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The mobile sector is a funny business. One minute you're red hot, the next you're ice cold. We've seen it happen to HTC, a pioneer in the Android space that's now struggling to compete with Samsung and Apple, and speaking of which, we've seen Samsung have its ups and downs, too. Same goes for Xiaomi, only it's recent troubles are pretty minor in comparison.Xiaomi, the top smartphone player in China, reported semi-annual sales that for the first time ended up being lower than the previous six-month period. As such, the company's full-year forecast might not be met, which would be the least of Xiaomi's... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile looks to be a tremendous upgrade over the previous version (the same could be said about the desktop versions as well), and features like "Wi-Fi Sense" could help set it apart from the rest. But, as cool as the feature is, it could become a breeding ground for exploitation. Wi-Fi Sense is a feature of Windows Phone 8.1, and soon Windows 10 Mobile, that allows people to connect to certain networks without effort. It works by tapping into an existing connection to a network that a friend nearby already has access to. By simply being... Read more...
Nothing beats the portability of a notebook when it comes to getting work done while on-the-go, but with that portability comes a number of caveats. A smaller, more cramped keyboard is one of them, and so too is being forced to use a touchpad if you don't want to lug around a portable mouse. And, of course, there's also the limitation of a single screen. Well, enter the Sliden'Joy, a Kickstarter project that's set to launch on July 6. There's not a lot of technical detail given about it so far, but the basics are easy to understand. Sliden'Joy effectively hooks onto your notebook to allow you to... Read more...
The biggest hint yet that Samsung is preparing to release a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge is that it filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the "S6 Edge+." Filed on Tuesday, Samsung's application will be assigned to an examining attorney in approximately three months, the application status reads.There's not much direct information to take away from the filing, other than confirmation that the S6 Edge+ trademark is for a smartphone. And while it could ultimately lead to nothing, it goes in line with rumors that Samsung is working on an... Read more...
Google seems pretty excited about showcasing video at 60 frames per second. So excited, in fact, that just over a month after launching 60FPS 1080p (Full HD) and 720p (HD) live video streaming, support for 60FPS video has been added to Google's YouTube app for iOS and Android devices. And of course you can still watch 60FPS video on the desktop, too. Whether or not you want to watch videos at a standard known as High Frame Rate (HFR) is up to you. There have been a handful of films released to theaters in HFR, such as the Hobbit, which was short at 48FPS. While some enjoy the experience of seeing... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its Tizen platform, the home-brewed mobile operating system that was supposed to free the company from its dependency on Android. That hasn't happen yet, and probably never will, though that doesn't mean Samsung is ready to give up on Tizen. Just the opposite, Samsung reportedly has plans to launch more handsets running its own OS. That's a bit surprising when just six months ago it seemed like Tizen was destined to serve its remaining days as a smart TV platform. But then something happened. Just over a month ago, Counterpoint Research published data showing that Samsung's... Read more...
The mobile industry has lost a giant. His name is Matti Makkonen, and though that might not be a name you're familiar with, you probably use a technology that he helped pioneer -- text messaging. Known as the father of SMS, Makkonen passed away at the age of 63 from an unspecified illness. Sad indeed, though his legacy lives on.Though he's known as the father of SMS, Makkonen was quick to point out that he alone wasn't responsible for text messaging. There were other engineers involved, and he gives special credit to Nokia for helping to make texting so popular."The real launch of the service,... Read more...
Little by little, we're learning new things about the OnePlus 2, the successor to the popular OnePlus One that was originally supposed to launch on June 1. We still don't know when the new flagship model will be available to purchase, but in the meantime, fans of the OnePlus series can get their first glimpse of the phone, or so we think. A pair of blurry photos showing both sides of the supposed OnePlus 2 were sent to PhoneArena. The site isn't super confident in their legitimacy, noting that they're "taking these images with the proverbial grain of salt." However, the blurry shots do go in line... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling about the Microsoft's still unannounced Lumia 940 XL, though thanks to multiple leaks, we have at least a rough idea of what to expect. The latest leak comes from data plucked out of AdDuplex, a cross platform promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps that lets developers promote their software.The data points to a Microsoft RM-1000 device with a 2560x1440 (2K) resolution display. It's believed this is referring to the Lumia 940 XL, and based on previous rumors, it's expected the handset will debut with a 5.7-inch display.Microsoft's Lumia 940 and 940... Read more...
Force Touch sounds like something you might learn while attending the Jedi Academy. It's actually Apple's nomenclature for what it considers "the most significant new sensing capability since multi-touch" and will reportedly be included on new versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If Apple sticks to its past naming schemes, you can expect the handsets to be called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. It's said that Apple's already begun early production of its revised iPhone 6 models. Like the ones available now, they'll come with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display options... Read more...
What Samsung did with its flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices amounts to pulling a rabbit out of its hat. Consider that just prior to launch, Samsung went into reorganization mode and fired three top level executives (but sparing mobile boss J.K. Shin) after being left with excess Galaxy S5 inventory. Consumers had grown bored and indifferent to the same design recycled with newer parts.Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, a pair of handsets that traded all that plastic construction found on previous Galaxy phones for a metal and glass design with a premium feel. It came at the... Read more...
With the success of both the first- and second-generation Moto G, it's seemed certain that the series would be continuing on for a while. Today, we get our first proof that a third-generation model is in production. The reveal comes via YouTube user Antonio Inuso, who gained access to a prototype model. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for some additional high-quality images, as the video makes it really hard to appreciate the device's design. The third-gen Moto G, or at least this prototype, has a different face than the previous two models, and it looks sharp overall. As the previous two... Read more...
Well, that didn't take long. When we took a look at ASUS' ZenFone 2 a couple of weeks ago, we found it to be a great phone for the money. It looks great, has a beefy processor, and has one feature too few smartphones do: an Intel SoC. As good as the phone is out-of-the-box, we couldn't blame you if you wanted to go the route so many Android power users do and root the device and unlock its boot loader. Thanks to XDA Developers user ravian29, that's now possible. In order to unlock the device, it needs to be updated to the latest firmware, which is 2.19.40. If for some reason that firmware is not... Read more...
Sprint has put a lot of time and effort into promoting truly unlimited data, and to the wireless carrier's credit, it's a big selling point over the competition. Heck, it's the sole reason I'm a Sprint subscriber today, otherwise I'd be enjoying better coverage over on Verizon. Be that as it may, Sprint boss Marcelo Claure hinted that changes are coming, either in the form of price hikes or eliminating unlimited data altogether."There will be a time when it might not be economically viable for us to offer unlimited [data], but for now we're okay. For the next few months, unlimited continues," Claure... Read more...
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