Samsung releases Galaxy J3 Emerge in the US through Boost Mobile

Samsung’s website listing reveals that the Galaxy J3 Emerge will be available for three U.S. carriers namely – Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

Samsung releases Galaxy J3 Emerge in the US through Boost Mobile

It’s not a major release so there was no hoopla from Samsung regarding the official announcement of a new smartphone. The OEM quietly listed the Galaxy J3 Emerge on their US website and that it will be available through prepaid carrier Boost Mobile. This new device is supposedly a tweaked version of the Galaxy J3 (2017) for the US market, although the latter, which will be available in the international market, is actually still not officially announced.

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‘Blackberry Mercury’, Other Blackberry Products, To Be Released At MWC 2017

BlackBerry kicked its own BlackBerry Operating System to the curb last year in favor of the more popular Android OS, and no longer manufactures its own phones, but that doesn’t mean they’re dead.

"Blackberry Mercury" had long been discussed by tech experts after it got leaked late last year. It added excitement to the rejuvenated Blackberry crew wishing to return to the top of the Smartphone industry. Last week at CES 2017, a glimpse of the latest phone from Blackberry was revealed by TCL. But now, more and more information have been announced by TCL Communication Technology Holdings (TCT) and here are some of the things to know about the new Blackberry handset.

Rather, BlackBerry has partnered with TCL to release Android phones under the BlackBerry brand name. The latest device, revealed behind closed doors at CES 2017, doesn’t have a name yet, so we’ll rely on its internet codename — which BlackBerry suggested — as “Mercury.”

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HTC U Ultra drops the headphone jack and picks up a secondary display

HTC is getting smarter – well, its phones are. The HTC U Ultra, which alongside the HTC U Play is another new line of handsets to wrap your head around, is a phablet that’s packing in some high-end specs and an all-new AI companion… and for something below a flagship price.

Meet HTC U Ultra, the big 5.7” phone that reflects the best U with a new beautifully contoured, symmetrical, liquid surface. Hold it up and you’ll see that the phone transforms light as you turn it – adding brilliance and depth from every angle. It’s the result of a new process where colors bond to the glass in multiple layers; while the glass itself is carefully moulded, bent, and folded to mimic the natural surface tension of liquid.

HTC U Ultra

The HTC U Ultra has a 5.7-inch 1440p LCD display, but right above the display is yet another feature borrowed from the competition: The U Ultra has a secondary ticker display just like the LG V20. This may actually be the most blatant example of copying in the U Ultra. The secondary display has a resolution of 160×1040, exactly the same as the V20. It’s also shifted off to the right with the front-facing camera on the left. This strip shows notification text, shortcuts, and some basic stats while the main screen is asleep.

The U Ultra is now available for pre-order from htc.com for $750, in an unlocked version that will work with the LTE networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. It will ship in early March.

[Andriod] Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E
Summary

The Moto E has its shortcomings, but they’re largely offset by the device’s affordable price. While the more powerful Moto G is likely the better bet for most shoppers, those looking to ditch their feature phones without breaking the bank will find plenty to like here.

Pros
  • Runs an almost untouched version of Android 4.4.2
  • The vivid screen is a pleasant surprise
  • Rounded design makes for comfy gripping
  • Incredibly affordable
Cons
  • Only 4GB of internal storage
  • Rear camera is mediocre at best
  • No flash or front-facing camera

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Android N is officially called Nougat

After months of speculations and guesses, Google has finally revealed the official name of the next version of the Android operating system. Via its Twitter and Snapchat accounts, the tech giant revealed that Android N will be called Android Nougat.

Android N is officially called Nougat

N is for Nougat.

Google on Thursday officially named the latest version of its Android mobile software, up until now only known as Android N.

For the uninitiated, there are two things that go into naming the latest flavor of Android. First, it has to proceed alphabetically from the last version. Second, it has to be a candy or dessert. For example, “K” was for 2013’s KitKat, “L” was for 2014’s Lollipop, and “M” is for Marshmallow, the Android version released in October.

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Moto G4 arrives July 12 for $200 and works on all major US carriers

Moto G4 arrives July 12 for $200 and works on all major US carriers

The Moto G4 has a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, a 5 MP selfie shooter, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 SoC at the helm, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The G4 Plus only differs from the G4 in a few things. For one, it’s got a fingerprint scanner. It also comes with a 16 MP rear camera, and either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal space (in both cases with added microSD expansion).

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Wileyfox launches new Spark range, cheap phones and incremental improvements

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Wileyfox are known – or rather, unknown – for their cheap, but well-specced smartphones. The Swift and Storm launched last year to generally good reviews, praising the affordability, performance, and design of the two phones, while criticising cameras and the occasional build quality issue. Today, the British company is announcing a range of phones, named Spark, Spark +, and Spark X.

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Report says Google will release non-Nexus phone this year

Google to step up smartphone wars with release of own handset

Google is planning a shake-up of the smartphone market by releasing its own handset, a move that would tighten its grip on mobile software and see it compete directly with the iPhone.

The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend the company’s move into hardware, sources familiar with the discussions told The Telegraph.

Google already develops the Android operating system that runs on four in five smartphones sold around the world, and endorses a range of phones made by partners such as LG and Huawei under the Google Nexus brand. But unlike Apple, it leaves manufacturing to other companies such as Samsung, with the company concentrating on developing the free software that runs on its phones.

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Microsoft signs Android patent-licensing deal with Luna Mobile

Microsoft has signed an Android patent deal with Luna Mobile, even though its announcement of the arrangement never mentions the word ‘Android.’

Microsoft signs Android patent-licensing deal with Luna Mobile

Microsoft announced on June 28 that it had signed a patent deal with Tampa, Fla.-based Luna Mobile. As usual with Microsoft Android patent licensing deals, the exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed — except for the fact that “Microsoft will receive royalties from Luna under the agreement.”

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed when I asked that this is an Android patent licensing arrangement, even though the word Android isn’t in the June 28 press release announcing the deal.

Lately, many of Microsoft’s new and renewed patent-licensing deals with Android vendors highlight the fact that those vendors will be bundling Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets and smartphones. They downplay any kind of patent-licensing arrangement between Microsoft and the Android vendors. Today’s Luna Mobile deal doesn’t include any such app/service-bundling relationship with Microsoft, however.

Luna Mobile offers a line of mobile phones, accessories and other mobile devices and services it sells under the Luna brand.

“This patent collaboration comes as Luna Mobile prepares to release a new line of smartphones and telecommunication services later this year,” says the Microsoft press release.

Microsoft has not decided to stop collecting patent royalties from Android vendors. But today’s Microsoft is less intent on proclaiming that it is using its Windows patents as a weapon against Android vendors.