When I saw the pictures of Andy Rubin teasing the bezel-less phone he was working on I felt like it had a familiar feel. Then I was reminded of the Droid HD from back in the day. It was one of the first to look at slimming the bezel and combined with the carbon fiber back it was an awesome looking phone. Unfortunately at the time it went up against the "Next Big Thing" and lost. In a battle that was an onslaught given the specs of the Note 2 combined with the ability to be rooted (something that was important on a phone back then). One had to wonder why Motorola waited so long to release the phone. Had they released it in the spring when so many were anticipating it we could have been having a different conversation.
Unfortunately the Droid HD may not have gotten the love it deserved then but I have to think that it's legacy is going to live on in a future device.
Samsung has patented a secondary display for smartphones. Their idea envisions a secondary display that is embedded in the edge of the watch face display. This would allow users to glance down at their watch and gather possible scrolling information from this longer screen. If nothing else this feature would just be pretty cool. It seems to take the smart watch one step further from traditional watches. It would be neat to be able to read out an entire incoming text message as it scrolls across the secondary display. Who knows what other types of information may be displayed on this 360 display. This feature may never see the light of day, but it would be pretty neat if it does.
Out of all the leaks we have seen on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus we have had no solid evidence to show which processors these phones will have. We know that Samsung is producing the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on the new 10nm process. Their new Exynos 8895 is built on the same process as well. Samsung has confirmed neither of these chips for the devices. We also know that Samsung has bought up the all the Snapdragon 835 chips for the batch which would signify that the chips will be used in their upcoming flagship devices.
Now we have semi proof that these will be the processors included with the S8 and S8 plus. We now have a device model number Samsung SM-G9500 running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and device model number Samsung SM-G955F running the Exynos 8895 showing up in Antutu. Each device is also accompanied with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. So far it appears that the Exynos version of the device gets better numbers than the Snapdragon version.
There seems to be a trend recently for smartphone OEMs to refresh their current product line by simply adding new colors to the lineup. Of course this makes anyone who bought the phone early wish they had not. Apple just made their way back into the news cycle with the iPhone 7 Product RED. At the very least their new red iphone helped a good cause. Every time you buy a Product RED iphone Apple donates to HIV/AIDS programs.
OnePlus just released their limited edition Midnight Black Oneplus 3T. There is no good cause associated with this color launch. The phone is apparently only available in limited quantities. It is still available and ships in 8 days. There were people mentioning they had purchase bots set up to buy the phone for them at midnight because everyone was expecting a quick sell out. Either this new color option wasn't very popular, or this isn't as "limited edition" as we were led to believe. The cost is $479 and you can grab the phone at the link below. What are your thoughts on the new trend for manufacturers to release new colors mid cycle?
According to a new leak Samsung will be releasing a new program alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus tomorrow that is all about fixing broken phones quickly. The source states the new program will be called "Samsung Guard", and will allow customers to have their phones picked up just two hours after dropping them off for repairs. Samsung may also offer all customers at least one complimentary screen replacement with their purchase. This is great news.
I have never actually needed a screen replacement for a phone that I accidentally dropped, but of course that fear of dropping your phone is always in the back of your head because replacing screens can be expensive. The new screens with force touch technology can go for as much as $300. HTC has also offered free screen replacements in the past. It would be nice to see the entire industry move towards this. Samsung will need to offer up lots of incentives to sell these phones at release with expected prices tags reaching into the $1000 territory. Would a service like Samsung Guard make that pill easier to swallow for you and help to push you towards early adoption?
SEOUL (Reuters) – Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries.
The Note 7s were permanently scrapped in October, roughly two months from the launch of the near-$900 devices, as more of the phones self-combusted despite a global recall initiated in September. A subsequent probe found manufacturing problems in batteries supplied by two different companies – Samsung SDI Co Ltd and Amperex Technology Ltd.
Analysis from Samsung and independent researchers found no other problems in the Note 7 devices except the batteries, raising speculation that Samsung will recoup some of its losses by selling refurbished Note 7s. The company estimated a $5.5 billion profit hit over three quarters from the Note 7’s troubles.
Samsung, which had sold 3.06 million Note 7s to consumers before taking the phones off the market, had not previously said what it plans to do with the recovered phones. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters in January that it was considering the possibility of selling refurbished versions of the device or reusing some parts from the recalled phones.
“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” Samsung said in a...
When Huawei announced the Mate 9 one of the main selling points was that it would eventually receive an update that would add the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant. That day has come and Mate 9 units are beginning to receive the update OTA. The update is labeled MHA-L29C567B183 and is about 310MB in size. The main feature of the update is the Amazon Alexa app. You will be able to use all commands within the app that you would be able to use on the Echo speaker.
Home Automation, Games/Trivia, Shopping, Fitness/Health, News, and Entertainment are all included with Amazon Alexa on the Mate 9. The only drawback is that Alexa doesn't support hot word detection so you won't be able to activate it on your phone by simply saying "Alexa" with your voice. With Google announcing they will roll out Google Assistant to all devices running Android 6.0 or higher this means that the Mate 9 will be the first and only device to feature both assistants. You should be seeing this update come through on your phone. If not you can manually check for it in settings and system update.
Samsung won't be selling their own Exynos chips to other manufacturers for the next 25 years according to a new report. This is due to Qualcomm quickly putting their foot down when Samsung attempted to market their chips built specifically for Samsung devices to other manufacturers. Qualcomm felt like this would be an abuse of the "standard essential patent" license and used that to block sales of the Exynos to other manufacturers.
As you know Samsung is producing the Snapdragon 835 for Qualcomm this year and has first dibs on the first batch of the processors which they have apparently bought up and kept out of the hands of companies like HTC and LG. It would have been nice for Samsung to have been able to sell the latest Exynos to those companies, but Qualcomm knows that Samsung would eat into their market share with a slightly better processor. How would you feel about an Exynos processor in the LG G6?