Kirin processors will remain exclusive to both Huawei & Honor smartphones

Huawei’s Kirin processors will remain exclusive to the company’s devices. It has previously been reported that the Chinese company would begin expanding its processors across the globe via partnerships with other smartphone manufacturers in a bid to take on Samsung. Speaking at the Huawei Global Analyst Conference, however, the company has denied these reports, confirming it currently has no plans to open up its processors to other brands.

Currently, Huawei’s own processors give it a huge advantage when it comes to optimizing its smartphones. After all, the company can not only specially …

Huawei, ZTE heavily reduce lobbying expenditures in the US, but remain sponsors of telecom events

It looks like Huawei and ZTE, the two big Chinese handset makers that are trying to penetrate the US smartphone market, have decided to take a pause stop pouring money into the pockets of US lobbyists.

If Huawei spent no less than $1.2 million back 2012 for lobbying in the US, the company spent just $50,000 last year, down from $348,500 in 2016. That’s quite a huge gap for Huawei, as the company is trying to convince the US government that it’s not a threat to national security.

On the other hand, ZTE usually spent between $130,000 and $240,000 every quarter from 2014 to 2015, for …

Nokia 7 won't remain China-exclusive for too long, other countries will get it soon

HMD Global introduced the Nokia 7 as a China-exclusive back in October, but it looks like the smartphone will be making outside this country very soon. Unofficially, the smartphone is already available for purchase at some European retailers, but a few lucky countries will get it through official channels.

Word is HMD plans to launch the Nokia 7 in India later this month. Apparently, the smartphone will be available exclusively through Amazon India for a price that hasn’t been disclosed yet.

But that’s not all, as Nokia 7 is expected to arrive in Europe …

Report: Google to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS

Securities firm Bernstein sent a note to clients today, stating that Google will end up paying approximately $3 billion to Apple this year to remain the default search engine on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. That is triple the amount that Google paid Apple three years ago for the same licensing rights. The revenue from Google is counted by Apple towards its rapidly growing services business. According to Apple, if its service business was considered a separate company, it would qualify for the Fortune 500.

Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said in his firm’s missive to investors that …

Deleted iPhone Notes found to remain in iCloud storage long after their 30-day expiration time

Russian company Elcomsoft has a thing about breaking into Apple software and pointing out security flaws. It’s a darn fine sport if you really know what you are doing, and the Russkies do.

Their latest discovery is that notes written into the Notes app and sync’d to iCloud remain in storage after the user deletes them, and long after the 30-day period of keeping them in the “Recently Deleted” category has expired. This goes contrary to Apple’s claim that notes are permanently deleted after 30 days. They might be – on your iOS device – but their ghosts remain in the cloud.

Thankfully, …

Only hours remain for you to buy the BLU R1 Plus for $109.99 from Amazon or Best Buy

Just the other day, we told you about Miami based BLU’s latest handset. The BLU R1 Plus features a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5-inch display, albeit with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution, and is powered by the MediaTek MTK6737 chipset. That means that the handset carries a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720MP2 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of expandable native storage. A 13MP camera adorns the rear of the phone, with a 5MP selfie shooter in front.

Although the device is running on the previous-generation Android 6.0, the handset does come with a 4000mAh battery which means that you …

Samsung to cut battery charge functionality in all those Note 7 holdouts that remain

Samsung is done with the Note 7 saga, it seems, as it plans to push out an update that will completely stop recharging for those who still hold on to their dear phablet in Korea, endangering themselves and maybe others in the process. There are still a bunch of folks who find it hard to part with the Note 7, and there are even online groups and threads for owners of active Note 7 units, and Samsung apparently will be targeting those in the final acts of the Vikings Note 7 saga. 

US carriers already did something similar by shutting down access to …

Google says Pixel 2 will remain premium, no cheap Pixel in the works

We’re still many months away from the upcoming release of the next Pixel smartphone, but it’s never too early to talk about such an important device. The latest rumors about Google’s upcoming flagship date from January and imply the company will make some consistent improvements in various areas like the camera and SoC (system-on-chip).

The same report claimed that Google might be readying a budget-friendly Pixel smartphone to go alongside its flagship. Despite all these rumors coming from a “reliable source,” Google has recently confirmed that it doesn’t plan to launch a cheap Pixel …