Electronics

OnePlus Unveils its First Smartphone: The (Powerful and Customizable) OnePlus One

OnePlus Unveils its First Smartphone: The (Powerful and Customizable) OnePlus One

OnePlus, the startup founded by former Oppo VP Pete Lau, has unveiled its first smartphone, the OnePlus One. It's a powerful effort, with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel f/2 camera unit, and bottom-facing stereo speakers designed with assistance from JBL. It runs a ...

Sprint Will Unlock All U.S. Phones Made After February 2015

Sprint Will Unlock All U.S. Phones Made After February 2015

The US mobile market is weird in that almost all the phones floating around here are locked to one carrier or another. You can usually request an unlock code from the carrier if you are not under contract or still paying off the device, but Sprint is different. It claims it doesn't have any mechanism to unlock phones for ...

Apple Stores Now Let You Recycle Any Old Apple Product, May Give You a Gift Card

Apple Stores Now Let You Recycle Any Old Apple Product, May Give You a Gift Card

In line with Earth Day and as part of its latest environmental push, Apple has announced that it will take back any Apple product for free recycling. Apple has already been giving gift cards in exchange for used iPhones, iPads and Macs that are in good enough condition to be resold, while those deemed to have no monetary ...

Report: Amazon’s Smartphone Will Have Unique Gesture Controls

Report: Amazon’s Smartphone Will Have Unique Gesture Controls

BGR has exclusively learned several additional details about the heavily customized Android software that powers Amazon’s smartphone. Multiple trusted sources tell us that Amazon’s upcoming handset will utilize a unique combination of cameras, sensors and software to dramatically change the way users interact with a ...

Hardware is Very Hard: Why Wearables Aren’t Working (Yet?)

Hardware is Very Hard: Why Wearables Aren’t Working (Yet?)

If all of the companies that make activity-trackers were on some sort of leaderboard right now, who would be winning the race? None of them. The news yesterday that Nike had laid off members of its FuelBand division, and may not release future versions of the device, underscores the challenges players in this space have ...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

I've been using the Samsung Galaxy S4 as my main mobile device for just about a year now (it launched in March 2013 and was made publically available in April 2013) and I like it – but to be as honest as possible, I don't love it. My main issues with the S4 have to do with the camera, battery life, ergonomics and ...

Survey: People Don’t Know, Don’t Trust Bitcoin or Google Glass

Survey: People Don’t Know, Don’t Trust Bitcoin or Google Glass

People think Bitcoin is funny money and Google Glass has no specs appeal -- if they even know what these new technologies are. Many people are still unaware of Google's smartglasses or digital currencies, according to new research from the UK, and those that do are worried about the privacy or financial issues of these hot ...

Report: You Can Now Try On Google Glass at Home Before You Buy It

Report: You Can Now Try On Google Glass at Home Before You Buy It

Google is allowing potential Explorers to try Glass before they shell out the $1,500 to actually buy the device, according to a Reddit user by the name of clide. He posted various images of a home try-on kit, as well as the above email he received from the Glass customer support representatives. Spencer Kleyweg of ...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

With several states and municipalities considering various mandatory “kill-switch” laws for mobile devices, the wireless industry announced a voluntary commitment to include new anti-theft technology on phones starting next year. The commitment, announced Tuesday, has the backing of the five largest U.S. cellular ...

Google Sells Out of Google Glass During Promotion, Doesn’t Disclose Sales Figures

Google Sells Out of Google Glass During Promotion, Doesn’t Disclose Sales Figures

Google ditched its invite-only approach to Google Glass for a single day when it made its wearable device available to the general public in the US on Tuesday, and the company has revealed that its allocation of devices is now sold out. Google isn’t saying exactly how many devices and spots on the Google Explorer program ...