HMD Global asks consumers if it should offer the Nokia X6 in other markets besides China

The mid-range Nokia X6 is expected to be available in China only. However, the first Nokia handset to carry a notch seems to have attracted so much attention online following its unveiling yesterday, that Nokia licensee HMD Global is thinking about expanding its distribution. A tweet from HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas, disseminated today, doubles as a poll. The question is whether the X6 should be brought to other markets.
The poll ends in eight hours; thus far, those voting in favor of allowing the Nokia X6 to launch globally outnumber those who want …


AT&T expands its 5G Evolution to 117 more markets

About a year ago, AT&T launched its 5G Evolution service. Wow! 5G service in 2017? Uh, not exactly. As you might recall, this turned into a bit of a controversy for the nation’s second largest carrier. While AT&T says that its 5G Evolution offers speeds twice as fast as its regular 4G LTE network, it is not 5G. Let’s repeat that one more time. AT&T’s 5G Evolution is NOT 5G.

Yesterday, AT&T announced that it has launched 5G Evolution in 117 new markets bringing the total to 141. AT&T states that this service can deliver theoretical speeds as fast as 400Mbps (actual speeds …

Mid-range Pixel phone aimed at emerging markets reportedly in the works

Google has been targeting emerging markets with its Android One and Android Go initiatives, but the company is now reportedly also working on a mid-range Pixel-branded smartphone, aimed at the price-sensitive market segment. According to a report by Economic Times, the new device is expected to launch sometime in July or August of this year.

Google won’t be holding back on large-scale marketing and will expand distribution into general trade in India, senior industry executives claim. After all, India has been one of the most important emerging markets in the smartphone …

Nokia 7 Plus comes with free Google Home Mini in tow in some markets

HMD is expected to introduce its new wave of smartphones revealed last month at Mobile World Congress 2018 this spring. Among them, the Nokia 7 Plus is one of the phones that we can’t wait get our hands on (actually, we already did).

If you’re waiting for the Nokia 7 Plus too, you’ll be pleased to know that HMD plans to offer it along with some freebies in some key markets. Just like it did with the Nokia 6 in many European countries, HMD, or rather specific retailers across the continent, will sell the Nokia 7 Plus bundled with a free Google Home Mini.

Apparently, such a deal will …

Facebook Lite finally arrives in the US, other developed markets

Facebook launched the lite version of its social app back in 2015, but it didn’t make it available worldwide. Specifically created for emerging markets, Facebook Lite was released in the Google Play Store six months after it was introduced.

Today, the social network giant announced it is launching Facebook Lite in the US and other developed markets. Starting today, the app is available for download in the Google Play Store for Android users in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.

With the addition of the new countries, Facebook …

T-Mobile rolls out more low band LTE in over 100 markets

Low frequency spectrum, like the 600MHz and 700MHz airwaves owned by T-Mobile, can travel farther and penetrate buildings better than the high frequency kind. And according to the carrier’s CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile added more “lowband LTE” to hundreds of sites in just the last two weeks. The rollout includes a mix of both 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum. You might recall that last April, the company spent nearly $8 billion to win 31MHz of 600MHz airwaves in an FCC auction.

In addition to expanding its low band LTE presence, T-Mobile has also plans on employing some of its 600MHz spectrum for …

Android Oreo update rolling out OTA for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ in three more markets

Last week, Samsung started rolling out the Android Oreo update to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in the Netherlands and in Germany. The update, which includes the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI, weighs in at 487.04MB and carries firmware version G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP for both of Samsung’s 2017 flagship models. Today, the update is being pushed out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models in India, Poland and France. In all three countries, those who participated in the beta program are getting first crack at the OTA update.

Samsung is trying to get the latest Android build on Galaxy …

T-Mobile releases list containing names of all its 920+ markets that feature LTE-Advanced service

T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray has released via a tweet, the complete list of markets covered by the carrier’s LTE-Advanced network. The list also reveals which cities offer regular LTE-A and which feature LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. As it turns out, 430 of the 920+ markets are so endowed. Devices that support all three of those additional capabilities can receive Gigabit Class LTE and run at twice the download speed usually obtained with regular LTE-A networks. When you consider that regular LTE-A doubles the download speed of standard LTE networks, you …

Huawei's ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design now on sale in China, more markets to follow

Looking to spend a hefty sum of money for a new smartphone? If that’s the case, we have good news for you. Huawei’s ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design is close to its international release. 
Today, the special edition handset officially went on sale in China, carrying a startling ¥8,999 (about $1,358) price tag. For comparison, the 256GB version of Apple’s new iPhone X costs $1,149, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 respectively stand at about $950 and $840.
As you might know, Huawei devices …

Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 now available for purchase in select European markets

The Mi A1 is one of the few mid-range Xiaomi smartphones that will go on sale internationally. Even though Android One program has been more of a local affair, as Android One phones are specifically launched in certain countries, Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn’t care about that unspoken rule.

The Chinese company announced last month the Android One-powered Mi A1 will be launched in many countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, as well as Americas. Starting this week, the affordable mid-range smartphone is available for purchase in several European countries …