smartphones

Walmart’s now offering a $10 Android smartphone

Walmart’s now offering a $10 Android smartphone

Smartphones have come down in price considerably over the years; those willing to deal with barebones features and lowest-end specs have been able to find ultra-cheap options at around the $35 mark, for example. Wal-Mart just undercut that already low figure, however, introducing a sub-$10 smartphone that'll meet someone's most basic needs, the most important of which is being exceptionally budget-friendly.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Early last week, rumor surfaced that AT&T would launch Microsoft’s Lumia 950 on November 20, something the wireless carrier confirmed in an announcement today. The smartphone will be first available online through AT&T’s website on November 17, then Friday at its retail stores across the nation. This makes the carrier the first to offer Microsoft’s new Lumia handset — the smaller of the two, that is.

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BlackBerry ‘Vienna’ Android handset leaks in gallery

BlackBerry ‘Vienna’ Android handset leaks in gallery

BlackBerry recently launched its first ever Android smartphone. Though it hasn't been quite the hit some had hoped, the company isn't giving up. In the most recent BlackBerry leak, another Android-toting phone has surfaced; this particular handset is codenamed "Vienna", and a gallery of press renders purports to give us a look at the model.

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EziSmart case makes smartphones easier for elderly

EziSmart case makes smartphones easier for elderly

Smartphones and the elderly don’t always mix well — try as they might, some from the eldest generation have trouble using modern smartphones, prompting the development of various simplified launchers and elderly-friendly smartphones. Inventor Richard Chan has a new twist on those ideas, though, developing a simplified smartphone case with buttons rather than an easier-to-use phone interface.

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Motorola to open ‘experiential boutique’ shop in Chicago

Motorola to open ‘experiential boutique’ shop in Chicago

On Wednesday, Motorola announced plans to launch a retail store in Chicago, which will open in time for the holiday season. The store will be called, most appropriately, the Moto Shop, marking the maker’s first ever “experiential boutique” in downtown Chicago. The store will open on November 7, and will showcase Motorola’s own products: phones, tablets, and wearables, among other things.

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Report: new Android One phone heading to India

Report: new Android One phone heading to India

Google is going to have a new Android One smartphone in India soon, according to sources. The release will be done in conjunction with India’s Lava International Ltd., and will kick off a “revamped initiative” with more lax rules for device makers, giving them the freedom to select what features and hardware will be used and at what price point the Android One phones will be offered.

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SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

Thousands of jobs are at stake this week as Sprint receives word from parent company SoftBank that they'll be needing to cut costs significantly. Straight from a SoftBank earnings call this week for the quarter ending at the end of September, 2015, it would appear that though Sprint is the "only carrier with growth" in the USA for Postpaid devices - though their charts don't actually have numbers attached. Despite this, Sprint will be needing to cut back on cash spent to keep their business running.

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Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

ASUS has introduced a new variant of the ZenFone 2, which we reviewed earlier this year. This new variant is called the ZenFone 2 Laser, and it comes with a modest $199 USD starting price, shaving $30 or more off the ZenFone 2’s price tag. The Laser variant is largely the same as the original ZenFone 2 smartphone, but with some small differences, not the least of which is the laser-assisted auto-focus from which the variant gets its name.

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Google’s ‘Who’s Down’ makes it easier to hang out in person

Google’s ‘Who’s Down’ makes it easier to hang out in person

When you’re not hanging out in Hangouts, Google wants to make it easier to find friends for hanging out in real life via its new “Who’s Down” mobile app. The app, which has been dropped in the Google Play Store, is currently open to those who have an invitation. If it manages to catch on in any significant way, though, it’ll one day be an option for quickly seeing which friends are available for getting together, and which friends aren’t, no typed response necessary.

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Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL arrives at T-Mobile, MetroPCS

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL arrives at T-Mobile, MetroPCS

Alcatel has a new Android smartphone heading to MetroPCS and T-Mobile, and it’s called the OneTouch Fierce XL. This is an LTE smartphone with a sizable 5.5-inch 720p HD display. The phone has modest but notable specs, and a better price tag to match them at $139 USD off contract. The phone will be available first at MetroPCS stores (November 2), then at T-Mobile sometime later on this winter, specific date not provided.

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Google Play Games app gets record and share feature

Google Play Games app gets record and share feature

Recording games and sharing the footage is easy if you're on one of the newer consoles, but not so much if you're getting your gaming fix using your Android tablet or smartphone. Enter Google's newest announcement: the Google Play Games app has been updated with a record and share feature, allowing players to capture videos of their big wins and then share it with friends, family, and enthusiastic strangers.

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DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

There are many features that people look for in a new phone. But perhaps one of the most desired is a screen that won't shatter when you inevitably drop it on the ground. Motorola has heard the cries of the masses, and today they've hoped to silence them with the debut of the Moto Shattershield.

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