Report: Samsung loses smartphone market share, Xiaomi the star performer of Q2

Yet another research firm has come forward with interesting numbers for the way the smartphone market shifted during the year’s second quarter, and like Kantar, Strategy Analytics suggests Xiaomi is the mobile device maker to watch.

LG G Vista goes official with 5.7-inch qHD screen, $100 on-contract price tag

And the confusion ends now, as the oft-rumored LG G Vista is officially available on Verizon with a spec sheet that blends the recent optimistic and pessimistic projections. The good news is LG G3’s overgrown, technically humble cousin packs a solid 1.5 GB RAM, not just 1 gig, as some tipsters suggested.

Samsung confirms phone made of ‘new materials’ as Galaxy Alpha ETA shifts

Android might be doing as splendid as always everywhere from China to Europe, but Samsung’s profits are shrinking, which is why the Koreans really have no choice left. They need to change their view on gadget build materials, and they need to do it… yesterday.

HTC will host August 19 event in NYC

HTC revealed on Wednesday that it will be hosting an event in New York this August 19. A company representative declined to disclose further details about what would be unveiled at the gathering, but a suggestion was made that it could have something to do with the eagerly awaited Nexus 8 tablet.

Cortana reaches China, UK with Windows Phone 8.1

A huge update to Windows Phone 8.1 finally brings Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana, to China and the U.K.

Samsung Galaxy Avant joins affordable T-Mobile LTE smartphone lineup

The master of rehashes, rebrandings and, well, re-launches, Samsung, strikes again today, bringing the Galaxy Core LTE, available in Europe and Asia since May, on T-Mobile USA under the cooler-sounding Galaxy Avant moniker.

Xiaomi leads Chinese smartphone sales in Q2, Android eclipses iOS worldwide

Need some fresh hard evidence Xiaomi, which just took the wraps off the immensely promising Mi 4, is a name to be reckoned with in the smartphone scene? According to Kantar’s latest research data, the China-based OEM conquered its domestic market throughout the year’s second fiscal quarter, ending June with a towering 27 percent share of total sales.

Moon Violet, Burgundy Red LG G3 models available in August in ‘select markets’

Given it accommodates essentially the finest components an Android device maker can gain access to nowadays, Quad HD display and Snapdragon 801 processor included, plus an exquisite, nearly edge-to-edge, one-of-a-kind design, it’s hard to picture the LG G3 could get any better.

NomadPlus upgrades Apple wall chargers with battery power

Although I’m not an Apple user, I greatly admire the thought and design that go into Apple’s best products. They look good, what can I say? While many accessories out there complement and flow with Apple’s svelte designs, some do it with jaw-dropping effect. One of the most recent examples of mobile brilliance comes from Nomad with their NomadPlus battery upgrade for Apple wall chargers.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha tipped for August 4 unveil with metallic construction

Just as the world was about to abandon hope for an extra-sturdy, “premium-looking” metal-clad Samsung smartphone, given the rumored Galaxy S5 Prime’s debut as a bland, plastic-made S5 LTE-A, reports of a Galaxy Alpha or S5 Alpha started piling up.

BlackBerry Passport gets a second, longer, more in-depth preview video

Showcasing an unreleased product yourself and letting info trickle out gradually instead of trying to be all mysterious and getting sidetracked by professional “leakers” is sure an unconventional way to build buzz ahead of a commercial release.

Windows Phone 8.1 slowly gains market share, Nokia Lumia 520 remains WP king

As Windows Phone steadily increases its relevance in the always competitive mobile operating system arena, it’s probably time we started taking an interest in the platform’s statistics as much as we do with monthly Android distribution charts.