AT&T begins testing intriguing new way of bringing high-speed internet to US and global users

AT&T has announced the launch of two field trials of its AirGig technology. AirGig is a system that can deliver low-cost, multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds using power lines. 

The telecom says that this new approach is much faster and economical than constructing new cell towers or burying fiber-optic cables in the ground, as AirGig works with low-cost plastic antennas and devices that can be installed on a power line by trained operators in just a few minutes. 
Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs …

Oreo rollout for Android Wear devices begins today, here's what's new

Google has been on a roll over the past week. After releasing the December security patch, Android Oreo 8.1, Android Oreo Go, and Chrome 63, the tech giant has now announced the rollout of Android Oreo for wearable devices. 

The update is perhaps smaller than some would have expected, but it does bring a few changes on board. Here’s the complete list of new features: 
Vibration settings for notifications – Normal, Long, and DoubleTouch lock feature allows users to disable touch-to-wake functionality. Useful …

Samsung begins mass-production of 512GB embedded storage solution, could we see it on the Galaxy S9?

Samsung made a rather interesting announcement today. The Korean tech giant revealed that it’s now mass-producing a 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution. A eUFS this big is a first for the industry, and Samsung says that it plans to use it on its next-gen smartphones and tablets. 
Jaesoo Han, executive VP of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics, has commented on the matter: 

The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones …

Judge Lucy Koh says she's tired of presiding over Apple v. Samsung; new trial begins on May 14th

Just the other day, we told you that after an appeals court ruling, the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung was being remanded to the Northern District of California. At issue is the amount of monetary damages that Samsung has to pay Apple. Originally coming in at over $1 billion, Samsung was able to get the award reduced to a more manageable $339 million. Samsung paid Apple that amount last year. But since the Supreme Court ruled that damages should be awarded based on the particular part infringed on, not on total sales of a handset, Samsung wanted a “do-over” to cut the damages …

T-Mobile begins Android 7.1.1 Nougat rollout for the original Samsung Galaxy J7

The original Galaxy J7 is the latest Samsung smartphone to receive the long-awaited Android Nougat update at T-Mobile. The US carrier has already published the changelog of the update, but there isn’t anything interesting mentioned there.

Although T-Mobile claims the Galaxy J7 (SM-J700T) is getting Android 7.0 Nougat update, the smartphone is being upgraded directly to Android 7.1.1. A security patch is included in the update as well, but we can’t say for sure whether it’s the one released by Google in September or October.

We can definitely say that you …

HTC U11 will get its Android 8.0 Oreo update before 2018 begins

Shortly after confirming that three of its smartphones will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, HTC today revealed that one of those handsets would receive the update starting the fourth quarter of the year (October – December). Unsurprisingly, the handset in question is the U11, HTC’s current flagship phone, launched in May with Android Nougat on board.

After being released for the U11, Android Oreo will be made available for the HTC U Ultra and HTC 10 (probably starting early 2018). Other HTC devices might also be updated to Android 8.0 at some point. However, for …

Foxconn reports disappointing quarter just before iPhone 8 era begins

For the company’s last three-month earnings report prior to the Apple iPhone 8 “era,” contract manufacturer Foxconn disappointed global financial professionals and investors by reporting lower than expected profits for the calendar second quarter. Foxconn is known for assembling various devices, none more famous or popular than the Apple iPhone. There is speculation that the tenth anniversary iOS handset, a premium model, is already undergoing mass production inside certain Foxconn facilities.

For the quarter ended in June, Foxconn reported net of $589 million USD. That is a 25% shortfall …

A new Google Now design begins to roll out to some Pixel phones

Android has been widely praised and preferred for the customizability of its looks. Nonetheless, there has been a fair share of smartphone users, especially those on the ‘other side’ (e.g. iOS users), who have argued that iOS still provides better and smoother visual experiences, albeit with limited options for custom-tweaking the UI. In this spirit, Google has seemingly kicked off an update to Google Now’s looks that certainly adds to the feature’s visual appeal and makes the screen look more like an extension to your home screen, rather than a whole new app window.

The update has started …

Google ends Android Nougat Beta program, confirms Android O beta begins soon

Google has just confirmed that the Android Nougat Beta Program is complete and that no new builds will be pushed to Pixel and Nexus devices in the future. But that doesn’t mean that your Google phone won’t receive any major OS update this year if not too old.

The search giant is already working hard to release the second Android O developer preview, which is expected to hit compatible Nexus and Pixel devices sometime in mid-May.

The closure the Android Nougat Beta Program marks beginning of a new chapter for Pixel and Nexus users, as Google announced that …

Skype begins testing an all-in-one app on Android offering native phone calls, SMS support & more

skype-mingo-android A new Skype application dubbed “Skype Mingo” has been spotted in the wild, offering Android users the ability to use Skype as the native calling app and contacts manager for their smartphone, while still being able to take advantage of Skype features like chat, file and photo sharing, video calls, and its new bots. The app, still in alpha testing according to Google Play, was… Read More

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