HTC explains why it chose the U12+ name

Earlier today HTC announced its latest flagship smartphone, the much-leaked U12+. Here’s the thing, though – there is no non-Plus U12 version. Just one phone, the U12+. And apparently that situation might confuse some people used to the way Apple and Samsung do things with their top of the line handsets. To appease these people, […]

Oppo F7 Youth goes on sale in the Philippines

The Oppo F7 Youth is about to get its launch Philippines on May 28. The F7 Youth is a watered down version of the Oppo F7 with a lower-spec set of cameras – 13MP/8MP compared to the 16MP/25MP of the F7, without a fingerprint scanner and a different notchless screen. This makes the Oppo F7 […]

Samsung adds ‘The Incredibles’ to its AR Emojis

Samsung’s AR Emojis were met with a…lukewarm reception when they launched alongside the Galaxy S9. The augmented reality avatars were regarded as a me-too response to Apple’s Animojis — and more to the point, were downright creepy. But at launch, the company brought one key element to the offering that Apple hasn’t: a content partnership. […]

Lenovo Z5 Portrait Mode camera samples officially outed

Lenovo’s upcoming Z5 is an intriguing smartphone, undoubtedly. Judging by past teasers, it should come with a record-breaking screen-to-body ratio, but apparently it will also have other distinguishing traits. A dual rear camera system capable of capturing Portrait Mode shots, for example. This has been revealed today through a post on Weibo by a Lenovo […]

Xiaomi officially arrived in France today

As announced earlier this month, today Xiaomi made its official debut in France. The company has opened an authorized store in Paris, at 39 Boulevard de Sebastopol. It’s also commenced sales of its devices through its new online store for the French market. As you can see in the image below, a lot of fans […]

Apple makes USB-C to Lightning cable cheaper

Apple has made its USB-C to Lightning cable cheaper than it used to be. It’s rare for the company to cut the prices of its accessories. What’s more, this move is weirdly timed just after we heard rumors saying Apple is ready to finally give up on the use of USB-A in its iPhone and […]

Top 10 trending phones of week 20

Week 20 saw quite a few phone announcements and our top 10 trending chart understandably saw plenty of action. The OnePlus 6 took the first spot right after its official debut, opening a bit gap to the second placed Redmi Note 5 Pro. Another new name, the Nokia X6, got third. It’s no surprise that […]

Huawei Honor 10 in for review

Huawei’s affordable flagship, the Honor 10, aims to deliver the P20 experience to those unwilling to actually fork the cash for the real thing. It does cut some corners, but for the most part the Honor 10 does a pretty great Huawei P20 impersonation while costing significantly less. Both phones have the HiSilicon Kirin 970 […]

Weekly poll: OnePlus 6 – hot or not?

The OnePlus 6 is finally out, but is it everything you hoped it would be. It’s not the most far-reaching upgrade over the OnePlus 5T, but then again there wasn’t too much wrong with the previous flagship and that one only came out six months ago so we couldn’t expect much more. The most controversial […]

Counterclockwise: the story of OnePlus phones

OnePlus will be five years old at the end of the year and it already has eight phones under its belt. Its strategy has (almost) always been “do one thing and do it well”. That’s what Apple did in its early years and it worked out great for them. Sure, OnePlus switched to a tick-tock […]

Google might be working on a standalone AR headset

Now that commercial VR experiences are finally picking up in popularity and receiving wider acceptance and adoption, it seems like a pretty opportune time to start pushing the boundaries further with augmented reality as well. While definitely not a new concept, AR is still mostly confined to labs, specialized use cases and only a few […]

Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 2 get new updates

A couple of Nokia-branded HMD smartphones have started getting new updates. The devices in question are the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 2, and the updates they are getting include Android security fixes for the month of May. The Nokia 8 Sirocco update – which is currently hitting units in India – weighs in at […]

Huawei P20 Pro bares all in video teardown

Huawei’s P20 Pro recently got put through the durability testing performed by Zack from YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. Things didn’t go so well – the phone’s glass shattered during the bend test, something that most handsets these days are able to survive with ease. The next step for Zack is to create a video teardown for […]

Fortnite coming to Android this summer

Epic Games has announced that the highly-awaited Android version of Fortnite, which released on iOS back in March, will be coming some time this summer (so from June to August). That was pretty much the extent of the information available regarding the Android version. Epic also announced some additions and improvements that will be coming […]

Motorola Moto G6 Play review

Few brands can boast such a monumental legacy as Motorola – one of the original forefathers and titans on the mobile scene. And it’s not just the brick-like phones of the past that contribute to this special status either. You only need to turn the clock back five years or so from now to see […]

Does Google’s Duplex violate two-party consent laws?

