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...

Some Thoughts on Half-Life 2 and Portal on Shield

If you talked to me seven years ago, the concept of phone games beyond Snake and basic flash games would've been beyond me. That wasn’t really on my mind...

40 by Joshua Ho on 5/22/2014

HTC One mini 2 Announcement

Today, HTC is launching the HTC One mini 2, a phone that is supposed to be a smaller version of the HTC One (M8), both in price and size...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 5/15/2014

Motorola Introduces the Moto E: The $129 Smartphone for Everyone

It doesn't seem like it was long ago that everyone was excited by rumors of a new Motorola phone after Google's short-lived acquisition of the company in May 2012...

37 by Brandon Chester on 5/13/2014

Motorola Introduces the Moto G with LTE and MicroSD

Along with the launch of the new Motorola Moto E, Motorola has also provided information about an update to the Motorola Moto G. In our review of the Moto...

17 by Brandon Chester on 5/13/2014

Samsung Launches KNOX 2.0

Samsung today announced the worldwide commercial availability of its updated Enterprise Security and Management suite for Android - KNOX 2.0 - which is available first on the Galaxy S5...

17 by Brett Howse on 5/7/2014

Huawei Launches Ascend P7 Based on Custom HiSilicon SoC

Today Huawei announced the Ascend P7, its new flagship smartphone. The P7 replaces last year’s Ascend P6 and brings significant improvements across the board. Huawei is positioning the device...

17 by Brandon Chester on 5/7/2014

Google Updates Maps for Android and iOS with Improvements to Offline Maps, Navigation, and More

Today Google updated its maps application for Android and iOS. Google seems confident enough in the updates that it decided to call this major release version 8.0 on Android...

30 by Brandon Chester on 5/6/2014

ARM Expects ~1B Entry Level Smartphones in 2018, $20 Smartphones Coming This Year

When we first started covering mobile, nearly every silicon vendor I spoke with issued the same statement: eventually, all phones are smartphones. Continued scaling on process technology, combined continued...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

A Discussion on Material Choices in Mobile

Within the past four years, the smartphone market has changed drastically. Displays have dramatically increased in quality. Battery life has increased. As OEMs converge on largely similar platforms, the...

70 by Joshua Ho on 5/5/2014

A quick look at Google’s new Google Docs and Sheets mobile apps

Today Google released two new applications on Google Play and the iOS App Store. The new apps are called Google Sheets and Google Docs and they are essentially standalone...

11 by Brandon Chester on 4/30/2014

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy K Zoom with 20.7MP Camera

In June of last year Samsung released the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The phone was related most closely to the Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy S4 Mini. While its specifications...

19 by Brandon Chester on 4/29/2014

Microsoft Closes Nokia Acquisition

Back on September 3rd 2013, Microsoft announced its intentions to purchase Nokia's mobile phone business, and after several extra months of waiting for regulatory approval, that deal officially closes...

22 by Brett Howse on 4/25/2014

Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 Revealed on Samsung China Website

Back in 2010 Samsung launched the original Samsung Galaxy Beam i8520. The phone ran Android 2.1 which was a bit outdated at the time as Android 2.2 launched just...

14 by Brandon Chester on 4/24/2014

Apple Q2 2014 Fiscal Results

Today Apple announced its Q2 results, and sales of the iPhone continue to dominate revenue and earnings for the company. Revenue for the quarter came in at $45.6B – a...

27 by Brett Howse on 4/23/2014

OnePlus launches the OnePlus One: Initial Thoughts

Edit: In the time since the initial launch, there's been confirmation that the OnePlus One does in fact support 802.11ac. It's a single spatial stream part, Qualcomm's WCN3680. In what...

67 by Joshua Ho on 4/23/2014

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 Update: Addresses Touch ID and Keyboard Issues

Hot on the heels of the major 7.1 release, Apple released a new update for iOS on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The iOS 7.1.1 update focuses primarily on...

13 by Brandon Chester on 4/22/2014

Google Updates Hangouts: Merging IM and SMS

Today, Google announced an update to Hangouts that brings some new features. The first mentioned is merging conversations, which brings feature parity with iMessage in that regard. Google has...

15 by Joshua Ho on 4/21/2014

HTC Adds Sense 6 Progress to Software Update Page

HTC has updated their software update status page with a section that displays the current status of the HTC Sense 6.0 upgrade. The page indicates that they intend to...

7 by Brandon Chester on 4/21/2014

Galaxy S5 Follow-Up: Water Resistance, Adobe RGB Testing and More

A Closer Look at Water Resistance Recently on the podcast, Anand mentioned that I was looking at how the Galaxy S5 performed when running benchmarks underwater. This ultimately started after...

45 by Joshua Ho on 4/19/2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Review

I was an early fan of Windows Phone 7. I remember completely switching over to the platform for about a month back in 2010, and being relatively happy. It...

111 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2014

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