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Walkie, no talkie: Japan city launches pedestrian smartphone ban

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Using smartphones while walking is banned. Please operate your smartphones after you stop walking,' a recorded female voice cautions travelers to Yamato City

MOBILE PHONE BAN. People walk past banners installed by the city hall to inform pedestrians about the ban on using a mobile phone while walking, at a train station in Yamato, Kanagawa prefecture on July 1, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/ AFP

The vivo V19 Neo is now available in stores, Lazada, and Shopee

Jun 20, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The stylish smartphone can be purchased for only P17,999

The BTS edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ is coming to the Philippines

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The BTS Edition Galaxy Buds+ are also heading our way!

Smart is now accepting pre-orders for the visionary Huawei P40 Series

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:25 PM

You can pre-order online or at any Smart Stores nationwide

Get free wireless earbuds when you pre-order the vivo V19 Neo

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The V19 Neo will be available starting June 13. To pre-order the latest flagship handset today, visit the official vivo Lazada and Shopee online stores.

'Ignite the night' with the vivo V19 Neo's features

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The details of vivo's newest V19 phones were unveiled in the brand's first-ever all-digital launch

Vivo V19 Neo to launch with global endorsers in all-digital event

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The launch will be live-streamed on Facebook this June 13, Saturday, 5:30 pm

Phone maker Essential to shut down

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:36 PM

'We’ve now taken Gem as far as we can and regrettably have no clear path to deliver it to customers,' says the Essential team

Samsung launches its second foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

Samsung's second foldable boasts new bendable glass, moving away from the Fold's plastic screen

Z FLIP. Samsung showcases their new foldable at Samsung Unpacked 2020. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


IN PHOTOS: Samsung Galaxy S20

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:00 AM

The boxy, black camera housing looks to become the line's distinctive design feature

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Buyer’s guide: January 2020 phones

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

If a new premium flagship is what you’re after, you might have to wait a little longer

9 best flagship smartphones of 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:32 PM

From the iPhone 11 to the Galaxy Note 10, here are our picks for the best flagships of the year

IPHONE 11. Photo by Gelo Gonzales


5 best smartphones under P10,000 in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:05 PM

From the OPPO A5s to Samsung Galaxy A20s, here are our picks for the budget phones of the year

Trump faces perilous test as impeachment hearings open

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The hearings begin on November 13, with the first witnesses two officials who have already provided evidence against Trump in private testimony: Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent

US CAPITOL. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2019 The sun shines over the US Capitol Building on an autumn afternoon in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A veteran diplomat who advises Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams will be the first person from the vice president's office to testify

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Jennifer Williams, (L), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department is escorted to a closed-door deposition, on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump rallies Republicans as impeachment probe goes public

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'If we don't hold this president accountable, we could be ceding our ability to hold any president accountable,' says Jim McGovern, chariman of the House Rules Committee

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Samsung building a new foldable phone

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Samsung's developing a folding phone using a clamshell-type fold, making it reminiscent of flip phones

SAMSUNG'S CLAMSHELL FOLDABLE. In a teaser video, Samsung shows the possibilities for a foldable clamshell-type smartphone. Screenshot from YouTube video

New impeachment witness shakes White House

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:05 AM

National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is the first witness to have personally listened in on the July 25 phone call at the core of the impeachment inquiry

WITNESS. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 29, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

A digital echo of the Khmer Rouge haunts phones in Cambodia

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A pattern of phone taps, leaks and arrests is reminding some Cambodians of Pol Pot’s tactics

Image for Coda Story by Nika Kobaidze

Samsung confirms Galaxy Fold coming to the Philippines

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:42 PM

After a global delay, the novel foldable is coming to the Philippines 'soon,' the company says

GALAXY FOLD. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


U.S. diplomat: Trump pushed for Ukraine probe of firm linked to Biden son

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:30 PM

US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland tells Congress that in May, President Donald Trump ordered diplomats to involve his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in discussions about Ukraine policy

PROBE. US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 17. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Ukraine 'won't interfere' in Trump impeachment probe – Zelensky

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:16 AM

'As the president of Ukraine, I won't interfere with events in other countries, unlike some others [who] may try [to],' says President Volodymyr Zelensky

ZELENSKY. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky listens during a joint press conference with the president of Latvia after talks at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gints Ivuskans/AFP

Hunter Biden admits error in judgment but insists no wrongdoing

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'Did I make a mistake? Maybe in the grand scheme of things. But did I make a mistake based on some ethical lapse? Absolutely not,' says Hunter Biden

HUNTER BIDEN. In this file photo, Hunter Biden attends the T&C Philanthropy Summit with screening of 'Generosity Of Eye' at Lincoln Center with Town & Country on May 28, 2014 in New York City. File photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country/AFP

Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:53 PM

US President Donald Trump faces a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition before Capitol Hill lawmakers

PROBE. Fiona Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, arrives on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill is expected to testify in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

ASUS ROG Phone II: Specs, features, price in the Philippines

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Designed for gaming, the ROG Phone II retails for P49,995

