Watch the top 5 carrier ads: T-Mobile spent $30 million for the Netflix spot, still couldn't beat Verizon

Hot on the heels of T-Mobile giving away Netflix streaming to its subscribers came the rumor that Sprint may offer Hulu in its turn, and Verizon might be exploring free content, too. Well, T-Mobile made this a big selling point last quarter, so how much exactly has it spent on popularizing its generosity with the “Netflix on us” spot? No less than $30 million, it seems, judging from the recap of the wireless ad TV spending for last month.

That’s still just a chunk of the total estimated $271 million that 18 brands gave for advertising in October, up …


Notch Remover is another iOS app aiming to fill the iPhone X top

Another day, another iPhone X notch-modifier app gets the nod in the App Store. This time around it is simply called Notch Remover, and does what it says on the tin – takes any image you throw at it, and rounds it up to the nearest corner, placing one uninterrupted black bar at the top, as if you have a bezel without a cutout. 

It won’t function in apps, of course, or anything like that, but will improve the look of the home and lock screens if you are not the notch-y type, as the fitting images can then go into your wallpaper sets. Needless to say, you will …

Apple iPhone loses market share in the U.S. during the third quarter, but remains on top

Despite losing 2.1 percentage points of market share in the U.S. during the third quarter, the iPhone remains the most popular smartphone in the U.S., accounting for 30.4% of smartphones shipped in the states. According to the latest figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple delivered 12 million iPhone units during the three months from July through September. That was down from the 13 million it shipped during the same time last year as some consumers delayed purchasing the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus until the Apple iPhone X launched in November. In second place, Samsung saw its shipments …

Oppo patent application reveals phone with a foldable top

Amid talk that Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X could arrive in 2018, and reports that Huawei already has a working foldable model ready for next year, Oppo might be another firm gearing up to enter this arena soon. A patent application filed by the company reveals a smartphone with a bendable display that covers the top 25% to 35% of the screen. Looking at some of the images that Oppo included with the application, it appears that part of the screen would be able to flip over backward.

With the selfie camera on the top half of the device, it would be possible for one camera to be both the rear-facing …

Top Apple analyst says TrueDepth Camera and Face ID will come to the iPad Pro next year

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, versions of the Apple iPad Pro to be unveiled next year will include the TrueDepth Camera, like the one found on the Apple iPhone X. The camera is used for the Face ID feature on the tenth anniversary phone, which allows users to unlock their handset with a simple glance at the device. At the same time, Face ID also verifies the identity of the phone’s owner when Apple Pay is being used to make a payment.

According to Kuo, with the TrueDepth Camera coming to the Apple iPad Pro, so is Face ID. He believes that Apple is trying to make the high-end …

Alleged Google Pixel 2 protective cover hints at large top and bottom bezels for the phone

Google has high hopes for its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. To understand that, all you need to see is the television commercial about the Pixel that promotes the October 4th unveiling of the two sequel models. In the ad, Google shows hundreds of questions people ask about their smartphone, including What’s wrong with my phone’s battery? Why is my phone always out of storage? Why does my phone take so many blurry photos? Why doesn’t my phone understand me? Why is my smartphone so slow? It appears that Google will tell us on October 4th that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are the phones for you.

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Top 5 most disruptive smartphones in the last 10 years

Being evolutionary is one thing, but being revolutionary is another. After yesterday’s big iPhone unveiling, there are already murmurs about where the iPhone X stands in Apple’s long storied history. Several new changes are prevalent in the iPhone X, but the more we began to absorb all of the information that came out of its event, the more we question ourselves as to whether or not it’s the revolutionary, landmark smartphone that’ll set the bar for the next decade to come. 

Ten long years have passed since the original iPhone came roaring onto the scene, ushering …

Amazon keeps hiring engineers in a bid to keep Alexa on top

Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa has had quite a year. Besides powering the leading smart speaker in the world in the Amazon Echo, smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, HTC and now Motorola have made room on certain of their handsets to include Alexa right alongside Google. And as other companies seek to make their own personal assistants more competitive, Amazon is willing to shell out the cash required to keep Alexa on top in 2018 and beyond.

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is moving money and people off of other divisions and is moving the cash and hundreds of engineers …

Xiaomi and Apple were the top two global wearable shippers during the second quarter of 2017


According to analysis firm IDC, worldwide shipments of wearable devices rose 10.3% year-over-year during the second quarter of 2017. For the three-month period from April through June, a total of 26.3 million wearable units shipped. For the first time ever, basic wearable devices (which are those that don’t run third party apps) had a year-over-year decline in shipments with an annual growth rate of -.9%. On the other hand (no pun intended), smartwatch shipments rose at an annual rate of 60.9% in the second quarter.

According to IDC’s senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani, consumers …

Huawei could top Apple in Q3 handset shipments

A report published today forecasts that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei will ship more handsets than Apple for the calendar third quarter, which ends at the end of September. Huawei has already stated that it has its sights set on eventually topping Samsung and Apple by 2021 to become the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Huawei’s supply chain says that the company expects sales of its P-series and M-series models to do well during Q3, along with its lower-end Honor branded phones.

During the third quarter, Huawei could deliver more than 40 million units, up from the …