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Google buys HTC's Pixel division in $1.1 billion deal

Google is buying HTC's Pixel division in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. The acquisition was first rumoured earlier this month. Google is not purchasing HTC's entire smartphone business, instead taking only the assets that helped create its Pixel device.

Tim Cook claims the $999 iPhone X is a 'value price, actually'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly claimed the $999 iPhone X has a "value price" and said people are thinking about the cost in the wrong way. Cook suggested that most people will never pay the price tag upfront, instead buying the device on a monthly plan.

Report: Google ready to buy HTC's failing smartphone business

Google is close to purchasing HTC's smartphone business, according to a report today. The two firms are already linked as HTC produces Google's Pixel under contract. Google is stepping up its efforts to become a mobile hardware firm comparable to Apple.

This Linux-powered phone wants to give you back your privacy

Purism has announced a crowdfunding campaign for a Linux-powered smartphone. The company is known for its Linux laptops. It's now turning its attention to creating an open-source mobile device designed to put you in control of your data.

Digital payments now more popular than cash

Digital payments are now popular than cash as app-based methods become more widely supported. Every major mobile operating system now comes with a built-in payment provider. Adoption amongst banks and retailers is also on the rise.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note8

Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Note8, the next incarnation of the company's flagship phablet. The device has been upgraded with a 6.3-inch Infinity Display and an improved S Pen stylus. Samsung's also assured customers the battery is safe.

Google launches Android 8.0 'Oreo'

Google has launched Android 8.0 Oreo, bringing new features, improvements and enhancements to Android users. The company closed the long-running rumours around its sweet-themed codename, announcing a partnership with Oreo.

Microsoft removes mobile from its mission as it focuses on AI

Microsoft has made a highly significant change to its corporate mission statement. The company has replaced its former "mobile-first" strategy with a vision that’s focused entirely on AI. It reflects the altered reality of Microsoft's business.

Amazon could let you try on watches, clothes in augmented reality

Amazon is investigating how it could use augmented reality technology to let you "try on" clothes and accessories before you buy. A new patent filed by the company details how a phone app would let you virtually "wear" items from Amazon's product pages.

Android O is almost ready for you to start using

The release of the next version of Android is now close to being launched as Google has launched the final developer preview of Android O. This means the operating system is now near-final and almost ready for consumer use.

Alphabet stock slides despite renewed predictions of $1,000 value

Google parent company Alphabet has announced it beat expectations during the second quarter of the year with a record $26 billion in revenue. As analysts predicted the stock could soon reach $1,000, the share price actually slipped due to rising costs.

LG Display announces $7 billion OLED investment to fight Samsung

LG Display has announced it is to invest an additional $7 billion to develop its OLED display production facilities. The company is trying to accelerate its development of organic light-emitting panels as it races to catch up market leader Samsung.

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.
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