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OnePlus 5T launch overshadowed by allegations of 'faking it'

OnePlus launched its latest flagship yesterday, the 6-inch 5T equipped with high-end specs for only $499. The release has proved more controversial than previous OnePlus devices as fans are increasingly discontented with the firm's lack of innovation.

Nokia: Android smartphones biggest malware target in 2017

Android smartphones accounted for the majority of malware attacks over the past year, behind devices running Windows. The figures come from Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab which warned more needs to be done to keep mobile users secure.

Google's Pixel 2 has a dedicated security chip to keep data safe

Google's detailed how the "tamper-resistant" security chip inside the Pixel 2 helps keep enterprise users secure. The chip is a first for Android and helps the device verify it's being used by its real owner. Google said it puts security "at the core."

Android cyberattack combines phishing and data theft

Cybercriminals have combined three techniques into a single campaign, creating an attack that can steal credentials, phish credit cards and install bank Trojans. Based on an "increasingly sophisticated" form of malware, it targeted Austrian bank users.

HTC launches its first Android One device

HTC has launched its first Android One product, a version of its new U11 Life. The device is designed around a clean software experience ideal for users looking for a first smartphone. It's part of Google's efforts to ramp up the Android One program.

Razer unveils its debut smartphone for 'ultimate entertainment'

Razer has unveiled its first smartphone, a device geared specifically towards on-the-go entertainment. The company, better known for its gaming products, said the handset has "ground-breaking" audio-visual hardware for improved mobile gaming and videos.

The Essential Phone gets a price cut amid reports of poor sales

-The high-end Essential Phone's price has been slashed by $200 (£151). -It's the latest project from Andy Rubin, the inventor of Android. -But reports suggest it hasn't been selling well as it competes with the likes of Google and Apple.

Banks 'two APIs away' from losing customers to mobile apps

Consumers are increasingly interested in mobile payments technology and are attracted to the idea of a centralised digital wallet. A new study by Accenture found smartphone users are "desperate" for a modern approach to banking that works around them.

Google's Pixel 2 has a hidden AI chip to make your photos better

Google's revealed its Pixel 2 smartphone houses an hitherto undisclosed processing chip specifically tasked with improving photos. The custom coprocessor was designed by Google and will be enabled in a software update.

Nadella implies Microsoft still working on enterprise smartphones

Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 Mobile is no longer in active development. This isn't stopping the company from pursuing refocused mobile ambitions though. In a new interview, CEO Satya Nadella suggested an enterprise device could still be coming.

Smartphone ownership to hit two-thirds of all adults next year

Two-thirds of all adults worldwide will own smartphones by the end of 2018, according to new predictions from media measurement firm Zenith. Growth is being led by emerging regions as saturation rises above 90 percent in some European and Asian countries.

Huawei's new Mate 10 comes with dedicated AI hardware

Huawei has announced its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, smartphones designed to compete with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8. Huawei has aimed to differentiate its brand by adding dedicated AI hardware to the handsets, including a neural processing unit.

Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 Mobile is as good as dead

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 Mobile will not be getting any new features going forward. The company said the lack of apps on the platform has caused its demise. The operating system will still be supported with bug fixes and security updates.

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.

Apple's Face ID might allow cops to unlock your phone

Apple's new Face ID technology on the iPhone X could make it easier for law enforcement to unlock your phone. The biometric authentication method offers fewer legal protections than a passcode or PIN. There are also concerns it could be bypassed.

Apple launches Face ID with new iPhone X

Today’s Apple launch announced a number of big things for the technology giant. From wearables to AR, Apple’s Tim Cook had a lot of new technology to share with fans of the brand.

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.

Simple 'Dolphin' flaw trivialises hacking Siri and Alexa

A simple but serious vulnerability in the design of modern smartphone assistants could allow attackers to pull off silent hacks. Researchers found digital assistants including Siri and Alexa will respond to ultrasound commands inaudible to humans.

Android Oreo warning as bug eats up mobile data allowances

Google is rushing to fix a bug in Android Oreo that's draining mobile data. The issue is understood to be left over from the preview builds of Oreo. It causes the phone to always prefer mobile data, even if a Wi-Fi network is available and connected.

Google announces Android One 'next step'

Google is expanding Android One to reach more users. The initiative aims to help device manufacturers build affordable Android smartphones based on a scaled-down version of the software. Aimed at developing markets, the idea has proved popular.

Apple publishes guidelines to help developers build great AR apps

Apple has published its first guidelines for augmented reality apps. They're meant to make it easier for developers to get started in AR, offering pointers to create compelling experiences. The company advises gradually introducing advanced features.

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.

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.

Samsung Bixby Voice expands to over 200 countries

Samsung has rolled out its Bixby digital assistant to over 200 countries across the world. The significant expansion implies Bixby is beginning to scale after a slow start. The assistant is still limited to just two languages though.

Photo filtering app Prisma pivots towards B2B AI technologies

The firm behind photo filtering app Prisma has announced it's shifting its focus away from consumer apps. While Prisma won't be going away, the company plans to develop a new B2B portfolio where it will license its existing machine learning tech.

ASUS unveils upgraded family of ZenFone Android smartphones

ASUS has unveiled its new family of ZenFone smartphones comprising four handsets to expand the company's range. The devices are separated into two different series, including a dedicated "Selfie" range aimed at people looking for a social media device.

Nokia unveils its new flagship smartphone

Nokia has officially announced the Nokia 8, the company's anticipated flagship Android phone. Since the brand returned to the smartphone market this year, it has concentrated on the mid-range sector. It's now turning its sights towards a premium product.

Affordable zinc-air cells could be the future of battery tech

Researchers have developed a breakthrough method to create rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Zinc-air cells are cheap to make and could become the preferred power source for future tech. They've previously been hindered by rechargeability issues.
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