We previously wrote about Vivo, one of China’s top-selling OEMs and a recent addition to the growing number of foreign companies that have set up shop in the Philippines. And you may recall that the Vivo Y51 has been teased on Facebook as one of the first, if not the first smartphone the company puts on offer in the country.
It’s a big day for smartphone users as Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter roll out major updates to their iOS and Android apps.
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the Philippines’ connection to the World Wide Web, which might set off waves of nostalgia for some of you who may be old enough to remember the infancy of Internet culture in the country.
LG puts the fun back in function with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the LG G5. It has everything a 2016 flagship is expected to have: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0 that promises 83% of battery after 30 minutes of charging, a fingerprint scanner, quad HD display, USB Type C, Android Marshmallow, and great cameras.
Not too many people in the Philippines have heard about Vivo, a Chinese OEM that, like Huawei and OPPO, is aggressively expanding to markets outside of its native China, where it ranks among the country’s top-selling smartphone brands. However, that might soon change now that the company is apparently gearing up to sell its phones locally.
In a surprise announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony said goodbye to its top of the line Xperia Z smartphone, unveiling in its place a trio of new smartphones collectively referred to as Xperia X.
Specs-wise the new Xperia X line isn’t going to be the most high end smartphone release of 2016 but Sony’s left just enough for the phones to be desirable.
It’s been a full month since the biggest tech coverage of my life to date. Having finished Legal Management in college, and then eventually making a career in Creatives, never did I think I’d be in Spain, as a journalist, covering one of the world’s biggest tech events.
Big things come in small packages.
From its moderately sized Town Hall in Cupertino, Apple unveiled a couple of “small” devices today, including a new 4-inch iPhone.
Dubbed the iPhone SE, the new iPhone looks exactly like the iPhone 5S from 3 years ago, sporting the same 4-inch Retina display, diamond cut chamfered edges, and blasted aluminium finish.
Hours from now, Apple will very likely take the wraps off a new iPhone, a smaller iPhone that’s more affordable and more suited for those who think one-handed usage should be an option regardless of the task.
Cherry Mobile, the Philippines’ leading smartphone brand, is expanding to European markets later this year, a Cherry Mobile executive told GadgetMatch in a phone conversation. Germany will be the first country to sell Cherry Mobile devices and accessories, starting as early as the third quarter. If all goes according to plan, we might see Cherry Mobiles in retail stores in Spain and Italy by the end of the year.
Good news for the gaming community: Microsoft today revealed that cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC (and possibly, Sony’s PlayStation 4) is coming to games that support Xbox Live, Microsoft’s online network for its video-game console.
Talks of a wireless joint venture between beer giant San Miguel Corporation and Australia’s biggest phone and Internet company Telstra have broken down, as the two parties have conceded that they are no longer forming a third telecom operator in the Philippines, where Internet connectivity is notoriously slow and expensive, not to mention controlled by two large conglomerates, PLDT and Globe Telecom.
Apple may be in hot water with the feds, but that doesn’t mean the California-based tech giant is slamming the breaks on its product release cycle in lieu of its legal battle with U.S. authorities. Apple today sent out invites to a press event at 10 a.m. (Pacific time) on March 21 at its Cupertino campus.
Facebook is taking steps to keep up with Snapchat by buying Masquerade, the Belarus-based startup that built face-swapping app MSQRD. A few months back, Snapchat quietly acquired Looksery, and launched Lenses, a similar product built into Snapchat’s interface, that has since allowed users to add animated effects to their selfies.
Newly rebranded company Grab has offered several different modes of transportation in the Philippines: taxis, cars, motorbikes, and at one point, helicopters (they did!). But who would have thought they’d be offering something as medieval as horses?