Google’s Duplex, which calls businesses on your behalf and imitates a real human, ums and ahs included, has sparked a bit of controversy among privacy advocates. Doesn’t Google recording a person’s voice and sending it to a data center for analysis violate two-party consent law, which requires everyone in a conversation to agree to being […]

House committee accepts amendment to uphold ZTE ban

The bizarre recent tale of ZTE is getting another wrinkle. Earlier today, a bipartisan House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted to accept an amendment to uphold sanctions against the company. The amendment to the 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill is, of course, being viewed as a rebuke of the president, whose tweets over the […]

OnePlus 6 passes scratch, burn, and bend testing

The OnePlus 6 finally became official earlier today following many weeks of rumors and teasers. While we already know its specs, have seen the images, and even went hands-on with it, one question remains. Will it survive the now-standard durability testing put forth by Zack from YouTube channel JerryRigEverything? Well, here’s the answer, in video […]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 shows up on a Geekbench

Samsung’s upcoming tablet, the Galaxy Tab S4, has been leaking extensively lately, which typically suggests a nearing launch. The latest bit of unofficial info was delivered by a Geekbench scorecard, which confirms some of the internals. After receiving certification by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Russian authorities, the tablet’s specs were revealed by its GFX profile. Today […]

How ZTE became the focal point of US/China relations

Here in the States, ZTE has been content with a kind of quiet success. The Chinese smartphone maker has landed in the top five quarter after quarter (sometimes breaking the top three, according to some analysts), behind household names like Apple, Samsung and LG. Suddenly, however, the company is on everyone’s lips, from cable news […]

HTC Exodus is a blockchain smartphone, coming soon

Wondering what the next big buzzword for smartphones is? Sure, at the moment every manufacturer left and right is busy touting some kind of AI for its latest devices, but the future is blockchain. The future of buzzwords in the mobile world, that is. We’ve already seen a couple of early adopters: the Sugar S11 […]

LG V35 ThinQ’s specs become clear in the latest leak

LG’s incremental upgrade to the V30S ThinQ is getting really close as rumors start to pop more often. It’s still unclear whether or not the device will be AT&T exclusive but the latest leak confirms some of the rumored specs from the earlier reports. According to photographed specs sheet, the device will sport hardware you’d […]

Yes, HTC is working on a ‘blockchain phone’

A few weeks ahead of its latest flagship announcement, HTC just revealed another piece of hardware. While the Taiwanese company has consolidated much of its mobile offerings in recent years, it announced today at the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference in New York that its upcoming Exodus handset is embracing everyone’s favorite tech buzzword. So, what […]

Gmail now nudges you to respond to older emails

Gmail’s been in the news a lot lately. First, there was the redesigned user interface. Then, Smart Compose launched with the promise of you never having to manually type an entire email again. And now Google is adding yet another new feature. The service will nudge you to reply to emails you may have missed […]

Top 10 trending phones of week 19

The Xiaomi Mi 6X has retained its position as the most popular handset in our database for another week, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro has held onto the silver medal in week 19. The two are joined on the rostrum by the Oppo F7. Last week’s bronze medalist Huawei P20 Pro has slid down […]

Huawei P20 Lite in for review

If you like the looks and some of the features of Huawei’s new flagship lineup, the P20 and P20 Pro but you find their price a bit out of your range, the P20 Lite might just be the right thing. A lower price comes with cost-cutting and compromises are due. The P20 Lite is indeed […]

Weekly poll: Android P – hot or not?

