Qualcomm confirms all smartphones supporting Quick Charge 4.0 technology

Each top-tier mobile chipset launched by Qualcomm comes with Quick Charge. The technology has evolved throughout the years, so the latest smartphones equipped with Qualcomm’s newest chipsets should support Quick Charge 4.0/4.0+.

To make it easier for consumers who want the latest quick charge technology in their smartphones, Qualcomm published the list of all devices compatible with Quick Charge 4.0/4.0+. In case you’re expecting the list to contain at least several devices, you’ll be completely disappointed.

There’s only one device that Qualcomm confirmed it’s fully compatible with …

Samsung to offer in-person service for Galaxy smartphones in the United States

Samsung will massively expand its repairs centers across the US, the company announced. The South Korean handset maker confirmed it will kick off a same-day in-person authorized support service in collaboration with uBreakiFix.

Apparently, more than 300 uBreakiFix locations across the country will open their gates starting March 15 to all Samsung customers who own Galaxy devices. According to Samsung, all Galaxy owners will get authorized care in two hours or even less.

Since the Samsung Care authorized uBreakiFix service locations are in all major US metro areas, the handset manufacturer …

HTC co-founder Cher Wang: 5G will lead to new shapes for smartphones

HTC co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang made some interesting comments that were posted on the manufacturer’s Instagram account today. Talking about the upcoming move to next-gen 5G connectivity, the executive stated that as 5G reduces the demand on these devices to provide computing power, the shape of a typical smartphone will change to “other forms” from the rectangle based design that handsets now offer.

Wang’s company has problems, and while the HTC U11 was a big step forward for the manufacturer, it has the same seven-letter problem every year. Samsung. To be fair, LG and other Android …

T-Mobile confirms Android 8.0 Oreo updates for several LG smartphones

LG users in the United States will be happy to learn the South Korean handset maker has decided to update several of its smartphones that are sold through T-Mobile.

The US carrier has just updated the support webpages of some of the smartphone LG launched in the country in the last couple of year. If you have one of them bought from T-Mobile, you can expect an Android 8.0 Oreo update pretty soon.

Here are all the LG smartphones that T-Mobile recently confirmed it will update to Android 8.0 Oreo: LG G5, LG G6, LG V20, LG V30, and LG V30+. There has been much talk as to whether or …

The official Carnival Theme for Sony Xperia smartphones now up for download

If you’re an Xperia smartphone (or tablet) user, Sony Mobile has another surprise for you. In celebration of the Rio Janeiro Carnival happening in Brazil as we speak, the Japanese handset maker released a new Xperia Theme for the event.

Dubbed Xperia Carnival Theme, the asset is now available for download from Google Play Store. It requires Android 5.0 and above, as well as an Xperia device as well (obviously). You’ll notice that many of the visual aspects of your Xperia handset will change once you install the theme, including the lockscreen, status bar, folder icon, action bar and wallpaper.

On …

6 great smartphones from 10 years ago (2018 edition)

2008 was an important year in the world of smartphones. While the market was still ruled by operating systems that are now defunct (like Symbian and BlackBerry OS), new platforms were clearly providing glimpses of the future, with touchscreen devices starting to make a serious impact. Of course, there were still plenty of awesome handsets that didn’t feature touch-enabled displays, but the wind of change was already blowing. 
If you’re feeling nostalgic, or just curious about what smartphones were cool a decade ago, we’re inviting you to discover some of the greatest …

Android Messages app to receive smart reply feature; Select Project Fi smartphones get it first

The smart reply feature, which allows users of the Gmail app to respond to incoming email with a single tap on pre-written responses, is now coming to Android Messages. The first phones that will have smart reply on the messaging app will be handsets used by Project Fi subscribers, including Pixel and Nexus handsets powered by Android 8.x. At this point, it is unclear whether other handsets working on other carriers will have smart reply available on Android Messages as well.   

A tweet disseminated today by Project Fi states that the smart reply feature is rolling out to compatible …

Cricket Wireless offers free Alcatel and LG smartphones to those who switch

Cricket Wireless is kicking off the new year with a promotional offer aimed at switchers. It’s not the first time the US carrier offers free smartphones to those who switch, but you can now choose between two budget-friendly handsets made by Alcatel and LG, respectively.

In fact, you can even have both the Alcatel Verso and LG Fortune if you decide to add two lines of unlimited data for $80 per month. We’ve already talked about the Alcatel Verso, a smartphone that Cricket started to sell for $30 not long ago, so let’s see what the LG Fortune has to offer.

Well, the LG Fortune (also …

Top smartphones we expect seeing at MWC 2018 (Galaxy S9 included)

CES 2018 is now behind us, and while the event brought little in terms of smartphone announcements, think of it as a warm-up prior to a show that’s going to be a lot more spectacular in this respect. That show is Mobile World Congress, scheduled to take place in Barcelona between February 26 and March 1. 

Unlike CES – where you can see all sorts of tech: from self-driving cars to Wi-Fi-capable toasters – MWC is a forum highly focused on mobile technology. Each year it hosts a stage for major and not-so-major smartphone companies to announce their latest products. What …

Sony CEO Hirai says it will continue making smartphones, but not to compete with Apple or Samsung

Just because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai expects the company to report its largest ever operating profit this year (equivalent to $5.83 billion USD) doesn’t mean that the company has fixed everything that has prevented it from rivaling Apple and Samsung in the smartphone business. In fact, the executive has a less than convincing answer to those who think that Sony should just give up when it comes to connected handsets.

Hirai says that Sony isn’t sticking with smartphones because the product is the future of tech. He says that Sony needs to continue to sell the product in order to stay in the communications …