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Imagine if your smartphone could identify cracks in its display and then heal itself, much like your own body does when its suffers a scrape or bruise. It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but perhaps it is not all that far fetched. Motorola has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for that very thing, and how it works is pretty interesting.Motorola notes in its patent application that smartphones are becoming more prevalent and that one of the drawbacks is how easily touchscreen displays can suffer damage. In many cases, a cracked... Read more...
New phones are on the horizon from several manufacturers. There is the iPhone 8 looming in the horizon from Apple, the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, and second generation Pixel and Pixel XL handsets from Google. In regards to the latter, leaked photos of a Pixel XL 2 phone have found their way to the web and provide some clues as to what Google has been cooking up.One of the photos shows a whole bunch of stickers on the back of the device. This is likely because it is an early developer prototype. Exactly how early and how close to the finalized design is not known. Assuming the phone in these photos... Read more...
There is not a lot that is known about LG's unreleased V30 handset, the single-screen successor the dual-display V20 that we reviewed last year. But while much of the phone's specs remain a mystery, LG did reveal a few tidbits—the V30 will be the first handset to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display. It will also be LG's first OLED smartphone since the LG G Flex 2 released in 2015.LG is shifting from an IPS panel on the V20 (above) to a plastic OLED screen on the V30 "Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for... Read more...
Soon it will be illegal to fire off a text message or look down at your phone while crossing the street in Honolulu, the largest city in Hawaii. The ban will take effect towards the end of October, at which point Honolulu will become the first major city in the United States to effectively ban distracted walking, a growing problem as pedestrians become consumed by their mobile devices.Image Source: Flickr (Alan Levine) Laws against distracted driving are on the books all over the place, though distracted walking has largely been ignored when it comes to legislation. Honolulu is leading the charge... Read more...
If history is any indication, LG is getting ready announce another handset as part of its V series. This will most likely take place during a press event at this year's IFA in Berlin, Germany. While LG has not come right out and said it will be announcing the V30 at IFA, the hints are anything but subtle—the letter V is splashed across a press rendering of a new smartphone with rounded corners, along with the words "Save the date" printed on top. That date is August 31, one day before IFA officially kicks off. And on the bottom corner, LG's press rendering says, "Berlin, Germany," which is where... Read more...
Following weeks of rumors and speculation, LG has come out and officially announced the Q6, a lower-end handset that is part of the South Korean electronics maker's new Q series. Also known online as the G6 Mini, an unofficial designation that reflects the similarities between the new Q6 and LG's high-end G6, LG's aim with the Q6 is to offer many of the premium features found on its other smartphones at a more competitive price. The leaked info leading up to the official unveiling of the Q6 was mostly spot on. LG's newest handset is equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD+ FullVision display with an 18:9... Read more...
Do you remember when Nokia went all-in with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform? While Nokia chose to go with an underdog, it hoped to compete in the smartphone space by focusing on camera performance, and many of its devices featured camera sensors with high megapixel counts. Well, much has changed since then. These days HMD Global owns the rights to market Nokia branded phones (and tablets), and while the landscape is decidedly different this time around, camera performance is still a point of focus. As such, the Finnish startup announced today that it has sign an exclusive partnership with Zeiss... Read more...
When it comes to battery capacity, ASUS is thinking big with its upcoming ZenFone Max. Really big. ASUS is not making a lot of noise about the ZenFone Max just yet, but a listing on the company's Russian website reveals that it will wield a massive 5,000 mAh battery pack. According to ASUS, that is enough juice to power up to 40 hours of talk time in 3G mode, or up to 26 hours of non-stop web surfing over a Wi-Fi network.Want more battery stats? ASUS further claims you can squeeze our 22 hours of constant video playback before the 5,000 mAh runs dry. And in standby mode on a 4G LTE network, the... Read more...
For about the past year, Lenovo subsidiary Motorola has been concentrating on its flagship Moto Z line of smartphones. However, it is getting ready to end the calendar year with a new handset, one that will target the mid-range market. That phone is the Moto X4 (previously referred to as the Moto X 2017) and thanks to famed leaker Evan Blass (known as @evleaks on Twitter), we have our first real look at the device. Blass tweeted out what looks to be an official press rendering of the Moto X4. There are two things the leaked photo appear to confirm. One is an aluminum unibody design and the other... Read more...
OnePlus chose the tagline "Never Settle" for its newly minted OnePlus 5 smartphone, though it is not without irony. That is because OnePlus is trying to sweep an annoying issue under the rug, thereby basically telling its customers to settle for a quirk that is not present on other smartphones, including previous OnePlus device. The issue in question has to do with scrolling. Users are complaining of a sort of flicker effect when scrolling through webpages. What ends up happening is that part of the display appears to not refresh at the same rate as the rest of the panel. As a result, text and... Read more...
A Colorado dad is one step closer to getting his wish for a mobile phone ban to minors. Tim Farnum, a Denver-area father and anesthesiologist is spearheading the campaign to forbid the sale of cellphones to children younger than 13 years old as part of a broader effort to see less children engaged in hours of smartphone use on any given day. He has the attention of Colorado officials, who have drafted a proposed ballot for a 2018 vote. For that to happen, Farnum and officials would have to obtain 300,000 voter signatures to the proposal. If that were to happen, Colorado residents would then vote... Read more...
Anticipation is running high for the OnePlus 5, which has been the center of numerous leaks and speculation over the past several weeks. The latest leak comes direct from OnePlus—the company posted a teaser image on its official Twitter account, though the subsequent comments took things in a weird direction.OnePlus 3 (2016) For whatever reason, OnePlus followers started pinging Verizon in the comments section. Verizon's customer support bot was more than happy to respond, fielding vague requests for help and even a plea for a million dollars. In any event, here is a look at the Twitter post: Look... Read more...
Once again, Andy Rubin, the co-creator of Android and former boss of Google's Android division has taken to Twitter in order to tease a smartphone being developed at Essential, a new company he started last year. Essential joined Twitter in November 2016 and has just two tweets, both of which were posted in the past 24 hours "to let you know something big is coming May 30th." We heard you @renan_batista - here's something to hold you over until next week: pic.twitter.com/QSIeXyjKNq — Essential (@essential) May 25, 2017 The most recent tweet shows a darkened image of a smartphone with an odd protrusion... Read more...
The OnePlus team announced earlier this month that it is readying its flagship OnePlus 5 for a summer debut. It also confirmed that it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC) and 8GB of RAM, giving it a beefy foundation to ensure it can hang with other high-end smartphones. On top of that, a photo of a supposed prototype shows that the OnePlus 5 will wield a dual-camera shooter on the backside.We will get to that in a moment but first let's address the OnePlus 5 name. If you have been following the OnePlus scene, you might find yourself wondering what happened to the OnePlus 4.... Read more...
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