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There's been a lot of skepticism over whether a startup called Ringing Bells could deliver on its promise to build the world's least expensive smartphone, but not only does the firm say it's achieved that goal with the Freedom 251, it says the handset is nearly ready to ship. When it does, it will cost consumers in India just 251 Indian rupees, which is less than $4 in U.S. currency. The name of the handset is based on the price in rupees, in case that wasn't obvious. It will start shipping on June 30, 2016, the first batch of which will contain 200,000 Freedom 251 phones. Once those are shipped... Read more...
There was probably a time in the not too distant past when Microsoft thought it would be a viable contender in the mobile handset market by now. That was before reality slapped the Redmond outfit in the face like a stinky trout, and that reality is that the vast majority of consumers are interested in Android and iOS devices. Where the does that leave Microsoft with its Lumia devices? Microsoft isn't giving up, but it is giving handsets away.If you purchase a Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store, Microsoft will toss in an unlocked Lumia 950 handset for free. That's a $549 value, a compelling deal... Read more...
One thing we've come to expect from Apple is that every two years there's a major redesign to its iPhone device, with incremental upgrades filling the gap in between those releases. It's been a recipe for success in the mobile phone space, but apparently Apple has decided to dance out of rhythm by keeping the overall design of its next iPhone release the same as it is now.Citing people supposedly familiar with Apple's plans, The Wall Street Journal says the next generation iPhone models will stick with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays as currently found on the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus, respectively.... Read more...
If you're looking for an entry-level handset based running Windows 10 Mobile, just head over to the Microsoft Store and grab yourself a Lumia 550. Microsoft has the unlocked handset marked down to $99, compared to its normal selling price of $139, and you also get a prepaid T-Mobile 3-in-1 SIM kit with 40 minutes of airtime with purchase.There's nothing to indicate on the Lumia 550's product page that it comes with a SIM kit for T-Mobile, but it will automatically appear once you add the phone to your cart. That's a $40 value by itself, and provided you're planing to activate with T-Mobile anyway,... Read more...
Huawei is one of the largest smartphone players in China, though perhaps more importantly, the company has propelled itself into the number three spot overall in the entire world, behind only a pair of juggernauts in Apple and Samsung. In time, Huawei CEO Richard Yu believes his company can leapfrog both of them.That's what a confident Yu told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. In no uncertain terms, Yu said the goal is to be the top smartphone supplier on the planet, not number two or number three. And to reach that goal, Yu said it will take "maybe four or five years." Within that time... Read more...
It hasn't been a rough stretch for BlackBerry over the past several years. The once dominant smartphone outfit has tried numerous strategies to claw its way back to relevance—a name change, new CEO, inevitable layoffs, and more recently going all-in with Android. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be working for BlackBerry, and its flagship Priv handset isn't the savior the company hoped it would be.An executive at AT&T who asked not to be blamed put it rather bluntly when speaking with CNET, saying the Priv is "really struggling." The executive noted also noted that AT&T is seeing more returns... Read more...
We're careless creatures, there's no denying that. It's why we lose our car keys, forget concert tickets at home, and misplace our smartphones. Google can't help you with the first two, but if you happen to lose your Android device, or even worse it ends up stolen, don't panic, the search giant launched a new feature that can help you track it down. According to Google, "millions of phones are stolen every year in the U.S. along, and countless more are lost in taxis, cafes, and couch cushions around the world." That's life and while it's easy to tell someone not to stress over it, these wonderful... Read more...
Microsoft has found a new partner in the smartphone sector in Xiaomi, a major player in China that's looking to expand its reach into other territories. To help it do that, Microsoft sold Xiaomi around 1,500 of its patents for an undisclosed sum. The two also entered into a cross-licensing deal as part of what they're describing as a long-term pact. Here's the thing—Microsoft doesn't have anywhere near the same level of market share in the smartphone segment as Google with its Android platform or Apple with iOS, but it's still managed to make a few bucks from the category. One way is through royalties... Read more...
The OnePlus team made a lot of fans happy today. How so? Not only is OnePlus ditching its reviled invite system for its OnePlus 3 release, it's saying goodbye to the invite system forever. That's right, invites are gone forever, and so are the headaches on both sides of the equation that accompanied them. "With the OnePlus 3, we’re officially saying goodbye to invites. It’s a big step for us as a company, our fans, and fellow tech enthusiasts," OnePlus stated in a blog post. "After sending out millions of invites over the past two years, it’s hard to not think back to the early days and how far... Read more...
In the United States, the smartphone market feels almost like a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung, with HTC galloping a fair distance behind. But lest anyone forget, Sony offers some intriguing handsets under its Xperia banner, four of which are arriving unlocked in the next couple of months. Forgiveness is easily granted for anyone who forgot about Sony's Xperia line. Sony doesn't put the same level of effort in pushing its smartphone line up in the U.S. market as it does in other territories, though perhaps this is the beginning of a changed mindset. Not only is Sony bringing four new... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft is coming around to the realization that it has a snowball's chance in hell of competing with Android and (to a lesser extent) iOS for smartphone market share, so it's pulling back even further than it already has. Or more specifically, Microsoft's is "streamlining" its smartphone business, which entails another round of layoffs. In a memo sent to employees, Microsoft's head of Windows and devices, Terry Myerson, announced the layoffs saying the bulk of them will occur in Finland. He also denied the notion that Microsoft is abandoning the smartphone sector altogether,... Read more...
Remember the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that lumbered through New York City in the original Ghostbusters? That's how big Android has become, which coincidentally is on its Marshmallow release. That's not to say that Android is bloated and slow, just that it's really big—out of the 349 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2016, Android was installed on over 293.7 million of them, according to Gartner. Android now accounts for 84.1 percent of all smartphones in the world, up from 78.8 percent in the same quarter a year ago. Meanwhile, its closest rival (iOS) is now at 14.8 percent,... Read more...
Verizon plans on raising its data limit for prepaid smartphone plans. Starting May 15th, the data limit on Verizon's $45 a month plan jumps from 1GB to 3GB, while the $60 plan has been doubled to 6GB. This includes unlimited talk and text in the United States. The $45 plan comes with free texting to Mexico and Canada while the $60 plan comes with free texting and calling to both countries. There is, however, a catch -- you will need to set up Auto Pay in order to reap the benefits. Verizon’s Vice President of Consumer Pricing, Rob Miller, stated, "Whether you're just starting out with your own... Read more...
It's hard not to cringe whenever HTC releases an earnings report these days, though if you're hoping for the handset maker to turn its fortunes around, its latest financial report is especially stomach turning. HTC's revenue during the first quarter for the period ending March 31, 2016, plummeted 64 percent to NT$14.8 billion (around $463 million), down from NT$41.52 billion (around $1.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2015.That led to an operating loss of NT$4.8 billion (around $150 million), down from posting a profit of NT$360 million (around $11.6 million) in the same quarter a year ago. It's... Read more...
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