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Windows 10 Mobile is just around the corner, and so are a couple of flagship Lumia devices that will run on the new platform. Specifically, Microsoft is expected to introduce the Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman) during a press even in October.What look to be official press renderings of both devices have been leaked to the web courtesy of none other than Evan Blass, aka @evleaks on Twitter. The handsets look similar to each other with the same overall design, with only subtle differences between the two.The slightly larger cyan-colored handset is the Lumia 950... Read more...
IFA Berlin 2015 won’t officially get underway until September 2, but product announcements are already breaking. LG is one of the companies getting ahead of the pack, announcing today its LG Rolly keyboard, which rolls up into a slender stick. It’s one of the smallest collapsible keyboards we’ve seen.The keyboard has a small stand that houses the single AAA battery and the hardware for the keyboard’s Bluetooth 3.0 support. It can connect to two devices, which is a nice touch, and you can toggle between them with one of the keyboard’s keys. The stand anchors the keyboard and can hold your phone... Read more...
Samsung has issued a list of smartphones that it plans to upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and unfortunately for Galaxy S5 owners, their device isn't on it. That doesn't mean that the Galaxy S5 is destined to live out the rest of its days with Lollipop, but for now, the previous generation flagship handset isn't on the roadmap.As you might expect, Samsung's Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are all on the list. Other devices Samsung plans to upgrade include the Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy Alpha.We can only assume that... Read more...
At least one market research firm believes that China, the biggest country for smartphone sales, has reached saturation. As a result, worldwide smartphone sales grew 13.5 percent year-over-year, the slowest growth rate since 2013, with units totaling 330 million in the second quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. That's despite new smartphone launches from both Apple and Samsung. China accounted for nearly a third -- 30 percent -- of all smartphone sales in the second quarter. However, the market in China is largely driven by replacement handsets rather than first-time buyers, Gartner says. With... Read more...
Famed phone leaker Evan Blass (you might know him better by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) is at it again, this time with a few more shots of BlackBerry's forthcoming Venice handset. According to Blass, Venice has been "confirmed" to launch in November on all four national U.S. wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Venice is a slider phone that sports a large touchscreen display. It slides up to reveal a physical QWERTY keyboard, giving owners of the device the best of both worlds, or so BlackBerry hopes. The Canadian outfit has been struggling for the past several years,... Read more...
There's been a fair bit of chatter over the last several months about Google's next Nexus device, the 2015 Nexus 5 (codenamed Bullhead), and we may have our first real glimpse of the forthcoming handset. The solo shot of the supposed new Nexus shows off the device's backside and, if it's to be believed, confirms that LG Electronics is in charge of manufacturing.As always seems to be the case, the picture is a blurry one, though we've certainly seen poorer quality snapshots. The pictured first appeared on an Indonesian user's Google+ account and was picked up and posted to Twitter by Marques Brownlee,... Read more...
AT&T is introducing new Mobile Share Value plans that aim to give customers more data for less money. The more data you buy, the better the value, and if you subscribe to a new 15GB plan or higher, AT&T will sweeten the pot with unlimited talk and texting to Mexico and Canada, the nation's second largest wireless carrier announced today. Plans start at $20 per month for 300MB of data. That's not much, though if you toss another Hamilton at AT&T ($30 per month), your data allotment jumps to 2GB. After that, it's $50 per month for 5GB, $100 per month for 15GB, and $140 for 20GB. If you... Read more...
The smartphone sector is a place where are giants are born and, in some cases, eventually fall on hard times. That's the story behind HTC, once a massive player in the smartphone market when Android was young, and now a company that's struggling to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung at the high end, and Chinese competitors like Huawei on the low end. Instead of quarterly gains and obscene revenues, HTC is cutting staff just to stay afloat.We knew it was coming. HTC's Chief Financial Officer, Chialin Chang, warned a week ago that "significant" job cuts were on the horizon and that they... Read more...
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's how the saying goes and it seems to be one that OnePlus lives by. To recap, OnePlus announced in mid-July that it was revamping its invite system so it would be easier for people to buy a OnePlus 2, the recently released "flagship killer" that runs $329 for the 16GB model and $389 for the 64GB model. An invite system was supposed to solve the problem of demand exceeding supply. Well, that and offering up a lot more units than the company did with the original OnePlus One. The company's co-founder- Carl Pei, promised to build anywhere from... Read more...
Google isn't giving up on its much hyped Android One project, an initiative aimed at bringing inexpensive Android smartphones to emerging markets. The initial roll out hadn't gone as smoothly as Google hoped, but it's ramping up its efforts for a reboot with a focus on India where there's an existing push to increase Internet access.Android One provides manufacturers with a set of specifications to build cheap smartphones while maintaining a certain level of quality. Rajan Anandan, managing director in India and Southeast Asia, told the Financial Times that Google is still "very committed" to this... Read more...
It’s far too soon to predict whether Nokia will have any success breaking back into the market it once dominated, but it’s clearly going to try. Position postings on LinkedIn suggest that the comeback plan envisioned by Nokia’s CEO, Rajeev Suri, is underway. Nokia expects to shed the legal restraints from the sale of its phone division to Microsoft toward the end of 2016, at which point it will be free to take on the companies that brought it down: Apple and Samsung. The biggest indication that Nokia could be planning to re-enter the smartphone market in the near future can be found on LinkedIn.... Read more...
It seems like the wireless industry changes by the day. It used to be standard practice to ink a two-year service agreement with a wireless carrier in exchange for a free for heavily discounted phone, and your monthly bill would depend on the number of lines and how much data you signed up for. And up until now, that was still the way Verizon was doing things. Not anymore. Verizon just announced a set of simplified data options that do away with subsidized phones. Big Red also simplified its overall pricing structure, making it easier for wireless subscribers to pick out a plan and run with it,... Read more...
As the most dominant mobile platform on the planet (in terms of market share), Android has become a popular target of hackers and cyber scoundrels looking to spread their malware to unsuspecting users. It's something Samsung is taking seriously, and to ensure that you stay protected against new and emerging threats, the South Korean electronics firm is implementing a new Android security update process that fast tracks over-the-air (OTA) security patches. Now when a vulnerability is detected, Samsung will get busy patching it, like it's done the past, and then roll out a collection of applicable... Read more...
Could you imagine if Apple launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service? Given the popularity of its iPhone lineup, it would make sense for Apple to try and take control of the service side of things as well, and there's been a persistent rumor of that happening. The rumor gained steam yesterday when Business Insider claimed to have heard from sources close to Apple that the company was actually trialing (in private) an MVNO service in the U.S., though Apple was quick to shoot it down."BREAKING: Apple says it has not discussed and is not planning MNVO cellular service following reports... Read more...
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