Don’t like the look of this unusual new phone? The company really doesn’t mind

If you're not quite set on the design of this new phone, the U300, then Uhans, the Chinese company that made it, isn't really that concerned. It says it has made it for the minority, and that it, "doesn't need everybody to love it."

Google Duo will be pre-installed on the four upcoming Micromax phones

Micromax, an Indian smartphone maker, will be the first to ship its smartphones with Google Duo pre-installed. It does not seem as though Allo will accompany it.

Disappointing sales may spur Blackberry's exit from smartphone hardware market

BlackBerry's second-quarter 2016 earnings call is on September 28, and some signs point to a potential exit from the smartphone hardware business. It's a long time coming -- BlackBerry's devices command less than 1 percent of the market.

Blu debuts the Life One X2, a $200 phone with a whopping 64GB of storage

Florida-based smartphone firm Blu makes a lot of phones. It's latest, the Life One X2, is competitive at its $200 asking price -- it sports a whopping 64GB of storage on the high end.

The new Google Maps shows you how to calibrate your phone's compass

An update rolling out to Google Maps on mobile adds a visual indicator of compass accuracy. If your smartphone's compass needs calibration, the app will provide step-by-step instructions.

Real-flame smart candle requires no matches — just your smartphone and an app

Meet the LuDela, branded as the world's "smartest and safest real-flame candle," one that can be lit and controlled by a smartphone, eliminating the need for matches. Stone Age, meet digital age.

App-titude: Half of American smartphone users aren't downloading apps at all

If your smartphone app collection looks like a study on minimalism, don't worry -- you're not alone. As per a new study from comScore, nearly half of American smartphone users aren't downloading apps at all. 49 percent download zero apps.

Qualcomm's Clear Sight uses dual cameras to deliver improved clarity, contrast

Qualcomm's new Clear Sight platform leverages dual cameras in supported smartphones to deliver pics with improved contrast, clarity, and sharpness. The chipmaker's working with manufacturers to build it into into future phones.

Addicted to our phones? Study: We spend half our time online on mobile apps

According to a new study from media analytics company comScore, smartphone apps now account for 50 percent of the time Americans spend online, marking the first time app dominance has been observed.

9 important trends at IFA that will shape the tech world this holiday season

Europe's biggest technology showcase, IFA 2016, sets the trends for the rest of 2016. Here's what we saw on the show floor, including a flock of 2-in-1s, awesome new tablets, and tech that'll make you a master chef.

Sony strikes out with the Xperia XZ, a phone that should be great

Sony’s Xperia XZ is a radical reimagining of the company’s flagship smartphones passed, but it’s not entirely successful.
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Motion-detecting smartphones can discover a deadly quiver in your heart

A team of researchers from Finland is pushing the smartphone even further into this realm of medicine with a new smartphone-based method to detect the dangerous and sometimes fatal heart condition of atrial fibrillation.