Kai OS impressions: the world’s #3 smartphone OS

Kai OS is rising from the ashes as the world’s 3rd most popular smartphone operating system. How does it stand up so far?

Why are we still using phone numbers?

Often if you take a logic-based critical look at something that society has long taken for granted, you might see that it really doesn’t make sense in modern society.  It may have made sense many years, or decades, or centuries ago, but it clearly doesn’t make any sense today. In the age of the internet, phone numbers are another one of those things.

How to avoid paying extra for Gmail

Back in 2004, Gmail’s email storage system seemed unlimited. Today, there are many cases of Gmail users’ losing email functionality because their account storage limits are full. Here are some tips for managing that storage limit without losing your data.

“Frost” makes Facebook almost tolerable

The Facebook app on Android is not very well-designed and kind of bloated. There are a lot of ethical reasons to avoid it too. Frost for Facebook is a web wrapper that actually brings some excellent features to Facebook on Android.

What happens if your Huawei phone breaks while in the U.S.?

I bought my Huawei Mate 20 Pro in New Zealand, but it broke while I’m in New York. How will I get it fixed? Here’s what happened with Huawei’s excellent customer service.

4 ways Huawei is planning on surviving without Google

Here are four ways Huawei is planning on moving on and surviving without Google, initially in terms of its Mobile Services (GMS), and, eventually, without its Android operating system.

Yes, you can install Google Play Services on the Mate 30 Pro (for now)

For now, here’s proof that it is really possible, to have the full Android experience on the Mate 30 Pro, complete with the Play Store, Google’s apps, achieved with an easy one-click solution

Huawei Mate 30 Pro hands-on: the luxury sports car with an empty fuel tank

The wait is over, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are official. Now what? This is Huawei’s most important phone launch, and it’s not even about the phone.

Huawei is preparing to innovate once again

Pocketnow will be in Munich on September 19 and we will have coverage and commentary on everything Huawei Mate30-series-related.
5G smartphone

Everything you need to know about 5G: What it is, what it isn’t

5G is all the rage these days, but there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation circulating. Let’s dig into what 5G is, and what it isn’t.

Google Chrome for Android is almost usable!

Somebody at Google is finally learning about one-handed smartphone usability; something that should have been obvious 15 years ago. Chrome may be getting a much better user interface soon.

Hong Kong protesters should be smarter about their messaging apps

Hong Kong protesters have been seeking out new ways of communicating without government intervention. Here’s a potentially much better option compared to the messaging apps that they’ve been using.

Could you survive with only 6 apps on your phone? Which ones would they be?

Huawei has this great Ultra Power saving feature that limits you to only running 6 apps. If you had to live like that, which 6 apps would you choose? Us the #6appsChallenge hash tag and let us know.

Apparently, I have to install spyware on my phone in order to attend a Weird Al concert

If you enjoy supporting your favorite artists by attending their shows, watch out for the AXS ticketing app. It could be a nightmare!

How to fix your phone’s shitty portrait mode (as explained by a professional photographer)

Smartphones are getting better at photography, but they are still lacking in the bokeh blur department especially for the portrait mode. Here’s a fix!

Get more productive with Brief, a new way to chat and manage tasks

Brief intelligently combines chats, tasks, and file sharing, into a single tool that aims to make you more productive, all in one single app.

I think I found the best way to Video Conference

Remember when we had a video calling standard that worked with all mobile phones around the world so you could just call someone up and see them?

The 1 thing I liked about smartwatches is now broken

The reliability problems with smart watches and health tracking apps is a real pain, especially when that’s the only thing smart watches are supposed to be good at.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphones are sexy, cheap, and sound good

For $99, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 should definitely be on the shortlist of earphones if you’re on the lookout for a pair. Grab them today!
OnePlus 7 Pro

10 reasons to buy the OnePlus 7 Pro

The OnePlus 7 Pro not only features specs that are matching the competition, but in many departments, it massively outperforms other flagship phones.
Wacom Cintiq with Linux

Adobe, Wacom, Autodesk, etc. should make a Creative Pro Operating System

Maybe it’s time for professional grade software and hardware makers to team up and put together their own “Creative Pro” version of Linux so they don’t have to depend on Microsoft and Apple anymore.
Sailfish phone

Smartphone alternatives to Google and Apple

The internet is a bit upset about the latest news that many U.S. tech companies are being forced to stop doing business with Huawei. Here’s a list of some smartphone operating systems, hardware, and other projects that might be good alternatives to the Google and Apple duopoly in the Smartphone business.

Facebook should be broken up AND federated

Facebook Co-founder, Chris Hughes, thinks Facebook should be broken up due to its monopoly and privacy problems. Maybe it should be forced to federate with the Fediverse, too!

10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy with Purism

In today’s day and age, the information superhighway is increasingly becoming a battleground for cyber warfare. The internet is an amazing tool for freely learning and sharing information, but it’s also being used as a tool to harm real-life “meat-space” humans, economies, and governments. Your computer is an extension of your brain. Don’t let someone else control it. Here’s how.

State of the Smartphone

The smartphone market is very rich in innovation, data, and services. The Western hemisphere craves flagships while the Eastern has more people to serve