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The Galaxy Note 8 is an important product for Samsung. Not only because the Note 8 is the company’s newest, flagship, large-screen smartphone, but because it also carries the additional burden of righting all of the wrongs associated with the company's Note 7 snafu. For some people, there is a certain stigma attached to the Note series now that could be erased if the Note 8 is a success and resonates well with consumers. We can tell you this up front -- all of the right technology seems to be in place. And from a design standpoint, the Note 8 sure is a looker. But good looks and the right... Read more...
One of the coolest things about the Essential Phone from Andy Rubin and crew is that it has a slick magnetic accessory connector that allows you to expand the capabilities of the device as accessories are launched. One of the worst things about the Essential Phoen for many people who like to listen to audio with headphones is that the device ditched the 3.5mm headphone port (which is a growing and annoying trends with smartphones). That means those fancy and expensive headphones or earbuds that you have been using won't work with the Essential Phone without an adapter. However, Essential will... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple and Qualcomm are at odds right now, as legal battles continue to be an unfortunate reality for both companies. At this point, it really doesn't seem clear who's in the right, or more importantly, who will reign victorious. At least for now, Qualcomm has decided to have a little bit of not-so-subtle fun. In a post made to its website today - the same day as the new iPhone reveal - Qualcomm pats itself on the back for creating a number of technologies that continue to ride the Android wave. In its list, Qualcomm lists specific technologies it's invented, and then gives some... Read more...
Samsung had a brief down period last year due to the failure of the Galaxy Note 7, but the company is now basking in the success of the Galaxy Note 8, and the Galaxy S line of devices continues to sell well. Samsung pioneered flexible screens that wrap around the sides of the phone with the Galaxy S line of devices and that design touch proved to be very popular with buyers. Now, Samsung has plans to launch a foldable smartphone next year under the Galaxy Note line. Word of the plans for the folding smartphone came from Samsung Electronics mobile business president Koh Dong-jin. The exec... Read more...
Hurricane Harvey decimated the Houston, Texas area with many people losing everything they own. It is still a true disaster area and many people are still wading through flooded areas. Google wants to do its part to help those hurricane victims using its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to communicate regularly with loved ones and emergency assistance if needed. Google has announced that it will be offering free repairs of Pixel and Pixel XL devices that were damaged by flood waters for owners in the Houston area. Google is working with uBreakiFix to repair the devices; this is the same company that... Read more...
It appears to be both a good day and a bad day for Xiaomi fans. The Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched today at 2 p.m. CST (China Standard Time). The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched right on schedule and details gleaned from the Chinese launch presentation are now available. The specifications that the device has might be a disappointment to some fans out there. A bit over a week ago we talked about Xiaomi's plans to launch the device on September 11 and noted that rumors suggested that the smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 836 processor. One notable deviation from rumors earlier this... Read more...
Here's the long and short. Huawei’s Mate 9 may no longer hit all the high notes on the cutting-edge smartphone release circuit, but it still remains more than competitive on performance and stocked with impressive base-level features, including rear dual-camera capabilities.In his fascinating book The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley discusses the propensity of millionaires to buy their cars used rather than new. The reasoning is as obvious as it is practical: You get nearly all the benefits from buying used at a fraction of the cost, and the money saved can be invested with compound interest,... Read more...
Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone maker that has found some success in the U.S. and much greater fortune around the world with its smartphones. The next flagship device from Xiaomi is due to launch in the U.S. on September 11 and it is called the Mi Mix 2. But before that new flagship device launches, it has another new smartphone that debuted in India called the Mi A1 and it is a pure Android device lacking the Xiaomi MIUI software over the top. Mi A1 buyers will get a smartphone running the entry-level Android One software platform. The thought of a non-Pixel device running nothing but Android... Read more...
For many consumers, choosing a new smartphone is a difficult decision that usually boils down to a few prominent devices. With the current generation of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the new LG V30 are likely to be among the most popular options for consumers looking for a large screen device. The Galaxy S8+ is widely considered one of the best Android-based smartphones on the market. And although it was just announced a few days ago, we have already spent some hands on time with the LG V30 and figure it's lining-up to be a fantastic Android flagship device that is... Read more...
With each new major update for Android from Google, smartphone fans everywhere wonder if their beloved devices will get the update. Android fans know that just because Google releases the next flavor of Android, that doesn't mean their device will get the update right away or get the update at all. Manufacturers don't always update all their phones to the latest version of Android. If you own an Xperia smartphone you don't have to wonder any longer if Sony will be updating your device to Oreo. A full list of all smartphones that will be getting the Oreo update from Sony has been published.... Read more...
If you keep a pulse on the premium smartphone arena, you probably have a line on the fact that there might be something special about the forthcoming LG V30. Set for an official IFA 2017 unveiling, the new handset has been leaked, rumored and even teased by LG itself. LG in fact has been on a consistent marketing blitz, releasing bits and pieces of LG V30 features to keep the buzz factor and discussion of its new device at peak volume. Regardless, with a complement of features that may not be earth-shattering, but when combined add up to what could be handset nirvana for many, it's beginning... Read more...
Smartphones have virtually replaced the iPod and other MP3 players for most people, and use them to listen to all of our tunes on-the-go (either on-device or through a cloud streaming service). The catch is that not all smartphones are created equal when it comes to their music playback prowess. LG has a new flagship smartphone on the way called the V30, and one of the big features of this device is that it has an integrated Hi-Fi Quad DAC. Specifically, the V30 smartphone has a ESS Technology Sabre ES9218P 32-bit Quad DAC. The two main things that V30 users will get out of that fancy Quad... Read more...
Sony made a number of smartphones and tablets that it claimed were water resistant and could survive rain and spills without damage. There was only one problem though; Sony didn't do ta great job making the devices water resistant. When customers initiated warranty claims citing water damage, Sony didn't do much to help them, which resulted in a class action lawsuit against the electronics maker. That class action suit is now wrapping up and owners of certain affected devices can get up to 50 percent refund on the purchase price of the smartphone. There are 24 Sony smartphone models in the suit,... Read more...
T-Mobile isn't messing around, it wants to be the biggest carrier in the U.S. and it is working hard to make that a reality. The third-place wireless carrier has promised to roll out a nationwide 5G network by 2020, and positively cleaned up at the FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction held earlier this year. T-Mobile dropped $8 billion in its spectrum bid to buy 45 percent of all available 600 MHz spectrum that the FCC was selling off, giving it the largest chunk of spectrum sold at auction by far. The catch for now is that in some urban areas around the country that spectrum is still in use by television... Read more...
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