HTC posts revenue decline for April as its U phones failed to catch on

HTC hasn’t shared its financial results for the first quarter, but it published its revenue for April and things aren’t looking up. The company sees a 9% decrease in revenue, with a 6% drop in total revenue year-over-year. This is an indicator that sales of HTC’s newest smartphones, the U Ultra and the U Play, came lower than expected.

Indeed, the devices failed to excite customers and reviewers, leaving both to expect a more memorable and intriguing product. The company has a big launch this month, unveiling the supposedly named HTC U 11 smartphone on May 16. As …


Best free Android and iOS games of the week! (April 23 – April 30)

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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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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Best new Android and iPhone games (late April)

Every week, we go through the new and notable games for iPhone, iPad and Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel, and we pick the best new releases that are worth a special place in your collection.

Chuck Norris has his own game nowThe new Android and iPhone games that we pick have to be fun, well-ported to mobile, and not overwhelmed by in-app ads. Put simply, they need to be high quality games, but we don’t discriminate by genre: you will find everything here, from shooters, RPGs, platformers, racing games, to strategy and more.

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Best free Android and iPhone games of the week! (April 16 – 23)

Last week was downright dandy for free mobile games! All-around quality titles showed up, ready to satisfy your gaming cravings. We have lined up 12 free games that came out very recently on Android and iOS, representing various genres and gameplay types.

Highlights include the new Office Space game (humor!), Nonstop Chuck Norris (endorsed by the man himself), a game where cats fight each other in war machines, and a realistic boxing game because nothing gets one going like authentic simulations of virtual sweat.

Everything is packed in the slideshow below, complete with pictures, …

Galaxy S8+ April security update released in Europe, facial recognition feature gets an upgrade

Samsung is in the process of rolling out its first Galaxy S8+ update in Europe. The new OTA includes Google’s April monthly security update, which consists of fixes for 49 CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) found on Android and a patch for 16 issues which are specific to Samsung’s Galaxy devices. 
SamMobile obtained the entire changelog in Dutch, and the translated information suggests that the new update also brings improvements to the algorithms of the facial recognition feature on the S8+.  
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Samsung's Windows powered 12-inch Galaxy Book launches via Verizon on April 21st

At MWC this year, Samsung didn’t introduce the Samsung Galaxy S8 (unless you count a quick video teaser as an introduction). The company did unveil the Samsung Galaxy Book. This is a 2-in-1 tablet that comes with Windows 10 inside. The device is available in two sizes (10.6-inches and 12-inches) and with two different forms of connectivity, LTE and Wi-Fi. Starting April 21st (this coming Friday) you will be able to pick up the device from Verizon Wireless. The nation’s largest carrier will be offering the larger 12-inch LTE model of the Galaxy Book for $1,299.99. Both size devices feature a snap-on …

Xiaomi Mi 6 is now official; phone will be released on April 28th with SD-835 and 6GB of RAM

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is now official. Introduced by Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun this morning, the eagerly awaited handset features a 5.15-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. The Snapdragon 835 chipset is under the hood with an octa-core 2.45 GHz CPU, and the Adreno 540 GPU. The handset will come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of native storage. A 3350mAh battery is charged with keeping the lights on. Because the Snapdragon 835 SoC is 25% more efficient than the Snapdragon 820, the Mi 6 should provide users with outstanding battery life.

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Google sends out invitations for April 18th event; new Google Earth will be unveiled


Google Earth, once the coolest way to virtually drop yourself into a far away city or location and “walk” through the streets, is being revamped. An invitation sent out by the search giant indicates that the new Google Earth will be introduced on April 18th. With the current version of Google Earth, you can employ Google Street Level to navigate foreign lands and fly through 3D representations of major cities. With the Maps Gallery you can view real time earthquakes, hiking trails, and watch planes in flight. It seems like more than just a coincidence that Google will unveil the new version …

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 arrives in Europe in late April

It looks like Samsung’s rugged mid-range smartphone, the Xcover 4, might be introduced in Europe and United States around the same time. At least one UK retailer confirmed it would start selling the device later this month, which comes in line with our previous report concerning the Xcover 4’s availability in the US.

According to Clove UK, Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 will be available for purchase on April 24 for £249. Unfortunately, not many things have been improved over the previous model. In fact, the most important are related to the software that runs on the rugged …