smartphone

Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4 teardown video shows up

We don’t really know what happened to Sony with its Xperia Z4 (in Japan) – or Xperia Z3+ in other markets – and why they suddenly took a low profile when their past flagships, particularly the Xperia Z3, was deemed as one of, if not THE best smartphone around a year before. We hope Sony bounces back from this so-so effort this year. But in case you want to see the Sony Xperia Z4 being torn down in a video, this is the place to be.

OpenSignal shows cool visualizations of Android data they’ve gathered

Unlike other digital ecosystems that have more solid figures when it comes to devices, OS, screen sizes, etc, the whole Android world is a bit fragmented. That is especially true over the past year as more and more brands are getting into the game and app developers are being challenged to come up with programs that will work well across all devices and operating systems. OpenSignal has released some cool visualizations of what this looks like so that developers can be guided accordingly.

Photos, AnTuTu score of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaked

We’re just a few days away from the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in New York and that means that more leaks and rumors are flying around. This time around, we have some supposed photos of the upcoming new phablet, as well as the performance score from AnTuTu, a popular mobile benchmarking site. And while none of these can be confirmed as yet, they all seem to be pointing to the same specs so we can assume that these are more or less what we can expect from the new product to be announced next week.

HTC reportedly pushing ads masked as notifications in One devices

While we’ve accepted the fact that advertising on the Internet is practically everywhere, particularly in free games or apps, we don’t like it when something is pushed to us without our permission, or if it is in something that we paid for and is not subsidized at all. Some owners of the HTC One M9, M8, and M7 models are quite unhappy now, as it seems the OEM is pushing ads that are seemingly shown as notifications but is in fact marketing something we didn’t give permission to do so.

Oppo’s updated ColorOS brings Eye Protection, increased battery life

If you are an Oppo user, specifically the Find 7 and Find 7a, then you’re familiar with ColorOS, their very own OS based on the Android 5.0 Lollipop. While the updated 2.1.3i may mostly bring stabilization and bug fixes, it also adds a few new things (Eye Protection, better battery) and brings back an old favorite (air gestures). While of course only those who own the devices will be able to have these features, it’s nice to dream that someday, Lollipop may have some of these so Android users everywhere can enjoy them as well.

Android One finally rolls out in Thailand

Android One is rapidly becoming available in more countries. The mobile platform is now available in the United Kingdom , Turkey, and in several countries in Asia--ready to make bigger waves in the emerging markets. This Android One is Google's entry-level mobile OS for developing countries where resources are limited.

Samsung quietly releases Galaxy S4 Mini Plus, now available

It’s been Samsung’s way to present to the market a smaller, more compact, and budget-friendly version of their flagships when they come out. It’s a testament to the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini – the smaller version of the 2-year-old former flagship device – that it has apparently gotten a refresh this year, albeit quietly. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Plus is in most respects the same compact phone, with a better engine.