smartphones

‘Most-missed device’ study reveals gadget lust by age

‘Most-missed device’ study reveals gadget lust by age

Every generation has its favorite gadgets — we’ve seen studies that indicate, for example, that the youngest television viewers prefer watching on their phone or tablet while their parents, more often than not, prefer a traditional television. A big study by the UK’s Ofcom recently dug deep into the data about gadget preferences and broke the information down by age, giving a side-by-side look at every age group and how those in them feel about their devices. It chose to do this by ranking devices based on which one each age group would miss the most.

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Alcatel IDOL 3 4.7 handset arrives in US, Canada on Friday

Alcatel IDOL 3 4.7 handset arrives in US, Canada on Friday

Alcatel has announced that it will launch its new Alcatel IDOL 3 4.7 Android smartphone in the United States and Canada on Friday. The phone, despite having a budget price, has fairly decent specs, including Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and dual front-facing speakers coupled with JBL Audio. In addition, the phone sports a classy design befitting of a higher end smartphone, eschewing the common plastic and cheap appearance of many handsets that fall in the sub-$200 range.

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ZTE Obsidian budget phone has LTE, is coming to T-Mobile

ZTE Obsidian budget phone has LTE, is coming to T-Mobile

T-Mobile has a new Android smartphone on the way, and it hails from Chinese maker ZTE. Listed as coming soon, the ZTE Obsidian is a lower-end handset sporting a 4.5-inch display and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it’ll bring the best of both worlds: a low price tag, but with decent specs and a newer version of Android than many competing products. The phone won't be turning heads, but at $99 USD it won't be breaking bank accounts, either.

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Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Today Google announced a new update policy for Nexus devices, saying that in addition to the regular updates, the Nexus devices (minus the Galaxy Nexus) will receive regular monthly security updates over the air. This is another method on top of existing features to further increase Android security. Google points toward the fact that it has, for the past three years, informed Android manufacturers monthly about security issues, and with this newest change it is taking that to a new level.

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Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

WhatsApp competitor Viber has updated both its Android and iOS apps with a bunch of improvements and new features, the most notable of which is the improved voice and video quality that, despite being better than ever, keeps data usage to a minimum. As with Facebook's Messenger and other similar apps, Viber allows users to make calls among themselves, eschewing using up minutes and, if you're on Wi-Fi, precious data. With this update, calls over 2G snap up only 84KBs of data per minute.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition revealed, so very shiny

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition revealed, so very shiny

If you were one of the many doubters in the lifespan of BlackBerry over the past few years, you might want to check yourself. Revealing a new edition of the BlackBerry Passport this morning, BlackBerry has once again proven themselves a company that - believe it or not - isn't going anywhere fast. They might not be one of the top smartphone makers for sales at the moment, but darn it all if they can't continue shipping smartphones - big, boxy smartphones that match the size of your real passport.

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YotaPhone 2 for US cancelled over ‘unforeseen’ delays

YotaPhone 2 for US cancelled over ‘unforeseen’ delays

The YotaPhone 2, a Russian-made smartphone with an LCD front and an e-ink back, launched for US buyers via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. That crowdfunding campaign proved successful, and by all accounts the oddball two-faced smartphone would eventually be making its way into backers’ hands. Only, it won’t be, at least not in the way backers expected. The company started sending emails to Indiegogo backers today advising them that the planned US release has been cancelled. The reasons, say the company, are “unforeseen delays."

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OnePlus 2 invite registrations eclipse 1 million mark

OnePlus 2 invite registrations eclipse 1 million mark

OnePlus says people are clamoring to get its OnePlus 2 smartphone, which we recently went hands-on with, and as such invite requests have surpassed the 1 million mark...in the first 72 hours. OnePlus recently launched its upcoming handset through what it says is the first ever virtual reality keynote, and now that invite registrations are live it has seen a massive influx of potential buyers. OnePlus was founded in December 2013, and the number of registrations hint that, despite the frustrations and troubles it has had, the company is seeing growing success.

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Moto G 2015: latest leak details packaging and specs

Moto G 2015: latest leak details packaging and specs

It is anticipated Motorola will be officially introducing the third-generation model of its Moto G smartphone tomorrow, but the odds are high we won't be surprised by what we hear. The handset has been the source of numerous leaks, the rate of which we've seen increase rapidly over the past couple weeks (and it's not the only Motorola product to surface early). The handset has shown up on retailers websites, in a video, in clear and blurry photos alike -- and now it has been detailed in what may be the first unboxing.

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T-Mobile overhauls texting with ‘Advanced Messaging’

T-Mobile overhauls texting with ‘Advanced Messaging’

Text messaging pales in comparison to messaging apps, so much so that you likely reserve texting for those acquaintances you don’t have a connection with on Messenger or elsewhere. T-Mobile wants to change that — or maybe just add another bragging right to its list — and as such has announced that it is the first wireless carrier in the United States to offer texting built on Rich Communications Services, RCS, and it is calling the feature “Advanced Messaging”.

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Moto G 3rd gen listed early: 2GB RAM, 1080p, and LTE detailed

Moto G 3rd gen listed early: 2GB RAM, 1080p, and LTE detailed

Motorola is, you may have noticed, having trouble keeping it third-generation budget smartphone under wraps. The company has an event coming next week and it is expected the next-gen Moto G will be unveiled during it, but ample leaks — messy as they are — have offered numerous glimpses at the model. The leaks aren’t uniform in their information, and so we still don’t know what the handset will precisely offer. As the clock counts down, however, the leaks are becoming more substantial, such as their latest one from a retailer in Switzerland.

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Cortana for Android leaked early, so we put it on a BlackBerry

Cortana for Android leaked early, so we put it on a BlackBerry

Last month it was announced that Cortana would be arriving for Android in July, and though it has not yet been officially debuted, an apk of what is said to be the official Cortana for Android app has leaked online. The download is still live at this point, and those who have used the personal assistant on a Windows Phone will find that it operates the same way: you can view recent headlines, issue voice commands, adjust what it knows about you, and more.

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