Report: Galaxy Note 8 to launch earlier than expected, slowing S8 sales to blame

The Galaxy S8 duo was a big critical success for Samsung, as the radical visual redesign was met with mostly positive reception from consumers (though some of you will undoubtedly disagree). The problem is, this doesn’t seem to have translated to sales that well, according to a recent report straight from Korea. It seems that S8 sales have been slowing down faster than expected in the past month, only reaching 9.8 million units sold, while last year’s S7 duo surpassed 12 million in the same time span.

Which is why the company has now apparently revised …

Apple iPhone users more excited about the HomePod than they were about the Apple Watch launch

Apple’s version of the smart speaker, the HomePod, is expected to launch this December. The company hopes that it will be able to get the product to market in time to capture some holiday sales during the last month of this year. According to securities house Raymond James, the HomePod is garnering more excitement from the Apple faithful than the Apple Watch did when the wearable was launched on April 24th, 2015.

Raymond James sent out a note to clients on Friday saying that according to its data, 14% of iPhone owners plan on purchasing a HomePod. A similar survey it took prior to the release …

Manual for Samsung's Android powered flip phone (SM-G9298) leaks indicating an imminent launch

In China today the manual for the SM-G9298 leaked. This is an Android powered smart “flip” phone that was recently certified in China by the TENAA regulatory agency. There are a pair of 4.2-inch displays, each one carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 821 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage.

A 12MP camera is found on back with a 5MP selfie snapper in front. Keeping the lights on is a 2300mAh battery, and Android 6.0.1 (!!!) is pre-installed. The SM-G9298 is available in your favorite …

Anker-backed startup to launch super-tough, fully wireless smart earphones

If you’ve been into smartphones for a while, you’ve probably heard of Anker. It’s a company that provides a wide array of phone accessories, from car chargers to protectors, stands, and even quality cables. It has also dipped its toes in portable audio in the past but now it seems to be going all out.

Anker has provided a business incubator for a startup called Zolo, which will be focusing on smart, wireless headphones — wearables, which the company endearingly calls “hearables”. The first product to come out from Zolo is the Liberty+ — a set of wireless earbuds …

HMD to launch new Nokia feature phone, here are the first official pictures

The new Nokia 3310 has already been released in many markets, but this might not be the only feature phone HMD plans to launch this year. While we know the Finnish company is likely to introduce 6 or 7 new handsets by the end of 2017, we don’t know how many smartphones and feature phones are part of HMD’s lineup.

Thanks to some pictures that have been recently published by TENAA, the Chinese regulatory commission, we know HMD will be launching another feature phone in the coming months. The phone doesn’t have a name yet, and no details about its specs or price are available yet.

The …

WSJ: Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 7 (FE) on July 7

Samsung has been rumored to bring the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 to market sometime in early July, but the South Korean company did not make any official statements regarding the subject.

The Korean media reported earlier this month that Samsung could introduce the Galaxy Note 7 FE (Fandom Edition) on July 7. Well, it looks like Wall Street Journal has it from trusted sources that the Galaxy Note 7 FE will indeed hit the shelves on July 7.

However, the smartphone will only be available for purchase in South Korea. No more than 400,000 units will be spread …

BlackBerry KEYone pre-orders sell out in Japan; phone to launch on June 29th

With the BlackBerry KEYone set for a June 29th launch in Japan, pre-orders of the phone have sold out in the country. Actually, it took about an hour for the Android flavored handset to find a buyer for every unit up for pre-order. BlackBerry Mobile is offering the latest ‘Berry through a partnership with Fox. Inc. and Caseplay. On the latter’s website, the KEYone is listed at a price of 69,800 Japanese Yen, which translates into $623.41 USD at current exchange rates.

Despite the sell out, those interested in the KEYone are being told that they can still register their interest in the handset …

Facebook to launch new app aimed at video creators later this year

As part of an update to Mentions that will be released in the coming months, Facebook plans to introduce a new app targeting video creators. Just like Facebook Live, the new app will make its debut inside Mentions later this year.

The announcement was made at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. The new update will add a new Community tab that will allow video creators to connect with their Facebook, Instagram and Messenger followers much easier.

Also, the app will feature special tools aimed at video makers that will allow them to add intros …

Una the dog was the best part of the OnePlus 5 launch event

So the OnePlus 5 just got announced, with what one might be tempted to call a somewhat boring presentation. The prerecorded keynote was a bit of a slow, lethargic experience, similar in tone to last year’s 3T event. But not everything was bad. In fact, there were a couple of brief but very welcome moments of bliss, when she appeared. No, not American supermodel and OnePlus spokesperson Emily Ratajkowski.
We’re talking about Una.
The red-coated Shiba Inu, a mainstay of OnePlus’ marketing, made an appearance at the event, and actually …

Apple and Ikea to launch an AR furniture app this fall

Tech Titan Apple and furniture purveyor Ikea are working together to produce an AR app. According to Michael Valdsgaard, Leader of Digital Transformation at Inter Ikea, “This will be the first augmented reality app that will enable you to make buying decisions.” As such, it is a very important time in the development of AR as a tool. The app will allow users to try out virtual furniture at home, and possibly even make the purchase from inside the app.

The app is expected to launch this fall, and Valdsgaard says that it will debut with 500 to 600 products inside the app. After that, any …