Instagram's 'Type' mode is coming to your smartphone!

 

Popular social media Instagram is releasing a new feature for its stories, called ‘Type’, and it brings to the table the ability to type (what a surprise!) in various styles. The new feature was already available in some regions, but with Instragram’s latest update it will be released worldwide.

What is different about the new feature is it requires absolutely no images whatsoever, all the magic is done using words instead. You can use different new fonts and styles to express what you felt right after you ate that delicious mac-and-cheese, …


Chinese smartphone shipments declined in 2017 for the first time ever

No, 2017 was not a good year for smartphone shipments into China. According to research firm Canalys, for all of last year such deliveries declined 4% from 2016’s figure to hit 459 million units. That is the first time ever that the country experienced a year-over-year decline in shipments of intelligent handsets. Had the last three months of last year turned out differently, the growth streak might have continued. From October through December of 2017, just shy of 113 million phones made their way into China. That was a 14% decline from Q4 2016.

Huawei remained on top of the Chinese market …

How has the Maya Principle influenced the smartphone market?

I have often wondered how some companies have succeeded where others have not. But when I discovered the Maya Principle, everything started to make sense. For some background, the Maya Principle (MAYA) stands for the Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable, and the term was coined by Raymond Loewy, who you might know as the creator of the Coca-Cola logo. This philosophy states that when iterating on a product, one should be careful with implementing change. The idea is to offer enough change to make an exciting new product, but not so much as to confuse the consumer. In general, people do not like change, …

Samsung to start selling Exynos chipsets to other smartphone companies

Apparently, Samsung wants a piece of the chipset market share, as the South Korean company plans to expand production of its Exynos CPUs and find buyers for them among smartphone vendors.

At the moment, Samsung is only fourth place in terms of smartphone chipset market share, as Qualcomm is in leading position followed by Apple and MediaTek. According to industry sources, Samsung plans to sell mostly chipsets for mid-range smartphones in an attempt to take on MediaTek. If Samsung’s plans turn out to be successful, MediaTek may have a tough 2018.

Moreover, analysts say Samsung is …

Lenovo, Xiaomi, other smartphone makers to buy $2 billion worth of Qualcomm components

After being hit with a $1.2 billion fine for paying Apple to keep its LTE modems exclusive, Qualcomm announces a $2 billion deal with Chinese smartphone makers.

Lenovo, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have signed a deal with Qualcomm to buy $2 billion worth of components over the next three years. According to the US company, this is a non-binding agreement, which means either party can break off negotiations at any time.

The official statement doesn’t mention Qualcomm’s mobile processors, but RFFE components that are designed to enable OEMs to build more complex mobile devices at larger scales. …

Nintendo to put an end to its first entry into the smartphone app ecosystem

Nintendo’s first push into the mobile gaming, Miitomo will be discontinued effective May 9. The Japanese company announced that users of Miitomo mobile app will not be able to continue to purchase premium coins as of right now.

According to the official statement, those who still use the app will receive daily login bonuses until May 9 in the form of Miitomo coins and game tickers. These bonuses can be used to play Miitomo Drop or take advantage of other features such as the Miitomo shop.

In case you’re wondering what will happen if you fire up the app after May 9, Nintendo says that …

Would you ever buy a cheap clone of a popular smartphone?

There’s something truly fascinating about the shady realm of smartphone clone manufacturing. Whether it’s the sheer volume and diversity (there are actual tiers of quality and faithfulness in copying), the speed at which clones of popular flagships are released (sometimes before the original thing!), or just the way these are priced, there’s always something to ogle at, wondering whether you should press the “Buy it now” button.

Of course, when we say fascinating, we don’t necessarily mean you should ditch Samsung or Apple and go for No. 1 or GooPhone. The question is, when you factor in …

How to transform your smartphone into a versatile home console

Over Christmas, I received one awesome gift from one of my siblings that completely caught me off guard later on. When I first opened it up, I realized it was a miniature sized looking Super Nintendo console, but I honestly didn’t think much more about it because my first thought was that it was some cheap, knockoff console that you typically find at dollar stores and convenience shops. However, it wasn’t until a couple of weeks later when I revisited the gift while organizing and clearing away Christmas decorations that I realized that it something much more – and boy am I happy that I …

Amazon brings Alexa to your smartphone, but it won't replace your smart speaker

Amazon isn’t making it easier for Google to monopolize the personal digital assistant market. The US giant has just rolled out a small but important update to the Alexa app for Android devices.

The update enables the vocal commands for the Alexa app, which was a mere tool to manage settings for the Echo smart speaker and other similar devices until now. With the latest version of Alexa, Android users will be able to speak to their smartphones and trigger Alexa skills, play music or even send messages.

However, you can only take advantage of voice commands if the Alexa application …

New Samsung Galaxy J series smartphone leaks out: solid specs, Android Oreo

Samsung’s Galaxy J series is considered the company’s cheaper mid-range lineup, whereas the A series is aimed at customers with slightly bigger budgets. However, it looks like the next Galaxy J series phone will include one feature that the new Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018) smartphones don’t have – Android 8.0 Oreo.

An unannounced smartphone that goes by the model number Samsung SM-J720F has just popped up in benchmark listings, and we believe this device is likely to be named Galaxy J8. The original Galaxy J7 is also known as Samsung SM-710F, while the last year Galaxy J7 has another model number …