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We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

Real-world test Huawei's new imaging hardware has caused as much excitement in the smartphone market as anything since Nokia's oversampling champ of 2013, the Lumia 1020. Benchmarker DxOMark puts both the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro comfortably ahead of all rivals, including the Galaxy S9 Plus, Pixel 2 and iPhone X. Huawei will be very happy to …

Need a needle in an artery? Move over, doc, there's an app for that

Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) has shown a smartphone application is superior to traditional physical examination for spotting when it is safe to stick a needle into an artery. Researchers used an elderly iPhone 4S running the Instant Heart Rate application by Azumio to check the patient' …
Richard Speed, 3 Apr 2018
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Apple iOS 11.3 adds health records for battery, people too

On Thursday Apple released iOS 11.3, a free update to its mobile operating system that, among other new features and fixes, attempts to ease iPhone battery management. Late last year, the fruit-themed device maker acknowledged that its iOS 11.2.1 update included a undisclosed mechanism for processor throttling. The processors …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Mar 2018
Couple shocked by something on a smartphone

'Tis the season: Verizon first in line to flog Palm phone resurrection

Easter is a time for resurrections and so El Reg noted with interest that Palm, after an eight-year hiatus, has signed up Verizon as the first telco to stock the device when it launches this year. Word of the development was first broken by Android Police. Palm owner TCL, which also has a licence to use the Alcatel and …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2018
Huawei p20 pro range

Yo Google, I'mma let you finish, but China, I mean, Huawei's P20 is the best

It has been a long while since I heard some whalesong at ear-splitting volume. It takes me back to Nokia's final years as the world's No. 1. Back then you couldn't tell whether it was trying to be a New Age NGO or a phone company. The whalesong was deafening. Huawei's product launches have never been exactly amateurish, but …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2018
P20 Pro triple camera

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

Hands On Over the years, very few phone makers other than Samsung have produced a phone that might tempt an iPhone stalwart to switch to Android, but Huawei may have just joined the elite. Huawei’s new flagship threatens to match or best any rival with its photography - particularly in low light. The Chinese giant took the wraps off …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2018
Dying Light

BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

A US judge has opted to resurrect a case claiming BlackBerry illegally propped up its stock amidst the calamitous Z10 handset release. Judge Colleen McMahon of the New York Southern District says the class action case against the smartphone firm can proceed thanks to evidence unearthed in a related trial, including news that …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2018
Samsung DeX gives you a "Desktop experience" when docked to a full size screen

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around

First fondle When Samsung gave the world its DeX dock last year, we rated the device a solid, thoughtful job for its feat of allowing a smartphone to deliver a decent desktop experience. In case you missed it, DeX is the name for an app, a desktop environment and the dock that boasts HDMI and USB out, plus USB in for power. If you plugged …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2018
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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

"The Notch"* is either the curse of 2018 phone designs – or the only interesting thing about boring phone designs in 2018, depending on how you look at it. Now details of a Microsoft phone patent have emerged that could make future phones less Notchy. As a design feature The Notch came to prominence last summer in the first …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2018
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Finland government buys a slice of Nokia

The Finnish government has snapped up 3.3 per cent of Nokia Corporation in a bid to shore up national ownership. The €844m move by government-owned Solidium Oy will see Finnish hands exerting more influence on the networking specialist, something that unkind observers might suggest should have happened some time ago. Solidium …
Richard Speed, 13 Mar 2018
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CEO of smartmobe outfit Phantom Secure cuffed after cocaine sting, boast of murder-by-GPS

An arrest by US authorities last week has brought to light alleged associations between encrypted phone supplier Phantom Secure and international drug trafficking. The arrest followed an Australian Federal Police bust of a cocaine shipment from the United States to Australia. Rather than merely being a passive supplier of …
Apple Animoji Poo

A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

"Smartphone sales are starting to decline at an accelerating rate," a market analyst has declared. In a pessimistic note, Jeff Johnston of Arthur Wood Research blames feature ennui. When sector design leader Apple devoted a significant portion of a flagship device launch event to an animated poo emoji, one detects an industry …
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BlackBerry hopes phone flinger Punkt is feeling lucky to be new licensee

BlackBerry has found another licensee for its Dolby-like licensing initiative, "Secured by BlackBerry", and expanded the venture way beyond smartphones. From now on, licensees won't need to take BlackBerry's version of OS to earn a "Secured by BlackBerry" accreditation, and potential devices could include not just smartphones …
Apple iPhone X poo

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

"The iPhone X cost twice [as much as my old smartphone] but isn't twice as good. It's for the Rolex wearers," concluded Alistair Dabbs after a fortnight with Apple's flagship. And it seems many iPhone owners agree. 40 per cent haven't upgraded to the £999 X – and a third say it's because it's too expensive. Piper Jaffray …
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Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

Analysis Did you notice anything else missing from Mobile World Congress this year? Apart from any interesting phones? Previous MWCs have been flooded by hopeful tech companies touting new wearables. The flood became a trickle, and last year Huawei and LG were the only two tech vendors left flying the flag for Android Wear smartwatches …
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Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

Comment No, dear reader. You didn't forget to set the alarm, and you haven't just slept through Mobile World Congress. If 2018 feels different, it may be because the phone industry's biggest annual get-together failed to produce any interesting new phones. It's a trend that's been apparent for some time. Apple and Google, the two most …
Sony's XZ2 deconstructed

Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

MWC18 Sony launched the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact at an early morning press event as Mobile World Congress opened in Barcelona. A key feature in the Samsung S9, super slow-mo video enabled by a 960fps camera (for short 0.2 second bursts), was already a feature in last year's Xperia XZ1, Sony reminded those present. Unlike Samsung …
Tim Anderson, 26 Feb 2018
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The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

MWC18 Dead phone platforms are coming back to life at MWC in 2018 – like a zombie feature phone apocalypse. Firefox OS was the talk of Mobile World Congress five years ago as the wealthy Californian nonprofit announced an ambitious licensing initiative... and a $25 handset. I will admit I was scathing. "It's the sort of phone left …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2018

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