Yesterday, this really terrible render of a supposed upcoming HTC device surfaced that we almost instantly ignored. Why? Because it looked like a terrible Photoshop job of an iPhone 6, with an HTC logo in place of the Apple logo and the camera and flash centered. Otherwise, it was an iPhone 6. It was bad. So bad, that we laughed at how bad it was, then laughed again before dismissing it forever.
And then these photos arrived a couple of hours later. (more…)
For those of us currently using an iPhone, but were thinking about trying out one of the new devices from Samsung, the company has kicked off the Ultimate Test Drive event. For 30 days, you can try out a Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5, all for the price of a single dollar and zero obligation to buy. (more…)
A fresh job posting from Apple potentially shows signs of Android life inside 1 Infinite Loop that doesn’t involve Apple Music. The job listing is for an “Applications SW Engineer” whose job is to help Apple “bring exciting new mobile products to the Android platform.” Ooooooh. (more…)
A lot of people seem to be upset that the OnePlus 2 does not have NFC. As we all know, OnePlus likes to talk a big game. They are the ones who “#neversettle,” after all. But how can this flagship killer actually kill flagships without NFC? Why not just include it?
Here’s the thing – Near Field Communication, or NFC as the kids are calling it these days, simply doesn’t matter in 2015. I want you to come with me on a journey back to yesteryear. No, literally, think back to 2014. Everyone thought that once Apple added NFC to the iPhone, NFC would become a big deal. The teens would be bumping their phones to exchange contacts, every single store in America would support mobile payments, and all of the big issues plaguing our country would be solved.
Well, it’s been almost a year since NFC was added to the iPhone exclusively for contactless payments and you can still hardly use it anywhere. Even major businesses like Starbucks are continuing to use barcodes for payment like it’s 2011. And it isn’t just Apple’s problem. While Android phones have been able to pay for things with Google Wallet and myriad of other services, most stores still want a credit card. (more…)
What happens when you load up a fake iPhone with Android, tell people that it’s running iOS 9, and ask for their reactions? You get the best of Apple fankids talking about how everything is awesome because Apple made it. It’s the best kind of comedy for smartphone nerds, just like when Jimmy Kimmel has people react to the “new” iPhone that is really just last year’s iPhone. People say ridiculous things because in their minds, Apple can do no wrong and always does everything right. (more…)
What happens when you love Apple’s MagSafe technology so much that you decide you must apply it to charging a phone? You get ZNAPS, a Kickstarter funded product that wants to make charging your phone easier than ever. It’s basically a MagSafe like charging plug that sits in the charging port of your phone, so that you can quickly charge a device without having to think about it or actually plug anything in. (more…)
A report out of the Financial Times suggests that the GSMA, an organization representing the “interests of mobile operators worldwide,” is in “advanced talks” with Apple and Samsung to potentially help make an electronic/embedded SIM the standard for mobile phones, including smartphones. The idea behind an E-SIM is that it would act as an embedded SIM in phones, leaving you open to freely connect to carriers of choice without the hassle that is typically associated with signing up for new wireless service. (more…)
The Wall Street Journal reported late last night that Samsung is going to move up the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 because it wants a cushion between the launch of its next flagship and the refreshes that Apple will likely introduce in September. The phone will now be unveiled (and potentially launched) in mid-August instead of during September’s IFA conference, which has long-been the spot for Samsung to give us a new Note. (more…)