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iOS bug causes Messages to crash, iPhone to reboot when a certain text is received

<i>Update: Apple has issued a statement to us on the matter</i><p>A newly found bug surrounding iOS and Messages has emerged that causes the app to continuously crash when a certain text is received. If the text is received while the phone is on the lock screen, it also causes your iPhone to reboot without …

​Android Auto is finally here, and with it a new era

Hyundai has become the first carmaker to ship Google's new smartphone connection software, starting with 2015 Sonatas that have factory nav. It's arriving in those cars in three ways: Cars coming to dealers now already have it installed, the 2015 Sonata you currently own can be updated by the …

Android Auto

As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear

(Reuters) - Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.<p>Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller - so small, some …

Wearable Tech

Our first look at LG's new webOS and Android Wear smartwatches

By far the more interesting of the pair is the Watch Urbane LTE. Despite what LG representatives told us last week, thi<i>s is</i> a watch running software based on webOS, with the same circular interface that Audi displayed at CES earlier in the year year. Unlike with its smart TV software, however, LG …

Wearable Tech

Samsung mobile executives said to leave after profit slide

<b>Seoul:</b> Three deputies to the head of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd’s mobile division are leaving, a person with knowledge of the matter said on …

Samsung

Verizon gets ready to shut down its 3G networks as LTE takes over

Verizon may not be releasing its first LTE-only phones until 2016, but it's already preparing for the day when its legacy CDMA and EV-DO networks ride into the sunset. Wireless tracker Milan Milanovic has discovered that the carrier is now using LTE data in Cleveland and Manhattan on 1,900MHz …

Android continues to lord over the smartphone biz

Android continues to dominate the smartphone business and will likely do so for the foreseeable future, new data from research firm IDC shows. But overall growth in the smartphone market is slowing.<p>Total Android shipments this year are expected to hit 1.06 billion when 2014 come to a close, giving …

Windows Phone

Lollipop isn't making a dent in Android usage numbers (yet)

Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally rolling out to devices around the globe, you might be wondering just how much of an impact it's making on the Android ecosystem. The short answer: not much. Google has released its latest Android usage stats, and Lollipop doesn't even register yet -- in …

Unsold, Unwanted, Unloved. Samsung's Galaxy S5 Gamble Failed

Somewhere there is a warehouse full of unsold Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones. The flagship handset from the South Korean company was launched in Q1 this year and it packed in everything including the proverbial kitchen sink. It followed Samsung’s strategy of taking the best features of every handset …

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 reference smartphone and tablet hardware goes on sale

Qualcomm had announced its <b>64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 and hexa-core Snapdragon 808 back in April</b>, and now it has released reference smartphone …

Benchmarks show effect of device encryption on Nexus 6 performance

Nexus devices shipping with Lollipop have full device encryption turned on by default. That’s great from a privacy point of view, but the downside is encryption takes its toll on performance, as benchmarks from <i>AnandTech</i> and direct observations show.<p>Background<p>A bit of background: Google has first …

Xiaomi Redmi Note launch in India imminent

It’s no secret that Xiaomi is planning on launching the Redmi Note in India. Hugo Barra too recently said that India was the next market to get the …

Google Play Services 6.5 brings trusted places to Smart Lock in Lollipop

Google has adopted one of Motorola’s most convenient features in the new Lollipop update. Smart Lock allows you to connect a Bluetooth device to your Android phone or tablet and use it as a way to bypass your security lock. It’s especially convenient if you have an Android Wear device or a Pebble, …

Nokia's simple yet smart Android launcher reaches Google Play

If you've been eager to put Nokia's adaptive Z Launcher home screen on your Android phone, you'll be glad to hear that you don't have to jump through <i>quite</i> so many hoops to give it a try. The ex-phone maker has released a free beta version of Z Launcher on Google Play. You'll need to live in the …