Sony reveals development of Xperia Home Android launcher will cease

Recently, Sony revealed that its Xperia Weather app would cease to receive feature updates going forward as part of cost-cutting measures within the brand’s mobile unit. Now, in what appears to have been yet another inevitable move, the ax has fallen on Sony’s own custom Android launcher, Xperia Home.

The team behind the launcher has revealed that a business decision at Sony has been taken that will see the launcher put into “maintenance mode.” This means it will no longer be updated with new features or updates, instead, Sony will simply resolve any important bugs or compatibility issues …


Samsung reported to have completed 7nm development six months ahead of schedule, could be used in Snapdragon 855

Samsung has finished the development of 7nm manufacturing technology six months ahead of schedule and the development process could be used for the next flagship phone chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

This is great news for phone enthusiasts as the manufacturing process has a great impact on the productivity and battery efficiency of a chip. Our battery test, showed a big, double digit improvement in battery life with the Snapdragon 835 system chip, the first flagship mobile chip built on the 10nm process. Samsung Electronics is expected to start manufacturing the new …

Motorola allegedly scraps the Moto X5, development of Moto Mods limited to only a few

Remember the news about the Moto X4 sequel that Motorola might launch at some point this year? We even had a picture of a prototype unit, so the leak was looking pretty solid at that time.

Unfortunately, it appears that Lenovo has decided to scrap the Moto X5 and not launch another X series phone going forward. AndroidPolice reports that despite the fact that Lenovo reduced Motorola’s workforce considerably, it’s still not enough to turn make the smartphone business profitable yet.

The canceling of the Moto X5 is the direct result of Lenovo’s strategy to cut costs. Moreover, Lenovo …

LG G7 development might have been restarted from scratch by LG CEO

According to a new report from South Korean outlet The Investor, LG’s VP and CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered the company’s mobile division to start work on its upcoming flagship device from scratch. Citing an anonymous LG official, following CES 2018 the team responsible for the development of the upcoming flagship device which might not be called the G7 after all has been instructed to cease the development and review the project from the ground up.

It seems that the development team received word on these recent developings promptly after LG’s CEO revealed that the company …

Samsung planning to sell 320 million smartphones in 2018, foldable phone in development

Samsung plans to sell as many smartphones in 2018 as it did in 2017: some 320 million phones. The information comes from Korean publication The Investor which cites leaked Samsung projections to suppliers.
With 320 million smartphones sold in 2018, Samsung will keep sales flat and the reason for this lack of growth is a saturated phone market, according to leaked information from the company.
Here are Samsung’s sales projections for 2018 by different types of devices:
320 million smartphones40 …

Samsung seems to be rushing the development of its foldable smartphone, but why?

With today’s leaked photo of ZTE’s foldable Axon M smartphone, a curious question sprung up in many people’s minds: in a foldable smartphone, which fold direction is the better one, inwards or outwards? While the only two implementations of the idea we can think of —  the Sony Tablet P (which is phone-sized by today’s standards, nevermind the name) and the Kyocera Echo — have used a design where the screens point to the inside when the device is closed, the Axon M does just the opposite.

And such a debate might not seem like that …

Samsung, Foxconn back a very ambitious wireless transfer technology, still in development

With technology becoming slimmer and lighter, all the while packing more and neater features and hardware, the need for ports and dongles is becoming a growing pain in everyone’s side. Manufacturers, obviously, push for fewer ports so that they can free up physical space in their devices, and look for wireless solutions, often forcing the future upon the users with a courageous decision or two. This wouldn’t be such a problem if wireless connectivity was fast, stable, and easy, right?

Well, a company called Keyssa is working on a new tech standard for wireless transfers, …

New book reveals the inner secrets behind Apple's development of the iPhone


On January 9th, 2007 Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone and it is not hyperbole to say that things were never the same again. For many of our readers, that lone event turned them into big time smartphone fans. Even though there were smartphones available on January 8th, 2007, by the time the sun set over New York City on January 9th it seemed that everyone was talking about this new touchscreen smartphone from Apple.

If you remember those days, and the long wait until the June 29th 2007 launch of the device, you’ll be interested in a new book that will be released this coming …

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus reportedly in full scale development under code names Star and Star 2

Korean media The Bell reports that the Galaxy S8 successor is in full scale development at Samsung under the code name Star. A larger-screen model, possibly the Galaxy S9 Plus, is codenamed Star 2. That aside, there are two bits of new information regarding the Galaxy S9 in the report. First, the phone is said to have similar display technology to its predecessor. Thus, it likely won’t be the foldable phone that’s been rumored for so long, but rather a refinement of the Infinity Display design.

Second, Samsung has reportedly accelerated its component production …

Huawei and Google team up for the first Android development board, similar to the Raspberry Pi

Android developers had one serious problem that made their jobs much harder up until now – they had to develop software for the platform using hardware that’s completely different in just about any way. The community wanted an ARM-based development platform for quite some time now, hoping it would make things easier, and it finally has it.

Huawei has introduced the HiKey 960 board – an ARM-based development board that comes with all the essentials one would need. It employs Huawei’s latest octa-core processor – the Kirin 960 – complete with the Mali-G71 GPU, 32 …