Posts tagged with: News
  • by |

    With the iOS 8.0.1 misfire behind it, Apple's looking forward to what's next for its mobile platform. Yesterday we saw some evidence suggesting it wasn't just prepping iOS 8.1, but also early at work on iOS 8.2 and 8.3. Just what features would all these releases deliver? We're already getting answers, as Apple makes the first beta of iOS 8.1 available to its developer community. On the surface, there aren't yet a ton of new features; we see some finer-grained control arrive for certain phone options, the presence of updated icons, and changes to how certain elements are named. But really, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Yesterday morning we brought you news of an issue some new owners of the Galaxy Note 4 were taking with the construction of their phablets, pointing out the presence of a gap between the handset's front glass panel and the phone's frame. While more an aesthetic issue than anything, it was still troubling news for anyone not particularly looking forward to picking dust and grit out of those gaps. Now Samsung has spoken up about these concerns, and it doesn't seem to think there's anything to be worried about. The manufacturer insists that “the reported issue does not impact the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    No matter which cut-off date you go by, at this point summer 2014 is indisputably over. That also means that Pocketnow's Summer of Giveaways has drawn to a close, but not before hooking a number of lucky readers up with some brand new smartphones, including a couple with one-of-a-kind custom skins. We'd love to bring some more offers like that back in the future, but for the moment, those week-in, week-out giveaways have drawn to a close. The good news for you is that we've still got other ways you can become a winner, thanks to some of what's going on over at our Pocketnow Deals store. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The last week has been chock full of leaks attempting to reveal the Motorola phablet under development as codename Shamu, believed by many to be the device that will become Google's next Nexus phone. But even with this hardware showing up in the flesh, a host of questions about the device and how it might launch continued to puzzle us. Last night, some new details about purported plans for the phone emerged in a new leak, giving us quite possibly our best sense of the new Nexus yet. First up, how about that name? Nexus 6 had been the presumptive launch name, but recent rumors suggested ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Sometimes it feels like we rarely have kind words to say about a carrier. If we're not complaining about them being in bed with everyone from hardware manufacturers to the companies behind mobile platforms, we're raising the alarm about throttling or indefensibly high data pricing. But they're not all abject monsters, and it's nice to pay attention to one of them when they're doing something positive. That's where we find ourselves this evening, as Verizon does its part to raise awareness about domestic violence. Verizon has aligned itself with Philadelphia’s Women Against Abuse for its ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Depending on whom you ask, Google's Project Ara may be primed to change the way we look as smartphone hardware forever. The modular system seeks to give users unprecedented levels of control over the kind of hardware they want making up their phones, but tons of questions remain as to how practical Ara might really be. We're still a few months away from a retail launch, but for the first time in a while some fresh Ara news has hit our desks, as Phonebloks posts some hardware and software details. For one, we get confirmation that a fully functional Ara prototype will be on display at the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    October is just days away, which puts us close to the one-year anniversary of HTC's launch of its One Max phablet. The 5.9-inch handset brought a fingerprint scanner to the company's smartphone lineup, and despite the model keeping the One's design language and offering a solid user experience, it failed to really sell in droves. Will this year bring us a follow-up model? We've heard a little about a possible One Max 2 (or One M8 Max), and now a new rumor attempts to fill us in on a few hardware specifics. Instead of another 5.9-incher, this report claims that we could be in for a slightly ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    By this point, iOS users everywhere are familiar with the 8.0.1 mishap last week, and the release of iOS 8.0.2 Apple came through with a couple days later as a solution. But now that we're at 8.0.2, where do we go from here? With iOS 7, we saw several months of minor bugfix releases before 7.1 came around in March, and even then we only saw a couple more bugfix builds that brought us up to 7.1.2. But to look at some of the latest evidence, Apple could be planning something quite different for its iOS 8 cycle, and may already be testing elements of 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. Signs of such iOS ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Sony introduced the world to its Xperia Z3 flagship back at the start of the month, at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The 5.2-inch 1080p waterproof handset packed some solid specs, including a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, and a big 20.7MP Sony camera. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the phone back on the show floor, but that was far too brief an introduction for our tastes; we needed to spend some more time with this guy. We finally have gotten our hands on a retail unit, and before we put this Xperia through its paces for an in-depth review, we've got a new unboxing video to help whet your ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It's still tricky to get your hands on a OnePlus One – and for the next few weeks, at least, it will continue to be, until no-invite pre-orders open in late October – but OnePlus is already looking on to what's next for itself, talking about plans for a OnePlus Two. We heard the company make reference to its next smartphone a little earlier this month, as it recounted the lessons it learned from its failed efforts with interchangeable StyleSwap covers for the One. Now, in a new Reddit AMA, a couple OnePlus employees have been sharing a few details about what the company has in mind for ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The public release of Android L is nearly here – at least, we sure think it is – but when it comes to a name for this new version of the OS, all we have is that “L.” Ever since the arrival of Android KitKat we've been wondering what name the L-release would take, but confirmation's been elusive. Long-standing rumors of Lemon Meringue Pie have recently been joined by new contenders, like Android Lion, and over the weekend some possible evidence has arrive in favor of another pair of L-names, Android Lollipop, or maybe Layer Cake. Both theories come to us courtesy of Google's ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It really does not seem like the best time right now to be a smartphone manufacturer. We're just coming off a week of news about Apple missteps, from reports of too-easy-to-bend iPhones to a phone-crippling iOS 8 update. Now it's Samsung's turn to take some heat, and as those early sales of the Galaxy Note 4 get underway in South Korea, new owners of the phablet are reporting some manufacturing issues of their own. So what's wrong with the Note 4? Users are complaining about the presence of rather substantial gaps between the edge of the handset's front panel and the phone's frame – gaps ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The "Eye"-codenamed upcoming HTC device is still a mystery. Depending on who you tend to believe, it's all about either the front-facing camera -- for a brand new "selfie" phone, like we didn't have enough of those already -- or, like this most recent report claims, about the main camera. In any case, the consensus is that the "Eye" tentative moniker describes some sort of camera functionality. Today's HTC One M8 Eye rumors try to predict several things: first off, we're seeing the phone being "placed" in the One M8 family, where the original One M8, and the newcomer, the One M8 running ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    There's been a lot of back-and-forth concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, ever since its introduction at the pre-IFA Unpacked event, where it shared the stage, and spotlight, with the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Most of the speculation was due to Samsung's decision of not giving out too many details, and so reports surfaced regarding availability, stock/shortages, as well as price. While rumors concerning pricing for the Galaxy Note Edge mentioned crazy figures (some going as high as 1,000EUR, which is close to $1,270), we're now getting a better look at what you'll need to pay ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    This week is proving to be a bit of a gold mine when it comes to us getting an idea of what the Motorola “Shamu” phone we've been talking about for a while – the model expected to be the next Google Nexus phone – will look like when it finally arrives. We quickly moved from a render to an actual photograph, though that pic was only of the phone's rear. Today we add a new image to that collection, and this time one that may just reveal Shamu's front side. The original image, as you see on the left is super-dark, with the handset's screen washing-out the exposure. On its own, it ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version