BLU rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Life One X (2016)

Despite the fact that it’s 2017 and in just a couple of months Google is expected to launch Android O, some companies continue to deliver Marshmallow updates to their smartphones. Naturally, that’s not a bad thing, but it’s definitely quite unexpected.

BLU is one of the handset makers that have decided one of its smartphones, the Life One X, is worth getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. BLU Life One X (2016) was originally released on the market back in December 2015, which makes it almost two years old.

Although the company promised to provide Life One X users with …

HTC U11 battery life test score is out: aces benchmarks, but standby is below average

The HTC U11 is a 5.5-inch flagship phone with a stunning design and aspirations to have one of the best cameras ever put in a handset, but what about its battery life?
The 5.5 incher comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, a size smaller than most devices of the same physical caliber, yet it also sports the Snapdragon 835 system chip, a newer and more power efficient chip than most others have.
How does this combination work together in terms of actual battery life?
Turns out that the answer is …

Moto Z2 Play goes official: thinner and lighter, still excellent battery life

The Moto Z2 Play has just gone official and it is the successor of one of the battery champion phones: the Moto Z Play.
And the Moto Z2 Play looks a lot like its predecessor: it has a nearly identical design, (but one that is much thinner and lighter!) the square fingerprint button on the front and the large, round and protruding camera on the back. In fact, the Moto Z2 Play is the thinnest mainstream phone we can think of in recent history.

A super thin, 5.5mm bodyWhat’s changed is under the hood: the Moto Z2 Play ships …

Moto Z2 Play vs Moto Z Play: battery life comparison and all other differences

The new Moto Z2 Play is out, and it’s an impressive $500 phone: cheaper than a flagship, yet touting some unique Moto Mods, a clean design and the promise of great battery life.
But how does it compare to last year’s Moto Z Play, a phone that ranked as ‘the best battery phone’ by many.

15% smaller battery than the original in exchange for thinness

Well, the Moto Z2 Play also has a super power efficient battery chip: the new Snaprdagon 626 built on a 14nm architecture, a key component to delivering excellent …

Apple iPhone saves the life of a Manchester bombing victim

The modern smartphone is an amazing piece of technology. Not only does it make and take phone calls, allow users to access all of the news of the day, and help you stay connected to friends and family, it can also save lives. Besides being able to connect to 911 quickly and give an emergency dispatcher your exact location, there is at least one other way that a handset can save you from death.

As we’ve detailed a few times before, a smartphone has saved a life by acting as a protective shield, stopping or deflecting a bullet. Just this past week, an Apple iPhone gave up its life to save …

Meizu M5c is an affordable and likeable new 5" phone that promises good battery life

Meizu is not exactly a household name in the United States or Europe, but this Chinese phone maker offers some phones that feature great value for the money, and it has just announced its latest such device, the Meizu M5c.
The Meizu M5c is a 5″ phone that is made for the global market with support for 4G LTE band 20, crucial for proper coverage in Europe. It’s a plastic phone, but one with beautiful colors a likeable design, and an even more likeable super affordable price.

“We designed the Meizu M5c specifically with our …

37,000 AT&T workers embarked on a three-day strike, demanding a better life

Close to 37,000 AT&T workers started a three-day strike due to disputes over new contracts. The workers, about 14% of the carrier’s total workforce, demand wage increases, job security against outsourcing, affordable healthcare, fair scheduling, and changes in the rate of sales commissions.

Over half of the protesters are working in the wireless segment. They have been joined by employees that work in phone, landline, and cable services businesses in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, as well as DirecTV technicians across California and Nevada. The strike covers 36 states and Washington, …

Here's how Android O will bring better battery life, strengthened security, app stability improvements

Android may be the most popular mobile operating system in the world, but it is not known as the most secure one. Or as the most responsive or most stable OS, for that matter. Google seems to be well aware of that, which is why with Android O, we’re promised to see improvements in areas with key importance to what Google calls Android’s Vitals: security, stability, and battery life.

That’s great news, of course, but what’s no less interesting is the approach Google is taking to ensure that Android O smartphones run without a hitch. It all starts with doubling-down …

BlackBerry KEYone battery life test result really hits it out of the park

The BlackBerry KEYone is a phone with a keyboard in 2017. And while that was pretty much the standard 10 years ago, in 2017, it’s the only such phone.
But that’s okay: it’s meant to be that way. The KEYone has a 4.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and a laser focus on productivity and email, while doing all the things modern Android phones do. The phone is not exactly beautiful, but it’s practical, it’s meant to get things done.
One key aspect of a practical phone, however, is clearly its ability to deliver …

Going to the battery life Olympics? Might want to check the Vernee Thor E out!

This story is sponsored by Vernee. PhoneArena’s opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

Nowadays, the trend in flagship-class smartphones is to try and wow you with a slim and light design and some form of incredible camera improvement. Midrangers, on the other hand, know that they can’t win the fight in the performance or camera department, so they do another trick — they try to dazzle you with an extreme battery life, and possibly …