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Walkie, no talkie: Japan city launches pedestrian smartphone ban

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Using smartphones while walking is banned. Please operate your smartphones after you stop walking,' a recorded female voice cautions travelers to Yamato City

MOBILE PHONE BAN. People walk past banners installed by the city hall to inform pedestrians about the ban on using a mobile phone while walking, at a train station in Yamato, Kanagawa prefecture on July 1, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/ AFP

Samsung Galaxy A31: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:38 PM

It's P1,000 more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy M31

GALAXY A31. Photo from Samsung


Samsung Galaxy A51: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:37 PM

The phone is priced at P17,990, pitting it directly against the Vivo V19 Neo

GALAXY A51. Only two colors will be available in the Philippines at the moment: blue and black. Photo from Samsung


OPPO A92: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The phone is priced at P15,990, and arrives on June 27

Photo from OPPO


Apple unveils iOS 14

Jun 23, 2020 - 6:47 AM

iOS 14 turns iPhones into digital car keys, offers new Translate app, and expands 'Find My' feature for third-party devices

NEW IOS. Apple shows a glimpse of the new iPhone interface. Photo from Apple

Globe launches P50 5GB prepaid data promo

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:58 PM

For P50, Globe's offering 5GB of open access data – meaning it's usable on any website – and an additional 1GB for a Globe GoWiFi hotspot connection, with data validity for 3 days

Photo from Globe


The BTS edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ is coming to the Philippines

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The BTS Edition Galaxy Buds+ are also heading our way!

POCO F2 Pro: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:51 PM

At, P26,990, the POCO F2 Pro is currently the cheapest phone in the Philippines with a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip

POCO F2 PRO. Photo from Xiaomi


Samsung Galaxy M11: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:27 PM

The phone is priced at P7,490, has a 5,000 mAh battery, and a triple rear camera setup

GALAXY M11. Currently, Samsung has only announced the black and violet variants for the M11 in the Philippines. Photo from Samsung


Smart is now accepting pre-orders for the visionary Huawei P40 Series

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:25 PM

You can pre-order online or at any Smart Stores nationwide

Huawei Nova 7SE 5G: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 16, 2020 - 4:51 PM

It's currently the cheapest 5G phone in the Philippines

NOVA 7SE. Photo from Huawei


Vivo V19 Neo: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 16, 2020 - 4:49 PM

The V19 Neo is a midrange phone with 4 rear cameras and night photo capabilities

V19 NEO. Photo from Vivo


Get free wireless earbuds when you pre-order the vivo V19 Neo

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The V19 Neo will be available starting June 13. To pre-order the latest flagship handset today, visit the official vivo Lazada and Shopee online stores.

'Ignite the night' with the vivo V19 Neo's features

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The details of vivo's newest V19 phones were unveiled in the brand's first-ever all-digital launch

Vivo V19 Neo to launch with global endorsers in all-digital event

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The launch will be live-streamed on Facebook this June 13, Saturday, 5:30 pm

Samsung Galaxy M31: Specs, price in the Philippines

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:50 PM

The M31 has a 6,000 mAh battery and a P13,990 price tag

M31. Photo from Samsung


Global smartphone sales plunge 20% in pandemic-hit quarter

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Samsung leads with a market share of 18.5%, with Huawei and Apple at 14.2% and 13.7% respectively

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Photo makes some Android phones unable to boot – reports

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:42 PM

Solutions to fix the reported issue include factory resetting or finding a way to access the phone's system to delete the image file

Image from Google


Xiaomi online launch headlined by P17,000 Note 10 Lite

May 27, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Check out the specs of Xiaomi's new phones here

MI NOTE 10 LITE. Image from Xiaomi


Realme 6 with 90Hz display launched at P12,000

May 27, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro phones will be available starting May 27

Image from Realme


Samsung online store launched

May 21, 2020 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) Samsung Philippines' website now has official in-site shopping options

S20 ULTRA. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Pre-registration for ‘League of Legends: Wild Rift’ limited alpha now open in PH

May 20, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Test your luck in getting early access to the much-awaited mobile adaptation of 'League of Legends'

Screenshot from Wild Rift website


Q&A: A phone photography engineer on aiming for DSLR quality, future improvements

May 07, 2020 - 12:12 PM

OPPO's Will Lin gives us a peek at the work they do to improve phone cameras

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Screens keep us connected now but remain disruptive to in-person communication

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:06 AM

Consider it the height of rudeness to have a device out during conversations, meals, meetings or in the middle of family game night


Qualifiers for 'Call of Duty: Mobile' world championship kick off on April 30

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The tourney will feature $1 million in prizes in the form of cash and in-game cosmetics


iPhone SE priced at P26,490 in the Philippines

Apr 16, 2020 - 12:55 AM

No word yet on availability

IPHONE SE. Photo from Apple


New iPhone may be coming as locked-down consumers seek bargains

Apr 15, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Apple is widely believed to be getting ready to release a reduced-price handset

APPLE. This illustration picture shows the US multinational technology company Apple logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


13.4% jump in phone WiFi use in Philippines in first week of lockdown – OpenSignal

Apr 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

OpenSignal notices a 'large week-on-week jump in Time on Wifi in the Philippines' on the third week of March, beginning March 16. This is around the time Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine.

