Top 7 best battery power packs for your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and other Android phones

When it comes to modern smartphones battery life there is one word to describe what’s happening: insufficient.
Despite Apple getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack to free up space for a larger battery, despite the advances in battery technology and more power-efficient chips on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and despite Google’s careful work on optimizing Android and the Pixel, battery life is still not sufficient. It’s the one thing most users want to see improved in a smartphone.

A battery pack can save the day, …


Top 6 best small and compact phones: mini smartphones for one-handed use (2017)

I am looking for a new phone and I want it to be small. Small enough, so that I can use it with a single hand and carry it in my pocket most of the time.
And in 2017, it seems like there is less rather than more choice in this category.
There are much less small phones overall, and there are even less good small phones.
For this particular quest, I was looking for phones that come with a 5-inch or a smaller display, that do not go over 70mm in terms of width, that run well and that provide …

Here are the top 5 selling smartphones in Q1 2017 (hint: Apple takes the crown)

Research firm Strategy Analytics today released a report concerning the global smartphone market in the first quarter of 2017 (January – March). 

According to the firm, about 353.3 million smartphones were shipped in Q1 – a 6.1% increase over the first quarter of 2016. The top 5 best selling models include two devices made by Apple, two made by Samsung, and a somewhat surprising arrival – an Oppo smartphone.

As you can see in the table below, the best selling smartphone of Q1 2107 was Apple’s iPhone 7, with about 21.5 million units being shipped during the period, …

Google Play Top Developer program will be closed by the end of May

Sad news for certain Android developers, as Google announced that one of its programs that recognize partners who create top quality apps and games would be closed within 30 days.

The Google Play Top Developer program is coming to an end after several years. Apparently, the search giant conducted research with developers and consumers and noticed that they prefer Google to focus on individual apps and games rather than of entire organizations.

As a direct consequence, the Top Developer program will be closed probably by the end of the month, and the …

Canalys: Huawei ends Oppo's two quarter reign as China's top smartphone manufacturer

Analytical firm Canalys says that during the first quarter of this year, Huawei was the top smartphone manufacturer in China. That ended Oppo’s two quarter reign at the top. Still, it was a photo finish at the wire. From January through March, Huawei (pronounced “Wah-weigh”) shipped 21 million handsets in China resulting in a market share of 18% for the company. Oppo was right behind as it delivered a bit under 20 million units.

With shipments in the ballpark of 17 million for the first quarter, Vivo was in third place. Those three smartphone producers together accounted for half of all …

List of Top 10 downloaded apps in Q1 shows our supercharged smartphones are basically Facebook machines

The smartphone you are reading this on might not be the latest and greatest model. It could cost $100, or $1000 – doesn’t matter. It’s guaranteed to be at least several hundred times more powerful than the computer in the Apollo 11 that took mankind to the Moon over 40 years ago. So, how does humanity make the most of this immense computing capacity?

In SensorTower’s Top 10 most downloaded apps in Q1 for Google Play and the Apple App Store, the Facebook app is the #1 download on Android; Messenger tops iOS downloads; WhatsApp is the most popular app overall, and …

Kuo: Dual camera setup on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to top the dual snappers on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus

NOTE: Photo on left shows what is alleged to be a prototype of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ with a dual camera setup. Some believe that it is actually a prototype of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.

KGI Securities reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo just might be the best analyst following Apple. Over the years, he has been uncanny at telling clients exactly what features to expect on the next-gen Apple iPhone. Now, turning his attention to Samsung, Kuo has passed along a pair of notes to clients. The first note says that market response to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ has been better …

The Galaxy S8 preorders top a million in Korea, the highest on record for a new phone

Samsung has unleashed the preorder season for the Galaxy S8 at its home turf in Korea for a good while now, since April 7, and those who have reserved the right to be the first in purchasing the handset have now surpassed the one million mark, tips local media, based on carrier reports. 

This is the highest preorder amount on record for a new phone over there, which bodes well for the total Galaxy S8 sales numbers. Samsung is expecting to ship about 60 million S8 units overall, and analysts predict that 50 million of those will be purchased this year alone. 
The …

Top 5 smartphones with curved screens and edgeless displays coming in 2017

With “curved screen” and “edgeless display” designs becoming distinguishing features of truly modern smartphones, odds are good that we’ll be seeing plenty of such specimens pop up throughout 2017. The technology is available, Samsung and LG’s flexible OLED screen factories are firing at full capacity, and people seem to love the sleek, futuristic look of smartphones like the Galaxy S8, the LG G6, or last year’s Xiaomi Mi Mix.

The path is clear for all manufacturers willing to update their flagship phone designs, and that’s a great thing! This year, we are very …

Top 5 Wear 2.0 designer smartwatches to expect in 2017

 

Last month was a big month. Not that it had 31 days, but because it saw some major gadget unveils that have stirred a lot of talk and spirits. Obviously, we are referring to Samsung Galaxy S8’s official announcement, but also to the Baselworld event, which turned 100 this year and brought some fantastic smart timepieces.

A bunch of designer wear manufacturers showed off truly irresistible smartwatches that we should look forward to in 2017, giving us only a carrot stick of details. One theme was kind of central to some of them, though – Apple’s high-end wrist clocks …