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Otterbox Case for OnePlus 5 rugged case now official

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.
Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have all experienced incredible growth in just a few years. (Source: Pocketnow)

Chinese smartphone OEMs may have already hit their peak

Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have seen negative growth and are slightly lowering their market forecasts for 2017, says a report from Digitimes.
Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp is finally ready to give users what they want. The company will be rolling out a file sharing update over time, which allows users to send files of all types, and also not have to deal with the infamous compression when sending images.
Samsung's Bixby Voice is finally available to Galaxy S8/S8+ users in the US

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.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android smartphone receives 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update

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.
Opinion Piece: OnePlus 5 - The device we need?

Opinion Piece: OnePlus 5 - The device we need?

The OnePlus 5 saw its release a few days ago. Is it worth the money? Are there better alternatives? Here's what I think.
Photo source: Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1

As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
LG V30 premium Android handset leaked image

IFA 2017 | 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.
The OnePlus series has always had the ethos of flagship performance at mid-tier prices. (Source: The Verge)

OnePlus 5 caught gaming benchmarks (again)

Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has been once again caught by XDA in manipulating phone behavior for higher benchmark scores. In this case, the tweaks cause the OnePlus 5 to score around 5 percent higher than other Snapdragon 835 handsets, but at the cost of the phone heating up to nearly 50C.
The OnePlus 5 ticks most of the boxes expected of a 2017 flagship (Source: GSMArena)

OnePlus 5 officially hits the launch pad and is more Apple-esque than ever

OnePlus has unveiled the much anticipated upgrade to its smartphone lineup
HTC U11 Red Android flagship now up for pre-order mid-June 2017

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.
The ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7. (Source: Samsung)

A Reuters report adds credibility to the Galaxy Note 8's rumored August launch

Summer is about to get a lot hotter with the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The premier phablet is expected to be slightly larger than the Galaxy S8 Plus and feature dual rear cameras.
Sony Xperia XA Android smartphone gets Nougat update

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.
UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro unveiled

UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro unveiled

The UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro have just been unveiled. 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, Helio P20, 4000mAh battery.
Emporio Armani Connected with Android Wear 2.0 coming in September 2017

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.
Nubia M2 Play launched

Nubia M2 Play launched

Nubia has announced the launch of their new M2 Play, a less powerful variant of their standard Nubia M2. Snapdragon 435, integrated metal body, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, front-mounted fingerprint reader.
New Snapdragon 450 brings 14nm process to the entry-level segment

New Snapdragon 450 brings 14nm process to the entry-level segment

Qualcomm are not willing to have a rest anytime soon, as they prepare for the launch of their new Snapdragon 450 SoC. The processor, manufactured with a 14nm process, is expected to be an underclocked Snapdragon 625.
With the latest update to Pokemon GO, players will be able to participate in co-op raid battles. (Source: Niantic, Inc.)

Pokemon GO to receive a massive overhaul of its gym battling system

According to the Pokemon GO Team, players can expect "the biggest update to Pokémon GO" to roll out over the coming weeks. The massive update is planned to include an overhaul of the gym battling system in addition to new features like raid battles.
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4

81% Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (SM-G390F) Smartphone Review

Robust and stylish? Samsung aims to provide a smartphone that survives in rough environments, but also radiates elegance at the same time. The handset is, in fact, robust and not too bulky. We checked whether its everyday suitability is just as impressive.
Samsung Exynos 7570 Quad | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 172 g
The LG G6's new color options are on display in this promotional image. (Source: LG)

The new LG G6+ adds features missing from the standard G6

Moto Z2 Androd smartphone leaked image closeup

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.
The YotaPhone 3 ("Yota3") is expected to have a similar design as its predecessor (pictured) with a slight performance boost. (Source: YotaPhone)

The YotaPhone 3 aims to refine the concept of an E Ink phone

Specifications for the next iteration of the YotaPhone were disclosed after the China-Russia Expo in Harbin. Insider sources suggest that the device may not be the high-spec flagship device that consumers were expecting.
Images of UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro released

Images of UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro released

UMIDIGI are set for the unveiling of their new Z1 and Z1 Pro devices. FHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, dual rear cameras, Helio P20.
New Sharp device with Snapdragon 660 spotted on Geekbench

New Sharp device with Snapdragon 660 spotted on Geekbench

A new Sharp device, listed as the "Sharp FS8016", surfaced on Geekbench earlier on. Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
A visual simplification of the big.LITTLE platform delegating tasks to different cores. (Source: MS Power User)

Full Windows 10 on Snapdragon could mean big(.LITTLE) improvements

Windows 10 running on ARM chips won't necessarily mean you'll be trading speed for endurance; ARM's big.LITTLE specialized core technology will mean big improvements in both stamina and performance.
The G4 Plus isn't as pretty as the Galaxy S8, but it's a lot more durable. (Source: B&H)

Deal: One of the best budget smartphones, the Moto G4 Plus, is on sale for US$149

A mid-range handset with a budget price, the Moto G4 Plus is now on sale for cheaper than ever at US$149 — US$100 off the starting price.
Microsoft's Cortana is now accessible directly from the home screen for Android users. (Source: Microsoft)

Android users can now have Microsoft's Cortana as their default assistant

With the latest update to its Android application, Cortana can now be set to the default search assistant. This means Android users now have the option of replacing Google Assistant, with direct access to Cortana from the home screen.
LeEco in shambles as company closes service center in Shanghai

