Flashback Sony Ericsson W800 And K750 Showed The Value Of Good Branding

Sony once held some of the most valuable brand names in tech. The company practically invented the portable music player, the legendary Walkman. Also, its first digital camera came out in 1996, the Cyber-shot. However, the company didn't handle the transition to mobile phones very well. The company - or rather its 50/50 partnership with Ericsson - did try to adapt the Sony branding to mobile phones. This gave us handsets like the Sony Ericsson W800, which had "Walkman" written with large letters on its side. Not just that, it had a button with Walkman logo that launched the music...

If You Miss Vine Heres Its Spiritual Successor

Unfortunately for most of the Vine users, the service got the ax shortly after the acquisition from Twitter. Instagram and TikTok were fast to fill in but that 6-second duration of the clip has been missed by a lot of us who have an attention span of a goldfish. Luckily, there's a successor to Vine and it's called Byte. Perhaps the name is a clever wordplay between a small bite and an actual byte since the video clips are small. Anyway, one of Vine's co-founders is behind the project and as Android Police reported, the Byte app looks like a modern-looking blast from the past. It's...

Xiaomi Redmi 8a Running Android 10 Spotted On Geekbench

Xiaomi's Redmi 8A received an official update with the company's latest version of MIUI 11 back in November. And although the custom skin brought a brand new look and a couple of new features, it's still based on the older Android 9 Pie. According to a Geekbench listing, however, this might soon change. The listing shows a Xiaomi Redmi 8A handset running the latest Android 10 suggesting that an update might be underway. Xiaomi hasn't disclosed a time frame in which we should expect the update but we remain hopeful with this Geekbench report. Source

Redmi K30 In For Review

Following up on the success of the Redmi K20 from the early summer of 2019, the company announced the K30 and K30 5G in December, with the vanilla K30 going on sale in China immediately. Well, a Redmi K30 has arrived at the office and it's straight into the lab for review. Looking at the specs, the Redmi K30 shares more of its genes with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, than it does with the K20. For example, the camera system on the back is directly lifted off of the Note and includes a 64MP main shooter, an 8MP ultrawide, and a couple of 2MP units - one for close up shots, the other for depth...

Samsung Galaxy S20 Pre Orders Galaxy Buds Plus Free

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series arriving on February 11 is said to be on pre-orders till March 13, and according to the latest information, those who pre-order the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra will get the as-of-yet-unofficial Galaxy Buds+ truly wireless earphones for free. This information comes from reliable leakster Evan Blass, who shared a promo image for the pre-orders on Twitter. It includes the S20+, S20 Ultra and the Buds+, corroborating previous design leaks. There's no official word from Samsung about the Galaxy Buds+ yet, but we are likely to see them go official on...

Unknown Motorola Smartphone Render Surfaces It Comes With A Stylus

Yesterday, a reputable leakster hinted at a brand new Motorola device called Edge+, supposedly high-end, heading to Verizon. Today, the very same source posted a render of a mysterious Motorola handset and it is yet unknown whether this is the Edge+ or a completely different smartphone. To our surprise, the phone comes equipped with a stylus. That's something we haven't seen from Motorola for some time now. The render reveals fairly thin side bezels, a chin that's a bit on the thick side and a punch-hole camera in the upper-left corner. Once again, it could be the Edge+, but there...

Realme Buds Air Iconic Cover Price Sale Date

Earlier this month, Realme announced the Buds Air Iconic Cover and 10,000 mAh Power Bank Classic Blue for the Indian market. The company had revealed the pricing and availability details of the power bank but not the Buds Air Iconic Cover. Well, now we know that the Realme Buds Air Iconic Cover is priced at INR399 ($6/€5) in India and it will go on sale from January 28 at 12:30 PM local time. It comes in Black, White, Yellow and Classic Blue colors, and you can pick one from Flipkart and Realme India's official site. The Buds Air Iconic Cover sports a tailor-made "R" logo designed...

Samsung Galaxy S20 Colors Official Cases

A recent leak revealed the Galaxy S20 in a blue shade called Cloud Blue, and now a new set of official marketing images have surfaced showing off the vanilla S20 in two more colors - Cloud Pink and Cosmic Grey. Check out the images below. Samsung Galaxy S20 in Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, and Cosmic Grey colors Additionally, images of the S20 trio's official cover cases have also leaked and they are in line with the previously leaked renders of the S20 lineup. While these case renders don't reveal anything new about the S20 trio design-wise, the source says that the LED View Cover...

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 Rumored To Launch In Q2

While Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Z Flip, its second foldable smartphone, at its February 11 event where the Galaxy S20 family will also become official, the company is working on a successor for last year's Galaxy Fold too. The Galaxy Fold 2 will keep its predecessor's form factor, unlike the Galaxy Z Flip which is similar conceptually to the new Motorola Razr. The Fold 2 will have an 8" display when unfolded, according to past rumors, a 108 MP primary camera, ultra thin glass on top of the screen (not plastic like last year's model), and an S-Pen. It's going to be...

Here Is Googles Nearby Sharing Feature In Action

Last year, an XDA teardown suggested that Google was working on a new file sharing protocol that would supersede Android Beam - the NFC and Bluetooth based file-transfer solution that was discontinued in Android 10. Thanks to XDA Developers we are finally getting a demo of how the feature will work - and it's very similar to Apple's AirDrop. The feature is (un)officially called "Nearby Sharing" and works with the same components as AirDrop: It requires Bluetooth and Location to handshake with the devices and Wi-Fi to complete the data transfer. Like AirDrop, you can decide whether...

Realme C3 Passes Through Fcc Launch Is Imminent

Realme's upcoming C3 smartphone just cleared FCC and even though there's not much info in those listings, there are a few takeaways from the documents. First and foremost, clearing the FCC means that launch is pretty close. Secondly, it's evident that the handset will come out with the latest ColorOS 7 based on Android 10 - the company teased its custom UI heavily for the past couple of months. Images from the FCC documents And finally, there's a rough schematic of how the phone would look from the back and it's probably safe to assume that it would have three cameras...

9 More Lg Phones Are Getting Android 10 Coming This Year

LG doesn't have the best reputation in terms of firmware updates for its older devices, but it's working to improve it. Android 10 has already been seeded to two LG phones - the G8 ThinQ and Korean units of V50 ThinQ 5G have received the latest version of Android. A new press release from LG Italy sheds more light on the company's plans to bring Android 10 with LG's UX 9.0 to nine more devices in 2020. These include the LG V40 ThinQ, international units of the V50 ThinQ, G8X ThinQ, G8S ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, K50S, K40S, K50 and Q60. The international V50 units are first in line for the...

Sprint Is Offering A Discounted Screen Repair For Your Galaxy Phone

Sprint has launched a repair program for some Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The eligible phones include the Galaxy S7, S8-series, S9-series and the Galaxy Note8. And yes, the latest Galaxy flagships are not covered. Anyway, if you are in possession of such phone, you can stop by at one of Sprint's offices and get your phone's screen fixed for just $49, even if you are not a Sprint customer. That's a pretty decent deal. Luckily, owners of a different Galaxy phone with cracked screen may also be eligible for a $150 credit towards the purchase of a new device. Keep in mind, though, that...

More Details Surface About The Oppo Find X2s Cameras And 120hz Display

Earlier this week, a report surfaced about the Sony sensors on the upcoming Oppo Find X2. Today's report brings overlapping information about the cameras, along with details about the display, and a co-processor that works alongside the Snapdragon 865. The report comes from a leakster on Weibo. The Oppo Find X2 was already reported to feature a 120Hz 6.5-inch display and today's leak adds to it that the "ultra clear" screen will have a 240Hz touch sampling rate. In addition to the QHD+ resolution (3160 x 1440 px) the display will also feature 80-degree edges, so not quite the waterfall...

Us Will Broaden The Ban On Huawei In 2020

The US is working to broaden the scope of the ban on Huawei in 2020. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross revealed to Bloomberg that the government is working on new rules aimed to deny even more US-related technology to Huawei. Up until this point if 35% or less of a company's business is done in the US it was allowed to export products to Huawei. The US is reportedly looking to decrease that number to 10% or less, severely limiting the number of US-based companies allowed to trade with Huawei. According to the report the US government is working on a regulation that would deny Huawei...

Apple Resists Eu Push For Common Phone Charger Says It Will Stifle Innovation

The EU has been pushing for a common charger plug for mobile phones for over a decade now, but there's always been one firm holdout - Apple. Last week the European Parliament made an amendment to a draft law that would make a common charger essential for phones (and other wireless gadgets). This week, Apple issued a response. Cupertino warns that a common charger will stifle innovation and be troublesome for consumers. To prove its point, Apple commissioned a study, which found that the move to a single standard will incur costs of €1.5 billion, far greater than the predicted €13 million...

Apple Insists That Losing Lightning Port Will Create Waste

Recently, we reported that the EU wanted Apple to drop the Lightning port in favor of a standard charging port (USB Type-C).The reason behind the suggestion was that the move will potentially reduce the waste generated in the production of charging cables while also making it convenient.No matter what the consumers think about the EU’s suggestion – Apple thinks that losing the Lightning port will generate more waste.Apple suggests that […]

Lenovo M10 Fhd Rel Tablet Launched In India With Snapdragon 450 Soc 32gb Storage And 7000 Mah Batter

Lenovo may no longer be selling its smartphones in India but the company's Android tablet line is still going strong and the latest entrant is the M10 FHD REL. It packs a 10.1-inch FHD IPS panel with fairly thick bezels, a 5MP selfie cam and dual front-facing speakers. The back hosts a single 8MP camera. The Snapdragon 450 powers the whole thing with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage which can be expanded via the microSD slot. The software front is covered by Android 9 Pie. The tablet packs a beefy 7,000 mAh battery which sadly charges over microUSB. Other notable features include...

Samsung Galaxy S20 Replicas Shown On Video The Ultra Has A Wider Thicker Camera Bump

Phone accessory store Mobile Fun is getting into the leak business - it posted a video showing off replicas of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 trio. Previously, we've seen 3D printed dummies, which are based on 3D CAD models, but these replicas are used by factories in China to test cases and other accessories for the real phones. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra dwarfs previous members of the S-series, it's about the same size as the Galaxy Note10+, a bit taller, actually. The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ are more conservative, their height and width are only slightly larger than those...

Samsung Galaxy M21 Specs Geekbench

Samsung announced the Galaxy M20 last January and it's due for a successor - the Galaxy M21 has just appeared on Geekbench confirming its approaching announcement and revealing some key specs in the process. The Galaxy M21 sports model number SM-M21F, and according to the benchmark database, it will boot Android 10 and have an Exynos 9611 SoC with 4GB RAM at the helm. Geekbench doesn't reveal the rest of the specs of the Galaxy M21, but rumors have it that it will arrive with dual or triple rear cameras and two storage options - 64GB and 128GB. The Galaxy M21 is also rumored to...

Microsoft Is Preparing Developers For Its Surface Duo Dual Screen Smartphone

While Microsoft might have yet to fully embrace the foldable smartphone design, the company does seem to think that a hybrid device such as a smartphone that can transform into a tablet does have merit. This is why back in 2019, the company announced the Surface Duo, an Android smartphone that can be folded and comes with dual displays.In fact, Microsoft seems to really want this to work out as […]

Price Of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Leaked, And It Won’t Be Cheap

According to the rumors, Samsung is said to be working on a new foldable smartphone. However, unlike the Galaxy Fold, the upcoming foldable handset will be similar in design to a flip phone, except with a flexible display in the middle. Now thanks to a report out of Korea from Naver, the alleged price of the phone has been leaked.Based on the leak, it seems that the upcoming Galaxy Z […]

It Looks Like Apple Hasn’t Completely Abandoned Touch ID Just Yet

With Apple ditching Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad, it feels like the company could be ready to completely give up the technology, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to a recently discovered patent, it only seems to fuel the rumors that Apple could actually be looking to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor to future iPhones.According to the patent’s description, it reads, “Touch screens, in particular, […]

Tinder Adds A Panic Button Along With The Ability To Verify Your Profile

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps available for smartphones.While it’s fun for some but meeting strangers may not be a good idea all the time.So, Tinder has added some essential safety features that will come in handy if things go south on a date.To start with, you will now have a panic button for an emergency which will alert the safety authorities when something goes wrong.In addition […]

Samsung’s Quick Share Is An Alternative To Apple’s AirDrop

Apple’s AirDrop has been there for several years now to enable the transfer of files/documents from an iPhone (or macOS powered laptop) to another iOS/macOS device.However, for Android – we do not have a dedicated stock app by Google yet.Technically, Android has a lot of options to choose from if you want to transfer files to another phone or a PC, but most of them are third-party applications.Given that the […]

Motorola Razr Now Officially Launching On February 6

Back in November last year, Motorola announced their own foldable phone in the form of the Motorola Razr, a revival of the classic and iconic design, except with a modern twist where on the inside it featured a flexible display. The handset was originally supposed to launch after Christmas, but the company delayed the release.According to Motorola, this was due to “unparalleled excitement” for the phone, but if you have […]

EA To Discontinue ‘Tetris’ Mobile Games In April

If you were a fan of the official Tetris mobile games (Tetris & Tetris Blitz) by EA for smartphones.It is indeed a sad news that EA will be ending the support for its Tetris games in April. You might have also observed the game as “Tetris 2011” at the Play Store / App Store.As per the exact details, the support should end on April 21st, 2020. However, you may not […]

Apple To Begin Mass Production Of iPhone SE 2 / iPhone 9 In February

The iPhone SE 2 – which could also be potentially called as “iPhone 9” will get into mass production next month for a potential March release schedule.In case you did not know, the iPhone SE 2 will be a budget iPhone for under $400. Even though the pricing isn’t clear at the moment, we’re just a month away from its official reveal.Bloomberg also reported that the assembly work for the […]

2020 iPhones Could Drop Midnight Green Color For New Navy Blue Finish

When it comes to iPhone colors, Apple has never really been one to explore crazy color finishes. However, with the iPhone 11, Apple did introduce a brand new midnight green finish that was actually rather nice, but it seems that with the 2020 iPhones, Apple might ditch the color for something else.According to XDA’s Max Weinbach, it seems that Apple could ditch the midnight green finish for the 2020 iPhones […]

Galaxy S20 Price and Release Date Leaked

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 (which was previously believed to be the S11) is almost around the corner for the launch next month. You can tune in to the official reveal on February 11th at Samsung’s Unpacked event.Along with the date, it seems that we already know about the pricing ahead of its official launch, as per the latest leak by Max Weinbach.In addition to his tweet, there are several sources pointing […]

Apple Dropped Its Plan To Encrypt iCloud Backups After FBI Complained

Apple is always known to actively defend users’ privacy – no matter whether it is a court order.However, amidst all the chaos and FBI’s pressure, Apple seems to be dropping its plan to encrypt the backups in iCloud as reported by Reuters.To enhance users’ privacy on the cloud, Apple had plans to introduce encrypted iCloud backups for the customers. However, the FBI complained that the move will harm crucial investigations.Hence, […]

New Text Scam Disguises Itself As A FedEx Tracking Notification

We buy a lot of things online these days and as such, getting text message notifications letting us know that our purchase has been shipped out is pretty common. However, it seems that there is a new text scam making its rounds that is disguising itself as a FedEx tracking notification, making users more inclined to click on it.According to the report, basically users will receive a text message informing […]

Leaked Photo Confirms OnePlus 8 Pro’s 120Hz Display

OnePlus has been steadily teasing that they are working on a display that offers a refresh rate of 120Hz, and now thanks to a leaked photo obtained by the folks at True-Tech, they have published what appears to be the OnePlus 8 Pro where based on the screenshot we’re seeing, it looks like the 120Hz display has been confirmed.OnePlus has never stated which phone will be getting the 120Hz display, […]

6.7-inch iPhone 12 Could Be Thinner Than The iPhone 11 Pro Max

One of the surprising changes that Apple made to its iPhones last year was longer battery life. For years, the company has been trying to compress its iPhones as much as possible to the point where they were forsaking features such as battery life in pursuit of thinness. That was why last year was rather surprising.However, it seems that Apple could potentially be going back to slimming down its phones, […]

The ‘Budget’ iPhone 11 Is Outselling The Pro Version

When Apple released the iPhone XR, some were a bit skeptical about the phone’s ability to succeed. After all, Apple had tried and failed with the iPhone 5c, but it seems that things were really different with the iPhone XR, where according to report after report, all of it seemed to arrive at the same conclusion: it was outselling the more expensive iPhone models.It looks like its successor is doing […]

Clearview AI Can Identify You With The Help Of Your Photo

Clearview AI is apparently a startup that helps identify people by simply having a snapshot of you (or your face – precisely).Even though this is being used by the Law Enforcement at certain places, this can be potentially a privacy threat.Of course, it will definitely help identify the criminals faster while utilizing technology. However, it looks like Clearview’s app might end up being accessible to almost everyone soon enough.As per […]

iOS 13.3.1 To Address iPhone 11 Privacy Issues

Last year there was a bit of controversy surrounding the iPhone 11 when it was discovered that even when users told the phone not to use location services, it would still continue to do so. Apple later offered an explanation in which they said that this was due to the use of the U1 ultra wideband chip that made its debut in the iPhone 11 models.According to Apple back then, […]

These Are The Leaked Specs Of The Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung has confirmed that they will be hosting an Unpacked event on the 11th of February where they are expected to announce the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 series. For those wondering, Samsung is expected to introduce three different models, the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.Now thanks to leakster Ishan Agarwal and MySmartPrice, the specs of the entire lineup have been revealed. In terms of […]

2020 iPhone’s A14 Chipset Could Be Comparable To The MacBook Pro In Performance

With the 2020 iPhones, Apple is expected to introduce the A14 chipset. Everytime Apple releases a new chipset, it becomes faster and more efficient and overall, just more powerful than its predecessor. However, with the A14, it could take things to a whole new level, according to a report from Macworld.According to Macworld, it is largely expected that TSMC (Apple’s chipset maker) will be building the A14 chipset on the […]

Facebook Ditches Plans To Introduce Ads In WhatsApp

WhatsApp had a bit of a mixed business model at the start. The company had initially charged users an annual subscription fee, but they later removed it, and ever since then, the app has been free to use. When Facebook acquired it, there was no doubt that the company planned to monetize the app, but how exactly would they do that?Last year WhatsApp had confirmed that they would be inserting […]

OnePlus Shows Off Its 120Hz Display Technology

OnePlus has been teasing that they are working on a 120Hz display. Whether or not it will make it into the OnePlus 8 remains to be seen, but they are definitely working on something. In a recent post made on Twitter, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared a demo video which showed off the company’s 120Hz display.According to Lau, he claims that OnePlus has created a custom MEMC chip that will […]

