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Apple will again launch a trio of iPhones later this year – report

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The successor of the XS Max will reportedly sport 3 rear cameras

Next Samsung flagship to be unveiled February 20

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Three variants of the S10 are expected and possibly, Samsung's foldable Galaxy X phone

Screenshot from Samsung


Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report

Jan 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Facebook is among the numerous app developers to have deals with phonemakers to put pre-installed placeholder app 'stubs' on users' phones

Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying – media

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:54 PM

A review is underway of all Belgian military and troops operating in Baltic states, including those bordering Russia, should no longer be allowed to use their smartphones in 'certain regions and circumstances,' news agency Belga says

Worry over kids' excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM

New research found brain changes among kids using screens more than 7 hours a day and lower cognitive skills among those using screens more than two hours a day

SMARTPHONE WOES. Sleep deprivation among teens spiked after 2012 – just as smartphone use became common. GCapture/Shutterstock.com

8 important developments in the smartphone world in 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:00 AM

We round up some of the biggest and most talked about headlines in smartphones this year

How wireless recharging works – and how it doesn’t, yet

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Ever wondered how wireless charging plates transmitted power to a device?

WIRELESS CHARGING. Photo from Samsung


Lenovo announces first phone with 12GB of RAM

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Z5 Pro GT sets a new RAM record for phones, topping the like of the OPPO Find X and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, both with 10GB of RAM

How the world's top smartphone brands fared in 2018

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Here we assess the world's 5 biggest phone makers of 2018 – Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Xiaomi, and OPPO, according to International Data Corporation's Q3 2018 sales figures

Huawei's Honor View 20 to feature 48MP camera

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Nokia's PureView 808 and Lumia 1020 phones, released in 2012 and 2013, respectively, have finally been topped

Photo from Honor/Twitter


'Russian Google' unveils first smartphone

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:56 AM

While the design was created by Yandex, the phone is made in China

YANDEX. Russian internet giant Yandex on December 5, 2018 launched its first ever smartphone, ending several weeks of suspense for tech fans over the highly anticipated launch. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Peak Infinity Display

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Note 9 will likely be the last to sport this design before the S10 introduces a new form in early 2019

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Realme enters Philippine market with entry-level C1 phone

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The Realme C1 is priced at P5,990 and will arrive 'this Christmas season'

C1. Realme's 1st phone in the Philippines is the entry-level C1. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


[OPINYON] Ang maging manunulat sa panahon ng smarter-than-user smartphone

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Wala na yatang nakaaalala na ang buwan ng Nobyembre ay Reading Month – kung paanong wala na ring nakakaalala kung paano magbasa nang marubdob, lalo na sa kagubatan ng social media

Never without their smartphones: a global revolution

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This year, the number of smartphone users in the world is expected to pass 3 billion

This picture taken on November 12, 2018 shows job seekers looking at their smartphones while searching for employment during a jobs fair in Seoul. - Women often struggle to find a foothold in South Korea's male-dominated corporate culture and a series of firms have now been caught allegedly using sexist recruitment targets to keep it that way. Despite its economic and technological advances the South remains a patriarchal society, and has one of the world's thickest glass ceilings for women. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

After conquering the world, smartphone faces uncertain future

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Even as top makers like Apple and Samsung unveil new handsets with new features and improved performance, smartphone sales have flattened with most major markets largely saturated

Smartphones raising a mentally fragile generation

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:26 PM

San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge sees smartphones and social media as raising an unhappy, compliant generation of teens and adults

JEAN TWENGE. San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge poses in San Diego, California, on September 17, 2018. Photo by Julie Charpentrat/AFP

Samsung's foldable phone to cost $1,770, slated for March 2019 – report

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The device will be called the Galaxy F, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency

Xiaomi bringing Mi 8 Lite, Mi 8 Pro to PH

Nov 09, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Both Xiaomi's Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro will go on sale on Lazada and Shopee on November 11, with Mi Authorized Stores to have them soon after

Xiaomi debuts in London with Mi 8 Pro

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:37 AM

Xiaomi also announces that it will open an official Mi Store in London on November 18

Photo from Xiaomi


OPPO R17 Pro priced at P38,990

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The phone is expected to land in PH stores on November 24

OPPO R17. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Huawei tops Apple for 2 consecutive quarters in phone market

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:18 PM

It's the longest that Huawei has been on the second spot

Little-known company unveils own foldable phone days before Samsung

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Royole shows a device with a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen that folds 180 degrees

iPhone XR arrives November 16 in PH via Globe

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Pre-orders will begin on November 9

Promotional material from Globe


LOOK: Leaked Asus phone moves notch to the right

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:57 AM

The device, said to be the ZenFone 6, is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress this February

Screenshot from HDBlog International/YouTube

Apple cancels iPhone XR production boost due to low demand – report

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Budget-conscious buyers are going for last year's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus instead


