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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...
Image Source: Flickr (Roman Boed)The wait for a new round of flagship smartphones from Google is almost over, folks. As was expected, Google will unveil its new Android 7.0 (Nougat) phones on October 4, as indicated by a Twitter post, landing page where you can sign up to be notified for more information on the new devices, and invitations to a press event that it's begun sending out the members of the press. One thing to keep an eye on its the branding Google decides to use for its next flagship devices. The aforementioned teasers all show Google's "G" logo, but previous reports suggested the... Read more...
LG is planning to formally introduce its V20 handset on September 6, 2016, a notable phone because it will be the first one out of the gate with Google's Android 7.0 (Nougat) platform installed. We've already seen some leaked renders of the handset ahead of its release, and now famed leaker Evan Blass (known by his Twitter handle @evleaks) is showing off what looks to be an official press image of the device, seemingly confirming the presence of a secondary ticker display. The leaked photo looks similar to the previous renders, only colored in and fleshed out with a home screen showing of Android... Read more...
A leaked internal order sheet from what's purported to be a NAND flash memory component supplier suggests that Apple may finally bump the base storage on its next iPhone line from 16GB to 32GB. It also indicates that the iPhone 7 will ship with 128GB and 256GB storage options, though it's not clear if that's in addition to a 64GB SKU or that might be dropped as well. Regardless of what happens to the 64GB SKU, bumping up the base model from 16GB to 32GB is a move that's long overdue, especially since the iPhone 7 isn't likely to feature expandable physical storage, such as a microSD card slot.... Read more...
There was a time when Samsung believed its home brewed Tizen operating system would rise up and usurp Android as the king of mobile, or at least be a competitive force. Things haven't worked out that way, and though Tizen has gone on to fined renewed purpose in things like smart TVs and wearables, it's still being used in smartphones, including the Samsung Z2, the world's first Tizen smartphone with 4G LTE functionality. It's a significant milestone in Tizen's journey, not because 4G LTE is some new and rare technology—obviously that's not the case—but because of its price point and audience. The... Read more...
In the smartphone market, Microsoft has to fight for scraps leftover from Android and iOS, and comparatively there aren't many to go around. Rather than bury its head in denial, Microsoft's been making mobile versions of its key programs like Office available on other OSes, and now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load several of Microsoft's productivity apps on some of its Android handsets. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype are among the apps that will come pre-installed on select Lenovo devices in what the two companies are calling a "deepening of their strategic relationship." The benefit for Microsoft... Read more...
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