There’s no longer an excuse for late Android updates: If this tiny smartphone company can support Android P on the same day as Google, so can everyone else

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider The Essential Phone is the only Android phone in recent memory that has received Google’s latest version of Android at the same time as Google’s own Pixel devices.  It shows that there’s no longer any excuse for Android phones getting Android updates several months after they’re released.  Usually, third-party phones that aren’t […]

Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting

(credit: Esther Vargas / Flickr) The state of West Virginia is planning to allow overseas voting via smartphone in the 2018 election, and election security experts aren’t happy about it. “Mobile voting is a horrific idea,” said Joe Hall, an election security expert at the Center for Democracy and Technology in an interview with CNN. […]

Motorola and Verizon kick off the 5G smartphone hype with the Moto Z3

Cellular carriers everywhere are hyping up the rollout of “5G” network technology in the coming years, and now it looks like the hype for the hardware side of things is starting to pick up, too. Verizon and Motorola are announcing what they’re calling “the world’s first 5G upgradable smartphone,” the Moto Z3 (not to be confused […]

Motorola isn’t giving up on its smartphone Mods just yet

Not long before the second-generation Moto Z flagship was released, Motorola made a clear promise: its Moto Mod accessories would absolutely work for three generations of devices. With the Z3 Play and Z3 officially out there now, that’s three generations accounted for — the company made good on its word. As a result, some — […]

Amazon may have another smartphone in the works (update: no)

Amazon’s Fire Phone was a disaster by most accounts, but that might not stop Bezos and crew from giving handsets another try. In a speech at the Television Critics Association press tour (where Amazon has been very busy), studio head Jennifer Salke said she has the prototype of a future Amazon phone that would reportedly […]

Lenovo Z5 REVEALED – but it’s NOT the Android smartphone you were hoping

The Hong Kong-based tech giant have today revealed the Lenovo Z5 at an event in Beijing. In the run up to the big reveal fans were sent into overdrive with teases looking like the Lenovo Z5 could be the first ever all-screen phone. Close up teases of the Lenovo Z5 seemed to show a bezel-less […]

The father of Android has reportedly cancelled his next big smartphone and might sell the company after raising $300 million (GOOG, AAPL)

Essential — the startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin — plans to sell itself, according to a new Bloomberg report.  The hardware company released its first product, the Essential Phone, last year. But plans have now been scrapped to release a second device.  Essential has raised $ 300 million to date and has been […]