Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus reportedly in full scale development under code names Star and Star 2

Korean media The Bell reports that the Galaxy S8 successor is in full scale development at Samsung under the code name Star. A larger-screen model, possibly the Galaxy S9 Plus, is codenamed Star 2. That aside, there are two bits of new information regarding the Galaxy S9 in the report. First, the phone is said to have similar display technology to its predecessor. Thus, it likely won’t be the foldable phone that’s been rumored for so long, but rather a refinement of the Infinity Display design.

Second, Samsung has reportedly accelerated its component production …


Samsung Galaxy S8 global sales reportedly exceed 5 million in less than a month

Samsung’s new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, seem to be doing well on the global market. Less than a month after the official debut of the new high-end models on April 21, the Galaxy S8 global sales have reportedly crossed 5 million units.

Samsung did not provide detailed figures, but a company official told The Investor that the Galaxy 8 sales “are going smoothly around the globe” and “are already beyond 5 million units”. The company speaks about “combined” sales, which probably means that the provided figure reflects both the sales of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy …

Apple iPhone 8 suppliers are reportedly ramping up production early

A new report published today says that circuit board manufacturers will start to work on components for the Apple iPhone 8 as soon as next month. That would be a month earlier than most analysts expected. Taipei’s Economic Daily News names Kinsus Interconnect and Zhen Ding as two companies that will be starting work in June on their contributions to the tenth anniversary edition of the iPhone.

TSMC, the company behind the production of the A11 chipset that will drive the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus will start mass production of the new chips in July. Even with …

iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s reportedly on track for October retail

According to numerous reports over the past few months, Apple will be pulling out all of the stops to mark the ten year anniversary of the iPhone. As well as the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus — two phones we’d expect given Cupertino’s long-standing ‘tick-tock’ release cycle — it’s also possible that a special iPhone 8 will launch with an OLED display among other perks. As exciting as the iPhone 8 sounds in theory, bringing it to fruition has apparently been difficult, with some reports suggesting that it could be pushed back as far as November. A new tidbit runs with the slightly more promising notion …

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 …