Smartphones

Microsoft on Wednesday announced another reorganization of its smartphone business with plans to streamline operations and eliminate redundant personnel. The company will lay off 1850 of its employees in Finland and other countries and will take a $950 million charge. The actions seem to be in line with Microsoft’s plans to focus on development of flagship smartphones and leave the market of mass handsets. When Microsoft closed its acquisition of Nokia in late April, 2014, it received approximately 25,000 new employees from around the world, who were involved into development, production, sales, and distribution of smartphones and feature phones. Shortly after, in July, 2014, Microsoft laid off 12,500 former Nokia staff as a part of its major reorganization, when it let go 18,000 Microsoft employees...

Apple "Let Us Loop You In" 2016 Event Liveblog

Today we're at Apple's 2016 "Let Us Loop You In" event, where we're expecting a stack of mobile-related announcements.

34 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 3/21/2016

Microsoft Rolls Out Windows 10 Mobile To Windows Phone 8.1 Devices

The journey of Windows 10 Mobile from announcement to release has certainly been a strange one. The OS itself was announced roughly one year ago, and around that time...

47 by Brandon Chester on 3/17/2016

Kishonti Announces GFXBench 5 Aztec Ruins At GDC

Today the 2016 Game Developers Conference kicked off, and Kishonti hasn't wasted any time in announcing the latest version of their GFXBench benchmark. While GFXBench 4 is still relatively...

4 by Brandon Chester on 3/14/2016

Hands-On With the Android N Developer Beta: Multi-Window & More

Yesterday Google surprised a number of people by launching the developer beta of the next release of Android, which is codenamed Android N. Normally the beta version of Android...

124 by Brandon Chester on 3/10/2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Review, Part 1

For some time now, Samsung has been the dominant player in the Android space, especially at the high end of the market. From the Galaxy S2 onwards, Samsung has...

199 by Joshua Ho on 3/8/2016

The Huawei Honor 5X Review: Mid-Range Meets Maturity

Late last year Huawei introduced the Honor 5X, a phone branded and sold under their Honor sub brand for their home Chinese market. A few months later, the company...

30 by Brandon Chester on 2/29/2016

Microsoft Ends Effort To Bring Android Apps To Windows 10 Mobile

At the 2015 BUILD developer Conference Microsoft demoed four application bridges that they hoped would improve the number of applications available for Windows 10 Mobile, which would benefit the...

45 by Brandon Chester on 2/25/2016

Hands-On With the Xiaomi Mi5 - High-End at a Mid-Range Price

It’s been over 18 months since Xiaomi announced the Mi 4 back in June 2014, and today the company is finally ready to release the predecessor in the form...

103 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/25/2016

MWC 2016: Xiaomi Media Preview Live Blog

Andrei and I are at the Xiaomi event at Mobile World Congress. We believe the event starts at half-past, so stay tuned as we roll in the announcements

42 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/24/2016

Sony Unveils New Xperia X Smartphones

This week at Mobile World Congress 2016, Sony has introduced their new high-end Xperia X series smartphones. The new smartphones feature similar designs across the entire series and all...

32 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2016

MediaTek Announces New Helio P20

Yesterday MediaTek announced the successor to last year's Helio P10. The Helio P10 was announced back in June with devices being announced and released in the following months. Even...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/23/2016

CAT Announces S60 Rugged Smartphone with integrated FLIR Thermal Camera

CAT, that company that is usually associated with heavy machinery, actually makes/sells smartphones too. It has announced a new flagship smartphone, which combines the ruggedness you might expect from...

32 by Anton Shilov on 2/22/2016

MWC 2016: Gionee Press Conference S8 Launch Live Blog

I'm sat here at the Gionee press event! All the signs say S8 launch, so I guess it's an S8 launch?

15 by Ian Cutress on 2/22/2016

MWC 2016: Sony Press Conference Live Blog

We're here at Sony's booth for their annual MWC press conference. There are plenty of press here, and not a lot of space, but we're looking forward to the announcements!

7 by Ian Cutress on 2/22/2016

Early Exynos 8890 Impressions And Full Specifications

It's been an interesting day here in Barcelona as I've had the pleasure to get a hands-on with both LG's new flagship, the G5, as well as Samsung's new...

94 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/21/2016

Lenovo Announces The VIBE K5 and K5 Plus

Along with their tablet and PC announcements today at MWC, Lenovo also announced two new smartphones under their VIBE branding. The new phones are the Lenovo VIBE K5 and...

5 by Brandon Chester on 2/21/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

If you've followed our reviews for the past year, it was probably evident that the Galaxy S6 was one of the best phones launched last year. With one of...

123 by Joshua Ho on 2/21/2016

MWC 2016: Samsung Unpacked Press Conference Live Blog... in VR?!

We're sat in the audience awaiting the start of Samsung's yearly MWC Press Conference. Is it still a conference if there's a Gear VR headset on every seat?!

8 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/21/2016

LG Announces the LG G5: 5.3-inch QHD with Snapdragon 820

Today just before the official beginning of Mobile World Congres 2016 we were happy to attend LG's G5 launch event. The G5 is the successor to last year's much...

30 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/21/2016

HP Announces The Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile Powered Smartphone

Windows Phone has had a rough go of it of late. Microsoft first purchased, and then basically shuttered, Nokia’s smartphone division. Instead they wanted to back out of the...

31 by Brett Howse on 2/21/2016

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