Latest YouTube update brings pinch-to-zoom to phones with 18:9 screens

After scoring pinch-to-zoom support on iOS 11, the Android version of the official YouTube app is getting the same treatment in its latest update. Owners of smartphones with 18:9 (and similar) will now have the option to choose between regular letterboxed mode for 16:9 content, or simply pinch with two fingers to make the video fill the entirety of the display.
Since most of the video content on YouTube is still in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future, the pinch-to-zoom gesture is a welcome …


Rubbing it in: Amidst Pixel 2 XL screen troubles, Samsung outs commercial about its "amazing" screens

It’s not a good time to be the display guy over at the Google Pixel team: the company just launched its most expensive and highest profile phone ever, the Google Pixel 2 XL, but it suffers from some bad viewing angles and ghosting problems that might just ruin a lot of its appeal.
How is Samsung doing, you ask? Well, it just released a commercial that rubs it in: basically, it’s a compilation of various reviewers waxing poetical about the amazing screen on the Galaxy Note 8, S8 and S8+.
Samsung is in fact the leader …

Spotlight: Screens is one of the best multi-window managers for Android

With split-screen multi-tasking already a pretty big part of Android, it’s no surprise that users and developers will explore ways to make this feature as convenient as possible.

Today, we are about to show you a really neat app that allows you to create your own custom multi-window app setups. Dubbed Screens, the app allows you to choose any two multi-window-compatible apps and create a desktop shortcut that will launch them both in split-screen as soon as you tap on it.
The interface of the app is as intuitive as it gets and doesn’t allow for much customization, …

Apple's most popular phones have larger sized screens

Is there a correlation between Apple’s most popular iPhone models and the size of the screen on the varying handsets? According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, larger iPhone screens lead to more popularity for models like the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6s Plus, and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Both account for a combination of 53 million units actively used in the U.S. The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are responsible for 39 million iPhone units actively in use. With 48 million units out there, the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus make up 34% of all smartphones in use stateside. CIRP says …

Motorola intros the Moto G5S and G5S Plus: Unibody designs, larger screens

Motorola just announced two improved versions of its Moto G5 and G5 Plus smartphones (released earlier this year): Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, both running Android 7.1 Nougat. Recently, we’ve heard quite a lot about these handsets, and it turns out that most of the rumors were spot on.

The Moto G5S and G5S Plus (pictured above) are larger than the G5 and G5 Plus, and come with “all metal unibody designs” – their bodies are made out of single pieces of high-grade aluminum, instead of aluminum and plastic, as is the case with the older phones.

The Moto G5S …

BlackBerry Mobile will look for a better adhesive to keep KEYone screens from popping out

Yesterday, we told you about a video that claimed BlackBerry Mobile failed to use adhesive on the BlackBerry KEYone’s screen. This allowed the display to pop out of the phone when some pressure was applied to it. In addition, owners of the phone have been complaining about the screen popping out when the handset was dropped on something as usually benign as the plastic middle console on a car.

BlackBerry Mobile has issued a statement in response to the video explaining that the KEYone was subject to a series of stress tests to see how the handset would respond in real world scenarios. The …

World’s thinnest hologram may forever change how we look at screens

Okay, guys, we are in ‘Cloud Atlas’. Or James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ realm. A team of scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne has just unveiled a hologram so thin that it brings us closer to the worlds in those movies than we’ve ever imagined.
The hologram was developed by a team of Chinese and Australian researchers and is dubbed to be ”the world’s thinnest” one so far, measuring at just 25 nanometers. …

Apple SVP Schiller says smart speakers can be improved with screens

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 …

Samsung's updating the Galaxy S8 software to eliminate red screens

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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…

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Top 5 smartphones with curved screens and edgeless displays coming in 2017

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 …