LG could launch an "Icon" smartphone and an "Iconic" smartwatch

Last week, we heard that LG was considering rebranding its G
series of flagship phones. However, this might not happen with this year’s
flagship, as new reports are suggesting that the handset will be called LG G7 –
just as expected, since it’s succeeding the G6 of 2017. Nevertheless, LG has already
thought about some new smartphone names, and while it may not use these anytime soon, it made sure to trademark some of
them.

 

According to the database of USPTO (the United States Patent
and Trademark Office), this month, LG filed trademarks for the following
smartphone names: LG Icon, LG Aicon, …


Google to launch Echo Show competitors in partnership with JBL, Lenovo, Sony, LG, and other major companies

Facing incredibly tough competition from Amazon, and with Apple’s HomePod on the horizon, Google announced that Google Assistant will be making its way to a wide range of smart home speakers made by different manufacturers in 2018. Major tech companies, including Bang & Olufsen, Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Lenovo, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio, SōLIS, and Sony are reportedly on board and will be producing their own smart speakers powered by Google’s AI Assistant.

What’s more interesting is that JBL, …

Rose Pink Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch in the UK

Last June, Samsung announced Rose Pink color options for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it was initially available exclusively in South Korea and Taiwan, with the promise that it would make its way over to Europe later in 2017. Well, Samsung missed the deadline by a hair (or two), but the rose-colored S8 and S8+ are finally launching in Europe  albeit only in the UK at the time being.
The new color variation, which Samsung describes as “inspired by nature,” “sophisticated and modern,” joins the existing color lineup of Arctic Silver, Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and …

AT&T to launch a real mobile 5G network by the end of 2018

AT&T is planning to launch a mobile 5G network that will comply with the recently approved 5G New Radio (NR) specifications. In its press release, the US carrier states that the service will be available in 12 cities by the end of this year, but it hasn’t specified the names of those markets or which devices will get upgraded to the higher speeds first.
Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T Technology and Operations, has commented on the developments:

5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment. We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile …

It's true, Samsung Galaxy S9 will launch with the new DeX Pad

We reported last month that Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9 will come with a brand new Dex Pad. Obviously, customers will be able to purchase the accessory separately, but we can’t help but wonder whether or not Samsung and/or some retailer won’t run some promotions that will offer the Galaxy S9 bundled with the DeX Pad.

In any case, it looks like that rumor was pretty accurate since we’ve just learned that Samsung trademarked the DeX Pad name in Europe. Filed on December 29, the application comes in time for a Mobile World Congress (MWC) reveal …

Would you like Apple to launch a gold iPhone X? (poll results)


Apple is currently selling the iPhone X in just two color
variants (silver and space gray), but there have been plenty of rumors about a
gold version of the handset.

 

Before Apple got to announce the iPhone X, well-connected analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned that, due to unspecified production problems, the
company might release a gold variant of the phone sometime after the silver
and space grey models. Since then, we haven’t seen any new info about this, so
there’s no way of telling if a gold iPhone X will ever be available to buy. But
we were curious to know what you, our readers, thought …

Would you like Apple to launch a gold iPhone X?


Earlier this year, before Apple officially announced the
iPhone X, various rumors had it that the company would launch a gold version
of the new handset. As you likely know, that didn’t happen, so the iPhone X
currently comes in only two color variants: silver and space gray. Meanwhile,
both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (announced at the same time with the iPhone
X) have gold versions, in addition to space gray and silver ones.

 

So why wouldn’t the iPhone X come in gold, too? According to
a previous report, well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple had encountered
unspecified …

HTC to launch fewer smartphones in 2018, including a mid-range version of U11+

HTC is having a hard time, especially after selling most of its mobile staff to Google. Even so, the Taiwanese company plans a comeback in the smartphone business, but that might not happen in 2018.

According to industry sources, HTC will launch a limited number of smartphones in 2018. The company’s R&D and marketing efforts will focus on a single flagship and a few mid-range Android smartphones, which will be released next year.

To improve its presence in the mid-range segment, HTC plans to release a water-down version of the HTC U11+ in January 2018, …

Xiaomi in talks with carriers to launch flagship smartphones in the US

Apparently, Apple lost significant market share in China to local smartphone markers, and things aren’t going to improve in the near future, quite the contrary. Huawei is reportedly negotiating with US carriers the launch of its newest flagship, the Mate 10 Pro.

Huawei’s high-end smartphone is likely to arrive in the United States at AT&T and Verizon, but only if talks end successfully for all part involved. The Mate 10 Pro is meant to compete with Samsung and Apple at the top-tier, which means fewer sales for these companies.

Now, rumor has it that Xiaomi …

Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year

Amazon’s category creating Amazon Echo first was offered widely in the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Since then, the combination of a speaker and a virtual assistant has become such a big hit that almost every major consumer tech company has developed a smart speaker of its own. Google has Google Home featuring Google Assistant, and the Microsoft Invoke is equipped with Cortana. The Apple HomePod, now expected to launch early next year, carries Siri, and Sony’s smart speaker will come with Google Assistant.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Samsung was going to produce a smart …