smartphones

  • Mobile Companies Are Just Getting Started Crunch Network

    Mobile Companies Are Just Getting Started

    It takes a much heartier stomach to jump into the startup game now than it did a year ago. Zenefits recently became the latest unicorn to face devaluation after compliance issues forced the CEO to resign. Publicly traded tech companies like Twitter weathered layoffs and stock sell-offs. Those few companies that are doing well have created their own sets of problems, with The New York Times… Read More

  • HTC Hints It’s Looking At Mobile VR

    HTC Hints It’s Looking At Mobile VR

    Despite not unboxing a new high end smartphone at Mobile World Congress this week, embattled mobile maker HTC has told TechCrunch it’s not ready to admit premium defeat — saying it has a new flagship device coming soon… Read More

  • Jide’s Slick Remix OS Tweaks Android For PC-Style Productivity

    Jide’s Slick Remix OS Tweaks Android For PC-Style Productivity

    A startup comprised of a trio of ex-Google engineers is doing something Google has roundly failed to do: make Android compelling on larger screen devices like tablets and even PCs. Read More

  • Google Starts Highlighting AMP Pages In Its Mobile Search Results

    Google Starts Highlighting AMP Pages In Its Mobile Search Results

    Smartphones and networks are constantly getting faster, but somehow the mobile web now feels slower than it ever did. That’s largely thanks to all the ads and trackers that most sites now use (and maybe the abundance of large GIFs, too). A few months ago, Google set out to change this when it launched the Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) project that aims to bring a Facebook Instant… Read More

  • Jolla Signs African OEM Mi-Fone To Sell Sailfish-Powered Handsets

    Jolla Signs African OEM Mi-Fone To Sell Sailfish-Powered Handsets

    Mobile OS maker Jolla, who with its Android alternative Sailfish has been trying to carve out a niche for a third platform in the smartphone space for the past five years, has announced it’s signed a new OEM partner: African OEM Mi-Fone. Read More

  • Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”

    Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”

    Xiaomi is ready to do it again. The company just introduced its latest smartphone and it looks fantastic. Xiaomi is no longer a company that looks to others for inspiration. Xiaomi is no longer an upstart, it’s a global leader — one that has high expectations and a lofty $45 billion valuation — and the new Mi 5 has the goods to be a trendsetting device. The Mi 5 is an… Read More

  • Is Smartphone Innovation All Tapped Out?

    Is Smartphone Innovation All Tapped Out?

    A panel session probing the perennial heads or tails of mobile device commoditization vs mobile device innovation here at MWC 2016 earlier today heard an interesting range of views. Speakers ran the gamut of mobile makers big and small (Samsung, Motorola/Lenovo and Wileyfox), through to chipset maker Qualcomm, alternative open Android flavor Cyanogen, and mobile operator Telefonica. Read More

  • Cyanogen’s New MOD Platform Will Allow Developers To Deeply Integrate Their Apps Into Its OS

    Cyanogen’s New MOD Platform Will Allow Developers To Deeply Integrate Their Apps Into Its OS

    Typically, mobile apps are stand-alone experiences that play nicely with the operating system but aren’t fully integrated in it. Cyanogen — the company best known for its Android-based Cyanogen OS — is launching MOD today, a new developer platform that will give app developers the ability to integrate their apps more directly into the operating system. The basic idea here is… Read More

  • Nokia: We’re In No Rush To Get Our Brand Back On Phones

    Nokia: We’re In No Rush To Get Our Brand Back On Phones

    After exiting the smartphone market dramatically by selling its mobile making division to Microsoft for $7.2 billion back in 2013, Nokia has hinted it is looking to return to the smartphone business by a different route — taking advantage of a clause in its sale agreement that allows it to use the Nokia brand on handsets again starting from this year. Read More

  • Hands-On With The Modular LG G5

    Hands-On With The Modular LG G5

    It’s nice. That’s about the G5 in a nutshell. With rounded edges and premium build, the handset feels great in your hand. The camera works well and dual lenses allow for different shooting options not found on other smartphones. And LG stuck with its roots and included a removable battery and microSD card slot in the G5 but did so in a novel fashion. Props to that. It took LG… Read More

  • Here’s The First Look At The Swappable Battery In LG’s Next Smartphone

    Here’s The First Look At The Swappable Battery In LG’s Next Smartphone

    Remember when high-end smartphones had swappable batteries? It looks like LG is about to bring that feature back in its upcoming G5 smartphone. The feature was rumored for weeks, but Android Authority managed to snag a product packaging showing the hot swappable action. If this image is correct — and all signs say it is — the bottom of the phone pops off, allowing the user to plug… Read More