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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...
Give the OnePlus team credit, it knows how to hype a product launch and create buzz. It's an art that companies like Apple have mastered, and while OnePlus is not on the same playing field as Tim Cook and company, both are really good at getting media attention. That said, one of the big reasons the OnePlus is so popular is because of the value proposition. Will that be the case when the OnePlus Two comes out? There have been rumors that the OnePlus Two would top the $500 mark, though don't believe it. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau put to rest exaggerated price claims by promising on his company's Google+... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Star Trek (and what true techie isn’t?), The Wand Company has just announced what could possibly be one of the greatest smartphone accessories that we’ve seen in quite some time. The company has built a true-to-life Communicator — yes, that Communicator which we saw Captain Kirk whip out on numerous occasions when leading his away team on the surface of uncharted planets. Part of what makes the Communicator so special is that it acts as a Bluetooth handset that connects to your smartphone (hands-free calling and music streaming is supported). So even though the Communicator is... Read more...
It's been a roller coaster ride of rumors for fans of LG's G Pro series -- first there was talk that a third generation G Pro device would emerge late last year, then there was speculation that the South Korean handset maker decided to retire the line so that it could concentrate all its efforts on its flagship G4 smartphone. So, what's the latest? It looks like LG will go forth with a G Pro 3 device after all, and it will be the biggest one yet.If you recall, the original G Pro released in 2013 featured a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display. It also came equipped with... Read more...
The biggest hint yet that Samsung is preparing to release a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge is that it filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the "S6 Edge+." Filed on Tuesday, Samsung's application will be assigned to an examining attorney in approximately three months, the application status reads.There's not much direct information to take away from the filing, other than confirmation that the S6 Edge+ trademark is for a smartphone. And while it could ultimately lead to nothing, it goes in line with rumors that Samsung is working on an... Read more...
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...
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