Forget ‘Retina’ screens, ZTE’s Grand S3 comes with retinal scanner in tow

Who’s up for some futuristic eye-based smartphone biometric authentication? Yes, today. No, the world’s first handheld capable of recognizing your unique retinal “fingerprint” isn’t an iPhone. Sorry to disappoint you, mainstream Android enthusiasts, but it’s not a Samsung Galaxy either.

An Xperia Z3 for the masses? Say hello to Sony’s budget Xperia M4 Aqua

Probably realizing it can no longer compete against the likes of Apple or Samsung in the extravagantly priced high-end mobile segment, and acknowledging Motorola’s entry-level low-cost dominance, Sony has decided to go after the in-between target audience.

Lenovo gives smartphone/camera hybrids a shot with the Vibe Shot

It’s a handsome albeit quirky-looking smartphone. No, it’s a point-and-shoot digital camera. No, it’s a professional smart cam. A top-shelf cameraphone? A freakish crossover device of sorts? Actually, it’s all that, and more. It’s Lenovo’s Vibe Shot, targeted at shutterbugs seeking the best of both worlds, as well as a standout “accessory”. Now, the Vibe more »

HTC plays it safe, unveils familiar-looking One M9 with 20 MP camera

HTC’s pre-MWC press conference is over, and unlike what we were led to believe in recent weeks, the Taiwanese company only brought the one new flagship phone to Barcelona. The One M9, that is, with the M9 Plus either an elaborate hoax, or just not ready for primetime yet.

Acer makes Windows Phone comeback official, Android trio also outed

It was way too good to be true. So, obviously, it’s not. Acer’s rumored world-first Windows 10-powered smartphone is in fact yet another “Windows Phone 10 ready” device. Yes, Acer’s PR department itself refers to the software package as “Windows Phone 10”, proving how much little the Taiwanese know about Redmond’s OS. What’s even more more »


BlackBerry Classic goes on sale at Verizon, including in Non Camera variant

Slowly but steadily, BlackBerry’s US business is picking up, with sales of unlocked Passports and Classics reportedly breaking recent records, and carriers lined up to get a piece of the on-contract action. AT&T just welcomed both hybrid touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard-sporting handhelds on the network, and Verizon quickly followed its main rival’s lead.

Here’s where you can live stream Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and HTC’s One M9 events

Ready to start the Galaxy S6 and One M9 countdowns? At least as far as the former goes, you can literally do just that by heading over to YouTube. Then, in a little under 48 hours, this link will replace the timer with a live video feed from Samsung’s pre-MWC Barcelona press conference.

Verizon pushes Nexus 6 release to March 12, Android 5.1 likely pre-loaded

Just when Verizon customers thought the torment was over, and they’d be able to buy the biggest, fastest, coolest Nexus smartphone yet directly from their favorite carrier… nothing happened. The Nexus 6 is still listed on Verizon’s website as “coming soon”, and the sign-up page gives away no clues vis-à-vis the launch date.

Archos jumps the gun with four pre-MWC smartphone announcements

Let’s not act surprised. Year after year, it’s the same scenario. The big fishes present at glamorous events like CES or MWC steal all the limelight of the shows, while the lower-profile exhibitors are forced to resort to early announcements. It’s the only way they can secure their ephemeral 15 minutes of fame.

Samsung has Android 5.0 Lollipop update on deck for Galaxy S5 mini

It should probably come as no shock Samsung has its sights set on a few mid-range Galaxies in addition to flagship smartphones for Lollipop bumps over the next months. It’s also no surprise the Galaxy S5 mini is among the non-high-enders targeted for 5.0 goodie packs.

Kyocera is ready to take MWC 2015 by storm with solar-powered prototype phone

No stranger to nichey gear, meant to survive wars, not look pretty, and all sorts of rugged experiments, Kyocera is ready to take things to the next level, by exploring the market for gadgets drawing their juice from alternative energy sources. Namely, the tireless sun.

Samsung acquires LoopPay

Using a LoopPay fob digital wallet to pay in stores, taxis, and restaurants, has replaced my wallet, better than ApplePay, but it’s about to change as Samsung has acquired LoopPay as a fully owned subsidiary. The technology doesn’t require bank or store participation as it uses Magnetic Secure Transmission that can be read by POS (point of sale) as if a credit or debit card has been swiped.