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Nokia 6 Android smartphone coming in silver finish late July 2017

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.
The W2017 reportedly sold for about $2900 USD.

The Samsung W2018 clamshell phone is expected to retail for over $2000

The Samsung W2018 will be Samsung's premium flip phone for the year and while that price tag may seem like a joke gone wrong, there's no doubt that the device itself is an incredible package.
OnePlus 5

89% OnePlus 5 Smartphone Review

Computation artist. The OnePlus 5 is a fast smartphone that is available for a good price - although it is not as cheap as it used to be and competition has increased. Can the smartphone with dual camera, AMOLED screen and a slim case still hold its ground among the high-end range? Find out in our review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 5.5" | 153 g
Xiaomi Mi 5X launched

Xiaomi Mi 5X officially launched

The Mi 5X has been officially released and its final price of $220 is one that makes it a good buy for the features it offers. Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5.5" FHD display, dual rear cameras.
Props to Meizu for actually doing something different. (Source: Android Authority)

Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus unveiled - First devices with MediaTek's Helio X30 SoC

The Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus have finally been unveiled, with the flagships featuring MediaTek's new Helio X30 while boasting of an impressive spreadsheet of features.
BlackBerry KEYOne Black Edition spotted online, coming to China on August 8

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.
Arrow Launcher running on one of our handsets, showing a homescreen with rotating wallpaper (left), extra options when swipping up on the bottom row shortcuts (middle), and the quick cards screen (right). (Source: Own)

Microsoft releases Arrow Launcher 3.8 beta on Android

Microsoft maintains a relatively rapid release schedule for their popular Arrow Launcher. Only two weeks after the release of version 3.7 they have released version 3.8 to beta testers.
The dual rear camera design is a nice, new take. (Source: Lenovo)

Moto Z2 Force announced, goes on sale in the US today

The Motorola Z2 Force has been officially launched and will be available for pre-order in the US starting today. Snapdragon 835, 5.5" QHD POLED display, dual rear cameras, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage.
Xiaomi Mi 5X Android smartphone official teaser now live

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.
HTC U11 Smartphone Review

89% HTC U11 Smartphone Review

Full steam ahead. HTC attempts to mix it up at the top with the new flagship smartphone U11. The company incorporates lots of high tech into an extraordinary case which not only looks different, but also features a unique and pressure-sensitive frame design.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 5.5" | 169 g
BLU R2 LTE Android smartphone in silver finish

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.
Nokia 8 with Snapdragon 835 to hit stores on July 31

UPDATE | Nokia 8 with Snapdragon 835 to hit stores on July 31

The Nokia 8 is billed to go on sale on July 31. It's also expected to have a price tag in the region of $675, which isn't a bad deal by any means.
UMIDIGI Crystal set for August 7 launch

UMIDIGI Crystal set for August 7 launch

UMIDIGI's new midranger, the Crystal, has been shrouded in mystery but we will finally be getting an official announcement on August 7.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Snapdragon 836 may make its debut on the Google Pixel 2

Snapdragon 836 may launch first on the Google Pixel 2

The Snapdragon 836 should be a small bump in raw horsepower over the Snapdragon 835 to make it even faster than the North American Galaxy S8 and most other current flagships.
A possible design that Razer can adopt for the gaming smartphone. (Source:

Razer is working on a "hardcore gamer" smartphone

After acquiring Nextbit and Ouya, Razer plans to extend into the smartphone business with a device dedicated to "hardcore gamers."
Image source: Fairphone

Fairphone will stop software and hardware support for its first device

The Fairphone, which was meant to be an easily repairable, long lasting smartphone, will no longer be supported. Fairphone, the company behind the device, will no longer sell replacement parts and has halted software development.
YouTube TV extends its reach to 10 new cities in the US, basic package has 48 channels

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 unoffcial render, this upcoming flagship to hit all US carriers

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.
Virus infections are relatively rare on Android, but the risk increases when the user allows side loading of apk files. (Source: gfkDSGN/Pixabay)

Android antivirus software relatively easy to beat

Researchers at Georgia Tech were able to bypass the protection of 97% of the popular Android antivirus applications tested. The detection rules used by most of the programs appear to be relatively basic, and by presenting their results at the Black Hat USA 2017 conference, the researchers are hoping that developers can improve the performance of their scanne...
The SilentEchoBot allows natural interaction via text using Amazon's APIs. (Source: TechCrunch)

'Silent Echo' uses slack to allow text communication with Amazon Alexa

This Slack bot gives users the ability to silently interact with Alexa using the same commands they would speak out loud. It allows users to communicate when the room is noisy, or when voice communication isn't appropriate. Not all commands are available, but it is a neat alternative to using the smartphone app.
LG V10 premium phablet gets Android Nougat update on T-Mobile

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.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

Live testing. The Samsung Galaxy J7 is the larger version of the Galaxy J5. It has similar features, but a larger, 5.5-inch display. After the redesign of the entire series, the J7, too, now has a non-removable battery. To find out about other changes, take a look at our detailed review.
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP1 | 5.5" | 181 g
S8 Active live images and video leaked

Images and hands-on video of the Galaxy S8 Active leaked

The S8 Active is likely to be launched within the week but we've already had some of its more intimate details revealed.
The Nokia 8 is HMD's entry into the highly contested flagship space. (Source: VTech)

Latest leaks reveal Nokia 8's design and possible pricing

Images leaked on a Chinese website show the upcoming Nokia 8 in all its glory replete with a dual-camera layout and flagship specifications.
Lenovo boasts foldable tablets, AR headsets, and more at tech show

