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Deal: Save nearly 30% on the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 at Amazon

If Samsung is your favorite smartphone brand, you'll be happy to know that there are excellent deals on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ almost every week. Although now it's not a good time to buy one since Samsung is about to announce its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10, you might be tempted to get the Galaxy S9 instead given the much lower price. Currently, Samsung is running a deal on the unlock...

Smartphones may have hit a sales slump, but mobile gaming continues to thrive

While there’s no end in sight for the global decline of smartphone sales, according to several recent reports, the number of mobile gamers is on the rise in North America, based on research conducted and estimates compiled by two other market intelligence firms. That may not have anything to do with the advent of hardcore gaming phones, mind you, as EEDAR highlights the accessibility of mobile ga...

Moto G5S Plus hits all-time low price of $168 in clearance deal, optional freebies included

Motorola’s mid-range smartphone release strategy is not always very coherent, with a grand total of four Moto G7 variants reportedly in the pipeline, following just three Moto G6 models, which in turn came after two Moto G5 and two Moto G5S versions. You may have forgotten all about them, but the Moto G5S and G5S Plus were commercially launched less than 18 months ago with decent specifications a...

Will all-screen in-display fingerprint scanners become the norm in 2019?

While major smartphone makers are yet to implement even the simplest form of in-display fingerprint authentication — with Apple outright rejecting the entire concept in favor of Face ID — Asian companies are having a ball with the emerging technology. While some of the biggest names in the smartphone world are yet to implement even the most rudimentary form of an in-display fingerprint scanning, ...

Google tells Android developers to focus on making 64-bit apps, sets end date for 32-bit support

As mobile technology advances, even budget smartphones have multi-core CPUs and a couple of gigabytes of RAM, making them far more capable than their predecessors in the low-end market bracket. In pace with the industry’s development, Google has decided that it’s high time for its mobile operating system to work exclusively with 64-bit apps. Or at least to start the move towards that goal. How wi...

Save $350 on the high-end DJI Phantom 4 Advanced+ drone, deal ends today!

ProductLocationItem ConditionPriceDeal ends inDJI Phantom 4 Advanced+ drone, remote control w/ 5.5" 1080p screen B&H Photo Video New $1,399 -> $1,049 19 hours Buy Here If you're looking to buy a solid new drone, B&H has a super deal for you. The retailer is offering the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced+ quadcopter drone at $1,049, a discount of 25% or around $350 when compared to the cheapest listing on Am...

10x optical zoom and in-display finger scanning that works all over the screen showcased by Oppo

Just as expected, the Chinese phone juggernaut Oppo took the stage in Beijing this afternoon to demonstrate two exciting new technologies that could be making their way in future phones. Back at MWC 2017, it demonstrated for us 5x optical zoom on a phone prototype, done by using a periscope-style lens inside the body. Today it doubled the abilities of said technology to 10x hybrid optical zoom, "...

Leaked invitation hints at possible announcement of the 5G capable Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

It seems that Xiaomi’s latest flagship, the slider Mi Mix 3 just came out, but its reign as the top dog of Xiaomi’s lineup won’t be very long. With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, the latest and greatest SoC, now in the hands of phone manufacturers, they’re eager to release devices with the chip as soon as possible to get that sweet, sweet, competitive advantage. That appears to be the case over at Xi...

Galaxy S8 and S8+ move one step closer to official Pie updates with beta registrations

Rumors of a possible Android Pie beta program expansion to the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 after the completion of similar tests on Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 made the rounds just a couple of weeks back, and registrations are already open for all. At least in India, where the Note 8 beta kicked off yesterday, quickly followed by the S8 and S8+, as reported by SamMobile. Since Gala...

After six days of testimony challenging Qualcomm's licensing policies, the FTC rests its case

With the entire smartphone industry watching the FTC v. Qualcomm non-jury trial intensely, the FTC rested its case today, the sixth day of proceedings. The trial is expected to last 10-days, and the antitrust agency is trying to prove that the chip maker's "no license, no chips" policy, and the royalties it demands, makes it a monopoly. The FTC's argument is that the company's policies tend to di...

Apple Music coming to select Verizon Unlimited plans at no extra cost

UPDATE: Verizon has officially confirmed that starting January 17 its Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited data plans will include Apple Music subscriptions at no extra cost to consumers. The original story continues below: Verizon’s Unlimited customers have had access to a six-month free Apple Music trial for quite some time now. But according to a new report by 9To5Mac, free Apple Music will so...

Android 9 Pie users can now reset Adaptive Brightness without losing their battery data

If you have a device running on Android 9 Pie, you might have already noticed that the Adaptive Brightness feature keeps tabs on how bright you like to have your phone's screen depending on both the environment, and the features that are being used on the handset at certain times. The feature also helps Android remember the times that you used the brightness slider to manually adjust the display....

Sony sends out invites for February 25th MWC event; Xperia XZ4 expected

Sony Xperia XZ4 CAD-based renders Sony may have canceled the Xperia XZ4 Compact but the Japanese brand still has a number of devices on the way. And with most of these expected to make their debut at MWC 2019, the company has now confirmed (via Xperia Blog) that it will be holding a press conference on February 25. English invites are yet to be sent out to press but the smartphone manufacturer ha...

iPhone XS/XR Smart Battery Cases go official with Qi charging support

Following multiple suggestions that the accessory was indeed on the way, today Apple has announced its new line of Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Much like the original case, this new one won’t be winning design awards any time soon. Nevertheless, they are certainly a big improvement over the previous version. Gone is the odd-looking island and in its place i...

