It's Verizon's turn to brag about the latest RootMetrics report

Early this morning, Sprint sent us some information about how the carrier fared in the latest RootMetrics report. Now, Verizon has reached out to us to let us know how well it did in the same report. First, in response to Sprint’s improving numbers, Verizon pointed out that looking at the overall results, Sprint failed to win or even tie in a single state. Meanwhile, Big Red took home first place in 47 our of 50 states. Verizon also scored the highest for overall performance, reliability, data, calls. That makes it eight years in a row that Big Red finished on top for these categories, and the …


Report: All four major U.S. carriers will offer the Moto Z2 Force; check out the latest images

Unlike the original Moto Z Force, which was a Verizon exclusive in the states and given the name Moto Z Force DROID Edition, the sequel will be available from all four major U.S. carriers. That is the word from tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass, who posted the leak on his Twitter page. We’ve already seen an image that is supposedly that of the handset wearing the AT&T logo on the back. The Moto Z2 Force (it’s unknown whether Verizon’s version of the phone will use the DROID name again) is believed to be one of several phones to be unveiled this coming Tuesday, July 25th.

According to …

Xiaomi's next flagship to sport a 6-inch OLED display from Samsung, according to report

If you thought Apple was the sole winner of Samsung Display’s recent expansion of its smartphone OLED display business, think again. A new report from Korean publication The Bell says Chinese powerhouse Xiaomi has recently signed a deal with Samsung for a supply of several million panels for its upcoming 2018 flagship.
The deal reportedly went through following a failed cooperation with LG Display, which fell through due to a delay in the building of a new plant. Curiously, this shift also impacted the unnamed device’s design, as LG’s display …

Report says that Amazon Echo 2 will copy Apple's HomePod design

The smart speaker that started the craze, the Amazon Echo, is getting long in the tooth. And while Amazon recently launched a new model called the Echo Show that includes a 7-inch touchscreen and the capability to make and take phone calls, the original Echo is due for a upgrade. According to a report published Wednesday, the Echo 2 will resemble Apple’s HomePod smart speaker that was introduced last month, but won’t launch until December.

That means that the Echo 2 will be shorter, pudgier, and be covered in material. The addition of several tweeters will improve the sound quality of the …

Report: Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ coming to the US on July 13

An image of the Coral Blue Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ leaked online back in June, and we knew right away the smartphones would eventually make their debut in the United States.

Even though we still don’t have any official information regarding their release, Droid-life has it from trusted sources that the Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for purchase in the US on July 13.

Both flagships will hit the shelves at Best Buy, as the US retailer managed to score another exclusivity over a Samsung handset. According to the same source, Best Buy will …

Galaxy Note 8 unveiling set for August 23, new report claims

Following yesterday’s report claiming Samsung will be pushing ahead with the Galaxy Note 8’s reveal so as to compensate for the Galaxy S8’s unexpectedly low sales, Korean-language publication The Bell has now given us a firm time and place for the event, citing unnamed industry sources.

August 23 is now reportedly set to be the date of the Note 8’s reveal, which will take place at a Galaxy Unpacked event in New York. And while this news is in stark contrast with previous rumors (including yesterday’s news), which claimed that the device will make its …

The iPhone 8's software and release schedule causing 'sense of panic' at Apple, tips report

As usual at this time in a new iPhone development cycle, rumors start piling up that Apple is running into production problems with the new editions. Then comes the grand September unveiling, and the issues seem magically resolved, although with new designs we sometimes witness supply bottlenecks for a month or two after release, yet the dust settles down by Thanksgiving on average.
This year, however, there will likely be an iPhone 8 announced at the scene, in addition to the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, and in it there could be so many changes and unproven technologies, …

Report: Galaxy Note 8 to launch earlier than expected, slowing S8 sales to blame

The Galaxy S8 duo was a big critical success for Samsung, as the radical visual redesign was met with mostly positive reception from consumers (though some of you will undoubtedly disagree). The problem is, this doesn’t seem to have translated to sales that well, according to a recent report straight from Korea. It seems that S8 sales have been slowing down faster than expected in the past month, only reaching 9.8 million units sold, while last year’s S7 duo surpassed 12 million in the same time span.

Which is why the company has now apparently revised …

Report: Samsung SDI is working on solid state batteries for possible use in future Galaxy handsets

A new report published yesterday revealed that Samsung is working on solid state batteries that will run and last longer than the standard Lithium-ion batteries used today. The development of the solid state cell is being done by Samsung SDI, the division of the company that manufacturers batteries. An executive of the firm says that the technology for a solid state battery for use in a smartphone will be ready in one to two years. At that point, the executive states, Samsung Electronics will have to decide whether to use the new battery inside its handsets.

Solid state batteries differ …

Report: LG V30 might not feature secondary display, concept could be replicated on new OLED screen

With the LG G6, LG made a statement. It no longer wants to be Gyro Gearloose of the smartphone industry, pushing bold innovation that no one outside its focus groups asked for. LG cleaned house, stripped away all the complexity, and introduced one of 2017’s most understated – and all-around pleasant – premium phones. It was a solid strategy, even though displays of clever engineering, such as the LG G5’s removable battery, will be missed by those able to appreciate them.

According to a “trusted source” as cited by the ever diligent XDA Developers, the same revision …