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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

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


First impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The new Note tops out at a whopping P75,990 for the 512GB version

'Fortnite' beta now available on Samsung Galaxy S, Note phones

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The much-awaited battle royale title finally steps foot on Android

FORTNITE ANDROID. The hit battle royale game comes to Android. Screenshot from Epic Games


Duterte meets PDP-Laban, Samsung Note 9, sun-skimming spacecraft | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note 9

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Its S-Pen now has remote control functions

Taking photos with the reigning Dxomark champ, the Huawei P20 Pro

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Will it be toppled by upcoming flagships from Samsung, Apple and Google in the final stretch of 2018?

FLASHY. The P20 Pro features one of the most striking colors, 'twilight,' seen in 2018 smartphones. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Huawei tops Apple in tightening smartphone market – IDC

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:48 AM

In the second quarter of 2018, Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones worldwide, second only to Samsung's 71.5 million, and ahead of Apple's 41.3 million, IDC reports

NOVA 3. Huawei's flagship devices launched earlier in the year have seen some excellent reviews, owing to their distinctive design, and industry-leading cameras. The recently launched Nova 3 approximates the flagship P20 series, making high-end technologies more accessible in an increasingly competitive market. Photo from Huawei

Huawei launches quad-camera Nova 3, Nova 3i

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Nova 3i is now available for P15,990 while the Nova 3 will hit stores soon at the starting price of P25,990

Why does my phone battery die so fast?

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:30 AM

This question has probably crossed the mind of every cellphone user trying to send one last text before the screen blinks off

France closes in on phone ban in schools from September

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:17 PM

French Senators and National Assembly deputies reach an agreement late on Wednesday, July 18, on the ban for all 3 tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for educational purposes

Xiaomi Mi 8 now in the PH for P25,990

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:30 PM

New budget phones, the 6 and 6A, are also announced

Blue, orange, and red iPhones may be coming – report

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Three new iPhones are expected this year: a 6.1-inch entry level model, a 6.5-inch 'plus' version, and an upgraded iPhone X

IPHONE X. The new iPhones coming this year are expected to come at several price points but all of them will be retaining iPhone X design elements. Shutterstock photo


Budget Honor 7 phones arrive, price starts at P5,490

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:49 PM

The Huawei sub-brand's 7S and 7A will retail for P5,490 and 6,990 respectively

HONOR 7A. Photo from Honor


'Mobile airbag' can break your phone’s fall when you drop it

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The mobile phone case has metal prongs that automatically spring open when it's dropped

ADCASE. The 'AD' in the name stands for 'active damping'. Photo from Frenzel + Mayer Solutions


Samsung Messages bug randomly sending photos to contacts – reports

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 8 users have reported that they have encountered the bug

MESSAGING MISHAP. Samsung Messages, the brand's own messaging app, is being affected by a bug that sends out photos from a user's gallery


Google's augmented reality-based Measure app comes to Android phones

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Measure allows users of compatible phones to take measurements of surfaces and other objects by walking around them

MEASURE. The Measure app at work. Screenshot from Google Play.

Vivo launches flagship with in-display fingerprint scanner for P29,999

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:12 PM

The X21 is the first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner to be officially available in the Philippines

IN-DISPLAY SCANNER. Vivo's in-display fingerprint scanner has been a source of amazement since it was first shown to the public in January 2018's Consumer Electronics Show. Photo from Vivo


China's Oppo enters Europe and U.S. phone market with £999 flagship

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The Oppo Find X is their most expensive phone yet, whose price roughly converts to P70,000 in the Philippines

FIND X. The phone with the peculiar name ditches the notch for pop-up cameras in order to make room for a bezel-free screen. Photo from Oppo


Samsung releases budget J6 for P13,990

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The J6 comes with a 5.6-inch HD display, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, and Dolby Atmos sound technology

BLACK AND GOLD. The budget J6 will come in these two colors. Photo from Samsung


Cheap but sleek Xiaomi and OnePlus making noise in Europe

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Chinese top-range phones are often around half the price of those made by US and Korean rivals, with fans professing that they're just as elegant, functional and durable


BlackBerry Key2 specs leak points to long-lasting phone

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:05 PM

It's the combination of a Snapdragon 660 SoC processor with a large 3,500 mAh battery that's bringing hopes of a long battery life for the Key2

THE BLACKBERRY KEY2. A leaked image of the BlackBerry Key2 from the Twitter account of Evan Blass @evleaks.

