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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wetwilly87
    +18 +1

    LG confirms foldable phone plans, claims it doesn't care about being first

    LG Mobile CEO Hwang Jeong-hwan has confirmed the company is working on a foldable phone. Speaking at the press conference for the release of the LG V40 ThinQ (via Yonhap), Hwang explained that LG is working with its partners to prepare the phone. However, it seems unlikely that LG will release the phone any time soon. In the same statement, the CEO said the company isn’t focused on being the first company to release a foldable device. Instead...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +23 +1

    Pulled over while connected: Siri can quietly video record the police

    Just say, "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over." One of the latest apps to hit the iOS 12 mobile highway is Shortcuts. With it, users can plot out a series of actions and trigger them by signaling the voice-assistant. One savvy user created an add-on called Police that can give drivers added security during traffic stops.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +1

    Google Pixel 3 XL hands-on in Hong Kong -- three days early

    Would you pay $2,000 to get a Google Pixel 3 XL three days before its launch? With some smartphones, it seems inevitable that the closer the launch date, the more leaky they get. Google's upcoming Pixel 3 series -- due to launch in New York next Tuesday -- is no exception, and I'm speaking as someone who had just gotten up close and personal with a Pixel 3 XL earlier today. This is courtesy of a Hong Kong mobile shop WahPhone Digital, which is actually offering this fully-boxed device for a mere HK$15,880 or around US$2,030. Ouch.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +15 +1

    Reachability Cursor makes it easy to use tall Android phones One Handed

    Every day, many developers post new apps or games on our Apps and Games forum. We scour the XDA forums for interesting new Android apps that we think you might like, and some of our favorites have even received special attention from us. There are so many apps released each day that finding a truly unique and fascinating app can be like picking a needle out of a haystack, but that’s exactly what we’ve done today.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +9 +1

    Google failed to justify the Pixel 3 XL’s massive notch

    Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL arrived yesterday without too much fanfare. After all, the devices leaked pretty much in entirety over the course of the last two months, leaving little to the imagination when Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh came on stage. But one aspect of the Pixel 3 XL, in particular, that became more pronounced and perplexing now that we’ve seen it in full — and heard Google’s reasoning about its existence — is the rather obtrusive display notch.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +15 +1

    Poco Launcher out of beta, try it out on your non-Pocophone now

    The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 surprised us all by offering some notable flagship specs — including a Snapdragon 845 and a 4,000mAh battery — for the very reasonable starting price of about $300. However, what’s even more surprising is how popular the launcher is on the device. It’s popular enough that a beta listing on the Google Play Store earned half-a-million downloads and some pretty decent reviews with them.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by weekendhobo
    +8 +1

    Palm's crazy comeback rides on a phone that isn't a phone

    Palm is best known as a pioneer in the worlds of personal digital assistants and smartphones. Even though the company has been dead for years, the brand still boasts a cult following among techies who stared at screens before staring at screens was a thing. So it's surprising that Palm's resurrection comes in the form of a device designed to take you away from one of those screens -- to stare at an even tinier one.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by wetwilly87
    +13 +1

    AT&T is about to raise fees for smartphone upgraders - everything you need to know

    Surprise, surprise! Upgrading to new smartphones on AT&T is about to get more expensive. Droid Life this week broke the news that starting on August 1st, AT&T is planning to raise upgrade fees for customers signing new two-year contracts with the carrier to $45, or $5 more than what it currently charges to activate a new device when you sign a two-year deal.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +27 +1

    2015 Was the Year We Started Buying Phones Like Cars

    For years, the process of buying a phone remained largely the same. You paid $200 for a flagship, or nothing for a clunker, and in exchange agreed to ride out a two-year contract with the carrier offering the best deal (or service) at the time. All that went away in 2015. People don’t buy phones like they used to. Now they buy them like cars. The key difference between how people bought phones then and now is consumers know what a phone really costs.

