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McAfee says  that 44 percent of consumers are concerned about their financial information being stolen, while 38 percent of consumers are concerned about identity theft. (Source: Digital Trends)

McAfee antivirus will be pre-installed on Galaxy S8 devices

McAfee VirusScan software is now coming pre-installed on Galaxy S8 devices as part of a partnership between the two companies. Will it have a noticeable impact on users, or is this just more bloatware?
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Android smartphone with dual-camera setup and Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor

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.
An alleged render of the T-Mobile REVVL T1. (Source: Android Authority)

REVVL is an upcoming line of affordable T-Mobile smartphones

T-Mobile is tripling down on its current value-minded strategy with a new line of smartphones. The REVVL T1, T2, and T3 Pro aim to offer good specs and good looks at an affordable price.
Unlocked Galaxy S7 units in the US get Android Nougat

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.
Unlocked phones are only available in Midnight Black at this time. (Source: TechCrunch)

Unlocked Galaxy S8/S8+ now available in the US

Pre-orders for the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now available with an availability date set for May 31st.
HTC has confirmed their next flagship, the HTC U 11, is coming on May 16. (Source: Android Headlines)

HTC continues revenue slump after disappointing U Ultra and U Play sales

HTC is struggling against stiff competition from China and weak smartphone sales, but they're not through the woods yet. If their recent financial report is any indication, their HTC U 11 will need to pull its weight.
Upcoming Nubia Android smartphone with dual-camera setup, probably the Z17 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor

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 3 Deluxe Android phablet to get a successor later this month

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 Android smartphone coming to the US in May 2017

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 Fuchsia Armadillo OS for smartphones work in progress

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 Android smartphone with 10,000 mAh battery

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.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet successor apparently in the works

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.
More analysts showing Huawei well ahead of competitors in China

More analysts showing Huawei well ahead of competitors in China

Huawei knocks Oppo back to second place with Xiaomi inching closer to overtaking Apple in the Chinese smartphone market.
The Blackberry Priv and Passport are no longer available directly from Blackberry. (Image: Blackberry)

Blackberry pulls Priv and Passport from online store

The smartphones were pulled from Blackberry's online store this morning, as well as older devices like the Classic. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 are still available for purchase at discounted prices.
Quick Charge 4 finally coming to devices later this year

Quick Charge 4 finally coming to devices later this year

After being delayed for several months, Quick Charge 4 will finally make its way to smartphones. Qualcomm has declined to mention any specific devices that will support the technology but has stated that they should arrive later this year.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Smartphone Review

92% Samsung Galaxy S8 Smartphone Review

Smaller and fine-spun. Samsung's successor of the successful Galaxy S7 immediately catches the eye with its new design language: narrower edges and more screen. The Galaxy S8 is also a slightly more balanced product than its sister model, and its price is even lower.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 5.8" | 155 g
The new report says that Foxconn, Winstron, and Pegatron are accelerating the recruitment and training of new workers in China in preparation of the new iPhone. (Source: BGR)

New iPhones on track to go on sale in October

A Economic Daily News report claims that production of iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s are on track for the new iPhones to be announced by Apple in September and go on sale in October.
OnePlus has a reputation for delivering excellent phones at affordable prices since its launch in 2013 with the OnePlus One, which started at $299. (Source: ZDNet)

OnePlus officially announces OnePlus 5 launch date

The OnePlus 3 and recently launched OnePlus 3T will get a worthy successor in the OnePlus 5 which is coming this summer. OnePlus is known for offering fans smartphones with high-end specs well below the cost of flagships from Apple, Samsung, and Google.
LG G6 Android flagship, LG hits a new market share record in the US

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.
Oppo unveils F3 Selfie Expert smartphone with dual front-facing cameras

Oppo unveils F3 Selfie Expert smartphone with dual front-facing cameras

The 5.5-inch smartphone is a smaller version of the existing F3 Plus with a MediaTek SoC instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon set to launch later this week.
Honor 8 Pro Smartphone Review

87% Honor 8 Pro Smartphone Review

On to new pastures. Huawei has delivered one of its best flagship smartphones yet with the latest Honor 8 Pro. You can find out in our detailed review, how the most powerful Honor device of all times fares in the comparison with well-known competitors of the high-end segment.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.7" | 184 g
"On May 23 in Shanghai, Microsoft will show the world what’s next." (Source: Twitter)

Microsoft teases another Surface device on May 23

Just days after Microsoft released the Surface Laptop at their #MicrosoftEDU event, the company is teasing yet another Surface-related device at an event in Shanghai on May 23.
OnePlus teases long-rumored OnePlus 5 smartphone

OnePlus teases long-rumored OnePlus 5 smartphone

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau is confirming that his company is indeed working on the next flagship smartphone, but not much has been revealed as is typical of the manufacturer.
Slightly suggestive and one-hundred-percent inedible: the Banana Phone. (Source: Indiegogo)

You can now make calls from your smartphone via banana (yes, seriously)

Call your friends or talk to Siri, just don't eat it. The Banana Phone is the $40 accessory you definitely don't need—but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it.
German testers from put the S8 in their special testing drum, and it broke faster than other devices. (Source: Stiftung Warentest)

Drop tests reveal weak points in the Galaxy S8's display

The impressive Infinity Display on the Galaxy S8 performed poorly in numerous drop tests, suggesting that the thin bezel makes the glass more prone to shattering.
Acer teases Holo 360 smartphone with integrated 360-degree cameras

