has quietly renamed TouchWiz to Samsung Experience, so this will probably be the name of the company's custom Android interface from now on.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) renders surface online
Not long after showing up on Geekbench and in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification documents, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) low-end Android smartphone finally arrives in a set of leaked renders.
Asus ZenFone Go (ZB690KG) now official
This 6.9-inch phablet has low-end specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, and only runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Unfortunately, there is no info on its price and availability yet.
Google Wifi goes on sale
This mesh-capable wireless router that provides WiFi coverage while handling multiple active devices was announced back in early October and now can be acquired as a single unit for $129 USD or as a trio, for $299 USD.
Verizon cancels the Galaxy Beta program for the S7 lineup
Although the Android 7.0 Nougat beta test in the US is in full swing and the Galaxy S7 devices can take the new firmware for a spin, Verizon Wireless has decided to stop supporting the Galaxy Beta program from now on.
Kodak Ektra hits the market this Friday
This 5-inch Android handset is powered by a MediaTek processor and targets mobile photography fans, having a retro design with a faux leather cover and a grip for improved handling.
Unlocked HTC One M9 handsets get Android Nougat
While the unlocked variants have begun to receive the Android 7.0 update already, it looks like carrier variants will not be able to enjoy the Nougat treatment before the end of the year.
Motorola Moto X 2017 images leak online
The upcoming Moto X is expected to arrive next to a new Moto C in early 2017, these unofficial images showing a full-metal body handset with a fingerprint reader on the Home button.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat hits Nexus devices
This minor update for the Pixel and Pixel XL also brings a few new features to older devices, including the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and more. The usual optimizations and bug fixes are also present.
Upcoming LG G6 flagship expected to be waterproof and non-modular
The latest round of G6-related rumors does not look great, as we hear once again that the upcoming flagship will no longer offer the chance to use modules. However, it seems like the LG G6 will hit the market with water resistance and a removable battery.
Meizu unveils its first fitness tracker
This new wearable comes with a sleek, basic design that includes a concealed OLED screen. Sporting a built-in AMS heart rate monitor, the Meizu Band is also capable of showing notifications for calls and texts. Pre-orders are already live in China while full availability is expected for next week.
Samsung Galaxy A (2016) to get Android Nougat
Although it has been confirmed that high-end devices like the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge lineup or the Note 5 phablet will soon get Nougat, it is surprising to see that Samsung has added the Galaxy A family to the list of handsets that would get the new firmware.
CyanogenMod 14.1 reaches more handsets
The latest nightly build of this Android 7.1 Nougat-based ROM comes with support for a few additional devices, including the Galaxy S3 and the Nexus 5, as well as the Nexbit Robin, and others.
Samsung dominates the NAND flash market
Earlier this year, Samsung expanded its 3D NAND flash memory manufacturing facilities in China and South Korea, also starting to manufacture 64-layer NAND flash memory chips earlier this month.
Bluboo Edge scores 28,689 points in AnTuTu
This Chinese mid-ranger comes with a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint reader located on the front, while its dual-curved design with an extra-narrow bezel, next to the shiny back case and the competitive performance level make it an attractive choice.
Visa acquires CardinalCommerce
The company specialized in payment technology across browsers, apps and devices has just joined Visa as the result of a transaction whose terms were not released to the public.
Incipio announces Moto Mod smart car dock
This $64.99 USD accessory for the modular Lenovo Moto Z handset provides a way to mount the smartphone in a car, charge its battery, and also connect it to the car’s audio system.
Amazon and Seagate unleash an external hard drive
The Seagate Duet external hard drive only offers 1 TB of internal storage and uses USB 3.0 connectivity, but comes with one free year of Amazon Drive Unlimited Storage and automatic cloud backup support, all for just $99.99 USD.
Lenovo Moto Z expected to get a Tango 3D camera
Since Lenovo already has a Tango 3D-capable handset on the market, seeing a Moto Mod capable of offering augmented reality to the Moto Z would not be a surprise. However, remains to see when will it happen.
Fitbit might buy Pebble
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Fitbit is close to signing a deal to acquire the troubled wearable maker and, unfortunately, it looks like the Pebble brand will disappear.
Samsung to cut network access for the Note 7 units still in the wild
Although Samsung has decided to take back all Note 7 phablets sold and destroy them due to the notorious battery problems, there are still a few lurking around. To be sure no units remain in use, the company now works with carriers to cut network access to these last Note 7 users.
Meizu M3X now up for pre-order
This new Android handset is powered by the MediaTek Helio P20 processor, also featuring 3/4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB internal storage, dual-SIM support, a fingerprint scanner, and more. In China, it will hit the market for $247 USD or $290 USD, depending on the variant.
Cyanogen might shut down Seattle office
Although this has not been confirmed yet, it seems like Cyanogen is currently planning to close its Seattle office by the end of the year, laying off some employees in the process as well.
Coolpad launches Note 3S and Mega 3 smartphones
Both smartphones target the low-cost area of the market, come with a 5.5-inch display, run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Cool UI 8.0 on top, and will go on sale in India via Amazon on December 7.
Netherlands-exclusive Gear S3 BALR. edition coming this Friday
More than a year after the Gear S2 BALR. special edition smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3 gets the BALR. treatment as well. The new BALR.-customized Gear smartwatch has a price tag of €499 EUR.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime now available in the US
This 5.5-inch metal-clad Android smartphone already arrived in India and the Philippines, and now the time has come for the US market. The Exynos 7870 Octa-driven handset can be acquired via Amazon for $295.97 USD.
Sony Xperia X Performance gets Android Nougat
Not long after the first LG G5 and HTC 10 flagships received Android 7.0 in the US, the Sony Xperia X Performance joins them. The new firmware rolls out to both the single- and dual-SIM variants of this handset.
Samsung Galaxy On7 hits South Korea
After making its debut in China, this 5.5-inch Android handset comes to South Korea. Powered by Marshmallow out of the box, it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
Samsung Pay UK launch pushed to next year
Although its arrival to the UK was expected for this December, it looks like Samsung's mobile payment service will only make its debut in the area in 2017. Unfortunately, no accurate release date has been unveiled yet.
LeEco phones coming to Amazon, Best Buy, and Target
Although the company initially planned to have flash sales in the US, they are now dropping the idea and opening the web store 24/7. However, LeEco will sell its products in the US via other retailers as well.
Lenovo has sold over 13 million smartphones on Flipkart so far
Since teaming up with the Indian online retailer back in 2014, Lenovo managed to sell more than 13 million handsets on the local market, including Moto devices. Now, Lenovo is the second smartphone brand by value and volume in India.
LG G5 on T-Mobile gets Android Nougat
One week after Sprint released the Android Nougat firmware for the LG G5 flagships on its network, T-Mobile does the same. The update has 1.2 GB in size and rolls out via OTA, packing the usual features and the November security patches.
Lenovo K6 Power launches in India
This 5-inch Android handset has been uncovered at IFA 2016 and now debuts in India. Priced at roughly $145 USD, it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and runs Android Marshmallow with Lenovo Pure UI on top.
HTC 10 gets Android Nougat in the US
Not long after introducing the Android Nougat-powered Bolt/10 Evo, HTC has finally released the new firmware for the HTC 10 flagships in the US. The 1.1 GB update brings Android 7.0 and the November security patch.
Google expected to sell 9 million Pixel handsets in 2016 and 2017
According to the financial firm Morgan Stanley, Google will sell around 3 million Pixel handsets by the end of 2016, followed by over 6 million during 2017. These sales are expected to bring in almost $6 billion in revenue.
Lenovo ZUK Edge coming next week
Recently spotted at TENAA, this 5.5-inch handset that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip has been confirmed to arrive next week. Sadly, it does not come loaded with Android Nougat.
Samsung Pay on Gear S3 not working with Google Pixel handsets
Although the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch comes with Samsung Pay support out of the box, it seems the Google Pixel devices are the only major Android handsets not compatible yet.
Samsung reportedly dropping the Magneti Marelli deal
As a side effect of the Galaxy Note 7 failure and its impact on the company's finances, Samsung decided to drop its plans to purchase both Harman and Magneti Marelli, picking only the first one.
Microsoft Arrow Launcher gets updated
This launcher app for Android devices has just reached version 2.7, and now features improved file search, customized grid layout, as well as the usual bug fixes and improvements, including a 10 percent performance increase.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro shows up on Geekbench
The device that has been spotted in the benchmark database carries model number SM-C7010 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It is expected to sport a 5.7-inch display, runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and has 4 GB of memory.
Meizu tablet leaks online
The first tablet of this Chinese brand is expected to feature a 7.9-inch display, next to a MediaTek Helio X or P processor, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 13 MP main camera, and a generous battery.
Samsung might split in two
An unnamed source quoted by a South Korean newspaper revealed that Samsung Electronics could follow the advice of US activist hedge fund Elliott Management and split in two, but nothing is official yet.
Two Star Wars Mobile handsets coming next month
The handsets are made by Sharp and will hit the Japanese market packed with Star Wars-related content. The specs are quite strong, including a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 22.6 MP main camera, and more.
Samsung trademarks Bixby and Kestra voice assistants
Not long ago, we heard that Samsung's upcoming voice assistant would be Bixby. Now, we find out that it will come with a feminine counterpart, dubbed Kestra. Both are expected to debut alongside the next-gen Galaxy flagship.
OnePlus 3 gets OxygenOS 3.2.8
Although this update comes just in time to offer Nougat, OnePlus decided to use Android Marshmallow as foundation for a new firmware once again. The highlight of OxygenOS 3.2.8 is the [email protected] fps video recording capability.
BLU Vivo 6 hits the UK
The 5.5-inch Vivo 6 handset was announced last month, and now this unibody Android device made using aircraft grade aluminum goes on sale in the UK. As a Black Friday deal, those interested can get it today for £184.99 GBP - £55 GBP off its regular price.
HTC unveils Desire 650 smartphone in Taiwan
This new Android smartphone comes with low-end specs and features mostly, but also includes BoomSound speakers and a 13 MP main camera. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (model not specified yet), it uses a 2,200 mAh battery.
Huawei now most profitable Android brand
While Apple continues to dominate the market with a record 91 percent share of all smartphone profits worldwide, Huawei grabs the second place but ranks as the most effective Android brand as well.
HTC Bolt buyers can get a free headphone adapter
Owners of this Sprint-exclusive handsets can get a free headphone adapter, since it was not included in the retail box so far. Even more, future HTC Bolt batches will come with the USB Type-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter in the box.
Samsung might sell its PC business to Lenovo
Not long after selling its printer business to HP for about $1 billion, it looks like Samsung is now in talks with Lenovo, a giant apparently interested in acquiring its PC business.
