I remember it as if it were yesterday. Perhaps anticipating the imminent fall of netbooks, Google envisioned a different type of inexpensive, compact laptops called Chromebooks in 2011. Highly reliant on the web, these would be initially berated and laughed out of the then competitive PC stage. But it’s not like Big G to give up a fight so easily, and despite the continuous dip in popularity of traditional computers and the rise of the tablet, Chromebooks stuck around, to the utter dismay of the class’ many critics. Acer and Samsung,...

The LG G3 is available in a range of colors at the moment, including some exclusives such as gold. And it seems like the company could add a couple more to the list with the announcement of Moon Violet and Burgundy Red variants earlier today. Press photos of the LG G3 have shown these two colors before, so it was always expected, but LG had to wait until now to officially announce availability. These new color options will be available starting next month and will most likely include Asian and European markets first with North American...

Yesterday, we spoke about Google and Motorola potentially launching a 5.9 inch Nexus smartphone codenamed Shamu. And today, The Information is coming out with word on this rumored handset. According to the source, the smartphone is indeed real and well on its way later this year. It is said that Google was eager to launch the smartphone much earlier, but wasn’t able to since it owned Motorola back then and there would be calls of conflict of interest. But with Motorola belonging to Lenovo now, no such issues will arise. It...

The Amazon Fire Phone went on sale last week to a rather lukewarm response from the public. Mobile experts weren’t easy on Amazon’s new offering either citing the steep pricing and lack of Google Play services as some of the main negatives of the handset. However, a new teardown analysis has revealed that it takes Amazon close to $205 to build the Fire Phone. This is an estimate of the components used in the smartphone’s making and doesn’t take the R&D costs into account. This tells us that the total component...

The Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to be unveiled in September during the IFA 2014 event. And it seems like the Japanese manufacturer has already kicked off production for the smartphone through its partners in China as leaked images are now beginning to pop up. Images of the back panel have been spotted in a fresh leak, suggesting no change in the company’s design philosophy. This is pretty much all we know about the handset at the moment, but we expect to learn more subsequently. It has been said that the Xperia Z3 will have almost...

The Verizon branded Moto X has just started receiving the Android 4.4.4 update today, almost a month after Google originally began the rollout. But considering the carrier’s history with updates, that’s not the longest the customers have been made to wait. Verizon started seeding the update to soak test invitees a few days ago, so this was along expected lines. As seen with other stock Android devices, the update will bring along the same changes. The changelog mentions that there will be a new graphical layout on the dialer...

Let’s face it, we live in a tech world where bigger is considered better. And Samsung has been a long advocate of this policy with its smartphones and its displays. But according to new sources, the company’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha smartphone could feature a miserly 4.8 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the same as the two year old Galaxy S III. This has clearly taken us by surprise considering that Samsung is supposedly touting this to be its first metal clad handset to launch in recent times. Keeping...

LG has just shown off its latest tablet/notebook hybrid which is also part of its popular Tab Book series. The device has a keyboard embedded beneath the display which can be popped up as you can see from the image above. We’ve seen a few devices like these, including the most recent Tab Book from LG which was running Windows 8.1, so most of the design and hardware seen here is identical. As for the specs, the Tab Book packs an Intel Core i5 4200U CPU clocked at 2.6 GHz and the Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU. This is PC level hardware,...