smartphone

OPPO brings out ColorOS 2.0.7i update, still KitKat flavors

If there’s any consolation for not having Lollipop on a flagship level phone these days, Chinese manufacturer OPPO seems to be saying that at the very least, they’ll give you lots of new features. Is that a consolation at all? At this point, users of the OPPO Find 7 will not have any choice but to accept the ColorOS 2.0.7i update – with lots of fixes, new features, but still distinctly and a bit disappointingly, Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Samsung Galaxy S6 teardown confirms difficult battery replacement

You can’t say that Samsung’s new baby, the Galaxy S6, is not at all purrrty – because it is all that. But as with the iPhone, this unibody non-removable battery design is getting everybody all worked up. Will it be easy to repair or replace a part? How difficult will it be to open up and replace the battery? Well, we have answers for you via this teardown done by the guys at MyFixGuide.

Moto X 2nd Gen to receive Android 5.1 update soon

Owners of the Motorola flagship Moto X 2nd Gen will probably be among the first non-Nexus devices to receive the first Lollipop update, Android 5.1. The OEM announced, "We are excited to announce a new software update for XT1095 by Motorola." They then enumerated the changes that owners can expect, which includes camera enhancements, Android Run Time (ART) improvements, and a feature that Google initially said would only be available for Nexus devices.

HTC One M9: an excruciating practice in refinement

HTC has shown its hand for 2015, it's high end race horse for this year, and the last smartphone to be launched under now ex-CEO Peter Chou. It is clear from a glance, and from a bit of reading of HTC's PR materials, that the One M9 is its most refined, most luxurious looking, and most advanced smartphone to date. But is it it's best? And more importantly, can it boast of being the best when put alongside other 2015 smartphones? SlashGear's Chris Davies takes the smartphone for a spin to find out the answers for himself.

What do you think is OnePlus’ #OneGameChanger?

OnePlus is a relatively new player in the smartphone market, but they believe they are first and foremost a technology company. Their OnePlus One has met with great reviews but mixed success, mostly due to its unusual way of marketing and distribution. Now they're going a different route once again as they tease the public about the next product that they're releasing through some "clues" that they've posted on their website's forum.

Icon Q releases their first smartphone, the Q5.5

If you're looking for a dual SIM smartphone that is not locked to any carrier and has pretty decent specs, there are a lot of options out there. But if you're in the mood (and have the money) to try out an untested brand, we have just the thing for you. Icon Q, which is mostly known for mobile device accessories, has just announced that they are launching their first ever smartphone, the Q5.5, which they are billing as their travel super phone.

Samsung, luxury designers create Galaxy S6, S6 edge accessories

As the countdown to the official release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge gets nearer and nearer, the OEM has also been announcing their partnerships with designers for various accessories that can enhance the soon-to-be-yours smartphones, even just in terms of design. The latest one to be revealed is the Rich Accessory Collection, featuring five collaborations with known luxury brands, ranging from pop artists to handbag designers.

Xiaomi and Microsoft: acquaintances, not partners

Among the Windobws 10 related announcements that Microsoft made this week, perhaps the one that caused some flurry the most is its bombshell in China. Redmond announced, almost in passing, that it will be hooking up with some Xiaomi Mi 4 powers users to let them test Windows 10 on their devices, leading to some amount of rumor around Microsoft's and Xiaomi's seemingly new friendship. In response, ex-Googler and now Xiaomi exec Hugo Barra is clarifying some points, partly to appease some concerns from the Android community.

Nexus 5 gets Android 5.1 OTA, might devour your RAM

Google has finally let out the OTA update that will bring the Nexus 5 to Android 5.1 land. This follows the release of factory images and binaries for several of the supported Nexus devices. However, if you are quite excited to get the latest and supposedly greatest Android version, you might want to exercise caution, as some users are reporting a rather dreadful bug in this release that causes Android to eat up RAM like crazy, even if you have more than 1 GB of it.

LG AKA now available outside of South Korea

A few months back, we told you about this weird and quirky smartphone line being released by LG, but only in its native South Korea. It looks like this unique device, called the LG AKA, became a big hit not just with consumers but even with award-giving bodies, winning an IF Design Award for its "unconventional approach to smartphone design". Now it's being released in other countries, specifically Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Turkey, and maybe even more markets in the pipeline.