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Facebook might be reviving Google's failed modular smartphone

Facebook appears to be secretly working on a modular smartphone that could be akin to Google's failed Project Ara experiment. The company has filed a patent for a "modular electromechanical device" that would offer replaceable hardware.

Apple co-founder: iPhone deserves 'high in the extreme' price tag

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has admitted that the iPhone's price tag is "high in the extreme" but said he believes it represents Apple's commitment to quality. His comments come as anticipation builds for the iPhone 8, which may cost $1,000.

Huge growth in mobile video to push ad market to $18bn in 2018

The continued trend towards mobile video is expected to increase spending on adverts for the format by 49 percent in 2018. It will push the total value of the market above $18 billion while causing a decline in the spending on desktop video ads.

Samsung starts rolling out Bixby Voice in the U.S.

Samsung has announced that the rollout of Bixby Voice in the U.S. has now commenced, allowing Galaxy S8 owners to start interacting with the digital assistant using their voice. The feature was delayed from the device's launch due to ongoing issues.

New Nokia dumb phones come with month-long batteries, cost $15

HMD Global, the company granted exclusive rights to manufacture phones under the Nokia brand, has announced two new dumb phones aimed at emerging markets. The handsets both cost less than $25 but feature batteries that last a month on standby.

Camera brand RED surprises with a 'holographic' smartphone

RED has announced its debut smartphone. It features a holographic display that works without glasses. RED has taken the tech industry by surprise having never previously entered the market. It's known for high-end cameras used by professional filmmakers.

Apple could abandon Touch ID altogether on the iPhone 8

One of the most well-respected Apple analysts has claimed the iPhone 8 will not come with the embedded fingerprint sensor that has been a recurring feature of rumours and leaked reports. Apple was expected to place the Touch ID sensor under the glass.

LG unveils the G6+ with more storage and 'turbocharged' sound

LG has announced a new version of its G6 flagship smartphone that includes a larger storage capacity, improved audio capabilities and new software features. The updated phone brings iterative changes to the original and will be available worldwide.

Mozilla launches its privacy-first mobile web browser on Android

Mozilla has officially launched Firefox Focus on Android devices. Previously iOS-exclusive, the web browser is designed for people looking for strengthened online privacy and a clutter-free experience. There's a built-in ad blocker and data saving mode.

Canada passes law forcing all new smartphones to be sold unlocked

Canada has announced it is outlawing the practice of "locking" smartphones to a particular mobile network. The strategy is used by carriers to prevent subscribers from easily moving to another provider. Under the new law, all phones must be sold unlocked.

Chrome's radical new Android UI gets a step closer to release

Google has started to roll out a major redesign of Chrome's interface on Android phones. It features a new navigation bar that's moved to the bottom of the display. Called "Chrome Home," it's available now in the latest version of the Chrome Dev app.

iOS 11 unveiled: New features coming to the iPhone this fall

Apple has unveiled iOS 11, the latest version of its mobile operating system to be released on the iPhone and iPad later in the year. It includes advanced new productivity features for the iPad and support for augmented reality, a major first for Apple.

Amazon preparing 'Ice Phone' to replace long-forgotten Fire Phone

Amazon is reportedly working on a new range of Android smartphones that will see it return to the market it abandoned two years ago. Its "Fire" smartphones failed to ignite the attention of consumers. Amazon is now building new phones known as "Ice."

Samsung's Galaxy S8 iris scanner fooled by a photograph

Samsung's "ultrasecure" iris scanner on its Galaxy S8 smartphone has been fooled using a photograph and contact lens. The method is alarmingly trivial to use and raises concerns about the safety of the biometric authentication technique.

LG X Venture takes on the great outdoors with a giant battery

LG has announced a new rugged smartphone built for people with more active lifestyles. The X Venture puts the emphasis on outdoor activities, including a dedicated app that displays a range of environmental and fitness metrics on one screen.

Project Treble will try to fix Android's broken update model

Google has announced a new initiative that could go a long way to resolving Android's longstanding update issues. The fragmented nature of the ecosystem leaves it up to individual manufacturers to release updates, meaning many phones never receive them.

Android passes the two billion active devices milestone

Google's Android is now used on over 2 billion every month. The operating system is now the largest in the world having surpassed Microsoft Windows last month. Alongside the announcement, Google unveiled a new set of features.

HTC debuts the first squeezable smartphone

HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone for the year. It's a high-end Android device with a unique party trick up its sleeve: you can squeeze it to interact with the display. The practical applications of the novel idea are currently limited though.

Instagram launches face filters, the last big Snapchat feature

Instagram is rolling out support for face filters, an augmented reality feature that lets you overlay your selfies with masks and props. Predictably, the implementation strays little from Snapchat's original, completing Instagram's clone of its rival.

Google's 'Fuschia' smartphone OS shown off in videos

Google's mystery operating system known only as "Fuschia" has broken its cover and made it onto the Internet. The UI has been compiled to run on existing phones, revealing an all-new design that's very different to Android's current look and feel.

Samsung's latest smartphone shuns Android for Tizen

Samsung has announced a new entry-level smartphone that runs the company's own Tizen operating system instead of Google's Android. It joins a growing number of Tizen devices and is intended to appeal to first-time smartphone buyers.

Is your mobile device spying on you?

Technologists have reported that malicious websites and dubious installed apps can be configured to spy on users of mobile devices by high jacking information collected from motion sensors.

Majority of U.S. homes have mobiles but no landline

Is the idea of a fixed landline and a mobile phone coming to a steady end? A new survey of U.S. homes indicates the majority of households have mobiles but no landline.

Microsoft is making phones 'but they may not look like phones'

Microsoft has once again reaffirmed its commitment to its smartphone business. Days after its phone revenue crashed to the floor in the company's latest earning call, CEO Satya Nadella has given another indication that something revolutionary is coming.

ZTE MAX XL offers a 6-inch display and giant battery for $130

ZTE has launched a new budget smartphone with some impressive hardware specifications. Despite being priced as a low-end phone, the MAX XL comes with a 6-inch display and a massive battery to put many flagship handsets to shame.

iPhone 8 will be two months late and face 'severe' supply issues

If you're planning to pick up a new iPhone before the holiday season you could be out of luck. Apple will start mass production of the hotly-anticipated iPhone 8 later than expected, causing massive supply issues that will stretch into 2018.

Samsung to release software update for Galaxy S8 red tint

Samsung has announced it is developing a software update for its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone that should remedy reports of a strange reddish tint on the display. The company had previously denied there's anything wrong with the phone.

Italian court rules mobile phone caused tumour

Rome - In a potentially landmark case, an Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

Google teams up with PayPal to make Android Pay more useful

Google has announced a new partnership with PayPal that will see the popular online payments service integrated into Android Pay. Mobile payment users will be able to complete in-store transactions using their PayPal account, adding a new way to pay.

Samsung Galaxy S8 owners report strange red-tinted screens

Early buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S8 are complaining the phone has a hardware problem. While the device isn't catching fire, some handsets appear to be shipping with oddly red-tinted displays. Samsung has denied there is anything wrong with the S8.
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