Facebook granted Chinese electronics firms access to user data

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Facebook's data-sharing partnerships with Chinese companies is of significant concern to the US in light of current political situations

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected in the pupil of an eye on April 25, 2018, in Paris. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Asus unveils the ROG Phone

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

It carries an overclocked Snapdragon 845 chip and key design tweaks differentiating it from conventional smartphones

ROG PHONE. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Riding-in-tandem, Aquino and Dengvaxia, Warriors vs. Cavaliers | Evening wRap

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Bea Cupin

IN PHOTOS: The ROG Phone

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Check out the first ROG gaming smartphone here from various angles, plus its various accessories


Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

Jun 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'It is for sure not the death of the smartphone; it is the death of the growth of the smartphone market,' says an analyst

Telecom equipment company Huawei CEO Richard Yu presents the new P20 smartphone in Paris on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONT

Xiaomi unveils Mi 8 phones, its '8th anniversary flagship'

May 31, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Xiaomi announces the Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and Mi 8 SE smartphones at an event in Shenzen, China

5G smartphones to heat up global phone market next year – IDC

May 31, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The arrival of 5G phones next year and low-cost units from China may start the upturn for the market after 2 straight down years

IPHONE X. The Apple flagship is among the highest sellers in 2018 so far. Shutterstock photo


Honor launches Kirin 970-equipped flagship at P23,990

May 31, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The Honor 10 arrives on June 6 in the Philippines

Leak suggests that one of Google's upcoming phones may have a notch too

May 30, 2018 - 1:11 PM

With Google's upcoming Android P officially supporting screen notches, the design feature can't be ruled out even for Google's own phones


Xiaomi Redmi S2 arriving on June 4 for P7,990

May 24, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Xiaomi makes its official announcement regarding the Redmi S2 for the Philippine market just a little over a week after its unveiling in China

REDMI S2. Xiaomi releases its second-cheapest phone next to the Redmi 5A. All photos from Xiaomi


New Nokia X6 adopts the notch like many Android phones this year

May 21, 2018 - 4:04 PM

It’s Nokia's first phone to sport the display cutout popularized by the iPhone X

X6. Currently a China-exclusive, rumors abound of its eventual international release. Photo from HMD Global/Nokia


Red's Hydrogen One smartphone has a holographic display

May 21, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The smartphone incorporates what the company calls '4-view' screen technology that reportedly shifts between 2D, 3D, and holographic displays

Will Apple bundle fast USB-C chargers with 2018's iPhones?

May 17, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The Apple rumor mill claims this year's iPhones will have USB-C fast chargers included instead of the traditional 5-watt units

A DIFFERENT CHARGER? This file photo taken on September 12, 2017 shows an iPhone X during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

HTC to make blockchain-powered phone called the Exodus

May 16, 2018 - 11:41 AM

The phone will have a universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware enclave to support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications

EXODUS. A sketch of HTC's upcoming blockchain phone appears on its official site. Screenshot from Htcexodus.com


CCTV captures alleged iPhone 6S explosion in Las Vegas repair shop

May 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The incident shows that any device with a lithium-ion battery can potentially explode if damaged, mishandled or defective


Lenovo Z5 teaser images show notch-free all-screen phone

May 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Unlike many other Android phone makers this year, Lenovo appears to have found an all-screen design that won't require a notch

Z5 TEASER. A portion of the new Z5 has been teased by Lenovo vice president Chang Cheng on his Weibo page. All photos by Chang Cheng/Weibo


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 on sale by May 15 for P11,990

May 11, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Xiaomi's new budget phone features the Snapdragon 636 chip such as the one found in the Asus Zenfone 5

Starmobile revives the flip-phone with UNO F301

May 10, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The clamshell design returns in the form of the Starmobile UNO F301, priced at P899

THE FLIP-PHONE RETURNS. Starmobile's UNO F301 brings back the clamshell design of an earlier time.

OPPO F7 review: Among this year's great midrangers

May 01, 2018 - 11:53 AM

This year has seen no shortage of affordable midrangers. Allow the F7 to present its case.

OPPO F7. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


[Two Pronged] Phone sex with my wife, and then some

Apr 22, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Ed' – who is based in Singapore – wants to know if his desires are 'ok' or if it means he has a 'mental disorder'

Cherry Mobile is top-selling smartphone brand in PH in 2017 – IDC

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Filipino brand accounted for 23% of the 15 million units sold in the Philippines in 2017, reports industry tracker International Data Corporation

Photo from Cherry Mobile


Apple developing curved screens, touchless controls for future iPhones - report

Apr 05, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The company is reportedly exploring new technology to help its top-selling product stand out from a market becoming more crowded with competition

FUTURE IPHONE TECH? This file photo taken on September 07, 2016 shows  the Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

What makes the Google Pixel 2 XL better than the Galaxy S9+

Apr 05, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Smarter software presents itself in every corner of the Pixel 2 experience, from its voice assistant to its camera to the way it identifies an incoming call from a number you’ve never seen before

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi returns to Philippines

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:10 PM

With Xiaomi already dominating the Indian market, it makes a comeback to the Philippines

COMEBACK. Xiaomi Southeast Asia director John Chen officially announces return of the phone maker in the Philippines with new offerings and market expansion plan. Photo from Virtusio PR International

Android users more loyal than iOS users – report

Mar 09, 2018 - 4:33 PM

A higher percentage of Android users stayed with the platform when they bought a new phone in 2017 than iOS users, an annual industry report says

ANDROID DOMINANT. Guests pose for a photo as Google and Oreo reveal Android OREO during the solar eclipse at the 14th street park on August 21, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Jason Kempin/AFP


Leaker Evan Blass shows off Huawei P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The prominent leaker also shows some of the other colors that Huawei's new flagships will come in

ALLEGED P20 PRO. The leak by renowned leaker Evan Blass shows the 3 different variants of the Huawei P20. Photo from Evan Blass/Twitter