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HTC added two new smartphones to its lineup today: the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra. Both phones use an aluminum frame paired with a curved glass back, an unusual choice of materials for HTC, which has a reputation for creating nice-looking, aluminum unibody phones. Underneath the rear glass are layers of colored minerals that reflect light in interesting ways and add visual depth, creating what HTC calls a “liquid surface” that gives the phones an iridescent sheen. Each phone comes in four different colors: Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White, and Sapphire Blue. Both phones have a single-piece volume rocker and highly textured power button on the right edge. There’s also a single downward-firing speaker and a microphone on the bottom edge. Unlike...

Google Releases Final M Preview: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Today Google released the third developer preview for the M release and at the same time also reveals its official codename as well as final version name: Android 6.0...

51 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/17/2015

A Quick Look at LG G4 Leather Back Covers

With the LG G4 review, our design commentary was mostly targeted towards the G4’s standard polycarbonate back cover. But recently we received some leather back covers from LG designed...

24 by Joshua Ho on 8/17/2015

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Today, Samsung is announcing the next generation of their Galaxy-brand phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Samsung’s phablets have been one of their greatest smartphone...

219 by Joshua Ho on 8/13/2015

Qualcomm Details the Adreno 530 GPU and ISP inside the Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820 is still a mystery as far as official information from Qualcomm goes. However, today Qualcomm has given a bit of insight into their upcoming SoC. While there's...

66 by Brandon Chester on 8/12/2015

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212

Today, Qualcomm launched a set of new SoCs, namely the Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212. These are updates to the Snapdragon 615, 410, and 210 respectively. If you were to...

22 by Joshua Ho on 8/10/2015

Google Redesigns Hangouts for Android With Version 4.0

Today Google shipped a major update to their Hangouts application for Android. Ever since Hangouts for iOS was updated to 4.0 a little over a month ago Android users...

30 by Brandon Chester on 8/10/2015

Verizon Eliminates Contracts and Device Subsidies

North America has always had a fairly unique pricing structure for buying mobile devices. In many places, the concept of purchasing a device for a heavy subsidy and committing...

115 by Brandon Chester on 8/7/2015

Google Commits To Monthly Security Updates For Nexus Devices

Security updates on mobile operating systems have typically been bundled inside larger patches that include other bug fixes and improvements. Unfortunately, the world of security exploits isn't tuned to...

41 by Brandon Chester on 8/5/2015

Lattice Announces First superMHL Chips: Sil8630 & Sil9396

Earlier this year at CES, the MHL Consortium announced the latest version of the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard, superMHL. The latest iteration on MHL, superMHL was introduced to...

8 by Ryan Smith on 8/3/2015

NVIDIA Initiates Safety Recall of SHIELD Tablets (Update: 4 Units Have Overheated)

NVIDIA sends word this morning that they are initiating a recall on the SHIELD Tablet. Being announced today and taking effect immediately, the tablets are being voluntarily recalled by...

30 by Ryan Smith on 7/31/2015

The LG G4 Review

The LG G3 was probably the Android phone that was closest to getting everything right last year, but it ultimately fell short of being the “best Android phone”. The...

85 by Joshua Ho on 7/30/2015

Motorola Announces the Moto X Play

In a somewhat interesting twist, Motorola has announced a new version of the Moto X designed to slot in between the Moto X’s traditional flagship position and the Moto...

46 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

Motorola Announces the Moto X Style

Today, Motorola also announced their new flagship phone, the Moto X Style. Following the trend of larger screen sizes, it seems Motorola has taken this trend to its logical...

46 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

Motorola Announces the New Moto G

Today, Motorola announced the successor to their Moto G, which has been their most successful phone in recent memory. It’s still called the Moto G, but this is the...

52 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

OnePlus Announces the OnePlus 2: 389 USD High-End Flagship

OnePlus showed up on the scene last year with a “flagship killer”, the OnePlus One. For those that are unfamiliar with this device, it brought a Snapdragon 801 SoC...

90 by Joshua Ho on 7/27/2015

The Huawei P8 Lite Review

Although many consumers are not familiar with Huawei, they are a company that I have seen selling smartphones for quite some time now. In the earliest days of the...

43 by Brandon Chester on 7/27/2015

The Apple Watch Review

Prior to the launch of the Apple Watch, there had been rumors that Apple would make a watch for quite some time. In a broader sense, the wearables industry...

268 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 7/20/2015

Samsung Announces The 8.0" and 9.7" Galaxy Tab S2 Tablets

Today Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S2, the followup to last year's Galaxy Tab S tablets. In our review of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 we ultimately...

49 by Brandon Chester on 7/19/2015

European Union Opens Up Antitrust Investigation Into Qualcomm

Word comes out of Europe this morning that the European Union’s executive body, the European Commission, will be opening up an anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm. The Commission has investigated Qualcomm...

22 by Ryan Smith on 7/16/2015

HTC Brings The One M9+ To Europe

Earlier this year, HTC released the One M9+ in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. The One M9+ is visually similar to the normal One M9, but with significant...

16 by Brandon Chester on 7/16/2015

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