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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...
It's hard to imagine that BlackBerry was one of the fastest growing tech companies at one point. Back then, the Canadian company was known as Research In Motion (RIM) and it was kicking tail. Fast forward to today and BlackBerry is struggling not just to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, but for relevancy in the mobile world. So, what went wrong? If you ask former co-chief executive Jim Balsillie, he'll tell you that BlackBerry's Storm handset was a major mistake. Speaking at The Empire Club of Canada, Balsillie offered some candid insight into BlackBerry's rise and... Read more...
Remember that Oslo handset from BlackBerry that leaked to the web a couple of months ago? More pictures of the device have surfaced, and while the quality of the new snapshots isn't much better, the multiple angles do end up giving us a better look at what BlackBerry is working on. Short and to the point, the phone currently known as Oslo is basically an updated Passport.Oslo gains a few curves and more rounded edges compared to the original Passport, and in that way it better resembles the customized version of the Passport that landed on AT&T. It also retains the large square-shaped display... Read more...
Following the somewhat messy and unfortunate breakup with Cyanogenmod, the OnePlus team has an announcement that it hopes will ease the pain and entice its following to stay loyal -- the OnePlus One handset is now permanently priced at $249. That's a $50 savings over its previous price, and it all began with what was supposed to be a temporary discount. "Last week, we announced a limited $50 discount on the OnePlus One. We were blown away by the response in sales and took a hard look at the numbers to make sure we were maintaining our commitment to our users," OnePlus stated in a blog post.OnePlus... Read more...
I am sure most of us have been there. We're in a situation where people should keep their phones in their pockets, but instead, they're in their hands -- distracting themselves from what's going on, and possibly distracting others. I'm not sure anyone would understand this kind of scenario better than a teacher. But how many teachers would go to the length of bringing a cellular jamming device to school? Well, there's at least one in Florida. A science teacher in Pasco County got fed up with students not paying attention in class, and decided to do something about it. Unfortunately, the jammer... Read more...
Huawei, a major mobile phone player in the China, is looking to give the competition a run for their money on U.S. soil. The easiest way to do that is by offering a well spec'd smartphone at a reasonable price, and most would agree that the company's new and unlocked P8 lite handset fits the bill. From the pictures we've seen, it's a nice looking phone, and at $250 outright, it's a fair bit cheaper than flagship handsets from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Apple.The overall design looks like someone spliced the DNA of an iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and any modern Android handset. It's rectangular in shape... Read more...
In the Android space, Samsung has found its form and is once again kicking tail and taking names. That wasn't true of the previous generation Galaxy S5 handsets, a solid offering in its own right, though an overall underwhelming upgrade that failed to excite even loyal fans. Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both sporting a new premium design that has Android users tripping over themselves to grab one. Counterpoint Research's data puts the Galaxy S6 series (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge) in second place worldwide, trailing only Apple's iPhone 6 series (iPhone 6 and iPhone... Read more...
We already knew that OnePlus was planning to release a new flagship phone sometime in third quarter of this year, but now we have a date -- June 1. That's the date OnePlus indicated in a Twitter post along with a promise to "shake up the tech industry," which we take to mean the OnePlus Two, the much anticipated successor to the OnePlus One. "We're always looking for ways to shake up the tech industry. And we think it's time for change. Find out more June 1," OnePlus posted to Twitter. OnePlus didn't come right out and mention the OnePlus Two, but it's not much of a stretch to assume... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its home brewed Tizen operating system. The idea was to storm the mobile world with its own OS and become less reliant on Google's Android platform in the process. It was an ambitious goal that was made even more difficult to attain due to delays and a seeming lack of interest, though there's still hope for Tizen.Data collected by Counterpoint Research shows that the Samsung Z1, a Tizen-based smartphone that sells for $92, was the best selling handset in Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2015. The report didn't list the total number of sales, and we'll concede that Bangladesh... Read more...
It's official, gold is no longer best. We can't in good conscious continue proclaiming such nonsense after seeing Samsung's limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge in Iron Man trim. From here on out, we must concede that gold and red is the new best color combination, a conclusion we're sure Tony Stark and Avengers fans around the world would all agree with. Speaking of which, Samsung and Marvel have been working closely together for some time now, so it's not shocking to see the South Korean handset maker deck out its popular Galaxy S6 Edge after Iron Man. And we have to admit, Samsung chose the right... Read more...
Through Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare taught us that a rose is still a rose no matter what you call it (he had Juliet put it a bit more elegantly than that), and so it goes with Sony's weather resistant Xperia Z4, a well equipped smartphone that's about to launch globally under a different name. Perhaps in an attempt to pay homage to its predecessor (or because the new model looks just like the old one), the global model will be known as the Xperia Z3+.The handset is slim and light at just 6.9mm thick and 144g. And like the Z3, the Plus version is both waterproof and dust-proof, so you needn't... Read more...
With Google's I/O conference set to kick off later this week, the anticipation surrounding its upcoming OS, Android M, is growing fast. While we just learned that M internally stands for Macadamia Nut Cookie, we have doubts this OS release will crumble. Whereas Lollipop represented a major overhaul of the OS, Android M will refine what's there, and then toss in some cool new features (at least, we hope). As we discovered earlier this month, it seems like Android M could have a big business focus. Perhaps that business focus ties into the bit of information leaked late last week, claiming that Android... Read more...
BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) if you prefer, has a seemingly endless playbook filled with strategies to keep the company afloat. A name change is just one of many things the company has tried, in addition to hiring new leaders, launching new products, and when things get really bad, laying off workers. Apparently things are really bad. The struggling smartphone company confirmed on Friday plans to reduce its workforce by an untold number of employees. BlackBerry currently employs around 7,000 workers around the world, though that number will shrink as it... Read more...
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