Smartphone shipments worldwide rose 4.3% during Q1


According to the latest data from IDC, global smartphone shipments rose 4.3% in the first quarter, topping the analytical firm’s previously made forecast of 3.6% growth. Overall, 347.4 million smartphones were delivered from January through March, up from the 332.9 million tallied last year. Samsung continued its reign over the smartphone world by shipping 79.2 million units in the period. While that was flat with last year’s number, the manufacturer actually lost a full percentage point of market share. For the first quarter, Samsung was responsible for 22.8% of worldwide smartphone shipments.

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Canalys: Huawei ends Oppo's two quarter reign as China's top smartphone manufacturer

Analytical firm Canalys says that during the first quarter of this year, Huawei was the top smartphone manufacturer in China. That ended Oppo’s two quarter reign at the top. Still, it was a photo finish at the wire. From January through March, Huawei (pronounced “Wah-weigh”) shipped 21 million handsets in China resulting in a market share of 18% for the company. Oppo was right behind as it delivered a bit under 20 million units.

With shipments in the ballpark of 17 million for the first quarter, Vivo was in third place. Those three smartphone producers together accounted for half of all …

Smartphone use reverses 40 years of car accidents decline

Did you know that 2 seconds on your phone while driving could increase the risk of an accident by more than 20 times? And at 55mph, 2 seconds equal about two basketball courts of travel distance. Yeah, let that sink in.

The National Safety Council recently published statistics on road accidents, showing an increase in road deaths of roughly 2,500 year-on-year since 2015, and a staggering 40,200 count of accident-related deaths in 2016. NSC does not explicitly state that the huge increase is due to phone usage while driving, but there are some additional stats and …

Best smartphone cameras compared: Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S7 edge, LG G6

What do you call a turtle that’s taking up photography classes? A snapping turtle!
*ba-dum tss* 
Yeah, coming up with great puns may not be my strongest skill, but that’s fine. I’m pretty sure you’re not here for the comedy. So let’s get to the point, then. That Samsung Galaxy S8+ – is its camera any good? 
Of course it is. Samsung knows how to make a good smartphone camera. But so do Apple and LG. A question much more difficult to unknot is which of these three companies …

Andy Rubin's Essential Android smartphone spotted on GFXBench

The so-called father of Android, Andy Rubin, has been working on a high-end Android handset that is expected to take on top shelf models like the Apple iPhone and the Google Pixel. We recently got a partial look at the phone, and it also was benchmarked on Geekbench. Today, the phone was spotted on the GFX Bench website.

The Essential FIH-PM1 (the name of the company producing the device is called Essential Products) will have a screen rumored to be 5.5-inches. According to GFXBench, the display carries a resolution of 1312 x 2560. This produces an aspect ratio of 80:41 compared to the 82:41 …

Another canceled Microsoft Lumia smartphone gets shown off in hands-on video

Microsoft’s mobile division is a thing of the past, but many Windows Phone fans still own some of the handsets the Redmond-based company launched on the market in 2015 or 2016. However, since it decided to sell its mobile business to HMD Global, Microsoft had to cut some of the phones it planned to release at some point.

Two Lumia smartphones that were leaked previous to their official announcement had been canceled: Lumia 750 and Lumia 850. Both mid-range handsets were very close to being released, but for some reason, Microsoft decided that it’s not worth the …

The Turing Phone is back as world's first mass-produced Liquidmorphium smartphone

Turing Robotics Industries (TRI), the company behind the conceptualized smartphone called Turing Phone, has another important announcement for its fans. A new impressive handset that goes by the name Turing Phone Appassionato will be soon available for purchase on the market.

Unlike the previous model that was only available in limited quantity, TRI claims the Appassionato is world’s first mass-produced Liquidmorphium smartphone. However, this time, TRI has partnered with Chinese company TCL for the release of its new Turing Phone.

The Appassionato will come …

Results: how much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case?

Smartphones are expensive, even if you go for a regular midranger. And as soon as most people shell out for a brand-new handset, their first thought is “Should I slap a case on it?”. Sure, it’s cool to enjoy your phone’s pretty design and premium build materials, but one drop and you can say “Bye, bye” to its resale value, or even worse — to its display.

So, it’s only natural for many to buy cases for their smartphones — protectors that defend the shiny device from scratches and scuffs that may devalue and decrease its visual appeal, or even damaging cracks when dropped. But it’s not often …

How much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case?

Even in today’s oversaturated market, a decent smartphone is still not a cheap commodity. If you want a good-looking device, with stable performance, a decent camera, and good battery life, chances are you’d have to shell out more than $300 for your purchase. And if you want the best of the best… well, we all know how high flagship prices can go.

So, it’s only natural for many to buy cases for their smartphones — protectors that defend the shiny device from scratches and scuffs that may devalue and decrease its visual appeal, or even damaging cracks when dropped. But it’s not often an …

Best smartphone cameras compared: HTC U Ultra vs Galaxy S7 edge, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6

Not long ago, we had the pleasure of reviewing the HTC U Ultra – the company’s most-recent high-end phone. Long story short, it does not quite tick all the right boxes a $750 phone should, but the flashy design does impress, and the camera performed pretty well during our testing. Now it is time to focus on that main 12MP shooter the U Ultra boasts – more specifically, to compare it against some of its rivals.
For the purposes of this camera comparison, we took the HTC U Ultra, the Galaxy S7 edge, the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6 out for a camera …