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Google's new search tool lets you compare smartphones
Google's new search tool lets you compare smartphones
Google has added a new feature to its iconic search engine. Google does small, incremental changes to its search engine fairly frequently, and ...... 07 Nov 2017
Yet another new Nokia smartphone expected next week
Yet another new Nokia smartphone expected next week
The Finnish phone brand, known for its indestructible phones back in the day, was revived last year. Company behind the Nokia branded smartphones, ...... 24 Oct 2017
If it wasn't clear already, it's now official: Windows phone is dead
If it wasn't clear already, it's now official: Windows phone is dead
Microsoft has finally confirmed that it does not intend to release any new smartphones with Windows 10 Mobile or provide software updates for ...... 09 Oct 2017 - 6 comments
YouTube brings HDR videos to mobile users
YouTube brings HDR videos to mobile users
Last week it was revealed that Netflix had released an update bringing HDR video to Galaxy Note8 smartphone. Expanding the HDR support to new ...... 11 Sep 2017
Report: Google close to acquiring HTC
Report: Google close to acquiring HTC
One of the more storied smartphone manufacturers, HTC, has been in dire straits for a long time. A company which was one of the first smartphone ...... 08 Sep 2017
Android 85%, iPhone 15%, others 0%
Android 85%, iPhone 15%, others 0%
Market research company IDC has posted new figures for mobile platforms and smartphone vendors. Figures representing the first quarter of 2017 ...... 19 Jul 2017 - 3 comments
This is how dead Windows phones are
This is how dead Windows phones are
Even when Microsoft was focusing on smartphones more than ever Windows Phones were barely staying afloat. After Microsoft discontinued manufacturing ...... 19 Dec 2016 - 12 comments
Samsung looking into phones with bendable screens?
Samsung looking into phones with bendable screens?
According to multiple reports, Samsung is looking into releasing two new smartphones that will have bendable screens in 2017. Using OLED ...... 09 Jun 2016 - 3 comments
Microsoft's Pre-Touch to revolutionize UI design?
Microsoft's Pre-Touch to revolutionize UI design?
Even if not all products out of Redmond have captured the market (yes, I'm looking at you Windows Phone), you have to give it to Microsoft Research ...... 06 May 2016
Windows 10 updates for Windows 8.1 phones to begin rolling out tomorrow
Windows 10 updates for Windows 8.1 phones to begin rolling out tomorrow
After months of delays, Windows 8.1 phone owners will soon see their phones updated to Windows 10. Microsoft has promised to begin rolling ...... 07 Mar 2016
Sprint has brought back two-year contracts
Sprint has brought back two-year contracts
Just a month after they retired the option, Sprint has brought back two-year contracts. The carrier says "We listened to our customers and ...... 27 Feb 2016 - 4 comments
Samsung Pay now has 5 million users
Samsung Pay now has 5 million users
Samsung has announced that their fledgling mobile payments service Samsung Pay now has over 5 million registered users. In the service's ...... 22 Feb 2016 - 1 comment
Xiaomi denies its phones will be available in the U.S. officially
Xiaomi denies its phones will be available in the U.S. officially
Xiaomi has denied reports that it will finally bring its popular phones to the U.S. US Mobile had begun selling the Xiaomi Redmi 2, Mi 3, ...... 03 Feb 2016 - 1 comment
Strategy Analytics: 1.4 billion smartphones shipped in 2015
Strategy Analytics: 1.4 billion smartphones shipped in 2015
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments jumped 12 percent to 1.4 billion in 2015. For the Q4 2015, growth ...... 28 Jan 2016
AT&T to drop contracts for good next week
AT&T to drop contracts for good next week
AT&T is preparing to drop contracts on January 8th, making it the latest carrier to move away from two-year contracts and subsidized phone purchases. ...... 03 Jan 2016 - 1 comment
Huawei becomes top Chinese smartphone maker
Huawei becomes top Chinese smartphone maker
According to the latest Q3 figures from Canalys, Huawei has now become the top selling smartphone vendor in China, beating out massive 'startup' Xiaomi. ...... 24 Oct 2015
HTC lays off 15 percent of global workforce
HTC lays off 15 percent of global workforce
As previously announced, struggling smartphone maker HTC has announced more layoffs as the company tries to reduce costs. The company will ...... 15 Aug 2015
HTC to cut jobs and release less phones to stymie losses
HTC to cut jobs and release less phones to stymie losses
One-time Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC has said this weekend that there will be job cuts in the future for the company as it tries to stymie ...... 08 Aug 2015
Nearly 3 million consumers ask for OnePlus 2 invites
Nearly 3 million consumers ask for OnePlus 2 invites
