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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.
Xiaomi Mi5s Plus Android phablet, Xiaomi not ready to face the US market yet as of April 2017

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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat update on T-Mobile late April 2017

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.
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

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.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus, SM-G955F) Smartphone Review

92% Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus, SM-G955F) Smartphone Review

Galactic overachiever. Samsung does not make any compromises for its flagship smartphone Galaxy S8+ (Plus) and equips it with a lot of high-end features. You also get a great display with a new aspect ratio and the design is convenient as well. There is not much criticism for the compact phablet from Korea.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 6.2" | 172 g
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship to get a dual-camera successor

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 Android phablet leaked images via Weibo

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.
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship to receive Windows 10 Creators Update

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.
Sharp Z3 Android phablet with Snapdragon 652 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 5.7-inch display

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.
Render leaks show possible Lenovo Moto Z2 flagship

Render leaks show possible Lenovo Moto Z2 flagship

The super-thin Moto Z is due for a refresh this year and the alleged renders match up closely with previous leaks of the flagship smartphone.
Huawei has sold 5 million Mate 9 Android phablets

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.
Maze Alpha bezel-less Android phablet with up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage

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 Android phablet with 6.44-inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor

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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat on Verizon Wireless

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.
Samsung Galaxy S8 flagships customized by Truly Exquisite in 24K gold, 18K rose gold, and platinum

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.
Google Android usage graph for April 2017 shows that Marshmallow is close to gaining the crown

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.
LG G5 Android flagship gets full LineageOS 14.1 support

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.
Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition Android handset with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and dual front camera setup

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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat update on Sprint

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.
A new polymer can heal itself in under 24 hours. (Source: Wang Polymer Research Group)

Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020

A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
The Alcatel Flash (2017) has two rear-facing cameras and two front-facing cameras. (Source: Alcatel)

Alcatel unveils smartphone with four cameras

The new Alcatel Flash features a dual rear-facing camera setup and two front-facing cameras.
The Sony Xperia XZs is now available for preorder. (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia XZs will go on sale April 5th

The Xperia XZs is now available for preorder on Amazon and will go on sale April 5th. Priced at $699, the Xperia XZs pairs an impressive camera with outdated internals.
LG TONE FREE wireless earbuds for Android handsets

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.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship unofficial render, specs leak via AnTuTu next to S8 Plus specs

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.
The Galaxy Note 7, which was killed off last year, may be making a triumphant return (Source: Samsung)

Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices

Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Xiaomi Mi6 leaked image, Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus specs leak online

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.
Huawei P10 Android flagship color options, Huawei handsets to come to the US via AT&T

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.
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series protective case for LG G6 Android flagship

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.
Oppo F3 Plus Android smartphone "Selfie Expert" with dual camera setup on front

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.
ZTE Nubia N2 Android smartphone now official with MediaTek processor and 5,000 mAh battery

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.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Android smartphone launch event, handset available in Malaysia

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.
The kickstarters say the device will work with both Android and iOS, utilizing a proprietary private signal that works up to 100 feet away. (Source: Superscreen)

Superscreen is a tablet that wirelessly streams content from your smartphone

Superscreen is a kickstarter project that aims to provide you with the big screen of a 10-inch tablet without the redundancy of owning two separate devices.
Xiaomi Redmi 4x Android smartphone, Xiaomi opens second factory in India

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.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Android phablet soon coming to new markets

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.
LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet, LeEco to withdraw from the US

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.
ZTE Axon 7 Android flagship gets 7.1.1 Nougat firmware

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.
LG Stylo 3 Android phablet hits the US via Virgin and Boost Mobile

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 Verve Loop sports wireless headphones

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 Android phablet gets Nougat update

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.
The Oppo F3 and F3 Plus feature dual front cameras for "expert" control of your selfies (Source: Oppo)

Oppo will launch the F3 and F3 Plus on March 23

Dubbed the "Selfie Expert", the new smartphones feature a dual front camera setup, and will simultaneously launch in five Southeast Asian markets on March 23.
AT&T intros GoPhone unlimited data plans with 22 GB download cap

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 12...
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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet and siblings to get monthly updates in the US

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.
ZTE could face up to $1.2 billion in fines for violating U.S. trade sanctions. (Picture source: ZTE)

ZTE to pay $1.2 billion in fines to the U.S. for breaking sanctions

After a 5 year investigation, ZTE pled guilty to charges that it sold hardware to North Korea and Iran. Both countries are embargoed by the United States. ZTE will be fined about $1.2 billlion.
HTC U Ultra Android flagship now shipping in the US

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.
Google Android usage graph in early March 2017 shows Nougat nearing the 3 percent barrier

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.
LG Stylo 2 Plus Android phablet with Nougat on Geekbench

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.
LG V10 Android flagship to get Nougat, LG G4 to get Android Nougat update

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.
LG G6 Android flagship sold 400,000 units in four days in South Korea

​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.
A score of 4000 means performance is equal to an Intel Core i7-6600U. (Source: BGR)

S8+ Snapdragon 835 benchmarks spotted on Geekbench

Benchmarks of the S8+ have leaked on Geekbench, revealing solid (though not game-changing) performance.
Asus Zenfone AR

MWC 2017 | Asus Zenfone AR Hands-On

The 5.7-inch AMOLED smartphone will be the first to support both Google Daydream and Tango when it launches this May.

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