Samsung Mini Pay launches in February and will work on any Android running Lollipop

Many Samsung users in the United States, Korea, and 9 other countries will probably be familiar with its mobile payments service called Samsung Pay, but that has been the sole provision of a select few flagship Samsung handsets such as the Galaxy S6 and S7. Now it seems, the electronics manufacturer is set to launch Samsung Pay Mini in South Korea, a new pared-down service that will offer online payment services for Android phones, regardless of which brand it is.

Sprint’s Super Bowl commercial ad aims to convince you to switch networks rather than fake your own death

Besides tuning in to watch the Patriots shoot the Falcons out of the sky, there are other reasons to tune into Super Bowl LI such as the half-time entertainment, as well as the advertisements that companies have spent big money on airing during the event. Yesterday we learned that the Google Home will star in its own ad during Super Bowl LI, and now Sprint is joining in with an ad proclaiming that there is ‘No need for extreme measures just Switch to Sprint’. 

Benchmark cheating resurfaces with OnePlus and Meizu caught in the crosshairs

A few years ago a wave of cheating on benchmarks rolled through the smartphone community thanks to almost all manufacturers trying to obtain top marks on benchmarking tools. As the extent of the cheating was revealed and users became increasingly disillusioned with claims by manufacturers, the companies engaging in the cheating eventually figured out their actions were not worth the customer backlash they were creating. Unfortunately, some recent testing suggests this ugly trend may once again be rearing its head.

Google Home will star in its own TV advert during Super Bowl LI

While this Sunday’s Super Bowl LI is where many will be watching to see who wins between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, some of us will be tuning in for the half-time show and the amazing ads that run. With Google’s virtual assistant, Home, looking to make up some ground on Amazon’s Alexa, it seem’s that we can look forward to a Google Home advert during the big game.

Specifications and price of Galaxy Tab S3 leak ahead of possible MWC 2017 launch

It’s been a while since Samsung first launched the Galaxy Tab S2, around 18 months in fact. It’s successor, the appropriately named Galaxy tab S3, was originally thought to be announced at IFA 2016, but it never appeared. Instead, Samsung’s latest refresh of its premium Android tablet range is expected to be unveiled at MWC 2017 next month. Handily enough, specifications for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 tablet range have leaked today, so join us after the break for more details.

BlackBerry Mercury makes cameo appearance on Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’

With just a few short weeks to go until the BlackBerry Mercury officially launches at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 25th, the QWERTY hardware keyboard-toting handset has been spotted making a cameo appearance on Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing. The latest episode of the sitcom shows the former Home Improvement star using the Mercury to call his on-screen brother, Jimmy, as spotted by eagle-eyed CrackBerry members. 

Xaiomi bows out of appearance at MWC 2017

Each year’s Mobile World Congress event is a major trade show on the international scene akin to what CES is for the U.S. market. For MWC 2017 coming up in Barcelona, one of the world’s major smartphone and electronics giants – Xiaomi – will not be making an appearance. This latest revelation is another hit for the company which also lost the head of their global expansion efforts, Hugo Barra, to Facebook.

Huawei P8 Lite 2017 specifications

Last year’s P8 Lite proved popular with budget conscious buyers, so much so, that Huawei has launched the P8 Lite 2017 which brings a larger display with higher resolution, improved rear and front cameras, as well as a polished glass exterior and a bigger battery. Running Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0, the P8 Lite 2017 will launch in the UK on February 1st with a price tag of £185($232).

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Huawei’s P8 Lite 2017 launches in the UK on February 1st

With last year’s P8 Lite proving to be a success, Huawei has launched the P8 Lite 2017 that brings some welcome upgrades with it such as a bigger, higher resolution display, a higher capacity battery, more RAM and better cameras. The P8 Lite 2017 will also launch running Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 out of the box. Join us after the break for more details.