Chinese devs abuse free Apple app-testing certs to install pirated apps

A Chinese iOS application recently found on Apple’s official store contained hidden features that allow users to install pirated apps on non-jailbroken devices. Its creators took advantage of a relatively new feature that lets iOS developers obtain free code-signing certificates for limited app deployment and testing. The number of malware programs for iOS has been very low until now primarily because ... Read More »

Le Max Pro gets certified in China, Snapdragon 820 is coming

Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA has greenlit the LeTV Le Max Pro, officially the first smartphone to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. With that hurdle cleared, the Le Max Pro is now one step closer to market launch. LeTV’s latest and greatest comes with a 6.33-inch display with QHD resolution in a reasonably compact 167 x 83.4 x 8.95mm body. ... Read More »

HTC Desire 530 listed online, February 23 launch date

A potential HTC Desire 530 smartphone has been listed on a Dutch retailer’s website and it’s the first time we hear about it. The listing doesn’t mention any specs, but does reveal a few key points on the Desire 530’s release. For one, its price will be just above €190, positioning it in the lower mid-range segment. Additionally, the retailer ... Read More »

Entry-level Gionee P5W goes on sale for $95

Gionee has launched a new entry-level smartphone in India – the Gionee P5W. It is built around a 5” IPS display of 720p resolution, and its body is made of glossy plastic. The chipset in charge of the P5W is the MT6735 with a quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720 GPU, and 1GB of RAM. The rest of the key specs ... Read More »

Xiaomi Mi 5 to get a Windows 10 variant as well

We already know that Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 5 flagship smartphone will be officially unveiled later this month. We also know that the device will be available for media preview at this year’s MWC. But, in what could come as a surprise for many, we’re now hearing that the handset could have a Windows 10 variant, too. Aside from the OS, ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S7 passes through China’s 3C certification authority

Although there have already been reports that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone will land in China sometime in March, we’re yet to hear any confirmation on this. Now we have some sort of unofficial data pointing that way as three variants of the device have recently cleared China Compulsory Certification (3C). The said variants carry model numbers of SM-G9308, SM-G9300, ... Read More »

Despite missed sales target, Xiaomi was still at top in China last year

Despite falling short of its 2015 sales target, Xiaomi was still the top smartphone manufacturer in China for the year, according to a new Wall Street Journal report which cited “early figures” from market research firms Canalys and Strategy Analytics. According to Canalys, Xiaomi claimed 15.2% of the market in China. Huawei came in second with 14.7%, while Apple was ... Read More »

Possible next-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets spotted on Zauba

Two new tablets from Samsung have been spotted listed on Zauba, a website which tracks India’s import and export. The listings for these devices reveal that they carry model numbers of SM-T719 and SM-T813, respectively. Another crucial information that the listings reveal is the display sizes. While the SM-T719 sports an 8-inch screen, the SM-T813 has a 9.7 inch display. ... Read More »

It’s official: Samsung to unveil Galaxy S7 on February 21

Turns out the rumors were correct. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone will be unveiled on Sunday, February 21 (19:00 CET) in Barcelona, just a day before MWC 2016 officially kicks off. The South Korean company has also posted a teaser video on YouTube (embedded below) that confirms the same. The video, however, doesn’t reveal much – it just shows ... Read More »

Top 10 trending phones of week 4

Apple’s iPhone 6s returns to our weekly Top 10 trending chart after being absent for more than a month, leaving it to the iPhone 5s to defend the company’s honor. Defend it it did, and is also present this week, the two-generations-old model in 8th, while the current one is in 10th. In between them is the Samsung Galaxy Note5, ... Read More »