Smartphones are essential travel companions; they can be used to book hotels, manage finances, and can even pull you out of a tight spot if things go wrong. However, there are times when you should switch the phone off and have an adventure.
Today the EU Commission proposed a new law requiring USB-C as the standard for all “smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld videogame consoles.” The most famous USB-C holdout is the iPhone, but this proposal doesn’t spell the end of the Lighting cable yet.
The original Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was an interesting phone, as it was a throwback to the flip phones that many of us grew up with. But it was a first-generation product and suffered from first-generation issues as a result. The Z Flip 3 (they skipped 2) fixes a lot of that, and it’s a great look at the current-future of smartphones.
At the end of August, BLU launched the successor to its G90 Pro gaming phone with the aptly named G91 Pro. It has a few upgrades over its predecessor and a few surprising downgrades. Overall, the G91 Pro offers excellent price to performance, making it a great phone for anyone on a budget.
ZTE is a smaller phone manufacturer in the grand scheme of things, but it has shown itself to be a worthy competitor in the larger smartphone market. And the company’s back at it again with a mid-range Android phone in the Axon 30—competing in the same bracket as phones like the Pixel 5a.
TCL might not be the first company you think of in the smartphone world, but its first entries into the affordable smartphone market showed plenty of promise. For over a year, the company has also demonstrated intriguing foldable phone concepts. But now TCL says it’s putting those plans on hold.
Today Google announced the official Android 12 operating system release is “just a few weeks away,” but in the meantime, developers can also install the latest Android 12 beta 5. However, if Google’s promise of a global Android 12 release is that close, most people might as well skip this last beta.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A smartphone’s battery caught fire in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight after the plane landed in Seattle. The phone is “burned beyond recognition,” according to Perry Cooper, a spokesperson for the Port of Seattle, though its owner claims that it was once a Samsung Galaxy A21.
For whatever reason, Samsung is constantly trying to discourage people from rooting its phones. Unlocking the bootloader on a Samsung device voids its warranty, breaks the Knox security system, and disables important features like Samsung Pay. But the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s anti-rooting measures go a bit too far—its cameras stop working if you unlock the bootloader.