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HTC Rumored To Be Launching New Bezel-less Handset

September 26, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
HTC Rumored To Be Launching New Bezel-less Handset

In terms of design, the HTC U11 is definitely different from its rivals. Instead of a more somber look, it has been given a rather bright and shiny finish, but if there was one thing we wish HTC could have done was reduce or eliminate the bezels like we’re seeing offered by the competition. For fans of HTC who might have been wishing the same thing, you guys might be in luck because according to a report from French website FrAndroid (via GSMArena), HTC could be working on a handset known... 

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T-Mobile, Sprint Edge Closer To Merger

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile, Sprint Edge Closer To Merger

 T-Mobile US Inc is has moved closer to agreeing on tentative terms to merge with Sprint Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers. The transaction would significantly consolidate the U.S. telecommunications market and represent the first transformative U.S. merger with significant antitrust risk to be agreed since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in January. The progress toward... 

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Google Acquiring Pixel Smartphone Making Unit of HTC

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google Acquiring Pixel Smartphone Making Unit of HTC

Alphabet Inc’s Google confirmed that it would pay $1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones – its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure. The all-cash deal will see Google gain 2,000 HTC employees, roughly equivalent to one fifth of the Taiwanese firm’s total workforce. It will also acquire a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property and the two firms agreed to look at other areas... 

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T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Talks Heat Up

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Talks Heat Up

T-Mobile and Sprint are a hot topic in the world of wireless. The nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers are in active discussions for a merger, according to a person familiar with the talks. It could take anywhere between three and five weeks before the deal might be made official, although there’s no guarantee it will go through. CNBC’s David Faber was the first to report on the talks. A merger would mark the culmination of years of flirting between T-Mobile and... 

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Will The iPhone X Hurt Hurt Apple’s Partners

September 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Will The iPhone X Hurt Hurt Apple’s Partners

Apple suppliers’ shares have taken a hammering after the launch of the iPhone X because European investors are concerned that the phone will not be a success. While Apple’s shares were not badly affected by the launch, investors are concerned about what it cost its suppliers to stay on the supply list. Apple has been famously leaning on suppliers to reduce their prices to keep its margins wide. That would be ok for the suppliers if the iPhoneX was a success, but Wall Street is not so certain. ... 

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Nokia Set To Enjoy Benefits Of Smartphone Patents

September 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Set To Enjoy Benefits Of Smartphone Patents

Nokia will additional income from the current quarter after a ruling by an arbitration court on payments from South Korea’s LG Electronics for using its smartphone patents. The Finnish company said it would also get a one-off payment, although it did not disclose any of the sums involved. The companies had started the arbitration in 2015. “We believe that this award confirms the quality of Nokia’s patent portfolio. We continue to see potential for additional licensing opportunities,” said... 

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Wireless Charging Pads For New iPhones Go On Sale

September 15, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Wireless Charging Pads For New iPhones Go On Sale

The new phones, unveiled during a special event at Apple’s new headquarters, will finally include wireless charging, a first for the iPhone line-up. An Apple-designed charging pad, called AirPower, will be available in 2018; it will offer a large charging area that will allow up to three devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 and a new optional wireless charging case for AirPods, to power up simultaneously. While add-on, external iPhone covers have allowed wireless charging for some time,... 

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Google Launching Mobile Payments In India

September 15, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google Launching Mobile Payments In India

Google is gearing up to launch a localized digital payment service in India as early as next week, technology website TechCrunch reported, citing a report from news site The Ken. The payment service, called Google ‘Tez’, will offer payment options beyond the existing ones like Google Wallet or Android Pay, the report said. Tez, meaning fast in Hindi, will include support for the government-backed Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and other consumer payment services including Paytm and... 

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Will The iPhone 8 Have A Smooth Launch

September 15, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Will The iPhone 8 Have A Smooth Launch

The iPhone 8 is supposed to be released on September 12, but according to the Wall Street Journal there are signs that all is not well behind the reality distortion field. Production glitches in the manufacturing of the iPhone 8 earlier this summer could mean supply shortages and shipping delays when customers start putting in orders for the new device later this month. The Journal said that if shortfalls last beyond the initial sales period expected to kick off September 22, it could lead analysts... 

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Samsung Aims For Foldable Smartphone In 2018

September 13, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Aims For Foldable Smartphone In 2018

Samsung is making plans to launch a foldable phone in 2018, says Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics. As reported by the Associated Press, Koh told Korean reporters that once the company surmounted “some problems,” it would launch the product. He did not say what the problems were. Samsung has been experimenting with foldable displays for a while now. The company first showcased a flexible phone display prototype in 2013. Before that, Samsung was making... 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Pre-orders Sets Record

September 13, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Pre-orders Sets Record

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced that pre-orders for its Galaxy Note 8 premium smartphone have hit the highest-ever for the Note series, surpassing its predecessor Note 7 over five days by about 2.5 times. Samsung is banking on the device to protect its market dominance as it competes with Apple Inc’s  latest iPhones due to be unveiled later on Tuesday. Note 8 sales begin in the United States, South Korea and elsewhere on Friday. Pre-orders reached about 650,000 Note 8 handsets over five days... 

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Waze Carpool App Looks To Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

September 8, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Waze Carpool App Looks To Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

Texans and Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Harvey can now help each other get around for free with the Waze Carpool app. Waze announced its carpool app, which usually connects commuters heading to work with a ride, will be available in parts of Texas and Louisana that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. If people have a car with an open seat available, they’ll be able to offer it to other Waze Carpool users who are heading in the same direction. Similarly, people without transportation... 

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Is Another Palm Smartphone On The Horizon

September 8, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Is Another Palm Smartphone On The Horizon

Next year TCL says it is planning to release a Palm smartphone next year – sadly without the OS which made it famous. It was not clear what was happening to the Palm brand which has been moved out of HP-connected devices then into a limbo. LG got its paws on the Palm operating system and continues to be used (in some form or another) in LG smart TVs. TCL acquired the Palm brand in 2011. According to Android Planet TCL Marketing Manager Stefan Streit confirmed that they’ve finally gotten to... 

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Essential Phone Owners Received Email Asking For Proof Of Identity

September 6, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Essential Phone Owners Received Email Asking For Proof Of Identity

The term “improperly configured” is a nightmare that dogs IT organizations everywhere. It can refer to a firewall protecting an enterprise; it can create problems on a web server. For one newly minted smartphone company, it can also look pretty embarrassing. Essential phone recently sent an email to customers asking for proof of identity. This request was a little odd in the first place — who does that anymore? The email basically asked customers to send a picture of a photo identification... 

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Huawei Challenges Samsung, Apple With Mate 10 Phone

September 5, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Challenges Samsung, Apple With Mate 10 Phone

Huawei plans to utilize artificial intelligence-powered features such as instant image recognition to take on rivals Samsung and Apple when it launches its new flagship phone next month, according to one of its top executives. Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business, on Saturday revealed a powerful new mobile phone chip Huawei is betting on for its upcoming flagship Mate 10 and other high-end phones to deliver faster processing and lower power consumption. Huawei will launch the... 

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