smartphone

Motorola Defy lives up to its name, still alive for Lollipop

There are just devices that simply refuse to die, mainly because they have great hardware foundations that are able to run operating systems much higher than the ones they were released with. The Motorola Defy is one such phone (along with the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC HD2), which was initially released with Android 2.1 , now is getting support for an Android 5.0 port.

The Ditto Note 4 ROM for your Galaxy Note II

There are some guys who really want to get the best out of their hardware – that’s probably how we’re going to describe the guys at XDA developers forum who now present the DN4 (Ditto Note 4) ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As the name implies, the ROM brings Galaxy Note 4 features to your venerable Galaxy Note II.

Project Ara demo includes removing modules, Angry Birds

Those following the development of the modular smartphone ever since its conception last year are probably quite excited with the progress that Google's Project Ara has made. While still at the initial Spiral 1 stage, with Spiral 2 set to be launched early next year, the smartphone is showing not only promise, but is actually working already to some extent. At Expand NY, Project Ara lead Paul Emerenko took to stage to show the public for the first time an actual working prototype.

OnePlus announces details for round 2 of pre-orders

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again until you get an angry mob at your gates. This could be what will happen with OnePlus when it launches its second pre-order session, though we certainly hope not. Its first attempt at addressing complaints about its rather exclusive invite-only system ended up in a disaster as the server could not handle the load. They have learned from that, they say, and they are now announcing the dates and times for the OnePlus One Pre-Order Round 2.

New OTA update for OnePlus One phones, resolves security issue

Not even a month after OTA update 38R for CyanogenMod 11S was released by OnePlus for their OnePlus One smartphones, another OTA update is on the way for OnePlus device owners. The OnePlus One has gained street notoriety for being a high-specced phone available for a very affordable price point (USD$349) – but some people are also turned off by the “invite only” system they have put in place for purchasing.

Project Ara shows blood oxygen sensor module

We think the guys behind Project Ara – mainly Google at this point – are making a concerted effort to show that the project right now can be more than just a modular smartphone, but a platform for different kinds of technology as well. Because really, the ingenuity behind a modular platform is that you can slip different kinds of modular tools on it on an “if the shoe fits” basis.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: it’s a big deal

Samsung has had a downturn recently, with earnings tanking quarterly and many observers wondering if their “time” had come. They may be down, but Samsung is not out. The Galaxy S5 and Note 4 carry the flags for Samsung’s handset division, and between the weird concept devices and middling mid-rangers, these two pack the most firepower. The Note 4, the bigger of the two, is the latest in a long line of devices that set the trend we’re currently experiencing in smartphone sizing. Is it one of the lone bright spots in a crowded market, or has Samsung really lost a step?

Vsenn is a Project Ara competitor in modular phones

Modular phones (remember that viral Phonebloks video?) seems to be the holy grail of open source technology today. Just imagine, a smartphone whose parts you can upgrade – and not thinking of a whole other phone to purchase when you grow discontent with what you currently own. It’s a change in the paradigm of the smartphone industry. This is why Google’s Project Ara is a big deal. But it seems they’re not the only ones racing towards a modular smartphone product.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 64-bit specs leak via benchmark

We love it when benchmarks show up for new smartphones so we can see how they stack up to the devices already on the market and often benchmarks give up the goods on what hardware is running under the hood. A new set of benchmarks has surfaced recently that tells us what the Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 has under the hood.

Get your wallets ready: AT&T’s November 7 madness sale

It isn't Black Friday yet but it might as well be, at least for AT&T's subscribers. The carrier announced this week a number of devices, both Android and Android-friendly ones, that will all land on November 7. So if you're in the market for a smartphone or a smartwatch, whether for yourself or for your kid, then better get your cash or credit cards ready, because this one will be a doozy.