Pebble firmware 4.3 now available
This update brings Kickstart as a new watch face for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time, as well as the usual set of performance improvements and bug fixes. Last firmware released by Pebble was 4.0, which arrived back in August.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear S3 get minor software updates
The new software for Samsung's smart wearables only brings minor changes but succeeds in improving the user's experience. The list of new features includes auto pause and indoor set exercises support (Gear Fit 2), as well as speedometer support for the Gear S3 (not confirmed yet).
Xiaomi Mi 5c to cost around $145 USD
This handset, codenamed Meri, is expected to launch as the cheapest Mi handset by Xiaomi. According to the latest leak from China, the (probably) MediaTek Helio P20-powered smartphone would carry a price tag of less than $150 USD.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection hits Android and iOS
Spider, Freecell, Klondike, Pyramid and Tripeaks Solitaire are now available via both Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store.
Huawei Honor 8 gets Android Nougat Beta
Not long after the new Android version for the Huawei Mate 8 surfaced online, the Honor 8 owners who are part of the Nougat beta program receive the new firmware that integrates EMUI 5.0.
Lenovo Miix 520 Windows convertible leaks online
The successor of the Miix 510 convertible uses a Kaby Lake processor and sports a fanless design, also featuring an augmented reality camera and a fingerprint scanner. It should be announced soon and is expected to carry a rather high price tag.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) surfaces on GFXBench
The next refresh of this affordable handset is expected to be unveiled in early December. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb to lose Google Play Services support
With the update to version 10.2.0, Google Play Services will get minimum API level 14, so it will require at least Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, this means Gingerbread and Honeycomb will no longer be supported, but this is expected to happen in early 2017.
Lenovo ZUK Edge hits AnTuTu
This unconfirmed Lenovo handset reached TENAA a few weeks ago, and now the time has come for AnTuTu to add it to the database. Its specs include a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, as well as Android Nougat.
Asus ZenFone 3 Max now available in the US
This 5.2-inch handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6737M processor, next to 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a 13 MP main camera. It runs Android Marshmallow and can be acquired from Amazon for less than $150 USD.
ZTE Axon 7 with 6 GB RAM hits the US
This limited edition ZTE Axon 7 model features 6 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, and Force Touch. The other specs are identical to those of the regular Axon 7 - Snapdragon 820, 20 MP main camera, 5.5-inch AMOLED display.
OnePlus 3 to get updated as long as OnePlus 3T
Although OnePlus 3T arrived six months after the original OnePlus 3, both handsets will get the same end of the update life cycle. This way, OnePlus 3 owners will not be left behind those using the more recent 3T handset.
LG G5 on Sprint gets Android Nougat
Not long after the unlocked variant received the update, Sprint unleashes Android Nougat for the LG G5 flagships on its network. The update has 1,275 MB in size and incorporates the November security update, as well as LG’s built-in DPI changer.
Google Cloud acquires Qwiklabs
This startup founded in 2012 that offers lab-learning environments joins Google to enhance user training across all products on Google Cloud, including Google Cloud Platform and G Suite.
Chase Pay launches in the US
This new mobile payments service and the companion Android app only work in Starbucks and Best Buy retail locations in the US for now, but Chase Pay has plans to reach other retailers in the future, including Walmart, Shell gas stations, and more.
Apple replacing faulty iPhone 6S batteries
Not long after taking care of the "touch disease" problem that affected particular iPhone 6 Plus handsets, Apple has to face another issue with the iPhone 6 lineup. The Cupertino-based company begins a battery replacement program for iPhone 6S owners affected by unexpected shutdowns.
Samsung says the Galaxy S7 lineup is safe
A few incidents involving Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handset made Samsung step forward with a statement that reassures its customers this lineup of handsets is not affected by the same battery issues that plagued the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
Intel lays off most staff, but keeps the wearables business
Not long after insiders familiar with the matter unveiled that Intel is laying off a large number of its New Devices Group employees, the IT giant issued a statement that highlights the company "is in no way stepping back from the wearables business."
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) gets its Bluetooth certification
The new Galaxy A7 has been in the rumor mill for a while, but now its launch is closer than ever. The 5.5-inch handset has just received its Bluetooth certification, so it should arrive just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Sony Xperia Ear coming to the US next month
Although the waterproof Xperia Ear wireless earbuds are already available in European stores, those interested in this accessory who are located in the US should wait a few weeks. The US market is scheduled to get this product on December 13.
Symantec acquires LifeLock
This corporate purchase is worth $2.3 billion and, according to the two companies involved, its target is "to form world’s largest digital safety platform for consumers and families."
Mozilla launches Firefox Focus browser
This new mobile web browser only targets iOS users for the time being and focuses on speed, privacy, and ease of use. This is a free, basic browser that Mozilla claims of being able to load pages faster than its competitors.
CyanogenMod 14.1 hits more devices
This very popular, free community-driven distribution of Android is now compatible with nine additional handsets, including the OnePlus One flagship killer, Nexus 6, Moto G 2015, and OnePlus Two.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) press renders surface online
The refreshed version of the Galaxy J3 handset has been in the rumor mill for a while, recently surfacing on import/export tracker Zauba. Now, the time has come for the first press render to show up.
Sony Xperia Ear hits the stores
The waterproof Xperia Ear wireless earbuds are finally available in stores. This accessory can recognize voice commands and head movements, also acting as a useful personal assistant.
Android 7.0 Nougat coming soon to HTC 10 handsets
HTC has recently introduced the Bolt, also known as HTC 10 Evo, a handset loaded with Android Nougat that is closely related to the HTC 10 flagship. Now, it looks like the Nougat update is ready for the HTC 10.
Mophie Moto Mod battery pack for Moto Z hits Verizon
This battery mod for the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play handsets appears to be a Verizon Wireless-exclusive product and carries a $79.99 USD price tag. Fortunately, this accessory should work fine with unlocked Moto Z phones as well, but also with those on other networks.
OnePlus 3 sales stopped in the US and Europe
Less than six months after its introduction, the OnePlus 3 flagship is taken out of the US and European markets, leaving room for the OnePlus 3T. Unfortunately, its successor is also more expensive.
Facebook acquires FacioMetrics
Thanks to this acquisition, Facebook might soon be able to build facial gesture controls for its app. Right now, Facebook’s Oculus division is already working on using emotions and gestures to change avatars via "VR emoji."
Nougat update coming soon to Huawei Mate 8
Although this update is not official yet, someone found it and unleashed it online on the XDA Developers forums. Since this is an unofficial release, it may come with some bugs and it is not suitable for everyone yet.
Samsung acquires Harman
The deal is valued at $8 billion ($112 USD per share in cash) and, once it closes, it enables Samsung to have a significant presence in the automotive electronics market, also giving the South Korean giant access to various audio technologies.
Two 5.5-inch iPhone models coming in 2017
According to a KGI Securities analyst, Apple is planning to add three new iPhone models in 2017 - one with a 4.7-inch display, the other two being 5.5-inch variants. One of the larger models will feature an LCD touchscreen, while the premium variant will become the first iPhone to use the OLED display technology.
First OnePlus 4 rumors surface online
The next-gen OnePlus handset is expected to feature a dual camera setup, next to 6 GB or 8 GB of memory and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or a Snapdragon 835 processor. Multiple variants could hit the market as well - at least two with different amounts of memory.
Asus ZenFone AR smartphone to show up in January
This handset is expected to debut as the second Tango smartphone in the world, following the $499 USD Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Unfortunately, there is no information on its specs and features yet.
Google Play Music relaunches
The music streaming service by Google now relies on machine learning to create and curate playlists, also adding offline playing capabilities. Google Play Music also gets an overhauled home screen.
Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge coming to T-Mobile this Friday
Right now, AT&T is the only carrier taking pre-orders for the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge. However, a recent leak reveals that T-Mobile will add the new color option to its portfolio on November 18.
Microsoft updates Arrow Launcher and OneDrive
The personal launcher for Android gets a few new features and efficiency improvements, but the service once known as SkyDrive receives new capabilities as well, mainly related to photo sharing and editing.
Casio launches communication app for the WSD-F10 smart outdoor watch
Dubbed Casio Moment Link, this location-based communication app is freely downloadable and enhances outdoor experiences when part of a group. The app allows its users to form/disband groups, share location data, and send messages.
Samsung handset sales in the US might decline
Since it is widely believed that the next US government will increase the tariff on technology products, including smartphones, the future looks grim for Samsung. However, protectionist initiatives would hit LG and other companies as well.
Huawei has sold 9 million P9 flagships
Since its release back in April, this flagship managed to ship 9 million units, mainly in its home market and in Europe. Huawei announced breaking the 6 million P9 units sold back in September.
UMi Plus E now up for pre-order
This new handset is the first to use the MediaTek Helio P20 processor, and it also features 6 GB RAM, a 5.5-inch full HD display made by Sharp, and can be acquired for only $199.99 USD during the pre-sales period.
LG gets 21 CES 2017 Innovation Awards
The tech giant has earned awards in no less than 11 highly competitive categories, including wireless handsets, headphones, video displays, portable media players, and computer peripherals.
OnePlus 3 Nougat beta coming this month
While the first community beta is expected to arrive by the end of this month, an OTA update for all OnePlus 3 handsets is also said to launch by the end of the year. However, delays might still occur.
Samsung Gear S3 hits South Korea
This new Android Wear smartwatch with interchangeable bands, as well as IP86-rated protection from water and dust hits Korea next to the Blue Coral version of the Galaxy S7 Edge flagship.
Timex IQ+ Move smartwatch now available
This new smart wearable has been designed for men and women and features interchangeable straps, a classic design, as well as the ability to track movements, sleep quality, and the number of calories burned.
LG V20 S coming soon to Europe
The first handset to launch loaded with Android Nougat might soon reach Europe in a slightly updated form, since LG has filed for the V20 S trademark in the area. Unfortunately, nothing is official yet.
Samsung Pay early access now live in Canada
Although this service is not officially available yet, Samsung Pay is now available in advance of its formal announcement, but only CIBC customers can use it for the time being.
BlackBerry Priv gets a new software update
This handset receives a bug fixing patch on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless that specifically installs the "No Service" Prevention Tool, but also comes with a few minor improvements to the existing apps as well.
Nougat beta for Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge starts today in the US
Although the beta program was announced for the UK earlier, both the US and its overseas ally get the early Nougat version for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets starting today.
CyanogenMod 14.1 rolls out
Not long after hearing that development of 14.0 has been dropped and the next CyanogenMod version would be the Android 7.1 Nougat-based 14.1, the first nightly build becomes available for download.
Asus Transformer 3 Pro hits Amazon
This 12.6-inch convertible can be purchased for $1,499 USD with a setup that includes a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 6500U processor, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. A Surface Pro 4 with the same specs is $400 USD more expensive.
Lenovo Moto M launches in China
The specs of this handset confirm the latest rumors - a MediaTek Helio P15 SoC, 4 GB RAM,32 GB internal storage, and a 3,050 mAh battery. The price in China is around $295 USD and, for now, there is no info about its availability in other areas.
