LG introduces three new smartphones with 18:9 screens: LG Q7, Q7+ and Q7α

LG has just done what we expected for quite a while, it launched a brand new Q series smartphone – the Q7. The new mid-range smartphone comes alongside two other Q series devices: Q7+ and Q7α. All three smartphones will be available in select markets in Europe starting next month, followed by countries in the Americas and Asia. 

The sequel to the LG Q6 comes with a better camera, AI, Hi-Fi audio, IP68 rating and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. All three Q series smartphones come with 5.5-inch FullVision displays with FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) resolution …


Three new Sony and Huawei smartphones gain Netflix HDR support

Netflix has just added three new smartphones to the list of devices that support its HDR service: Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Huawei P20. However, keep in mind that even if you own one of the eleven smartphones that feature Netflix HDR support, you will need the Netflix app version 5.0 (or newer).

Here is the list of smartphones and tablets that currently feature Netflix HDR support: Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20, LG V30, LG G6, Razer Phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZ1, and Sony Xperia XZ2.

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Google Lens integration starts rolling out to some OnePlus smartphones

Unfortunately, Google Lens integration is not as widespread as one would think, even though Google promised to bring it to as many high-end smartphones as possible. The search giant’s feature made it to Google Photos back in March, but only a handful of smartphones have been “blessed” with Google Lens until now.

If you own the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+ or Note 8, then you should already benefit from Google Lens integration via Google Assistant, but if you have other smartphones it’s unlikely that you can use it. The good news is full Google Lens integration is now rolling out …

Xiaomi expected to ship 100 million smartphones this year, up 43% from 2017

Led by the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S handset, which provides flagship specs at a value price, Xiaomi is hoping to ship 100 million smartphones this year, according to industry estimates. That would be a 43% hike over last year’s delivery of 70 million units. In addition, the company might finally enter the U.S. market later this year or early next year. Xiaomi reportedly has met with U.S. carriers to discuss selling Xiaomi’s flagship handsets in the U.S.

While this might not be the best time for a Chinese based manufacturer to push its wares in the U.S., Xiaomi thus far has escaped the negative issues …

The best Amazon Prime deals on smartphones

Amazon Prime has always offered sweet deals on phones for its members, though with a bit of a catch. If you went for one of the alluring offers, you’d have to put up with ads on your lock screen. This was a non-issue for some people, but many others did not take as kindly to it. Fortunately, the company has decided to stop this practice and sell the devices with pre-installed Amazon apps instead, which is a much better solution.
So, if you are an Amazon Prime member, and have been holding off due to the annoying ads, now’s your chance …

iPhone X pushes average selling price of smartphones up even further in Q1 2018

The average selling price of smartphones grew significantly in Q1 2018. Despite a number of reports claiming that demand for premium smartphones was on the decline, a new report by German research group Gfk reveals a significant increase in average selling prices (ASPs) across the globe.

According to the report, the ASP of smartphones across the globe is now heading towards the $400 mark, with Q1 2018 seeing an average price of $374, representing a huge increase of 21% over the first quarter of 2017 when the global ASP sat at $310. Although this growth in pricing is represented as an industry …

Kirin processors will remain exclusive to both Huawei & Honor smartphones

Huawei’s Kirin processors will remain exclusive to the company’s devices. It has previously been reported that the Chinese company would begin expanding its processors across the globe via partnerships with other smartphone manufacturers in a bid to take on Samsung. Speaking at the Huawei Global Analyst Conference, however, the company has denied these reports, confirming it currently has no plans to open up its processors to other brands.

Currently, Huawei’s own processors give it a huge advantage when it comes to optimizing its smartphones. After all, the company can not only specially …

Smartphones are being used for long distance exorcisms

The smartphone has changed the way people do things. In this day and age, it isn’t unusual to see people looking down at the screen in their hands, everywhere. So it might not come as a surprise that wanna-be exorcists are being trained to cast out the devil with the use of connected handsets. Why, it’s enough to make Linda Blair’s head spin around. A report published today reveals how technology is one of the tools used by 200 aspiring exorcists attending a week-long course on the subject.

Part of the training includes teaching those attending the program how to tell the difference between …

Bandai Namco brings One Piece Pirate Rush and Sword Art Online: Integral Factor to smartphones

It looks like Bandai Namco is on a launch spree. After the surprising announcement of Dragon Ball Legends last month, the Japanese publisher and game developer released two new games on mobile, both available for free: One Piece Pirate Rush and Sword Art Online: Integral Factor.

One Piece Pirate Rush is a purely PvP title, as teams of up to four players face each other in real-time battle action. The gist is that every One Piece character in the game has unique abilities, which adds a layer of strategy whenever you have to choose your team members.

The game features five character …

Best smartphones to buy from Verizon

When it comes to buying a smartphone, there’s a huge list of devices to choose from. Today’s market is flooded with handsets spread across different price tiers and niche sectors. Then, we have mobile carriers offering various discounts, deals, or monthly payment plans to make the purchase of that one expensive handset that much easier for the customer.

One of these carriers Verizon Wireless… you know — only the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the US currently. Chances are, you may be looking to sign a new contract with Verizon and may be wondering which of their …