Samsung patent reveals AR emoji video calls?

A recently uncovered patent filed by Samsung reveals that the company has at least considered utilizing its new AR-emoji tech for a FaceTime-esque video call program. The patent shows a user being able to use the technology recently released on the Galaxy S9 to create an emoji with the caller’s likeness and facial expressions, then transmitting that live with audio to another user. It seems to operate under the premise that this would be beneficial for lower-bandwidth situations. The designs revealed in the patent show that work on this technology goes back as far as 2013, with the patent …


During the fourth quarter of 2017, YouTube took down 8.3 million videos

Google owned streaming video site YouTube announced yesterday, that it will issue a report every quarter that details how it has helped clean up its inventory of videos. Monday, it released its initial report and said that for the last three months of 2017, more than 8 million videos were removed. Most of these were spam, or contained adult content. The streamer says that this technology is helping it quickly remove “high-risk low-volume” clips that can be characterized as containing “extremist views.” It also helps discover high-volume problem videos that feature spam. To show how well …

LG G7 ThinQ rumor round-up: Specs, design, features, price, release date

Unlike previous years when it strived to show off its new devices earlier than its biggest rivals, LG is currently taking its sweet time to develop the 7th iteration of its flagship smartphone, which might not be a member of the popular G-series at all. 

Although the device is still shrouded in secrecy, there’s a modest amount of leaks and gossip that paint LG’s next device in a rather exposing paint of colors. As we usually do with such high-profile devices, we took it upon ourselves to disseminate most of the rumors and summarize what we expect from the alleged LG …

Who spends the most on mobile gaming? Hint: it's not iPhone X users

Last year, average phone prices hit a record, riding on $900+ handsets like the iPhone X, Note 8, or Pixel 2 XL. This year, the trend is here to stay, it seems, yet at least one cohort may be jolly about it, and it’s mobile game developers.

Users with expensive phones from Apple, Samsung and Google, it turns out, spend the most on games, too. In fact, research firm DeltaDNA has pegged the latest smartphones from these makers to have almost three times the monetization ratio, compared to the plebeian average of 2-3% of freemium gamers making in-app purchase for the grand …

First alleged LG G7 camera sample leaks out

A leaker with a good track record, Roland Quandt, has gotten his hands on what is claimed to be a sample from the camera of LG’s upcoming flagship, the G7 ThinQ. The EXIF data is for one LM-G710 handset, which was just certified in Korea, indicating that an announcement must be very near.

The image is with the rumored 16MP resolution of the dual cameras on the back of the G7, and has the following data in the original’s EXIF details: F/1.6 – ISO 50 – 4.03 mm – 1/379. 
Long story short, all the pieces of the puzzle collude towards a …

T-Mobile stops the rollout of the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its Galaxy Note 8

All major carriers in the United States announced they have successfully deployed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, if you’ve bought your Samsung phablet from T-Mobile, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

If you did not receive the update in early April when T-Mobile kicked off the Android Oreo roll-out, then chances are you won’t be able to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 yet.

The US carrier recently confirmed that the Android 8.0 Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which was initially available for download on April 1, has been put on …

Google launches new podcast player on Android

Google says its on a mission to “double the amount of podcast listening in the world over the next couple years,” and it begins now, with the introduction of a new podcast player in Google Search. Although it’s not a stand-alone app (yet), the new player is a separate entity from the podcast feature that made its way into Google Play Music in 2016, and provides users with a means to easily surface and stream podcasts from within Google Search or Assistant.

If you’re hoping for an actual dedicated app, you can actually add a “Podcasts” shortcut to …

Best iPhone camera, photo and video editing apps (2018)

The best camera is the one you have in your pocket right now, the old adage goes. The iPhone has been in many pockets in the past few years and it has evolved to be good not just because it’s the only camera you have, it has evolved to be a fantastic camera, period. 

Manual controls, photo and video editors, filters and great single-purpose photo appsThe iPhone has consistently ranked as the camera users took the most pictures with, and part of its appeal is the simple and easy to use stock camera app. In fact, it’s so fast and reliable that it easily ranks as one of our …

Great deal: Save $150 on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S9, $200 on the Galaxy S9+

Pssst, been eyeing the Galaxy S9 or the S9+ but one thing or another kept you from jumping the gun?|

Well, good news, Samsung has just made its latest flagship devices even more appealing. If you purchase the AT&T version from Samsung, the Galaxy S9 will cost you $150 less while the Galaxy S9+ will be $200 cheaper in comparison with the MSRP. 

Thanks to this, you can snatch the S9 for $569.99, while the larger device goes for $639.99. 

And that’s not all: for Samsung, at least, when it rains it pours. You will get a free DeX …

Honor 10 with top-notch specs and killer price goes official

Honor 10, one of the flagship killers that many Android fans have been waiting for, is finally here, and judging by what it has to offer, it will not disappoint. The most important thing is that the Honor 10 costs less than $500, even though it comes with powerful hardware inside.

The smartphone has been officially introduced in China and will go on sale on April 27 for $415 (6GBRAM/64GB storage) and $480 (6GB RAM/128GB storage), respectively. The Honor 10 comes in four color variants: Black, Blue, Gray, and Purple.

According to Honor, its new flagship killer will be launched globally …