News

GSMArena.com site search

Samsung refuses to pay licenses to Microsoft after Nokia buyout

Samsung refuses to pay licenses to Microsoft after Nokia buyout

02 November, 2014 | comments (92)

Samsung has issued a court filing regarding its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows Phone and states that it refuses to fulfill its end of the deal as it now sees the software giant as a direct competitor. The business collaboration agreement...


SEL outs a 3-fold 8.7-inch OLED touch display

SEL outs a 3-fold 8.7-inch OLED touch display

02 November, 2014 | comments (41)

At the Display Innovation 2014 trade show in Yokohoma City, Japan, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) introduced an 8.7" Super AMOLED display, which can fold in three. It sports 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of...

Tags: Misc


Week 44 in review: Oppo N3 and R5, DROID Turbo, Galaxy A5

Week 44 in review: Oppo N3 and R5, DROID Turbo, Galaxy A5

02 November, 2014 | comments (1)

Week In Review is back to recap all the major announcements of the week, which you might have missed. The past Week 44 saw a lot of new smartphone announcements. Motorola, Samsung and Oppo revealed new devices and all of them are quite...


BlackBerry Passport gets the gold-plating treatment

BlackBerry Passport gets the gold-plating treatment

01 November, 2014 | comments (30)

Early last month we came across photos of a gold-plated BlackBerry Passport, but details were scarce. This might be the source of these photos - Vietnamese company Mavang is doing custom gold plating of Passports. The square-screened business...

Tags: BlackBerry


HTC Desire 620 in the works, Taiwan's NCC reveals

HTC Desire 620 in the works, Taiwan's NCC reveals

31 October, 2014 | comments (15)

The NCC is Taiwan's equivalent of the USA's FCC, and its documents have revealed a new smartphone that is currently in the works: the HTC Desire 620. Not one, but two versions of this yet unheard of upcoming handset have been certified by the...

Tags: HTC, Android


Tizen-running dual-SIM Samsung phone spotted at the FCC

Tizen-running dual-SIM Samsung phone spotted at the FCC

31 October, 2014 | comments (18)

Samsung's been theoretically launching Tizen smartphones left and right for years. Actually though, we've yet to see one shipping product running the mobile OS that was once seriously thought to be able to take on Android. For the umpteenth time,...

Tags: Samsung, Tizen


New Lollipop build for Samsung Galaxy S5 gets showcased

New Lollipop build for Samsung Galaxy S5 gets showcased

31 October, 2014 | comments (65)

A few weeks ago we brought you images and video showing what an early build of Android L for the Samsung Galaxy S5 looked like. Since that point, the Korean company's engineers have been hard at work tweaking things and integrating the TouchWiz...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Samsung Ativ S gets updated to Windows Phone 8.1

Samsung Ativ S gets updated to Windows Phone 8.1

31 October, 2014 | comments (15)

The Samsung Ativ S is now ready to enter the Windows Phone 8.1 club. Lagging behind several Nokia handsets, the smartphone launched two years ago is finally starting to receive an over-the-air update to Windows Phone 8.1. Owners of the Ativ S in...


Samsung Galaxy S5 joins Sprint's device leasing scheme

Samsung Galaxy S5 joins Sprint's device leasing scheme

31 October, 2014 | comments (3)

A couple of weeks ago Sprint introduced its device leasing program, and so far only the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been in it. Through this scheme, you're able to lease a handset by essentially paying Sprint a monthly sum as 'rent'. And now...


Limited edition Gresso Regal encases Android 4.2 in titanium

Limited edition Gresso Regal encases Android 4.2 in titanium

31 October, 2014 | comments (32)

Form over function becomes more appealing when there's exclusivity involved only 999 units of the new Gresso Regal will be produced. The Android-powered smartphone follows Gresso's Luxury minimalism design tradition and is based on a Grade 5 solid...

