Smartphone era leads to more depressed teens and suicides

It is hard to say exactly when the smartphone era began. Some will point to January 9th, 2007 when Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first version of the Apple iPhone. Keep in mind that smartphones had been available well before the unveiling of Apple’s iconic handset. Some will say that the start of the smartphone era took place on July 10th, 2008 with the launch of the Apple App Store. The App Store really opened up these devices that users were purchasing, and helped give consumers a focus on what they wanted their phones to do.

While the rise of the smartphone has allowed …


T-Mobile to launch its own REVVL T1 budget-friendly smartphone on August 10

The first report about T-Mobile’s affordable smartphone packing premium features, the REVVL T1, surfaced back in May. As we’re getting closer to Android O’s release and the unveil of iconic new devices like Nokia 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, T-Mobile plans to introduce its own budget-friendly smartphone.

Although the Uncarrier has yet to unveil the device, an official document reveals the REVVL T1 will be launched at T-Mobile on August 10. The smartphone will be available for $0 down and $7 per month with JUMP On Demand, but only for a limited time.

Besides …

Meet the first smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanner… oh, it also packs 3 cameras at the back

At this year’s MWC Shanghai, Chinese manufacturer Vivo displayed smartphone prototypes that employ Qualcomm’s next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. While Qualcomm clearly stated that it will start sending the tech to phone makers for commercial sampling in Q4 2017, it appears that Vivo might have gotten a bit of a head start. 

A bunch of images showing the upcoming Vivo Xplay 7 (also known as X20) emerged today. They pretty much confirm that the handset will be the first to have an on-screen fingerprint reader. This makes perfect …

Major US city bans smartphone use by pedestrians while crossing the street

Using the smartphone while driving is already banned in many countries across the globe, but there aren’t many places where pedestrians can’t use their handsets while walking. It appears that Honolulu, the largest city in Hawaii, will be among the first to impose a ban on the use of phones at crossroads.

Honolulu’s Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill that is meant to prevent “smartphone zombies” from injuring themselves while trying to cross the street, Reuters reports.

The new legislation was passed recently and will take effect starting October 25. Pedestrians …

Upcoming Razer smartphone said to target “hardcore gamers”

After acquiring Nextbit, the company behind the cloud-oriented Robin smartphone, Razer promised that “unique mobile design and experiences” will come soon. Six months after Razer’s initial statement, the company revealed plans to go for a $5 billion IPO in Hong Kong with the purpose of expanding in China.

The public offering will help fund development of its own smartphone among other new gadgets, Bloomberg reports. The handset will be specially designed to appeal to “hardcore gamers,” which comes in line with Razer’s recent moves in the smartphone industry.

According …

Apple has ‘fundamentally changed’, while the smartphone market is now ruled by design trends, rather than raw tech innovation

To many people around the world, innovation and gadget-induced adrenaline have plateaued in the last few years, as new smartphone models seem to offer little exciting new stuff that their predecessors didn’t have. Nowadays, silicon inside handsets is relatively standard for most brands, and customers’ purchases are largely based on a phone’s image, looks and feel, rather than on a new piece of tech it rocks. According to a recent WSJ report, smartphone design accounts for up to 50% of a customer’s decision to buy or not to buy, while it was previously believed that the figure …

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro ultra-rugged smartphone quietly introduced in the US

US-based Android OEM BLU has just revealed yet another rugged smartphone in the Tank Xtreme series. The new handset is listed on BLU Products’ website without a price tag, but BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is expected to hit the shelves at Amazon soon.

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is a bulky phone, bigger and heavier than the Samsung Xcover 4, another rugged smartphone that recently made its debut on the market. BLU’s device measures 146 x 74.8 x 13.9mm and weighs no less than 206g (battery included).

The smartphone is IP68 certified, which makes water and dust proof like no …

Sprint wants to lease you a smartphone

Sprint has found that it is to their benefit to lease their customers a handset rather than selling them one. The wireless operator has a new program called Sprint Flex that allows customers to lease a phone and upgrade to a new model after 18 months. For $5 a month extra, subscribers can upgrade after just 12 months. Note that Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models are entitled to a 12-month early upgrade without having to pay the extra $5 monthly.

Other options available at 18 months include paying off the device with one lump sum payment. Or, by paying six more monthly payments, subscribers …

Got only $100 for a smartphone? ZTE introduces the Blade Spark, the budget-friendly midranger

ZTE is no stranger to the budget-oriented market as it often sets an aggressive pricing on their phones, putting it well inside the bargain range. Today, the company has announced its newest lower-tier phone — an AT&T exclusive, which will set you back only $100. Is it worth it?

The handset in question is a part of the Blade family and is called ZTE Blade Spark. With its rather light price-tag, its specs are justifiably low-tier — a quad-core, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage (7 GB available to user) expandable via microSD. The display is rather …

Xiaomi records best ever quarter with 23.16 million smartphone shipments in the March-June period

According to a recent publication by a Taiwanese news outlet, Xiaomi has marked its best ever quarter in the March-June period this year, seeing a 70% increase in smartphone shipments from Q1. The company sold 23.16 million units in Q2 and, as per Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO’s words, its aim is to hit a revenue of $14.7 billion (100 billion Yuan) by the end of this year.

Apparently, the company’s focus on physical retail sales, largely through its 123 Mi Home stores in China, seems to be working well, while it also plans to open a few more stores in the country in the next …