Apple is recalling a few units of the iPhone 6 Plus to replace faulty rear cameras taking blurry photos in smartphones sold between September 2014 until January 2015.
The iSight Camera Replacement Programme comes as Apple is set to unveil its latest iPhone in less than a month. The tech giant found that a "small percentage" of the iPhone 6 Plus were taking blurry pictures from its rear camera, according to The Telegraph.
Samsung Electronics has launched a free Galaxy test drive promo in a bid to convince iPhone loyalists in the United States to switch to its brand.
For just $1, iPhone users can try out the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge, or the Galaxy S6 Edge+ for 30 days without obligations. At the end of the month, they can either return the Samsung smartphone if they are not satisfied or switch to the Galaxy model, if they feel it suits them better, according to Computer World.
Under the terms of the Ultimate Test Drive, Samsung will provide the iPhone customer any of the three Galaxy units, together with an activated SIM and data plan with selected carriers. The customer will pay $1 as the processing fee. If the tester does not return the Galaxy smartphone within 30 days, he or she will be charged the full retail cost of the unit. The test handsets will come with a prepaid shipping box to help facilitate the return of the smartphones, The Verge explains. more >>
BlackBerry is not yet dead. A new leaked photo shows the company's new smartphone that runs the Android mobile operating system.
Just when everyone thought that BlackBerry has waved the white flag, along comes a leaked image of its new smartphone. The upcoming BlackBerry phone still has its trademark QWERTY keyboard, but it surprisingly runs Google's Android OS, according to Mirror.
The photo, which appeared on Twitter on August 19, seems to convey the message that the Canadian smartphone maker may be doing away with its own BlackBerry OS and replace it with Google's Android operating system. more >>
Blackphone 2 is more secure than ever because Silent Circle has updated its privacy-centered mobile operating system.
The all-new Blackphone 2 still builds on the concept of a spy-proof yet consumer-friendly smartphone, much like the first Blackphone. But the new secure smartphone comes with even more improved features, according to NBC News.
The Blackphone 2 is definitely larger and faster than its predecessor. It boasts of a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7-gigahertz octa-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128 GB, Information Week reports. more >>
With BlackBerry keeping mum about details of the company's newest devices, the rumor mill is once again running on overtime, with new reports coming in about what the upcoming device is going to look like and what specs it will carry, according to a report in Tech Times.
First among these rumors is that the new device will be coming pre-installed with Android and not the BlackBerry OS 10.
Another rumor has to do with a leaked image showing the Venice will be equipped with not just a sliding keyboard, but also an onscreen keyboard which looks like the one found on an Android smartphone. Initially, when the phone was hinted at by BlackBerry during the Mobile World Congress early this year, it was known to be a slider phone with a slide-out keyboard which is supposed to be more convenient for longer messages or emails. But in practice, an onscreen phone is certainly easier to use especially for notes and shorter messages. more >>
Google's ambitious project to create the first-ever modular smartphone has been delayed. According to a report on The Verge, the team behind the project recently acknowledged the delay, saying that the phone was not "staying together" as expected. The report specifically mentioned that the smartphone that Project Ara has so far put together is not passing the drop test – i.e. it's components are not staying together as expected.
The Project Ara team recently tweeted this: "No more electropermanent magnets. #ProjectAra #FailedTheDropTest." In a follow-up tweet, they said that they were working on "a signature experience to attach/detach modules." According to the report, this does not indicate how the team was going to do it, but it's an acknowledgement that they need to get back to the drawing board and "rethink" how they would join the modules of the smartphone together and make sure that the phone passes the test of durability.
In another report in Tech Times, it was mentioned that this slight delay meant that the project's scheduled trials which were supposed to happen in Puerto Rico would also be delayed. However, Google has recently announced that it would add a few more test cities to the project next year. The estimated release of the modular smartphone will be sometime in 2016 and not 2015 as Google had earlier predicted. more >>