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As we get closer to the expected launch date of the Galaxy S8, rumors and speculation tend to ramp up. Some of the latest buzz about Samsung's not-yet-announced flagship phone is that there will be a version with a whopping 256GB of onboard storage. That would be a massive upgrade over what is available on the Galaxy S7, which comes in 32GB and 64GB models.On the topic of storage, it is worth noting that Samsung brought back the microSD card slot with the Galaxy S7 after having dropped it with the Galaxy S6. Samsung took a page from Apple and figured that a premium design would overshadow the lack... Read more...
LG Electronics seems to be taking the unusual step of issuing full refunds to Nexus 5X owners who find their handsets stuck in an endless reboot cycle. Typically a customer could expect a refurbished replacement or free repair for a phone that is still under warranty, but apparently LG doesn't hold onto stock very long—it told a customer who sent in his phone for repair that it was out of parts necessary to complete the job. "We're sorry to hear that you've experienced a problem with your LGH790 and appreciate you giving us the opportunity to provide a warranty repair. We have received your device... Read more...
Samsung could use a boost in smartphone sales after dealing with the financial fallout from its Galaxy Note 7 recall. That is exactly that the South Korean electronics maker is hoping to get by borrowing a page from Apple's playbook, the one that focuses on design and color options rather than highlighting all the geeky details that appear foreign to everyday consumers. To that end, get ready for a new glossy black version of the Galaxy S7.The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's flagship smartphone. Fortunately for Samsung, it doesn't suffer the same overheating issue that caused the original and even replacement... Read more...
Leaving the home is about to become more dangerous than it already is. That's because the holiday shopping season is about to be kick into full swing, that means a combination of inattentive pedestrians looking down at their smartphones and distracted drivers wielding handsets behind the wheel. It makes for a potentially dangerous combination, and since vehicles have the potential to do the most damage, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed that phone makers include a Driver Mode with a simplified interface. The latest proposal... Read more...
One of the criticisms against Apple and its iPhone line is that its handsets are often behind the technological curve in terms of hardware and features. Be that as it may, no other company makes more money from smartphone sales than Apple. Heck, it's not even close. The latest research from Strategy Analytics shows that global smartphone profits topped $9 billion in the third quarter of 2016, almost all of which went into Apple's pocket. “We estimate the global smartphone industry realized total operating profits of $9.4 billion during Q3 2016. Apple dominated and captured a record 91 percent share... Read more...
Study after study have shown the dangers of driving while distracted, something that has become a growing problem with the advent of smartphones. However, it used to be that making calls and firing off text messages were the biggest culprits. Not anymore. They're still responsible for distracting drivers, but so are smartphone apps, which led to the biggest increase in traffic related fatalities in 50 years in 2015. This year isn't looking much better. Just in the first six months of 2016, highway deaths tallied 17,775, a disheartening gain of 10.4 percent compared to the same six-month period... Read more...
Hello again Moto, and goodbye Lenovo. No, Lenovo isn't closing up shop—that would be a silly move for the largest supplier of PCs in the world—but it does plan to stop marketing smartphones under its own brand name. All future smartphones from Lenovo will be labeled as Moto phones. Lenovo will also put new leadership in place at its smartphone division.The Chinese electronics maker purchased Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion in 2014. It may have seemed like a deal at the time to Lenovo, as Google had paid upwards of $12 billion for Lenovo just a couple of years prior in a transaction that... Read more...
It won't be all that long before flagship smartphones routinely wield 8 gigabytes of system memory. In an effort to make that happen, Samsung today introduced what it says is the industry's first 8GB LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) mobile DRAM package. The 8GB DRAM package utilizes four of the newest 16 gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 memory chips built on a 10-nanometer class manufacturing process. To be clear, this isn't actually 10nm DRAM we're talking about there. When Samsung says "10nm-class" it's referring to a process technology node that's somewhere between 10nm and 19nm, just as "20nm-class"... Read more...
Samsung has officially given up on trying to fix its fiery Galaxy Note 7 phone. All that's left at this point is to collect the remaining handsets, both original models and replacement devices, and get customers situated with either a refund or a different phone. As an olive branch to customers burned (literally and figuratively) by the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung is offering up to a $100 bill credit if they choose to swap it out for one of its other models. Customers are under no obligation to stick with Samsung, of course, and some may choose not to if they've lost faith in the company's quality... Read more...
LeEco's U.S. launch event scheduled for October 19th may not hold many surprises, not anymore, anyway. Whether by accident (likely) or a controlled leak as Apple is prone to do (probably not), several unannounced devices showed up on LeEco's website for a brief time, including a couple of Android smartphones and four televisions. It appears that LeEco was prepping is web store for post launch, though someone must have accidentally flipped the switch way ahead of schedule. The listings have all been taken down, but not before the Internet took notice—as we've said a million times now, there are... Read more...
Android 7, aka Nougat, has been rolling out primarily to Google's Nexus and new Pixel phones, as well as a few Motorola handsets, but a new Nougat contender has entered the fray, hot off the press from LG. The LG V20 is the follow-on to last year’s LG V10 and a current follow-up to the modular LG G5 that we reviewed recently. LG’s V series focuses on high quality, premium, larger-format designs that are feature-rich and the new LG V20 very much sticks to that mantra. Sporting a large 5.7-inch QHD display with 2560X1440 resolution and powered by Qualcomm's venerable Snapdragon 820 SoC (System... Read more...
Almost anything you might have wanted to know about the Pixel and Pixel XL has been revealed in an extensive leak by Carphone Warehouse, a popular mobile phone retailer in the U.K. We say "almost anything" because some of the entries on the spec list appear to be generic placeholders, though much of what was leaked aligns with previous rumors. The leak includes a bunch of official looking press renders and product shots. Keeping things simple, the tagline at the top for both the Pixel and Pixel XL reads, "Introducing Pixel. Phone by Google." This is followed by marketing shots and descriptions... Read more...
Apple finally bumped up the minimum storage allotment on its iPhone 7, doubling it to 32GB compared to 16GB on several previous iPhone generations, along with also offering 128GB and 256GB tiers for the middle and high-end SKUs, respectively. The Cupertino outfit did it without jacking up the price of the iPhone, though don't fret on Tim Cook's account, he and the rest of the Apple gang still stand to make a pretty penny on every iPhone 7 handset sold. It's estimated by IHS Markit that the actual bill of materials (BOM) is only $220. Well, just a little less if we're picking nits—$219.80. Toss... Read more...
Samsung on Monday announced that more than half a million replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones had shipped to carrier and retail stores in the U.S.. Sure enough, a day later they're starting to show as being in-stock at places such as Verizon and Sprint, and we suspect that other wireless carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile at the very least) won't be far behind. It's a good sign for Samsung that wireless carriers are again listing its Galaxy Note 7 device. Analysts had predicted that the Galaxy Note 7 debacle could end up costing Samsung as much as $1 billion, and the company's already seen its market... Read more...
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