Samsung has delayed the Galaxy Note 9 by two weeks due to a design change

After a previous report claimed Samsung was aiming for a late July unveiling for the Galaxy Note 9, a new one from The Bell now states that this is no longer the case due to a last-minute design change.

As noted, it appears Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jan-Yong visited a number of local stores in Shenzhen to check out competing smartphones and, upon doing so, the Chairman is said to have realized that other smartphones offer an increased feeling of grip. In light of this, Lee Jan-Yong reportedly spoke to Samsung’s engineers in the hope fixing this issue by reducing the thickness of the Galaxy …

Razer Phone Android 8.1 Oreo update rollout on hold due to issues

Razer announced a while ago that it will not offer an Android 8.1 Oreo update to those who bought the Razer Phone, which comes with Nougat on board. However, the company promised the smartphone will be updated directly to Android 8.1 Oreo at some point.

True to its promise, Razer started the Android 8.1 Oreo rollout two weeks ago, but the update has yet to reach some markets. Unfortunately, things don’t look so good for Razer Phone owners in the UK, as one carrier announced the update has been delayed.

According to UK carrier Three, Razer confirmed that Android 8.1 Oreo for Razer …

Google Pixel XL may overcharge due to an Android 8.1 bug

If a phone has been on the market for almost two years, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all bugs have been eliminated or that it won’t ever get new ones. The best example for that has to be the Google Pixel XL, which has been plagued by issues ever since its inception in late 2016. After it got the Android 8.1 update, some users on Reddit have reported their Pixel XL was overcharging, taking more power than it normally should.

The bug occurs when charging the Pixel XL with the supplied charging cable. Reportedly, the smartphone sometimes will pull 25W (9V/2.8A), instead of the …

Due to Apple iPhone X production cuts, Samsung faces a glut of OLED production capacity?

Because Apple announced that the average revenue per iPhone unit sold during the fiscal first quarter was higher than expected, it appeared that the iPhone X was selling better than believed. Prior to the earnings release, every other day we would get conflicting reports on how the tenth anniversary model was selling. This quarter, Apple has apparently scaled back production of its $1,000 handset, but whether the cut is as deep as feared is unknown.

A report recently published by Japan’s Nikkei says that Samsung has been hurt by Apple’s decision to cut production of the iPhone X. Samsung …

Facebook to give its users new privacy tools due to a new European law

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO

Well-known social media website – Facebook, is about to give its users more control over their personal data. What’s the cause of that sudden act of kindness towards us, the consumers, you might ask? Well, the newest European law named General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR for short), that will take charge as of May. Its main goal is to give users more control over their own data and how it’s being used. 

“We’re rolling out a new privacy center globally …

What? Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to cease production of the iPhone X by mid-2018 due to low demand

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI’s chief analyst that has a pretty good track record when it comes to almost anything Apple-related, Apple’s iPhone X is not quite the bestseller the company hoped for, being on the verge of merely selling 18 million units for the first quarter of 2018, which is a lowly number by Apple standards and an extremely lowly one considering what a change of heart the phone introduced. That’s well-below many analysts’ initial forecasts of 20 to 30 million iPhone X sales.

For Q2 2018, Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to sell around 13 million iPhone X devices.
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Xiaomi pulls Android 8.0 Oreo update for Mi A1 due to performance issues

The last day of 2017 brought a nice gift for Xiaomi customers using a Mi A1 smartphone, as the handset maker started pushing out the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update. Unfortunately, the update seems to have been rushed to meet the deadline announced by Xiaomi a while ago.

Now, Xiaomi announced that due to the many issues experienced by Mi A1 owners who updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, they are putting the roll-out on hold until they fix these bugs.

It appears that Xiaomi Mi A1 users reported many problems after the update, including issues with the camera, dialer …

Huawei lost AT&T and Verizon due to political pressure, but gains Wonder Woman

China is pretty miffed that Huawei’s deal with Verizon and AT&T to include the excellent Mate 10 line in their carrier roster fell through at the last minute, and is not mincing words about it. “The US is very worried about the impact in the US from the growth of China’s hi-tech industry. It is worried that Chinese companies will transfer US technology through mergers and acquisitions. China should contemplate countermeasures…,” chimed in He Weiwen, who used to work at the Chinese consulate’s business wing in New York.

Huawei’s first major carrier deals were nipped …

Cortana's music recognition feature not working any longer due to Groove Music closure

If you have a device that uses Cortana, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised to know that the music recognition functionality will not work anymore. Microsoft announced last year that it will shut down its Groove Music streaming service at the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Cortana’s music recognition functionality has been retired, Microsoft recently confirmed. Even so, if you’re using Cortana on a smartphone, there are plenty of alternatives that some would say that make a better job.

It’s unclear whether or not this feature will make a comeback to Cortana …

Faster iPhone X delivery times due to improved production, not weak demand

With Apple iPhone X delivery times down to 1 to 2 weeks on new orders, the reason for the quicker delivery times depends on your world view. If you’re not an Apple fan, you say that delivery times are dropping because no one is buying the phone. If you’re an Apple fan, you might take the opinion that Apple has finally figured out to produce the tenth anniversary model at a faster pace.

A research note sent to KGI Securities clients last week by top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo takes the latter position and says that the faster iPhone X production has allowed Apple to as much as triple the …