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  • New Sensor Could Shrink Phone Bezels

    Thu 12:22pm By Rich Brome
    A new optical sensor from ams could enable phone makers to make display bezels even thinner, for truly all-screen designs. The optical sensor works from underneath an OLED display, similar to new technology that allows the front camera to be placed under the…
  • US Carriers Launch ZenKey, a Network-Based Login for Apps

    Thu 11:24am By Rich Brome
    Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have officially launched ZenKey, a new way quickly log in to apps that leverages the authentication that happens automatically every time your phone connects to the cellular network. Apps must be updated to support ZenKey, and…
  • Verizon Intros Simpler, Cheaper Plans for Watches, Tablets, Hotspots

    Thu 10:03am By Rich Brome
    Verizon has introduced new Unlimited data plans for non-phone devices including smartwatches, tablets, and mobile hotspots. The new $10/month plan intended for smartwatches covers both watches with their own phone number and those using NumberShare to share a…
  • Apple One Bundles Apple Services, Including new Apple Fitness+

    Tue 2:48pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today introduced Apple One, a new bundle of Apple services offering savings of $6 – $25 per month. The basic Individual plan includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50 GB of iCloud storage for $15/month. The Family plan ups the iCloud…
  • Apple Watch SE Starts at $279

    Tue 2:28pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today announced a new, more affordable Apple Watch variant: Apple Watch SE. It will start at $279, a full $120 cheaper than the new Apple Watch Series 6, even though it has most of the same features. The cellular version is an even better deal at $329,…
  • iOS 14 Available Tomorrow

    Tue 2:16pm By Rich Brome
    Apple has concluded the beta testing period for its latest OSes. The final version of iOS 14 will be available tomorrow, September 16th.
  • Apple Watch Series 6 Measures Blood Oxygen

    Tue 2:11pm By Rich Brome
    Apple has revealed Apple Watch Series 6, which adds a new blood oxygen saturation sensor. Blood oxygen is an important vital sign that can drop to dangerous levels in those with COVID-19. Apple has started three research studies that use the new sensor,…
  • LG Wing Boasts Swivel Screen

    Mon 10:31am By Rich Brome
    The first phone in LG's "Explorer Project" series is the LG Wing, a phone with a unique swivel display design. The 6.8-inch full-HD OLED main display swivels up to reveal a 3.9-inch second screen. The hinge features a hydraulic damper for smooth motion, and is…
  • Verizon Buys TracFone

    Mon 9:57am By Rich Brome
    Verizon has reached an agreement to buy TracFone, the country's leading prepaid mobile provider and largest reseller of wireless services. TracFone operates a family of value-oriented brands that includes StraightTalk, Net10, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless,…
  • Nvidia Snaps Up Arm

    Sun 10:45pm By Rich Brome
    Nvidia and Softbank have announced a $40 billion deal whereby Nvidia will acquire Arm from Softbank. Arm is a UK-based designer of processor architectures. Nearly all phones are powered by SoC chips that are based on Arm technology. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek,…
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition Planned for US

    Sep 11, 2020, 4:11 pm By Rich Brome
    Recent listings in the public Bluetooth database show approvals for an unannounced Samsung phone called the "Galaxy S20 FE 5G" or "Galaxy S20 FE UW". We assume that "FE" stands for "Fan Edition", a model name modifier Samsung used recently in the Note series.…
  • Bose Intros QC Earbuds with Advanced ANC

    Sep 11, 2020, 1:51 pm By Rich Brome
    Bose is launching its first true wireless earbuds with company's famous QuietComfort brand of ANC (active noise cancelling). The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds (QC Earbuds for short) include a "proprietary electronic chip loaded with an exclusive new algorithm"…
  • Android Go Updated to be More Efficient on More Devices

    Sep 10, 2020, 3:34 pm By Rich Brome
    Google has announced the Android 11 version of Android Go, the special edition of Android tailored for the most affordable devices with limited memory specs. While previous versions of Android Go were targeted at phones with just 1 GB of RAM, Android 11 (Go…
  • Motorola Updates razr with Better Specs, Refined Design

    Sep 9, 2020, 3:00 pm By Rich Brome
    Motorola today revealed the 2020 edition of its razr foldable phone, with upgraded specs across the board and a tweaked design. The general design is largely similar to the 2019 original, including the same flexible inner display and folding mechanism. The…
  • CAT S42 is Fully Washable

    Sep 9, 2020, 9:00 am By Rich Brome
    CAT today launched the S42, its latest "mid-range" rugged phone, for sale unlocked in the US. Like most CAT phones, it's rugged and waterproof (IP68), but also fully washable with soap and water. It's rated for 6-foot drops onto steel, and also meets US…
  • Android 11 is Here

    Sep 8, 2020, 2:27 pm By Rich Brome
    Google is launching Android 11 today, having completed the beta period. The new OS will begin rolling out today on select Pixel and OnePlus phones, with more partners launching and upgrading devices over the coming months. Key features of Android 11 include:…
  • Google Bringing its Phone app to More Android Phones

    Sep 8, 2020, 12:09 pm By Rich Brome
    Google is making its own Phone app available to "even more Android devices" starting this week. Google's Phone app offers Google's unique Verified Calls feature, which shows the caller’s name, logo, reason for calling and a verification symbol indicating the…
  • New Alcatel Apprise for Cricket is $70

    Sep 4, 2020, 1:40 pm By Rich Brome
    Cricket today launched the Alcatel Apprise, a new Android 10 Go Edition phone that sells for just $70. Android Go Edition is optimized for affordable phones with limited memory, like the Apprise with its 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. The Apprise has a memory…
  • T-Mobile's LG Velvet is Cheaper Thanks to MediaTek 5G Chip

    Sep 3, 2020, 11:38 am By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile today announced that will start selling the LG Velvet on September 10th. T-Mobile's version will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000C chip, instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G. This change will allow T-Mobile to offer the Velvet for $588, a tad…
  • TCL Launches Smartwatch for Seniors

    Sep 3, 2020, 7:15 am By Rich Brome
    TCL today announced the MoveTime Family Watch MT43A, a wrist-worn wearable device designed specifically for the needs of seniors, with a design similar to the Apple Watch. It includes an array of communication, health, and safety features. It has 4G and…