Apple to launch new entry-level 'iPhone SE' model – reports

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:50 PM

It's been speculated an iPhone SE announcement is coming sooner rather than later

APPLE. In this file photo taken on September 10, 2019 the Apple logo is projected on a screen before the start of a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Global smartphone shipments in February down nearly 40% from last year – analyst firm

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Global sales of smatphones in February 2020 are down 38% compared to last year, and 39% compared to January 2020, the month before the coronavirus spread more vigorously in countries beyond China

SMARTPHONE SALES. Phone sales decline as a result of the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Angelo Gonzales/Rappler


Keeping your phones clean in the time of the coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Should you be concerned about your germ-ridden phones?

Here's how much a flagship phone's price could decline after a year – report

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Online shopping aggregator iPrice takes a look at price decline rates for Samsung's S phones

GET IT CHEAPER. The price of Samsung's newest flagship phone will drop by 30% within just 6 months after release, an independent research on price trends predicts

New Huawei Mate Xs foldable to be launched globally

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:48 AM

Huawei's foldable receives build improvements and a new processor

All photos from Huawei


Here’s why you don’t really need that new phone right now

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:36 PM

Here's why you may want to adopt an 'I don’t really need that new phone right now' mindset in your daily life

Smartphone voting stirs interest – and security fears

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Rising interest in electronic voting heightens concerns among security experts who fear these systems are vulnerable to hacking and manipulation that could undermine confidence in election results

Unboxing: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:58 AM

The Z Flip looks and feels amazing

SAMSUNG Z FLIP. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

First impressions: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:03 PM

We get a nice bump-up in specs, especially with the 100x zoom, but its 5G-readiness, even if it's disabled at launch, gives it some edge

S20 ULTRA. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Prices in the Philippines: Samsung S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Buds+

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:56 AM

Prices start at P49,990 for the S20 line

S20 PLUS. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


IN PHOTOS: Samsung Galaxy S20

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

The boxy, black camera housing looks to become the line's distinctive design feature

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Samsung launches its second foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

Samsung's second foldable boasts new bendable glass, moving away from the Fold's plastic screen

Z FLIP. Samsung showcases their new foldable at Samsung Unpacked 2020. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


WATCH: Samsung launches all-new S20 phones

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

Check out Samsung's new flagship here in this short video

S20 PLUS. The Plus version has a 6.7-inch screen and a time-of-flight camera for image depth, which isn't found in the base S20. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Specs comparison: S20 vs. S20 Plus vs. S20 Ultra

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

Check out how each S20 variant measures up with one another

S20. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Samsung S20 sets pace for 5G tech but some regions get 4G-only variants

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

While 5G networks still have to find their legs, Samsung offers some future-proofing with the first phone that offers compatibility with both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G

S20 ULTRA. Other than 5G-readiness, the range-topping S20 Ultra also boasts a 100X Space Zoom camera. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Buyer’s guide: January 2020 phones

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

If a new premium flagship is what you’re after, you might have to wait a little longer

Huawei flagship is first commercially available 5G phone in the Philippines

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is now available via Globe

KIRIN 990 5G. The chip powers the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. Photo from Huawei


Cheapest Note 10 variant lands in the Philippines

Feb 06, 2020 - 5:56 PM

It's priced at P29,990, and will be available starting February 14

Samsung S20 name, appearance confirmed in product page leak

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:33 PM

Also leaked is an S20 case with LED lights that can display symbols and a countdown when taking photos

'S20 Ultra,' 'Z Flip': Expected specs, features for rumored, new Samsung flagships

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The S line will reportedly add an 'ultra' model while a new foldable will also be launching

NEW FLIP. Samsung's launching a new foldable called the Flip Z, according to rumor, with a new leak from Evan Blass showing the purported device. Photo from Evan Blass/Twitter


LIST: Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi flagship phones for 2020

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:30 AM

120Hz screens, 5G-readiness, 12GB RAM – check out what the decade's first batch of flagships is looking to offer

GALAXY S10. Last year's Samsung Galaxy S10 was the first Samsung to carry 5G functionality. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Local election in U.S. to allow voting via smartphones

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Experts object: 'There is a firm consensus in the cybersecurity community that mobile voting on a smartphone is a really stupid idea'