Report: Samsung and LG to announce new smartphones at CES 2018

A new report suggests that Samsung and LG will be doing smartphone announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. According to ETnews, the two Korean tech giants are planning to take the wraps off some of their mid-range models for next year. 

Samsung will supposedly introduce the Galaxy A8 and A8+, while LG is said to unveil a 2018 version of its K10 model. While this information is unofficial, we have to say that we won’t be surprised if it turns out to be true, as this is the typical announcement timeframe for new members of …


Google Assistant is coming to certain tablets, and smartphones running Android Lollipop

Google announced today that Google Assistant will now be found on Android tablets for the first time. Slates running Android Nougat (7.0) and Android Marshmallow (6.0) will receive an update allowing users to access the feature. In addition, Android powered handsets running Android Lollipop (5.0) will be the recipient of an update that will add the virtual assistant. With Google Assistant, you can set timers and alarms, create lists that will appear on both your phone and tablet, get the latest weather, news, sports scores, stock prices, turn on or off smart appliances, and much more.

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Huawei kicks off holiday sale on smartphones, tablets and wearables

Samsung, Motorola, Apple and other smartphone brands have already kicked off their sales, but there are a lot of other companies that want to sell you their goods at low price. Huawei has just announced that some of its smartphones, tablets, and wearables are no on sale in the United States.

If you’re looking for an Android smartphone, Huawei doesn’t offer you too many alternatives at this time, but there’s plenty to choose from if you want to buy a smartwatch. Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg are the main retailers that offer Huawei’s discounted devices.

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Qualcomm wants to redefine Hi-Fi for smartphones with its new USB Type-C DAC

Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset is official now, but it was not the only noteworthy news that came straight from the company’s Hawaiian Tech summit this week. 
It would seem that Qualcomm is taking Hi-Fi audio pretty seriously in line with the recent early retirement of the 3.5mm audio jack from most phones as it announced that it will be making a brand new Hi-Fi DAC available for device manufacturers to bake into their devices. 
The Aqstic AQT1000 Hi-Fi digital to analog converter is a USB Type-C plug’n’play …

2017 top-tier smartphones that still have a fingerprint scanner on the front

Fingerprint scanners were made popular by the iPhone 5s way back in 2013. Housed in the home button at the front, Touch ID made phone unlocking super simple — press home button to wake the phone, wait for it to scan your finger to unlock. Naturally, it quickly became a trend and is now a standard feature that’s making its way to mid-range and even some lower level phones.

But not every phone has their fingerprint scanner on the front. Some had them installed on their backs, next to the camera, some have them on the side frame. In fact, with the war on the bezel …

HMD confirms the camera app on Nokia smartphones will be updated

You might remember that HMD got its hands on the Lumia Camera UI design patent some months ago. At that time we hoped the Finnish company will bring it to some or all Nokia smartphones, and it looks like we weren’t wrong.

HMD’s Global Chief Product Manager Juho Sarvikas confirmed that his company plans to update the Camera app on all its Nokia smartphones in the near future. He also hinted that the update will include many of the features (if not all) that made the Lumia Camera UI so reliable.

Well, considering the current Camera app on HMD’s Nokia smartphones …

Samsung has just turned 40 Galaxy S5 smartphones into a large Bitcoin mining machine

It’s no surprise that most smartphones launched these days are more powerful than many computers released several years ago. So, why wouldn’t a handful of smartphones be as powerful as one of the modern PCs worth more than $2,000?

Well, it appears that you only need eight old Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones to be able to mine Bitcoin the way a desktop computer does. In fact, the smartphones are more power-efficient at Bitcoin mining than a similarly powerful PC, Samsung claims.

As part of its “Upcycling” initiative, Samsung has decided to show other smartphone companies that even two-year-old …

LG continues to lose money selling smartphones

LG has reported its third quarter earnings, and for the three month period that covers July through September, the mobile division took a loss of $331.17 million. With red ink staring it in the face, the manufacturer focused on the 8% gain year-over-year in mobile revenue, and the 4% revenue gain from this year’s second quarter. The loss was actually 13% smaller than last year’s red ink. In South Korea, third quarter smartphone shipments were up 44% from the 2016 total. In the states, shipments of intelligent handsets rose 9% year-over-year.

Make no mistake about it though; times are tough …

MetroPCS offers free Android smartphones when you switch to its unlimited LTE plan

MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid carrier, has just announced that for a limited time customers will benefit from promotional prices on its unlimited plan. On top of that, every customer who ports its line to MetroPCS will receive an Android smartphone for free.

Starting today, new and existing customers who add at least one new line of service will receive four lines of unlimited talk, text and LTE data for just $100 (taxes and fees included). Usually, MetroPCS customers must pay $50 for the same plan, but the current offer will lower the cost to $25.

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Huawei breaking records in 2017, over 100 million smartphones shipped so far

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has managed to ship over 100 million smartphones for the first three quarters of 2017. This translates to a year-over-year increase of 19%, which means that the company has a very high chance of surpassing the 140 million units it shipped in 2016.

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said that this exponential growth has managed to increase the firm’s operating revenues by more than 30% from January to September. The executive also mentioned that Huawei will seek further expansion by introducing …