smartphones

Moto E4 released as Android’s sweetest deal

Moto E4 released as Android’s sweetest deal

Motorola is back with yet another budget phone, the Moto E4 unveiled earlier this month. This is the latest budget-friendly phone in Motorola's Android lineup, and it is available as of today from a couple budget carriers: Ting and Republic Wireless. As we reported the other day, Amazon is also offering the phone unlocked through its special discounted phone lineup, shaving a decent chunk of money off the already cheap phone's price tag. What's there to like about this handset? A whole lot.

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Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is taking steps to ensure another Galaxy Note 7 fiasco doesn't happen: it is developing solid-state batteries for smartphones, something that could be available to consumers within the next handful of years. The tip comes from an unnamed Samsung executive who recently spoke to a Korean publication anonymously, saying that the technology is only one or two years away.

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LG X Charge launches on Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service

LG X Charge launches on Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service

LG has launched another phone in the US, this one being the LG X Charge offered through Comcast's Xfinity Mobile wireless service. The LG X Charge features the largest battery LG offers in a smartphone at 4,500mAh. The phone itself is quite large to match, sporting a 5.5-inch HD display, though the overall specs are modest. Anyone currently getting their wireless phone service through Xfinity Mobile will be able to buy the phone in some Xfinity Stores and through other destinations starting tomorrow.

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Study: just being close to your phone will impact your cognition (in a bad way)

Study: just being close to your phone will impact your cognition (in a bad way)

A smartphone connected to the Internet puts an immense amount of information at your fingertips and that's a great thing. While the benefit of having such instant access to information is welcomed, the potential cognitive effects a phone's presence may have on one's mind isn't. According to a newly published study coming from the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, simply having your phone nearby is enough to negatively impact your cognitive capacity.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launches to tackle mid-range devices

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launches to tackle mid-range devices

When we're talking about mobile processors, a lot of attention is paid to the high-end, like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. The mid-range is just as important to many phone manufacturers, however, and Qualcomm wants its processors to feature in those devices as well. With that in mind, Qualcomm has launched its new Snapdragon 450 at Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

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Amazon’s exclusive phone lineup add five new unlocked Android models

Amazon’s exclusive phone lineup add five new unlocked Android models

Amazon has announced the addition of five new unlocked Android smartphones to its Prime Exclusive Phones lineup for the company's Prime customers. These phones all run Android, and counted among them is the newly unveiled Nokia 6 model. Why buy one of these handsets? They're steeply discounted versus what you'd pay elsewhere.

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Unicode 10 arrives with bitcoin, hijab, Colbert emoji and more

Unicode 10 arrives with bitcoin, hijab, Colbert emoji and more

Unicode Standard version 10.0 has been unveiled by the Unicode Consortium, which says emoji fans can expect to find such notable things as the 'Colbert' emoji face, a bitcoin character, and more. There are a total of 56 new emoji characters, as well as four new scripts that bring the total number of scripts to 139. Unicode 10 is also bringing with it support for some of the 'lesser-used languages and unique written requirements worldwide.'

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Pixel XL deal gives buyers a free Google Home

Pixel XL deal gives buyers a free Google Home

Still on the fence about buying a Google Pixel handset? The company is dangling a new incentive to help sway your opinion, offering a free Google Home device in exchange for buying a Pixel XL smartphone. The deal is only available for buyers located in the United States, and there are some terms that apply, as expected. The deal is only available for a short while.

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Amazon ‘Ice’ Android phones tipped in testing

Amazon ‘Ice’ Android phones tipped in testing

Amazon tried to get into the smartphone market a while ago with its Fire Phone, a product that promptly crashed and burned. While the company has seen better success with its tablets, Amazon hasn't try to dabble in the smartphone market since then, though that may be changing in the future. Sources have surfaced claiming that Amazon is working on a new Android smartphone product, one that goes by the name 'Ice.'

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The 3 big reasons you’ll want Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

The 3 big reasons you’ll want Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm is boosting its charging technology, unveiling Quick Charge 4+ for getting juice back into your phone's battery even faster. The technology, which launches today on the nubia Z17 Android smartphone but is likely to be featured on a number of flagships in the coming months, promises faster recharging but also greater safety while that happens. Given high-profile issues surrounding exploding batteries in phones like the Galaxy Note 7, that's likely to get some attention among increasingly safety-conscious users.

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Honor 6X smartphone arrives in Target stores across the US

Honor 6X smartphone arrives in Target stores across the US

The budget-friendly Honor 6X Android smartphone has just launched in Target stores across the nation, giving consumers a new option for picking up Huawei's $249 phone. This handset boasts some premium features, though it isn't going to compete with the flagship handsets on the market. Among other things, the Honor 6X features a full-metal body alongside a large 5.5-inch Full HD display and curved rear aluminum panel.

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Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Blocking apps from being used on rooted smartphones is about to become standard practice. As we found out this morning, Google's latest update to the Google Play Console, as updated during Google IO 2017, includes a Safety Net toggle. This toggle is one of many which give developers a very simple way of allowing some features to be compatible with the apps they make, and others to be kicked from the pack.

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