smartphone

Nokia not returning to handset business

Nokia still has remaining businesses but its mobile division is no more. Its CEO Rajeev Suri made it clear that it’s not going back to manufacturing handsets. Instead, the company will focus more on its Technologies business, the HERE mapping subsidiary, and the Networks unit.

Verizon changes Early Termination Fee Policy

Got a Verizon phone and you want to terminate your contract? You may have to spend more if you wish to cancel phone service in the first eight months of your contract. The network recently changed a policy on customer agreement related to Early Termination Fee (ETF).

Android 5.0 AOSP sources, binaries land for Xperia Z3

Before you start jumping for joy, no, this isn't Android Lollipop for the Xperia Z3 and its predecessors. What Sony is announcing here instead is the availability of the source code and the pre-built software binaries for the Xperia flagship family all the way from the Xperia Z1. While it's not exactly something that end users can use, it at least paves the way for custom ROMs to provide that experience as soon as possible.

Vivo wants thinnest crown back with the X5 Max

How far can you go to make your smartphone paper-thin? Or rather, how far should you go? Despite the recent #bendgate scandal that has seen many a phone deformed, Chinese manufacturer Vivo seems to be still hellbent on retaining its crown of "world's thinnest smartphone", no matter the cost. Well, it might have pretty much bagged that title with its upcoming X5 Max expected to be announced next month. This boasts of a profile that is absurdly only 4.75 mm thin, but with a screen size of 5.5 inches.

Meizu MX4 Pro photos leaked before launch

The Meizu MX4 Pro is expected to be launched officially next week but you know how it is in gadget town. For products, especially those coming for China, there is a big chance they’ll be leaked beforehand. The new Meizu phone is no different. We’re not doubting the photos' authenticity because more often than not, photos posted on Weibo are usually for real.

DOJ spying on our cellphones, getting data via dirtyboxes?

Is the US Department of Justice trying to spy on us now? Of course, the DOJ will never admit that but there’s a rumor going on that the group has been getting data from the people’s smartphones. No, DOJ is using some geek’s master hacking skills or old wiretapping tech. There’s a report by the Wall Street Journal that says the group is flying a device overhead that spoofs signal tower from network carriers.

Samsung “reveals” 10 secrets of the Galaxy Note 4

All the great features and functions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been extensively covered, which started when it was just rumors and continued when the OEM hyped up the latest version of its phablet line. All its secrets have been revealed, or so that's what we thought. But unless you spend just the whole day just exploring your Note 4 in and out, you probably don't know these 10 hidden features that Samsung is now sharing with the public.

Sesame: a touch-free smartphone for handicapable users

Most of us would probably die (okay,not literally) if we cannot touch our smartphones for more than a day. It's not just a luxury or a recreational activity anymore but a necessity. But what about those who cannot use their hands or have lost the ability to do so? A new IndieGoGo project called Sesame Phone is trying to come up with one that can be used by these handicapable individuals.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual gets the Midas touch

Sony unveiled the Xperia T2 Ultra Android smartphone early this year. The first time we talked about the device was back in January of this year. When it originally launched you could get it in purple, black, or white colors. Sony has now announced another color option just in time to lure in new buyers looking to give a smartphone for Christmas.

Paranoid Android is Vsenn’s first approved ROM partner

You might have had some doubts about how legit this new Vsenn modular phone is, but this announce could perhaps put you at ease just a bit. Vseen is announcing the start of its "Approved ROM Partner" (ARP) program and the first ROM to be part of it is Android Open Source Paranoid Android or AOSPA, more popularly known simply as Paranoid Android. If all goes according to Vsenn's plan, this will be the ROM's first partnership with an OEM, though it doesn't actually mean it will ship on it by default.