Sony to hold MWC 2018 press conference on February 26, new Xperia phones incoming?

Although Sony has already unveiled a trio of Xperia phones early this year at CES (Consumers Electronics Show), we expect the Japanese company to unveil a couple of more handsets next month at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018.

As a matter fact, we’ve just been invited to Sony’s MWC press conference scheduled to take place on February 26. The invitation doesn’t mention anything about phones, just that we’ll get to see their latest technological achievements.

However, since MWC is all about smartphones, we strongly believe that we’ll see at least two new Xperia devices, including a …


The struggle is real: HTC's November revenue drops 26% year-over-year

HTC has disclosed its earnings report for November 2017, and things are not looking good. The manufacturer’s revenue for the last month stands at NT$5.663 billion (~$188 million), down 6.61% from October and a whopping 26.16% from November 2016. Total sales for the January-November period have reached NT$58,1 billion (~$1.93 billion), a notable 19.03% lower than the same period of 2016. 
Anyone following mobile tech news over the last few years will be unsurprised by these figures. Ever since Samsung overtook HTC as the top …

'Made for Google' certification for accessories launches with 26 third-party manufacturers


Just the other day, we told you that Google would introduce a ‘Made for Google’ certification program for accessories at its October 4th Pixel 2 event. Besides providing third party manufacturers with the things they need to build cases, chargers and battery packs to Google’s specifications, Google will allow the companies signed up for the program to use a Made for Google logo on packaging and advertisements.

Yesterday, when Google introduced the new Made for Google certification program, the company listed the names of 26 manufacturers who have already signed up for the certification …

First Xiaomi Mi 5X video teaser released ahead of July 26 official reveal

Xiaomi’s next Android smartphone is not going to be a flagship, as the Chinese company readies a mid-range product that will be announced on July 26. More importantly, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X will probably be among the cheapest smartphones to feature a dual-camera setup.

With less than 48 hours until the official reveal of the Mi 5X, Xiaomi published the first video that highlights some of the most important features of the mid-range smartphone. The 15-second video offers a glimpse at the phone’s dual-camera and overall design.

Aside from the fact that …

Best free Android and iPhone games! (June 26 – July 2)

Ready for another round of brand-new free games? We have lined up eight amazing titles for Android and iOS devices that appeared this week, including new Final Fantasy and Futurama games.

You definitely don’t want to miss some of this stuff, so make your selection and get on with the awesomeness! While not all games are fully free, remember – you don’t have to pay anything to play them, and a good portion of them, at that. That’s what counts!

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26% of current U.S. iPhone owners plan on upgrading to the Apple iPhone 8

The most anticipated Apple iPhone in years is expected to be unveiled and released as soon as September. The tenth anniversary model, dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, will reportedly launch with an edge-to-edge OLED display. That would make it the first iPhone to feature an OLED panel. In addition, if the technology allows for it, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be embedded under the screen. The Apple A11 chipset will be driving the device, which might be equipped with a 3D sensing front-facing sensor that will allow for face recognition capabilities.

A survey taken by Branding Brand, a …

Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE coming to AT&T on May 26

AT&T is one of the major carriers in the United States that offers Samsung’s Gear S3 frontier and classic smartwatches. Starting May 26, another Samsung smartwatch will make its debut at AT&T, the LTE-enabled Gear S3 classic.

The cellular version of the Samsung Gear S3 classic will be available at AT&T with support for NumberSync, which allows users to access phone numbers on smartwatch regardless of the location of their smartphones.

Although AT&T confirmed the Samsung Gear S3 classic would be available for purchase beginning May 26, the …

Best free Android and iOS games of the week! (April 23 – April 26)

Who wants some free games? This week saw fantastic releases on both Android and iOS! Robot Unicorn Attack 3 – need we say more??? We have that lined up for you, in addition to 9 other amazing games you can play for free on your mobile phone or tablet.

These include brand new Transformers and Family Guy games, and possibly the biggest hit of the year – the mighty Bus Simulator 17! Because nothing beats a mundane job simulator complete with lifelike graphics, right? Fret not, there’s lots more where that came from. It’s all in the slideshow below – enjoy!

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Withings to join Nokia for "an exciting keynote announcement" on February 26

Whitings, the French company acquired by Nokia last year, confirmed it would join HMD Global’s MWC 2017 press conference, which will be held on February 26.

Not many details have been offered by Withings, just the fact that it wants to share “an exciting keynote announcement” with the world. The French company is mostly known for its connected health devices, but Withings built a smartwatch as well.

Withings launched the Activite Sapphire smartwatch back in 2014, followed by two different variants the next year: Activite Steel and Activite Pop. The smartwatch is compatible with both …

Nokia 6 first Android phone coming February 26 to MWC

BlackBerry isn’t the only megabrand of yesteryear attempting a major comeback. Nokia, too, will unveil its first Android phone, the Nokia 6, to the wider world.

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Nokia Mobile officially invited press to a February 26 event after teasing the Nokia 6, which is already on sale in China, in a video on its Facebook page (see above). “Get ready!” the post read, “The Nokia 6 is coming to China! More announcements to follow on February 26… Save the date!”

Now we know for sure that the Nokia 6 will launch at Mobile World Congress (also known as MWC), the world’s largest mobile show, which takes place in Spain each year at the end of February.

And Nokia isn’t alone in its quest to return from obscurity. It’s here that BlackBerry will also officially launch its comeback phone, known as the BlackBerry Mercury. Both brands will seek to reclaim some of their past prominence, which has declined to almost nothing in the 10 years since Apple launched its revolutionary iPhone.

HMD, the company that licensed the Nokia name, announced the Nokia 6 for China earlier this month. Although it’s an Android phone, the Nokia 6 won’t run any of Google’s services, like the Google Play Store, Google Maps or your Google Account — these don’t work in China on any phone. So a global release of the Nokia 6 at MWC is crucial for putting the new Nokia on the map.(See specs below.)

HMD owns a 10-year license to exclusively sell Nokia-brand products, branded as Nokia Mobile. To make matters more confusing, “Nokia” still exists as a separate company that sells telecommunications infrastructure equipment and also the pro-grade Ozo camera. Foxconn’s FIH Mobile division is in charge of manufacturing and distributing Nokia phones.

Nokia 6 specs:
5.5-inch screen with 1,920×1080-pixel resolution
16-megapixel rear camera
8-megapixel front-facing camera
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
4GB RAM
Aluminum chassis
Android software
Sells in China for 1,700 yuan, which converts to $245, £200 or AU$330