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Given how cutthroat the smartphone market is these days, manufactures are looking for new ways to get an edge on the competition. Xiaomi was one of the first to start the bezel-free display trend with the original Mi MIX, and now ZTE is looking to turn heads with the Axon M. The centerpiece of the Axon M are its dual 5.2-inch displays, which both feature a resolution of 1920x1080. Now, this isn't something that you see every day in the smartphone world, so the first question on your mind is probably how is this beneficial in real life usage scenarios? For starters, ZTE says that with Dual Mode,... Read more...
Google has been designing and building premium Android smartphones for many years, co-branding with various hardware partners since back in the days of the company's Nexus devices. More recently with its first generation Pixel series, the Mountain View team has taken more prominent ownership of the brand, with devices specifically underscored as "Made By Google." And indeed the design signatures of the first generation Pixel and Pixel XL were distinctly different from any other handset on the market, as are the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that Google is launching today, along with a redesigned... Read more...
Cybercriminals have developed a new form of Android ransomware that gives victims added incentive to pay up. In addition to scrambling the user's data with an AES encryption algorithm, the new ransomware replaces an infected device's personal identification number (PIN) with one that is randomly generated, effectively locking the rightful owner out. One the ransom is paid, the attacker can remotely reset the PIN and unlock the device. ESET, a security firm that offers antivirus solutions for both desktop and mobile devices, discovered the new ransomware and dubbed it DoubleLocker, since it locks... Read more...
We posted a fun project yesterday for those who found themselves with a bit of free time on their hands this weekend: installing the PIxel Launcher on any Android smartphone they choose (as long as it's up-to-date, of course). Now, we have stumbled on yet another cool smartphone project, although this one applies only to OnePlus 3 and 3T owners (sorry, everyone else!). Following a closed beta cycle, OnePlus has decided to let every 3 and 3T owner get in on the Android 8.0 Oreo action. Right now, this requires a bit of hands-on work, but as far as ROM-changing work goes on Android, you can't... Read more...
Are you a little too anxious for the upcoming launch of Google's highly anticipated Pixel 2? If so, or you simply love the idea of getting an early look at how Google setup Oreo on its new flagship smartphones, we think we have a new weekend project for you. But don't fret, this one couldn't get much easier. As long as you own an Android phone, at least. In fact we set it up ourselves in just a few minutes. Google's upcoming Pixel 2 XL Android Flagship Smartphone In advance of next week's Pixel 2 launch, an APK of the same launcher used for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has hit the Web.... Read more...
Gaming peripheral maker Razer started a teaser campaign yesterday that appears to show a person holding a smartphone. Not long after, a tweet turned up that showed the CEO of the company with what we assume to be that smartphone peeking out of his pocket. We have to wait until November 1 to officially see what Razer is cooking up, but thankfully someone appears to have run the phone through GFXBench giving us a glimpse at what might be hiding inside. The GFXBench results list "Razer Phone" as the device and then gives out what look to be solid specs for a flagship device in 2017. The... Read more...
There are a lot of car guys and gals out there that dream of making enough money to have an entire collection of Porsche cars and SUVs. It's undeniably appealing to have a Cayenne or Macan for ferrying the kids around during the week or schlepping coworkers to and from meetings. On the weekends, having a sexy Cayman S in the driveway to play with or take down to the track would be perfect. The catch is that most of us don't have the kind of money lying around that you need to own one, let alone two Porsche models. Porsche has announced that it is launching a new sports car and SUV subscription... Read more...
Microsoft has announced new tech that is available in your chat window that leverages the Cortana intelligent digital assistant. Cortana is available in Skype and is designed to help you with details to support the conversations you have every day.  This means if you ask someone to go to the movies with you, it will give you access to movie times. If someone asks you to remember to do something, Cortana will offer to set a reminder on your phone. Cortana can also suggest smart replies so you can respond to messages faster and more easily, without having to type. The reminders that Cortana... Read more...
We've known for quite some time that Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile is near death. The operating system has been treading water with less than one percent of the global smartphone market for quite some time, CEO Satya Nadella killed the company's smartphone hardware division, and we recently heard commentary from Hewlett-Packard about Microsoft’s non-committal attitude towards Windows 10 Mobile. "Microsoft, as all companies do, decided on a change in strategy and so they are less focused on what they thought they would be focused on today," said HP EMEA boss Nick Lazaridis last week. "Given that,... Read more...
The phone formerly known as Krypton has not officially launched as the BlackBerry Motion. Though you will not find any reference to the new handset on BlackBerry's website, the company announced its newest smartphone at GITEX Technology Week, with a shout out to TCL Communications, its manufacturing partner. BlackBerry also confirmed that its Motion handset wields a capacious 4,000 mAh battery. By tasking TCL with manufacturing chores, BlackBerry frees itself to focus on software and enterprise-level security features. The side effect is that BlackBerry might not be able to supply as many handsets... Read more...
The company that once upon a time was known as Research in Motion (RIM) is getting ready to release a new smartphone, the BlackBerry Motion. Known internally as Krypton, what looks to be an official press rendering of the new handset has found its way to the web, courtesy of Evan Blass (who else?), otherwise popularly known on Twitter as @evleaks. In an exchange on Twitter that follows his post, Evan alludes to the BlackBerry Motion not being a flagship handset. Previously leaked specs back the assertion—the BlackBerry Motion is said to feature an all-touch front display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080)... Read more...
Microsoft's Edge browser hasn't exactly been well received on the Windows 10 operating system. Globally, Microsoft Edge has just a 5 percent share of the web browser market, while Chrome is dominating the field with a whopping 60 percent. With its desktop share not looking so hot these days, Microsoft is focusing its attention to the mobile sector. Microsoft Edge is already available on Windows 10 Mobile, but that's a dying platform. So, the company is extending the browser to the Android and iOS platforms in Preview (Beta) form. According to Microsoft, it made this move because users were telling... Read more...
There has been some excitement amongst the Android faithful over the Pixel 2 smartphones that are due to launch today, and leaks have landed recently giving us an idea what the devices will look like. Those images have already stoked the disappointment in many hopefuls, because the Pixel 2 smartphones have thicker bezels and lack the high-end design touches found in other devices like the Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone 8. Jean Baptiste Su, principal analyst at Atherton Research has now written that the Pixel 2 lineup will be a major disappointment. Reasons cited for this are a boring design aesthetic... Read more...
What do we have here? Everyone has been so focused on Google's upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, that no one stopped to think that the company might have something even more "premium" in development. Well, today, a fresh leak suggests that Google might be working on a premium flagship called the Ultra Pixel. While the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are no doubt high-end smartphones, it appears that Google may be going the Apple route this generation. Just as the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are refinements of last year's models, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL appear (on the surface) to be an evolution... Read more...
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