By now, almost everyone knows what the Amazon Echo is. The device, which combines a speaker with an AI virtual personal assistant, is currently one of the fastest growing innovations in tech. Google has the similar Google Home device, and the Harman Kardon Invoke is coming later this year. The latter will include a premium Harman Kardon speaker combined with Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana.
Last week, we passed along two interesting rumors related to smart speakers. One, Amazon’s next generation Echo product is apparently going to include a screen. This speculation started late last …
Great news, Samsung fans — you might not have to deal with red-tinted phone screens forever. 🙄
In response to complaints from early Galaxy S8 owners who claimed their device screens looked red in color, Samsung plans to eliminate the issue with a software upgrade.
“Because there are some complaints about the red-tinted screens, we decided to upgrade the software next week for all Galaxy S8 clients,” a Samsung spokesperson told The Korea Herald on Friday.
ZDNet reported the display issue earlier this month after several customers who pre-ordered the phones in South Korea began posting photographs and complaints to social media sites. Read more…
With “curved screen” and “edgeless display” designs becoming distinguishing features of truly modern smartphones, odds are good that we’ll be seeing plenty of such specimens pop up throughout 2017. The technology is available, Samsung and LG’s flexible OLED screen factories are firing at full capacity, and people seem to love the sleek, futuristic look of smartphones like the Galaxy S8, the LG G6, or last year’s Xiaomi Mi Mix.
The path is clear for all manufacturers willing to update their flagship phone designs, and that’s a great thing! This year, we are very …
These days, the tools used to protect smartphone screens from cracking upon impact include Corning’s Gorilla Glass (now up to its 5th generation) and the second generation Shattershield system used by Motorola on the Moto Z Force. In the near future, phone screens could be made from a new material created by chemists at the University of California at Riverside and the University of Colorado.
While this material is transparent, conductive and stretchable, the most important thing is that it has self-healing properties. If the screen cracks, it will repair itself. In one example, …
Note: The thumbnail image to the left is an Apple iPhone 8 concept created by graphic designer AlHasan Husni
Just yesterday, we told you that Samsung will be spending $8.9 billion to expand production of OLED panels this year, with Apple the likely beneficiary of this spending. Today, a report from Japan’s Nikkei news agency revealed today that Apple has ordered 70 million OLED panels from Samsung for use in 2017. The 10th anniversary iPhone model, dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, is expected to be the only handset from Apple using OLED this year. As a result, we can deduce that Apple expects …
With Samsung expected to deliver prototypes for its “luxurious” Samsung X foldable phone by the third quarter of this year, we thought that now would be a good time to dust the cobwebs off of your memory by taking a look at 2011’s “foldable” Sony Tablet P. With its clamshell design, the real prize was inside where two individual 5.5-inch screens (each with a resolution of 1024 x 480) ran independently, or were used together to form one giant screen.
When running as two independent screens, Sony was able to optimize certain apps to take advantage of the extra real estate. For example, …
It’s a widely-known, weird fact that British people love Australian soap operas more than Australians do. Especially Neighbours.
The series, which has been airing in the UK for over 30 years, could be pulled from UK screens completely. And Brits on the internet seem very unhappy about it. So unhappy, they’re petitioning and tweeting up a storm.
So, LG did a weird little thing with the V10 — it stuck a tiny, secondary screen on top of the phone’s main display. Used for notifications, quick shortcuts to apps and utilities, or just an always-on clock screen, the ticker has found its niche of fans, despite the fact that many would rather see it move to the bottom of the phone, where it’s more easily accessible.
The feature was also present on the successor — the LG V20, and can also be seen on the brand-new HTC U Ultra. So, it seems it’s going to stick around for a while.
In 2015, when the V10 was announced, we asked you what …
Yesterday we reported on a rumor that suggested OnePlus was preparing to halt production on the current OnePlus 3 in order to begin work on a new model. That appears to be untrue, however, as a OnePlus spokesperson reached out to Android Authority to confirm that the company is still producing the OnePlus 3.
Initially, the rumors began because of shortages in the AMOLED supply chain, which meant the OnePlus 3 might be switching to an LCD screen if the rumor were true. CEO Carl Pei later tweeted to confirm the company plans on sticking with AMOLED after backlash about the switch happened on the OnePlus forums.
That doesn’t mean the AMOLED display shortage is magically over with, however. The gold OnePlus 3 still shows as out of stock and delivery times for the grey version is listed at weeks.
Still, it’s nice to see OnePlus weigh in on the issue, especially considering the difference in display technology between AMOLED and LCD. I don’t know about you, but when I make buying decisions about a phone, I prefer AMOLED displays.