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When it comes to your location data, sometimes you just want to keep things to yourself and not send every single data point regarding your whereabouts to the cloud. It's for this reason that companies like Apple and Google give users the option to disable location sharing; although both companies will often tell you that this will result in a less than optimal experience for services that rely on that data. However, it appears that Google hasn't been playing nice, and has been harvesting location data of nearby cell towers from Android users -- giving Google access to your daily travails -- even... Read more...
At its Google I/O conference held this past May, the search and technology giant unveiled a neat new feature which would first roll out to its own Pixel devices. Called Google Lens, this new feature pays a bit of an homage to Google Goggles, a rather popular tool that allowed people to get quick feedback on real-world objects. Take a picture of a statue outside of a sports stadium, for example, and Goggles could have told you who it was, and why it was deserved. Google Lens is going to be far more capable than Goggles, though, thanks in part to the recent resurgence of employing deep-learning and... Read more...
High-end flagship smartphones get most of the press and stoke the most geek lust for shoppers. However, there is a substantial portion of smartphone shoppers out there who only want a device that can check email, take decent pics, and hit Facebook. You don't need a high-end $1,000 iPhone X for those tasks. All you really need is something like the Nokia 2 entry-level smartphone that has turned up on Amazon for pre-order. This little device sells for $99 unlocked is ready to use on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and includes a warranty. The smartphone is offered in black... Read more...
The rumors have started in earnest about the next flagship smartphone from Samsung, which is expected to be called the Galaxy S9. Like Galaxy devices that came before it, the S9 is expected to come in a standard and plus sizes. A results page from Geekbench has surfaced that claims to show the results for the Galaxy S9 Plus version of the smartphone. The results page (seen below) calls out a score of 1191 for single-core and 3835 for multi-core. The model number is Samsung SM-G965F and the listing calls out a motherboard dubbed universal9810. That is presumed to be the new Exynos 9810 SoC... Read more...
Alleged CAD drawings of the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone have leaked online and the smartphone looks very much like the existing Galaxy S8. We see the same curved edges on the screen out front but with thinner bezels. The back does show a revised layout for the camera and fingerprint scanner. On the current Galaxy S8 models, the camera is a single-lens unit and the fingerprint scanner is directly to the right of the camera -- a position that many don't care for at all. The S9 drawings, which are originally sourced from Weibo, show a dual camera layout on the back with those cameras stacked in the... Read more...
T-Mobile has rolled out a new smartphone that won't have fanboys clamoring over specs and performance, but it looks to be a solid device for budget conscious users. The smartphone is called the REVVL Plus and it has a 6-inch full HD screen and dual rear-facing cameras with one being a 13MP unit and the other a 5MP. The front camera is an 8MP unit for selfies. Power comes from a 3,380 mAh internal battery promising up to 12 hours talk time and 16.5 days standby. The REVVL Plus comes in black with magenta accents only; which will likely play favorably to only diehard T-Mobile fans. The OS is Android... Read more...
Google has been battling a number of issues relating to the LG-produced OLED display used on its new Pixel 2 XL Android Oreo flagship. While Google said that the burn-in issue is normal with an OLED and phones using similar screen tech have the same potential issue, it can't say that about some of the other issues that the smartphone must live with. The latest issue for some Pixel 2 XL owners has to do with screen edges that are unresponsive. Google has admitted the issue exists and has said it will sort it out in a future OTA update. The catch is that means at least for now if your Pixel 2 XL... Read more...
If you're one of the lucky relative few who have Android 8.0 'Oreo' on their device, there are a couple of reasons to be pleased about its first major update, appropriately versioned 8.1. That's especially true if you happen to be using a device lacking storage, or simply hate battery-draining apps (and who doesn't?). Storage space comes at a premium in smartphones, but if you're using a high-end device, chances are you're not feeling the same kind of pain that those using lower-end phones are. In today's landscape, even 8GB is a paltry amount of storage - the kind that prevents people from taking... Read more...
The coming OnePlus 5T smartphone has graced us with another leak, and this time some of the specs have turned up thanks to a listing on GFXBench. The specifications according to the benchmark will include a 6-inch FHD+ display packing 2160x1080 pixels. That means an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is like the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Other specs rumored for the smartphones include a 20MP front camera and dual cameras on the back each offering 16MP. That rear cameras also tipped for tech that allows portrait mode and bokeh effects. Interestingly rumors also suggest that the front selfie camera... Read more...
Paying $699.99 for the Essential Phone? Ain't nobody got time for that. If you shelled out the full asking price of the smartphone on pre-order or early at launch, the bad news for you today is that the price of the smartphone has gone down again, with Best Buy chopping anther $50 off the asking price for the phone as it tries to move stock. With the additional $50 off, the smartphone is now selling for $449.99. The father of Android, Andy Rubin, and his company, Essential, certainly didn’t expect to be here with the fancy new device. The smartphone launched as a Sprint carrier exclusive, which... Read more...
Yesterday HTC unveiled a slick new flagship smartphone called the U11 Plus that it has curiously not decided to sell in the U.S. The official reasoning for that device to skip the States was because HTC didn’t want to offend recent U11 buyers. An interesting new report has turned up that will make you wonder if the U11 Plus isn't being offered in the U.S. for another reason. If you looked at the U11 Plus and thought that the specs sounded a lot like the Pixel 2 XL (check out our review), there is a good reason for that according to one report. It seems that Google was going back and forth on which... Read more...
ASUS has announced the launch of a new family of smartphones in the U.S., and all of the devices have dual rear cameras promising to shoot optimum pictures in just about any setting. The ZenFone 4 family includes the ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4 Max (in two display sizes). The ZenFone 4 Pro has a 5.5-inch display and the dual rear camera system uses a Sony IMX362 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture. The 16MP camera system has 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. The cameras use ASUS SuperPixel Engine that increases captured light by 8x and feature optical image stabilization. The SoC... Read more...
If there's a sleeper phone that's been on our radar for a while here, it's the LG V30. LG has been teasing this phone for what seems like an eternity. We actually got our first hands-on time with it a couple of months ago in August. However, LG has been conservative with its last couple of handset roll-outs, taking the same preview tease approach with the LG G6, where we got an early look prototype unit and firm rules of engagement with it before final production units arrived. The G6 was one of the first generation thin bezel phones on the market at the time and LG wanted to make doubly sure it... Read more...
Google's response to its investigation into reported screen burn in issues with the Pixel 2 XL most certainly won't make owners happy. If you were expecting a fix for the issue, sadly one may not be coming. Google has published an update on the Pixel 2 XL to its product forums and has basically said the burn-in issue is normal. Google says that burn-in (differential aging in Google parlance) of the Pixel 2 XL is similar to what happens on OLED panels used in comparable products. In other words, Google is saying every OLED panel does this and that what people are seeing with burn in is normal for... Read more...
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