As chip sales save 2016, Samsung looks to Note 8 for 2017 profit
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 may have tested the old “any publicity is good publicity” adage, but bumper chip demand has paved the way for a surprisingly successful 2017, the company predicts. Sales of memory chips helped assuage the financial hit from recalling millions of Note 7 handsets over fears they could explode, the South Korean firm said today, with record … Continue reading...
LG G6 debuting late February, without Snapdragon 835
Samsung and Qualcomm now have something in common. Both have had literally hot flagship, the Snapdragon 810 for Qualcomm and the Galaxy Note 7 for Samsung. Unsurprisingly, the two have forged a partnership that, also unsurprisingly, will be to the exclusion of other players in the field. Case in point is the LG G6, which will be supposedly be unveiled … Continue reading...
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release-day branding confirmed
Samsung confirmed this week that they’d be keeping the “Note” branding for products, unafraid that their Note 7 fiasco would hold them down. Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh suggested that they would “bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8.” In that single sentence, Samsung confirmed not only the existence of the Note branding’s continued existence, but the … Continue reading...
Pokemon GO update: Gen 2 event plus celebration incoming
The next Pokemon GO event may be upon us – considerations for both Chinese New Year and South Korea’s first release of the game. One report suggests that January 24th (tomorrow) will reveal the first (re)release of Pokemon GO in South Korea. This would be the ideal time and place for an announcement of the next Pokemon GO event, one … Continue reading...
Galaxy Note 7 battery fire investigation: What you need to know
The folks at Samsung seem to have made an effort to come as clean as possible in public about the Galaxy Note 7 and its battery-related mishap. Not long after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the year 2016, it became apparent that there was a problem. Once it was clear that the problem was not relegated … Continue reading...
Galaxy S6 Nougat update might come sooner than you think
Samsung has already made it known which of its dozens of devices will be getting the sweet Android 7.0 Nougat update, and luckily that exclusive club includes the two year old Galaxy S6. What has been in question, however, was “when”. While we still don’t have a specific date, the time could be really, really close. A Galaxy S6 bearing … Continue reading...
Galaxy S6 Nougat update might come sooner than you think
Samsung has already made it known which of its dozens of devices will be getting the sweet Android 7.0 Nougat update, and luckily that exclusive club includes the two year old Galaxy S6. What has been in question, however, was “when”. While we still don’t have a specific date, the time could be really, really close. A Galaxy S6 bearing … Continue reading...
Galaxy S8 will be skipping MWC 2017
Samsung might be confident that it has pinned down the cause of the its exploding Galaxy Note 7, blamed on battery manufacturing defects, and its steps to make sure they don’t happen again. It might not be that confident, however, in the timing of those newer, more stringent safety measures. The company’s mobile head Koh Dong-jin revealed shortly after its … Continue reading...
ZTE Hawkeye specs reconsidered amidst dismal Kickstarter
ZTE’s Project CSX, short for Crowd Sourced X, has always been a big leap of faith. It first asked the crowds what phone they wanted to be made and is now asking them for help in funding it. All up to the Kickstarter, it has been fairly smooth sailing. But when ZTE finally unveiled everything, including the specs, things seem … Continue reading...
Galaxy S8 renders bring hope of headphone jack, Bixby button
Now that the mystery of the exploding Galaxy Note 7 has (mostly) been solved, it is perhaps time to turn our attention back to the Galaxy S8, which is expected to be unveiled in just a few weeks. Much has already been said about Samsung’s next flagship, but one thing that has been debated over and over again is whether … Continue reading...
Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame
And so Samsung has finally made it official. To no one’s surprise, the company is putting the blame squarely on the Galaxy Note 7’s batteries, which is pretty much what it did before the first (failed) recall. This time, however, it has gone into more details on the how and why. While still not naming Samsung SDI and ATL, Samsung … Continue reading...
Apple considering facial, 2-step recognition as Touch ID replacement
The latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst with one of the best track records when it comes to Apple‘s future hardware plans, was released yesterday, and it includes several expectations of what’s to come with the 2017 iPhone. The most notable change is an overhaul of the smartphone’s Touch ID fingerprint reader, replacing it with new biometric … Continue reading...
Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat
Android users who own recent Pixel or Nexus devices running Android Nougat 7.1.1 may notice a new feature rolling out in the near future, or in some cases, already available. Called Instant Tethering and introduced as part of Google Play Services 10.2, it aims to make connecting to the phone’s hotspot an easier, almost automatic process. For those who’ve ever … Continue reading...
Galaxy Note 7 fires reportedly blamed on battery size, manufacturing defects
Late last night, we found out that Samsung plans to reveal the cause of the much-reported Galaxy Note 7 fires in a press conference on Monday. The live streamed press conference will end a months-long investigation into the cause of the fires, but ahead of it a new report is telling us what we might be able to expect. According … Continue reading...
Galaxy Note 7 fires reportedly blamed on battery size, manufacturing defects
Late last night, we found out that Samsung plans to reveal the cause of the much-reported Galaxy Note 7 fires in a press conference on Monday. The live streamed press conference will end a months-long investigation into the cause of the fires, but ahead of it a new report is telling us what we might be able to expect. According … Continue reading...
Galaxy S8’s Bixby to be able to identify real-world things
It’s really no secret that Samsung wants in on the whole AI-powered personal assistant bandwagon. After all, it did purchase Viv Labs, founded by Siri’s original creators. Rumored to be called Bixby, at least in one gender-based incarnation, Samsung’s personal assistant is expected to debut on the Galaxy S8, which, in turn, is expected to be unveiled in just a … Continue reading...
Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China
When your smartphone, be it a fresh new release or a one-year old model, will get the latest and greatest Android release has always been a guessing game for the Android faithful. Some, like LG, seem to take pride in how fast at least one of its phones gets the update. Others, like Samsung, have developed a notoriety for taking … Continue reading...
Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed
It seems almost too ironic that Samsung is turning what is one of its most embarrassing moments into a high-profile media event. Then again, considering the media circus that formed around the Galaxy Note 7 and its fiery fate, it really had little choice in the matter. In any case, there is no more stopping Samsung’s revelation of what really … Continue reading...
LG, Sony tease MWC 2017 reveals
With CES now just a recent memory, the mobile industry starts counting the days to the next big event: MWC 2017 in Barcelona. If you didn’t get your fill of smartphones, tablets, and everything in between back in Las Vegas, then companies are promising a more fulfilling February. Well, at least some of them. LG and Sony have both made … Continue reading...
iPhone 8 could read your face in 3D space
Analysts suggest that this year, Apple will utilize PrimeSense technology to add a new way to unlock the iPhone. A research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company on Wednesday suggested that the next iPhone could be released with some “form of facial/gesture recognition.” They added that this technology would rely on “a new laser sensor and an infrared … Continue reading...