smartphone

HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

If everybody loves an underdog story, why aren't more people buying HTC phones? That's the question the Android stalwart must be puzzling over, having spent the past four to five years trying to figure out how to be "critic's choice" rather than "also-ran" in the smartphone space. The answer for 2016 is the HTC 10, but is this new flagship enough to stand out amid behemoths like Apple and Samsung?

Continue Reading

Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Remember Samsung's Xcover smartphone? No? We can't blame you. The Xcover was originally conceived as a special line that boasted of rugged properties but that has mostly been supplanted by "active" variants of Samsung's flagships and even by the flagships themselves, as in the case of the Galaxy S5 and now the Galaxy S7. Still, there's something to be said for affordable, rugged smartphones, which is probably why Samsung is going with an Xcover 3 Value Edition, which adds nothing new except Android 6.0 Marshmallow right off the bat.

Continue Reading

HTC Connect update adds AirPlay support to older devices

HTC Connect update adds AirPlay support to older devices

Earlier this week when the HTC 10 smartphone broke cover packing support for Apple AirPlay, there were certainly some users of older HTC flagship smartphones that felt a tinge of jealousy. Granted you can find apps on Google Play that add AirPlay support so the jealousy might not have been that strong. Still, it's nice to have support for something you like right out of the box.

Continue Reading

OPPO F1 Review

OPPO F1 Review

Let's face it, selfies have become an inescapable fact of the digital, mobile lifestyle today. No matter how we snicker or glare at those usually obnoxious selfie sticks (and their sometimes inconsiderate holders), selfies are not going away any time soon. Seeing the potential market, not to mention profits, even digital camera makers have started to pander to this crowd. Of course, smartphones were there first, with almost each new generation advertising selfie-friendly features. Calling itself the "Selfie Expert", the OPPO F1 is, perhaps, the most ambitious. But how does it actually fare beyond the advertising materials? We take a dive into the smartphone selfie world to find out.

Continue Reading

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ Marshmallow update rollout underway

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ Marshmallow update rollout underway

Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners on T-Mobile should be excited to hear that the Marshmallow Android update is rolling out now for a pair of the popular Galaxy devices. The update rollout kicked off yesterday for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphones. Starting yesterday the Galaxy Note 5 received an update to Android 6.0.1 with baseband version N920TUVU2DPD1.

Continue Reading

Galaxy C7 specs leak via AnTuTu benchmark

Galaxy C7 specs leak via AnTuTu benchmark

A few days ago, we mentioned that Samsung was working on a mid-range smartphone line that would carry the Galaxy C moniker and cram mid-range hardware into a metal body. Today some specifications of one of those Galaxy C devices has turned up via AnTuTu benchmarks giving us a glimpse at what is under the hood.

Continue Reading

Verizon HTC 10 pre-order date starts April 29

Verizon HTC 10 pre-order date starts April 29

If you've been dying to get a carrier version of the HTC 10, your long wait will be over soon. That is, if you're a Verizon subscriber. Big Red has just confirmed, though not yet in an official public statement, that it will soon begin pre-orders of HTC latest and definitely greatest. In fact, it boasts that it will be the first US carrier to offer the HTC 10. All that begins on 29th April, though the exact launch details, even the price, remain unsaid.

Continue Reading

2016 Moto G surfaces in leak, front home button included

2016 Moto G surfaces in leak, front home button included

Good news: the odd Motorola smartphone leaked a while back might not be a Moto X at all but a next gen Moto G instead. Bad news: that means it will have a physical home button. At least that's the implication of this latest batch of leaked photos that show what is allegedly the Moto G4 in all its prototype glory. While details on actual specs remain unknown, the leak does hint at what is practically the first Moto smartphone under Lenovo's full ownership of the former Google subsidiary.

Continue Reading

LG G5 Friends website launched in US, UK, UAE, South Korea

LG G5 Friends website launched in US, UK, UAE, South Korea

The LG G5 wants more friends and LG is giving it the Web space to do so. Last week, the manufacturer revealed its play to invite developers and third party accessory makers to become closer friends with its flagship. That is, to build future modules for the somewhat modular smartphone. Now it is launching the LGFriends website to become the online portal for that community that it wants to grow, offering a place to collaborate on ideas and eventually even buy modules for the G5.

Continue Reading

Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Many years after some of Google's competitors launched their own portals for podcasts, Google Play launches their own for Android. This podcast portal launches within and paired with Google Play Music, where users are able to collect and stream podcasts at will. For those of you that aren't into streaming - you're pretty much out of luck. This may be launching in Google Play, but it's housed within Google Music. There you'll listen to all your favorites, inside the orange dome, with the new Google Play Music icon in full effect!

Continue Reading

iPhone 7 may be Apple’s biggest launch ever with Samsung’s OLED display

iPhone 7 may be Apple’s biggest launch ever with Samsung’s OLED display

Reports this week suggest that Apple's next big iPhone launch won't only be a big event because it's a "tick" year in their "tick-tock" schedule - it'll be big because of their Samsung connection. It's not unheard of for Apple to use Samsung parts in their smartphones - they've been doing it since the very beginning. What is unheard of thus far is Apple's use of an OLED display panel from Samsung on any one of their devices. With the use of an OLED panel, the iPhone will be brighter and more intense than ever before.

Continue Reading

Xiaomi Max leaked to be a giant 6.4-inch phablet

Xiaomi Max leaked to be a giant 6.4-inch phablet

Given how OEMs like Samsung and Xiaomi are often times, warranted or not, painted as iPhone copycats, you'd think that Xiaomi's next device after the Xiaomi Mi 5 would be a smaller, 4-inch smartphone like the iPhone SE. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, that isn't the case. Xiaomi's next smartphone will actually be a a phablet, and a giant at that. Voted to be called the Xiaomi Max, a leaked photo of the front panel yields a 6.4-inch display and, perhaps more worryingly, no fingerprint scanner on the front.

Continue Reading