Top Apple analyst leaves his firm; Ming-Chi Kuo will no longer follow Apple at his new job

Ask any PhoneArena reader which Apple analyst has provided us with the most accurate forecasts over the years, and the answer would surely be Ming-Chi Kuo. The latter, who toiled for Korea’s KGI Securities, abruptly quit the firm on Friday according to a report out of China that was published today. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman followed that up with a tweet which said that Kuo would now be covering “innovative non-Apple companies” for another firm.

Last year, Kuo worked his magic back in February, seven months before Apple unveiled its 2017 lineup. Back then, the Apple iPhone X was thought to …

T-Mobile subscribers can no longer sign up for KickBack

When the clock struck 12 am this morning, and the calendar flipped to Friday the 13th, T-Mobile’s KickBack enrollment came to an end. Unless you’ve already signed up for KickBack, and keep paying for a qualifying rate plan, it no longer is an option for new or existing T-Mobile customers. Those enrolled in KickBack receive a $10 credit if they use 2GB of data or less on a T-Mobile postpaid phone or tablet line during a month.

KickBack kicked off on January 22nd, 2017 and has now kicked the bucket. T-Mobile says that it is ending the program since it was designed for those who don’t use much …

BlackBerry World no longer supports paid apps starting today

Back in February, we told you that BlackBerry World will shut its doors for good on December 31st, 2019. We also told you that starting on April 1st, 2018, paid apps were no longer being supported by BlackBerry World. Right now it is April 1st in most areas of the U.S., which means that all payment mechanisms no longer work on the storefront. While no new paid apps are being accepted, those developers who were monetizing their apps can still do so as long as the method for accepting payments comes from within the apps themselves. The good news is that those developers who decide to go this route …

Samsung shifting focus: being first in everything is no longer that important, says boss

Now that the Galaxy S9 is out there and still being a hot buzzword, Samsung’s head of Mobile DJ Koh spoke at a press conference with Korean reporters, discussing what lies ahead. And it seems there will be a slight shift in strategies — one that will change what we expect to see from Sammy in the years to come.

When talking about hardware innovation, some reporters pointed to Chinese manufacturers that already have an in-display fingerprint scanner in their phones (we assume that’d be Vivo) and that foldable displays are already being seen in different places than just Samsung leaks.

In …

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ official battery life stats: Won't last much longer than the S8/S8+

Wondering how long would the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ last on a full charge? Well, according to data coming straight from Samsung, they will’t outlast their precursors – the Galaxy S8 and S8+ – in certain situations but not by much. This was logical to expect given that the new Galaxies pack battery units with the same size: a 3,000mAh battery for the smaller phone and a 3,500mAh one for the larger counterpart.

Of course, real-life test would be much more telling, but Samsung’s official battery life stats tell a pretty telling tale that was, once again, expected.
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Google is 'arrogant', 'conservative', 'can no longer inovate', says Googler of 13 years as he quits

Steve Yegge, an ex-Google employee of more than 13 years has left the company, and while such a news would hardly ever make a lot of headlines, his last words as he left the technological giant are certainly worth reading.

According to Yegge, who was a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Mountain View, among the chief reasons for his departure from the company is its transformation to a “100% competitor-focused” and not “customer-focused” entity that’s no longer an inspiring place to work at. 

This strategy on catching up and one-upping its rivals on the tech scene …

Cortana's music recognition feature not working any longer due to Groove Music closure

If you have a device that uses Cortana, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised to know that the music recognition functionality will not work anymore. Microsoft announced last year that it will shut down its Groove Music streaming service at the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Cortana’s music recognition functionality has been retired, Microsoft recently confirmed. Even so, if you’re using Cortana on a smartphone, there are plenty of alternatives that some would say that make a better job.

It’s unclear whether or not this feature will make a comeback to Cortana …

Gameloft brings back SEGA's Sonic Runners Adventure mobile game, but it's not free any longer

SEGA launched Sonic Runners Adventure for Android and iOS a while ago, but for some reason, the publisher pulled the game from App Store and Google Play Store. Perhaps SEGA wasn’t content with the quality of the game or there have been other issues that required its removal from the stores.

In any case, if you’re a Sonic fan, you’ll be happy to know Sonic Runners Adventure is now back in the App Store and Google Play Store, and it’s now being brought to life by Gameloft, not SEGA. The bad news is the game is not free any longer, so you’ll have to pay $2.99 if you …

Even if it's no longer in production, ZTE Axon 7 will receive Android 8.0 Oreo soon

Despite the fact that ZTE Axon 7 is no longer in production, the smartphone will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo in the not so distant future. The information comes straight from the Chinese handset maker, so it’s 100% accurate.

If you’re still using the Axon 7, which was originally launched with Android Marshmallow on board, you should know ZTE is already working on Android Oreo for this specific smartphone.

Apparently, ZTE was inspired by customer feedback and decided those who purchased the Axon 7 deserve to keep using it for a longer time. Here is ZTE’s …

NFL streaming on mobile is no longer Verizon-exclusive, including Super Bowl 2018

The Super Bowl may not be Verizon-exclusive to stream on mobile devices any more, it seems, as the NFL announced a new five-year deal with America’s largest carrier that introduces other carriers into the mix. Under the auspices of the new streaming deal that Verizon and NFL just outed, “All in-market games including national pre-season, regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl will be open to all mobile customers across Verizon and Oath’s platforms next season.”

Starting from the playoffs next month, sports fans on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or another service, can access the …