It’s not so often Google does so many changes in its OS as we’re getting with Android P. The public beta came out this week and we quickly enrolled a couple of devices to see what all the fuss is about. You can read about our findings, but we’re interested to read your thoughts. And, […]

All you need to know about Google Duplex

Google previewed a new skill for its Google Assistant during Google I/O this week. Called Google Duplex, its purpose is to make calls on our behalf, conducting the conversations in a natural sounding and flowing manner to help perform “real world” tasks. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic Arthur C. Clarke An oft […]

Motorola Moto G6 Plus review

A flagship of sorts, within its own family at least, the Moto G6 Plus is the best equipped among the G6 brethren with a specsheet that covers all the bases and a price tag that won’t break the bank. Another in a line of successful Moto Gs then? We’ll get to that. Powered by WPeMatico

Moto C2 and C2 Plus appear in first ever renders

It seems like all the fuss around the recently launched Moto G6 family and the upcoming Moto Z3 Play has been keeping us busy and has kind of overshadowed the anticipation of the second generation of Moto C smartphones. Well, that changes today as the first ever renders give us a really good look at […]

Android P public beta first-look review

Just in case you missed it, Google held its annual developer’s conference earlier this week. It was jam-packed with interesting announcements, most notably, the announcement of the first public beta of Android P. We wanted to take a quick look what Android P feels like so we went ahead and registered a couple of devices […]

vivo X21 may launch in India on May 29

vivo’s X21 made its debut in China in March, and it started its international journey in Singapore at the beginning of this month. Now it seems that it will reach India before May is over, or at least it will be unveiled for the subcontinent. vivo has started sending ‘block the date’ invites to press […]

Xiaomi smart home products arrive to US

Xiaomi might be popular with its smartphones, but it also has an in-house IoT ecosystem thanks to the booming startup industry in China. Some of its smart home products include the Mi Bedside Lamp, Mi LED Smart Bulb and Mi Smart Plug, all three of them soon to be available in the US. The news […]

LG Q7 shows up on Geekbench with Helio P10

LG trademarked the Q7 moniker back in March with the Korean Intellectual Property Office, meaning a new affordable device is on its way. Now the phone allegedly got tested on Geekbench, confirming that it will arrive with the modest Helio P10 chipset. The LG Q7 got a 630 single-core score and 2322 on the multi-core […]

YouTube rolls out new tools to help you stop watching

Google’s YouTube is the first streaming app that will actually tell users to stop watching. At its Google I/O conference this week, the company introduced a series of new controls for YouTube that will allow users to set limits on their viewing, and then receive reminders telling them to “take a break.” The feature is […]

Google’s new Assistant voices are now live

There is plenty going on from Google this week as Google I/O continues through tomorrow. Yesterday, during the I/O keynote, Google announced six new voices for Google Assistant. Today, those voices are now live in the Google Assistant preferences. The new voices were all synthesized from WaveNet, which makes Holly’s voice possible. Yes, ‘Holly’ is […]

US ban causes ZTE to cease main operations

ZTE’s main business operations have been suspended after the US government restricted all US firms to supply China’s giant with tech. The ban was imposed after ZTE was found guilty of violating US export restrictions. As of now, all major operating activities have been shut down while ZTE tries to negotiate a modification or even […]

Wear OS by Google Developer Preview 2 is live

Today at I/O, Google has released the second Developer Preview of Wear OS. The first release based on the upcoming Android P went out in March. Wear OS by Google is the new name for what was previously known as Android Wear, since the company is leaning more and more towards using its own brand […]

LG working on new Sport and Style smartwatches

The Korean media received a tip from LG confirming that the company is planning to release new Wear OS smartwatches. According to an FCC filing, the device was supposed to feature cellular connectivity but this new report begs to differ. It seems that along with cellular, LG has dropped NFC and GPS support, leaving only […]

HTC posts first profit in 11 quarters

Ahead of its flagship announcement on May 23, HTC just reported its first profitable quarter after 11 consecutive in the red. The report lists $710 million net profit, but the $1.1 billion deal with Google is partially responsible for that. For those of you who don’t know, Google paid HTC $1.1 billion to hire engineers […]

New LG cellular smartwatch passes through the FCC

We’ve already heard that LG may be announcing a smartwatch sometime soon, but now we have some concrete evidence. An FCC filing refers to an LG smartwatch with the model number: LM-W315, which is well in line to succeed the previous two model numbers: W280 was the Watch Sport while the W270 was the Watch […]

Weekly poll: LG G7 ThinQ, hot or not?

LG wanted to get it right with the LG G7 ThinQ and decided not to follow the schedule of others. Still, it has been two months after the MWC ended and its primary competition is already chalking up sales records while the G-flagship won’t be available until later this month. Here’s what the G7 has […]