Archos unveils four new Android smartphones for the European market

French Android OEM Archos has just announced the upcoming availability of four new smartphones for the European market: Diamond Gamma, Diamond Alpha, Sense 55S, and Sense 50X.

All four will be launched on the market this summer during of the month of July. The most expensive of the four, Archos Diamond Alpha will cost €299 (after a cash discount of €50), while the Archos Sense 55S will be available for purchase for €249 outright.

Next in line, Archos Diamond Gamma is priced to sell for €199, whereas the cheapest of the four, the rugged Sense 50X will be up …

Video watching on smartphones reaches record highs in Q1, long-form content preferred, report shows

What a weird species we are. We have developed masterpieces of TV screens, progressively growing larger, sharper and with more detail, but still bend our heads over 4-5 inches of display to watch clips, show series and even films. The extent to which we keep our necks in the curved position to watch a video on a mobile device has been revealed in a recent report on smartphone video plays in Q1.

Online software and services provider Ooyala has just published stats that show that 57% of all video content watched worldwide in the first three months of 2017 was viewed on smartphones. …

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ named top smartphones on the market by Consumer Reports

Ths Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the current top smartphones money can buy, well ahead of all the competition, claims testing publication Consumer Reports.

Samsung’s latest flagships have secured the two top spots on CR’s list thanks to their beautiful design, great battery life, vibrant displays, and “stunning” cameras.

The outlet’s findings, after rigorous testing, also indicate that the S8 and S8+ are among the toughest high-end smartphones, successfully passing a dunk tank test, which was last year failed by the rugged S7 Active. As far as all-glass, …

Asus delays the launch of ZenFone 4 smartphones until the end of July

Asus was tipped to unveil the ZenFone 4 series back in May, but it looks like the company missed its own deadline. What’s worse is the smartphones won’t be announced this month either, as a new report claims the ZenFone 4 series will be revealed in July.

According to the company’s CEO Jerry Shen, the highly-anticipated ZenFone 4 series will be introduced at the end of July. Asus decided to delay the launch of the smartphones by three months in order to improve their specs sheets and make some significant design changes.

The first ZenFone 4 smartphones launched …

Report: Amazon taking another shot at smartphones with "Ice"; Google apps included?

After its Fire Phone ended up a flop in 2014, Amazon might be feeling confident enough to take on the smartphone industry one more time according to a new report published today. The incredible success of the Amazon Echo smart speaker, combined with the omnipresent AI assistant Alexa, has bolstered the company’s presence in the tech industry. The latest rumor revolves around a new line of smartphones allegedly code named “Ice.”

Part of the problem with the Fire was the use of a forked version of Android that did not include Google Mobile Services. That meant that the phone did not provide …

HMD confirms all Nokia smartphones will get the Android O update

Finnish company HMD Global confirmed earlier this week that all three Nokia-branded smartphones announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 will make their debut on the market by the end of June.

Moreover, the smartphones are supposed to be released globally by the end of this month, which looks like a major effort for a start-up company like HMD.

But that’s not the only good news HMD provided to Nokia fans this week. According to Techradar, an official of the Finnish company confirmed all Nokia-branded smartphones would receive the Android O update as soon as …

Deal: Get $100 off select Apple, Google and Samsung smartphones at Verizon

Verizon is trying to bring customers to its network and what better way to do that than going live with a few promotions on some of the most popular smartphones.

For a limited time, customers can get $100 off select smartphones. The offer is available exclusively online, so don’t look for it at Verizon’s retail stores. Keep in mind though that a new device payment plan and a new line are required, which means upgrades do no qualify for the offer.

Here is the full list of the smartphones discounted by $100 at Verizon: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Google …

Best T-Mobile smartphones (2017)

Once America’s fourth major mobile carrier, T-Mobile is currently the third largest wireless provider in the US, outperforming Sprint (in terms of user numbers) since 2015. As a consequence, right now, T-Mobile has tens of different smartphones in its lineup, so customers may find it a bit hard to decide on what model to buy. But this is where we think we can help.  

Below, you’ll discover what we think to be the best smartphones that you can buy from T-Mobile at this very moment. Incidentally or not, all handsets (except for the last one on the list) …

The 5 premium chips that will power flagship smartphones through 2017 and 2018

The SoC (System-on-a-Chip, also refered to as processor and chipset) is at the heart of the smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and other connected gear we use on a daily basis. Now that the information is broadly available, we’d like to sit down and review the upcoming processors that will power the majority of 2018’s high-end smartphones.

With considerably advanced developments in CPU core design by ARM, the British company whose work is licensed by virtually all embedded chip makers as the basis for their products, we have plenty of gains in performance and power efficiency to look forward …

Role reversal: Motorola name in on smartphones while Lenovo fades out

After purchasing Motorola from Google back in 2014, Lenovo decided that it would slowly phase out the Motorola name. But how do you eliminate the name of the company that invented the cellphone? By using the name Moto by Lenovo, the latter was able to inject a bit of Motorola’s legacy into Lenovo’s` growing popularity in the East. Throw in the iconic batwings logo, and you have a device that still can be recognized as a Motorola product throughout the world.

Take a look at the current Moto flagship, the Moto Z Force. The only identifying marks include the Moto name above the fingerprint …