Samsung intros the Exynos 9 Series 8895, a powerful octa-core processor for high-end phones

Samsung just announced a new high-end mobile processor: the octa-core Exynos 9 Series 8895, which is bound to power select smartphones coming later this year. Just like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 – which is actually developed in collaboration with Samsung – the Exynos 9 Series 8895 is built on a 10nm (nanometer) process technology. This enables it to deliver up to 27% higher performance compared to chipsets built on 14nm technology (like the Snapdragon 821), while also draining up to 40% less power.

The Exynos 9 Series 8895 has four custom CPU cores, plus four Cortex-A53 cores (with a maximum …

LG fans reveal what they like about the camera innovations found on LG phones

LG has released a video that shows what LG users, both past and present, think about certain innovative features of the snappers found on LG phones. For example, we hear from a few LG users about the wide angle feature. “It allows me to take great shots of the city,” says one LG user in Brazil. Another person raves about Manual mode. “The nicest thing about having the Manual feature is to be in control of everything.” Stateside Jackie notes the difference in her Instagram photos, which she says “look a lot nicer” when taken with an LG camera. She also raves about the higher quality of her …

Accidental Google alpha roll out adds Google Assistant to some non-Pixel phones

An alpha version of the Google app (version 6.13) has been accidentally making the rounds. Some of those who have been able to sideload the update on their Android phone have discovered that a surprising new feature has been added to their device, mainly Google Assistant. The more conversational version of Google Now is currently offered on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets, and is available through the Google Allo messaging app. If you have the opportunity to install the alpha on your phone, keep in mind that not everyone who loads it will receive Google Assistant. In addition, it …

Huawei sold more phones in 2016, but made less money

If you live in the U.S., odds are that you are somewhat familiar with Huawei. You could have seen the company’s brand adorning some handsets at Best Buy, Target or Walmart, but might not be able to pronounce the name (which sounds like “wha-weigh”), and you might not realize that the manufacturer is the third largest producer of smartphones in the world. But Huawei vows that you will soon know much more about the company; it promises that by 2021, it will become the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide, topping Apple and Samsung.

The company appears to be making progress toward reaching …

Dropped phones cracked screens and the death of awareness

I am like a dog, ears pricked and attention diverted, desperately trying to spot the offending sound. It’s a violent combination of bombastic crash and subtle crack, a unique flavor of dread.

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It’s the sound of a phone dropping from hand or pocket or table or anything — gravity doesn’t discern — to the cold hard ground. Occasionally, you get lucky and the phone lands on its back, and you see your last interaction — Instagram, let’s be honest — staring back at you, the dog photo not nearly as cute dimmed by the judgemental harshness of the late afternoon sun. But often the screen is hidden from view, phone face down, a tense few moments where you brace yourself for the potential heartache and accompanying dread in knowing all the subsequent steps you’ll have to take to replace the shattered glass, and hoping that’s all it is.

There are no definitive numbers to work with, but a number of studies have attempted to figure out how often people drop their phones, and how often those accidents lead to permanent damage. A 2011 Plaxo study estimates that 33% of people regularly drop their phones on a regular basis — some 20% in to the toilet (which, with a bit of luck, may be less damaging) — while a 2013 study from Tech21 estimates that 90% of people drop their phones at least once a month. Around 5% said they drop their devices six times per month.

For most people, it’s not a matter of if but when, and though the materials used on the outside of our beloved devices have somewhat improved over the past few years, nothing is infallible. Corning, one of the most important companies few people know about, introduced the fifth generation of its Gorilla Glass substrate in 2016, and believes that it is the strongest smartphone cover out there, “surviving 1.6-meter, shoulder-height drops onto hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time,” according to the company’s marketing materials. Corning, headquartered in the New York town of the same name, has become synonymous with the front glass of most Android phones, and while there are competitors — Dragontrail is the MediaTek to Corning’s Qualcomm — Gorilla Glass has practically become the Kleenex of mobile screen covers.

But even the strongest glass is still breakable (for now), and unless we outfit the world with carpet (which could get gross pretty quickly) there isn’t an alternative to trying to make our devices more durable. A worrying trend, and one that has been criticized since the debut of the all-glass Nexus 4, is outfitting both the front and back of a phone in glass. From the Galaxy S7 to the Honor 8 and many in between, the Gorilla Glass sandwich doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon — the Galaxy S8 looks to have more glass, front and back, then ever — so we’re just going to have to deal with it.

