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  • Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

    36m By Eric M. Zeman and Rich Brome
    Samsung's new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, are here and they offer lots to be excited about. Samsung took the wining design of last year's phones and upped the ante with improvements to the chassis, cameras, and software. The S9 and S9+ are…
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Offer Refined Hardware, Improved Camera, AR Emoji

    36m By Eric M. Zeman
    Samsung today announced the Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones, updates to last year's S8 models. The devices bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors and make only modest changes to the hardware. The S9/S9+ feature 2:1 screens with slightly reduced bezels and…
  • Nokia Brings Back the 8110 'Matrix' Slider

    2h By Eric M. Zeman
    HMD Global today announced the Nokia 8110, a feature phone that bears a striking resemblance to the Nokia handset used "The Matrix" from 1999. The 8110 us banana shaped so it better fits the owner's face during phone calls. A plastic slider drops down to…
  • HMD Global Updates the Nokia 6 with Better Specs

    2h By Eric M. Zeman
    HMD Global today showed off a new version of the Nokia 6. The phone carries over the same design as the original, but improves the specs under the hood. It includes a 5.5-inch screen and premium materials. Key features include NFC and a fingerprint reader. It…
  • Nokia 1 Runs Android Go and Brings Back Nokia's Xpress-On Covers

    2h By Eric M. Zeman
    HMD Global today announced the Nokia 1, an affordable, entry-level smartphone that runs the Android Oreo Go platform. The phone features swappable rear covers, a feature the former Nokia called Xpress-On covers. The shell is made from polycarbonate with metal…
  • Nokia 7 Plus Packs Dual Cameras with Zeiss Optics

    2h By Eric M. Zeman
    HMD Global today announced the Nokia 7 Plus, a large Android slab machined from a single block of aluminum with copper accents. HMD Global says the rear is coated with a "ceramic-feel" paint for texture. The Nokia 7 Plus feature a 6-inch display with the 18:9…
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco Relies On Stainless Steel Frame

    2h By Eric M. Zeman
    HMD Global today unveiled the Nokia 8 Sirocco, a stylish update to the Nokia 8. The phone has a stainless steel frame and curved Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. A 5.5-inch quad HD plastic OLED screen adorns the face. The Nokia 8 adopts the Snapdragon…
  • Hands On with the ZTE Blade V9 and V9 Vita

    2h By Eric M. Zeman and Rich Brome
    The latest in ZTE's Blade series phones are the V9 and V9 Vita. These devices bring ZTE's design language in line with current trends by adopting 18:9 displays. They also put the competition on notice with dual cameras designed to take better low-light…
  • ZTE's Tempo Go Will Be Its First Android Go Phone for the US

    2h By Eric M. Zeman
    ZTE today announced the Tempo Go, a version of the Tempo X that adopts the Android Go platform. Android Go is Google's slimmed-down version of Android for ultra low-cost devices with RAM of 1 GB of less. Earlier this week, Google promised that more Android Go…
  • ZTE Debuts Blade V9 and V9 Vita with 18:9 Screens

    2h By Eric M. Zeman
    ZTE today expanded its lineup of Blade series handsets with the Blade V9 and V9 Vita. These mid-range handsets bring the Blade series up-to-date with competing designs by adopting the 18:9 aspect ratio display. Shared features between these two phones include…
  • LG's V30S ThinQ Adds Color, Memory, Storage, Camera Smarts

    4:51am By Eric M. Zeman
    LG today updated its V30 smartphone with several new features and is now calling it the V30S ThinQ. The majority of specs of the phone are unchanged. The V30S ThinQ includes 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the V30S+ ThinQ includes 6 GB of RAM and 256…
  • Hands On with Alcatel's new 3 Series Phones

    Sat 1:03pm By Rich Brome
    Alcatel has a new lineup of very affordable Android phones with 2:1 displays. They come in three sizes. Some have curved-edge glass on the front, and one has a dual camera setup with a wide-angle lens. Read on for our first impressions of the newly-announced 3…
  • Alcatel 5 Series to Serve As TCL's Budget Flagship Phone

    Sat 1:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    TCL today announced the Alcatel 5 Series, an Android handset that TCL describes as an "affordable flagship." The phone has a brushed metallic unibody design with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and face ID for rapid unlocking. Core features include a…
  • Alcatel 3 Series to Come In Three Different Sizes

    Sat 1:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Alcatel today announced its 3 Series smartphones, part of its larger family of new Android handsets. The 3 Series encompasses three phones that will offer screens measuring 5.5 inches (3), 5.7 inches (3X), and 6 inches (3V). All three screens adopt the 18:9…
  • Alcatel 1x to Be TCL's First Android Go Phone

    Sat 1:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    TCL's Alcatel brand today announced the 1x, an entry-level Android device that runs Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition. The phone is part of TCL's new lineup of Android handsets, all of which feature 18:9 displays. The 1x has a 5.3-inch screen with 960 by 480…
  • Alcatel Linkzone Hotspots Adopt Carrier Aggregation

    Sat 1:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Alcatel today announced two new mobile hotspots, the Linkzone Cat 12 and Linkzone Cat 7. The Cat 12 hotspot boasts a large 4,300mAh battery that delivers 15 hours of connected surfing for up to 32 devices. The Cat 12 LTE radio delivers download speeds up to…
  • Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handsets

    Fri 11:27am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy…
  • Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers

    Fri 10:33am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging. Google…
  • T-Mobile and Nokia Hit 1.3Gbps Downloads Using LAA

    Fri 10:06am By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Moble says it has attained download speeds of 1.3 Gbps using LTE-LAA technology from Nokia. The result was reached in a lab using Nokia's commercial Nokia AirScale Micro RRH platform. The companies paired licensed and unlicensed bands using five-channel…
  • Google Working with Carriers and Phone Makers to Expand Assistant's Reach and Capabilities

    Fri 9:47am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today said the Google Assistant is prepared to grow in a number of significant ways. First, the voice-activated tool is picking up some new languages. Google says Assistant will speak Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Thai on…