Samsung Galaxy S8 powered by the Exynos 8895 SoC, breaks the 7000 ceiling at Geekbench for multi-core score

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are considered among the top two Android handsets currently available. Each model has two different variants based on the chipset employed. In the U.S., the two flagship phones feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset carrying an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. Elsewhere, the home grown Exynos 8895 SoC is under the hood, carrying an octa-core CPU and the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU.

Today, the Exynos 8895 SoC powered Galaxy S8 was put through the Geekbench benchmark test, and the multi-core score of 7101 was one of the highest results ever seen on a smartphone. …


Seven Moto devices receive their Wi-Fi certification; all seven are powered by the MT6737 SoC

Seven Moto handsets, each powered by the MediaTek MT6737 chipset and running Android 7.0 or 7.1.1, have received their Wi-Fi certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The seven model numbers include the XT1770, XT1772, XT1773, XT1724, XT1725, XT1726 and XT1721. The MediaTek 6737 SoC is a power sipping chip that uses less than half the usual amount of energy to run GPS based features. It also slices energy use by 33% for gaming and video. It is equipped with a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720 MP GPU. The chip supports 3GB of LPDDR3 and LPDDR2 RAM.

So as you can see, these seven models are not going …

T-Mobile's 5G vision is largely powered by Nokia

Earlier this week, T-Mobile announced that it is planning on building a nationwide 5G network using some of the 600MHz spectrum it won at the FCC auction. Playing a large role in the build out of the next-gen pipeline will be Nokia. In a press release, the latter let it be known that it will be supporting the network migration that will move T-Mobile’s ever growing number of 4G subscribers onto the new frontier when the time is ready.

Using T-Mobile’s low-frequency airwaves and Nokia’s radios and antennas, the pair will give consumers the opportunity to access this enhanced mobile broadband …

The unannounced Samsung Z4, powered by Tizen, receives its Wi-Fi certification

Just the other day, we told you that the already released Samsung Z2, with Tizen 2.4 inside, had been certified by the FCC. This would seem to indicate that the Z2 will soon be making its way to the states. But Samsung has a more up to date Tizen powered phone in the works. The Samsung Z4, featuring Tizen 3.0, has just received its Wi-Fi certification. The model number listed on the certification is SM-Z400Y/DS, which indicates that there will also be a Dual SIM (DS) variant of the handset.

Previous rumors revealed that the Z4 will offer 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (single band). …

Samsung's Windows powered 12-inch Galaxy Book launches via Verizon on April 21st

At MWC this year, Samsung didn’t introduce the Samsung Galaxy S8 (unless you count a quick video teaser as an introduction). The company did unveil the Samsung Galaxy Book. This is a 2-in-1 tablet that comes with Windows 10 inside. The device is available in two sizes (10.6-inches and 12-inches) and with two different forms of connectivity, LTE and Wi-Fi. Starting April 21st (this coming Friday) you will be able to pick up the device from Verizon Wireless. The nation’s largest carrier will be offering the larger 12-inch LTE model of the Galaxy Book for $1,299.99. Both size devices feature a snap-on …

Google is testing UI changes for the Android powered YouTube app

Google is apparently testing some changes to be implemented on the Android powered YouTube app. Instead of offering picture-in-a-picture, the new UI includes a “floating” bar on bottom that comes with options to play or pause. It also allows the user to close the app without having to swipe it away. This is the third UI change being tested this month for the Android version of the app; all three will apparently be added via a server-side update.

Besides the aforementioned change, another one shows snapshots from the video you’re watching based on where you tap on the seek bar. This is a …

Microsoft's Cortana powered Harman Kardon smart speaker is called the Invoke?

One of the most innovative new products of the last few years has been the Amazon Echo. This is a smart speaker that features cloud based personal assistant Alexa. The Echo led Google to come up with Google Home, which features Google Assistant inside. Last year, we told you that Microsoft was going to make its own smart speaker that would come with Cortana playing the role of virtual assistant. A Harman Kardon speaker will bring outstanding sound quality to the device.

Two months ago, the product received its Wi-Fi Alliance certification, and now we might have a name for the smart speaker. …

Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update

It might not come as a surprise to you, and you probably didn’t give it a second thought, but the Windows 10 Creators Update is not going to be available for all Windows 10 Mobile powered devices. Being put out to pasture are units like the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 830 and the Nokia Lumia 1520. These three models are over two-years old, which means that they will not be receiving the Creator’s Update. These handsets will be limited to patches and cumulative updates.

The list of handsets that will receive the mobile version of the Windows 10 Creators Update include:

Alcatel Idol …

A new Android powered BlackBerry tablet could be coming soon

BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke to analysts today via conference call following the release of the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings report. BlackBerry reported profits on an adjusted basis of 4 cents a share, topping forecasts of a breakeven quarter. During his chat with the Wall Street prognosticators, Chen made everyone’s ears perk up when he said that BlackBerry is moving into the second phase of its licensing program. He noted that one of BlackBerry’s partners is very interested in building an Android powered slate, and as a result “you may soon see a BlackBerry tablet,”  Chen said.

The …

The Movado Connect, powered by Android Wear 2.0, is expected to launch this coming Fall


Luxury watch maker Movado has introduced its first Android Wear 2.0 timepiece, the Movado Connect. With a crystal display that is nearly edge-to-edge, the dial used on the above promotional render shows an uncluttered screen with the iconic single dot replacing the number 12. But that is only one of the 100 watch faces that the Connect will launch with. Each face includes the single dot design and offers “brilliant new color, dimension, complication, details and day to night transformation.” The device does feature an “always-on screen,” and its support of NFC means that Android Pay is enabled …