ZTE to release a 5G-ready smartphone in the US by early 2019

ZTE is dead serious about its mobile business in the United States. After pledging to expand its foldable smartphone portfolio in the country, ZTE has just announced another premiere for the company.

ZTE’s chief executive officer, Lixin Cheng recently confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg that his company plans to launch a smartphone with 5G capabilities in the United States at the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

Obviously, ZTE might change these plans depending on how the 5G network coverage and equipment evolve in the coming months. ZTE’s Cheng said that …


Saudi Arabia swooning over Apple, first Apple Store in the country might open in 2019

According to Reuters, Apple might finally open up an Apple Store in Saudi Arabia in 2019 following a government agreement expected to be signed sometime in February 2018. Surprisingly, the initiative is on Saudi Arabia’s part which has been making it next for impossible for tech companies and Apple in particular to do business locally for years due to multiple hurdles imposed by the conservative muslim kingdom, which also happens to be one of the richest countries in the world thanks to its vast oil reserves. 
However, it’s in Saudi Arabia’s interest …

Sprint to offer 5G service and devices by 2019

Earlier tonight, we told you that the the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) had announced new hardware standards for the Non-Standalone 3GPP 5G NR specs. Included in that list is Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum. Sprint has more than 160MHz of this spectrum available, giving it the largest block of 5G airwaves in the states with a frequency under 6GHz. The carrier’s focus when it comes to 5G is mobile, and to that end it is working with chip maker Qualcomm and telecom company SoftBank.

Sprint says that it hopes to start offering commercial 5G service and compatible devices for 5G by 2019. …

Apple is planning on adding a rear-facing 3D-scanning camera for the 2019 iPhone models


Currently, Apple offers 3D-sensing only on the front-facing TrueDepth Camera found on the Apple iPhone X. There is speculation that all three of Apple’s 2018 releases will include the front-facing TrueDepth camera along with next year’s iPad Plus. But a report published today indicates that by 2019, Apple has plans to offer 3D-sensing on the rear-facing iPhone camera as well. And the company is working on new technology that would be used instead of the currently employed dot projector that uses 30,000 laser dots to map a face.

The system being worked on for the rear-facing 3D-sensing …

HP Elite X3 to reach its End of Life on Nov 1? HP says no, phone to run through 2019

The HP Elite x3 has had the best specs of any Windows 10 Mobile powered handset since the device was launched last December. Now, there is talk that the Elite x3 will go EOL on November 1st. For those of you unaccustomed to playing alphabet soup, EOL stands for ‘End of Life’ and it means that the phone will no longer be sold after that date. The report, out of Germany, would give the phone 5 more weeks on the shelves before getting pulled for good.

The problem here isn’t just HP’s fault. Microsoft’s decision to stop working on Windows 10 Mobile prevented HP from updating the Elite x3. According …

Qualcomm CEO Mollenkopf now sees a 2019 launch for 5G service in the U.S.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf says that mobile internet speeds will hit incredible new records in 2019 as 5G service becomes real in that year. While the executive said that most in the industry pick 2020 as the the launch year for the next generation of mobile wireless service, “people are pulling us faster.” According to Mollenkopf, that means “You’ll see 5G in 2019 for sure.”

Some of the demand for 5G is being driven by mobile device users seeking an improved video experience. 5G service is expected to deliver data speeds as much as 100 times the current rate. With 5G, video files that …

Google to cease Pixel and Pixel XL on-device tech support after October 2019

Although flagship smartphones are the most expensive on the market, they usually don’t get more than three years of tech support, but that may vary depending on the brand. Google is making sure that consumers won’t have to change their flagships for at least three years if they don’t want to.

The search giant has just confirmed that the Pixel and Pixel XL will be getting on-device tech support until October 2019, three years after the smartphones were launched on the market.

After that date, Google will no longer support on-device tech support for the Pixel …

Sprint to launch 5G by 2019 using its stash of 2.5GHz spectrum

A week after T-Mobile announced its plan to build a coast-to-coast 5G network, Sprint threw its 2 cents into the 5G hat with an announcement of its own. The nation’s fourth largest carrier announced that it will be launching its 5G network by late 2019.  While Sprint didn’t say whether its entire network would be running by then, T-Mobile says that it will have regional service that same year, with nationwide coverage in 2020.

Back in March, Sprint tested its gigabit LTE service during an NBA game in New Orleans. The test used 60MHz of Sprint’s high frequency  2.5GHz spectrum, …

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get software updates at least until October 2019

Google today refreshed one of its important Android support pages, adding the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to a special list: the one showing for how long the handsets will receive official software updates.

As you can see below, Google can’t guarantee that the Pixel and Pixel XL will get Android version updates after October 2018 (thus two years after their initial launch). It also can’t guarantee that the two devices will receive security updates after October 2019 (3 years after launch). To be fair, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Android version updates …