Apple reportedly wants to sell up to 230 million new iPhones – with as many as 95 million in 2017 alone!

DigiTimes, a mostly on-point source of supply chain insights, reports that Apple is forecast to sell up to 230 million new iPhone models in total. Previous reports claim Apple is placing orders for up to 95 million OLED display panels from Samsung, but it isn’t clear if these are meant to go exclusively in the Anniversary Edition iPhone, or are also to be distributed among the rumored “iPhone 7s”-type devices being prepared as a more conventional alternative.

Either way, Cupertino is ordering close to 100 million of its new iPhones in 2017 alone, which means …


Apple has reportedly nixed 'wraparound' iPhone 8 display design, opts for flat OLED screen instead

Despite the overwhelming amount of rumors from various analysts and publications that Apple will release an OLED iPhone 8 with a wraparound display of sorts, the Apple-centric Japanese blog Macotakara now begs to differ. We will entertain their say, as those guys have been correct on many an Apple rumor in the past, and they now claim that the “iPhone Edition” has been more or less finalized in terms of design decisions, and these do include the speculated glass sandwich design on a stainless steel frame, but the OLED panel will be a flat one.

The thing is, Macotakara …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active reportedly headed to AT&T

Starting with the Galaxy S4 Active from 2013, AT&T released Active variants of Samsung’s flagship smartphones each and every year. But will the near-bezel-less Galaxy S8 also get a rugged version? Well, SamMobile (a trusted source) says that it will.

Reportedly, a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (model number SM-G892A) is currently in the works, though it’s not clear when it’s supposed to be launched. Allegedly codenamed Cruiser, the Galaxy S8 Active will almost certainly feature a tough, MIL-STD-810G certified exterior, in addition to dust and water resistance. 

Moreover, …

Bixby launch reportedly delayed due to English-related voice recognition issues

As you may have already heard, Bixby — Samsung’s highly touted AI assistant — won’t be gracing the Galaxy S8/S8+ at launch. Not in its final form, at least, and not in the U.S. The full-fledged version of Bixby will supposedly launch “later this spring,” according to a brief official statement by Samsung.

According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter, the English-speaking version of Bixby won’t be available at launch, due to its performance not being up to par with its Korean-savvy counterpart.

Internal …

Samsung will reportedly produce 2,000-3,000 foldable phone prototypes this year

There have been plenty of rumors floating around the Internet in the past few years, regarding Samsung’s foldable device, named the Galaxy X. According to the latest one, the foldable handset will not be commercialized by 2019. However, a new rumor has surfaced, which seems to suggest otherwise.

According to the Korean media The Investor, Samsung is going to produce a bunch of prototypes before the second half of this year. Citing anonymous sources, The Investor claims that the South Korean OEM has ordered enough components to make between 2,000 and 3,000 prototypes of its foldable phone.

The …

Android 7.1.2 reportedly rolling out OTA to the Pixel C Tablet

The non-beta final version of Android 7.1.2 is apparently starting to make the rounds via an OTA update.. According to one image that is being circulated, the Pixel C tablet has received the latest (and possibly last) build of Android Nougat. Next up is Android O which will supposedly take the old favorite Oreo sandwich cookie into the smartphone age. Based on the latest beta, Android 7.1.2 offers the Pixel fingerprint gesture to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. The gesture allows users to control the notification shade by swiping on the fingerprint scanner.
 
Again, based on the beta, Android …

Samsung will reportedly invest $9 billion in expanding OLED production

Samsung Display, the screen-making Samsung company, has reportedly started a massive expansion of its OLED-manufacturing facilities. According to the Korean media The Investor, Samsung will spend nearly $9 billion by the end of the year to scale up its supply of OLED displays.

If The Investor’s sources are to be believed, Samsung Display has signed deals with several equipment manufacturers, which allow the South Korean giant to replace some of its current LCD-manufacturing lines with OLED ones.

About $2.7 billion will be spent in order for Samsung to produce …

SoftBank reportedly pulls funding for Andy Rubin's new flagship phone; replacement funds found?

Back in January, the man called “the father of Android,” Andy Rubin, was rumored to be bringing a new smartphone into the world. The device was said to be a high-end flagship that would challenge the Apple iPhone and Google Pixel handsets. The phone, which would be released through a Rubin-started firm called Essential Products Inc., is said to carry a bezel-less pressure sensitive screen measuring more than 5.5-inches. It also will support “modular” accessories similar to the Moto Z line.

Just a day later, a device with the name Essential FIH-PM1 appeared on Geekbench. Powered by Android …

Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders reportedly starting on April 7

Samsung has already confirmed it will unveil the Galaxy S8 duo on March 29, but we’re still debating on when exactly pre-orders will open for the flagships.

It looks like the Korean media got an answer directly from Samsung, so the date you want to save on your calendar is April 7. Both Galaxy S8 and S8+ are supposed to be available for pre-order in South Korea starting April 7.

While the pre-order period will end on April 17, the smartphones will only make their debut on the market on April 21. The Korean media reports Samsung will hold pre-launch events …

Xiaomi home market share slips, the smartphone maker reportedly looks to build its own chips

Last year Xiaomi’s market share slid notably in its native China, as the smartphone maker moved from first to fifth place (and tellingly avoided publishing its own sales figures for the first time).

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2017, meanwhile, has already has seen its own share of issues for the company, with head of international Hugo Barra jumping ship a few days before it announced that it didn’t have anything on tap for Mobile World Congress, the year’s biggest phone show.

It seems the company needs some time to ready its next big step. This week, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Xiaomi is planning to join Samsung, Apple and fellow Chinese manufacturer Huawei in the elite club of smartphone makers building their own processors.

According to the paper’s sources, the company is planning to release its Pinecone chip within a month (which could have been great timing for MWC, as it happens). The chip is said to be the product of Beijing Pinecone Electronics, a company tied to Xiaomi that resulted from a $15 million technology buy from Datang subsidiary Leadcore Technology Ltd.

It’s a pricey move – and a risky one, as much of the competition focuses on undercutting prices. Though it could help distinguish the company from a seemingly ever-growing number of smartphone makers in its home country. It would also make Xiaomi less reliant on Qualcomm, which is currently under heat for patent issues in India, a major market for the smartphone maker, where it launched the Snapdragon-powered Redmi Note 4 earlier in the year.

Xiaomi is also aggressively pushing for growth in additional markets, including Indonesia, where the company opened up a new plant this week, with the goal of manufacturing up to one million phones a year for the local market.