Android manufacturers now prefer 3D sensing, Face ID over a fingerprint reader embedded under glass?

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the top analysts in the business right now (and certainly one of the most quoted). According to Kuo, the introduction of the Apple iPhone X last month has Android manufacturers shifting their focus from trying to figure out how to embed a fingerprint scanner under the display, to how they can make a version of the TrueDepth camera with 3D scanning and facial recognition for their upcoming Android models.

Ironically, this comes after both Samsung and Apple spent months trying to get their respective fingerprint scanners to work while embedded under the …


First Huawei Mate 10 Pro photos show off its glass back and tall display in action

Huawei has a whole bunch of Mate 10-branded devices on the horizon, but you’d be excused for only ever hearing about one of them, the Mate 10 Pro. With its tall, nearly bezel-less design, the Pro is the device that most closely follows 2017’s biggest smartphone trend, so it’s no surprise leakers are so focused on it.

But while we’ve seen both the promotional materials and the official renders, the classic in-hand potatocam shot has so far eluded us. But thanks to a user of Chinese social media Weibo, this has just changed:
Unfortunately, …

Results: poll says we rarely get to enjoy our glass phones

So, flagships nowadays will very often have glass backs. One reason for that is the wireless charging feature, which is slowly becoming a standard. The second is simply for the bling.

Every smartphone fan has their opinion on glass backs, but we think it’s fair to say that the community has a love-hate relationship with the material. It looks great, it feels luxurious but gathers grease faster than a burger restaurant’s kitchen tiles. Some don’t mind as they use the device with a case anyway. Others will slap a “skin” on the phone and forget about the glass back. There …

How do you care for your phone's glass back?

In 2017, we have flagships that are decked out in terms of hardware and wrapped in premium-feeling materials — that’s the base you need if you want to survive in this oversaturated, cutthroat market. Wireless charging is now a standard feature — from Samsung, to LG, to Apple’s iPhones — and while some do it via proprietary magnetic connectors, like the new Essential Phone, most accomplish it through good old inductive charging. And that latter one requires glass backs.

Every smartphone fan has their opinion on glass backs, but we think it’s fair to say that the …

Best film and glass screen protectors for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple raised the prices for replacing a broken screen on your iPhone, and the new 8 and 8 Plus will set you back $149 and $169, respectively. That’s twenty bucks more than what Apple used to charge for the screen swaps on its latest iPhones, so if you know you can’t be bothered caring for your phone, better put a case on it… and a screen protector. 

Granted, Apple says it is using its toughest ever glass both for the screen cover layer, and for the chassis, but until drop tests definitely prove the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hard nuts to crack, …

Shatterless screen? Yesterday's news! Motorola is working on a display glass that heals itself!

Motorola’s Moto Z Force family of devices is famous for donning the ShatterShield display, or to put it simple — for being shatter-proof. It’s a panel that’s not made out of glass, but a plastic polymer. Sure, it scratches easily, but throw the phone on the pavement as much as you like, the screen will not break.

But Moto is working on improving the technology further. A recently discovered patent, which has been granted to Motorola, shows a new “smart glass” technology, which will have the phone repair its screen should it take any damage.

The invention …

An Phone 8 and 7s Plus mockups get sized up on video, shiny glass backs and all

An iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 walk into a bar, and the resulting fight is between the legacy Apple design that millions of people are accustomed to and don’t want changed much (for example, having a home Touch ID button), and the future of the company’s handsets. The iPhone 8 will allegedly prime Apple fans for what’s coming down the pipe – edgeless OLED screen handsets with multiple cameras and 3D sensors ready for the AR era – while the 7s and 7s Plus will aim to make the transition smoother. 

That’s not to say that the 7s and 7s Plus won’t get …

iPhone 7s Plus dummy unit captured in live pictures shows its shiny glass back side

With probably about a month away from the official reveal of Apple’s new iPhones, leaked information and images continue to add to the puzzle, so it won’t be long until we can see the bigger picture here.

Speaking of pictures, it looks like an iPhone 7s Plus dummy unit has been captured in live images. One of the smartphones that will be announced by Apple in September, the iPhone 7s Plus has a glass back instead of “standard” aluminum.

The overall design of the iPhone 7s Plus is not much different from the current model, although we aren’t offered a look …

Gorgeous Pixel XL 2 concept envisions less rear glass, more LG styling

Judging from this new Google Pixel XL 2 concept video, the phone could look a lot like the LG G6, and that would come as no surprise given the rumors that LG may be the company charged with its production. 
The author of the imagery claims that the display will come from LG, too, and reiterates the rumors that the Pixel XL 2 may sport dual speakers, shrunk top and bezels (not all-screen, though), and would use less glass on the back. The phone should be top-notch in terms of specs, Snapdragon 835 and all, and it is showcased here an a bevy …

This giant Macbook-shaped roof will cover Apple’s new glass box store in Chicago

The construction of the new Apple store by the riverfront in Chicago has been underway for some time now. Designed by London firm Foster+Partners, the new store is nothing short of an innovative architectural decision. The store’s shape and looks remind of a Macbook, due to the metallic roof and the lid-shaped profile; but a large white Apple logo that construction workers rolled on top of the roof yesterday, erased any doubt of whether the finished building will resemble an Apple laptop.

Apple is moving its store from 679 N. Michigan Ave. to its new location that stretches from Pioneer …