U.S. phone owners holding on to old devices far longer than ever – study

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The study suggests that U.S. phone owners would wait almost 3 years to make an upgrade

iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime rolls out on Wednesday

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

With the new update, FaceTime now supports 32 concurrent participants, up from 2


OPPO R17 Pro impressions: Highlights low-light photography

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The device flaunts a triple rear camera setup which consists of a 12MP, 20MP, and 3D camera

OPPO R17 PRO. All photos by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Asus' ROG gaming phone arrives in PH for P49,995

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:58 PM

A 512GB variant is also going for P61,995

JOYSTICK ATTACHMENT. The ROG Phone comes with a variety of accessories including this joystick attachment, sold separately. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Xiaomi's new Mi MIX 3 has a sliding back, 10GB of RAM

Oct 26, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The back slides up to reveal the front cameras, a design choice that allowed Xiaomi to increase the screen-to-body ratio to 93.4%

POP-UP CAMERA. The Mi MIX 3's back slides up to reveal the front cameras. All photos from Xiaomi


Huawei Mate 20 Pro priced at P49,990

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The standard Mate 20 will go for P40,990

MATE 20 Pro. Photo from Huawei


Every major announcement at the Huawei Mate 20 launch

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Huawei's new consumer products for the final quarter of the year have been announced

HUAWEI'S NEW PHONE. There's plenty to tease for the arrival of the Mate 20. Image from Huawei's Twitter.


iPhone XS, XS Max available on Globe on October 26

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Pre-orders start on October 19

IPHONE X S and X S Max, Screenshot from livestream.


Honor 8X with midrange Kirin 710 chip priced at P12,990

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The phone officially becomes available on October 18

8X. Honor's new budget midranger launches for P12,990. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Google Pixel 3 derided for notch by netizens

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:23 AM

Online, dislike for the notch is resurrected as Google's new phone launches

Screenshot from Google


Google's Pixel 3 can answer calls for you

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:25 AM

Its 'Call Screen' feature is essentially a smart answering machine for the mobile generation

Screenshot from Google


iPhone XS, XS Max owners report charging problems

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Some models reportedly refuse to charge while in sleep mode and when the screen is off

Screenshot from Apple


Here’s how Huawei's Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are shaping up

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Huawei’s upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, is rumored to have an extremely small teardrop notch and a square camera module.

HUAWEI'S NEW PHONE. There's plenty to tease for the arrival of the Mate 20. Image from Huawei's Twitter.

Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Parents will be able to impose time limits on apps from games and news to social media and messaging that children use, and will able to designate "down time" for themselves too

APP LIMITS. Apple's app limitation system combines with its parental controls to provide everyone with a means of controlling their usage, or that of a loved one's obsession with technoloy. Screen shot from WWDC 2018 livestream


U.S. teens prefer remote chats to face-to-face meeting – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The last time the same survey was conducted in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49%, far ahead of texting's 33%

Photo from Shutterstock


Photo of Nokia phone with 5 rear cameras surfaces

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:05 PM

It’s not clear what all the lenses will actually do

NOKIA. The headquarters of Finnish telecommunication network company Nokia are pictured in Espoo, Finland on April 27, 2017. File photo by Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva/AFP

Samsung to debut new features in mid-range models first – executive

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The company reportedly wants to boost sales of its mid-range devices as sales of flagships slow down

Photo by Alex dela Cruz/Rappler


Executive shows Xiaomi phone with 5G signal

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Xiaomi could be the first to launch a 5G-ready phone

5G-READY. A 5G label appears in the signal indicator of the phone. Photo from Donovan Sung/Twitter


Google event on October 9 expected to star new Pixel phone

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:37 AM

An Android-powered smartwatch may be unveiled as well

GOOGLE. Google's New York office is shown in lower Manhattan on March 5, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


Google researchers say tech industry has fueled 'attention crisis'

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

A paper by Google's own user-experience researchers provides an overall picture of the reasons people feel the need to be in constant contact with their phones

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP


Here's how Google's Pixel 3 phones are shaping up

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Like many 2018 phones, the XL version of the Pixel 3 is expected to carry a notch

PIXEL 2. Photo from Google.


Apple expected to unveil new iPhones at September 12 event

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Three new iPhone models are expected to be revealed

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 is now the cheapest Snapdragon 845 phone

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The 64GB variant will retail at P17,990 while the 128GB version will hit stores at P19,990

POCOPHONE F1. Pocophone is Xiaomi's new budget sub-brand featuring phones that are packaged even more affordably than Xiaomi's own value-packed units. Photo from Xiaomi


Duterte shares his struggles with smartphones, Viber

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:46 PM

For the septuagenarian President, the struggle with technology is real

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates United States of America President-elect Donald Trump through a phone call at Legaspi Suites in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD