The LG G5 is the dark horse to Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge here at MWC, no doubt. While LG has received increasing critical acclaim and its flagship G series gained many fans in recent years, the mainstream smartphone narrative firmly places LG products in the shadow of those of their domestic rival. Could the G5 finally change the conversation and help LG stand out? If it doesn't, it certainly won't be for a lack of trying - the G5 is easily the most dramatic evolution of LG's smartphones in several years. Whether that evolution will translate to sales, or even a substantially better phone, though, remains unclear. Read More
Since the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and LG G5 have already been leaked to death by almost everyone on earth, Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, is turning his attention toward lesser known devices. He already showed us a family portrait of 6 color variants of the midrange HTC A16 and he's back with another press render, this time for a Sony Xperia device.
There isn't a lot of information to go with the photo, just a PP10 name, which Evan says could either be a codename or a retail branding. I'd personally lean toward the former, especially given how its reminiscent of the new MediaTek Helios P10 processor. Read More
Unlike Samsung and LG, HTC doesn't seem to be ready to reveal its next flagship, the One (M10), at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. But the company's portfolio doesn't stop at the One lineup. There's the Desire range as well, and one of its impending models is codenamed A16 and pictured in the leaked photo above, courtesy of Evan Blass (@evleaks). There are six color variants including plain black and white, and starry / sparkly black, white, red, and navy. Or at least that's the way my eyes see it.
But don't let that code confuse you into thinking this is an A-series smartphone, like the One A9. Read More
In January, Outlook's team announced a couple of additions to its app, including Skype call scheduling, improved views, and an option to change the first day of the week to Monday or Saturday. The first two features went live immediately after that in version 2.0.25, but the last one wasn't implemented until now.
That feature was highly requested by users of the app, especially since many countries of the world don't regard Sunday as the first day of the week. Here in Lebanon and in many European countries, Monday kicks off our week, whereas many Arab countries consider Saturday to be their week's start. Read More
Ever noticed how your Android Downloads folder easily gets cluttered with useless files and documents that you viewed once and never needed again? This is especially true of PDF files since Chrome can't open them natively and thus hands them over to other applications, the default being Google Drive's PDF viewer. Well, I noticed a strange thing recently: sometimes PDF files would just load in Drive directly and it seemed that my phone's Downloads folder clutter wasn't getting out of hand as fast as it used to. Some investigation was in order.
Turns out that a new feature crept up in Google Drive's 2.3.544.17 release on January 28. Read More
I'm still wondering who was really asking for a remake of the original Footloose, but if you enjoyed the 2011 version, the soundtrack probably had a lot to do with it. The movie's licensed music, most of which isn't available in single tracks, is now free on the Google Play Store. As with most of these free albums, your mileage may vary - it's a free download in the United States, but may not be available elsewhere. The 2014 album Kuntry Livin' from rap/country fusion group Big Smo (cringe) is also free today. Read More
Gameloft has been one of the most consistent (if not one of the most respected) game developers since the beginning of the mobile gaming boom, though the company began on consoles. Vivendi, an enormous French media empire with interests in music, movies, video games, and pretty much every other entertainment industry, is attempting a hostile stock takeover of Gameloft, according to Bloomberg. The larger company has already purchased over 30% of Gameloft's stock, and is now offering 6 euros a share for the remaining amount.
Gameloft began humbly, founded in Paris by former executives of Ubisoft. Gameloft was one of the only companies that made high-end games for the old iOS and Windows Mobile platforms. Read More
The Alcatel [One Touch] Idol 3 [4.7/5.5] was an excellent budget smartphone for 2015. It had an exceptional camera for its price, a great screen, front-facing speakers, and surprisingly decent battery life. It was also more than a bit slow, and it still hasn't been updated to Android 5.1. The Idol 4 and 4S succeed their predecessors with a look back to what those phones did right, but also looking forward to hopefully resolve what they didn't.
The Idol 4S is undoubtedly the more interesting handset, because it's the one with more stuff. An all-new Snapdragon 652 processor that is shaping up to be quite powerful, a 5.5" 2K Super AMOLED display, a 16MP camera with 4K video, dual speakers, an 8MP front-facing camera with its own LED flash, Android 6.0.1, and a sleek new metal and glass body make it clear that Alcatel isn't sleeping at the wheel. Read More
MWC 2016 is set to begin in just two days, and Alcatel has now officially unveiled its two new flagships: the OneTouch Idol 4 and the OneTouch Idol 4S. Both phones show off the best Alcatel has to offer — with their premium build and latest generation specs — but one of the more unexpected features of the new OneTouch Idols may actually be the packaging of the phones. This might not be entirely new to most of our readers, but the box in which both the Idol 4 and Idol 4S come in doubles as a virtual reality headset.
During our hands-on time with both phones, we also had the chance to play around with the VR viewer: it's a lot like Google Cardboard but, well, without the cardboard part. Read More
We're in Barcelona! And I'm struggling to stay awake. It's 3PM here in one of my favorite places to visit (I've been doing it five years now, after all), and I am jet lagged to an extent I've scarcely ever experienced. But 2016 is shaping up to be one of the busiest MWCs ever in terms of smartphone news, and we're just getting started. Over the next couple of days, you'll see big announcements from the likes of LG, Samsung, Alcatel, possibly Sony, maybe a few things from HTC, and likely dozens of smaller companies looking to get their share of the limelight. Read More