Picture of Acer's rumored Chrome OS powered tablet grabbed from now deleted tweet

Just the second day into 2018, we told you that Samsung was allegedly working on a Chrome OS powered tablet to be powered by a high end Intel processor. But Sammy’s Chrome OS powered slate might not end up being the first such device to hit the market. An image taken from a now deleted tweet shows an Acer tablet that is said to be running on Chrome OS. The picture was snapped by someone attending the Bett education and technology show in London, and tweeted yesterday.

Google has dropped hints in the past about allowing manufacturers to use Chrome OS on a variety of form factors, including …


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 …

The Mirabook is a shell of a laptop that can be powered by your Galaxy S8, Windows 10 Mobile, or Huawei Mate 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile may not be doing extremely well, but it has a small community of devout fans. The company managed to attract a lot of them with the productivity capabilities of its Lumia devices — the Continuum feature, for example, was an awesome jump forward for the mobile world when it was introduced in 2015.

Quick reminder — Continuum is the feature, which lets you plug a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your phone and use it as you would use a desktop PC, albeit limited to Windows native apps. This may sound familiar to Samsung’s DeX and Huawei’s …

Save 64% on the Windows 10 Mobile powered Alcatel Idol 4S from the Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store can save you $301 or a whopping 64% on the Windows 10 Mobile powered unlocked Alcatel Idol 4S. Normally priced at $470, you’ll be paying just $169 for the handset. Shipping, by the way, is free. Unfortunately, we don’t know how long this deal is good for. Before we continue, we should point out that there is some difference in the specs between this Windows 10 Mobile handset and the variant that runs on Android.

For example, the 5.5-inch AMOLED display on the Android version of the Idol 4S offers a resolution of 1440 x 2560 (QHD) versus the 1080 x 1920 resolution on the …

Do not factory reset your Android 8.1 powered handset, unless you want to brick it

Bricking a phone is never fun, and on Android 8.1 you could easily find yourself bricking your daily driver by simply performing a factory reset on the device. That is what happened to Tom Bolger. Tom had just updated his phone to Android 8.1, but forgot the PIN code for his handset. That left him with no choice but to do a factory reset. Honestly, most of us would rather have a Foley catheter inserted than factory reset our phones. But sometimes a smartphone owner has no choice.

The problem arose after Bolger’s phone had completed the factory reset. In the past, he would have been prompted …

Amazon said to be working on its first wearable device, Alexa powered smartglasses

We’ve often called 2017 the year of Alexa, as Amazon’s virtual personal assistant has riden the sharp growth in smart speakers this year to become a major player in tech. Originally found on the Amazon Echo, Alexa is now offered on smartphones like the HTC U11 and the U.S. version of the Huawei Mate 9. With the number of its “skills” on the rise, Alexa is trying to overtake Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana.

According to the Financial Times, who was tipped by someone in the know, Amazon is working on its first wearable device. This would be an Alexa powered pair of smartglasses that would …

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will be powered by Kirin 970

It’s officially confirmed: the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will run on the company’s latest and most powerful system chip, the Kirin 970.
The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will be unveiled in Munich, Germany on October 16th, and are expected to also feature an edge-to-edge, bezel-less screen to take on the best like Samsung’s Galaxy S and Note, the Apple iPhone 8, LG’s V30 and the rest.

The new Kirin 970 is about faster camera and better AI

Huawei has just taken the wraps off the new Kirin 970 chip …

Samsung Gear Sport could be the first wearable device powered by Tizen 3.0 OS

Samsung is expected to launch a new hybrid smartwatch sometime this year, but a full-fledged Gear S smartwatch has been confirmed for unveiling on August 30. The former is also known as Gear Sport and it’s supposed to combine elements of Samsung’s Gear S smartwatches and Gear Fit fitness bands.

As a matter fact, Samsung Gear Sport has already been certified by FCC (Federal Communications Commission), so it’s just a matter of time before the South Korean company makes it official.

Although not much is known about the wearable device, we now have one piece …

Manual for Samsung's Android powered flip phone (SM-G9298) leaks indicating an imminent launch

In China today the manual for the SM-G9298 leaked. This is an Android powered smart “flip” phone that was recently certified in China by the TENAA regulatory agency. There are a pair of 4.2-inch displays, each one carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 821 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage.

A 12MP camera is found on back with a 5MP selfie snapper in front. Keeping the lights on is a 2300mAh battery, and Android 6.0.1 (!!!) is pre-installed. The SM-G9298 is available in your favorite …

Some upcoming Nokia phones to be powered by Xiaomi's Surge S1 chipset

Earlier this year, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced a chipset it made on its own, the Surge S1. It houses an octa-core processor, made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores for heavier calculations and four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores for lighter tasks. It’s paired with the Mali-T680 MP4 graphics unit. All in all, a good solution for upper mid-range smartphones, such as the Xiaomi Mi 5c, which is powered by the Surge S1.

It looks like the Chinese brand has won over a customer for its chip, and it happens to be Nokia. That is, HMD Global, which is the Finnish company …