The Clone Wars continue: Samsung phones were the most copied in 2017, according to benchmark stats

So, it’s a well-known fact that there are a number of nameless manufacturers over in China that make complete copies of well-known smartphones. Not your average “borrowing of ideas”, but an actual clone, usually with a weak hardware and super-cheap price to draw as much attention as it can.

Popular benchmark company AnTuTu has released an interesting statistic for 2017. It combed through all devices that held the AnTuTu tests from January through to December and concluded that 2.64% of all phones tested were clones or counterfeits.

Of these, the Galaxy S7 …


Sony CEO Hirai says it will continue making smartphones, but not to compete with Apple or Samsung

Just because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai expects the company to report its largest ever operating profit this year (equivalent to $5.83 billion USD) doesn’t mean that the company has fixed everything that has prevented it from rivaling Apple and Samsung in the smartphone business. In fact, the executive has a less than convincing answer to those who think that Sony should just give up when it comes to connected handsets.

Hirai says that Sony isn’t sticking with smartphones because the product is the future of tech. He says that Sony needs to continue to sell the product in order to stay in the communications …

ZTE will continue to experiment with foldable smartphones, refine the concept

Despite the fact that its first foldable smartphone, the Axon M wasn’t too well received by the press and consumers alike, ZTE announced that it will continue to experiment with this design. It’s true that ZTE’s vice president of marketing Jeff Yee has said that the Axon M received positive feedback from those who bought it via AT&T, but that’s simply because it’s “something new.”

Although most customers are used to pay less than $200 for a ZTE smartphone, the Chinese company will continue to enlarge its portfolio of foldable smartphones, which are likely to …

Samsung to continue to use heat pipes for its flagships in 2018 despite the high price

As smartphone companies continue to pack their products with more powerful components, there’s a need for cooling solutions that would keep the handsets from overheating. In the last couple of years, many handset makers adopted cooling solutions, but only for their top-of-the-line products due to the high costs.

On the other hand, mid-range and entry-level smartphones don’t really need a cooling system since they are not prone to overheating. Samsung is one of the first early adopters of a cooling system based on heat pipes.

It’s the most used cooling system …

Some U.K. smartphone users continue to get charged for phones that were already paid off

Some U.K. smartphone users could be overpaying for their carrier’s service according to Citizen’s Advice. The latter is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that advise people about money, legal and consumer issues. According to the agency, carriers like Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge for the cost of a handset even after the expense of the phone has already been covered.

U.K. consumers can pay a monthly rate for a 2-year fixed term contract. The monthly charge includes the cost of data and the price of a phone. After two-years go by, the …

Following customer backlash, Virgin Mobile will continue to sell Android phones until fall 2018

Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s pre-paid carrier, announced back in June that it will become an iPhone-only network operator. Thanks to a partnership with Apple, Virgin Mobile will start selling nothing but iPhones and debut a completely new plan – Inner Circle, which offers unlimited data for $50 a month.

To sweeten the deal, the pre-paid carrier announced two months later that it will start to offer a year of unlimited deal for $1 to all customers who activate their own iPhone and transfer the existing number to the Inner Circle plan.

Well, it appears that Virgin …

Flexible OLED display shortages may continue for several years, analysts claim

After the word got out about Apple’s decision to move to flexible OLED displays with the upcoming iPhone 8, news of panel shortages started flying around pretty quickly, with some people going as far as claiming the company’s upcoming premium won’t make it in time for the traditional mid-September launch. But while that latter part is almost certainly false, flexible OLED shortages sure seem to be a real problem, and also one that will continue existing for the next few years, according to a new report from Chinese research firm Sigmaintell.

As …

Samsung, retailers continue to discount Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ prior to Galaxy Note 8 unveiling

Samsung plans on reverting to its usual methods of pricing before the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is launched, an event that reportedly will take place on September 15th. In order to help Samsung lighten its inventory of merchandise prior to the release of its high-end phablet, prices for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ will continue to decline through various sales and promotions.  
        
For example, Amazon and Best Buy will both sell you the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 for $574.99, a $150 or 21%  haircut off the original retail price. …

WhatsApp will continue supporting Android Gingerbread all the way up until 2020

According to the latest official numbers, Android versions bearing the Gingerbread name account for just 0.8 percent of total Android usage. This sure isn’t much when looked at through the lens of the overall smartphone market, but it still accounts for tens of thousands of devices. And as it turns out, Facebook is one of the few companies out there still willing to acknowledge that fact – and take appropriate actions with its services.

That is to say, the company has just released the latest revision of its platform support plans for WhatsApp, outlining exactly when legacy …