LG G5 gets Android Nougat
South Korean owners of the modular flagship are the first ones to receive Android 7.0 as an over-the-air update, with other areas - including the Americas - expected to follow "in the weeks to come," according to LG.
General Mobile GM 5 launches with Android Nougat on board
Following the GM 5 Plus, which was one of the most powerful Android One devices at launch, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410-powered GM 5 is the first Android One handset to ship loaded with Nougat.
Master & Dynamic launches MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
The $449 USD wireless headphones come with a lithium ion rechargeable battery that provides up to 16 hours of autonomy, featuring a cowhide leather headband and memory foam ear pads.
Samsung Galaxy S8's digital assistant confirmed
Not long after acquiring the startup founded by Siri's creators, namely Viv Labs, Samsung confirms that the next-gen Galaxy flagship, also known as Project Dream, will feature a digital assistant.
ZTE unveils Cymbal-T flip phone
This new handset that keeps the clamshell design alive runs Lollipop and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor under the hood, next to 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. Its retail price is just $99 USD.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier pre-orders begin on AT&T
When purchased alongside a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with a two-year plan on AT&T, this smartwatch has a price tag of just $49.99 USD. Without the handset, it comes for $17.50 USD per month for 20 months.
Tizen for IoT devices coming in 2017
Sources familiar with the matter reveal that Samsung plans to run Tizen on a much wider range of devices than now by early 2017, including small appliances such as vacuum cleaners.
Vivo V5 to launch later this month
This 5.2-inch handset is expected to come with a 20 MP front camera, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and an unspecified Snapdragon processor. The price tag should read around $300 USD.
Kangaroo modular notebook hits the market
This notebook comes as a shell with a screen, battery and keyboard, next to a module containing the processor, storage, memory, and operating system. It retails for $300 USD and its specs include a Cherry Trail processor, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Google Nexus 5X and 6P might get fingerprint gestures
Although this is not certain yet, Google revealed that the company is currently evaluating the possibility to add fingerprint scanner gestures via a firmware update to these two handsets.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro now available for $499.99 USD
The long-awaited 6.4-inch Android phablet that brings Google Tango 3D to the masses can be purchased for $499.99 USD. The specs are those previously announced, including a QHD display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
NEC unveils Lavie Tab and Lavie Tab S
Both slates are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, with prices starting at $188 USD and deliveries expected to begin later this month for the 7-inch Lavie Tab and in January for the 8-inch Lavie Tab S.
Lenovo Moto M leaks online
The new images of this handset show a metal unibody design with a fingerprint reader on the back. The leak also comes with a few details - a MediaTek Helio P15 processor, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and a 5.5-inch full HD display are all expected to be in the features list.
Asus ZenWatch 3 goes on sale
The first round ZenWatch smartwatch by Asus became available for purchase yesterday for $229 USD, a bit cheaper and earlier than anticipated. Shipments are expected to begin mid-November.
Blue Coral Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge now official
Initially scheduled to become available for the ill-fated Note 7 phablet, the Blue Coral finish is now ready for the Galaxy S7 Edge handset. The colors already available for this phone include white, silver, black, and two gold flavors (platinum and pink).
Samsung tablet shipments down almost 20 percent in Q3
While low-cost detachables managed to reach an all-time high, traditional tablets continue to lose market share. In the third quarter, Samsung has sold 6.5 million tablets, a 20 percent drop from the over 8 million units shipped in the same period of 2015.
LG V20 hits major carriers and retailers in the US
The unlocked V20 smartphone/phablet is now available in the US via multiple carriers and retailers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, US Celullar, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Best Buy, and others.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ gets a new security patch
Two weeks after the Galaxy S7 lineup received the new firmware in Europe, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ gets the same treatment. Sadly, this month's security update only hits the 5.7-inch Android phablet in Europe for the time being.
Nintendo Switch to feature 4 GB of memory
The successor of the popular Wii U gaming console has been officially unveiled earlier this month and is expected to hit the market in March 2017. Codenamed as NX during development, the Nintendo Switch hybrid console is expected to launch featuring 4 GB of memory, as confirmed by Emily Rogers on Twitter.
ARM unveils Mali-G51 GPU and Mali-V61 VPU
The G51 graphics processing unit is the second one to use the Bifrost architecture and also ARM's most area-efficient and energy-efficient GPU to date. The V61 provides 4K120 video with increased efficiency. Both should be available in products for consumers next year.
Android 7.1-based CyanogenMod 14.1 development begins
Although Android 7.0 Nougat is quite fresh, the team behind CyanogenMod has decided to drop version 14.0 (based on this Android build) and focus on releasing version 14.1 instead, a CyanogenMod release based on Android 7.1.
Rose gold Samsung Veyron shows up online
The SM-W2017 handset, also known as Veyron, has been spotted recently receiving its FCC certification and rumors mentioned it more than just once or twice in the last months, even including a gold variant. Now, images of a rose gold variant surface online as well.
Meizu Pro 6s hits AnTuTu
The upcoming handset is expected to launch powered by the Helio X25 SoC, next to 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 21 MP main camera. Unfortunately, rumors mentioned it would launch running the now aging Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Samsung acquires Tachyon
The Virginia-based wireless enterprise startup joins Samsung to enhance its offering by speeding up the secure configuration of third-party apps even when they do not provide specific APIs.
Qualcomm plans to acquire NXP
The co-inventor of the NFC technology is expected to join Qualcomm as part of a deal worth $47 billion. If the regulators do not delay it, this corporate acquisition is expected to close by the end of 2017.
ZTE Axon 7 MAX launches in China
This 6-inch phablet is finally official, having a retail price of around $440 USD in its home market. Shipments are expected to begin next week. The specs confirm previous rumors - Snapdragon 625, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage.
System76 Lemur gets a Kaby Lake upgrade
This Ubuntu Linux-powered now has the latest Intel processors inside, also offering USB Type-C connectivity and up to 32 GB of memory. Prices start at $699 USD (Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive).
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro to go on sale next week
The upcoming 6.4-inch phablet that would bring the Google Tango 3D technology to the masses will go on sale November 1, carrying a price tag around $500 USD. Its specs are expected to include a QHD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, and 4 GB RAM.
Emporio Armani Connected now available for purchase
This first connected luxury watch by Emporio Armani is the result of a partnership with Fossil and comes with basic features, but promises to offer an impressive battery life of no less than six months, all for a price tag starting below $250 USD.
Microsoft Surface Studio AiO now official
This new AiO desktop PC has a generous 28-inch PixelSense touch display, uses a discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics adapter with up to 4 GB VRAM, a Skylake Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as up to 32 GB of memory.
ZTE Axon 7 MAX leaks online
A fresh set of renders/official press images leaks online less than a day in advance of this phablet's launch event scheduled to take place later today. The specs rumored remain the same - 6-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, Android Nougat.
Samsung Pay to launch in Canada next month
After announcing that it would reach Canada this year, Samsung is now ready to launch its mobile payment service next month, when it will hit the local market offering support for CIBC Visa cards.
Apple Watch Nike+ arriving tomorrow
This special edition wearable brings together the unique features of Apple Watch Series 2 and the new Nike+ Run Club app. It will be hit the US tomorrow, starting at $369 USD (38 mm) and $399 USD (42 mm).
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S Pen coming to the US this week
This Exynos 7870-driven Android slate with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage space hits the US starting on October 28. The price of the WiFi-only variant is $349.99 USD, and the LTE-enabled one should arrive at a later time.
Apple MacBook Pro with Touch ID and OLED toolbar leaks online
Images of the upcoming notebook were accidentally leaked by Apple, showing the OLED touch panel that replaces the function keys which was already mentioned by more rumors so far.
BLU R1 Plus hits FCC
This upcoming 5-inch handset uses a MediaTek MT6737V processor and is expected to use a generous 4,100 mAh battery. A dual-SIM capable phone, the R1 Plus is expected to cost not much more than $100 USD.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro leaks online
Chinese retailer Tmall already listed the 6-inch device in advance of tomorrow's launch. This phablet is powered by a Snapdragon 653 processor, next to no less than 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
Kodak Ektra smartphone coming in December
This upcoming Android handset has a faux leather design with a retro touch and uses a MediaTek Helio X20 processor. Focused on features for fans of mobile photography, it is expected to go on sale for around $550 USD.
Unlocked Moto Z Play now available for purchase
This 5.5-inch Android handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor can be acquired from various US-based retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. Its price is $449.99 USD.
Samsung Gear S3 to hit the market next month
This Tizen-based smartwatch has been unveiled at the end of August and will hit the market next month in two versions, just as expected - Classic (Bluetooth connectivity only) and Frontier (Bluetooth and LTE).
Google Pixel Launcher now available for download
The launcher app that was built specifically for the first Pixel handsets is now freely available for download, but it does not offer support for other devices yet. However, that might change, since the Wallpapers picker for the Pixel lineup is already working with other smartphones.
BlackBerry Mercury spotted on Geekbench
The handset spotted in the benchmark database carries the model name BBB100-1 and comes loaded with Android 7.0. Its specs confirm the previous rumors, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and 3 GB of memory.
Huawei Kirin 960 chipset now official
The new chip features ARM Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 cores, as well as the new Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, the same graphics adapter expected to drive the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship.
Huawei has sold over 100 million handsets this year
With a target of 140 million units sold in 2016, it looks like Huawei is on the right path. Until mid-October, the company managed to sell no less than 100 million smartphones.
BLU Energy X Plus 2 now official
This 5.5-inch handset is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MTK6580 processor, next to just 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. However, it is priced accordingly, as it has been listed on Amazon for just $106 USD.
LG V34 coming next month
This new handset is, in fact, a smaller, waterproof LG V20 that is set to hit the Japanese market in about a month. Although it has a smaller display, it even carries the 3,000 mAh battery of the V20.
ZTE Nubia Z11 mini S now official
Although called mini, this handset has a 5.2-inch display. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and no less than 128 GB internal storage, as well as a top-of-the-line 23 MP main camera.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 coming next week
After multiple rumors and recent appearances on both Weibo and Geekbench, this upcoming handset is now even closer to becoming official. A recent teaser reveals that the Mi Note 2 is scheduled to arrive on October 25.
Gionee P7 Max hits India
This new 5.5-inch handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6595 processor, next to 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of expandable internal storage. Available in gold and grey-blue, this Marshmallow-driven handset has a competitive price - around $210 USD.
ZTE Axon 7 mini now up for pre-order in the US
This 5.2-inch mid-ranger is a smaller, less powerful variant of the popular Axon 7. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and can be pre-ordered for $299.98 USD.
