LG had a profitable Q4 2017, but no thanks to smartphone sales

LG Electronics has recently revealed its earnings for Q4 2017. For the October-December period of last year, the estimated operating profit of the Korean company is at 366.8 billion won, which is about $343 million.
The data indicates a strong year-over-year increase, as LG recorded an operating loss of 35.2 billion won ($33million) in Q4 2016. Meanwhile, sales estimates were also up 14.8 percent over the aforementioned period. 
It’s worth noting that market analysts expected to see a stronger quarterly …


New report claims HTC U11 Plus will be launched in Q4 2017

Even though Google recently announced that it has decided to acquire HTC’s mobile division, taking over around 2,000 of its engineers, the Taiwanese company didn’t actually sell its smartphone brand to the search giant.

Rumor has it, HTC plans to launch one more flagship smartphone by the end of this year, the so-called HTC U11 Plus. A previous rumor suggested the flagship could be unveiled as early as November, but now we have more info that comes in line with that report.

Industry sources claim the new smartphone will be an upgraded variant of the current …

New Amazon Echo models are introduced; pre-orders accepted now with shipping taking place in Q4


Amazon, the company that created the smart speaker category with the Amazon Echo in 2015, added the smaller hockey puck looking Amazon Echo Dot in October 2016. Earlier this year, the Amazon Echo Show was released with a 7-inch screen. And today, Amazon unveiled its new smart speaker lineup starting with a re-designed Echo model priced at $99. That is $80 or 44% cheaper than the price for the original Echo. A pack of three will be sold for $130, and different cloth clovers can be placed on the unit to spruce up its looks, or make it coordinate with the room where it will be used. The revised …

Analyst says Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus sales will suffer in fiscal Q4 and rebound in the next period

While some analysts see the delay in the launch of the Apple iPhone X helping to generate quick sales for the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus, not all agree. Daniel Gleason, the senior analyst at Ovum, said that there are two types of iPhone buyers. Those who have to have the latest phone will be put off by the November 3rd launch date for the tenth anniversary model. Those who would be satisfied with the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus won’t be rushing to pick up either model right away. As a result, Gleason expects those belonging to the latter group, waiting to check out the iPhone X before …

Asus ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro will be released in the US in Q4


While launching the ZenFone 4 Max in the US today, Asus also shared details
on the upcoming availability of other smartphones from its new ZenFone 4
series. More exactly, Asus plans to release the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro in
the US and Canada sometime
in the fourth quarter of the year (October – December).

 

Just like the ZenFone 4 Max, both the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone
4 Pro run Android 7 Nougat, and will receive updates to Android 8 Oreo. However,
the two upcoming handsets will offer more advanced features. For example, they
have 5.5-inch 1080p displays (instead of the 5.5-inch 720p …

Moto X4 tipped to arrive in Q4 with dual-camera setup, aluminum body

It appears that many reports point at Moto X4 as the first non-Google smartphone to fully support the search giant’s Fi MVNO. If you hadn’t read our previous news about the Moto X4, then you’ll probably want to know the device is scheduled to arrive on the market in Q4.

According to Evan Blass, the Moto X4 will be launched on the market just in time for the holiday season. More details about the phone’s specs sheet have just been spilled before the official announcement.

For starters, instead of the rumored Snapdragon 660 CPU, the Moto X4 is now said to include …

Bixby to expand its functionality and support new languages in Q4 2017

Bixby, Samsung’s new AI assistant, is one of the key features of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The fact that Sammie has decided to add a dedicated physical button for Bixby on each of the new flagships speaks for itself, but many were disappointed to find out that the virtual helper will only speak English and South Korean upon release, and probably won’t come with a full range of functionalities.

So, when will Bixby be updated with new capabilities and languages? Until recently, no one really knew, but the support page of Samsung Germany might have just given us the …

Jefferies lowers its estimates of Q4 postpaid net additions for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint

Wall Street securities house Jefferies has cut its fourth quarter postpaid net addition estimates for three of the largest carriers in the U.S. For example, Jefferies analysts now expect Big Red to have added 786,000 new postpaid customers in the three month period that ended last month. Previously, the trading house was expecting Verizon to add 943,000 postpaid subscribers in Q4. Postpaid churn is estimated to be 1.03% for the period, unchanged from the earlier forecast.

Jefferies revised its AT&T numbers down by a larger percentage. It now sees 315,000 postpaid net adds for the carrier …