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Top Apple analyst: iPhone 7 to be a 'disappointment'

iPhone fans are in for a "disappointment" this year, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. According to Kuo, the iPhone 7 has no standout features and could send iPhone sales back to 2014 levels in a worst case scenario of demand.

Google's new tool lets you build your own photographic phone case

Google has announced a new online tool to let owners of its Nexus smartphones create truly unique cases featuring their own photo or map and overlay design. "My Live Case" rivals Motorola's similar Moto Maker, making phones more personal.

HTC's Boost+ app can boost the performance of every Android phone

HTC didn’t just announce a new flagship smartphone today. It also introduced a new system tuning app that will be available on every Android smartphone. It can intelligently tune performance, improve battery life and increase security.

HTC 10 unveiled — A flagship phone to save a falling firm

HTC has announced the HTC 10, its flagship Android smartphone for 2016. The company has redesigned the handset and upgraded the screen, camera and battery life in an attempt to attract consumers back to its brand after years of falling sales.

BlackBerry planning two mid-range Android phones for 2016

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said the company will launch two mid-range Android-powered smartphones this year. BlackBerry's first Android device, the premium Priv, has failed to revive the firm's falling sales due to quality issues and a steep price.

Google may adopt Apple's programming language as Android default

Google could be planning to adopt Apple's open-source Swift programming language for use in building Android apps. Doing so would be a huge task requiring the rewrite of many existing code libraries but would free Google from its ongoing issues with Java.

Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to be fully water resistant

Rumours surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 6 phablet are beginning to pick up, revealing what the next generation of the power user phone will include. A new report claims the Note 6 may feature an iris scanner to let you unlock it with your eyes.

Reddit's first mobile apps are available to download now

Discussion board website Reddit has finally launched its official mobile apps for Android and iOS. After a beta testing period, the app became publicly available today, giving you a faster way to access Reddit without navigating the mobile website.

SwiftKey built a keyboard to help you write like Shakespeare

Popular third-party Android and iOS keyboard SwiftKey has announced a new keyboard to mark the 400th anniversary of the revered playwright William Shakespeare's death. ShakeSpeak is a "limited edition" keyboard that lets you type in the bard's style.

Huawei unveils the P9 and P9 Plus — Flagships to rival the iPhone

Huawei has officially announced its new flagship smartphones, the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. The handsets target the premium end of the market and aim to demonstrate that the Chinese company can rival the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Samsung planning to launch a folding smartphone next year

Samsung is designing a folding smartphone for launch in 2017, according to a new report based on its efforts to create folding displays. Such a design would make larger phones easier to put in pockets while retaining the high-resolution display.

Apple, Google have been asked to decrypt phones at least 63 times

The U.S. government has attempted to force Apple, Google and other smartphone manufacturers to unlock at least 63 devices. The FBI is demanding access to a lot more than one phone, despite its recent claims in the Apple case.

Microsoft admits Windows 10 Mobile isn't moving, 'not our focus'

Microsoft has explained its plans for Windows 10 Mobile for the year ahead, revealing that smartphones currently aren't its focus and the company won't be concentrating on the platform in 2016. The news may dishearten Windows Phone fans.

Wireless charging's biggest issue solved with new 3x faster pad

Wireless charging is useful, but it's not without its limitations. In taking advantage of the added convenience, you have to sacrifice charging speed. LG has developed a solution, a wireless charger three times faster than today's models.

Brighter, clearer AMOLED displays to come to more smartphones

Higher quality displays are likely to be available on more smartphones in the near future, giving you a better experience regardless of your budget. The price of high-quality AMOLED displays has recently dropped significantly to undercut older LCD panels.

Nintendo's debut mobile game played by 1m in first three days

The first smartphone title released by declining gaming giant Nintendo has been received positively by early players. Over 1 million people have downloaded Miitomo in its first three days of availability, boosting Nintendo's share value.

Apple clears up iPhone naming confusion, SE is 'special edition'

Apple announced the iPhone SE yesterday, revealing a new four-inch device aimed at people looking for a smaller smartphone with flagship specifications. It did not explain the new "SE" branding though, leading people to speculate on what it means.

Apple announces 4-inch iPhone SE, starting at $399

Apple has officially announced the 4-inch iPhone SE, the first small-screened device it has launched since 2013's iPhone 5s. The SE includes the same high-performance components as its larger siblings but will retail at a significantly lower price.

Apple's new 4-inch iPhone SE 'identical' to 2013's iPhone 5s

Apple has a press event scheduled for next Monday during which it is expected to announce its first new small-screened iPhone in over two years. The 4-inch "iPhone SE" may be familiar to owners of 2013's iPhone 5S, according to a new report.

Microsoft finally rolls out Windows 10 Mobile to older Lumias

Microsoft has officially announced the immediate availability of Windows 10 Mobile on a selection of older Windows Phone devices. The hugely delayed update is still not available for all phones over three months since Microsoft said updates would start.

Less than 10% of Android devices encrypted, nearly all iPhones

Over 95 percent of all iPhones in use are encrypted, according to a report today. Apple enables encryption out of the box, making it much more prevalent among iPhone users than Android fans. Only 10 percent of Android phones are thought to be encrypted.

Google announces first Android N preview, includes multi-window

In a break from tradition, Google has launched the first developer preview of Android N, the next version of Android to be released this year. For the first time, it includes true split-screen multi-window support alongside other new features.

Android Marshmallow has miniscule impact, on just 2% of phones

Google released new official figures revealing how the rollout of the latest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow, is going. The vast majority of users have yet to experience the new OS as it is present on only 2 percent of phones, months since launch.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 includes an overlooked phone-saving feature

People who have bought the Samsung Galaxy S7 have discovered it possesses a unique feature to go with its waterproofing. A tiny moisture sensor in the charging port detects if the phone is even slightly wet and refuses to charge, protecting the device.

Top 10 smartphone features that could be about to change

Smartphones are one of the most quickly evolving areas of technology. With launches every year that make existing flagships obsolete overnight, it can be hard to keep track of the industry. Here's a list of the top 10 ways that smartphones are changing.

Cancer spotting app developed

Glasgow - A new app, intended to be used on smartphones, has been developed to help medical staff detect the signs of cancer early.

iOS update makes it obvious if your boss can monitor your phone

Apple has rolled out a new beta of iOS 9 to its developers, containing mostly bug fixes and general improvements. One new feature has been receiving attention as iOS now displays obvious alerts when a device is being monitored by a boss.

Samsung selling 'Edge' screens to rivals including Xiaomi, Huawei

Samsung has begun selling its curved Edge display to third-party manufacturers for use on their own phones, according to reports. The panel is used on Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge and features two curved sides, increasing the display's perceived size.

Solar-powered display puts an end to low smartphone batteries

Mobile World Congress isn't just about new smartphone launches as some interesting new components also get revealed. Kyocera is showing off a solar-powered display this year that could create phones that don't need recharging.

Xiaomi launches its new 'super flagship' with 128GB of storage

Xiaomi has unveiled its 2016 flagship device at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, using a premium design and components. The Chinese company is rapidly expanding towards the Western world and is the most popular brand in China.
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