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With its upcoming PRIV smartphone, BlackBerry needs to strike the right chord with people. While the company was once a giant in the smartphone market, it's taken a nosedive in recent years, and has yet to deliver a product that anyone would consider a "win". Fortunately, PRIV does boast a couple of fantastic perks. For example, PRIV is a high-end model, sporting a Qualcomm 808 SoC under the hood, 3GB of memory, 32GB of storage, 18 megapixel rear camera, and a mammoth 3,410mAh battery. At 5.4-inch, it could also be argued that it's the ideal size for the businessperson or regular folk that want... Read more...
When Microsoft unveiled its Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones a few weeks ago, it seemed to genuinely woo the masses. In fact, the entire event overall was quite impressive, and in a way, refreshing. While the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book were proverbial stars of the show, it could be argued that the biggest gain Microsoft may realize could come from their new Lumia flagship Windows 10 phone devices. One of the biggest features of these new phones is Continuum, which allows you to connect the phone to a dock, which then connects to a monitor and peripherals. In this configuration, a Windows 10-like... Read more...
When the prospect of being able to create chips for one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world makes itself available, it's something that needs to be taken extremely seriously. That's especially the case if you haven't managed to make a grand statement in the mobile market in the past. That prospect is one that Intel currently faces, as it has a chance to craft its 7360 LTE modem for use in the next iPhone - if it can continue making significant milestones. Even if it does, Apple might still use a mix of Intel and Qualcomm modem chips when the iPhone 7 goes into production. Perhaps... Read more...
We've sure come a long way since cell phones exploded in popularity. It used to invoke a great feeling to hold out that flip-phone and admire its sheer awesomeness. Today? Most would laugh at those older devices. Now, we have super advanced smartphones that can do everything from take great pictures to play videos to check your heart rate. And, as if that wasn't enough, we've since piled on tablets, smartwatches, and many other smart devices or wearables. With so much personal fragmentation like this, it can be a bit frustrating that if someone calls you, and you happen to be nowhere near your... Read more...
If you've been paying any attention to the security realm over the past few years, you're probably well aware that Google's Android OS has quite a number of issues and caveats surrounding it. It comes with the territory of the OS being placed into the hands of any vendor that produces an Android device - it becomes their responsibility to update, not Google's. Obviously, that's going to be problematic where patches are concerned. After the Stagefright MMS bug hit the world a few months ago, the need for better Android security really hit the limelight. Not long after, some companies, such as Samsung,... Read more...
HTC is having a terrible time keeping its One A9 handset under wraps. There have been several leaked photos to hit the web, including a set of press renderings that show a colorful lineup and, more recently, some shots of the actual phone, albeit a so-called dummy unit that's used for display in stores.Twitter user @OnLeaks posted the most recent photos, which show the One A9 (codenamed HTC Aero) from various angles, including both front and back shots. As we've seen before, the One A9 looks a lot like Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s smartphones, save for the software (the One A9 is very much an... Read more...
Are you looking for a phone that pops? If so, and you're willing to either travel to China or import from there, you may be interested in the Pepsi P1. Yup - that Pepsi. According to a new leak, PepsiCo has signed an agreement with an unknown vendor in China to produce a Pepsi-inspired smartphone. While the vendor is unknown, the leak does help give us some idea of what the phone is all about. For those wanting high-end specs, this phone fizzles. It's a mid-range option that uses a 1.7GHz MediaTek SoC and is backed by 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage. It's a 5.5 inch device that sports a... Read more...
If you go out of your way to protect your privacy with everything you do, you undoubtedly know how complicated it can be while mobile. Most phone makers simply don't put much of an emphasis on user privacy, usually sticking to the bare minimum, or in other words, what's generally expected. Some others, however, go the extra mile. A notable example from the past two years has been the Blackphone, a smartphone that promised great security protection right out of the box. While that phone's enhanced security came mostly from software, we saw Boeing put an interesting spin on a privacy smartphone later:... Read more...
Apple and Samsung have already launched their latest flagship devices for 2015, and now, Motorola is taking its turn. For the third year in a row, a new Moto X has arrived that's built upon the successes of the original. There's no mistaking the design -- visual cues that created the silhouette of the original still remain on the Moto X Pure Edition, but it's clear that the company is evolving its flagship phone based on market demands. For instance, the 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display would've been viewed as monstrous in 2013, but today, it feels wholly natural. Moto has also included... Read more...
It’s no secret that Obama Administration doesn’t think too highly of smartphone encryption. Officials for the Department of Justice and the FBI have railed against encryption, likening it to obstruction of justice. “The notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves beyond the law, troubles me a lot,” said FBI Director James Comey last year. “As a country, I don't know why we would want to put people beyond the law. “The notion that people have devices, again, that with court orders, based on a showing of probable cause in a case involving kidnapping or child exploitation... Read more...
Unlocked smartphones are attractive to customers who are looking for ways to avoid a long-term contract with a carrier, replace a broken phone, or travel overseas. If you’ve shopped for an unlocked phone, you’ll likely have come across a company called Huawei. Huawei ships phones worldwide, though they aren't very well known here in the United States. Huawei has been taking a different approach than most mobile phone manufacturers in the United States by focusing on affordable, unlocked smartphones and selling these phones directly to customers, rather than working through the wireless carriers.... Read more...
Where our smartphones are concerned, it feels like we're in the middle of a "megapixel race" kind of situation, one where companies continue to beef up specs to almost ridiculous heights, all without providing a tangible real-world benefit. We talked about this just the other day, when Samsung unveiled new 12Gb memory chips that could give upcoming smartphones a staggering 6GB of RAM. With RAM, the fact Apple continues to pack its high-end iPhones with only 1GB of the stuff suggests that 4GB in a mere smartphone could very well be overkill, or at least inefficient use of it. We're just not seeing... Read more...
As smartphones equipped with 3 and 4GB of RAM begin to litter the market, developers need to figure out ways to take advantage of them. The same could be said for phones that have 8 CPU cores - we keep packing more and more horsepower into these mobile devices but largely fail to take advantage of it. Given the general use of such devices, I suppose that's not too much of a surprise. That reality doesn't matter to Samsung, though, as it's keen on keeping the train moving and always availing us more than what we need on the mobile front. In this particular case, that comes by way of brand-new... Read more...
Rumor has it Google will introduce its next Nexus handsets at the end of this month. Until then, you can expect more speculation and supposedly leaked information, the latter of which we always take with more than a few grains of salt. That includes a photo making the rounds that purportedly shows the final design of Google's forthcoming Nexus 5 (2015) smartphone.The snapshot of the supposed final iteration comes courtesy of AndroidPit, which itself received the image from an unnamed but "trusted source." It looks nearly identical to that of a previously leaked image that was claimed to be LG's... Read more...
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