Acer Chromebook 15 model priced at $199 USD hits Walmart
This 15.6-inch notebook with Chrome OS on board offers 12 hours of battery life, packing a Celeron N3060 processor by Intel, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
PBS reveals the Playtime Pad tablet for kids
This affordable slate for kids comes with parental controls, as well as access to FreeTime Unlimited, a selection of curated content for the little ones. It is scheduled to go on sale in early November for $79.99 USD.
Google releases Daydream Keyboard
Although the Daydream VR headset still has to reach the market, Google has just made the Daydream Keyboard app available for download. This app will allow its users to type while using the upcoming virtual reality headset.
Samsung begins mass production of 10 nm chips
With this new chip, Samsung continues to dominate the market by adopting an advanced 3D structure with multiple enhancements in both technology and design. The 10 nm chip offers increased performance and power consumption compared to its 14 nm predecessor.
Nintendo NX tablet might launch this week
Although it has been in the rumor mill for a while, there is no detailed information about this upcoming tablet/console hybrid available yet. However, insiders claim it could show up later this week and will hit the market next year.
New Samsung Galaxy TabPro S model now available
BestBuy has just introduced a gold Galaxy TabPro S model which also doubles the amount of memory of the variants available until now. It carries a price tag of $999.99 USD (with free shipping included) and is also available at most BestBuy retail locations.
Teclast prepping new tablets with Apollo Lake processors
This Chinese maker of affordable portables will soon unveil a lineup of tablets powered by Intel Celeron N3450 Apollo Lake processors, but at least one new model with a Core i5 under the hood is also expected to show up.
Always on Display hits Samsung Galaxy S7
Although the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 has been buried, it looks like its legacy is already present in the software of the smaller Galaxy S7 lineup, which has just received improved Always on Display capabilities.
Acer Swift 3 and Swift 7 now available
The Acer Swift lineup of Windows notebooks was introduced back in August, and now the Skylake-driven Swift 3 and the Kaby Lake-powered Swift 7 are both available for purchase.
Samsung Pay Beta hits the 3G/4G Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic
The cellular versions of both the Samsung Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic get beta-stage support for the mobile payment service in the US three months after their regular variants.
Ubuntu 16.10 is now available for download
Nicknamed "Yakkety Yak," this new release aims to enforce Ubuntu's position as the leading Linux for the cloud, including Hybrid Cloud Operations and Unity 8 developer preview, as well as multiple tweaks and optimizations.
Google might launch two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017
The first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches by Google were mentioned by some rumors last summer, and now it looks like the Internet search giant is targeting the first quarter of 2017 for their launch.
Nextbit Robin finally hits the market
This 5.2-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 on board and a custom OS focused on cloud services is now finally in stock and can be acquired for $299 USD (free shipping included).
Samsung might lose almost half of its smartphone users
A recent survey suggests that no less than 40 percent of Samsung's smartphone users have plans to drop the maker of the ill-fated Note 7 for another brand when buying their next handset.
HP Elite x3 Lap Dock hits the market
While this accessory turns the phablet into a regular notebook, it also has a rather high price - no less than $599 USD.
Flexible Xiaomi device shows up online
While most users ask for increased battery life, Xiaomi joins the club of handset makers currently working on flexible touchscreen displays.
Sharp Aquos Xx3 mini Android smartphone now official
This 4.7-inch handset has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor under the hood, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will hit the market in February 2017.
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime unveiled in India
This new phablet has an impressive 6.44-inch display and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
HP Envy 13 gets Kaby Lake processors
The updated variant of the premium notebook that made its debut back in 2015 now features a faster processor and a bigger battery, but also a slightly lower starting price.
Huawei Mate 9 to come in flat and curved screen variants
A recent image shows both different designs for this upcoming handset, but it looks like the curved one will only be available in China, unfortunately.
Huawei Honor 8 and Honor 8 Smart hit India
In addition to the 5.2-inch Honor 8 that is already available in other markets, Huawei also introduced the cheaper Smart, a device targeting the Indian market.
BlackBerry DTEK60 now up for pre-order in the US
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-driven handset formerly known as Argon has a 21 MP main camera, 4 GB RAM, and can be purchased for $499.99 USD.
Huawei launches Honor Holly 3 Android smartphone
This new 5.5-inch handset is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 620 processor, has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB expandable storage, all for a price around $150 USD.
Amazon launches Music Unlimited streaming service
This new on-demand music streaming service features "tens of millions" of songs and starts at $3.99 USD per month (when used exclusively with an Amazon Echo device).
Asus Transformer Mini now up for pre-order
This 10.1-inch Windows convertible uses the Intel Atom x5-Z8350 "Cherry Trail" processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD storage, its price starting at 399 USD.
Android 7.1 Developer Preview coming later this month
Expected to launch in December, Android 7.1 Nougat will get a Developer Preview release soon, with the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C the first devices to receive it.
Lenovo Miix 710 and Miix 720 leak online
The upcoming 7xx series Windows convertibles by Lenovo are expected to feature Intel Kaby Lake processors and up to 16 GB memory, but nothing is official yet.
Cyanogen OS goes modular
Soon after naming a new CEO, Cyanogen Inc. announces that all interested device makers will be able to license just some features instead of a full OS.
Samsung kills the Galaxy Note 7
The saga of this ill-fated Android device has come to an abrupt end - in a very expensive move, Samsung completely drops its latest Galaxy Note phablet.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini successor might arrive next week
Expected to launch as ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini S, this handset might focus on mobile photography features as its predecessor, but there are no details available yet.
Samsung Galaxy S8 migh launch in February 2017
What appears like a leaked image of a future Galaxy Unpacked event suggests that this next-gen flagship is scheduled to show up at MWC 2017.
Nokia D1C shows up on AnTuTu
The first Nokia smartphone with Android has been spotted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 on board, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
Samsung begins production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 SoC for wearables
The new 7270 chip is the first 14 nm FinFET processor for wearables. It integrates a full set of connectivity features, including a 4G LTE modem.
LG patent reveals transparent display
Since Samsung's foldable tablets might launch next year, it is no surprise that LG is working on transparent and foldable touchscreen displays as well.
HTC One Watch shows up online
After a very long time in the rumor mill, it looks like the HTC smartwatch might finally be ready to hit the market, as shown by the images that surfaced on Weibo.
Huawei Honor 6X launching next week
This 5.5-inch handset is expected to hit the market powered by a Huawei Kirin 620 processor and to retail for a price of roughly $200 USD.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime hits the Philippines
This Exynos 7870-powered handset with a 5.5-inch full HD TFT display hits the third market, less than one month after reaching Vietnam and India.
Slickwraps launches Google Pixel and Pixel XL skins
The new Google Pixel handsets just got nine skins each, including carbon, metal, wood, and stone finishes. Each has multiple color choices and costs less than $20 USD.
Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 production
After five incidents involving Note 7 units that were supposed to be safe, it looks like Samsung has decided to stop production of this phablet.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe coming to the US
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 821-powered phablet is scheduled to hit the US market by the end of October, carrying a price tag of $799 USD.
Kodak teasing a new smartphone
The new handset is expected to launch in two weeks, but there is no information on the specs of this successor to the mid-range IM5 smartphone.
Sprint to replace "safe" Galaxy Note 7 units
After the first incident with a supposedly safe Note 7, Sprint has decided to allow its customers to replace their last-gen Samsung phablets with any other handset.
Replacement Note 7 catches fire inside an airplane
A replacement unit obtained from AT&T apparently blew up on a Southwest Airlines flight, but the plane was still at the gate and, fortunately, nobody was injured.
Lenovo PHAB2 Pro Tango handset coming next month
While Project Ara has been dropped, it looks like the Project Tango-born PHAB2 Pro phablet is finally ready to hit the market and will begin shipping in November.
Samsung acquires Viv Labs
This acquisition aims to give Samsung the ability to allow third parties to build virtual assistants and to integrate a natural language-based interface into their apps.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 returns to T-Mobile
Although this carrier still has to replace some Note 7 units with battery issues, sales of safe handsets will resume tomorrow on T-Mobile.
Android 7.1 update coming to Nexus devices
The developer preview version of Android 7.1 Nougat is expected to come out by the end of the year, targeting at least the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Pixel C devices.
Google Pixel now up for pre-order on Verizon
Verizon Wireless is the only carrier to have the new Pixel and Pixel XL handsets up for pre-order at this time. Their full retail prices are $649.99 USD and $769.99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 gets new emojis
Next to the new green icon for units not affected by the notorious exploding battery issue, the phablet also gets a rich set of new emojis with the latest update.
Huawei MediaPad M3 confirmed to hit the US
This 8.4-inch, Kirin 950-powered Android tablet will soon land on US soil, but the details of its launch are not public yet.
Windows Hello might hit Android
Windows fans also using Android devices might soon be able to use the fingerprint and face recognition authentication technologies currently available on Windows 10.
Acer Iconia Talk S debuts in Taiwan
This 7-inch slate is powered by a MediaTek processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, runs Android Marshmallow, and retails for less than $240 USD.
Asus quietly unveils the Zenbook UX410 notebook
This 14-inch notebook with 6 mm-thin bezels is apparently powered by a Kaby Lake processors (i3, i5, and i7 options available), but the details on pricing are not available yet.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL leak online
With 5-inch and 5.5-inch AMOLED displays, both handsets use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and are expected to be officially unveiled tomorrow.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) debuts in Korea
This 5.7-inch phablet hits South Korea via SK Telecom, powered by a Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC and priced at roughly $590 USD.
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle debuts in India
This 5.5-inch handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, all with Android Marshmallow with HTC Sense UI on top.
Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus leaks online
This tablet is expected to come in both 32 GB and 64 GB versions, both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, next to 3 GB of memory.
LeEco formally enters the US market in October
Chinese manufacturer LeEco will hold a launch event in California on October 19, thus marking its official debut on US soil.
Spotify might acquire SoundCloud
The two companies are said to be in advanced talks, but there is no official confirmation yet. Spotify would benefit from SoundCloud's rich indie collection, but there could be more to such a deal.
Acer Chromebook R13 now up for pre-order
This Chrome OS-driven convertible notebook with a 13.3-inch touchscreen is up for pre-order with a price tag of $429.99 USD and will begin shipping next month.
Xiaomi to open 1,000 retail stores by 2020
Although the Chinese company only has 25 retail stores right now, they are planning to go all the way up to 1,000 by 2020.
Mozilla buries Firefox OS for good
Although Mozilla had hopes to keep this operating system around for use in at least some other devices instead of handsets, the company has finanlly decided to completely stop all work on it.
Samsung Pay celebrates its first birthday
One year since its official US launch, Samsung Pay is now rolling out a few new features, store coupons, and cloud storage backup.
Google Play Music now available in India
Almost five years after the music store went live in the US, Google finally releases Play Music on the Android dominated Indian market.
Fitbit Charge 2 hits the US market
This fitness tracker hits now multiple new markets, with more to be added next month, and a Special Edition Series to launch in December.