Tech World 2017 | Lenovo boasts foldable tablets, AR headsets, and more at tech show

This year's Tech World has even more prototypes on display from wearable smart glasses to fully autonomous electric vehicles.
The XiaoMi Mi Mix was the first phone with a full-body ceramic chassis, but it proved extremely fragile. (Source: ArsTechnica)

Poll shows metal still the preferred material for flagship phones

A GSMArena reader poll shows that aluminum is still the most desired material flagship phone material by far. But why? This article gives a brief overview of why metals are still preferred by users and manufacturers.
Phoenix OS 2 in action, version 2.1.9 now available for download

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 invite, Galaxy Note 8 launch confirmed for August 23

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.
Images of the budget Nokia 2 surface

Images of the budget Nokia 2 surface

The Nokia 2 looks to be Nokia's first attempt at entering the extreme budget market space but images and leaked specifications aren't doing a good job of painting it in a good light.
It's beautiful, isn't it? (Source: Android Central)

Essential phone's release is just around the corner, says Andy Rubin

An email has been sent to early Essential phone buyers that states a new shipment date for the device. According to the message, the handset should start going out to customers in the coming weeks.
Facebook's modular device could incorporate phone, GPS, touchscreen and several other components. (

Facebook could be working on a modular smartphone

It looks like Facebook could be resurrecting Googlle's Project Ara, which was cancelled in 2016. It's still unclear how a modular device would fit into Facebook's business model, but the company certainly acquired key team members that worked for Google's Project Ara and also Amazon's Alexa speaker.
The Q8 packs most of the marquee features of the V20 into a smaller, waterproof chassis, but the design changes seen in the G6 and Q6 didn't make the cut. (Source: LG)

The LG Q8 is a waterproof, more compact version of the V20

LG has put most of the features of its last-year flagship, the V20, into a smaller, waterproof chassis. Unfortunately, a removable battery was lost in the process.
Asus Zenfone AR goes on sale in the UK

Asus Zenfone AR hits the UK

The Zenfone AR will go on sale in the UK today, and while it comes with an admittedly impressive price tag of about £800, you'll have a hard time finding a device with such features elsewhere.
Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android has been chipping away at iOS in terms of smartphone activations as Apple fans patiently wait for the megaton iPhone refresh coming towards the end of the year.
Soon OnePlus 5 owners will be able to dial these three numbers without worrying if their phone will reboot. (Source: Own)

OnePlus 5 OTA update for the emergency call bug expected soon

OnePlus has been in contact with the original user who reported the 911 reboot bug, and they have successfully tested a bug fix that has stopped the phone from rebooting when dialing emergency services. It is expected that they will release an OTA update in the near future.
New Nubia device spotted on Geekbench

New Nubia device spotted on Geekbench

A new Nubia mid-ranger has been spotted on Geekbench but we're having a hard time figuring out what SoC is listed. Sources claim it is the Snapdragon 617 but a number of factors make that rather unlikely.
LG G4 Android flagship finally gets Nougat update

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.
LG V30/LG-H932PR specs on Geekbench show Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 GB RAM

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.
Samsung to supply Apple with 7 nm A12 SoCs for next year's iPhone

Samsung may supply Apple with 7 nm A12 SoCs for next year's iPhone

The South Korean manufacturer has purportedly struck another deal with Apple to provide both OLED panels and A12 SoCs.
Get ready to bid farewell to the (somewhat) beloved gumdrop emojis. (Source: IDG)

Android 8.0 information revealed in Reddit AMA

The annual Reddit AMA by Google's Android engineering team has revealed some interesting information about the next version of Android and the future of the OS.
Huawei Honor 9 Android flagship's Premium variant coming to Europe

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 MMORPG coming to Android devices in early 2018

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.
Remix OS on Jide Remix Pro tablet, Remix OS to be discontinued

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.
After a one month early access program, Bixby Voice is now receiving a full launch in the US. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches full Bixby Voice capabilities in the US

After a one month early access program, Bixby Voice is now receiving a full launch for the US market. Samsung is hoping that the deep integration with their applications will allow users to seamlessly switch between voice and touch input when using their phone.
Xiaomi targets 100M smartphone unit sales in 2018

Xiaomi targets 100M smartphone unit sales in 2018

Xiaomi may have grown to be one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers within its seven years of existence but the company doesn't look like slowing down soon, with CEO Lei Jun setting a target of 100 million smartphone shipments in 2018.
Google Glass wearable showing the heads up display. (Source: Google)

The return of Google Glass

Google has revealed that Glass has returned, but this time with a focus on the business and enterprise markets. Trial programs in factories have shown productivity increases, but the issue of privacy may rise to the surface again.
The Galaxy Note 7 has been estimated to have cost Samsung between US$5 and 10 billion. The Note FE and recycling initiative will help ameliorate that. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung will recycle remining Galaxy Note 7 devices, recovering 157 tons of precious metals

In addition to releasing limited numbers of refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices as the "Galaxy Note FE", the Korea tech giant has reported it will be recycling remaining Note 7 stock to recover up to 157 tons of precious metals.
Blackview A9 Pro Smartphone Review

78% Blackview A9 Pro Smartphone Review

Petite. Classy. Slow. Timeless and clean design is one of Chinese manufacturer Blackview's trademarks. Next to Blackview's outdoor smartphones, the petite A9 Pro seems almost out of place. The smartphone's hardware cannot keep up with Blackview's other offerings. Still, the A9 had a few tricks up its sleeves.
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 170 g
Moto E4 Android smartphone hits MetroPCS

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.

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