Samsung re-introduces the Galaxy Folder 2 with a model for its hometown market

Samsung’s Galaxy Folder 2 offers the mid-range Android experience in a flip phone. Already unveiled in China last September, Samsung re-introduced the model today in its home country of South Korea. There is but one screen on the model, which means that you have to open it up every time you use the device. Still, that allows you to look cool by using that nonchalant single hand flip close, which also results in that satisfying sound made when the device is shut.

The Galaxy Folder 2 uses a T9 “keyless” pad which is made of a smooth surface with the keys outlined on top. A social app key places …


Archos unveils four new Android smartphones for the European market

French Android OEM Archos has just announced the upcoming availability of four new smartphones for the European market: Diamond Gamma, Diamond Alpha, Sense 55S, and Sense 50X.

All four will be launched on the market this summer during of the month of July. The most expensive of the four, Archos Diamond Alpha will cost €299 (after a cash discount of €50), while the Archos Sense 55S will be available for purchase for €249 outright.

Next in line, Archos Diamond Gamma is priced to sell for €199, whereas the cheapest of the four, the rugged Sense 50X will be up …

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ named top smartphones on the market by Consumer Reports

Ths Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the current top smartphones money can buy, well ahead of all the competition, claims testing publication Consumer Reports.

Samsung’s latest flagships have secured the two top spots on CR’s list thanks to their beautiful design, great battery life, vibrant displays, and “stunning” cameras.

The outlet’s findings, after rigorous testing, also indicate that the S8 and S8+ are among the toughest high-end smartphones, successfully passing a dunk tank test, which was last year failed by the rugged S7 Active. As far as all-glass, …

With the smart speaker market getting crowded, Google Home is the subject of a new ad

With the announcement earlier this week that Apple will be selling a smart speaker called the Apple HomePod, it adds another player to a market that is suddenly overflowing with manufacturers. Amazon, which introduced the category with 2014’s Echo, recently introduced a model called Echo Show that features a touchscreen. While Apple ‘s new device won’t be launched until December, the Harman Kardon Invoke, which includes Microsoft’s Cortana AI assistant, will be released this fall.

At last count, Amazon owns a 70.6% share of the smart speaker market. Google Home is second with a 23.8% …

Image of Coral Blue Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ for U.S. market surfaces

In the U.S., the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are available in Midnight Black. Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver. Today, reliable source Evan Blass (@evleaks) sent out a tweet that included an image of both phones dressed in Coral Blue. Blass says that this color is heading to U.S. versions of the two handsets, although no time frame for its stateside release was mentioned. Also, while you most likely will find this new color for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ offered on Samsung’s website, it isn’t known yet which carriers and retailers in the U.S. will stock it.

You might recall that …

Android Wear market share surpassed by Samsung's Tizen, Apple Watch still king of the hill

In a surprising twist, Samsung’s Tizen OS for wearables – prominently featured in the Gear S3 and S2 smartwatches – has surpassed Android Wear’s market share. This has been revealed by a Strategy Analytics report where global smartwatch shipments and share for the past four years have been tracked. Granted, Tizen (19%) only has a 1% headway over Android Wear (18%), but it is what it is.

While Samsung smartwatches are clearly selling better than any Android Wear ones, Apple has more than half of the market for itself with a 57% share for watchOS, exclusive to the …

Amazon has over 70% of the U.S. smart speaker market; call capable models coming?

Considering that the Amazon Echo was the first device in the category, it really is no surprise that Amazon has a huge share of the smart speaker market in the U.S.. For those of you not familiar with the product, the smart speaker combines, well, a speaker with an AI personal assistant. The Echo combines its speaker with the Alexa virtual assistant. Google Home includes a speaker that integrates with Google Assistant. Microsoft’s upcoming Invoke will match a premium Harman Korman speaker with Cortana. And Apple is rumored to be prepping one for introduction at WWDC next month that will feature …

LG G6 finally makes its way to the European market

LG has rather a tough time competing in the premium smartphone marketplace, such is the dominance of Apple and Samsung. In an attempt to break the duopoly on higher-priced, feature-laden handsets, LG recently unveiled the new G6. Over the next few days, consumers in Europe will finally be able to get their paws on it. 

As we noted in our initial review of the G6, there’s not much about the device that can be faulted. However, with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 duo breathing down its neck while breaking pre-order records in both firms’ native South Korea, it’s clear that …

Google Areo is a new food delivery and home services app aimed at the Indian market

Quiet launches are typically not Google’s thing, but the company’s latest app seems to be an exception. A new Google-developed app by the name of Areo has popped up on the Play Store without any notice whatsoever, and it aims to provide a wide variety of home services for the Indian market under one roof.

Areo lets users order food from local joints, get in touch with service providers from their area (e.g. plumbing and cleaning companies), and schedule appointments in-app. Users can currently checkout by making a payment in-app (using netbanking or card) or opt …

Following the Galaxy S8 reveal, does the LG G6 actually stand a chance on the market?

It’s fair to say that last week was pretty much dominated by news about Samsung’s latest flagship offering, the Galaxy S8. But now that the dust has settled a bit, let’s take a second look at the other spring 2017 flagship out there – the LG G6.

Following the failure of the modular G5, LG’s mobile division desperately needed a winner, and its successor clearly proves it: the G6 is, for all intents and purposes, a conventional flagship, opting to offer a good all-around experience rather than rely on gimmicks like its predecessor. But is it, perhaps, a bit too conventional? …