T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Samsung Cloud and the last security update
The new firmware contains the September Security Maintenance Release, but it also delivers the Samsung Cloud features like sync for photos, videos, and other files.
Lenovo Moto Z and Moto G4 to get Nougat later this year
A Lenovo official has recently unveiled that the Moto Z and the Moto G4 families are scheduled to get Android 7.0 in the fourth quarter of this year.
Huawei Honor 6X coming next month
This 5.5-inch handset is expected to hit the market next month, featuring dual cameras and a fingerprint scanner, as well as mid-range specs overall.
Xiaomi Mi 5s & Mi 5s Plus now official
These 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch handsets are both powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, and will soon hit the Chinese market.
Samsung Galaxy On8 launches in India
This 5.5-inch, Exynos 7580-powered handset will go on sale via Flipkart starting October 2 and carries a price tag of roughly $240 USD.
Huawei H smartphone launches in South Korea
This new 5.5-inch handset powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor and a 3,000 mAh battery launches exclusively via LG Uplus on September 29.
Alcatel unveils Pixi 4 Plus Power smartphone
This handset has no price and launch date yet, but it is obviously a low-end handset with just 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, but features an impressive 5,000 mAh battery.
LG Pay launch delayed until next year
Although expected to arrive this year, LG Pay is now scheduled to launch in 2017, apparently due to issues encountered during testing in South Korea.
Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices
After leaving the 300 million mark behind in May, Microsoft's operating system reaches now a new milestone, running on no less than 400 million devices.
Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) launches in China
This 5.5-inch handset launches in China for around $240 USD. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and comes loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.
Samsung Galaxy S8 might use the Exynos 8895 SoC
A set of leaked documents reveals that the next-gen Galaxy S flagship uses a 10 nm Exynos SoC that integrates a Mali-G71 GPU.
Sony Xperia X Compact now available for purchase
After a short pre-order period, Sony's new 4.6-inch Xperia handset is ready to ship, its unlocked version carrying a price tag of $499.99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy C9 hits Geekbench
Still using Android Marshmallow, this 6-inch handset has been spotted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 under the hood, next to 6 GB of memory.
Moto E3 Power sold 100,000 units on its first day
The new Moto E handset managed to break the previous record of first-day smartphone sales via Flipkart.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S gets Android Marshmallow on Verizon
After moving from KitKat to Lollipop, this two-year-old slate on Verizon finally gets Android Marshmallow, but this update also removes some bloatware as well.
Black Onyx Galaxy Note 7 coming next month
Since the first batch of jet black iPhone 7 handsets sold out very fast, Samsung is on the right path with the black onyx Note 7, to come out in early October.
Apple to open its first South Korean store
Unconfirmed reports from sources familiar with the matter claim that Apple signed three long-term lease contracts, planning to build a two- to three-story store in Seoul.
BlackBerry Argon coming soon
A page on BlackBerry.com that was not supposed to go public revealed that DTEK60 is a 5.5-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor on board, so now it only remains to get an official confirmation.
Apple's iPhone 7 has the best LCD display according to DisplayMate
After a long stream of Samsung handsets to hold the crown, the Cupertino-based giant is finally being recognized as the maker of the handset with the best LCD display, but not the best overall...
Android Pay gets updated in the US
Shortly after introducing loyalty card integration and support for Uber, this mobile payment system now gets support for 44 new banks and credit unions.
Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs coming next month
These two new drives offer capacities between 250 GB and 1 TB (960 EVO) and 2 TB (960 PRO), being expected to hit the market next month starting at $129.99 USD and $329.99 USD.
macOS Sierra now available for download
This major update brings Siri to Macs, also delivering improved sharing and optimization in iCloud, enhanced messages, Apple Watch unlocking for Macs, and more.
A large batch of safe Galaxy Note 7 units hits the US
Samsung announced that over 500,000 safe units arrived in the US, have been shipped to carrier and retail stores, and should be available for exchange starting today.
Huawei NOVA Plus heading for Canada
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered 5.5-inch Android handset will hit Canada as early as October 18 via Rogers, Virgin Mobile, and Fido.
Lenovo Yoga Book now up for pre-order
This 10.1-inch convertible with a Wacom digitizer instead of a keyboard starts at $500 USD, coming with Android or Windows. Shipments are expected to begin next month.
Moto E3 Power unveiled in India
This 5-inch handset runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a MediaTek MT6735P processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storag, all for around $120 USD.
Eurocom adds 120 Hz QHD display to Sky X7E2 & X9E2 gaming notebooks
The Sky X7E2 and Sky X9E2 fully upgradeable high-end gaming notebooks are the first ones in their category to receive a 120 Hz ultra high refresh rate QHD G-sync panel display option.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sales to resume later this month
As the first replacement units for the recalled phablets begin to arrive, Samsung has already scheduled the comeback of the Galaxy Note 7. According to a spokesperson for the company, sales will resume on September 28 in South Korea and other markets, as long as conditions allow.
Sony Xperia X Compact hits Amazon
Although it lacks water resistance and a high-end processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650-powered Xperia X Compact has a top-of-the-line 23 MP main camera and can be currently pre-ordered from Amazon for $449.99 USD (unlocked), $50 USD down from the regular price.
Oracle acquires Palerra
Founded in 2013, Palerra will join Oracle to help them extend the Oracle Identity Cloud Service with an innovative Cloud Access Security Broker. However the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and until it closes, both companies will operate independently.
LG FORCE wireless Bluetooth headset now available
This new pair of around-the-ear wireless headset targets the sporty mobile consumers, being designed to work with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices on the market. This audio accessory features Qualcomm aptX audio coding and is sweat and water resistant, compliant with the IPX5 rating.
The CPSC officially announces the Note 7 recall
Two weeks after Samsung, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an official recall of the Note 7 handsets sold locally as well. There are over 1 million units affected, including those sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and even Best Buy.
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and all jet black models, already sold out
Although Apple admitted that jet black iPhone 7 units are easier to scratch, and customers should use protective cases, these handsets are already out of stock. Even more, the silver, gold, rose gold, and black iPhone 7 handsets are only available in limited quantities for Apple retail stores' walk-in customers.
HP updates the mainstream ProBook 400 series
The updated ProBook mainstream notebooks from HP start at prices from $499 USD to $749 USD, offering screen sizes between 13.3 and 17.3 inches, various Intel Skylake processors, flexible internal storage options, and up to 16 GB of memory.
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 receives Android Marshmallow
This 8-inch slate arrived on the market in June 2015, powered by a quad-core Intel Atom SoC and running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Although not available via OTA, an official Android Marshmallow update has been finally issued by Asus and can be downloaded from its website.
Samsung might remove the headphone jack soon as well
After the Cupertino-based company, the South Korean giant might become the next big name in the industry to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector from its handsets as well, although this decision was not well received by many Apple fans.
Sony Xperia C4 and C4 Dual get Android Marshmallow
The two handsets now get firmware versions 27.3.A.0.122 and 27.3.B.0.122, thus receiving the usual Android 6.0 features - Doze mode, Google Now on Tap, granular permissions, and more.
Dell Latitude 13 3000 hits the market
This Windows convertible notebook lineup now features USB Type-C connectivity, Skylake processors, up to 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage, for prices starting at $699 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4 on AT&T get Android Marshmallow
AT&T subscribers who own these two handsets that were apparently stuck with Lollipop can finally move forward, as their devices receive Android 6.0. Unfortunately, there is little hope about an official Nougat update for them.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe now available in Taiwan
This 5.7-inch phablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood, next to 6 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage, carrying a price tag of almost $800 USD in Taiwan.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen hits South Korea
Although the new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab A has been around for a few weeks, the variant with S Pen is only available in Korea for the time being, with more markets expected to follow soon.
Blu Products launches Vivo 5R smartphone
This 5.5-inch handset is powered by a MediaTek 6753 processor, having 3 GB memory and 32 GB internal storage, all for just $199.99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gets a temporary fix
This official software update stops the device from fully charging, so even the units with a defective battery should no longer blow up.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show up online
The leaked specs reveal that this handset is wider and taller than the Galaxy Note7, while its specs include the Exynos 7420 chip, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB of expandable internal storage.
Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher
Since Pixel handsets running Nexus Launcher would not seem right, Google has also decided to rename this app to Pixel Launcher.
Snapdragon 625-powered Galaxy Tab E hits Geekbench
According to the benchmark database, this slate features 2 GB of memory and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but nothing is official yet.
Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 launches in China
As previously rumored, this foldable smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.
Huawei might build the next Google tablet
A new 7-inch Google tablet manufactured by Huawei is expected to launch later this year with 4 GB RAM, but nothing is official yet.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) hits GFXBench
According to the benchmark database, the specs of this upcoming 4.7-inch handset include a 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm chip, 2 GB RAM, and 8 GB internal storage space.
Apple unveils the AirPods wireless headphones
These new accessories will hit the market next month and work with devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3, or macOS Sierra.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and BlackBerry Android handsets get a new security patch
The patch is dated September 6 and, as usual, fixes various Android vulnerabilities that have been discovered recently.
Apple intros the Watch 2 smartwatch
This new smart wearable features a brighter display, a dual-core processor, is water resistant to 164 feet and features a GPS.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now official
The new Apple flagships use a new processor, 2 GB RAM, offering resistance from water and dropping the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack.
HP TouchPad gets unofficial Nougat firmware
As incredible as it may seem, this five-year-old slate with 1 GB RAM can run Android Nougat, although it will never get an official update.
Apple Pay hits the web next week
In addition to gaining support for Safari users on any Mac introduced starting in 2012, the service will become available in Japan this month as well, with New Zealand and Russia also scheduled to gain access later this fall.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 spotted online
The new handset is expected to show up next to the Redmi 4, packing a Snapdragon 820/821 processor and 4 GB or 6 GB of memory.
LG V20 is now official
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered handset has dual front screens, a metal body, complies with the MIL-STD 810G standard, and is the first smartphone to launch with Android Nougat on board.
Moto G4 Play now up for pre-order in the US
This affordable handset will become available on September 15, has a price tag of $149.99 USD, and will soon hit Verizon Wireless as well.
Chuwi Hi10 Plus tablet coming next week
This new Windows 10/Remix OS 2.0 hybrid tablet features 4 GB RAM, and will hit the market on September 12 for around $240 USD.
Apple Watch sales decline while Fitbit remains the market leader
While shipments of basic wearables grew considerably compared to last year, smartwatch sales continue to struggle, with Apple taking the most powerful blow.
Asus intros the ZenPower Max power pack
This external battery pack has a capacity of 28,600 mAh and can easily charge any notebook on the market, as well as various other smaller devices.
Verizon updates the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note5
This update offers compatibility for the Barcode Beaming Service, as well as adding OnCircle and Amazon Widget.
Meizu M3 Max phablet hits China
This 6-inch handset runs a custom Android Marshmallow-based OS and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P10 processor, being scheduled to go on sale in China next week for roughly $250 USD.
