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Project Ara parts can be hot-swapped thanks to Android L

Though it’s in very early stages of development, Google’s Project Ara is still the coolest smartphone idea we’ve seen in a long time. Modular parts were good enough, but it might be getting a lot better. Now it seems as though you won’t have to turn your phone off for switching out parts on the fly.

Infographic shows what the Galaxy Note Edge’s edge is for

As a concept device, the Galaxy Note Edge is definitely a curiousity, but it may just be more practical, not to mention less insane, than Samsung’s previous concept smartphone, the Galaxy Round. But just what is the concept that Samsung is trying to sell? It’s nothing more than a second yet almost minuscule screen that gives you important information or … Continue reading

DROID Turbo GFXBench sheet hint at even beefier specs

We’ve already gotten a few glimpses of the supposed Verizon DROID Turbo, but now it seems that Big Red might have an even more formidable gun in its arsenal. The GFXBench benchmarking site has an entry for the said Motorola smartphone and it reveals hardware that curiously outperforms the flagship.

Samsung Galaxy “Alpha” A300 makes its way through TENAA

Continuing the train of leaks and rumors about the Galaxy Alpha family, we are now getting a glimpse of what could be the smaller, and likely cheaper, of them all, currently identified as the SM-A300. Luckily for us, this smartphone has popped up at Chinese certification TENAA, giving us a bit more detail about this supposedly metal-bearing budget smartphone.

Phonebloks to run modified Android L

The modular smartphone Phonebloks was the recent subject of a keynote during which some new details were dropped, as well as information on the progress that has been made thus far. Amongst what was revealed is that the modular handset will be running a modified version of Android L.

Android and iOS ads go full-screen

You might not even notice it happening. The transition might be so smooth, you don’t think about full-screen advertisements on your smartphone until you think back a few years. “Wait,” you’ll think to yourself, “did I always have to watch several seconds of video advertisement in this app, or were they added more recently?”

Latest Phone Reviews

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Review: Bigger is Better

Apple promised us something big, and it delivered both metaphorically and literally. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus take Apple’s flagship smartphone in new directions, finally bowing to consumer demand for larger handsets. These aren’t just your old iPhone made bigger, however: a combination of broad hardware improvements and iOS 8 makes sure of that. Question is, does … Continue reading

Moto X (2014) Review: Finally, a true Motorola flagship

Motorola never quite got the praise it deserved with the original Moto X, the company’s decision to step off the specs bandwagon unduly masked by relatively uninspiring design. Now, the 2014 model arrives to rectify that, sharing the same name but stepping up performance, aesthetics, and – essential for any device with ambitions to play among the flagships – build … Continue reading

HTC One M8 with Windows Review

What we could be witnessing right now is a crossroads in the Windows universe. HTC may very well have made the step towards legitimacy the Windows Phone platform needed to show the world that they really, truly can compete with Android. In the HTC One M8 with Windows, HTC has switched out Android for Windows Phone in the greatest handset … Continue reading

HTC One (E8) review: Android’s iPhone 5C is here

The HTC One (M8) is one of the better Android handsets available. For many, it’s the aluminum shell that takes the cake. What happens when you strip it away and add plastic, though? Is the device still a winner? The HTC One (E8) is trying to answer that question.

Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon’s first smartphone doesn’t just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom … Continue reading

Nokia Lumia 635 Review

The Nokia Lumia 635 takes everything that made the Nokia Lumia 520 a winner and gives it a boost. It remains one of the cheapest Windows Phone 8 devices, now coming with Windows Phone 8.1 and the newest Nokia software, along with a look and feel that creates a powerful value proposal. Should you just buy last year’s model on … Continue reading

LG G3 Review

This month we’ve had an extended look at the LG G3 in its international edition, preparing for the USA-bound version(s) which will be launching later this Summer. What we’re seeing here is a phone that out-does the competition while it remains (somehow) humble in the public. It’s not for a lack of trying, of course, but for a lack of … Continue reading

App News

Pokemon TCG Online released to iPad (in Canada)

There’s been a soft launch of Pokemon: The Card Game Online for iPad this afternoon, starting with Canada. Supposing you’ve got access to a friend with an iPad in Canada and they’re willing to … ship it to you … you might be able to play. Otherwise you’re going to have to wait for the USA release, which should be … Continue reading

Forget Ello, here’s Wayfare – real unique social networking

There’s an app out there this week called Wayfare, and I’m genuinely impressed by its ability to make me create and share with people I don’t know halfway around the world. You turn the app on, sign up, and are almost instantly connected with another Wayfare user in a different country. From there, you become short-term digital penpals.

Flipboard released for Windows Phone [UPDATE: Testing]

After our preview this early April of Flipboard for Windows Phone devices – it’s finally here. Finally, after months of development and preparation for release. At last, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users can have access to one of the most popular news aggregators in the land.

Selfie for iPhone: Inception for the socially inept

When you sit on a bus or train headed to work – if that’s what you do – and you see everyone with their noses down in their smartphone business, what do you think? Do you think wow, it’d be great to have a conversation with these people, they’re my comrades! Of course not. That’s where this new “Selfie” app … Continue reading

Apple Watch GUI released as a Photoshop template

ImPekable, a San Jose-based design consultancy, has released a complete Apple Watch GUI as a Photoshop PSD, squeaking it out ahead of the SDK’s release. Anyone can grab the files from Dribble or ImPekable’s website and use the template to tinker with app designs.

Qualcomm wants to supercharge “digital eyewear”

So you say you want a pair of smart glasses, yes? The company that makes the processors in most Android smartphones and all Windows Phone smartphones, Qualcomm, is bringing about an environment where developers can make digital eyewear applications a reality.

My Maps: customize your Google Maps experience

A little-known system called My Maps has just been updated by Google for Google Maps. What you’re able to do – and what I’ll be showing you here – is take what Google has made with Google Maps and add your own special markers, trails, and directions. You can take what you’ve made, then, and share with friends, coworkers, and … Continue reading

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