For as long as I can remember, I've had a particular weakness for Sony mobile devices. I mean I still get misty-eyed when I recall my adolescent crush, the Walkman WM-150. She truly was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, Sony's legendary gadget-making chops have yet to fully cross over into minting world-class smartphones -- at least not for models sold in the good old US of A. … Read more
Chinese handset maker Oppo is expected to introduce at least two versions of its Find 7 smartphone next month, according to recent rumblings. And a post on the company's Weibo social network account suggests that it's true.
Leaked benchmarks from earlier in the week suggest that at least one Oppo Find 7 will feature a 1080p display. Yet, since Oppo went on record to say that it would give the Find 7 a 2K display, this suggests that there could be multiple devices in the works -- an idea supported by the phrasing in Oppo's social networking … Read more
Smartphones outfitted with near-field communications could see a jump in shipments from 416 million this year to 1.2 billion in another four years, says research firm IHS Technology.
Shipments of phones equipped with the wireless technology rose from 120 million in 2012 to 275 million in 2013, a gain of 128 percent. This year's number could rise by an additional 50 percent. In total, shipments could grow 325 percent from 2013 through the end of 2018, according to IHS.
Android smartphones topped the NFC market last year with 254 million units, or 93 percent of all NFC-equipped cellphones. … Read more
HTC may soon introduce a new member of the Desire family, perhaps as soon as Mobile World Congress. A leaked image and basic hardware specifications have surfaced online, indicating that HTC is readying another sizable smartphone.
According to a "reliable" Engadget source, the Desire 8 is a midrange experience with a large, 5.5-inch display. Presumably powered by Android 4.4, the details could include a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel shooter, dual speakers, and dual-SIM support. So far, that sounds fairly high end to us. The rumor also suggests a plastic body in multiple color options (like … Read more
The update is a small one but handy nonetheless. In fact, the only thing new that's listed in the official software change log is support for cloud printing through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Google Cloud Print, and HP ePrinters. Other enhancements included within the patch, such as battery life improvement and a Microsoft Exchange e-mail fix, are essentially band-aid measures.
It's worth noting that … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is expected to debut on February 24 at an event dubbed Unpacked. Now Samsung is teasing new features that may pop up in the new smartphone.
The latest image touting the event displays a series of icons for different categories, notably Speed, Outdoor, Curiosity, Fun, Social, Style, Privacy, Fitness, and Life. The categories themselves may point to new apps or at least a stronger focus on areas such as fitness and privacy. But it's also the design of the icons that seems to reveal a new direction.
The icons sport a flat and unadulterated appearance, … Read more
Mobile chip maker Mediatek believes buying a great smartphone shouldn't have to break the bank. According to the company, its new, sophisticated, yet affordable MT6595 solution provides a full eight cores of computing power at a fraction of the price. Plus Mediatek says this hardware has the brains to operate its cores very efficiently, which not only saves money but battery life as well. … Read more
A list of purported hardware details for the upcoming HTC M8 Mini have found their way online, thanks to omnipresent source evleaks. Should the specifications prove accurate, though, the "Mini" experience won't exactly be small.
According to the tipster, the handset will run Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC's Sense 6 UI; both are expected in the flagship version of the handset as well. The Mini also should have a Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB, 16GB internal storage, and microSD expansion. And like the M8 (or the HTC One 2, if you will), it may use … Read more
Human glory knows few bounds.
We always find a way to provide unexpected perspectives on troubling realities. We find a way to, as "Monty Python" would have it, always look on the bright side of life.
Please, therefore, brighten your day (or not) by bathing in the latest trend that is sweeping human consciousness.
It's a Tumblr feed called SelfiesWithHomelessPeople.… Read more
In the meantime, we've collected quite a list of rumored features and specs, including an ultra-HD 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution display, a fingerprint scanner, and an optional metal finish. There's no doubt in my mind that Samsung will hoist up cutting-edge specs to give us strong mobile photography, a dazzling display, and oodles of Samsung-only software. I've said it before: Samsung excels at checking off the … Read more