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 […]

HTC’s new flagship smartphone has a translucent back, dual front cameras

Believe it or not, HTC is still around! With four months of 2018 under its belt, HTC has turned in four monthly earnings reports that rank among the worst in the company’s history. After the sale of its ODM division to Google, HTC has a $ 1.1 billion cash infusion to play with, so it still […]

Hands-on with the OnePlus 6: An all-glass, notched smartphone for $529

Ron Amadeo OnePlus is back with its new flagship smartphone for 2018, the OnePlus 6. OnePlus has big changes in store this year, not all of which I would call positive. OnePlus’ stand-out metal phone design—which has existed from the OnePlus One all the way to the OnePlus 5T—is dead. The company is switching to […]

Lenovo hypes up an all-screen (no really) flagship smartphone

Lenovo The smartphone hype train is reaching full speed for a smartphone from—believe it or not—Lenovo, which has been teasing an all-screen, notchless smartphone on Chinese social media. People throw around the term “all-screen” far too often, but here Lenovo truly is promising the ultimate smartphone design. Pictures posted by Lenovo VP Chang Cheng promise a […]

Valve launches Steam Link app for streaming games to your smartphone

Valve Software is introducing a way to access your Steam library through your iOS or Android device. The company, which owns and operates the Steam PC game-distribution platform and community, is launching the Steam Link app on the App Store and Google Play market the week of May 13. Like the Steam Link box, this […]

Huawei smartphone sales surge in Europe as Apple and Samsung stumble

If Europe is any indication, Apple and Samsung might be in trouble if the major Chinese smartphone brands ever get a significant foothold in the U.S. market. According to a new report from market research firm Canalys, China’s Huawei saw sales of its smartphones in Europe grow 38.6 percent to 7.4 million units in the first […]

China’s smartphone market sees its largest drop in five years

There’s no question that China’s smartphone industry is in a tough spot, but it’s apparently worse than expected. Canalys has estimated that smartphone shipments in the country plummeted 21 percent year-over year in the first quarter of 2018 — the steepest drop since 2013. Almost everyone saw their shipments go down, with Oppo and Vivo […]

Samsung reports record quarterly profit but warns of weakness in global smartphone market

(Reuters) — Samsung said weakness in the global smartphone market would slow earnings growth, as it reported record quarterly profit on Thursday thanks to strong demand for semiconductors used in servers. The world’s biggest maker of memory chips, smartphones and television sets also flagged softer demand for smartphone OLED panels as a chall…Read More

Essential acknowledges how bad its first smartphone camera was: ‘We heard you, and we’re going to do it better on the second-gen, for sure’

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Essential, the tech startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, released its first phone in 2017.  The phone was generally well-received by critics, but its camera was widely panned.  Essential says it’s currently working to make the camera better on the next version of its phone.  Essential knows people didn’t like the […]