Tags: Gresso, Android


OnePlus one leaks with yellow StyleSwap back, possibly Kevlar

OnePlus one leaks with yellow StyleSwap back, possibly Kevlar

31 October, 2014 | comments (22)

We've seen the OnePlus One in Sandstone black, in white, in wood, bamboo and even in Denim but we haven't seen it in Kevlar, until now. Two images have surfaced showing the OnePlus One with an interesting yellow back that could be the Kevlar back...


LG G3 Dual-LTE launches in Russia in early November

LG G3 Dual-LTE launches in Russia in early November

31 October, 2014 | comments (6)

LG has officially revealed its plans to launch a dual-SIM version of the G3 in Russia. Dubbed the LG G3 Dual-LTE, the phone will make its debut in the country in early November. The suggested retail price is about $640 (RUB 26,990). The phone has...

Tags: LG, Android


HTC ends Q3 on a $19 million profit, hopes for the best in Q4

HTC ends Q3 on a $19 million profit, hopes for the best in Q4

31 October, 2014 | comments (33)

Just like its unaudited report suggested earlier this month, HTC continues its winning streak in Q3. HTC's financial report for the Q3 2014 states the company made a profit of $19 million (NT$0.6 billion). Revenue for the period is $1.38 billion...

Tags: HTC


Sony posts a quarterly loss, sells 9.9 million smartphones

Sony posts a quarterly loss, sells 9.9 million smartphones

31 October, 2014 | comments (80)

Sony had a positive quarter three months ago but it's back in the red. The company actually posted increased sales of $17.45 billion (up 7.2% on a yearly basis) in large part thanks to strong PlayStation sales and strong performance of Sony's image...

Tags: Sony, Android


Meizu MX4 Pro to be bigger than the non-Pro after all

Meizu MX4 Pro to be bigger than the non-Pro after all

31 October, 2014 | comments (9)

The Meizu MX4 Pro leaks suggested a new chipset and higher res screen but almost everything else was supposed to remain the same. A new leak shows the back panels of both the regular MX4 and MX4 Pro and the Pro is clearly bigger. It's hard to...

Tags: Meizu, Android, Rumors


Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, leaves Google

Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, leaves Google

31 October, 2014 | comments (33)

Andy Rubin has left Google. Rubin was heading Google's robotic division but has now left the company to start his own incubator for hardware startups. He will be replaced by James Kuffner. Andy Rubin is the co-founder and ex-CEO or Danger...

Tags: Google, Android


Samsung announces Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 duo of smartphones

Samsung announces Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 duo of smartphones

30 October, 2014 | comments (104)

Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 duo of smartphones. The Android duet is targeting young buyers with entry-level and mid-range specs, variety of colors, and decidedly premium all-metal unibody. Samsung Galaxy A5 packs...

Tags: Samsung, Android


Samsung Gear S lands on AT&T and Sprint on November 7

Samsung Gear S lands on AT&T and Sprint on November 7

30 October, 2014 | comments (10)

T-Mobile US announced just few hours ago it will be carrying the Samsung Gear S SIM-enabled smartwatch. It is offering it with a 2-year contract on $0 upfront and 24 payments of $14.58. The monthly plan costs just $5 and includes unlimited talks,...


Xiaomi could be working on a low-end 9.2-inch tablet

Xiaomi could be working on a low-end 9.2-inch tablet

30 October, 2014 | comments (17)

Now that it's become the world's No.3 smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi may be looking to expand its tablet lineup, which so far consists only of the 7.9" MiPad. The Chinese company's next tablet might be a decidedly low-end affair, however. A new...

Tags: Android, Xiaomi


Kantar: Android grows as iOS and Windows Phone decline in Q3

Kantar: Android grows as iOS and Windows Phone decline in Q3

30 October, 2014 | comments (77)

According to the latest Kantar WorldPanel report on mobile operating system market share, Android continues to take the lead marking a slight growth. Its main rivals, iOS and Windows Phone, declined slightly in their respective market share...