Lenovo unveils K6 series smartphones
These three new Android handsets have 5-inch and 5.5-inch screens, all being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chip and scheduled to hit the market starting this fall.
Alcatel unveils three Pop 4 tablets
These new Android slates come in three sizes, two being powered by MediaTek processors, and the third using a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. All will launch next month in Europe and MEA.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 hits TENAA
This 5-inch Android Marshmallow-driven handset is expected to hit the market powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
BlackBerry and Samsung team up to release a secure tablet
Dubbed SecuTablet, this slate is a Galaxy Tab S2 with BlackBerry security technology added, and its price is expected to exceed $2,000 USD.
OnePlus merging HydrogenOS and OxygenOS
OnePlus has finally decided to drop the Chinese-only variant of its Android system and to continue developing only OxygenOS.
Alcatel announces Pop 4 XL phablet
This large handset is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor, next to a generous 6-inch HD IPS full lamination display and a 13 MP main camera, being expected to launch next month.
TomTom intros three smart wearables
These new TomTom devices start around $166 USD for the Touch fitness tracker (already available for pre-order), up to about $335 USD for the TomTom Adventurer GPS smartwatch (to launch in October).
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 coming soon
Although announced more than a month ago, this slate still has no official pricing and a global launch date, but can be seen in action at IFA.
Archos 133 Oxygen tablet now official
This Android tablet has modest specs overall but delivers a large full HD display for less than $240 USD.
Verizon updates the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge
The two flagships now receive FM radio and voice improvements, as well as the usual bug fixes.
Samsung recalling all Galaxy Note 7 units sold so far
Shortly after the first report of a Galaxy Note 7 battery blowing up surfaced online, Samsung decided to recall all units sold worldwide and to replace them.
Google might replace Nexus with Pixel
After some rumors that mentioned Google's intentions to discontinue the Nexus lineup in the past, now we hear that the search giant's next-gen handsets will launch as Pixel and Pixel XL.
TP-Link intros Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max smartphones
Both handsets are powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor and feature an all-metal casing, as well as a curved back, being expected to hit the market in Q4.
CTL launches NL61T rugged Chromebooks
The new CTL NL61T and CTL NL61TX both feature a rugged design and will hit the market in mid-September, starting at $269 USD and $299 USD.
Samsung unveils Gear S3 Classic and Frontier smartwatches
Both models feature GPS, integrated speakers, and are IP68-rated for protection from the elements. The LTE-capable Frontier is being expected to hit the US via AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless later this year.
Lenovo Vibe P2 hits TENAA
This handset was spotted at Geekbench as well, its specs including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a generous 5,000 mAh battery.
ZTE Nubia Z11 coming to Europe and the US
This flagship is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, next to up to 6 GB of memory and 64 GB internal storage, all for a starting price of around $550 USD on the European market.
Asus unveils ZenWatch 3 smartwatch
This new smart wearable is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and is available in three different skins.
Acer Chromebook R13 coming in October
This new convertible is the industry's first 13.3-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook and promises to offer up to 12 hours of battery life.
Asus Zenfone 2 finally gets Android Marshmallow
After multiple delays, this handset that launched last year as the first sub-$300 smartphone to feature 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage gets Android 6.0.
Pebble firmware 4.0 now available
The new firmware brings a redesigned Health app, 4-button quick launch, Timeline updates, and more.
Fossil Q Wander and Q Marshal hit the US
These two Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered smart wearables retail for between $275 USD and $315 USD, depending on the options chosen.
Archos 55 Diamond Selfie now official
This mid-range Android Marshmallow handset is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor, but features no less than 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, as well as a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display.
Alcatel Fierce 4 coming soon to T-Mobile
This 5.5-inch Android Marshmallow handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, all for less than $70 USD.
Samsung begins production of the low-end Exynos 7570 SoC
The 7570 is the first Exynos processor to fully integrate a Cat.4 LTE 2CA modem and connectivity solutions, as well as global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in one chip.
Meizu m3e Star Trek edition shows up online
This special edition Android mid-ranger will have the same specs as the regular one and is expected to hit China at the same time as Star Trek Beyond.
Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 (2017) spotted online
The third iteration of this smartphone lineup has been spotted on Zauba already, so we should see them launch in early 2017.
Asus Transformer Mini and Transformer 3 Pro to launch in Japan and Europe
These convertibles will hit the two areas next month, and more details on pricing and availability should be unveiled at IFA.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hits China with 4 GB RAM
Although multiple rumors mentioned that a 6 GB version would reach China, the only Note 7 variant available there carries 4 GB of memory.
Pink gold Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge coming to the US
More than four months after its arrival in South Korea and not before Europe, either, the US market finally receives this color option for the Galaxy S7 flagships.
OnePlus unveils Bullets V2 headphones
Although the price is still unkown, this new accessory promises to deliver excellent value like its $15 USD predecessor.
Garmin launches Fenix Chronos, its first luxury smartwatch
A luxury smartwatch that can also be worn in the gym, the Chronos comes in three variants, priced between $899.99 USD and $1.499,99 USD.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 launches in China
The new handset has a 5.5-inch full HD display, is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, and starts as low as $135 USD.
Samsung Veyron shows up on AnTuTu
The successor of Samsung's SM-W2016 clamshell smartphone has been spotted on AnTuTu sporting a Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blows up in China
The incident took place while charging the phablet with a micro USB to Type-C converter for the cable and only occurred once so far.
Google Nexus 5 gets unofficial Android 7.0 firmware
Although Google decided not to offer Nougat for most existing Nexus devices, Nexus 5 users can already load an early build of Android 7.0 released by an independent developer.
Gear S2 iOS beta program begins
After a long delay, it looks like both the Gear S2 and the Gear Fit 2 are now compatible with iOS devices, at least as part of a beta program.
A new Amazon Fire tablet shows up at FCC
The description of a new tablet that has been spotted earlier this week looks like an unannounced Amazon device might soon hit the market.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get a new security update
The unlocked variants of the two flagship models have just begun to receive this month’s security update all across the United States.
Android 7.1 Nougat apparently in the works
Android 7.1 was spotted in the Developer Console, and it looks like it might arrive as MR1 - the first Maintenance Release update to the latest major version of Google's mobile operating system.
Samsung Pay nearing 100 million transactions
Samsung's digital wallet platform is now one-year old and has about five million users each month.
E Fun Nextbook 10.1 convertible hits Target
This $180 USD Windows 10 tablet with a detachable keyboard is powered by a Cherry Trail Intel Atom x5 processor, next to 2 GB of memory and 32 GB of internal storage.
Samsung Cloud Together now available for download
This app helps its users to manage popular cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox.
Samsung Z2 launches in India
This 4-inch handset is the first Tizen-powered smartphone to feature 4G connectivity and its price in India is less than $70 USD.
Xiaomi launches MIUI 8 Android UI
Although it was introduced back in May with the Mi Max phablet, the new iteration of Xiaomi's Android UI now rolls out to older handsets, including the Redmi Note and the Mi 4i.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S will get Android Marshmallow
The two-year-old Galaxy Tab S launched with Android KitKat, then its firmware was updated to Lollipop, and now Samsung has decided to provide a Marshmallow update to its users as well.
Google releases Android 7.0 Nougat
The new Android version packs multi-window capabilities, VR mode, an improved Doze mode, the Vulkan3D graphics API, and more.
Apple to launch three iPhone models next year
The upcoming iPhone trio is expected to include two LCD-based 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, as well as a high-end OLED-based 5.8-inch model.
Microsoft acquires Genee
The two-year-old company behind an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service joins the Redmond giant to help improve Office 365.
Samsung SM-P580 tablet spotted online
The leaked sketches show a 10-inch slate with a stylus, while the features revealed include a Samsung Exynos 7870 processor and a microSD slot.
Pebble 2 hits FCC
The first units are expected to ship next month, but the updated Pebble smartwatch has just been spotted at FCC and some official pictures appeared online as well.
Samsung LEVEL Active headset now available in the US
This Bluetooth-enabled headset was specially designed for active people engaged in outdoor activities and can be paired with the Samsung Level app.
Huawei G9 Plus launching this week
This new Android mid-ranger is very similar to the GX8 successor that arrived last month, using a Snapdragon 625 processor and offering two versions - one with 3 GB/32 GB and the other with 4 GB/64 GB.
Xiaomi handset shipments dropping in China
Xiaomi lost no less than 38 percent in the quarter that has ended on the Chinese market compared to the same period of last year.
Gigabyte P35 & P37 receive NVIDIA Pascal graphics
Both notebooks come with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, a Skylake Intel Core i7 processor, as well as an optional DDR4 2400MHz memory upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 confirmed to arrive at IFA
The launch of the 8-inch variant of the updated Galaxy Tab S3 Android slate has been confirmed a post by Samsung Colombia.
Gigabyte updates the P55 & P57 series with NVIDIA Pascal
The 17.3-inch P57 now features GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, while the smaller P55 has a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics adapter under the hood.
Samsung Gear S3 coming at the end of the month
The successor of the one-year old Gear S2 will have three versions and will be unveiled on the last day of August, in Berlin.
MSI reveals ultra-slim GS73VR Stealth gaming notebook
With the main body made of high-density aluminum alloy, this light gaming laptop uses NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and a Skylake processor, as well as MSI's Cooler Boost Trinity technology.
MSI announces GE72VR and GE62VR Apache series
Positioned as high-value gaming notebooks, the GE72VR and GE62VR Apache come with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and Intel Core i7 processors.
MSI unveils GS63VR Stealth Pro ultra-slim gaming notebook
This slim 4.2-pound gaming notebook is powered by the high-end Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor and uses NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics.
MSI announces GT72VR and GT62VR Dominator series
These two new gaming notebooks for enthusiasts feature 4K displays and come with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 graphics.
MSI unveils GT83VR Titan SLI gaming notebook
This ultimate gaming machine features a 17.3-inch display, a Intel Core i7 K series processor, and support for dual GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 in SLI mode.
Asus ZenWatch 3 shows up online
After two square-shaped smartwatches, Asus will finally release a round smartwatch soon, as revealed by the images spotted on NCC.
Chromebook sales to exceed 17 million units by 2023
With over 5.4 million units sold in 2014 and driven by the strong demand in the education sector, the Chromebook market is expected to continue its growth in the years to come.
Samsung Cloud hits the Galaxy S7 series
The latest software update for the two Galaxy S7 models on the market brings the security updates for July, various fixes and optimizations, as well as Samsung Cloud, the service that will launch with Note7 this Friday.
HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle allegedly coming next month
Both handsets are expected to launch at the end of September loaded with Android Marshmallow and Sense UI on top, but no pricing details have been unveiled yet.
Verizon and T-Mobile already shipping the Galaxy Note7
Although the official launch date is August 19th, both carriers have started shipping Samsung's latest Android phablet.
