Five million Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 handsets have been sold in India this year

India happens to be the second largest smartphone market in the world, grabbing that title from the U.S. last year. But most major handset manufacturers can not afford to applaud this fact, mostly because of the economics involved. For 2013, the latest data available, India’s per capita income was $1,570 which placed the country 112th out of 164 as measured by the World Bank. Obviously, that doesn’t leave much money for consumers to purchase flagship and high-end smartphones.

However, the environment is perfect for a value-type producer such as China’s Xiaomi. This past week, the company …


HTC U Life 11 to land later this year with 5.2-inch 1080p screen, SD-630 chipset?

Last month, we told you that HTC was prepping a mid-range handset code-named the HTC Ocean Life. This morning, more speculation about the device has leaked, including the alleged  name of the phone. Reportedly dubbed the HTC U11 Life, the mid-range model will be equipped with a 5.2-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That compares to the 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution display that rocks the HTC U11. While initial reports called for the Snapdragon 660 SoC to power the model, it now seems likely that the Snapdragon 630 will be found under the hood. This chipset comes with an octa-core …

Back to school shopping guide 2017: best phones, tablets, smartwatches and trackers to start the new year with

Are you thrilled by the fact that school starts in just a few short weeks? Yeah, us neither. But shopping – now that’s one thing that can get most people excited. With the 2017-2018 school year approaching, the time seems right to review your school gear and check if anything needs to be added or upgraded. Below are our top recommendations for smartphones, tablets, and wearable gadgets.

Smartphones

Although we all want to own the latest and best device our favorite smartphone maker has to offer, these always cost a pretty penny. And since …

Report: Google was ready to pay $30 billion for Snapchat last year

In November 2013, Snapchat reportedly turned down a purchase offer from Google for $4 billion. That same month and year, Snapchat turned down a deal from Facebook for $3 billion. Snap (Snapchat’s parent company) was eventually valued at more than $24 billion after going public. The bottom line was that by staying patient, Snapchat was eventually able to give its investors a better opportunity. So now out comes a rumor that states Google was willing to pay as much as $30 billion last year for Snapchat.

The talk between Google and Snapchat was alleged to have taken place just before the Series …

Fitbit confirms its smartwatch will arrive later this year, but LTE support is no go

After acquiring Pebble and Vector, two prominent companies specialized in smartwatches, Fitbit announced earlier this year that it would launch its own smartwatch. Fast forward a few months and reports emerged that the Fitbit smartwatch might have been delayed until fall, even though Fitbit’s officials didn’t offer an exact release date in the first place.

Today, Fitbit CEO James Park told Financial Times in an interview that the company’s smartwatch hasn’t been delayed and that it will be launched later this year. According to him, the Fitbit smartwatch will focus …

14 year old taking a bath is electrocuted by her cellphone

This past Sunday, 14-year old Madison Coe was soaking in a tub at her father’s home in Lovington, New Mexico when the unthinkable happened. She either plugged her phone into an outlet while submerged in the bath, or she went to hold her phone which was already plugged in. Either way, the combination of electricity and water resulted in the electrocution death of Coe, who had just graduated 8th grade. For the record, her family believes that the second of the two theories is what occured. That was apparently borne out by the burn mark found on the hand that would have grabbed the phone. …

Pokemon GO celebrates one year anniversary with special Pikachu, limited time items

Developer Niantic kicked off celebrations of Pokemon GO’s one year anniversary a few weeks ago with a series of in-game events that will give players the chance to win limited time items and hunt for special Pokemon.

As some of you might be aware of, Pokemon GO was launched last year in July, and since then, players have caught more than 125 billion Pokemon. Today, the developers announced a special event that will run from July 6 at 1:00 PM PDT to July 24 at 1:00 PM PDT.

During the event, players will be able to catch a special Pikachu wearing Ash’s famous …

Apple may switch to OLED iPhones in 2018 – a year earlier than predicted

Do you remember how we told you this March that Apple might switch to using OLED screens in all iPhones it produces, by 2019? Well, we’ve received some news from Nikkei today that suggests we could see an OLED-only iPhone lineup, as early as the second half of 2018.

With regards to what we can expect this year, Taipei-based Yutana Investment Consulting has said that it expects that Apple would ship up to 90 million units by the end of 2017, half of which will sport an OLED setup. You know what this means, right?

It means that Nikkei’s allegation from March this …

HMD confirms more smartphones are coming this year, but there will never be a Nokia 4

Finnish company HMD Global is in the process of making its new Nokia smartphones available worldwide. The reception of the devices has been so warm that HMD has troubles in providing enough stock for many retailers and carriers across the globe.

However, come mid-July, all three Nokia smartphones that HMD promised to release on the market by the end of June should be available for purchase in just about every country where the company sells its devices.

Moving forward, HMD plans to launch even more smartphones, but there are no plans for any Android tablets. …

Motorola Moto X4 to be available on Google's Project Fi later this year

Motorola Mobility is expected to unveil a Moto X4 smartphone later this year. While we still don’t know exactly when the device should be officially announced, we now have some news about it.

According to Venture Beat, the Moto X4 will be released on Google’s Project Fi in the fourth quarter of the year – thus sometime in October, November, or December. 

For now, we don’t know if the fourth quarter is also when the Moto X4 will be widely available via other channels. However, it’s quite possible that Motorola will start selling the handset earlier than that.