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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...
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...
It used to be that smartphone makers tried to outdo one another with superior rear-facing cameras. It was a point of focus in commercials, and with each new generation of handsets, there was talk of smartphone cameras making point-n-shoots obsolete. Funny how trends change, as now the popular thing is to improve the front-facing camera on smartphones for taking selfies. If you don't believe it, then take a look at Samsung's new Galaxy J3 and J5 phones.The big deal with these phones is that they boast 5-megapixel front-facing shooters with LED flash. These are wide angle lenses the new Galaxy devices... 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...
There’s always an element of risk in tracking down a smartphone thief, but it’s understandably tempting. Location technology means that, at least while the phone is on, we can see right where it is on a map. This week, an 18-year-old’s attempt to retrieve his smartphone in Ontario, Canada ended in tragedy.  Jeremy Cook apparently left his smartphone in a taxi and then looked the phone up online, at which point he discovered that someone else had picked it up. He and a relative went out to locate the person carrying his phone and ended up confronting three people in a car outside a strip mall... Read more...
It gets a little confusing when trying to keep up with Sony's latest Xperia Z series handsets. Just last month, Sony released the Xperia Z3+, a global model of the weather resistant Xperia Z4. Now we have the Xperia Z4v, which is yet another version of the handset for Verizon. However, the Xperia Z4v and the Xperia Z3+/Z4 aren't the same.Sony upgraded the display on the Xperia Z4v for Verizon with a much higher resolution. While its previous devices have unexciting Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panels, the Xperia Z4v boasts a QHD display, packing significantly more pixels into the same 5.2-inch screen.... Read more...
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has asked the wireless industry to voluntarily support the addition of features that would make it more difficult and/or less desirable for for thieves to steal mobile phones. A couple of the measures the FCC would like to see smartphone makers and wireless carriers adopt include remote lock and remote wiping."If implemented, these features will result in more consumers using these powerful features which, in turn, will mark a key milestone in combating smartphone theft," Wheeler said in a statement.It's also being recommended that the... Read more...
Navigating the sea of Android phones can be a bit overwhelming, especially for anyone who is new to the platform (first time phone buyers, iOS defectors, and so forth). There are a lot of devices to choose from and they're as varied as the people who choose them. That's one of the best things about Android, though for anyone is feeling lost, Google has a new tool to help narrow down the choice.The "Find the Android phone for you" tool asks potential Android phone buyers three or more questions, beginning with what they use their phone for. The options include taking photos, listening to music,... Read more...
BlackBerry is taking the phrase 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!' to heart as it reportedly considers building a smartphone around Google's super popular Android platform. If BlackBerry does indeed release an Android device, it would be the first time in the company's history that it's ventured away from its own software ecosystem.It's been a tumultuous road for BlackBerry ever since Apple's iPhone came onto the scene. That began the company's descent into comparative irrelevancy, as it now sits behind not only Android and iOS, but also Windows Phone in smartphone market share. For a company that... Read more...
HTC is patting itself on the back for working to improve various aspects of its flagship One M9 after its release. We we recently reviewed the One M9 and had mostly good things to say about the device, and following the newest update, One M9 owners can expect the built-in camera to take better pics, improved battery life, and less heat generated while charging. In regards to the camera, HTC says the update tweaks the auto-exposure balance algorithm to improve overall dynamic range, resulting in images that come to life with more detail and color balance, particularly when snapping photos in bright... Read more...
The rate at which the industry is pumping out smartphones these days is staggering. Even more impressive is the rate at which truly outstanding phones are shipping, even from names that weren't significant just a few years ago. BLU, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and ASUS (just to name a few) have all produced handsets in recent months that rival the best offerings from Apple, LG, Samsung, and other historical greats. It signals a shift in the industry where we've reached a certain level of market maturity at the hardware, software and ecosystem level. It's just that much easier to launch a smartphone in market... Read more...
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