Foxconn acquires Sharp
After completing this $3.5 billion deal, Foxconn appointed Tai Jeng-wu as Sharp's new president and chief executive.
Samsung's chief confirms the 6 GB Galaxy Note7
The 6 GB phablet moves closer to the market as Samsung's DJ Koh confirms the imminent launch of such a variant on the Chinese market.
Asus C301 Chromebook now up for pre-order
This 13.3-inch, Intel Celeron N3160-powered Chromebook with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage can be pre-ordered for $299.99 USD.
Global tablet shipments continue to drop
Global tablet shipments dropped by 12 percent in Q2 2016, maintaining the trend that is expected to change by 2018.
HP Stream lineup gets its third refresh
The third-gen HP Stream lineup starts at $199 USD and will hit the market starting at the end of August.
Kyocera DuraForce Pro rugged smartphone coming this fall
This rugged handset is the first of its kind to feature an action camera and should launch this fall.
Lenovo announces 48 TB SSD, Seagate to reach 60 TB
The new drives under development by Lenovo and Seagate promise to offer a very large amount of storage space, but both will target servers instead of desktop PCs and notebooks.
Samsung Z2 specs confirmed
The third Tizen-powered smartphone will remain in the low-end area of the market, offering a 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB of storage space.
Micron intros its first 3D NAND memory for mobile devices
Micron's first mobile-optimized 3D NAND chip offers 32 GB of storage space and is compliant with the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1 specification.
Samsung leads the global enterprise SSD market
With a 34 percent share of the global enterprise SSD market, the South Korean conglomerate is now the top supplier of SSDs used in corporate data centers.
Kobo Aura ONE e-reader coming soon
After reaching the FCC last week, this 7.8-inch e-reader gets listed by a Dutch retailer on its way to the official launch.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 has "the most innovative and high performance" display
Same as its predecessor, the new phablet gets the crown for best display currently available in a smartphone/phablet from DisplayMate.
HTC launches JBL Reflect Aware C noise-canceling headphones
These $200 USD high-end noise-canceling headphones with USB Type-C connectivity will only be available from HTC until early 2017.
Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update rolls out
While the update is scheduled to hit carriers next week, the open market receives it today.
HP unveils Powerup Backpack with 22,400 mAh inside
This backpack is up for pre-order on Amazon for $199.99 USD and is scheduled to begin shipping out on October 1st.
Samsung Pay has a serious vulnerability
This security issue affects any credit card, debit card or prepaid card that works with Samsung Pay, but the gift cards are safe from wireless skimming.
Incipio acquires Griffin
Not long after announcing the acquisition of Skullcandy, the Irvine-based accessories company moves on and buys Griffin Technology for an undisclosed amount.
Samsung Gear IconX delayed in the US
Although these activity tracking earbuds are already available in other markets and were expected to hit the US on August 14th, it looks like their new US launch date is August 19th.
Toshiba's new storage modules for tablets, ready to hit the market
Although Toshiba is out of the tablet market, they have just added a new TLC 3D NAND to its BG1 SSD card portfolio, a storage solution mainly aimed at tablets.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (2016) might arrive soon
Samsung's affordable mid-ranger arrived back in early 2015, and now it looks like its successor has been imported to India for testing.
Apple's iOS 9.3.4 update now available
Although iOS 10 is very close to launch, Apple has just launched a new iOS 9 update that fixes a vulnerability of the previous version and, apparently, nothing more.
Windows 10 to get two major updates in 2017
Next to the usual minor patches, Microsoft plans to issue two major updates with new features next year.
China might get a Galaxy Note 7 with 6 GB RAM
Although the Note7 for the rest of the world does not have a 6 GB RAM variant yet, it looks like one is headed for China, but nothing is official yet.
Android Wear gets the July security patch
The new firmware is labeled M1D63G and brings an update to Google Play Services, as well as the latest security patch.
Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) hits Geekbench
Although previous benchmarks revealed a Snapdragon-powered device, a new device that appears to be a Galaxy On7 variant has been spotted with the Exynos 7870 inside.
Lenovo Miix 510 Windows convertible leaks online
This Skylake-powered portable with IPS multitouch display with pen support has been listed in Europe already for prices starting at €730 EUR but did not get an official launch yet.
Polar announces M600 Android Wear smartwatch
This new smart wearable offers GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, as well as support for music streaming without a phone, and has a pre-order price of $329.95 USD.
ZTE plans to release a crowdsourced phone in 2017
Announced earlier this year, ZTE's Project CSX now launches in the US as "a new method for developing products that engages directly with consumers at every step of the development process."
OnePlus 3 sales temporarily stopping in Europe
Although its predecessors were not extremely successful in Europe, OnePlus 3 is now facing massive sales that force its maker to temporarily halt sales.
Nexus 9 and Pixel C get Marshmallow-based Remix OS
Jide’s custom Android build based on Marshmallow is now compatible with both the Pixel C and the Nexus 9 tablets.
Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note7 phablet
The new flagship comes with both Qualcomm and Exynos processors, depending on the region, has been rated IP68 for protection from the elements, and features USB Type-C connectivity, an iris scanner, and more.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is now available
This major update comes with multiple interface improvements, extension support for Microsoft Edge, various enhancements to Cortana, and much more.
LG V20 to launch as the first Android Nougat handset
LG has been supporting Android for a long time, and now they plan to become the first company to ship a handset with Nougat by the end of Q3.
T-Mobile updates the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Note 4
The update has around 300 MB in size and contains the July security patches, as well as various minor tweaks and fixes, as usual.
Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 is now official
This apparently new 7.9-inch Android slate is, in fact, the Asus ZenPad Z8 without Verizon Wireless branding.
Huawei to open 15,000 retail stores worldwide
Planning to sell a record 140 million smartphones this year, Huawei is getting ready for world domination and expects to open an impressive number of stores all around the world.
Samsung Z2 video leaks online
This upcoming handset promises to launch as the first Tizen smartphone with 4G connectivity, but Samsung still has to confirm its release date.
TCL 950 hits TENAA
Although TCL is the company making Alcatel handsets, the upcoming TCL 950 promises to be more powerful than the Idol 4S flagship.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might launch next to a cloud storage service
Simply dubbed "Samsung Cloud," this service will launch with the next-gen Note phablet as Samsung's competitor to Apple's iCloud or Microsoft's OneDrive.
Microsoft to cut more jobs
The additional cuts will hit the hardware and sales departments of the company, affecting almost 3,000 employees.
Samsung allegedly testing a new Exynos processor
The unannounced Exynos 8895 chipset has been spotted on Indian import tracker Zauba, so it is certain that Samsung is working on it.
Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 hits Bluetooth SIG
This upcoming clamshell design Android handset has been spotted at Bluetooth SIG carrying model number SM-G1600.
Lenovo launches Air 13 Pro notebook in China
This 13-inch machine is powered by an Intel Core i5 6200U processor, next to 4 GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, all for $750 USD.
Samsung Gear S3 to feature a rotary bezel
The latest leak about the next-gen Gear smartwatch confirms its arrival is scheduled to take place in September at IFA and also mentions a rotary bezel design.
Apple has sold one billion iPhone handsets so far
After two straight quarters of declining sale figures, Apple leaves the one billion iPhone units sold barrier behind.
Xiaomi unveils Mi Notebook Air Windows notebook
Xiaomi's first notebook runs Windows, is powered by Intel Skylake processors, and starts at just $525 USD.
AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets
The new firmware brings WiFi calling to these two flagships, as well as various minor tweaks, fixes, and security updates.
Nintendo allegedly working on a tablet-console hybrid
This slate, allegedly dubbed Nintendo NX, is expected to launch featuring detachable controllers and an Nvidia Tegra chip.
Xiaomi launches Redmi Pro Android smartphone
This handset launches in three variants priced between $225 USD and $300 USD, all powered by MediaTek processors and featuring a generous 4050 mAh battery.
OnePlus 3 gets OxygenOS 3.2.2
This incremental update comes with a few minor tweaks and fixes, including enhanced noise cancellation in video recording and the latest security patches.
Intex Aqua Fish hits the market
This Sailfish OS-powered handset retails for around $80 USD and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
Soft Gold OnePlus 3 launches today
According to OnePlus, the new color option "needs to be seen and heard to be properly appreciated."
Xiaomi Mi Notebook leaks online
The standard model is expected to have a price tag of $600 USD, packing an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD.
More HTC Nexus Sailfish specs leak online
This handset has been in the rumor mill for a while, but now new details emerge, revealing that it carries a Snapdragon 820/821 under the hood.
Samsung Galaxy Tab J debuts in Taiwan
This new 7-inch slate has below average specs and will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for less than $200 USD starting in August.
Verizon buys Yahoo for $5 billion
Back in February, Yahoo started to search for "strategic alternatives" and now this $5 billion worth deal has just become official.
BlackBerry Hamburg shows up at FCC and GFXBench
This mid-ranger without a physical keyboard is expected to launch loaded with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 3 GB RAM.
Samsung working on new wireless charger designs
A new patent filing by Samsung describes three new wireless chargers that are taller than the current ones and apparently can charge a smartwatch and a smartphone simultaneously.
Oppo sends out invites for F1s launch event
The successor of the popular Oppo F1 is expected to feature a 16 MP front camera and will be unveiled on August 3rd, as previously rumored.
Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time
While global shipments fell 32 percent in the second quarter, Apple's smart wearables faced an impressive downfall - no less than 55 percent.
Microsoft iMac rival could be in the works
The Redmond giant is apparently getting ready for the rebound of the PC market with a modular device that could act as an iMac alternative, a portable TV set, or even a gaming console.
Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force coming to Verizon next week
These 5.5-inch handsets powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and support for Moto Mods are available for pre-order and will be available starting July 28.
Samsung Gear S3 and Galaxy Tab S3 might launch in September
Italian technology journalist Antonio Monaco has confirmed an older rumor, so it looks like the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Gear S3 will arrive at IFA 2016.
NVIDIA to announce Tegra-Next SoC in August
The chip is expected to show up on August 22nd at the Hot Chips conference in California.
Corning announces Gorilla Glass 5
Internal drop tests reveal that Gorilla Glass 5 is almost two times more durable than Gorilla Glass 4 while offering similar resistance from scratches.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and M5 get Android Marshmallow
Both handsets have just begun to receive Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and the latest security updates.
Meizu unveils MX6 Android handset
This 5.5-inch smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, has 4 GB memory and 32 GB internal storage, being expected to debut in China at the end of the month, starting at $300 USD.
Sony Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA now up for sale in the US
All the three models now available in the US have 5 inch screens, being powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon and MediaTek processors, with prices that start at $279.99 USD.
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 gets Android Marshmallow
The update has about 1 GB in size and delivers Android 6.0.1 to the LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab S2 on T-Mobile.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin hits the US
The 13.3-inch variant of this Windows convertible starts at $899.99 USD, while the 15.6-inch configurations can be acquired for at least $1,299.99 USD.
