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 …

Samsung beats Apple for the US market share crown, but S8 not in the top three

Samsung has climbed up to the top in US market share in the three-month period that ended in May, says research shop Kantar, as often happens in this weak for Apple and strong for Samsung quarter, given that the Koreans launch their flagships in the spring, while Apple does it in the fall. Still, while Samsung reached 36.2% market share this past quarter, and Apple sits at 34%, Samsung’s achievement is still a bit shy from what it managed to pull off last year in the same period with the S7 and S7 edge.
“The Galaxy S8 launch helped Samsung …

Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Sometimes one SIM card is just not enough: being able to have two numbers active on a single phone is liberating for those who have a second line reserved for work, but what are the best dual SIM phones around?
While dual SIM phones were not as common in the recent past, in the middle of 2017 there are a bunch of great options to choose from. There are high-end flagships offered with dual SIM connectivity and affordable phones for those on a tighter budget.
We take a look at the top options and list them right below, …

Galaxy Note 8 vs the top big phones on the market: a size comparison

Earlier today, we got our first legitimate look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 through a bunch of snazzy (and likely official) renders, courtesy of none other than leakmeister Evan Blass. Knowing Blass’ record, it’s a pretty safe bet that these images are as close to the real deal as we’ll get before we lay a hand on the Note 8, but we thought we’d spice things up even more. As if this bomb of a leak wasn’t enough, we decided to add some volume to these beautiful renders!

You guessed it! We’ve got some pretty reliable numbers from CAD blueprints for the Galaxy …

Unlimited service helps Verizon top expectations for the second quarter

For its first full quarter offering an Unlimited data plan, Verizon returned to a growth pattern. From April through June, the nation’s largest carrier added 358,000 net new postpaid phone subscribers. This is a giant improvement from the 86,000 net additions added during last year’s quarter. Overall net additions came to 614,000. While that is less than the 615,000 added in the second quarter of 2016, it greatly topped estimates of a 115,000 increase predicted by JP Morgan. The Wall Street consensus was for a small 70,000 gain. Wireless revenue slipped 1.9% to $21.3 billion during the three month …

Dual camera with 3x zoom? Top new Galaxy Note 8 features to expect

With the Galaxy S8 and S8+ already behind us, we can safely turn our prophetic gaze into the future, namely the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung just announced its Unpacked event for August 23, where we can safely assume that the phablet will be unveiled for the world to see. 
There have been plenty of leaks and tips about the phone already, plus we have the immortal words of Samsung’s DJ Koh: “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8,” uttered way back in January to lean back on. 
Could it be a …

Smartphones and accessories were among the top Amazon Prime Day sellers

For 30 hours starting last Monday at 9pm EDT, Amazon’s Prime Day was in effect with plenty of sales offering great deals on tech items. For example, Amazon sold the original smart speaker, the Amazon Echo, for 50% off during the sale. The top selling product over the 30-hour period was the smaller, hockey puck-esque Amazon Echo Dot. After a $15 discount, the smart speaker was reduced to $34.99 for a 30% haircut. Overall, Echo sales tripled year-over-year compared to last year’s Prime Day event.

Some of the best selling items during the sale were smartphones and accessories for them. The …