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Mobile Phones

  • Is this the LG G6? Apparently so… [Photo]

    Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, with the LG G6 set to be one of the most high-profile device reveals at the exhibition. But it appears as if we've just gotten a first proper look at the device. The Verge has peeled the curtain back on the new handset, revealing a tantalising glimpse of the phone's top half. And what we've got is a phone that looks visually appealing -- at least to this writer. The phone appears to have a rather fetching metal and glass design, with multiple antenna lines as well. But fans of the G2,...

  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • Samsung reveals final cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires [Infographic]

    Samsung held a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on Monday morning (3am SAST), where it revealed the full results of the investigation into Galaxy Note 7 fires. The company said that its investigation, as well as three independent investigations found the batteries to be the cause of the problem. However, the big takeaway was that two separate issues were experienced -- the battery from the first recall had a different issue to the battery from the second recall. The first battery's negative electrode was "deflected" in the upper-right corner of the battery pack, Samsung explained. The company added that an additional factor...

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: next iPhone to boast OLED screen?

    The iPhone 7 range has barely been on the market for three months (at the time of writing), being well-received by critics for the most part. Still, there are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for...

  • Galaxy Note 7 results to be announced on 23 January

    Samsung will announce the final results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation on 23 January, the South Korean company confirmed. "Following several months of comprehensive investigations, Samsung executives will announce the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and quality enhancement plan during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on January 23, 2017 at 10am(KST)," the company wrote in a press release. The company will also detail new measures it implemented in response to the saga. What's the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 fires? Samsung will reveal all on Monday Samsung issued a recall for the Galaxy Note 7 late last year,...

  • LG G6: MWC invites sent, but what should you expect?

    The LG G6 is just a few weeks away from being revealed, as the company claims in a YouTube video. But event invites have reportedly been sent as well. According to ZDNet, the South Korean company has sent out invites for an event taking place a day before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Last year saw the G5 (review) being revealed a day before the exhibition as well. "See more. Play more," was the tagline on the invite, the publication explained, adding that the invite had an 18:9 ratio. LG has already confirmed that the G6 will have a 5.7-inch, 2880x1440, 18:9 display....

  • Next Xiaomi phone set for SA? Redmi 4A listed by retailer

    The latest Xiaomi smartphone to hit South Africa might just be the Redmi 4A, it would appear. According to a listing on Incredible Connection's website, the metal-clad handset will be sold for R1999 -- putting it just R1300 below the Redmi 3's price tag. The Redmi 4A looks like a solid follow-up to the R1800 Redmi 2 rather than a successor to the Redmi 3 -- at least judging by the price and specifications. The handset packs a very budget-minded quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p display, 16GB expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot) and a decent 3120mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi...

  • Scientists use Lumia 1020 to sequence DNA on the cheap

    Scientists from UCLA and Sweden have successfully sequenced DNA using a modified Lumia 1020 smartphone. In a press statement, the institution said that DNA sequencing typically sees samples being sent to well-equipped facilities far away, representing a challenge for developing countries and underserved communities. But the smartphone-based microscope, developed by researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute and scientists from Stockholm University and Uppsala University, could reduce the need for expensive equipment. The device takes the form of a lightweight, 3D-printed optical attachment, fitted to the back of a Lumia 1020 and used in conjunction with the 41-megapixel camera. "The device can image and analyse specific DNA sequences...

  • Galaxy S8 to get online doctor appointment feature?

    The Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been working overtime over the past month, purportedly revealing the hardware design. But what about software? Well, it seems like S-Health is getting a useful feature... According to SamMobile, citing "information we've received", WebMD and Amwell will be deeply integrated into the S-Health app, possibly coming to the S8 as well. In addition to searching for symptoms, medication and diseases (via WebMD), the integration will also allow you to schedule video appointments with a doctor (via Amwell). The updated app can apparently store appointment information (including photos and symptoms) as well as prescription details. The updated S-Health app,...

  • Exclusive: AG Mobile confirms liquidation

    South African smartphone brand AG Mobile has been liquidated, CEO Anthony Goodman has confirmed. "AG has been liquidated," Goodman told Gearburn via telephone. The smartphone brand gained prominence after launching its Ghost smartphone (review) in 2015, touting a 24-hour swap-out service and a host of included accessories. AG Mobile also launched the #Hashtag smartphone last year, as part of a collaboration with local hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest. "It’s a solid mid-range phablet that's quick, frugal and solidly built. It offers loads of personality and oodles of colour, but there's still room for improvement namely in terms of camera performance, UI and build quality," our...