AT&T sells only 10,000 Moto Z2 Force handsets since its launch; Motorola's U.S. share rises 91%

BayStreet Research is a company that tracks sales of specific products. One of the devices it tracked recently was the AT&T branded Moto Z2 Force. The data revealed that since the launch of the phone in August, the nation’s second largest carrier sold only 10,000 units through the end of October. AT&T rang up this paltry sales total even though buyers of the phone received a free Moto Insta-Share Projector valued at $300.

Last year, the Moto Z Force Droid was a Verizon exclusive and as such, it was part of the carrier’s historic Droid lineup. Not wanting to limit its sales to Verizon …


"Hey Google" will soon activate Google Assistant on Android handsets

Owners of the Google Home smart speaker use a simple phrase to call on Google Assistant to handle tasks. The virtual personal assistant can control smart appliances inside the house, confirm an airline flight, get sports scores, news or the weather, all by saying a simple “Hey Google.” That is different that the “Ok Google” phrase used by Android smartphone owners to activate Google Assistant.

Soon, though, the “Hey Google” command will call up the virtual assistant on handsets. Google is in the midst of sending out a notification to Android users telling them that Google Assistant can be …

Microsoft releases a list of handsets that will receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators update

The Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update (Version 1709) is only being released to select Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets. Today, Microsoft disseminated a list of devices that are going to receive the update and conspicuous by absence are the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. These were launched in the middle of 2015, and now, it appears that Microsoft is no longer supporting the pair.

Remaining on the list to receive the update are some top shelf models like the HP Elite x3 (including versions for Verizon and Telstra), the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. …

Android handsets failed at twice the rate of iPhone units during Q2 2017

The latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report was just issued by Blancco Technology Group and it revealed that during the second quarter, one out of every four Android devices failed worldwide. That was more than double the 12% of iPhone models that failed globally during the same three month period. In North America, the gap was even wider with 24% of Android phones going down vs just 8% of iPhone handsets. Strangely, in Asia the numbers were reversed with 60% of iPhones failing versus 28% of Android flavored handsets.

From April through June, Samsung handsets accounted …

Deutsche Bank replaces company-issued BlackBerry handsets with the Apple iPhone

Deutsche Bank has long had a BYOD policy for employees that allowed them to swap out company-issued BlackBerry handsets and replace them with their own personal iPhone model. Now, the 15th largest bank in the world (as ranked by assets) is officially phasing out its use of BlackBerry smartphones and is replacing them with Apple’s iconic smartphone. Deutsche Bank had continued to officially support BlackBerry longer than most of its rivals and that resulted in Deutsche Bank clients smartphone shaming the institution.

Interestingly, the bank itself ran several surveys back when the iPhone …

Five million Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 handsets have been sold in India this year

India happens to be the second largest smartphone market in the world, grabbing that title from the U.S. last year. But most major handset manufacturers can not afford to applaud this fact, mostly because of the economics involved. For 2013, the latest data available, India’s per capita income was $1,570 which placed the country 112th out of 164 as measured by the World Bank. Obviously, that doesn’t leave much money for consumers to purchase flagship and high-end smartphones.

However, the environment is perfect for a value-type producer such as China’s Xiaomi. This past week, the company …

1.2 billion iPhone handsets have been sold since the device launched in 2007

During his conference call yesterday, made in the aftermath of Apple’s third fiscal quarter earnings announcement, CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has sold 1.2 billion iPhone handsets since the iconic device first launched in June 2007. Last year at this time, Apple announced that it had sold 1 billion units of its smart handset since 2007. That means that over the last year, 200 million iPhone models have found a home.

Cook pointed out that current iPhone sales have been impressive, especially at the high-end of the lineup. Sales of the top-shelf Apple iPhone 7 Plus outpaced the previous …

MetroPCS promotions start today including one that gives you two free LG K20 Plus handsets

Pre-paid carrier MetroPCS has some new promotions that it is launching today. The first deal requires you to switch two lines over to MetroPCS. That will allow you to pick up a pair of 32GB LG K20 Plus handsets for free after instant rebates. Actually, you will be responsible for the sales tax only. The K20 Plus is a low-to-mid-range handset with a 5.3-inch display and a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset and has 2GB of RAM. A 13MP camera graces the rear of the phone.

Or, you can switch a single line to MetroPCS and take 50% off the 16GB LG Stylo …

Report: Samsung SDI is working on solid state batteries for possible use in future Galaxy handsets

A new report published yesterday revealed that Samsung is working on solid state batteries that will run and last longer than the standard Lithium-ion batteries used today. The development of the solid state cell is being done by Samsung SDI, the division of the company that manufacturers batteries. An executive of the firm says that the technology for a solid state battery for use in a smartphone will be ready in one to two years. At that point, the executive states, Samsung Electronics will have to decide whether to use the new battery inside its handsets.

Solid state batteries differ …

Starting today, Verizon subscribers can sign up to insure their current handsets

Everyone at one time or another has dropped their handset causing serious damage to their phone. Yet, when we buy a new handset and the rep asks us if we are purchasing insurance, the answer is inevitably “no.”  We start thinking that insurance is a rip off, and after all, there is the deductible that needs to be covered. But Verizon’s insurance package might change the way you look at phone insurance.

Starting today, for a limited time only, Verizon subscribers are getting another chance to insure their current handsets with Total Mobile Protection. You have until July 14th to enroll. …