Some of Sony's older wireless headphones, earbuds will receive Google Assistant support via OTA

Sony revealed a bunch of new wireless Bluetooth earbuds at CES 2018 just the other day, with a couple of these coming with built-in support for the Google Assistant, namely the WF-SP700N and WI-SP600N earbuds. Well, at least the support is there, but the actual Google Assistant will arrive at a later date with an software update.

That same software update will obviously transcend to some older Sony headphones and earbuds, as the company is on track to bring this trendy new Google Assistant functionality to its last-year tongue-twisters, the WF-1000X, WI-1000X, WH-1000XM2, WH-CH700N, …


Samsung and LG also confirm they do not slow down phones with older batteries

Two of the biggest Android phone makers – Samsung and LG – have just confirmed that they do not slow down phones with older batteries, a tactic that Apple has admitted it uses on some iPhones with aging batteries to prevent them from unexpected shutdowns.
In emails to PhoneArena the companies denied ever reducing the speed of the processor in its phones and LG explicitly committed it “never will” do slow down its phones.
Here are the official comments by the two companies:
LG Electronics, Inc.: …

Apple sued for slowing down iPhones with older batteries

Apple is getting sued for “purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out”. A lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas. 

The plaintiffs claim that Cupertino’s decision to implement power management features that can affect the performance of an iPhone presents a breach of contract, as Apple has failed to properly inform the user or obtain consent prior to making these changes. Here’s what the filing reads:

Defendant …

Apple admits it artificially slows down iPhones with older batteries

Apple has admitted that it artificially slows down iPhones with older batteries – even some iPhones with less than 1 year on their battery clock – to prevent them from even more serious issues like unexpected shutdowns. Apple admitted to this in a bureaucratic, corporate speak, saying that this is a “feature” it introduced “to smooth out the instantaneous peaks”, which in simple terms simply means that it is slowing down the iPhone processor.
The company kept this a secret from the public for nearly a year, but a recent user investigation on Reddit …

Here's why your older iPhone may get slower over time

One of the major annoyances in the tech world is when your device, be it a smartphone or a computer, gets slower and slower as time passes by. Leaving aside the notion of planned obsolescence, there are various reasons as to why the performance of a device may worsen over time. For example, if your laptop gets clogged with dust, this could prevent the heat from properly dissipating into the heat sink, causing the machine to run hot and consequently to reduce its CPU speed to prevent it from overheating. This can indeed lead to slowdowns, but then there’s the software side …

iOS 11 installation rate reaches 59 percent, adoption lagging behind older versions

iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now installed on 59% of iOS devices. The latest information comes from statistics that were shared on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. 
This number is rather impressive, especially when compared to the adoption rate of Android Oreo (0.3% distribution as of November 9th). Still, we have to note that the adoption of iOS 11 is slower than what we’ve seen in previous years. For comparison, iOS 9 was running on 67% of devices by mid-November 2015, while iOS 10 …

Snapdragon 845 tipped to use older 10nm production, bummer for the US-bound Galaxy S9

It’s been a familiar refrain for years now – the US gets a Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy S line flagship, because… Qualcomm patents, but also Verizon and Sprint’s legacy CDMA voice networks. The rest of the world, however, usually basks in the battery life efficiency coming with Samsung’s homebrew Exynos line of processors, and often the added benefit of a better audio processor.

Next year, with the introduction of the eventual Galaxy S9 and S9+, we thought that the roles may get reversed. Samsung just announced that its second-generation 10nm LPP processors are entering mass production, …

iOS 11 update has slowed down older iPhones (Poll Results)

The Apple iOS 11 software update was one of the biggest changes to the system, bringing a lot of new functionality and a brand new Control Center to iPhones, but initial reports by many suggest one thing: it has made older iPhones (iPhone 7 and earlier) stutter and run very slowly.
To double-check whether this is indeed true for the majority of users, we asked you, our readers, to share your impressions with your iPhones after the iOS 11 update and the results of the poll are in: the overwhelming majority of users of older iPhones do notice …

Benchmarking tests reveal that Apple is not slowing down older iPhone models

One of the latest rumors making its way throughout the Apple iPhone community is that Apple deliberately slows down the performance of older iPhone models every time the newest versions of the handset are released. This apparently occurs when the latest iOS build is installed on these older phones. We can use some anecdotal evidence to see that consumers believe that this rumor is true. After all, every time a new version of the iPhone is released, Google searches for “iPhone slow” rises sharply. The theory is that Apple does this in order to give existing iPhone owners a reason to dump their current …

Pixel 2 XL to have tiny bezels all around, while Pixel 2 said to stick with older design

Google is rumored to unveil its second generation Pixel phones on October 5th, exactly one year after the launch of the original Pixel, and we already know that the phones will be powered by the yet unannounced Snapdragon 836 system chip, a slightly faster chip than the 835 that is currently found on most Android flagships.

A bezel-less screen expected for the Pixel 2 XLInterestingly, we now learn that the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL might be very different phones in one important aspect: while leaked pictures of the smaller Pixel 2 show …