The sight of a person, or groups of people, walking with phones in hand, reading the news or catching up on a Twitter feed, is all too common on busy city sidewalks.
If we assume that people are not generally getting clumsier, the rising prevalence of cracked and broken phones due to drops is likely due to the increasing number of hours people spend each day using their phones. The sight of a person, or groups of people, walking with phones in hand, reading the news or catching up on a Twitter feed, is all too common on busy city sidewalks, and the more we take the technology for granted, the less careful we are with the thing itself. Smartphones may be dropping in cost overall, but they’re rising in importance in our lives, and a cracked screen is more than an inconvenience — it’s a tragedy.

And yet the same Tech21 survey said that many people are willing to continue using a phone with a cracked screen because the idea of having to get it repaired or replaced — often out of pocket, since accidental damage is not covered under most manufacturer warranties — is stressful and, often, traumatic.

I hate seeing cracked screens. It’s a visceral reaction, a combination of anger at the owner and sadness for the phone. But that’s dumb; I should feel angry at the phone for breaking, and sad for the owner who has to go through the hassle of replacing it. I’ve been there; you’ve been there. We’ve all dealt with a cracked screen or at the very least damage a phone’s casing.

For a few years, high-quality polycarbonate — devices like the HTC One X, Nokia Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5C — were all the rage, and while they may not have looked as nice (debatable, since the Lumia phones were perfection), they tended to be very durable. But no material — metal, glass, polycarbonate — is unbreakable and the most important factor to preventing drops is being aware of your surroundings.

In Toronto, where I live, there has been a huge increase in the number of pedestrian deaths in recent years, many of which are caused by people engrossed in their phones as they cross streets or step into intersections. Such accidents are increasingly common in big cities throughout the world, and lest this turns into a PSA against using one’s phone out in public, it’s clear that people are becoming more cavalier about using phones in places that a few years ago would have been considered verboten.

A dropped smartphone is not always a broken one, and avoiding the occurrence completely is likely impossible, but being aware of when and how these drops happen is the first step towards realizing that our devices, as essential (and addictive) as anything we use on a daily basis, can be made safer by being more careful.

And, if you can’t, or just refuse to be, more careful, there are always rugged phones and thick-as-a-brick cases that will probably save you from yourself.

Cellebrite gets hacked; some of its methods for unlocking phones are made public?

Cellebrite, the company whose devices allow users to unlock handsets, was hacked last month and 900GB of data was whisked away by a hacker. Today, the hacker started releasing some of the files which include methods for cracking open Android, BlackBerry and some older iOS models. Some of the data made public might have come from publicly available phone cracking devices.

The hacker claims to have stolen the content from a remote Cellebrite server. Even though it was encrypted to protect the company, the hacker was able to bypass this protection. Most of the files posted started with UFED …

Remember the Facebook phones? Reminisce with the HTC ChaCha (aka Status) and HTC Salsa

Ever since man discovered fire, there has been talk about a Facebook phone. In 2011, HTC finally scratched that itch and released a pair of phones called the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa. Let’s start with the HTC ChaCha. In the U.S., it was an exclusive for AT&T known as the HTC Status. The ChaCha featured a 2.6-inch landscape display with a resolution of 480 x 320. A physical QWERTY keyboard was found under the screen. A blue Facebook Share button at the bottom right of the unit made it quicker to upload photos, post a status update, and more. It also glowed whenever you had new content …

Comparing Mid-Range Phones -The Blackberry Q5 Vs. the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

A new mobile phone can be a big decision. You could go for a top of the line new phone, but that’s going to cost you well over £500 and it is going to be loaded down with features that the average user just doesn’t need, which seems like a waste of money. You could go for a budget phone, but they tend to be lacking in features and in performance specs too.

A solid, mid-range phone is generally the best bet and is a good compromise between cost and performance. But you’re still going to want to know that you’re getting a good quality phone. So many of us are dependent on our mobiles these days that getting a reliable phone is essential. You could spend some time going through mobile spec sheets to find out which phone has the best features for the money.

This is time consuming, and it’s also confusing since these spec sheets tend to have lots of technical language involved, not to mention all the big numbers they have. And that’s where we enter the picture. We’ve taken the work off your hands and compared some of the best mobiles on the market to let you see which the best buy is. So, if you’re interested in the two models that we’re comparing today, read on to find out which of them is going to come out on top.

Introducing the Two Phones…
Blackberry used to be one of the biggest names in mobile phones, but due to an over reliance on the old fashioned physical keyboard design of phone they’ve lost a lot of market share. Their newest mid-range model is the Blackberry Q5, and it’s still a keyboard phone. However, it’s also one of the most affordable Blackberry’s on the market.

Going up against the Blackberry Q5 we’ve got another huge name brand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The Galaxy S4 is Samsung’s current flagship phone, and it’s got a pretty hefty price tag. But fortunately, Samsung have released a much more affordable Mini version of the bestselling S4. It does sacrifice a few features to get a lower price, but it’s still a great little phone. Which of these two is going to be the best buy?

