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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...
A familiar face is returning to the smartphone scene. After selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft in 2014, Nokia plans to get back in the game in late 2016 when its agreement with the Redmond outfit expires. However, Nokia won't get back to building handsets and will instead design the hardware and license its brand to other companies."We will look for suitable partners," Nokia boss Rajeev Suri said. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."As part of its sales agreement with Microsoft, Nokia is prohibited from slapping... Read more...
Following reports that 600 million Samsung phones are vulnerable to a security flaw that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged/system user, the South Korean handset maker said a fix is on the way. Samsung also downplayed the severity of the situation, saying that the exploit "requires a very specific set of conditions" in order for hackers to do any harm.The vulnerability exists in the pre-installed keyboard on millions of Samsung phones, including the company's flagship Galaxy S6. It's a customized version of SwiftKey that Samsung includes on its devices. Unfortunately,... Read more...
The OnePlus team has confirmed that the forthcoming OnePlus 2 handset will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC). We know what you're thinking and it goes a little something like this -- 'Holy hell, have they not seen the reports about the Snapdragon 810 overheating?' Turns out OnePlus is fully aware of the situation, which is why the company insisted that Qualcomm build a revised version for the OnePlus 2. "Although there have been reports that the 810 runs warmer than its predecessors, we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from... Read more...
With the growth of mobile gaming refusing to slow down, and with our mobile devices continuing to become faster and faster, it's about time we began putting all of that extra power to good use. Samsung hears us loud and clear, and has released an app to do just that. It's called Game Recorder+, so it doesn't take much imagination to figure out what it's all about, but it does bring a couple of cool tricks to the table. At the forefront, and similar to NVIDIA's SHIELD game recorder, users can customize both the bitrate and resolution of recorded video. Afterwards, and with the same app, you'll be... Read more...
HTC holds a place in history in helping to pioneer the Android platform. Back in those days, HTC was kicking tail and taking names, and more importantly, making some serious bank. Things have changed since Android was a newborn on the smartphone scene, and now HTC finds itself slashing sales forecasts and putting up with takeover rumors. Though HTC contends it isn't for sale, the company is looking for ways to turn around it fortunes, and one of those ways is through ads. In what seems like a bad move to us, HTC this week began rolling out an update to its BlinkFeed... Read more...
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