  • Review
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +25 +1

    We Are Hopelessly Hooked

    We check our phones 221 times a day—an average of every 4.3 minutes—according to a UK study. This number actually may be too low, since people tend to underestimate their own mobile usage. In a 2015 Gallup survey, 61 percent of people said they checked their phones less frequently than others they knew. Our transformation into device people has happened with unprecedented suddenness. By Jacob Weisberg.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TentativePrince
    +34 +1

    Digitally weary users switch to ‘dumb’ phones

    In January, British actor Eddie Redmayne made headlines around the world as he became the latest in a growing band of smartphone refuseniks. “It was a reaction against being glued permanently to my iPhone during waking hours,” he explained, turning instead to an old-fashioned “dumb phone” handset that could only make and take calls.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +29 +1

    Apple's iPhone SE announcement: what to expect

    Apple's next event is happening Monday, March 21st, when we're expecting it to unveil a new iPhone, a new iPad, and likely a bit more. The announcements are shaping up to be a sequel to those made at Apple's last event, held six months ago. There, Apple announced the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, an expansion of Apple Watch designs, and updates to iOS. This month, picture all of that repeated, but smaller. The current speculation is...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +49 +1

    Why you shouldn't expect a long-lasting smartphone battery any time soon

    It's happened to everyone who owns a powerful smartphone. You wake up in the morning, reach over to your nightstand to pick up your phone, only to realize you forgot to plug in the charging cable. Now, the battery indicator is blinking red. You might as well kiss your productivity on the commute to work goodbye.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +35 +1

    This $99 box transforms any smartphone into a 3D printer. No, seriously

    If you’ve spent the last few years holding out for a 3D printer that costs under a hundred bucks, then we’ve got good news for you: The printer you’re waiting for is finally here, and it goes by the name of OLO. The device, which first popped up at last year’s Maker Faire in New York, has finally found its way onto Kickstarter — where it obliterated its $80K funding goal in just a few hours.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +2 +1

    My HTC 10 hates the Pixel C charger

    All chargers are not equal, and I thought a silly mistake meant the end of my HTC 10.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +9 +1

    First look: the $17,000 Solarin Android phone

    Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy were front row at the London launch of a new super-secure Android smart phone Solarin on Tuesday. The top-of-the-range phone promises military-grade encryption technology to protect users' calls and messages and is aimed squarely at business leaders, celebrities, VIPs and the super-rich. Hailed by its makers as "the best smartphone in the world," Solarin has been two and a half years in development and is the first product unveiled by Israeli start-up Sirin Labs.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +17 +1

    America’s favorite smartphone isn’t an iPhone

    There’s little question that iPhone users love their smartphones. Regardless of how negative the current news cycle is, Apple’s iPhone lineup is still the best-selling smartphone line in the world by a wide margin. Studies and surveys also consistently show that Apple retains smartphone customers better than any other phone brand, and this has been the case for years. Interestingly, however, a new major study has found that a new smartphone is now the Apple of the American consumer’s eye.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +23 +1

    This is what it's like to use a $4 Android phone

    Four. That's how many US dollars the Freedom 251 costs. It's a shockingly low number, especially if you're used to doling out $600 for a flagship phone. And despite raising many eyebrows when it was unveiled by Indian company Ringing Bells back in February -- with some doubting that the phone would materialise at that price -- not only is the Freedom 251 real, it's also surprisingly decent.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +14 +1

    Consumer Reports: Samsung phone not actually water resistant

    Consumer Reports says a Samsung phone that's advertised as being "water resistant" actually isn't. The problem appears limited to the Galaxy S7 Active, a rugged model available only through AT&T in the U.S. The standard S7 and S7 Edge models have the same claims on water resistance and passed tests. Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization that is well respected for its product testing, said Friday that it can't recommend the Active because it doesn't meet Samsung's own claims.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    0 +1

    Phones without headphone jacks are here... and they're annoying as fuck

    "Wah wah wah. Get over it Ray." That's the response I expect to hear from all the apologists who think that smartphones without headphone jacks are NBD. I'll agree to disagree. The headphone jack and loss of it on the devices we use the most is a very big deal. A massive deal. A deal of epic proportions that will have ramifications on not just phones but the entire consumer electronics world. NBD my butt.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +38 +1

    Your battery status is being used to track you online

    Battery status indicators are being used to track devices, say researchers from Princeton University – meaning warnings of privacy exposure have come to pass. By Alex Hern.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by sauce
    +8 +1

    LG is quadrupling down on the headphone jack

    LG is building up to the September 6th launch of its second flagship phone for 2016, the V20, by revealing little snippets and details about it ahead of time. First up is the sound, which this year will be powered by no less than four ESS digital-to-analog converters, all working in concert to produce more refined sound and higher signal-to-noise ratio. This quad-DAC approach is similar to what you’ll find in the Apogee Groove USB DAC and amplifier, and there is indeed merit in the multiplication of internal complexity beyond mere spec bloat.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +13 +1

