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 …

Do you recall the Symbian powered Samsung Innov8 camera phone?

From the back, the Samsung i8510 Innov8 looked just like a stand-alone camera. Launched in early September of 2008, the Innov8’s claim to fame was the 8MP camera on back. There was a Dual LED flash, AutoFocus and HDR. A front-facing VGA camera was available for video calls. The first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1, was still more than a month away. The Apple iPhone 3G was only two-months old when the handset launched. The Samsung Innov8 was not a touchscreen phone, and relied on a slide out numeric keyboard for input.

The Innov8 carried a 2.8-inch display with a resolution of 240 x 320. …

LineageOS 14.1 available for the Exynos powered Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and more

The LineageOS custom ROM project that was started from the ashes of CyanogenMod, now has build 14.1 available for the Exynos based Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Other models now supported by LineageOS 14.1 include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (Wi-Fi and LTE), the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet (GSM, Wi-Fi and LTE) the Samsung Galaxy S III (GSM and LTE) and the LG G3 (AT&T, Korean, and Verizon versions). The build is based on Android 7.1.

All you need to do to find the correct LineageOS files is to click on the sourcelink, and look for the name of the device you’re planning on …

Qualcomm: Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first commercial phone powered by the Snapdragon 835

Announced earlier today at MWC 2017, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium packs many high-end features, starting with a 5.5-inch, 2160 x 3840 pixels (4K) display, and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. While XZ Premium is not the world’s first smartphone to have a 4K display (this honor belongs to the Xperia Z5 Premium), it will be the very first commercial handset to use a Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Qualcomm itself is confirming that the Xperia XZ Premium will be the first Snapdragon 835-powered handset to hit the market. This likely means that the Sony phone will be available to buy before …

Harman Kardon speaker powered by Microsoft's Cortana gets certified

Google Home and Amazon Echo are among the most popular voice-activated speakers, but there’s enough room for other companies to join this relatively fresh market.

Microsoft is another major player that’s likely to adhere the fray, as the Redmond-based company plans to lend its Cortana personal digital assistant to Harman.

The information was confirmed by Harman back in December when the company published a video teaser of an upcoming voice-activated speaker. The new product by Harman Kardon would be powered by Microsoft’s Cortana.

Since the device …