Phones

BlackBerry’s next two devices to run on Android

BlackBerry’s next two devices to run on Android

Fans of BlackBerry in general might have rejoiced at how the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv might have helped put the company back on the smartphone map. But those who are strongly rooting for BlackBerry's self-developed BlackBerry 10 OS might have mixed feelings. They may even have some hurt feelings now, after CEO John Chen revealed that the company might have a new, still unidentified device, and a new smartphone later this year and that both of them will use Android instead of its own BB10.

Continue Reading

ZTE Avid Plus lands on T-Mobile, soon on MetroPCS

ZTE Avid Plus lands on T-Mobile, soon on MetroPCS

With the big smartphone OEMs are relatively silent at CES 2016, the opportunity for Chinese brands to take center stage is huge. Huawei already unleashed a flood of announcements of devices, both new and slightly new with a fresh coat of paint. Now it's ZTE's turn to get the spotlight but it isn't doing it alone. It has partnered with Un-carrier T-Mobile to announce the arrival of the entry level ZTE Avid Plus in the US market.

Continue Reading

Huawei announces Honor 5X, this time for the US

Huawei announces Honor 5X, this time for the US

Huawei was a bit sneaky at CES 2016 yesterday. It did unveil the Mate 8 phablet for international markets but disappointingly left out the US. Now it's announcing something for the US but it isn't that high-end flagship. As earlier leaks hinted, it is indeed the Honor 5X that will be the forerunner of Huawei's Honor brand in the US. All is not lost, however, as the Honor 5X does sound, and especially look, like a formidable mid-range but classy contender in the very competitive US smartphone market.

Continue Reading

ASUS ZenFone Zoom finally brings its 3x optical zoom to the US

ASUS ZenFone Zoom finally brings its 3x optical zoom to the US

As predicted, 2016 will see a focus on smartphone photography, both in bringing it to the masses like LG's new K line, as well as pushing the boundaries like the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. This smartphone isn't exactly new, having been announced last year, also at CES. This time, however, ASUS is announcing that, yes, the smartphone will finally be available in the US, after months of availability in Europe. What sets the ZenFone Zoom apart from the crowd, even from ASUS's own ZenFone 2 Laser, is the addition of 3x Optical Zoom you won't easily find in smartphones.

Continue Reading

LG K smartphones to offer budget friendly photography

LG K smartphones to offer budget friendly photography

At CES 2016 this week, LG will unsurprisingly be revealing some new smartphones. Surprisingly, it won't be one of its expected flagships, like a new G or V smartphone. Instead, LG is launching a new line of handsets with the "K" initial that focuses primarily on cameras. Almost like an indirect nod to Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom camera smartphone. A key difference is that these devices are meant to be wallet friendly smartphones instead of top of the line devices, intended for a younger, not to mention selfie-loving, crowd.

Continue Reading

Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

It's that time of year again. While the last days of the year are the perfect time to take stock of what has transpired in 2015, it's also the perfect time to plan ahead and to look forward to the upcoming year. So naturally, we take out our crystal ball from the chest in the attic, give it a little rub and polish, and try to peer into what the future of mobile devices will look like in 2016. At least, based on the seeds that have taken root this year. While many, like the adoption of 2K resolution screens and USB Type-C ports, may seem like no brainers, there are still some interesting things we're divining for the future. Here are five.

Continue Reading

BlackBerry says it will continue to operate in Pakistan

BlackBerry says it will continue to operate in Pakistan

In late November, BlackBerry announced it would be exiting Pakistan due to the nation’s alleged desire to “monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic” within the country. BlackBerry’s withdraw was scheduled to take place after November 30, but was later delayed until December 30 after Pakistan announced its would extend the deadline for its BES servers shutdown order. Now, a single day after the shutdown deadline, BlackBerry has announced a change.

Continue Reading

AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

According to newly leaked documents, AT&T is doing away with two-year contracts early next month, moving subscribers over to its’ AT&T Next installment plan or requiring them to pay the price of the phone upfront. The change will take effect across the board, according to the documents; employees will lose the two-year contract option, too, as well as current two-year contract customers. AT&T has not confirmed the leak, however.

Continue Reading