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BlackBerry CEO: 'We need more apps'

BlackBerry CEO John Chen admitted yesterday that the company needs more apps if its handsets are to be successful. An Android phone is believed to be in the works to solve this problem, although Chen did not confirm this.

Amazon laying off hardware staff after $170m Fire Phone failure

Dozens of Amazon engineers responsible for its failed attempt to enter the smartphone market with the Fire Phone are being told they are no longer required, according to a report today. The company is reorganising its general hardware efforts.

Galaxy Note 5 design flaw gets S Pen stuck in device backwards

A major design flaw in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could allow users to accidentally break one of the most attractive features of the device by inserting the S Pen backwards after use. Testers have found it becomes completely stuck and breaks pen detection.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to Android as a public beta

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, previously exclusive to Windows devices, has arrived on Android in public beta form. The app can be downloaded and used as a Google Now replacement, although some of its features remain available on Windows only.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition boasts 256GB of storage

Asus has launched a new version of its ZenFone 2 Android smartphone. The star feature is a gigantic 256GB of storage - more than many modern laptops have - which makes every other phone on the market pale in comparison.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

Samsung giving $1 Galaxies to iPhone users for 30-day testing

Samsung has announced a marketing tactic aimed squarely at converting some iPhone users to its Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. Apple fans can try out a flagship Samsung device for 30 days by paying just $1 as the company's market share declines.

Google delays Project Ara modular phones, '#FailedTheDropTest'

Earlier this week, Google announced it was delaying the launch of the pilot program for its "Project Ara" modular smartphones. Users can swap out components as every aspect of the phone is removable. Unfortunately, it apparently falls apart when dropped.

Yet another Android issue: 'Stagefright 2' revealed

Another major security flaw has been found inside of Android. Affecting versions spanning years of development, the vulnerability lies in the same code as the 'Stagefright' scare from last month and could allow attackers to gain full access to a device.

iPhone 6S could be up to 30% faster than its predecessor

Apple's iPhone 6S looks set to become one of the fastest phones on the market when it launches next month. Leaked benchmarks show a robust 30 percent improvement over its predecessor, leading to stronger performance than comparable Android flagships.

Research lab blunder leads to 4x longer-lasting Li-ion battery

Researchers who accidentally left a batch of anodes to soak in chemicals for hours longer than they were supposed to have stumbled across a method of getting Li-ion batteries to last for four times longer than they ordinarily would.

It's official: Android M will be known as 'Marshmallow'

Google has announced the informal food-based name for Android M, going with the obvious choice of "Marshmallow." The next version of Android will be released later this year and includes a healthy set of new features and improvements for mobile devices.

John Legere says T-Mobile is 'saying yes to FM' on new phones

Following in the footsteps of AT&T's announcement last month, T-Mobile has said its users will be able to enjoy FM radio on Android smartphones bought from next year. The news comes amid a resurgence of support for analogue FM and local radio.

Petition calls on Samsung to launch its Galaxy Note 5 in Europe

Samsung raised eyebrows with the unveiling of its Galaxy Note 5 phablet yesterday when it announced that the phone will not be sold in Europe. Now a disgruntled group of users, headed by a noted retailer, have started a petition to urge it to reconsider.

Samsung reveals its Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ phablet flagships

Samsung has launched its two new premium-tier phablet-sized Android smartphones at its Unpacked event in New York. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is joining an updated, glass-backed stylus-touting Note 5 — but the latter device won't be coming to Europe.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ to have a physical keyboard accessory

Samsung will be offering a physical keyboard accessory for its upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphone, according to a recent leak online. An image of the device shows that the keyboard clips to the bottom of the display, replacing the touchscreen one.

OnePlus sells 30,000 smartphones in just 64 seconds

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has announced that it burnt through all of its available stock for its new flagship handset, the OnePlus Two, after just 64 seconds of the phone going on sale in its home country. It packs $600 features into a $329 device.

Introducing jeans that can also charge your iPhone

Imagine slipping on a pair of jeans, sliding your iPhone in one of the pockets...and the phone is being charged as you go about your day. Welcome to the innovation behind the #Hello line of Joe's Jeans.

10 million flock to Angry Birds 2 in the first three days

Game developer Rovio has announced that 10 million people downloaded the sequel to its hit title Angry Birds in just the first three days after its initial release. It shows the demand for mobile games and the popularity of Rovio's iconic creation.

Smartphone device performs laboratory tests for disease

San Francisco - A new smartphone-based device that can examine laboratory samples in the field, to a high level of accuracy, has been developed. The aim of the device is to scan for infectious diseases.

Sony sells three million PS4s in three months, triples its profit

Sony is continuing to show signs of a strong recovery from financial issues after announcing a year-on-year trebling of profits. The growth has been fuelled primarily by sales of the PlayStation 4 games console.

The '2016 flagship killer' smartphone is here: The OnePlus 2

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has finally revealed the full details of its second device, the OnePlus 2. Billed as the "2016 flagship killer", the phone starts at $329 but still features true flagship hardware, making it a handset worth considering.

YouTube app 'streamlining' makes vertical playback easier

Earlier this week, Google announced an update to its YouTube app for mobile devices. It introduces a proper vertical video playback mode, making it easier for people to view clips taken on smartphones in portrait orientation, alongside a refreshed design.

New Windows 10 phones to have Surface Pen stylus, facial login

The full specifications for Microsoft's upcoming flagship Windows 10 Mobile devices, the "Cityman" and "Talkman" Lumia handsets, have leaked online. They reveal a very competitive offering including facial recognition and the inclusion of a Surface Pen.

Report: U.S. smartphone market may have hit saturation point

A report has found that the U.S, public seems to be getting bored of new smartphone launches, leading to a dramatic shrinking of the market in the past quarter. The situation was worsened by poor sales of Samsung's newest devices.

Excessive smartphone use linked to depression

A new study suggests the more time that someone spends gazing into their smartphone, clicking away, then the more likely they are to suffer from depression.

Angry Birds 2 flocking to app stores later this month

Finnish game developer Rovio has announced it will be releasing a proper sequel to its hit "Angry Birds" title later this month. Details on the new game are currently scarce but fans are told that they will be able to play from July 30.

Android still has most app downloads — but iOS makes more money

Android's Google Play Store has surged ahead of Apple's App Store in terms of raw app downloads this quarter, exhibiting 85% growth. Unfortunately for Google, Apple still leads for revenue though, indicating a more profitable store-front.

Amazon Prime Day chaos: LG G4 sells for just one cent

A slip-up by Amazon in its U.S. Prime Day sale yesterday resulted in some delighted customers landing an off-contract LG G4 for just one cent. Amazon's confused response to the erroneous listing has left others complaining and feeling left out.

50% of Android users don't install security software on devices

A survey of Android users has found that nearly half of people do not install security software onto a new device because they feel that they do not need to do so, despite most being aware of security weaknesses in Android phones.
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