Smartphones news, analysis, research, how-to, opinion, and video.

black friday apps android
emoji 1 intro

google prototype

Make it so: Google made a working Star Trek Communicator badge

Picard to Enterprise: Google's prototype badge connected to a phone over Bluetooth

black friday

More Black Friday 2015: Verizon data freebie, Amazon starts early, Newegg boasts of 5,000 deals

Verizon, Amazon and Newegg get in on Black Friday 2015 tech deal bonanza with free wireless data, cut-rate Kindles and Windows 10 discounts among the bargains.

jolla hero 2

In Sailfish struggles, a cautionary tale for alternative mobile OSes

With Android and iOS dominating the mobile OS market, it's tough going for alternatives like Sailfish, now in survival mode as its maker, Jolla, moves to lay off "a big part" of its personnel.

win phone hand main

Microsoft Lumia 950 review: Continuum makes it the first flagship for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft combines Windows 10 Mobile, its amazing Continuum technology, and an excellent Lumia camera into the first flagship smartphone it's produced in many months.


Tech trade group objects to weakening smartphone encryption

The Information Technology Industry Council on Thursday decried efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones, even though some officials in Washington favor doing so.

microsoft lumia 950xl hand

The one thing you must do before upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586

"This is a really great build," says Microsoft's Gabe Aul, but users who already have Build 10581 must proceed with extreme caution.


353 million smartphones sold last quarter as emerging markets dominate

Emerging markets like China drove global smartphone sales growth in the third quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures from Gartner Research. A total of 353 million smartphones were sold over those three months, which...

Sprint logo on store in Boston

Sprint looks to spur growth with new half-off-rivals' rates plan

Sprint today unveiled a new simplified wireless plan offering 50% off competitors' rates -- part of an effort to lure consumers to try its faster LTE Plus network.


Future for Windows in smartphones is grim, Gartner says

Samsung remains the top smartphone vendor worldwide, followed by Apple.

150902 encrypt android

Feds fund encryption apps that some officials say could cloak terrorists

U.S. government funds have recently been used to support the creation and maintenance of commercially available smartphone encryption apps -- the same kinds of apps thought to be used by terrorists.

Steve Mollenkopf (2)

Qualcomm faces antitrust probe in South Korea

Qualcomm confirmed Tuesday it is under antitrust investigation in South Korea in connection with its licensing practices.

black friday deals 2015 android 1

Best Black Friday 2015 deals on Android tablets, phones and more

Dell, Samsung, ZTE Android products among Black Friday 2015 sale items from likes of Target and Best Buy.

cio gift guide chargers

7 must-have wireless charging gadgets

These seven wireless charging devices can make powering up much less painful. Most are relatively affordable and they're great gifts for your loved ones — or for you.

Gift guide collage work article

Cool Yule Tools for work

We offer up our humble list of products and technologies that may impress someone on your holiday gift list.

Gift guide collage work article

Cool Yule Tools for Work

We offer up our humble list of products and technologies that may impress someone on your holiday gift list.

convergence laptop smartphone

IT execs excited (but cautious) about merger of mobile, desktop OSes

Apple, Google and Microsoft each take a different approach to mobile- and desktop-platform convergence, but the eventual mergers seem inevitable, and some CIOs say the changes represent an opportunity for IT.

lg urbane

LG Android Wear smartwatch makes calls even if users leave their phones behind

Google has brought cellular connectivity between mobile phones and smartwatches running the Android Wear operating system, thus making it possible for people to make and pick up calls at say a shopping mall even when the phone is at...

Video streaming

How T-Mobile's video streaming works

How can T-Mobile afford to offer its Binge On streaming video service at no extra cost to its customers? T-Mobile officials offered a few technical details to shed light on how it will make video streaming from 24 content providers...

Load More