HP Elite x3 Windows phablet coming soon
The Elite x3 solution bundles consisting of the phablet, premium headset, and a dock are expected to begin shipping at the end of August, priced at $799 USD.
SoftBank buys ARM for $32 billion
Once the deal closes, ARM is expected to continue as an independent business within SoftBank, keeping its Cambridge headquarters as well.
Asus intros Zenfone 3 Laser and Zenfone 3 Max
These two new Zenfone 3 models come both with a fingerprint reader and offer mid-range specs at prices between $200 USD and $270 USD.
Windows 10 will not run on 1 billion devices by mid-2018
Microsoft officials admit that Windows 10 cannot meet the ambitious goal of being installed on 1 billion devices by mid-2018.
Acer Liquid Jade Primo Windows smartphone hits the US
This 5.5-inch Windows 10 handset that launched in Europe back in April is finally available in the US, where the Microsoft Store offers it for $649 USD (bundled with a desktop dock, keyboard, and a mouse).
Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone now up for pre-order
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-powered Android smartphone can be pre-ordered for $350 USD and is expected to begin shipping in early August.
Motorola Moto E3 coming in September
Considering its specs, it looks like this handset is just the Moto G4 Play using a different name. This handset is scheduled to hit the UK for around $130 USD.
Lenovo unveils SoftBank 503LV Windows 10 Mobile handset
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, this 5-inch smartphone also has 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and will launch in Japan this October.
Razer unveils mechanical keyboard case for iPad Pro
Featuring Bluetooth connectivity and a metal kickstand, this accessory uses the world’s first low-profile mechanical switch for mobile devices.
LG V20 might launch in September
The handset that will arrive as LG V10's successor is expected to show up at IFA 2016 in Berlin, but the details are still unknown.
Samsung Galaxy S7 is outselling the iPhone 6S in the US
The Galaxy S7 series recorded a market share of 16 percent in the US, while Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus only got a slice of 14.6 percent of their home market.
Asus unveils ZenFone 3 Deluxe phablet
The 5.7-inch Android Marshmallow device will have a variant with 256 GB UFS 2.0 internal storage, 6 GB RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, as well as two Snapdragon 820-powered ones.
Samsung Pay beats Apple Pay once again
After outgrowing Apple Pay, now Samsung's mobile wallet also records a higher customer satisfaction number than its competitor.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is now official
This Android tablet with a high-resolution 9.7-inch display and 4 GB RAM is expected to hit Taiwan in August, where it will retail for about $340 USD.
Vivo X7 sold over 250,000 units on its first day
While LG sold around 1.6 million G5 units in the first month, Vivo managed to sell more than 250,000 X7 handsets during the first day on the market.
HTC Desire 10 might launch later this year
The handset is rumored to feature a dual-LED flash setup and to hit the market by the end of 2016, but no other details have been mentioned so far.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 now up for pre-order in the US
Only the 16 GB variant of this Android slate is now available for pre-order in the US, at a price of $299.99 USD.
Samsung's Olympic Games Edition flagships now official
The custom Galaxy S7 Edge flagships were formally introduced yesterday and can be pre-ordered in Germany for roughly $970 USD.
Apple releases first public beta of iOS 10
This release can be downloaded even by those without a developer account and comes with a new lock screen design, some overhauled apps, and more.
OxygenOS 3.2.1 rolls out
The new firmware is only available for OnePlus 3 at this time and comes with a bunch of improvements and fixes, as well as the latest security patch from Google.
Motorola launches the Moto online store in Australia
The store will go live in a week and will provide quick access to the entire portfolio of Motorola products available in Australia, as well as warranty and support services.
Sharp 507SH is a waterproof Android One handset
This 5-inch handset is both water- and dust-proof, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, and its battery provides up to three days of regular use.
Walmart Pay hits 4,600 over stores in the US
This free mobile-payment service that was announced back in December 2015 is now available for users of Apple and Android devices, supporting an impressive number of cards.
Samsung introduces world's first removable UFS memory cards
The new UFS cards come with sizes between 32 GB and 256 GB, delivering a significant performance boost compared to the solutions currently available on the market.
LG X5 and X Skin launch in South Korea
The two handsets come with modest specs (720p display resolution for 5-inch and 5.5-inch screens, up to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage) while their prices start around $170 USD.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active gets Android Marshmallow
Next to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, this 1.4 GB update also comes with WiFi calling capabilities, the latest security patches, and more.
BLU Energy XL Android phablet debuts priced at $299.99 USD
This 6-inch phablet has a generous 5000 mAh battery that also allows it to act as a power bank.
Samsung Galaxy A8 gets Android Marshmallow
This handset launched back in August 2015 with Android 5.1.1 now gets the long-awaited Marshmallow update in India.
Motorola Moto Z Play might launch soon
The 5.5-inch Motorola Vertex handset that has been recently spotted on Zauba could soon launch as a more affordable member of the Moto Z lineup.
Samsung unveils the Swipe X703 affordable Android tablet
This 3G slate offers dual-SIM connectivity, having a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB storage space under the hood, all for around $110 USD.
Lenovo launches CG Slate edutainment tablet for kids
This tablet is based on the Tab 2 A7-20 and has a price of just $110 USD, currently targeting the Indian market.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 might show up at IFA 2016
A teaser suggests that this handset will be somehow superior to the Mi 5 while rumors claim the device will use a Samsung display with curved edges.
Huawei Honor V8 Max hits TENAA
This 6.6-inch device has an octa-core Kirin 950 processor and is powered by a 4400 mAh battery, but keeps its weight within reasonable limits, around 0.48 pounds.
Samsung unveils Galaxy Wide Android smartphone
This 5.5-inch handset will debut in South Korea soon, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, all for around $275 USD.
Microsoft announces Windows 10 anniversary update
Windows 10 is now running on 350 million devices, and its next major update will arrive in early August.
Asus ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone Selfie get Android Marshmallow
These two handsets get Marshmallow after ZenFone Laser and ZenFone Max that got it in May and June, although Android 6.0 has been around for no less than eight months.
Samsung might be testing a 6-inch Galaxy Note 7
One of the import listings on Zauba reveals that Samsung might launch a 6-inch Galaxy Note 7 as well.
Vivo X7 and X7 Plus now official
Although the X7 has a 5.2-inch display and the X7 Plus has 5.7 inches in size, they both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
BlackBerry allegedly working on three new handsets
Dubbed Mercury, Neon, and Argon, all these upcoming handsets are expected to use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and to run Android.
Gigabyte Aero 14 gaming notebook hits the US market
This portable machine for gamers will be back on Newegg by mid-July, where is currently listed with a price tag of $1,599 USD, but also out of stock.
Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 gets Android Marshmallow
The new firmware brings Android 6.0.1 to this 8-inch slate, as well as the security patch for June by Google.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition coming next week
This limited edition handset has the same technical specs as the regular Galaxy S7 Edge and will launch on July 7th, but will have different colors and probably some custom wallpapers and themes as well.
HTC Marlin specs leak online
This 5.5-inch handset is expected to launch packing a quad-core Qualcomm processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 32 GB or 128 GB internal storage.
Apple might buy Jay Z's Tidal music streaming service
Apple aims to gain control of Tidal's exclusive music catalog but the talks are far from a conclusion right now.
Unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge now available in the US
Both handsets can be acquired from Samsung.com or top retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, or Ebay.
No more Android tablets for Dell
Dell's website has no more Android tablets up for purchase and there is no rumor about a new such device being in the pipeline.
HTC 10, One M9 and One A9 to get Android Nougat
Now that Google confirmed Android 7.0 Nougat, HTC makes it clear that HTC 10, HTC One A9 and HTC One M9 will all get the update.
Xiaomi announces MIUI 8 Android UI
The first global beta ROM is expected to come out on July 11th while the first global stable release is expected to arrive mid-August.
Android N finally gets an official name
Although many were expecting for Nutella or Nectar, the next major Android release is dubbed Nougat as its statue has been already unveiled outside Google's HQ.
Xiaomi Mi Max hits India
This 6.4-inch Android phablet has the same specs as the variant that launched in China, but its price in India is slightly lower - around $220 USD.
Asus ZenUI now working with non-Asus handsets
From now on, virtually any handset running Android 4.3 or later can use the launcher previously available only on Asus devices.
Olixar cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 show up online
The new cases confirm that Samsung's next-gen phablet has a curved display, and its design is similar to that of the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 tablet coming in July
The new 9.7-inch slate is expected to feature a 2K display, a hexa-core processor, 4 GB RAM, and a 5900 mAh battery (Quick Charge 3.0 support is also present).
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo gets Android Marshmallow
The update has begun to roll out in Europe for the SM-G903F variant, so it should also hit other variants all across the world soon.
First Turing Phone units should reach customers next month
Although first pre-orders were placed last August and this secure handset was expected to start shipping in December 2015, it looks like the first units will ship next month.
Asus Chromebook tablet with Skylake processor could be in the works
The popular Chromebook Flip might soon get a Skylake-powered sibling that currently seems to be internally known as "Cave."
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets Android Marshmallow
The 1.5 GB update brings Android 6.0.1 to the phablet that arrived back in 2014, also offering the latest security patches, as well as various tweaks and fixes.
Samsung trademarks "Ahead" wearable
A new patent filing describes a helmet-shaped smart wearable that might end up launching as a Google Glass alternative some day, although Samsung has already unveiled a device with this name.
Lenovo TB-8703N tablet hits TENAA and GeekBench
This 8-inch slate has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might come in blue
The latest rumor concerning Galaxy Note 5's successor reveals 64 GB of internal storage and black, silver, and blue color options.
Unlocked Galaxy Tab S2 tablets in the US get Android Marshmallow
The update aims unlocked 8- and 9.7-inch WiFi variants of the slate and comes three weeks after Verizon released it for the locked models on its network.
Samsung unveils Notebook 7 Spin convertible
This new portable comes in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch variants, powered by Intel Skylake processors and featuring up to 16 GB DDR4 memory.
HTC Sailfish specs surface online
This smartphone is said to have a 5-inch full HD display, an unspecified quad-core 64-bit processor, and 4 GB of memory, all with Android N on top.
Pantech launches Sky IM-100 smartphone
This handset is powered by a Snapdragon 430 chip, next to 2 GB RAM and a 3000 mAh battery, having a price of roughly $380 USD.
Huawei EMUI 5.0 expected to arrive this fall
The new version of Huawei's custom ROM will mainly target Western users as the company continues to increase its presence in the United States.
Amazon Kindle gets faster, thinner, lighter
The redesigned Kindle still starts at $79.99 USD, but offers twice as much memory as the previous model and is also available in white.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) launches in South Korea
This 10.1-inch slate starts at $309 USD and features an octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.