Apple HomePod manufacturer sees facial recognition eventually coming to smart speakers

The company that assembles Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, said last week that it expects features offered by 3D-sensing cameras to eventually be available on smart speakers. That would include facial and image recognition that could make the product “more convenient and…easier to use,” according to Inventec Appliances president David Ho. The executive did say that he isn’t sure that a smart speaker with AI would be in demand by consumers.

While Ho didn’t mention Apple’s HomePod by name, he did say that Inventec Appliances is also producing a voice enabled smart speaker …


Apple iPhone X buyers will wait three weeks for the phone before switching to another manufacturer

Bernstein analyst Tony Sacconaghi said today on CNBC that if the tenth anniversary model of the Apple iPhone is delayed by a lengthy period of time, consumers are going to switch to a different phone manufacturer for a new handset. The tipping point, according to Sacconaghi, is a wait of three weeks. Any delay longer than that will have holiday shoppers thinking about switching brands away from Apple.

Apple has faced several production delays involving the so-called iPhone X, including problems with low yields on the OLED panels they received from suppliers. Apple needs to have these panels …

LG named as possible manufacturer of Google Pixel successor code-named "Taimen" [UPDATE]

New info regarding Google’s 2017 smartphone lineup surfaced yesterday, suggesting that the company may have scrapped its previous plans to release a direct successor to last year’s Pixel XL. For quite a while, we’ve been hearing that Google is in the process of testing three different models for this year’s Pixel lineup – successors to the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as a third, larger device. However, yesterday’s report suggests that Google may have dropped the XL successor altogether (previously rumored to be code-named “Muskie”), in order to shift its attention …

LG named as possible manufacturer of Google Pixel successor, code-named "Taimen"

New info regarding Google’s 2017 smartphone lineup surfaced yesterday, suggesting that the company may have scrapped its previous plans to release a direct successor to last year’s Pixel XL. For quite a while, we’ve been hearing that Google is in the process of testing three different models for this year’s Pixel lineup – successors to the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as a third, larger device. However, yesterday’s report suggests that Google may have dropped the XL successor altogether (previously rumored to be code-named “Muskie”), in order to shift its attention …

BlackBerry pushes out June security update for Android phones purchased from the manufacturer

A tweet sent out today from the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team (SIRT), indicates that the manufacturer has started rolling out the June security update for Android powered BlackBerry models that were purchased from the Shop BlackBerry website. Handsets bought from carriers or retailers will have to follow the update schedule conducted by those phone sellers. With BlackBerry focused on promoting its Android handsets as the most secure to employ the operating system, the company has made a strong effort to keep its security updates up-to-date.

The phones receiving the update include …

Canalys: Huawei ends Oppo's two quarter reign as China's top smartphone manufacturer

Analytical firm Canalys says that during the first quarter of this year, Huawei was the top smartphone manufacturer in China. That ended Oppo’s two quarter reign at the top. Still, it was a photo finish at the wire. From January through March, Huawei (pronounced “Wah-weigh”) shipped 21 million handsets in China resulting in a market share of 18% for the company. Oppo was right behind as it delivered a bit under 20 million units.

With shipments in the ballpark of 17 million for the first quarter, Vivo was in third place. Those three smartphone producers together accounted for half of all …