Twitter for Android now allows users to see apps in reverse chronological order

Last month, Twitter added a "sparkle" icon that allows iOS users to quickly swap between two different ways to view tweets. The current method of viewing messages on Twitter presents the "Top Tweets" based on the subject matters that Twitter believes each user is personally most interested in based on its algorithms. By tapping the aforementioned "sparkle" icon in the upper right of the screen, t...

Twitter for Android now allows users to see tweets in reverse chronological order

Last month, Twitter added a "sparkle" icon that allows iOS users to quickly swap between two different ways to view tweets. The current method of viewing messages on Twitter presents the "Top Tweets" based on the subject matters that Twitter believes each user is personally most interested in based on its algorithms. By tapping the aforementioned "sparkle" icon in the upper right of the screen, t...

Nike Adapt BB is unveiled; sneaker's fit can be adjusted by using an app

Nike today announced a new basketball sneaker that includes self-tying laces, and it works with a smartphone app to adjust the fit. Called the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train figures out how tight to automatically lace the sneakers when the user puts them on. The fit can be adjusted manually using the lighted buttons on the side of the shoe, or through the Nike Adapt app. Whether mak...

Sprint subscribers will now be rewarded thanks to the My Sprint Rewards app

Sprint announced today a new rewards program called "My Sprint Rewards." Similar to reward programs from T-Mobile and Verizon, Sprint subscribers will need to download an app to join. The My Sprint Rewards app is now available in the App Store and Google Play Store. Sprint will be offering its customers exclusive deals from companies such as theater chain AMC, wholesale membership retailer Sam's ...

Amazon Fire 7 tablets in 'full working condition' are available for $15.99 a pop at Woot

The global tablet market is not exactly thriving nowadays, which has made a number of major vendors (quietly) throw in the towel. Several others have been trying to diversify their product portfolios and capitalize on new trends, while Amazon has essentially maintained its strategy and extreme focus on affordability. But if you feel even 50 bucks is too much to pay for the company’s latest Fire 7...

Amazon's entry-level Fire TV Stick now includes 'all-new' Alexa voice remote at $39.99

While Apple continues to ponder the unthinkable, reportedly preparing a low-cost rival for the likes of the Fire TV Stick and Google’s Chromecast lineup, Amazon just wants you to have all the video streaming options in the world as long as you use Alexa and, preferably, Prime services. After upgrading a version of the Fire TV Stick to support 4K Ultra HD content, as well as state-of-the-art techn...

If an Android phone costs as much as an iPhone, it should be supported for four years

I think that Android phones that cost as much as an iPhone should receive software updates for four years. An absolutely absurd thought, I know, but let me rest my case! This isn't another "fruit company good" type of a circlejerk article, just the lament of an Android guy at heart. Why are we excusing this? As Android flagships these days comfortably rival iPhones' pricing and phone manufacturer...

What new color would you most like to see on the Galaxy S10?

New phone models often come with a new set of colors to breathe some freshness into the line. And with the over-saturation of today's market, manufacturers will often try to make something truly unique... or try to copy the colors of the best-selling phones out there. In any case, Samsung has proven that it's willing to experiment a bit with its lineup, with the cool Coral Blue and Lilac Purple c...

Pandora gains Voice Mode functionality powered by in-house smart assistant

Veteran internet radio company Pandora needed an inexplicably long time to join the likes of Apple and Spotify with its own premium music streaming platform, but even though the market duopoly seems harder and harder to break up, efforts aimed at just that are certainly ramping up. In addition to supporting devices as diverse as Amazon’s Echo lineup, Google Home smart speakers, Google Assistant-p...

The future of the smartphone is foldable, Samsung says

Concept design for a Samsung foldable phone by LetsGoDigital Over the years since it was first teased, Samsung's foldable phone has become a bit of a joke, with many doubting that current consumer-grade tech is where it should be to deliver the company's ultimate vision. And seeing as how the device remained in prototype state for such a long time Samsung must have realized this full well. Howeve...

Vivo to announce its uniquely designed smartphone on January 24

The Vivo NEX made quite an impression, could it be overshadowed so soon? These days there aren’t many design elements that distinguish smartphones. Besides screen size, notch type and camera arrangement, there is little more that separates how to most devices look, and often even these elements are the same. That’s not always the case when it comes to Chinese phone maker Vivo, however. Just recen...

Huawei will handily beat Apple to become world's second largest smartphone maker in 2019

Another day, another bleak report dealing with the short-term repercussions of the mobile industry’s lack of “breakthrough features or specs.” But while Credit Suisse analysts made downright apocalyptic predictions yesterday of a massive Q1 2019 decline in global smartphone production, TrendForce today tackles full-year numbers, which might not be quite so bad. If the market research firm is corr...

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ gets certified in China, wall charger power output revealed

As we are inching closer and closer to the Samsung Galaxy S10's February release, it's pretty natural to see the upcoming flagships get certified across various countries. As MySmartPrice points out, Samsung just had its upcoming Galaxy S10 and S10+ heavy-hitters certified by China's 3C certification agency. While these usually don't contain any noteworthy information, there's still a little some...

This is how the Nokia 9 PureView's penta-camera could work

Light, the digital photography company that is a proponent of the possibilities evoked by multi-lens photography on a mobile device, has outed a dedicated section on its website with a header that looks conspicuously like the Nokia 9 phone teaser. It depicts 4-, 6-, and even 9-lens cameras on a mobile device, arranged in different configurations on the back, complete with flash and light sensors....