Category Archives for Phones

New GSMA mobile engagement study finds almost half of mobile users still only talk and text

February 17, 2017

It’s not everyday you see an endeavor of this scale and potential importance to the mobile realm. GSMA has take upon itself to create and start conducting a new annual study and calculate what it is calling the new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI). It is an unique figure that measures the population’s level of engagement with mobile phones, taking into account both types of use cases and frequency. The gathered data covers smarthpones and more traditional handsets and spans across 56 countries (32 developing, 24 developed), at 1,000 online survey respondent (18+) per country, effectively…

New rumor suggests both FullHD and QHD display options for the Xiaomi Mi 6

February 17, 2017

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite a few months now. Frankly, the immense fan interest has made it exceedingly hard to sort through all the alleged info on the device. Thus, you should take this new scoop, courtesy of a source on Weibo with the usual pinch of salt.

The poster claims that the Mi 6 will come in two distinct variants – one with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a FullHD panel, while the other will ramp storage up to 64GB and offer a QHD display. Different storage options sound perfectly reasonable and were observed on the Mi 5 as well, however, having…

Sony slashes Xperia X price down to INR 24,990 in India

February 17, 2017

Competing well and staying relevant with a mid-range offer in today’s market is an almost impossible task. The going is especially tough in India, where many value-driver Chinese manufacturers have focused their expansion efforts in recent years. Since, Sony isn’t really known for its aggressive pricing strategy, discounts for devices like the Xperia X, were expected sooner or later.

After slashing INR 10,000 off the rather exuberant INR 48,990 (around $735) launch price last year, Sony has now brought down the Xperia X even more to INR 24,990 (about $375). That is how much the…

ZTE Hawkeye Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled

February 17, 2017

ZTE has announced that they have decided to phase out the Kickstarter campaign for the Hawkeye smartphone that was revealed by the company last month. The announcement came in the form of an update to the phone’s Kickstarter page.

The company, however, said that the project isn’t over. “We are reevaluating the device for the winning Project CSX idea – an eye-tracking feature with self adhesive backing – and it will be implemented based on your feedback.”

This comes less than a month after the Chinese firm acknowledged that their decision to implement eye-tracking feature with self…

Nougat update starts hitting Huawei Honor 8 units in India

February 17, 2017

Huawei has started rolling out a new update to Honor 8 units in India. Arriving as version FRD-L02C675B310, the update brings along Android Nougat (version 7.0) and EMUI version 5.0. The update was being beta tested until now, but now the beta phase has come to an end.

“Honor 8 with Nougat and Emui 5.0 is open to users in India now,” the Chinese company said in a blog post. “FRD-L02C675B310 became open to public a week ago. The same version will be available to all users in batches by end of February.”

Global roll out for the Honor 8 Nougat update began last month, and units in the…

YouTube plans to remove 30-second unskippable ads

February 17, 2017

If you’ve been using YouTube for a few years now, then its hard not to notice how much it has changed and gradually morphed. Google’s efforts all seem to be aimed at one goal – to position the video platform as a viable mainstream content provider, not unlike TV and capitalize on advertisement accordingly. A lot has already been said about the new policies and parts of the community are constantly expressing concern. But, without going into too much detail, we will note that nowadays popular content tends to be longer by design, aimed at ramping-up viewing times and often delivered by big…

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on AT&T start getting Nougat update

February 17, 2017

Shortly after T-Mobile started pushing it out, AT&T has also begun rolling the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge Nougat update. Weighing in at around 1.6GB, the update arrives as version G930AUCU4BQA6 for the S7 and G935AUCU4BQA6 for the edge variant.

Aside from bumping the Android version to 7.0, the update also brings along some other changes, including network performance enhancements, Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass, as well as Android security fixes for the month of February.

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LG G Pad III 8.0 starts getting Nougat update

February 17, 2017

The Nougat update for the LG G Pad III 8.0 has been released. Specifically, Canadian carrier Fido has started rolling out the update to units on its network. The update bumps the Android version to 7.0.

Given the fact that it’s an OTA roll out, it might take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.

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Apple releases four new iPad Pro ads

February 16, 2017

Apple has launched four new ads for the iPad Pro. The underlying point of each of these is that the iPad Pro is good enough to be your personal computer, which each ad talking about a particular aspect.

One of the ad talks about the lack of typical PC viruses on the iPad Pro, the other talks about availability of Microsoft Word, then the third one talks about the built-in LTE connectivity so you’re not tied to your internet connection or Wi-Fi hotspots and the last one randomly boasts about how it is more powerful than most laptops, has data connectivity and a touchscreen.

The…

Samsung teases Exynos 9 chipset, which could be powering the Galaxy S8

February 16, 2017

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were powered either by the Korean company’s own Exynos 8 Octa chipset or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, depending on which market you bought one from. This year most leaks and rumors that have talked about the Galaxy S8 have focused on it sporting the upcoming Snapdragon 835, and how that impacts Samsung’s competitors.

However, it turns out that the S8 (and S8+) could have two separate versions too, each boasting a different chipset. While the SD835 will be inside the handsets in some places, in others you may find them powered by a yet-unannounced…