Verizon releases Kyocera Brigadier with Sapphire Shield

With rumours swirling about that the new iPhone will be using sapphire crystal glass for its display screen among others, it seems that another OEM has gotten ahead of them. Verizon has officially announced that the Kyocera Brigadier, which has the sought after Sapphire Shield, is now available exclusively with the carrier. While the Japanese brand may not be at the forefront of mobile devices, Kyocera released a teaser video a few days ago showing just how tough the sapphire display really is. The Brigadier specs are not on par with most new Android phones now, but it is pretty … Continue reading Verizon releases Kyocera Brigadier with Sapphire Shield

LG G Vista arrives with Verizon Wireless

After few leaked photos and details, Verizon Wireless has officially launched the LG G Vista, which comes with a 5.7-inch qHD display (960 x 540) and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The phablet is slightly larger than the 5.5-inch LG G3, but share the similar back buttons design. Available at $99.99 with 2 year service contract, the G Vista is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor. If you would like to get it without contract, the full retail price will be $399.99. Other specs include a 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a/b/g/n and a 3200 … Continue reading LG G Vista arrives with Verizon Wireless

Samsung Z postponed again, spells trouble for Tizen

Samsung has finally confirmed what everyone already practically knows, or at least believes in their gut. Samsung Z, the Tizen-powered smartphone that was supposed to launch in Russia this quarter, is indefinitely delayed. More than just a disappointment to the already dwindling number of Tizen faithful, it is almost the writing on the wall for Samsung’s latest efforts to strike on its own without Google. Samsung’s wild success in the mobile device industry can partly be credited to Android. After all, the company’s low-end Bada feature phones and sparse Windows Phone offering did not fare as well as even its … Continue reading Samsung Z postponed again, spells trouble for Tizen

BenQ is back in the game with F5 and T3 4G smartphones

Aside from a brief appearance late last year with mid-range F3 and A3 smartphones, BenQ has been relatively silent. Now the manufacturer is trying to revive its position and name by outing two new LTE-enabled smartphones for Taiwan’s population. The distinction between the BenQ F5 and BenQ T3 is a rather fuzzy one, with the former poised as a more “serious” high-end offering while the latter is a bit more “playful” entry-level device. The fact that the T3 comes with a yellow color option reinforces that image. The T3 also comes with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, … Continue reading BenQ is back in the game with F5 and T3 4G smartphones

LG G3 global rollout starts June 27 in Asia, EMEA in July

LG’s premium flagship, which has unsurprisingly enjoyed popularity and good sales in Korea, will soon be launching in other parts of the globe. The LG G3 will first make its stop in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines starting this Friday, before heading out to the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East sometime in July.   The LG G3 is definitely not only an eye-catcher, with the stylish “faux” brushed metal back cover and rear control buttons. It is also a smartphone that is worth drooling over in both hardware and software, the latter if you especially … Continue reading LG G3 global rollout starts June 27 in Asia, EMEA in July

Nighttime Smartphone Browsing Is Bad For Your Job

We all already know it, but now it’s confirmed: nighttime smartphone use will ruin you the next day, reducing your productivity and focus after you wake up.Michigan State University business researcher Russell Johnson and his team produced a survey of American workers, asking how often they checked their phones after 9pm and how they felt at work. In short, they found correlation between late night smartphone use and performance. The survey assessed “mental depletion/fatigue using a validated survey that participants completed the following morning” and noted focus and attention span. “Smartphones are almost perfectly designed to disrupt sleep,” said Johnson. “Because … Continue reading Nighttime Smartphone Browsing Is Bad For Your Job

Moto X price drops to $399 off-contract

Motorola whacks the price of its Moto X smartphone way down from the earlier no-contract price of $579. The Motorola Moto X and its coats of many colors. Motorola is ringing in the New Year with a price cut for its marquee smartphone. The Moto X now costs $399 off-contract at major US carriers. The new pricing includes customized devices. The Moto X had been listing at $579 without a contract. With a two-year contract at a carrier such as Verizon Wireless or AT&T, the smartphone starts at $99.99. “We’ve been hearing a lot recently from people who want a … Continue reading Moto X price drops to $399 off-contract

Apple Inc. (AAPL) – China Mobile (CHL) Deal Still Being Negotiated, Formal Announcement This Week Unlikely

A staff member sets up the new iPhone 5s for a display picture at Apple Inc.’s announcement event in Beijing, Sept. 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is tight-lipped over the much-anticipated deal with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL), despite having started to take preorders for a mysterious unnamed 4G smartphone. “China Mobile has yet to reach agreement with Apple, but good news deserves to be waited for, and we expect to release related cooperation information soon,” said Xi Guohua, chairman of China Mobile, asking customers to have more patience. It had been speculated that the China Mobile-Apple deal will be announced as … Continue reading Apple Inc. (AAPL) – China Mobile (CHL) Deal Still Being Negotiated, Formal Announcement This Week Unlikely

Japan Spotlight: Hey Big Spender! Japan Outspends US, Continues Its Meteoric Growth

Japan has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest spender on mobile apps. Data from App Annie, a mobile analytics firm, shows that mobile app revenue surged over the last year as more people moved from feature phones to smartphones.  Japan outspent the second-largest spender, the U.S., by about 10 percent.   One of the biggest reasons for the increase in app spending isn’t just smartphone penetration — which increased from 28 percent last year to 42 percent in 2013 — but Japan’s appetite for mobile games.   And don’t expect mobile app spending to slow anytime soon. The … Continue reading Japan Spotlight: Hey Big Spender! Japan Outspends US, Continues Its Meteoric Growth