Why did Apple avoid talking about Android in the iPhone X announcement?

In many ways, the Apple event unveiling the new iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch series 3, and Apple TV 4K was business as usual for Tim Cook and company. There were plenty of features in Apple products that were legitimately new as well as plenty of other features that Apple talked up quite a bit but have been part of the smartphone ecosystem for years. One thing that was odd though was that there were no mentions or even backhand swipes at Google, Samsung, or Android.

Sure, there weren’t necessarily a ton of opportunities for Apple to gloat. Apple is the number one watch maker …


Apple hikes iPad Pro prices by $50 following iPhone announcement event

After unveiling a deluge of new products last night, Apple has decided to quietly increase the prices of some of its iPad Pro models. If you journey to the Apple Store, you’ll see that all 256GB/512GB variants of the 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are now $50 more expensive.

Users will now have to dish out $799 and $999 for the 256GB and 512GB 10.5-inch Wi-Fi versions, respectively. When these products hit the shelves back in June, their price tags stood at $749 and $949. Meanwhile, the 256GB and 512GB variants of the larger 12.9-inch …

Apple store goes down ahead of the iPhone X announcement

One of the biggest product launch events in a decade is happening later today — Apple will be releasing its anniversary edition iPhone X, along with two regular models — the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus — and a whole bunch of other stuff. So it’s fair to say we’re in for an exciting ride.

And even though a disturbingly high amount of information leaked beforehand, the event itself is still right on track. And as proof of that, the company has now taken its online store down to prepare for all the new products.
This …

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 video teaser goes live before September 11 announcement

Apple and Google will soon hold some of the biggest launch events of the fall, as they prepare to unveil their new flagship smartphones. The runner-up, Xiaomi, has its own event as well, which is set to take place on September 11, just one day ahead of Apple’s big reveal.

The Mi MIX 2 is supposed to be announced next week in China. The flagship is unlikely to make it to more than a few countries through official channels, but some Chinese retailers may ship the Mi MIX 2 internationally.

That being said, it looks like …

T-Mobile gets ready to make its next Un-carrier announcement on September 6th

Back in the day when Carly was T-Mobile’s spokesperson, who could have foreseen that one day the carrier would become the most influential wireless operator in the U.S. Now, every time T-Mobile is about to make a new Un-carrier announcement, it means that the carrier, led by unconventional CEO and president John Legere, is about to solve another pain point for customers.

According to a typical Legerian YouTube video, the magenta wearing, Batman-loving, sneaker donning long-haired executive has been studying the “script” for the next Un-carrier announcement which will take place on …

Alcatel A7 specs and press renders leaked out ahead of IFA announcement

Alcatel is expected to introduce a handful of Android smartphones at IFA in early September. A few of them have already been leaked such as the Alcatel U5 HD, A3 Plus, and A7 XL.

But these are not the only device Alcatel plans to announce in less than two weeks. Apparently, there’s a regular Alcatel A7 on the way as well, which be launched alongside the A7 XL model.

The Alcatel A7 is a solid mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor, coupled with either 3 or 4GB RAM, and 32GB expandable …

LG V30 back cover poses for the camera on Note 8 announcement day

Only a few days separate us from the official premiere of LG’s high-end phablet – the V30. As usual, more and more information has leaked out as the August 31 announcement date draws closer, and today, some pretty intriguing images emerged online.

Reliable tipster Roland Quandt shared a quartet of photos showing the rear cover of the V30, merely a few hours before the unveiling of one of its chief big-screen rivals – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8:

Quandt’s best guess is that the color of the back plate is the silvery Ice Platinum, but it’s also …

The Google 8 announcement event had special Oreos for the guests… but you can't get them

So, Google finally launched Android 8 and revealed its name — as the fans have been speculating for years now, the O build of Android is named after the popular Oreo cookies. And what better way to celebrate the OS update than with a bunch of Oreos handed out at the announcement event?

Actually, make them custom cookies while you’re at it. Yup, Google ordered a special batch of Oreos for the launch event — ones with the Android mascot engraved on the cookie and the cream changed to green, instead of being white. We can only hope that it was the same sweet stuff and not, say, wasabi or something …

Here are more pictures of the Moto X4 before the August 24 announcement

The Moto X4, Lenovo’s next mid-range Android smartphone set to be unveiled on August 24, leaked earlier this month. Several live pictures, as well as a couple of press images, have been published online before the device was even announced.

Also, we know quite a lot about the Moto X4’s specs, so the only thing that remains a mystery is when the smartphone will hit the shelves and which countries will get it first.

Before Lenovo unveils the Moto X4, we have two more pictures showing the forthcoming device, which show the front and back sides of the phone. Unlike the previously …

The Nokia 8 announcement is today. Here are the specs, features and images we have so far

After months of leaks and rumors, the Nokia 8 is only hours away from becoming official. HMD Global – the company that now makes and markets phones under the iconic brand name – is hosting an event in London later today, and chances are that’s when we’ll see the high-end Nokia phone we’ve been expecting. But what will the Nokia 8 bring to the table, anyway? Well, let us walk you through all that is known about it so far. 

Nokia 8 design: what will it look like?

Remember the Nokia 7280? You know: that odd, lipstick-shaped handset …