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Samsung held a press conference today detailing the results of its investigation into the battery fires that plagued its Galaxy Note7. Reports of phones catching fire appeared soon after it went on sale August 19, 2016. After an initial investigation identified faulty batteries from one of its suppliers as the root cause, later identified by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission as Samsung SDI, Samsung announced a global exchange program on September 2, where phones containing the faulty battery would be replaced by ones using a battery from a second supplier; however, after this new batch of phones continued to catch fire, it became clear that the Note7’s battery problem was more complicated. Without a solution in hand, the company was forced to cease...

Update: Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Due to Battery Fires, Initiates Exchange Program

Update 09/02, 8:20pm ET: Moving quickly, Samsung has esbtablished a product exchange program for Note7 owners in the US. Samsung is giving owners the option of either replacing the...

46 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2016

Google Cans Project Ara: No Modular Smartphones Incoming

Word comes this week that Google has given up its plans to build modular smartphones with interchangeable parts, having cancelled all ongoing Project Ara efforts. According to reports by...

49 by Anton Shilov on 9/2/2016

Huawei Launches the NOVA Brand: Two Midrange Snapdragon 625 Smartphones

This week at IFA 2016, Huawei has announced another brand/line of smartphones. The NOVA brand, to counter the Mate line of devices and go up against its own H5onor...

8 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2016

IFA 2016: Huawei Press Event

We're here with Huawei, expecting a new phone or two.

4 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2016

HTC Announces One A9s: Helio P10, 5" 720p Display

Today at IFA 2016 HTC is announcing an updated variant of the One A9 called the One A9s. In this case, the update is designed to put the One...

9 by Joshua Ho on 9/1/2016

Motorola Adds The Moto Z Play Droid, Reveals Pricing For Unlocked Versions

Motorola’s modular Moto Z family gets a new member today. The Moto Z Play Droid costs less than the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, both of...

8 by Matt Humrick on 8/31/2016

The LG X Power Review

In the mid-range segment of the smartphone market you really have two types of products. The first are smartphones like the Moto G, which try to provide a good...

42 by Brandon Chester on 8/31/2016

The Meizu PRO 6 Review

The Meizu PRO 6 features an attractive design and excellent build quality, but is not a clear upgrade over the previous generation PRO 5. Lurking inside its all-aluminum chassis...

48 by Matt Humrick on 8/26/2016

Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 4 in China

While we normally don’t cover China-only smartphone releases, Xiaomi is a fairly major player as far as volume as they were one of the first companies in the industry...

34 by Joshua Ho on 8/25/2016

Android 7.0 Nougat Released

Google has completed its five month beta program and is officially releasing Android 7.0 Nougat today. The company will begin rolling it out to select Nexus devices, including the...

50 by Matt Humrick on 8/22/2016

honor Press Event Live Blog

We're in the California Academy of Sciences in SF awaiting a press event for Honor.

9 by Ian Cutress & Joshua Ho on 8/16/2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 (S820) Review

This year has been difficult for smartphones, which is a bit of a paradox when you consider just how much better things have gotten compared to last year. With...

202 by Joshua Ho on 8/16/2016

The Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus Review

At this point in time, I don't think the Moto G line needs any introduction. With the original Moto G in 2013 Motorola really went beyond what was thought...

94 by Brandon Chester on 8/15/2016

Meizu M3E Launched: Helio P10, 5.5-inch Full HD, ¥1299

Today at a launch event in Beijing, Meizu announced the latest edition to its lower-cost M-series of smartphones. The M3E adheres to Meizu’s established design and construction methods, with...

20 by Matt Humrick on 8/10/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note7

The Galaxy Note line is a staple at this point, a segment that Samsung truly owns as the first mover and has been wildly successful in ways that Samsung...

74 by Joshua Ho on 8/2/2016

OnePlus Improves Video Quality On The OnePlus 3 In OxygenOS 3.2.2

In my experience OxygenOS has provided a fairly stable and fast experience on the OnePlus 3, which is something I wasn't really able to say about OxygenOS on the...

24 by Brandon Chester on 7/28/2016

The Motorola Moto Z & Moto Z Force (Droid Editions) Review

The new Moto Z Droids’ specifications and hardware are impressive but not that much different than what’s currently available with other flagships. To make its new phones more enticing...

77 by Matt Humrick on 7/28/2016

Apple Announces Q3 FY 2016 Results: App Store Up, Hardware Down

Today Apple announced their third quarter results for their fiscal year 2016. Much like last quarter, Apple has struggled to maintain the sales pace of the iPhone 6s, compared...

53 by Brett Howse on 7/26/2016

HP’s Elite x3 Windows 10 Smartphone to Cost $699, Set to Be Available Worldwide

When HP introduced its flagship Elite x3 phablet earlier this year at MWC, the smartphone made a very positive impression mostly because HP decided to make a bold move...

67 by Anton Shilov on 7/21/2016

Verizon Announces Price And Availability For Moto Z And Moto Z Force Droid Editions

Today Motorola and Verizon announced the availability and pricing details for the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition, the Verizon exclusive versions of Motorola's...

5 by Matt Humrick on 7/21/2016

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