What You’ll be Paying…
Mobile prices obviously depend a lot on where you buy. We’re giving you prices from the mobile operator Orange today as a guideline, since their prices tend to be pretty average. The Blackberry Q5 is going to cost you around £270 from Orange SIM only. If you prefer to sign an incentive contract to avoid paying the full retail price up front, then you can get the Q5 for no money down on a £20.50 a month contract.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is going to cost you around £350 from Orange SIM only, so it’s a little more expensive. On contract you can get the Galaxy for no money down on a £31 a month calling plan.

The Similarities…
Both of these are 4G capable models, so you’ll have access to faster mobile data speeds as long as you get a dedicated 4G data plan from your operator. Both also have an 8 GB internal storage capacity, so you’ll be able to store plenty of music, photos and other data on your device.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini…
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is slightly more expensive than the Blackberry Q5 but it has so many advantages that it’s tough to know where to begin. Firstly, it has a faster processor. The 1700 MHz model makes the Galaxy more powerful and more responsive than the Blackberry with its 1200 MHz processor.

Because the Blackberry has to sacrifice screen space to fit a physical keyboard in the Samsung has a much bigger display, measuring in at 4.3 inches versus just 3.1 inches. This means that you get a much better viewing experience for looking at emails, documents and web pages. And the display on the Samsung is a Super AMOLED screen too, rather than the older LCD technology used on the Blackberry, so you get much better and more vivid colour reproduction.

The camera on the Galaxy is superior too, since it’s a 8 MP camera that can capture a lot more fine detail than the 5 MP camera on the Q5, meaning that you get better quality pictures. And if you frequently use a Bluetooth device, the Samsung has much better support since it runs the new Bluetooth 4.0 version rather than the much older 1.0 version on the Q5. This means that you get faster data transfer, and that your phone uses less battery power when connecting.

The Galaxy is an Android phone, and it gives you full access to the Android App Market, which makes finding, downloading and installing apps and games easy and convenient. And the Galaxy is also capable of running multiple apps at once, letting you chat on Skype whilst you’re surfing online, for example.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is the smaller device. It’s around 20 per cent generally smaller than the Q5, as well as 20 per cent thinner. And it’s lighter too, weighing in at just 107 grams versus the 120 gram Blackberry. This makes the Galaxy much more portable and easier to carry around with you. Finally, the Galaxy has a built in FM radio, whilst the Blackberry doesn’t.

The Blackberry Q5…
The only real advantage that the Blackberry has over the Samsung Galaxy is that it has a better battery life. It gets around 10 per cent more standby time per battery charge cycle than the Galaxy, averaging around 14 days versus 12 and a half days. This means that you’ll need to charge your phone less often.

Which is Better?
It’s a bit of a wash out. For only £80 more you can get the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini which is a far, far better phone than the Blackberry Q5. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

Comparing Mid-Range Phones -The Blackberry Q5 Vs. the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The 3G Huawei Ascend P6 vs. The 4G Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini – Same Price, 2 Totally Different Phones

A new mobile phone is a pretty big investment. You’re looking at spending at least a few hundred pounds on getting a new mobile these days, so you’re obviously going to want to make sure that you’re spending wisely. But with so many options on today’s market, choosing between them can be tough. And if you’re looking for the best business phone then you have to consider even more factors, things like great battery life, reliability and good connectivity. So many of us are now dependent on a great mobile for business that it’s important to get the best that money can buy. But just how are you supposed to make that all important decision? That’s where we come into the picture. We’ve looked at some of the best new business phones on the market to help make your decision easier. We’ve then matched hand sets up in head to head competition so that you can clearly see how two models compare and how they differ. So if you’re looking for the best business phone, then you might want to read on to find out more about today’s two competitors and which is the better buy…

The Two Phones…
Samsung’s Galaxy series is one of the best-selling phone ranges in the world. The Samsung Galaxy S III was widely considered by experts to be the best mobile of 2012, and that meant that the release of the new Galaxy S4 was an eagerly anticipated event earlier this year. And the S4 is a fantastic hand set, but it’s also extremely expensive. However, Samsung have launched a little brother to the S4, called the Galaxy S4 Mini. It’s cheaper, but it does have to sacrifice a few features to get that lower price tag. But was too much sacrificed to keep the price low? Huawei are a Chinese manufacturer who have only recently begun producing phones for the European market. But they’re rapidly making a reputation for themselves for producing relatively highly featured phones for budget phone prices. The Huawei Ascend P6 is the latest release from the company, and is touted as the slimmest smart phone on the market. But can Huawei really compete against mobile giant, Samsung?

