AT&T sells only 10,000 Moto Z2 Force handsets since its launch; Motorola's U.S. share rises 91%

BayStreet Research is a company that tracks sales of specific products. One of the devices it tracked recently was the AT&T branded Moto Z2 Force. The data revealed that since the launch of the phone in August, the nation’s second largest carrier sold only 10,000 units through the end of October. AT&T rang up this paltry sales total even though buyers of the phone received a free Moto Insta-Share Projector valued at $300.

Last year, the Moto Z Force Droid was a Verizon exclusive and as such, it was part of the carrier’s historic Droid lineup. Not wanting to limit its sales to Verizon …


Apple iPhone loses market share in the U.S. during the third quarter, but remains on top

Despite losing 2.1 percentage points of market share in the U.S. during the third quarter, the iPhone remains the most popular smartphone in the U.S., accounting for 30.4% of smartphones shipped in the states. According to the latest figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple delivered 12 million iPhone units during the three months from July through September. That was down from the 13 million it shipped during the same time last year as some consumers delayed purchasing the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus until the Apple iPhone X launched in November. In second place, Samsung saw its shipments …

Reuters: Apple to share some facial recognition data with developers

Privacy experts are up in arms today after Apple stated that some of the data mined by the facial recognition system on the iPhone X will be released to developers to help them build apps and games. For example, the data would be useful to help developers build games with characters that mirror the user’s facial expressions. According to a dispatch released today by Reuters, Apple is allowing developers to grab a “rough map” of the user’s face along with 50 different expressions. The developer must get customer permission to obtain the facial data, and also must promise not to sell it to a third …

Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC

A couple of years ago, Apple introduced its “Live Photos” — a feature, which has the phone’s camera record a short video that spans the time just before and just after you press the shutter button. Photos are viewable as normal, but force-pressing (or just long pressing if you don’t have 3D Touch) makes them “come alive” with the frames that were captured just before and just after. A neat little feature, great for capturing family moments with that fidgety little one, pets, fireworks, and other unpredictable stuff.

For quite a while, Live Photos have been an exclusive club. If you wanted …

It was a pleasant summer for iOS with market share gains in 7 out of 9 countries

Just released data has revealed that Apple had a pleasant summer around the world. According to Kantar, seven of the nine markets monitored by the analytical firm saw iOS market share rise on a year-over-year basis during the three months ended in August. In the U.S., Apple’s mobile operating system had a 35% market share during the three months, up 3.7 percentage points from the same time period in 2016. Android’s share during the same months showed a decline of 2.9 percentage points in the states.

Kantar also discovered that during the three month period, the iPhone kept its number one …

New Google Photos update allows you to share videos faster, here's how it works

Google Photos has received a neat new functionality. Version 3.6 of the app now enables faster video sharing for users living in areas with poor network coverage. 

Here’s how it works. Photos will first backup videos in a low-res preview quality. Naturally, the smaller size of the files will allow for quicker upload times. As soon as you’re in an area with good coverage or a solid Wi-Fi connection, all low-res copies will be replaced with the original high-quality versions. 
Of course, this feature will also be useful even if you’re …

Report: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 could share its unveiling date with the Apple iPhone 8

Last week, we showed you a video made by the designer of the Xiaomi Mi MIX and the Mi MIX 2, Philippe Starck. The concept video showed a phone with very thin side-bezels and minuscule top and bottom bezels. Even though the device in the video is a concept, it very well could be giving us an advance look at the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2. After all, when the person behind a concept is the official designer of the real phone (and its predecessor) you have to take that concept more seriously.

Earlier this week, a report out of China claimed that the MIX 2 had received its necessary China Compulsory Certification‎ …

Samsung beats Apple for the US market share crown, but S8 not in the top three

Samsung has climbed up to the top in US market share in the three-month period that ended in May, says research shop Kantar, as often happens in this weak for Apple and strong for Samsung quarter, given that the Koreans launch their flagships in the spring, while Apple does it in the fall. Still, while Samsung reached 36.2% market share this past quarter, and Apple sits at 34%, Samsung’s achievement is still a bit shy from what it managed to pull off last year in the same period with the S7 and S7 edge.
“The Galaxy S8 launch helped Samsung …

Skype Preview for Android update adds option to share links and photos from other apps

The beta version of Skype, better known as Skype Preview has just been updated with a couple of new features. Although the app appears as “unreleased” in the Google Play Store, you can download it on your Android smartphone for free.

So, here is what the Skype has added in the latest update, which will become available to everyone in the coming days if the testing doesn’t reveal any unexpected issues.

First off, users will now be able to share photos and links to Skype from other apps. Also, there’s a new option that enables Skype users to add or remove contacts …

Samsung drops, Apple hops, LG flops: US market share in June

On this last day of the month, analyst shop Wave7 Research ran some numbers for how the big two – Apple and Samsung – fared in the past four weeks at various US carriers and retailers. Samsung, it turns out, has flatlined a bit after the initial surge owing to the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships, and Apple has taken advantage. The reason? Well, while the new puppies were going strong, sales of the good ol’ Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sales took a nosedive in June, while at the same time Apple’s iPhones have rebounded, as per Wave7’s analyst Jeffrey …