Last month Samsung went further than ever in trying to ensure that all Galaxy Note7 units sold in New Zealand are returned following its discontinuation of the device. Working with the carriers over there, the company has basically shut down mobile network access for those Note7 handsets still in the wild. This move has apparently proved successful, since Samsung is now getting ready to do the exact same thing in neighboring Australia.
Huawei has announced Nougat update plans for its smartphones. The Android 7 update for Huawei devices will arrive in the form of version 5.0 of the Chinese company’s EMUI skin. The roll-out will begin sometime in Q1, 2017, with the Huawei Mate 8 and P9 getting the update first, followed by the P9 Plus, P9 lite, nova, and nova Plus. The new EMUI 5.0, Huawei claims, is more efficient, secure, and user friendly.
Were receiving reports that the Sony Xperia XZ is receiving its serving of Android 7.0 Nougat update. A reader from India tipped us off (thanks, Vedant!) but checking with XDA it seems that the first wave includes Australia, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey. The update is a hefty 1GB so connect to a nice Wi-Fi network and check for updates. Dont worry if you dont see anything yet, staggered roll-outs take a while to reach everyone.
Starting today, HMD Global Oy is now the home of Nokia phones and tablets. The exclusive license extends 10 years forward and covers the whole world (sans Japan). Nokia, the company, will receive royalty payments for Nokia-branded products made by HMD (for both the name and for the intellectual property used). Its important to note that Nokia, the company, is not an investor or a shareholder in HMD. That said, HMD is a Finish company
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has passed quite a few of the mandatory steps before going official – with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications cleared, it also popped up on GeekBench and was also featured in a render video. Well, one of the preliminary units has apparently slipped out of the confines of NDAs and has gotten reviewed on video. Sadly, the video has since been taken down, but we’ll walk you through it. First
There have already been rumors that vivo’s upcoming X9 smartphone will feature dual cameras both on the front as well as the back. The company recently outed a teaser that just confirmed there will be a dual camera setup on the phone. Now, a new teaser image has been released, which not only confirms that both X9 and X9 Plus will sport dual front-facing cameras, but also reveals that these shooters will be of 20MP and 8MP, respectively.
Right on cue, Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro is now available to purchase from its online store in the US. The Chinese company revealed the launch date last week, and it’s stayed on schedule. The Phab2 Pro is special because it’s the first shipping phone to be Tango-enabled. Tango is Google’s augmented reality play for your handheld device. The Phab2 Pro is priced at $499.99 unlocked, and for now its launch seems to be limited to the US. Google
Today vivo has outed its first teaser for an upcoming smartphone that the Chinese rumorsphere has labeled as being the X9. This should succeed the X7 in the company’s portfolio, even though that model was only made official four months ago. Things move fast in the competitive Chinese smartphone market. The teaser in question, which you can see to the left, doesn’t mention the yet-to-be-announced device by name. It
Xiaomi understandably turned more than a few heads with the announcement of the Mi Mote 2, also topping things off quickly with the Mi Mix. The latter is yet to officially go on sale, but the wait shouldn’t be long now, if the suggested November 4 date is met. Meanwhile, the Mi Note 2 already had its first sale today and it went incredibly well. In fact, the Mi Note 2 officially broke the Mi 5 record, with its first
The upcoming Moto M is one of Motorola’s most-leaked smartphones in recent memory. It’s unclear if this has anything to do with the fact that it will combine a full metal build with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (the latter being a first for a Moto device), or with the fact that it’s expected to launch in China first. Either way, we’ve seen a lot of leaked renders and live images depicting the Moto M. Earlier today, it was found in the
The Huawei Mate 9 launch event is coming up (its this Thursday and more details are becoming available through unofficial means. An official-looking press image shows the expansive 5.9 screen, but its flat (theres talk of a premium curved-screen model). The flat screen should have 1080p resolution (and the premium model is said to go up to QHD).
You can no longer get the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so if you want a smartphone with the stylus, you’ll have to dial it back to the Galaxy Note 5. Don’t worry, there was never any Note 6, so this phone is only a year old and still incredibly powerful. Its 5.7-inch screen gives you ample room to doodle with the S Pen, and while it’s certainly bigger in the hand, than the Galaxy S7, its curved back makes
Getting the full picture about the LG V20’s pricing and availability in the US is proving a tad more complicated than we would have expected. T-Mobile revealed the first piece of the puzzle earlier today, saying it would start selling the handset on October 28. Yet the magenta carrier remained mum on any pricing information. And now AT&T follows suit, in that it also acknowledges it will offer the V20. Oh, and this carrier has published
The Nexus brand was always about the pure Android experience with quick updates from Google. When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus made it to Verizon, that Google experience turned to a nightmare for updates. The same phone was only able to get updates whenever Verizon felt like releasing them, so they came with delays. That being said, Verizons Galaxy Nexus stopped getting updates at Jellybean 4.2.2, meanwhile, the GSM unlocked version of
Honor is going to announce its latest flagship device, the Honor 8, in India at a press event to take place on October 12. While there is still no word on exactly when the device will go on sale in India, there is some speculation on what the price would be for the Honor 8 and Honor 8 Smart, a second variant of that will sell alongside the Honor 8. Mahesh Telecom tweeted that the Honor 8 would be available for RS 29,999 while the
Yesterday Google finally unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL, its first smartphones. Throughout its event, however, the company never once mentioned whether the two have any sort of dust or water resistance rating. An IP53 certification was rumored last month for the duo, ahead of the announcement. And now the search giant has apparently confirmed to Droid-Life that the Pixel and Pixel XL indeed do come with the IP53 rating – despite
Samsung is working on a successor to the Galaxy Grand Prime from 2014. The upcoming Grand Prime (2016) has so far been benchmarked and spotted at the FCC as well as in an Indian import tracking database. So clearly it should be arriving soon. While we do know quite a few of its specs already thanks to that aforementioned benchmark run, today courtesy of Samsung itself we have some news about its software, since the company’s published
Xiaomi announced two new flagship smartphones today. The Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus are updates to the Mi 5 / Mi 5 Pro and Mi 5 Plus phones that were announced at MWC 2016 in February, and pack some new hardware inside a new brushed-aluminum chassis. Both the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC, which itself is an updated version of the popular
By now you’d expect a Samsung Galaxy Note7 from the first batch to easily catch fire – after all, that’s why the Korean company recalled all 2.5 million units it sold until September 2. On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t expect a replacement unit, deemed safe by its maker, to have the same fate. Yet it appears as that’s exactly what happened today in Louisville, Kentucky, aboard a Southwest flight to Baltimore. While the plane
The Sony Xperia XZ is now available to purchase at major retailers in the Netherlands, priced predictably at 699. Sony Mobile’s online store in the country, on the other hand, refers you to carrier websites, where you can opt for a contract deal. At the time of writing, the company’s other stores across Europe still have the smartphone in pre-order state. It may be worth investigating your local retailers, as there as at least one
Introduction and design The tricky second album. That’s probably the best way to describe the OnePlus 2. After the surprise success of the OnePlus One there were big expectations for its successor, so has the fledgling Chinese brand delivered? OnePlus dubbed its second phone ‘the 2016 Flagship Killer’, a claim that was more than a little far-fetched. So how about a more grounded claim of ‘the 2015 Flapship Killer’?