Smartphones

HMD Global and FIH Mobile on Thursday announced that they had completed their buyout of Nokia assets from Microsoft which opens a way for return of Nokia branded smartphones to the market. As expected, HMD and FIH will keep selling Nokia-branded feature phones in developing countries but will add a range of android-based smartphones and tablets to the lineup in 2017. The two companies hope that relationships with operators as well as manufacturing assets (Foxconn) will be instrumental for making their endeavor a success. As reported earlier this year, HMD Global and FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group (we will call the company “Foxconn” for simplicity), paid Microsoft approximately $350 million in cash for various Nokia-related assets. Under the terms of the...

Analysing AMOLED Power Efficiency Improvements

Over the last few years we’ve been repeatedly reporting how Samsung was able to improve AMOLED power efficiency by employing better emitter materials on each new device generation. This...

73 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/23/2015

Comparing Snapdragon 810 v2 and v2.1: More Memory Bandwidth, Higher Clocks

Around a few weeks before the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, I was digging through kernel source to understand Snapdragon 810 and some other Qualcomm SoCs. We...

84 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2015

HTC Tests Native Ads In BlinkFeed

Today HTC has announced a pilot program of sorts for the display of native ads within BlinkFeed, their news and content aggregation application. Since Blinkfeed displays right on a...

26 by Brandon Chester on 6/16/2015

Comparing OpenGL ES To Metal On iOS Devices With GFXBench Metal

In the past couple of years we've seen the creation of a number of new low level graphics APIs. Arguably the first major initiative was AMD's Mantle API, which...

34 by Brandon Chester on 6/15/2015

HTC Pushing A Small Update To The HTC One M9 Today

Barring any unforeseen complications, HTC One M9 users in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa should be receiving an OTA update today which will bring the software to version...

15 by Brandon Chester on 6/10/2015

The Microsoft Lumia 640 Review

The group that was once Nokia's mobile division has gone through a great number of changes in the past few years. After declining sales of Symbian devices, the company...

132 by Brandon Chester on 6/9/2015

Apple Unveils Apple Music; Coming to Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android

At the end of Apple's WWDC keynote the company revealed their brand new music streaming service, Apple Music. Apple Music is the successor to Apple's existing streaming music service...

30 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

Apple Announces iOS 9 at WWDC

Today Apple has made a number of announcements relating to their three major operating systems. We've seen the announcement of WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, OS X El...

36 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

Apple Brings Apple Pay To The United Kingdom

Today Apple announced that their Apple Pay service is coming to the United Kingdom in July. Apple Pay was launched in October of 2014, and was originally available only...

8 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S6 Active

Today Samsung and AT&T announced the Galaxy S6 Active, a variant of the Galaxy S6 with a greater focus on durability and ruggedness. Releasing an Active version of their...

29 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

FinalWire Releases AIDA64 For iOS and Windows Phone

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their AIDA64 software, FinalWire has released versions of the app for iOS and Windows Phone. AIDA64 has existed on Android for some time...

7 by Brandon Chester on 6/8/2015

The Huawei P8 Review

It’s been a month now since Huawei launched its new smartphone flagship, the P8. Huawei started Ascend P-line of smartphones back in 2012 with the launch of the Ascend...

105 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/4/2015

HTC Announces The One ME With MediaTek's Helio X10

Today the HTC One ME was officially announced in China. While it's not likely that this device will ever be sold in other markets, it's worth taking a look...

30 by Brandon Chester on 6/4/2015

ASUS Releases Android Lollipop For The ZenFone 4, 5, and 6

Today ASUS is rolling out an update to Android Lollipop for their first generation ZenFones. The update covers most of the original ZenFone devices offered by ASUS. While the...

7 by Brandon Chester on 6/2/2015

Meizu Launches m2 note 5.5" Budget Smartphone

Meizu today launches the successor to the m1 note, a cheap entry-level smartphone that still manages to pack enormous value for its price-range. The m2 note has a 5.5"...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/2/2015

MediaTek announces Helio P10 Mainstream SoC

MediaTek started promoting its new Helio branding for SoCs back at MWC this year, and we had the please to cover the the new Helio X20 announcement just a...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/1/2015

ASUS Announces the ZenFone Selfie at Computex

ASUS has been making waves in the industry lately with their powerful but low priced ZenFone 2. ASUS's second generation of ZenFones is another chance for them to break...

4 by Brandon Chester on 6/1/2015

Google and Qualcomm Partner To Make A Project Tango Smartphone

Project Tango is the name of Google's initiative to build smartphones and tablets with cameras and sensors that can be used to track its position in 3D space, and...

10 by Brandon Chester on 5/30/2015

NVIDIA Introduces AndroidWorks For Android Game Developers

Today NVIDIA is expanding their GameWorks developer program to the realm of Android devices. GameWorks encompasses a range of NVIDIA technologies and tools like PhysX, VisualFX, OptiX, and the...

23 by Brandon Chester on 5/29/2015

A Look At The Changes In The Android M Preview

Today during Google I/O 2015's opening keynote Google announced the latest release of their Android operating system. The new version of Android is using the code name Android M...

85 by Brandon Chester on 5/29/2015

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