How Much?
These two models are relatively similar in price. The Huawei Ascend P6 retails for around three hundred and fifty pounds, whilst the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini goes for about three hundred and seventy pounds. Given that they’re almost identical in price, you can’t use finances to choose between them, so we’re going to have to look pretty closely at the features on these two mobile hand-sets…

Why Go for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has a few great advantages over the Huawei Ascend P6. It does have a faster processor, running a 1700 MHz model over the Ascend’s 1500 MHz processor. This makes the Galaxy faster and more powerful as well as more responsive to input. The Galaxy is also a 4G capable device, whilst the Ascend isn’t. 4G phones offer faster mobile internet connections, meaning faster downloads, smoother video streaming, web pages that open more quickly, and even the possibility to play graphics intensive online games. However, you will need to be with an operator that offers a 4G network and data plans in order to use this function, or your phone will use 3G connectivity by default. The screen on the Galaxy is a Samsung signature Super AMOLED screen, rather than the older LCD technology seen on the Huawei, meaning you get better and more vivid colour reproduction. And whilst both phones sport a standard 8 MP camera, the camera on the Galaxy can shoot high resolution full HD video, whilst that on the Huawei can’t. The Samsung does have better Bluetooth support, running Bluetooth 4.0 rather than the older 3.0 version on the Ascend. So if you frequently use a Bluetooth device, a hands free set in your car maybe, this newer version will mean that you get faster data transfer and that your phone will use less battery power when connecting to your device. Finally, the Galaxy S4 Mini is also the lighter phone, weighing in at just 107 grams versus the 120 gram Ascend P6.

Why Go for the Huawei Ascend P6?
However, the Huawei Ascend P6 has a few tricks up its sleeve. The Ascend has the larger screen, measuring in at 4.7 inches versus 4.3 inches. That bigger screen not only means that you get a better viewing experience, but also that typing on that pop up on screen keyboard is a lot easier and more comfortable. Not only that, but the display quality is better too. There’s around eighty per cent higher screen resolution on the Ascend, as well as about twenty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch), meaning that the display is crisper, clearer and better defined than that of the Galaxy. There’s better battery life too, with the Ascend averaging about thirty per cent more talk time per battery charge cycle than the Samsung (about fifteen hours of active use versus just twelve hours), so you’ll be charging your phone a lot less often. Plus, despite having the larger screen, the Huawei is around twenty per cent smaller than the Samsung, so it’s that much more portable.

Which Should You Buy?
This is truly a difficult choice. These two devices are similarly priced and whilst each has its own advantages, both are great phones in their own way. We love the larger screen on the Huawei Ascend P6, and it’s a better quality display too, and that extra battery power is a handy thing to have on a business phone. But the faster processor, 4G capability and better Bluetooth support on the Samsung Galaxy S4 are equally important features in a phone. If we have to choose just one winner, the Samsung is probably a slightly better business device, mostly because of the 4G connectivity, but both of these mobiles are good buys.

The 3G Huawei Ascend P6 vs. The 4G Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini – Same Price, 2 Totally Different Phones

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Windows Mango Phones On The Market Today

Windows has taken a major spot in the world of operating systems for mobiles. The corporation was able to launch its selection of operating systems with the new windows mango. Several of the biggest companies that produce cell phones are using this recent OS because it is versatile.

Windows also is in favor over almost all the operating systems mainly because many people worldwide use the same computer software on notebooks or computers. So, by purchasing one of the leading cell phone deals which has windows is an advantage for individuals who are used to the way of the business.

There are now two top cell phone deals who use Windows Mango so they are named Samsung Omnia W and HTC Titan. Both phones have outstanding capabilities and they deserve to be in the crest of the market.

The Samsung gadget comes with a big display that provides a really good visibility. You will have the satisfaction in using social networks by utilizing this handset. Because of the Windows OS you will be able to use all the standard windows formats for documents and spreadsheets. You will be able to make changes on the run and by using the internet you will be able to send all the files effortlessly. The Bing search engine has a particular design just for mobile devices. This design makes it extremely attractable for all users of mobiles.

The HTC Titan overpasses the Samsung offering a larger display. I am not used to see such big monitors on a phone. The large display allows the phone to run HD movies and you will enjoy the sensitive touch screen benefits without a doubt. Furthermore the HTC has a better digital camera than the Samsung and by utilizing some of the Windows applications you can modify the photographs right on your cell phone. You can also compress the pictures to get them to manageable for email attachments. By using this feature you can update you zynga page without any problems and you will talk about your location by using pictures made with the phone.

Windows Mango is far better than the other Windows Mobile versions and its opens a brand new world for mobile devices. It is a strong business rival for the Android OS and I think that the future version may become the favorite on the market. The people at Google should think hard and come up with some thing better and more advanced.

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