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There was a time when Samsung believed its home brewed Tizen operating system would rise up and usurp Android as the king of mobile, or at least be a competitive force. Things haven't worked out that way, and though Tizen has gone on to fined renewed purpose in things like smart TVs and wearables, it's still being used in smartphones, including the Samsung Z2, the world's first Tizen smartphone with 4G LTE functionality. It's a significant milestone in Tizen's journey, not because 4G LTE is some new and rare technology—obviously that's not the case—but because of its price point and audience. The... Read more...
In the smartphone market, Microsoft has to fight for scraps leftover from Android and iOS, and comparatively there aren't many to go around. Rather than bury its head in denial, Microsoft's been making mobile versions of its key programs like Office available on other OSes, and now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load several of Microsoft's productivity apps on some of its Android handsets. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype are among the apps that will come pre-installed on select Lenovo devices in what the two companies are calling a "deepening of their strategic relationship." The benefit for Microsoft... Read more...
At long last, the Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is here and available to order, provided you have $880 to spend on a smartphone (subsidized pricing and monthly installment plans are available too). One thing you might want to consider if picking up Samsung's latest phablet is warranty coverage, as based on the results of a recent teardown, you should probably avoid trying any DIY repairs. The nimble fingered folks at iFixIt snagged a Galaxy Note 7 and promptly gutted the device until all that remained were the individual parts, disassembled and naked for all the world to see. The process was met with... Read more...
One of the first things many people do when buying and activating a new smartphone is see which of the pre-installed apps can be uninstalled. Some are useful, of course, and those end up staying, but wireless carriers are notorious for shoving a bunch of unwanted third-party applications onto smartphones. That's not likely to change, and if Verizon gets its way, Android device owners will see even more bloatware. Verizon's courting potential clients with an offer to install branded apps on its customers' Android homescreens. The cost for doing so would be somewhere between $1 and $2 per affected... Read more...
The running rumor is that Google has tapped HTC to build both of its 2016 Nexus phones, each one set to debut with Android 7.0 Nougat. Of the two, the one codenamed Sailfish is the smaller handset, presumably with a screen size of 5 inches, versus the larger Marlin phone that's said to sport a 5.5-inch display. If you're wondering what they'll look like, some low quality photos of the former give an early glimpse, assuming they're legit shots. Photos of the unreleased handset ended up in the hands of Android Police, which said it's 100 percent positive it's Sailfish that's pictured, not the larger... Read more...
Cue the Imperial March, Darth Vader's theme song, because here comes the iPhone 7 dressed in "Space Black," or whatever Apple ends up calling it. And no, that's not our veiled attempt at calling Apple the Evil Empire, we're simply noting the return of an all-black handset, at least if a series of a leaked photos from a Chinese-language website prove legit.Or maybe what we're seeing is a darker version of what Apple calls "Space Gray" in its lineup. That's a color SKU that Apple offers in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lineups, only those handsets are considerably lighter in color than the presumed... Read more...
If you blinked you might have missed that HTC's flagship smartphone was ever available at T-Mobile. Well it was, but don't bother looking for the HTC 10 at T-Mobile at this point, because the wireless carrier served up an eviction notice to its apparently unwanted tenant and booted the smartphone from its stores just two months after its release. It seems a bit unusual, though perhaps the HTC 10 just wasn't selling enough units to hold T-Mobile's interest. This wouldn't be the first time T-Mobile quickly showed a smartphone the door after not generating enough sales. It did the same thing to BlackBerry's... Read more...
LG is getting ready to release it's V20 smartphone, a follow-up to the funky V10 device and the first handset on the planet to come sweetened with Android 7.0 Nougat. There's been plenty of leaked information ahead of the phone's planned September 6 unveiling, and now the first batch of renders has started making the rounds, renders that hint at a possible modular design.One of the things that can be seen in the renders is a button on the right side that looks similar to the module release button found on LG's G5 handset. There's also a bit of a bottom lip that, if not aesthetic purposes, could... Read more...
In what cold be classified as a bold move, Samsung is considering only releasing a version of its next generation flagship Galaxy device—presumably the Galaxy S8—with a curved edge display. That means there would be just a single SKU rather than two separate versions of the same flagship, one with a regular display and one with a panel that wraps around both sides, as found on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge respectively. It would be bold, but not necessarily bat-spit crazy. Truth be told, things started to feel stale with Samsung's Galaxy line by the time the Galaxy S5 emerged. At that point,... Read more...
Apple sold roughly 7 million less iPhone devices last quarter than it did in the same quarter a year ago, but that didn't stop it from reaching a significant milestone. During an employee meeting in Cupertino on Wednesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the sale of the one billionth iPhone, an impressive feat no matter how you slice it. "iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," said Cook.... Read more...
Famed tech informant Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter, claims Apple is gearing up to release its iPhone 7 model to retail on the week of September 12, and most likely on that Friday, September 16. And to be clear, he's referring to when you can actually go out and purchase an iPhone 7 model, not the launch event, which will take place sometime beforehand.There's no reason not to believe Blass on this one. Even ignoring his more than favorable history with leaking inside information that later turns out to be accurate, including Apple leaks, the time frame generally fits with Apple's past... Read more...
Death and taxes aren't the only unavoidable things in the world, so is the act of accidentally dropping your smartphone. If you're lucky it will land unscathed on the carpet or some other soft surface. And for the unlucky, Corning has your back—its new Gorilla Glass 5 is designed to protect against breakages from clumsy drops, and not just when it lands on the carpet. According to Corning, its fifth generation of Gorilla Glass is able to withstand drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competing glass designs. The added sturdiness compared to previous generation Gorilla... Read more...
Last month, the partnership between Motorola and Lenovo seemed to crystalize when the combined company stepped out with its first co-branded smartphone products that will ship here in the United States. Lenovo acquired Motorola's Mobility division from Google a couple of years back, but has rightfully lead with the iconic Moto brand for new smartphone (and smartwatch) product introductions since the acquisition. It wasn't until we saw Lenovo's Product Engineer/Spokesman, Ashton Kutcher take the stage last month at Lenovo Tech World to launch the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force, that it became apparent... Read more...
Samsung is going for gold with its Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition handset, a specially themed Galaxy S7 Edge in celebration of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It's available to purchase today at Best Buy, but if you're stuck at work and want to check out what it looks like, Samsung has released an unboxing video with glimpses of the customized apps and UI. The themed handset was designed in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Going beyond external aesthetics, the phone is the first to incorporate the Olympic Games design on the software side, featuring the five official... Read more...
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