LeEco in shambles as company closes service center in Shanghai

LeEco is having significant issues after the disaster that was its expansion into the US. New information claims that the company is already shutting down service centers at home in China.
Is the HTC U11 the company's answer to its recent financial misfortunes? (Source: HTC)

HTC U11 off to a good start, enjoying strong sales

HTC's new phone has not disappointed, selling better than the two previous company flagships and surpassing expected demand. The Taiwanese manufacturer hopes that the handset's popularity, along with the continued success of its Vive VR platform, will reverse its financial fortunes in the coming year.
Leagoo T5 - Flagship on a budget

Leagoo T5 - Flagship on a budget

Leagoo's flagship for this year, the T5, may be getting a release soon. 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, 3000mAh battery, front-mounted fingerprint reader
LG G6 Android flagship gets one extra year of warranty in the US

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.
The Vivo's optical fingerprint reader was shown in a leaked video. (Source: WeiBo)

New phone from Vivo may feature a fingerprint reader embedded under the screen

A new phone from Vivo appearing in a leaked video was shown to be unlocked by fingerprint through a sensor embedded within the screen on the device. Rumors suggest that this type of sensor might be appearing in new smartphones soon.
Meizu Pro 7 unofficial render shows secondary screen on the back

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.
Gionee A1 Lite with mega 20MP front-facing camera launched

Gionee A1 Lite with mega 20MP front-facing camera launched

Gionee is pandering to the selfie-obsessed demographic with their new device, the A1 Lite. 13MP rear camera, 20MP selfie shooter, MT6753, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and some rather sizeable bezels.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship and Galaxy S8+ get software update on Verizon and T-Mobile early June 2017

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.
Asus Zenfone AR finally goes on sale

Asus Zenfone AR finally goes on sale

Asus are doing a good job of bringing us closer to the future with each device. The Zenfone AR finally went on sale and it's an absolute beauty.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and J7 Pro launch event in India

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.
Gretel A9 Smartphone Review

76% Gretel A9 Smartphone Review

iPhone for less than US $100? The Gretel A9's role model is immediately obvious: Apple's iPhone. Even the operating system reminded us of iOS, and just like its antetype, the A9 is available in rose gold as well. Truth be told all this plagiarism is quite uncalled for, because the A9 offers a lot for less than US $100. If only the cameras were not so terrible …
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 166 g
Maybe we can trade Ajit Pai for Canada's Jean-Pierre Blais? Just a thought... (Source: Huffington Post)

Canada will soon require all smartphones to be sold unlocked

In the US, carriers have to unlock your phone once you've paid it off. But a recent Canadian ruling goes one step further: upon request, your device must be unlocked, for free, regardless of contract state. Furthermore, all new phones must be sold unlocked starting in December.
Mountains and a white background—seems about right. Essential will visit the Great White North this summer. (Source: Twitter)

Canada is getting the Essential Phone too, and (surprise!) it will be a carrier exclusive

Andy Rubin's Essential has nabbed an exclusivity deal for its handset with one of Canada's largest mobile carriers. Telus Mobility will begin selling the Essential Phone, along with its attachable 360-degree camera, this summer at a yet unknown price.
Archos Sense 55s Android smartphone with dual-camera setup

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.
LeEco Le Max 3 live images leak

LeEco Le Max 3 live images leak

Live images of the LeEco Le Max 3 leaked, revealing a device with a design largely unchanged from that of its predecessor, the Le Max 2.
One of the new images showing the OnePlus 5's front face. (Source:

Smartphone case retailer reveals full-body images of the OnePlus 5

Virtually every side and angle of the OnePlus 5 has been revealed in a new online listing. The listing is not for the phone itself, but for new slip-on cases for the upcoming device.
Source: XDA

You can now stream PC games to your rooted Android device via Moonlight

Using the new Moonlight app, you can set your Android phone to spoof an NVIDIA Shield device, allowing for game streaming from your PC. You'll need to root the Android device and have at least an NVIDIA GTX 600-series GPU with support for GameStream.
Image source: Lenovo

The Moto Z2 may make its debut later this month

According to an invite posted online today, Lenovo is announcing something on June 27. Looking at the image on the invite, the device is likely the Moto Z2.
UMIDIGI C Note 2 specifications surface online

UMIDIGI C Note 2 specifications surface online

The UMIDIGI C Note was released just three months ago but the OEM already have the C Note 2 lined up. Specifications of the Note 2 leaked recently, with the device touted to feature the MT6750T, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
Image source: Google

Pixel XL 2 rumored to be cancelled

Multiple sources are reporting that Google has cancelled project "muskie," which was speculated to be a successor to Google's 2016 flagship Pixel XL.
Essential Phone by Andy Rubin to be available in the US only via Sprint

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.
Complete control over the design of the chips means more powerful and efficient hardware for their devices. (Source: Apple Insider)

Google snatches up veteran Apple chip architect, plans to make own chips

It has been revealed that Google hired one of Apple's key chip architects this past May. According to sources of Variety, Google is seeking to design their own hardware to better power future Pixel phones.
The front looks good, yet there is no doubt many will be disappointed by their high expectations for the device. (Source: reddit/kamikasky)

Leak purports to show the first real face of the iPhone 8

A reddit user has allegedly revealed the front panel of the iPhone 8, and it looks more like the Essential Phone than a Galaxy S8 or iPhone.

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