At the end of July, Chinese startup OEM OnePlus announced their next flagship device, the OnePlus 2. With high-end specs and a low price, ...... 08 Aug 2015
OnePlus founder has promised another new smartphone before end of the year
OnePlus founder has promised another new smartphone before end of the year
Chinese startup OnePlus will introduce a second smartphone this year before Christmas. Co-founder Carl Pei made the announcement during an ...... 06 Aug 2015 - 3 comments
Microsoft takes $7.6 billion loss on Nokia acquisition, will layoff 7800 more employees
Microsoft takes $7.6 billion loss on Nokia acquisition, will layoff 7800 more employees
Admitting that the acquisition was a brutal mistake, Microsoft has written off its entire acquisition of Nokia's handset business, taking a ...... 10 Jul 2015 - 7 comments
It's official: OnePlus 2 will sell for under $450
It's official: OnePlus 2 will sell for under $450
OnePlus has been slowly trickling out information about their upcoming flagship OnePlus 2 device, and now we have the first confirmation on price. ...... 08 Jul 2015 - 10 comments
Xiaomi has sold 34.7 million phones so far in 2015
Xiaomi has sold 34.7 million phones so far in 2015
Xiaomi, the world's third-largest smartphone maker, has sold 34.7 million phones in the first half of 2015, representing 33 percent growth year-over-year. ...... 04 Jul 2015
Nvidia discontinues their LTE modems
Nvidia discontinues their LTE modems
Nvidia has announced they are winding down their Icera division, the team responsible for developing LTE modems. The company purchased Icera ...... 06 May 2015
The Snapdragon 810 really does have an overheating problem
The Snapdragon 810 really does have an overheating problem
Over the past couple of months, there has been a persistent rumor that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor has a horrible overheating problem. ...... 18 Mar 2015 - 5 comments
Acer releases budget Windows Phone for the masses
Acer releases budget Windows Phone for the masses
Acer has used MWC to announce their first Windows Phone, the budget Liquid M220. Available in Europe for just 79 euros, the device should ...... 01 Mar 2015
Samsung shows off 128GB UFS 2.0 memory for new smartphones
Samsung shows off 128GB UFS 2.0 memory for new smartphones
Samsung has announced it has begun mass producing 128GB Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 embedded memory chips for next-generation smartphones. ...... 28 Feb 2015 - 1 comment
New Moto E offers LTE, larger display for same low price
New Moto E offers LTE, larger display for same low price
Motorola has unveiled their second-generation Moto E today, adding a larger display and LTE for the same low price: $149. The new smartphone ...... 26 Feb 2015
The first Ubuntu smartphone is finally here
The first Ubuntu smartphone is finally here
After nearly two years of development, Canonical has confirmed that the first Ubuntu smartphone is scheduled to go on sale in Europe starting next week. ...... 08 Feb 2015 - 3 comments
Apple nearly becomes top smartphone maker in the world following record quarter
Apple nearly becomes top smartphone maker in the world following record quarter
According to IDC, Apple narrowly missed out on becoming the world's top smartphone maker in the Q4 following its record quarter of 74.5 million iPhones sold. ...... 01 Feb 2015 - 3 comments
Sony to cut 1000 more jobs from struggling smartphone division
Sony to cut 1000 more jobs from struggling smartphone division
According to new reports, Sony is planning to layoff another 1000 employees from its struggling smartphone division. Most of the jobs are ...... 29 Jan 2015 - 2 comments
Popular music discovery app Shazam now valued at $1 billion
Popular music discovery app Shazam now valued at $1 billion
The popular music discovery app Shazam is now valued at $1 billion after having raised $30 million in new funding. Shazam did not say who ...... 21 Jan 2015 - 2 comments
Xiaomi reveals two phablets: The Mi Note and Mi Note Pro
Xiaomi reveals two phablets: The Mi Note and Mi Note Pro
Chinese giant Xiaomi has unveiled their new phablets, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, featuring high-end specs in a tiny frame. The mainstream ...... 18 Jan 2015 - 2 comments
Microsoft unveils new cheap Windows Phones
Microsoft unveils new cheap Windows Phones
Microsoft has continued their trend of offering cheap Windows Phone smartphones for emerging markets and the EU by unveiling the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532. ...... 16 Jan 2015 - 1 comment
New Vertu 'Diamond' collection takes Android luxury to a whole new level with diamonds, alligator skin
New Vertu 'Diamond' collection takes Android luxury to a whole new level with diamonds, alligator skin
Luxury smartphone maker Vertu has announced their new 'Diamond' collection, a new (and insane) group of Android phones with all kinds of premium ...... 14 Jan 2015 - 3 comments
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