Spectacles sequel could arrive as early as this week: report

Snap’s next generation Spectacles could be arriving this week. Just over a month ago it was reported that Snap Inc. was planning two new pairs of Spectacles despite lackluster sales of the original. In spite of the report claiming an autumn launch was on the cards for the second-generation wearable, though, a new report by Wired suggests Snap could reveal the new product within a matter of days.

Not much is known about the next generation Spectacles, but previous information points towards the improved product being a much more incremental update, with a focus on fixing bugs and speeding …


Fortnite for iOS rolling out slowly: register here for a chance at early access

Fortnite has taken the gaming community by storm and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. It was originally a zombie survivor / 3rd person shooter / tower defense mix that was pretty fun in its own right but wasn’t exactly blowing up. Then, the developer — Epic Games — decided it wanted a piece of that Battle Royale pie. You know — the genre that became massively popular thanks to PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds). So, Fortnite launched its own Battle Royale mode, which was separate from the main game and free to play.

With the development prowess of a major studio like Epic Games, …

Xiaomi plans to enter the US market by 2018's end or by early 2019

Xiaomi has been planning to start selling its smartphones in the United States for many years now, but the Chinese company never found the right moment to make such an important move.

It appears that this year Xiaomi is closer than ever to an expansion into the US smartphone market. A new report from Wall Street Journal cites Xiaomi’s Chairman Lei Jun, who said his company plans “to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.”

Xiaomi is the fourth largest handset maker in China and has already successfully launched its smartphones in India and other countries in Southeast …

Want to get your Samsung Galaxy S9 early? Reserve it right now

Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones will be available to pre-order starting March 2, with their official launch date set for March 16. It’s hard to foresee how popular the two phones will be at launch, but, if you want to make sure you’re among the first to get an S9 or S9+ in the US, you can do something about it right now. 
Samsung already allows US customers to reserve the Galaxy S9 and S9+, although this is valid only for the unlocked variants of the phones. You can make a reservation only on Samsung’s official website – see the source …

Google hardware designer reveals early Pixel 2 iterations

Despite the fact that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were manufactured by HTC and LG, the phones were fully designed Google. Ivy Ross, lead hardware designed at Google has just revealed some of the early iterations of the Pixel 2, which made its debut on the market back in October.

Currently, Ross is responsible for the design of all Google products, including the popular Home Mini, Daydream View, and Pixelbook. According to her, the most important design aspect for Google’s hardware is to make products that perfectly fit into our lives and homes.

I believe more time we spend in front …

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 …

Alcatel 5 with dual selfie cameras and metal body gets certified ahead of early 2018 unveiling

TCL is expected to unleash a new wave of Alcatel smartphones early next year. Based on previous experiences, the Chinese company usually introduces new handsets in late February at MWC (Mobile World Congress), but there’s a chance that a couple of Alcatel smartphones will be announced in early January at CES (Consumers Electronics Show).

One of the smartphones that will certainly be part of TCL’s new lineup is the Alcatel 5. The smartphone has just been certified at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which brings it one step closer to release.

The smartphone …

Tizen 3.0 update for Gear S3 halted in early December, Samsung now pushing out a revised version

Last month, Samsung introduced Tizen 3.0 – the latest version of its proprietary OS for wearables – for its Gear S3 smartwatch. The software upgrade brought a plethora of new features, but unfortunately, a lot of users reported that the battery life of their timepiece was noticeably shorter after upgrading. 

It looks like the tech giant has noticed the issue and is now taking action. Samsung Netherlands has stated that the initial rollout of Tizen 3.0 was halted in December due to the complaints received by users in North America. 
The …

Snapdragon 660-powered Nokia 6 successor rumored for early next year

A new rumor might put a smile on those who have been willing to jump on the Nokia 6 ship for a while but didn’t due to the fact that it’s a bit, how to put it lightly, underpowered courtesy of the power-efficient Snapdragon 430 chipset on deck. 
As it will very soon be time for Nokia to update its devices, a new rumor suggests that the successor to the Nokia 6 wil likely carry the much more capable octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset, which got announced in early 2017 and comprises 4x Kryo 260 cores running at 2.2GHz and another cluster of four Kryo 260s …

If you tried to get Apple Pay Cash to work on your iPhone, you're about a week too early

As you probably know by now, Apple was forced yesterday morning to release iOS 11.2 in order to eradicate a bug that was leading some iPhone models running iOS 11.1.2 to continuously crash in a loop. The units affected had certain apps installed that were set to push out local repeated reminders. The urgency of the situation forced the gang in Cupertino to go off schedule since iOS 11.2 wasn’t expected to launch until sometime this coming week.

Besides killing the December 2nd date bug, the iOS update includes enhanced stabilization for video recording, faster 7.5W wireless charging for …