Photos from ASUS


U.S. ex-envoy in Congress to testify in impeachment probe

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Lawmakers are looking into whether Marie Yovanovitch was removed by Trump because she failed to go along with a bid to get Ukraine to open an investigation into former vice president Biden and his son Hunter

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the US Capitol October 11, in Washington, DC. Yovanovitch is invited to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees as part of the ongoing impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Ukraine's Zelensky denies Trump tried to 'blackmail' him

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The sole aim of the phone call, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was to plan a meeting with Donald Trump

'NO BLACKMAIL.' In this file photo taken on March 6, Ukrainian comic actor, showman, and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Android creator Andy Rubin teases a new, odd mobile device on Twitter

Oct 09, 2019 - 6:31 PM

It’s called Project GEM

PROJECT GEM. Andy Rubin shows off Essential's next big project. Photo from Twitter @Arubin

The Samsung Galaxy Note series' innovations through the years

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:47 PM

We're taking a look back at what Samsung's series of 'phablets' brought to the table just in time for the Note 10's impending reveal

P100M worth of smuggled gadgets seized in Pampanga

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The smuggled gadgets include 6,900 units of Vivo, Huawei, and Xiaomi phones and tablets

SMUGGLED GOODS. Task Force Aguila and Bureau of Customs personnel unload boxes containing mobile phones, tablets, and other items at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo by Jun Malig

Vivo V15 Pro review: Vivo's best tech makes its case in a field of cheaper options

May 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

It's a sensibly-priced tech showcase that's facing intense competition from cheaper models

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle warns vs cell phone addiction: 'Parang alipin na tayo'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

'Our imprisonments are very subtle,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Holy Thursday 2019

BLOWING ON OIL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle blows on holy oil to bless it during the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday, April 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Phones of Q1 2019 from least to most expensive

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Here are some of your options from the last quarter if you're looking for a new phone


World's first 5G phone released in South Korea

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:19 PM

South Korea's 3 mobile carriers – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – hold launch events across Seoul for the Galaxy S10 5G, whose base version costs 1.39 million won, or $1,200

SAMSUNG'S 5G PHONE. The day's first Korea Telecom 5G customers receive a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phone at a KT launch event in Seoul on April 5, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Honor 8C: specs, features, price in the Philippines

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The Honor 8C is priced at P7,999

Photo from Honor


Samsung A30 priced at P13,990, arrives March 30

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The slightly pricier A50 variant comes in at P17,990

GALAXY A30. Photo from Samsung


15 minutes with Huawei’s Mate X foldable: what’s hot, what’s not

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Our thoughts on Huawei's transforming device after our brief time with it

Facebook users searchable by phone number for two-factor authentication – reports

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:02 PM

You can limit who can look you up, but you can’t opt out of the feature entirely


Here are all the 5G phones we saw at MWC 2019

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:21 AM

It's 5G or bust this year

LOOK FOR THE SYMBOL. Some 5G phones bear the 5G symbol to indicate its 5G-readiness. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Budget foldable? TCL teases own phone

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:02 AM

TCL's 'DragonHinge' foldable may be 30% cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fold

TCL. TCL's concept foldable on display at Mobile World Congress 2019. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


OPPO 5G phone arrival in Philippines dependent on infrastructure, telco talks

Feb 24, 2019 - 7:06 PM

In Switzerland, Singapore, and Australia, OPPO's 5G phone is expected to arrive in the 2nd quarter of 2019

5G PHONE. OPPO shows a non-commercial model of their first 5G phone.Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


The week in phones: an 18,000 mAh Energizer phone, a port-less Meizu, S10 leak

Feb 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Energizer announces that it will reveal a smartphone with an 18,000 mAh battery at Mobile World Congress 2019

Phone photo from Energizer


Who wants a Razr revival?

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The new Razr may come as early as February

Razr V3 photo from Motorola/Amazon, Motorola patent from World Intellectual Property Organization


Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report

Jan 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Facebook is among the numerous app developers to have deals with phonemakers to put pre-installed placeholder app 'stubs' on users' phones

Chinese firms offer subsidies on Huawei phones in show of support

Dec 29, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Several companies are offering employees subsidies for Huawei phone purchases, while others have even warned staff against buying Apple products

SUPPORTING HUAWEI. Pedestrians walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on December 28, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

8 important developments in the smartphone world in 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:00 AM

We round up some of the biggest and most talked about headlines in smartphones this year

DICT orders NTC to make phones unlockable after initial lock-in period

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The memorandum order provides telco subscribers with the option to switch among compatible service providers after initial lock-in period has been completed

Samsung 5G phone out by first half of 2019 in U.S.

Dec 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

A proof of concept will be shown this week at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii

S9. Pictured is one of Samsung's 2018 flagships, the S9


Realme enters Philippine market with entry-level C1 phone

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The Realme C1 is priced at P5,990 and will arrive 'this Christmas season'

C1. Realme's 1st phone in the Philippines is the entry-level C1. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


LG has patented a smartphone with 16 cameras

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:11 PM

The technology will allow you to capture multiple perspectives and angles in a single shot