    Apple co-founder: ditching iPhone 7 headphone jack would tick people off

    Steve Wozniak may have left Apple in 1985 but that hasn’t stopped the company’s co-founder from giving his two cents about the latest releases. Like a worried yet slightly distant father, Wozniak just wants Apple to know that even if he can’t be there for it, he cares and wants to help it avoid messing up.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +27 +1

    Samsung Expected to Announce Recall of New Galaxy Note 7 Due to Exploding Batteries

    Following reports of exploding batteries in its latest smartphone, Samsung is expected to announce an "unprecedented" recall of the Galaxy 7 Note less than a month after it first debuted. According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, an unnamed Samsung official says the company is conducting an investigation and is expected to announce the results this weekend or early next week. Samsung has indeed traced the explosions to the battery of the device and is in talks with Verizon and other U.S. business partners to figure out how to deal with the issue.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +19 +1

    2016 “Nexus” phones will reportedly be branded “Pixel,” launching October 4

    Report: Pixel Phones, Google Home, Daydream VR, and a 4K Chromecast will launch on 10/4.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +16 +1

    70+ Galaxy Note 7's have exploded in the US alone

    Two weeks ago, Samsung announced that it would recall all 2.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 after it found that a defective battery was to blame for 35 devices exploding while on charge globally. However, the Canadian government has now teamed up with Samsung to reveal that more than 70 Galaxy Note 7’s have caught fire in the US alone. That’s almost double the amount of worldwide incidents that were previously reported.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +8 +1

    iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Exhibiting 'Hissing' Noises Under Load for Some Users

    After the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus began arriving to the first round of pre-order customers on Friday, a few users noticed what's become known as a "hissing" sound emanating from the back of the device, where the Apple logo is located. The first reports began on Friday, but the occurrence gained ground when 512 Pixels' Stephen Hackett tweeted about it, posting a video with the "terrible noises" produced by his iPhone clearly audible, which he determined to be caused by heavy performance at the time.

  • Question
    2 years ago
    by Maternitus
    +11 +1

    Who has experience with Arch on an Android smartphone?

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +5 +1

    Samsung thinks foldable phones are the new flip phones

    The next-generation flip phone could be foldable. A Samsung patent application was recently published (original, in Korean) and shows renderings of a phone that folds in half down its middle. The company is expected to release a bendable smartphone next year, according to reports. We don't know for certain whether this patent application would tie in to those alleged devices -- or ever be used at all -- but it looks plausible at least.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +4 +1

    “Smartphone Spoil Sleep”: According to the recent study.

    Smartphones are indispensable part of everyday life, but questions remain about the effects of frequent use of sleep. Poor sleep is associated with health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and depression. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco, USA found a link between smartphone screen exposures and sleep quality. People who spent more time staring at their smartphones screen tended to have unhealthy sleep patterns and sleep was of poorer quality.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +20 +1

    No Credit History? No Problem. Lenders Are Looking at Your Phone Data

    Financial institutions, overcoming some initial trepidation about privacy, are increasingly gauging consumers’ creditworthiness by using phone-company data on mobile calling patterns and locations. By Olga Kharif.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by lostwonder
    +3 +1

    Samsung confirms it will render the US Note 7 useless with next update

    The update will be released December 19th and rolled out to remaining Note 7s within 30 days.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hxxp
    +11 +1

    Samsung is targeting Galaxy Note 7 holdouts

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is officially going down in flames. On December 19, the smartphone maker will roll out a software update that will render those few Galaxy Note 7 phones that are still in the wild completely useless. "To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19 that will prevent U.S. Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices," Samsung said in a statement.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by lostwonder
    +1 +1

    Analysts: No 2017 HTC Flagship Smartphone In The US | Androidheadlines.com

    HTC will not launch a new flagship smartphone in the US in 2017. This is the latest prediction being made by the analyst firm, BayStreet Research, with Cli

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rawlings
    +3 +1

    Nokia's new owner launches its first Android smartphone

    The first Nokia Android smartphone from the brand's new owner has finally arrived, but it comes with bad news for folks who want to try it out: It will only be available in China. Finnish company HMD Global, which acquired the rights to release Nokia-branded devices after Microsoft abandoned the venture, started by releasing dumb phones in 2016. The Nokia 6, however, is a legit LTE smartphone that runs Nougat out of the box.