2020 iPhones And iPads Could Come With mmWave 5G Technology

It is widely believed that this year could see Apple introduce 5G to the iPhone, but it might not necessarily be the 5G support we might be hoping for. According to the latest rumors, it seems that Apple could be adopting mmWave 5G technology for its 2020 iPhones and possibly the iPad Pros as well.For those who are unfamiliar, at the moment there exists two different types of 5G technology […]

2020 iPhone Could Come With An Improved Face ID Sensor

Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology works great. In fact, to date it seems that none of Apple’s competitors have managed to create anything close to Face ID in terms of security and accuracy. However, it does not mean that Face ID is perfect. There is still plenty of room left for improvement.The good news is that if you have been holding out on getting the 2020 iPhones, you might […]

TikTok App Was Downloaded More Than Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram in 2019

Sometimes the number of downloads and similar stats hint at how popular an app (or service) is.TikTok is already a quite popular app but it looks like it is apparently more popular than Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram in 2019 if we look at the download stats.According to a report by Sensor Tower, India was responsible for nearly 45% of first-time users.Overall, TikTok app ended the year 2019 as the second […]

Lokly Encrypted USB Key For The Most Paranoid Users

With the incredible miniaturization of portable SSD storage, you can carry several libraries worth of data in your pocket. But the mix of increased capacity and pocketable form factor creates security risks equally important.Enter Lokly, a startup building a highly secure USB key that encrypts and decrypts data in real-time as you read or write to it. During CES last week, I met Benoit Berthe, the CEO of  Lokly at […]

Xiaomi Shows Off A Smartphone With A 144Hz Refresh Rate Display

Companies such as Razer have been creating phones with 120Hz refresh rate displays. That’s pretty much as high as it has ever gotten, but it seems that Xiaomi is pushing the envelope with the Redmi K30 5G as the company has demoed the phone with a 144Hz refresh rate, making it the highest refresh rate we’ve seen on a smartphone to date.Typically speaking, 144Hz refresh rates can be found on […]

iPhones Can Now Be Used As A Google Security Key

The use of 2FA (two-factor authentication) has been encouraged as it offers up a more secure way of logging into your accounts. However, even then, it is still not 100% secure as some methods that involve sending codes over SMS can also be hijacked, which is why security keys exist.The problem with security keys is that you need to carry them with you, which can be a bit of a […]

Apple’s 2020 iPhones Could Feature As Much As 6GB Of RAM

When it comes to the iPhone, Apple has never been particularly fussed regarding how much RAM they are packing. This is because Apple controls both the hardware and software on the iPhone, meaning that they know how much RAM their devices need. However, in this day and age where Android devices are packing 8GB of RAM or more, 4GB of RAM seems a bit small.However, according to UBS analysts Timothy […]

EU Wants Apple To Drop Lightning In Favor Of A Standard Charging Port

In the early days of mobile phones, pretty much every handset maker had their own proprietary charger. This meant that if you used a phone made by one manufacturer, you wouldn’t be able to charge it using another company’s charger. However, over the years, this has changed where Android handset makers adopted micro USB and now USB-C.There is one holdout, however, and that is Apple who continues to use the […]

att will now block robocalls automatically

AT&T is taking a big step to remove the robocall headache for its subscribers. The carrier today announced that it will automatically start blocking robocalls for users and that they don’t need to opt-in for this. It says that automatic fraud call blocking and suspected spam call alerts will be added to consumer lines for

mobvoi announces second gen ticwatch pro 4g

Exactly one year ago today, Mobvoi announced the TicWatch Pro, a Wear OS smartwatch with stacked dual displays for maximizing battery life along with a premium design and fitness features. Today, Mobvoi is announcing the second-generation TicWatch Pro with 4G LTE connectivity. Aside from a refreshed exterior and all-silicone band, the new TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE

google pixel 3 and 3 xl are up to 300 300 off

Google has significantly discounted the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL this week with deals in the US, Canada and Europe. The two phones are up to $300/€300 off, but there's a catch. First, the discount in the US is $200 for both models - here's a link to the store. However, some people received