Acer teases Holo 360 smartphone with integrated 360-degree cameras

The work-in-progress Android smartphone was just a small asterisk in the [email protected] press event, but it serves as a tiny glimpse into what Acer may have in store in the next few years.
Sharp Aquos R may be coming soon to Europe

Sharp Aquos R may be coming soon to Europe

The Aquos smartphone series has a long history in Japan and only dabbled in regions overseas. This may soon change according to a rumor claiming that Sharp will reintroduce the Aquos series to Europe with the upcoming Aquos R.
Image: Kickstarter

Jelly smartphone brings Android 7.0 and 4G in a 2.45-inch package

The device claims to be the world's smallest 4G capable smartphone. Measuring in at 1.7" by 3.6" by 0.5", it can accurately lay claim to that title.
The AnTuTu benchmark indicates the Snapdragon 660 chip will produce scores north of 105000. (Source: krispitech)

Qualcomm to unveil Snapdragon 660 next week in China

Qualcomm has sent out press invites for an event in Beijing on May 9, where they are preparing to launch the mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset.
Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Ever wondered which notebooks the editors prefer to use day-to-day? The staff of Notebookcheck reveal their preferences.
Apple sold 50 million iPhones in the past quarter, 1 million less than in the same period last year. (Source: The Washington Post)

Apple's Q2 iPhone sales weaker than expected

Apple needs its next-generation iPhone to be a smash hit in order to reassure investors. The company reported Tuesday that it sold fewer iPhones than analysts had expected in the company's second quarter.
Leaked HTC U 11 specifications sheet shows Snapdragon 835 SoC and more

Leaked HTC U 11 specifications show Edge Sense and more

A supposed box shot shows some key features of the upcoming smartphone including Edge Sense, Gorilla Glass 5, and IP57 certification. Interestingly, the smartphone may only support Quick Charge 3.0 instead of 4.0 if the source proves to be true.
Image: Amazon

Amazon will end its free mobile app program this summer

The Amazon Underground app store will no longer accept submission after May 31st. Amazon will also no longer list free apps for Android after this summer.
Lenovo Moto G5 Smartphone Review

83% Lenovo Moto G5 Smartphone Review

The next generation. With its latest reincarnation, the Moto G tries to lure us with good value for money and a charming appearance. Our in-depth review is going to reveal whether or not the fifth generation Moto G is once again going to tread in its predecessor's footsteps and become yet another compelling midrange Moto smartphone.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5" | 144.5 g
Huawei chief apologizes for "arrogant" handling of Mate 9 UFS debacle

Huawei chief apologizes for "arrogant" handling of Mate 9 UFS debacle

The controversy has sparked Huawei Mobile CEO Richard Yu to initiate a "Customer Listening Taskforce" program and a promise for higher consumer standards in the future.
Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh told CNET not long ago that we'd see a "better, safer and very innovative Note 8" later this year. (Source: CNET)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will launch later this year

The Galaxy Note series has had its brand tarnished by abrupt battery combustion last year, but the Note 8 is indeed coming this year in what could be an August release.
Instead of using the latest Snapdragon 835, LG opted to use last year's Snapdragon 821. (Source: Tech Radar)

Is the LG G6 overpriced for its specs?

Gone is the modular design of the G5, but the LG G6 suffers from one major disadvantage compared to other 2017 smartphones: it's stuck with year-old tech, but still costs about the same as a more premium product.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ gets Nougat on T-Mobile

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 Android smartphone with 20 MP front camera for selfies

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 Android flagship facing random restarts

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.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime Android smartphone now available on T-Mobile

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.
The NEO [Reloaded] from NuAns can be custom tailored from hundreds of options. (Source: NuAns Indiegogo)

NuAns NEO [Reloaded] hopes to bring huge customization to smartphones

The smartphone, which hit Indiegogo this week, offers a two-pieced backing that can be made from two different materials (out of several options) and a customized leather wallet case. The smartphone itself will have midrange specs.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Pre-order the Xperia XZ Premium for ~750 Euros next week and receive a pair of wireless Sony headphones worth 300 Euros at no extra cost.
LG Q1 2017 revenue up 9.7 percent from a year earlier

LG Q1 2017 revenue up 9.7 percent from a year earlier

Operating profits have almost doubled compared to Q1 2016 due in part to strong sales from LG's Home Appliance sector.
Riven continues where Myst left off. (Photo: Google Play Store)

Riven, the sequel to Myst, is now on Android

The adventure continues in Noodlecake Studio's Android port of Riven, the sequel to the classic PC adventure game Myst.
Bluboo D1 cheap Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and dual camera setup

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 P10 Android flagship, Huawei finally in control of the Chinese smartphone market

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.
Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

When taken good care of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks will most likely easily outlive their respective batteries, which these days more often than not aren’t user replaceable anymore. With this in mind it is more important than ever to improve both endurance and capacity through the right charging techniques. We’re going to give you a few tips and point out the most common mistakes.
The alleged multi-core score for the iPhone 8 was 8975, 41% faster than the new Galaxy S8. (Source: 9to5Mac)

New iPhone 8 benchmarks debunked

New iPhone 8 benchmarks show the phone beating the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 by a significant margin, but upon further investigation, the benchmarks have been proven false.
The Windows 10 Creators update came out for PCs on April 11 and came out for mobile on April 25. (Source: WinCentral)

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolls out

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 emphasizes 3D and mixed reality for its tiny segment of the mobile market. While their mobile share is insignificant, the changes in this update are not.

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