Sony might stop making phones

Sony has a new chief executive officer that replaces long-term CEO Kaz Hirai and a new CEO also means a new plan for the company’s future, a plan that might include a move away from consumer gadgets. And yes, while nobody at Sony admits that, this might well mean that the company is stepping away from making not only phones, but other consumer gadgets as well, including the popular Playstation and Sony cameras.

While we hope this does not happen, new Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida unveiled a new three-year plan for the company on Tuesday and the focus of that plan was …


Qualcomm brings high-end features to more affordable phones with the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform

Late Wednesday, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform. The first chipset in the Snapdragon 700 tier, the SoC is built using the 10nm process and includes a multi-core AI engine and neural network processing. The Snapdragon 710 allows more affordable handsets to offer features that up to now, were seen only on pricey flagship phones. Compared to the Snapdragon 660 chipset, the new chip provides twice the improvement in AI applications.

The octa-core CPU is made up of two high performance custom Kryo 360 cores running at 2.2GHz …

HMD Global raises $100 million so that it can build more Nokia phones

HMD Global’s deal with Nokia to license its name for smartphones has been a rousing success. For example, today’s flash sale to launch the Nokia X6 sold out all available inventory in ten seconds. The Nokia brand is on its way to having some relevancy again; the 4.4 million smartphones it sold in the fourth quarter of 2017 topped the number rung up by HTC, OnePlus, Google, Sony and Lenovo during the same period. It makes you wonder what might have been had then Nokia CEO Stephen Elop chosen Android instead of Windows Phone to run Nokia’s new connected handsets back in 2011. It was a decision …

Enter Tuesday to win one of ten LG G7 ThinQ phones being given away by T-Mobile

Tuesday is almost here. And as we get closer to the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., a young man’s thoughts (and an older man’s, too) naturally revolve around the latest smartphones. And as we await the U.S. release of the LG G7 ThinQ on June 1st, we can tell you that T-Mobile is giving away 10 LG G7 ThinQ handsets as part of its weekly T-Mobile Tuesday Sweepstakes.
First, let’s go over the weekly giveaways. This Tuesday, May 22nd, T-Mobile will give its qualifying members $2 off Baskin Robbins ice cream. That is perfect for this time of the year as the temperatures …

Google Lens will be integrated in the cameras of future Android phones

Google Lens is an interesting thing. It’s sort of like reverse Google image search, where you drop an image and let Google find similar-looking ones, only in the real world. But it can be much more than that and it seems like Google has the ambition to bring out the full potential of Lens in the near future.

Lens was added to Google Photos earlier this year, so users could identify different objects or text in their photos and gain more information about them from Google’s vast databases. But the newest update for Lens, coming at the end of May, will …

Android P beta released for Pixels, Nokia 7 plus, Essential Phone, Xperia XZ2, other phones

Google kicked its I/O conference with an announcement related to Android Things and Android Auto, but Android P got in the spotlight as well. Along with the official launch of the new Android OS for smartphones, Google confirmed that a beta build is now available for download.

However, unlike in the previous years when these beta builds were a Google Pixel/Nexus affair, for the most part, this time the search giant has decided to make Android P beta available to additional smartphones launched by other major companies.

Apparently, this is possible due to Project Treble, which means …

Motorola takes up to $220 off its best phones: Moto Z2 Force, Z2 Play, X4

Back in April, for about a week, Motorola had a deal allowing US customers to buy the high-end Moto Z2 Force (pictured above) for $500 – $220 off its original price. We’re glad to inform you that, as of yesterday, the deal is once again available, alongside deals on a couple of other Motorola smartphones.  
Besides buying a Moto Z2 Force at $220 off, you can save $150 on the Moto Z2 Play (currently sold for $349.99 instead of $499.99), and $100 on the Moto X4 (sold for $299.99 instead of $399.99). Motorola says these price cuts will be valid until May …

BLU settles with FTC, agrees not to misrepresent the security of its phones

Back in November 2016, we told you about a story in The New York Times that claimed certain Android phones were sending users’ personal data to servers in China. The software, created by Shanghai Adups Technology Company, is on hundreds of millions of active Android handsets. Among the manufacturers whose phones had this software installed were two firms that shouldn’t surprise you in 2018, Huawei and ZTE. But a third manufacturer is one that you might have never heard of, and is actually located in Miami, Florida. The name of that company is BLU Products.

BLU co-owner and CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion …

All Samsung Galaxy S9 phones may soon come with four pre-installed Verizon apps

Samsung has reportedly made a deal with Oath – a Verizon company* – to pre-install four applications on its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones. According to Reuters, the apps in question are Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Newsroom, and Go90 mobile (a video streaming app). 
Reportedly, these four apps will likely be pre-installed on all Galaxy S9 models across the US, regardless of carrier, and even on phones sold around the world. This deal will allow Oath (and Verizon) to easily deliver content, including videos, and ads to millions of Android smartphone …

T-Mobile allows college students and teachers to save $100 on phones (iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 included)

At the beginning of 2018, T-Mobile was allowing US college students, college staff, and K-12 staff to save $60 on select phones and tablets, as part of a promotion dubbed Campus Exclusive. Now, the promotion is considerably more attractive, including savings of $100 on a variety of smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches. 
This is a call-in offer that’s available only at this number: 1-844-428-3892. A T-Mobile rep will have to verify that you’re a college student, K-12 staff, or college staff member. Another important thing to note is …