Arguably the best Android smartphone of the year is getting a pretty big refresh. Friday Samsung will be releasing the Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge and it will come equipped with 128GB of on board storage. The Galaxy S7 Edge is still the smartphone that I recommend to most people looking for a new flagship device. It looks like this new variant of the device will be available in select markets as early as December 9th, just in time for Christmas!
Earlier today Pebble confirmed that it has been bought out by Fitbit. They have also stopped manufacturing new Pebble devices. If you were an early backer of any of the new lineup this unfortunately means you won't be receiving your new Pebble device. You will however be receiving your money back in the form of a full refund. If you currently own a Pebble watch it will continue to work as it does today. There will no longer be warranty support and the software on those devices will no longer be updated. According to Pebble you can return your Pebble at the retailer you purchased it from as long as your return fits the retailer's return policy. If you purchased your Pebble a while back it may be outside of the return and exchange period which is a bummer.
In studying the design and layout of the Note 7 internals some engineers are saying Samsung sacrificed safety to make the Note 7 thinner. The group of engineers from Instrumental noticed that the margin for the battery bay of the Note 7 was dangerously thin. The device actually needs a bit of space to expand and contract over the life cycle of the battery. Without the bit of extra space the battery had no room to swell which may have caused positive and negative electrodes to touch as the battery was squeezed. If the chemicals touched it would cause the battery to catch fire. This is one theory which actually seems to make since. Hopefully Samsung has a firm grasp of the cause of the exploding batteries before the S8 is released.
Here is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone on your Christmas shopping list. If you are considering purchasing an LG G5 or LG V20 Best Buy is currently offering a free 32" LG TV to go along with your purchase. Best Buy has not given a time line on this deal so you should jump on it while you can.
The Galaxy S8 should arrive in about 6 months, and as you can imagine rumors and "leaks" are flowing. We have heard such outlandish things as the Galaxy S8 featuring a 4K display and bezel less display. Today we also found out that the Galaxy S8 might be following in Apple's footsteps by removing the headphone jack which seems silly as this was the most criticized omission possibly any phone ever has seen.
Other reports give us insight to some other interesting things we may see from the upcoming Galaxy S8. According to sources the S8 will keep the 2K display, but will be made of a new material which hopefully means we can expect enhanced durability (hopefully scratch resistance is considered as much as shatter resistance.) The new Super Amoled will feature a standard RGB arrangement with 11,059,200 pixels. That is up from the 7,372,800 pixels included in the Galaxy S7. This should provided a much improved Virtual Reality experience. Other rumors suggest the home button will be gone and we will see a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display's glass. We are still a long way away from the release of this device,but this is shaping up to be a pretty good looking phone.
As we all know "Video killed the radio star", Blockbuster killed the Box Office, Red Box killed Blockbuster, and Google Play kills them all! I can't remember the last time I rented a physical copy of a movie. Yes I still buy Blurays, but that is mostly so we can easily entertain the kids on long road trips. Now days if I want to rent a movie I simply launch the Google Play app on my TV and order whichever movie I am interested in. I have often thought how now that I have 4K TVs in the house it would be nice to be able to rent some 4K content since the only real consistent provider of 4K content has been Netflix.
Google has just launched 4K video options on the Play Store. UHD rentals will run you $7.99 which may be worth it depending on the video. Obviously a "Star Wars : Rogue One" rental would probably merit the enhanced video quality over a rental of "Madea's Christmas". UHD rentals and purchases are avaialable in the US and UK only for now. Also only 125 titles are currently available, but you can expect that number to quickly expand!
One of the main issues that arrived early on with the Pixel and Pixel XL was an issue with Band 4 LTE which meant mediocre to terrible 4G reception for some users. Bugs like these are normal early on and are the sacrifices early adopters are generally willing to make in order to use the latest handsets. Many users who were encountering the reception issues are reporting that the issues are gone after they updated their device to Android 7.1.1. If you have found your device to have spotty issues in places that the 1700MHz spectrum is used you should go grab the update and check your connection afterwards.
If you ask your 10 of your closest friends chances are they have never heard of Huawei. In fact I only know of one person in my entire city that knows of Huawei. That doesn't change the fact that they are the third largest cell phone manufacturer in the world. They are beginning to make headway in the US market with their Honor brand. They enjoyed a huge media blitz with the release of the Honor 8 earlier in the year. Tomorrow the Honor brand will be unveiling a new Honor concept smartphone.
Some rumors are already circulating about what we might expect with this concept device. According to GizmoChina the device won't come standard with components like a camera, or speaker. These are said to be sold as modular accessories very similar to what we have seen with the Moto Z lineup. We may see them decide to release a dual curved edge display device which has been made popular by Samsung. The phone will likely include Huawei's new quick charge technology which can charge your phone to 50% in only 5 minutes. Hopefully the device whatever it will be will be available in the US although it seems this may only be available in Huawei's home market of China. We will know more details after the unveiling tomorrow!