AT&T is to skip the G7 ThinQ, will launch exclusive LG smartphone in summer instead

AT&T has confirmed that it will not be stocking LG’s latest flagship smartphone. Despite LG’s newest G-series device being confirmed to launch through T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, AT&T has revealed to The Verge that it has no plans to offer the smartphone. Instead, the carrier has announced that it plans to offer a new exclusive LG smartphone beginning this summer.

In a statement, the company said that they already “offer a strong lineup of devices from LG” but failed to mention any specifics in regards to their upcoming offering. Considering the flagship positioning of the LG …


Samsung receives patents for a folding phone and a transparent smartphone display

With the foldable Samsung Galaxy X expected to be unveiled next year, the manufacturer has received a couple of patents, one of which could give us a look at what the Galaxy X might look like. The images show a phone that folds horizontally, unlike a previous patent that showed a phone folding in a couple of different ways. Users would be holding the handset in landscape orientation. Thanks to an additional hinge, the device can be propped up vertically in portrait mode. Shutting the device by folding the two sides together will automatically turn off the phone while opening up the two sides will …

Asus unveils the ZenFone Live L1, its first Android Go smartphone

Android Go is making a splash in emerging markets, but as more handset makers join the hype train, the lightweight OS is being brought to larger audiences. Asus is the newest company that announced an Android Go-powered smartphone, the ZenFone Live L1.

Actually, the ZenFone Live L1 is Asus’ first Android Go smartphone. It was officially introduced in Indonesia and it will go on sale in mid-May for a price that will be announced later on. According to Asus, the Android Go device will be launched in Europe as well, but it did not offer any additional details on the matter.

Specs-wise, …

Samsung remains on top as global smartphone shipments drop 2.9% in Q1

For the first time since the third quarter of 2013, quarterly smartphone shipments in China totaled less than 100 million units leading global smartphone shipments to decline 2.9% in the first quarter. Overall, 334.3 million handsets were delivered from January through March, down from the 344.4 million shipped during the same period last year. Samsung remained on top with a total of 78.2 million units in transit during the period, down 2.4% from the 80.1 million shipped last year. Because the overall number of phones delivered was lower, Sammy actually saw an increase in market share from 23.3% …

LG "Q Note" trademark suggests smartphone with stylus could be in the works

LG could be preparing a new stylus-equipped smartphone according to a new trademark filing. The South Korean company’s last attempt at a device featuring a stylus came nearly one year ago, with the launch of the LG Stylo 3 Plus. According to a trademark for the “Q Note” name by the company, however, it appears LG could be readying another stylus-equipped device.

Currently, the LG Q line of devices is relatively new, with the company introducing its first series of smartphones last year, in the form of the LG Q6 and Q8. These acted as the company’s mid-range offerings throughout the year …

ZTE patents another smartphone with dual notch display design

Although ZTE seems to be hit with restrictions from all sides, the Chinese company has no issues in patenting new products that might or might not see the light of day.

The newest patent ZTE filed at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) reveals an unusual smartphone design that features not one, but two notches – one at the top, and another one at the bottom.

It’s the second patent for a dual-notch smartphone that ZTE filed in China, so the handset maker could be very serious about this specific design. Even though the notch is a rather controversial feature, ZTE seems …

Nintendo to launch new action RPG smartphone game later this year

After the success of Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem: Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo revealed its new mobile game to be released later this year – Dragalia Lost. Unlike Nintendo’s previous mobile games that belong to iconic franchises, the upcoming title is a new IP.

Dragalia Lost is an action RPG developed by Nintendo and Cygames. The game will be initially released in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau sometime this summer. According to Nintendo, the game will make it to North America and Europe later this year.

Along with the game’s announcement, Nintendo released …

The Galaxy J2 Core could be Samsung's first Android Go smartphone

It looks like Samsung is the next smartphone company to jump on the Android Go bandwagon. The version of Android that’s been specifically designed to work on entry-level phones with 1GB RAM or less has been supported by many handset manufacturers lately.

An unannounced Samsung smartphone has been recently spotted at Geekbench and judging by its specs, this could be the South Korean company’s first Android Go handset. The device goes by model number SM-J260G and packs just 1GB RAM and a quad-core Exynos 7570 processor.

Another piece of information that suggests …

The Verizon Smart Family app gives you control over your kid's smartphone usage (VIDEO)

The Verizon FamilyBase service is now the Verizon Smart Family service. Using the Smart Family app, you will be able to see where your kids are, control the content they have access to on the internet, block social media, messaging and gaming apps, and limit the amount of time they can spend on their phones. In other words, everything you can do with your children’s handsets to make them pissed off at you, can be achieved with the Verizon Smart Family app.

With the Smart Family app, you can see how much battery life your kids’ phones have left, so you can call and remind them to …

Defense Department looking to detect illness… via smartphone?

The Department of Defense has awarded a contract for a project seeking to develop technology that can detect when a service member is sick through their smartphone. The $5.1-million USD contract was given to a cybersecurity firm called Kryptowire by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Those at the Pentagon looking at developing the new technology call it Warfighter analytics using Smartphones for Health (WASH). 

What is the goal? 

The program is aiming to utilize the various sensors on a smartphone (think motion detection, cameras, …