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The OnePlus 2 flagship smartphone was hyped for months ahead of its official unveil last week. OnePlus leaked major details about the device including its processor (a new revision of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810) and even its rare (for a smartphone) reversible USB-C connector. But apparently OnePlus has even more in store for consumers: its fast approaching, third smartphone. That new smartphone will be out before the end of year, with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei remarking that he hopes to see the device arrive in time for Christmas. Pei is being rather tightlipped about specifications for the... Read more...
Samsung's uniquely designed Galaxy S6 Edge with its display that curves around both sides was part of the company's comeback plan in the high-end smartphone market. It was supposed to help renew interest in the Galaxy series after consumers had grown bored with the same plastic phone being recycle and upgraded each generation, and the problem is, the strategy worked.How is that a problem? Simply put, Samsung failed to predict how popular the Galaxy S6 Edge would be. Combined with manufacturing difficulties, the company saw a shortfall in sales partially because it just couldn't produce them fast... Read more...
With as fast as new smartphones come out, it's a scary proposition to consider purchasing the latest and greatest months after its launch. After all, it's not as though prices immediately begin to go into a decline; they stay locked in right up to the launch of the next model. T-Mobile understands what this frustration can feel like, so it's offering iPhone fans one sweet deal. Via a humorous and straight-forward YouTube video, T-Mobile CEO John Legere tells us why his company's latest deal is worth paying attention to, and he's got a good point. It's no secret that a new iPhone is en route, so... Read more...
It might be hard for many of us to believe, but some people out there still love using flip-phones. I am not sure if it's an issue of function, or simply nostalgia, but it appears there's still an ample enough market for flip-phones that LG has decided to release one using the latest and greatest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. As far as flip-phones go, I think this latest one, called Gentle, hits all the right marks. It looks good (and would have been amazing ten-years-ago), and it has nice bubbly buttons for the sake of good feedback. Of course, one thing to set this phone apart from phones... Read more...
The folks at OnePlus haven't just proven that they're capable of producing a great smartphone, they've proven that they're marketing geniuses. Despite the fact that the OnePlus One was the company's first-ever smartphone, its "Never Settle" tagline and exclusivity made it one hot product. I couldn't believe the number of people I knew that were either offering or looking for invites - it was great to see so much hype around a smartphone not produced by a fruit-inspired company. Despite the enormous success of the OnePlus One, its invite system left a lot to be desired. Earlier this month, company... Read more...
If the multitude of companies telling us are to be believed, mobile payments are going to be a huge part of our future. It's not exactly hard to understand why. Most of us tote around a phone at all times, and in some cases, it might be easier to take out of a pocket than a wallet. But, with most things that are convenient, there are some caveats to be aware of. In this case, the biggest one is security. While Samsung has proven in the past that it doesn't mine compromising its users' security, where money's concerned, it means business. So, to prevent possible exploitation, it's been discovered... Read more...
Most of the attention in the smartphone space gets placed on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets and Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. It's sometimes easy to forget that there are other mobile phone makers competing in the high end space too, and to help consumers remember that fact, LG Electronics is readying a new flagship device.Apparently LG's next mobile handset won't just be a smartphone, but a "super premium phone," which the company plans to release sometime this year (sooner rather than later). The mention of a super premium phone has stirred up speculation... Read more...
Microsoft has sky-high ambitions with Windows 10, due out next Wednesday, and that goes for mobile just as much as it does for the desktop. It needs to have some attractive smartphones on the market if it's going to make a real impression on people, and beyond that, they need to boast higher-end specs. No one gets excited over a budget phone. We've talked in the past about the upcoming Lumia 940 and 940 XL, and based on what we've learned up to this point, both phones look to be quite good. But, as we're now learning, models sporting those names might not even exist. Instead, Microsoft could go... Read more...
I can't imagine that many people like messing around with their voicemail. Be it a lack of patience or laziness, I cringe anytime I receive one and am forced to fiddle about in the awkward interface, trying to remember the buttons I have to press to achieve a certain action. In this particular scenario, Android M is going to help. At least, if your carrier supports it. As you can see in the shot below, a custom interface can be seen for voicemail rather than the hum-drum black screen. From within this interface, you'll be able to easily choose a message to listen to, see who it's from, and delete... Read more...
The name "Commodore" is one that incites the nostalgic cells in many people, and its copyright owners know it. A couple of years ago, an all-in-one PC that was modeled after the iconic C64's keyboard was released, and for the most part, it was awesome. After all, how could something modeled after the C64 not be? Well, if you missed out on that AIO PC and want some legit Commodore hardware, you're going to get a second chance. As long as you're fine with that hardware being a smartphone, that is. And a plain-Jane off-white one at that. Named after another Commodore PC, the "PET" smartphone makes... Read more...
Nexus fans who have been following the rumors have heard that Google's tapping two different manufactures for its next generation offerings. One is South Korean outfit LG Electronics, a familiar partner of Google's that is supposedly working on the Nexus 5 (2015 model), and the other is Huawei, which has been linked to a bigger size Nexus device to succeed the Nexus 6.With regards to the latter, famed leaker Evan Blass (you may know him better by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) posted to Twitter a few specs for the Huawei Nexus. According to Blass, Huawei's phablet-sized device will sport a 5.7-inch... Read more...
Samsung's prior infatuation with plastic and polycarbonate shells didn't stop the company from using premium materials in the design of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Plus, and going forward, it looks like we expect more of the same. That's certainly true of the Galaxy A8, a new handset that is now official. It's also incredibly thin at just 5.9mm.The translated tagline for the Galaxy A8 is "Fall in love with slim." It's a point of focus for the handset, which is the slimmest phone in Samsung's stable, at least at its thinnest point -- there's a disclaimer pointing out that the Galaxy A8's body is... Read more...
Connecting a smartphone to an in-car Bluetooth system is a common way to listen to music through the device, but have you ever thought about what else could be possible? How about controlling the entire smartphone through a dash screen? Or controlling media with your steering wheel? That's just what one Nexus 6 owner did, with the help of a couple of different hardware and software products. At the forefront is the App Radio dash screen, a product that costs about $500. Then there's the ARUnchained Android app, which costs around $30. If you want to take things to the next level, you can even install... Read more...
Little by little, we're learning new official details about the OnePlus 2, the successor to the popular OnePlus One. By way of a Twitter post this week, the OnePlus team latest reveal is that the OnePlus 2 will feature 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM "so you have more power to do everything you love," whether it's playing games or simply multitasking. It's worth pointing out that the OnePlus team previously confirmed the OnePlus 2 will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC). This is important because it's a 64-bit part that can take full advantage of 4GB of RAM, whereas 32-bit chips can really... Read more...
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