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 …


Apple iPhone X usage tops that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during their respective launch weekends

Localytics, a firm that deals with mobile analytics, measured app usage globally on 70 million iOS devices to come up with usage rates for individual iPhone models. According to this bit of analysis, the adoption of the Apple iPhone X during its opening weekend topped the initial weekend of usage for the combined Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus. The latter two were launched on September 22nd while the iPhone X launched on November 3rd.

According to Localytics, the Apple iPhone 7 is currently the most widely used iPhone model as nearly one out of every five Apple handsets in use is …

ZTE to launch a sequel to the “incredibly successful” Axon 7 soon

ZTE has provided us with a hint to its next flagship smartphone that might arrive in the coming months. It appears that the Chinese company was pretty content with the Axon 7 sales, so the phone is likely to have a sequel very soon.

While ZTE wasn’t too specific on the phone’s specs or release timeframe, it did say “there will certainly be a follow on the incredibly successful Axon 7.”

When the ZTE Axon 7 debuted in the United States, the smartphone offered many premium features a slightly lower price than other flagships available on the market. The price …

BlackBerry Motion to launch November 10th in Canada

The latest handset from BlackBerry Mobile, the BlackBerry Motion, is expected to make its way stateside to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Thus far though, there has been no official word about U.S. availability for the “all touch” model. Thanks to an announcement made today by BlackBerry Mobile, we do know that the device will be available in Canada starting on November 10th. On that date, the phone will be available from Koodo and in select Bell, TELUS and SaskTel stores priced at $99 CAD (equivalent to $77 USD at current exchange rates) with a signed two-year pact. The regular retail price is …

T-Mobile inadvertently lists all HTC U11 Life's specs before launch

HTC is expected to announce not one, but two Android smartphones on November 2. The U11+ flagship is likely to pack similar specs as the HTC U11, but a better battery and larger display.

A second mid-range smartphone, the HTC U11 Life is likely to be unveiled too. We’ve been reporting on this particular handset before, but we’ve never had a source as official as this one until now.

It appears that T-Mobile inadvertently listed all HTC U11 Life’s specs a few days before the official announcement. The phone’s support page has been pulled in the meantime, but …

Rumor: OnePlus 5T to launch on the 16th of November as an Amazon exclusive

So, there have been a lot of rumors around a possible new OnePlus phone recently. These stem from the fact that the OnePlus 5 is suddenly out of stock and can’t be bought, the fact that OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei and CEO Pete Lau have been teasing a new camera with some cryptic tweets, and that it was around this time last year when the OnePlus 3 was discontinued and the OnePlus 3T was introduced. It is speculated that the new handset would either be called OnePlus 5T or OnePlus 6, jumping up a number entirely.

What do the rumors say so far? The major upgrade to the OnePlus 5T would allegedly …

Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus sales lag behind the iPhone 6s/6s Plus during their respective launch quarters


Just a week ago, we told you that a survey conducted by KeyBanc Capital Markets revealed that the 2016 Apple iPhone 7 was outselling the brand new Apple iPhone 8. So while we have had a week to digest that, we can tell you that Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has released data showing that 2015’s Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus outsold the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during each model’s “launch quarter.” That includes the three month period during which each phone was launched. The survey was conducted among 500 consumers who have purchased an Apple device. That number is considered …

Apple co-founder Wozniak will not buy the iPhone X on launch day

We’ve seen Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak with other phones besides the iPhone, and the straight shooting tech icon has often been brutally honest even if it meant saying something unkind about the company he helped create. While the Woz is known for hanging out in an Apple Store whenever a new iPhone model launches, yesterday he said that he plans on sitting out the launch of the Apple iPhone X on November 3rd.

Wozniak said that he is happy with his Apple iPhone 8. And while that might sound like a complement to the new model, the 67-year old added that as far as he is concerned, the iPhone …

The Essential Phone gets a substantial price cut mere months after launch


Andy Rubin’s Essential announced that its very first
smartphone, the Essential Phone (PH-1), is now officially sold for $499. Released
several months back, the Essential Phone was initially offered for $699,
so we’re talking about a significant price cut here – $200 off. Essential says
it’s cutting the price in order to “make it even easier” for consumers to try
its device and experience its brand. Honestly, we’re not sure why it didn’t
launch the phone for $499 to begin with.

 

If you’re one of the (apparently not too many) people who’ve
already bought an Essential Phone, the company …

Facebook won't launch its news subscription service on iOS due to Apple's 30 percent tax

It appears that Facebook and Apple couldn’t agree on terms regarding the launch of the latter’s news subscription tool, a new report claims. As such Facebook’s news subscription service will only be available on Android phones, not iPhones.

The main issue (the only one?) is the standard 30 percent tax that Apple takes from any subscription revenue. On the other hand, Facebook wants to give all the money from the news subscription service to publishers.

While discussions are still underway, the negotiation is at an impasse, so Facebook has decided to go ahead …