Sony Xperia XZ1 launches in the US as the first phone to run Android Oreo out of the box


Announced a few weeks back alongside the Xperia XZ1 Compact
and Xperia XA1 Plus, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is now available to buy in the US,
becoming the first among the three new Xperias to be released stateside.

 

Priced at $699.99 unlocked, the Xperia XZ1 succeeds the
Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ, offering a largely similar design, but improved
features. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about the XZ1 is that it’s the world’s
first commercially available smartphone to run Android 8 Oreo out of the box. This means it’s got all
the latest software enhancements from Google, including adaptive …


AT&T launches Threat Defender, an Android app that's not meant to protect your smartphone


File this under “carriers do wacky things” to please customers. The “culprit” in this case? AT&T, which has just launched an Android app called Threat Defender. Even the most non-tech savvy consumers would probably think that the new app launched by the US carrier is meant to protect their smartphones.

Alas, AT&T Threat Defender is purely an entertainment app that’s only good to “protect” you from boredom for a little while. If you haven’t guessed it yet, Threat Defender is an interactive game that’s available to everyone who owns a device running Android 2.3 and up.

It’s …

Asus ZenFone 4 Max officially launches in US and Canada, large battery included


Asus just announced that one of its newest smartphones, the
ZenFone 4 Max, is now officially available to buy in the US and Canada. The handset is sold
unlocked (1-year North American warranty included), costing $199 in the US, and $299 CAD in Canada.

 

Far from being a high-end smartphone, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max
is made for customers in need of an affordable handset with long battery life.
The device packs a very generous 5,000 mAh battery – according to Asus, this
can provide up to 22 hours of video playback, or up to 26 hours of Wi-Fi web
browsing. With these figures in mind, we’re …

Space Black BlackBerry KEYone is exclusive to AT&T and it launches today

The BlackBerry KEYone is available from AT&T starting today, priced at $16.67 a month for 30 months. The handset comes in Space Black, a color that is exclusive to AT&T. In the states, both Sprint and AT&T are the only carriers offering the KEYone. The handset features a 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 4 protected display with a resolution of 1080 x 1620. Under the hood you will find the Snapdragon 625 SoC carrying an octa-core CPU running at a 2GHz clock speed, with the Adreno 506 GPU inside.

The physical QWERTY keyboard is not only among the best ever attached to a smartphone, …

Unlocked Essential Phone launches today, Sprint version goes on pre-order

Announced at the end of May, the Essential Phone is now finally available to buy online – one day earlier than expected. For now, only the unlocked version of the handset can be bought right away, and you’ll have to get it from Essential’s own website – see the first source below.

Priced at $699, the new smartphone is compatible with all major US carriers. For a limited time, you can buy the Essential Phone with Essential’s 360-degree camera module for $749 (normally, the two products would cost $898). Folks who had previously registered for the Essential Phone …

Tekken Mobile for iPhone and Android soft launches in Canada

Tekken is one of the most recognizable fighting games out there: many (us included) have grown up mastering the fighting controls and the different characters, and now, developer Bandai Namco seems ready to bring Tekken to iPhone, iPad and Android.
Tekken Mobile has just soft-launched in Canada, but it does not feature the same level of controls as you know from before. Instead, Tekken Mobile relies on the Waza Card system and you tap on your screen for combos and special attacks.
Just like any Tekken game, there is …

Motorola Moto E4 Plus launches this week in the US, huge battery in tow

In addition to announcing the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, today, Motorola shared details about the availability of Moto E4 Plus – a smartphone that was first unveiled last month, at the same time with the already-released Moto E4.

The Moto E4 Plus will be launched in the US in a couple of days, on August 3. Customers will be able to purchase the unlocked version of the phone for $179.99 via Motorola’s website, Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers. August 3 is also when Verizon Wireless will start selling the Moto E4 Plus, but, for now, there’s no word on how much …

Samsung launches the Gear S3 TUMI Special Edition smartwatch for $449.99

Samsung and Tumi, a US-based company that manufactures suitcases and bags for travel, have just announced they have teamed up to offer consumers who wish to stand out, a luxury version of the Gear S3 frontier smartwatch.

Starting today, the new Samsung Gear S3 frontier TUMI Special Edition is available for purchase for $449.99 via Best Buy and Samsung. The wearable can only be bought online, but coming August 6, it will go on sale in stores for the same price.

Unlike the regular model, the special edition comes with a watchband designed by TUMI featuring …

HTC U11 128 GB launches in the US this week, U Ultra will cost just $499

Tomorrow, July 25, HTC USA will start taking pre-orders for an upgraded version of its U11 flagship smartphone. We’re talking about an HTC U11 with 128 GB of internal memory (instead of the 64 GB that the current, regular model is offering).

The HTC U11 128 GB will cost $729 unlocked – that’s $80 more than the 64 GB version. We assume that the new model will be available in all the color variants that the 64 GB one comes in, including blue, silver, black, and red. It doesn’t look like the HTC U11 128 GB will feature 6 GB of RAM in the US, so we’re expecting …

The Rock stars with Siri in new iTunes movie that launches July 24th

In his career as a movie star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson never worked with a co-star as unique as the one he acts with in a new iTunes movie that debuts tomorrow, July 24th. The film is called The Rock x Siri, and yes that is Apple’s voice activated personal assistant sharing top billing with one of the world’s biggest movie stars. Johnson disseminated a tweet earlier today in which he called the picture the “biggest, coolest, sexiest, funnest (is that a word?) movie ever.”

This year has become the year of the personal assistant as Amazon’s Alexa has come out of obscurity to become one …