Right after the new Pixels were introduced, Google pulled an Apple, and slashed the price of the 2016 crop by a hundred. Thus, the basic Google Pixel can now be had for $549 directly from the Google Store, while its larger sibling, the Pixel XL, will set you back $669. You still need to add that hundred if you want the larger, 128 GB storage versions, but the trend is clear, and Google will probably be doing this with each new Pixel iteration – you know, like that other competitor down south from Mountain View does.
About a month ago, we were introduced to the “most advanced facial recognition technology put on a phone” — the Apple iPhone X and its Face ID camera. And we all know that comical moment when we got to see what Apple is doing with Face ID — aside from secure phone unlocking and portrait selfies, which are a bit more serious of features, we have the Animoji — moving emoji that respond to our facial grimaces.
Turns out, however, that Animoji is already an existing app in the iOS App Store. It’s a fun little texting tool that uses the classic emoji smilies, but animates …
Despite the recent acquisition of some of its talent and licensing of its IP portfolio by Google, Taiwanese phone maker HTC is set to announce a couple of devices at the start of next month. We know a fair bit of information about them: one will be a mid-ranger named the U11 Life, while the other will be an upgraded variant of the U11, called the U11 Plus.
Apple’s “walled garden” software ecosystem is getting more open to the world with each new iOS edition. First there were third-party keyboards, and now developers can get access to craft iMessage apps, or do silly things with the new Face ID virtual avatar animoji.
So, the OnePlus 5 is gone — you can no longer buy it. What? Why? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery. Less than a year after releasing its latest “flagship killer”, OnePlus claims that they are all out of phone units.
Obviously, this is stirring up speculation that we are about to see a OnePlus 5T — a slightly updated phone, just like what the OnePlus 3T was to the OnePlus 3 last year. And OnePlus being inexplicably vague and stirring controversy is kind of the go-to move when the company is prepping up a marketing campaign. It’s a company built on user curiosity, word of mouth, and the first …
With more than $13 billion profit forecast for the last quarter, Samsung is no longer a runner up in that regard, and wants to be perceived as the start that it is right now. People in the know share that its first order of business might be to open flagship stores like the ones Apple has on key locations in major cities, and one of the beachheads will be in London’s upcoming Coal Drops Yard mall, which has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick with a curved roof, and some amazing architectural solutions.
Huawei, which recently announced the interesting Mate 10
smartphone series, has exciting plans for the next few years. According to
Cnet, the company is working on a foldable phone that could be released as
early as 2018 – perhaps at about the same time with Samsung’s long-rumored Galaxy X foldable
Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed to Cnet that the company
actually has a “working sample” of its upcoming foldable handset. However,
the device needs improvements related to mechanical design, plus “better, more flexible
screen technology” in order to become a product that’s ready …
The Nokia 7 was introduced this morning in China by HMD Global. The glass and aluminum clad device carries a 5.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). Under the hood you’ll find the Snapdragon 630 chipset, which comes with an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 508 GPU. One version comes with 4GB of RAM (priced at ¥2,499, which is the equivalent of $377 USD), and a second variant features 6GB of RAM (priced at ¥2,699, which converts into $407 USD based on current exchange rates). Both models are equipped with 64GB of expandable native storage.
Adorning the back of the phone …