OnePlus admits it collects private data of smartphone users, promises to stop by the end of October

OnePlus has just issued an official statement regarding the recent reports that claim the company’s OxygenOS collects private data of those using OnePlus smartphones. The most important thing is OnePlus admitted it collects data from users, but the Chinese company explained the reason behind its decision.

First off, OnePlus says its OxygenOS smartphones transmit analytics in two different streams: usage analytics and device information. According to OnePlus, these are necessary to “better understand general phone behavior and optimize OxygenOS for better overall …


Razer might announce its smartphone for hardcore gamers on November 1

Shortly after acquiring Nextbit, the company behind the Robin cloud-based smartphone, Razer suggested it plans to release its own smartphone aimed at “hardcore gamers.”

Today, a teaser has gone live, which confirms Razer plans to announce its first smartphone. We don’t know the name, the price or any technical details, except for the fact that it will be designed for hardcore gamers (whatever that might mean).

According to the teaser, Razer will announce something on November 1. The image shows a guy playing a game on a smartphone, which is evidence that …

ZTE's foldable smartphone spotted at FCC one week ahead of official announcement

“Axon M” seems to be the name ZTE picked for its first foldable smartphone. Information about the said device emerged online last month, although it didn’t come through official channels.

Well, it appears that ZTE is indeed planning to launch a foldable handset and, as the previous report claimed, the Axon M may be officially unveiled on October 17.

A foldable phone with model number ZTE Z999 recently made a stop at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which means the device is one step closer to launch.

The main selling point of the ZTE Axon …

LG is making its own smartphone chipsets again, new trademark filings suggest

Some of you might remember that back in 2014 LG followed in the footsteps of rivals like Samsung and Huawei and launched its own chipset, called NUCLUN. But chances are that you don’t, as said chipset only made it to a single, Korea-exclusive device (which also tanked).

And while there were quite a few rumors that the Korean giant wasn’t done making its own SoCs just yet, they never really materialized. But this might change soon, judging from two very interesting trademarks LG recently applied for at the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
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Shortages of all-screen displays likely to increase smartphone manufacturing costs in 2018

Bezel-less smartphones have already become a trend in the industry. Few major smartphone brands have yet to launch an almost bezel-less handset, but come 2018 those few will probably embrace the new trend as well.

Unless there won’t be enough all-screen displays that these smartphones require. In fact, there’s currently a shortage of smartphone panels, which is expected to continue into 2018. The main cause is the strong demand for “customized all-screen panels” and not enough manufacturers to fulfill it.

Apparently, the all-screen panel size requirements …

Deal: For $200 you can now buy a 2016 flagship smartphone on Amazon, the LeEco Le Pro3

Despite the fact that LeEco is almost out from the United States, its products are still selling and for much less than one would expect. The LeEco Le Pro3 was the Chinese company’s flagship killer for 2016.

It was released on the market at a reasonable price and offered solid specs for that time. Now it’s on sale at Amazon for less than $200. Although the smartphone is listed with a price of $349.99, Amazon is actually selling the LeEco Le Pro3 for just $199, so you’ll be saving around $150 when you buy it.

Although the smartphone comes unlocked, it will …

Samsung seems to be rushing the development of its foldable smartphone, but why?

With today’s leaked photo of ZTE’s foldable Axon M smartphone, a curious question sprung up in many people’s minds: in a foldable smartphone, which fold direction is the better one, inwards or outwards? While the only two implementations of the idea we can think of —  the Sony Tablet P (which is phone-sized by today’s standards, nevermind the name) and the Kyocera Echo — have used a design where the screens point to the inside when the device is closed, the Axon M does just the opposite.

And such a debate might not seem like that …

Alcatel Cameo X is a mid-range smartphone for AT&T

Alcatel is about to unleash yet another Android smartphone in the United States, the Cameo X. Although it looks like a mid-range device, the fact that it will be picked up by a major carrier will most likely boost its sales.

The unannounced Alcatel Cameo X will soon make its debut at AT&T, but aside from a press render of the smartphone, we don’t have any info on price and availability. In fact, there aren’t any details about Cameo X’s specs, so your guess is as good as ours.

Since this is a mid-range Android smartphone it’s likely to come with a 5-inch …

Bill Gates says he has switched to an Android smartphone, but which one?

Which smartphone platform is better? There is certainly room for debate on the matter (though such debates often devolve into the opposing sides simply hurling insults at one another) but it’s fun to occasionally hear the preferences of someone a bit more visible in the public’s eye than a random stranger on the internet.

And what better candidate for the job than Microsoft ex-CEO and current technology advisor Bill Gates? Now that Windows Phone/Mobile is pretty much dead in the water, even its most high-profile users need to make the switch — and …

HMD working to bring one more smartphone on the market alongside Nokia 2

It looks like the Nokia 2 might not be the only smartphone HMD plans to launch in the coming months. Press renders of what appears to be HMD’s cheapest Android smartphone leaked online last week, but we still don’t know when exactly the Nokia 2 will be officially unveiled.

Two unknown Nokia smartphones have been recently certified in China, which go by the codenames TA-1041 and TA-1042. Both devices listed at the Chinese regulatory commission have quick charge, something that only the Nokia 8 features.

The presence of quick charge support suggests that these …