Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile report successful test of first 5G New Radio system

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile announced early Friday morning that it had a successful test of the world’s first end-to-end 5G New Radio system. The system allows data to run at multi–gigabit per second speeds (> 1 Gbps) with latency of under 4ms. That compares to the 20ms latency that is the standard for current LTE networks. The system is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards. That group is made up of telecommunications companies that set the standards for 3G, 4G and now 5G networks and equipment.

Because 3GPP standards will be the ones used by the industry …


Teardown of Google Play Store v8.4 hints at audio books, auto-updating system apps, more

A recent teardown of the latest Google Play Store APK (version 8.4) is hinting that audiobooks could be coming soon to Google’s large software repository, which always has tons of apps, movies, music tracks, and e-books. That’s yet another step in Google’s quest of making the Play Store a one-stop shop for all the kinds of media content you might possibly think of.
The unearthed code is rather sparse and gives no hints as to what app will be used to blay the audio books, but we bet that either Play Music or Play Books will have the honors. As usual with …

Soft bricks: Some Pixel 2 XL units reportedly ship without operating system on board


According to some amusing and rather odd reports, some users have received Pixel 2 XL units that came with no… Android operating system on board. Yes, it boggles the mind, but a redditor going by the name of MAKES_PEOPLE_MAD had their brand new Pixel 2 XL device greet them with a “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” message right out of the box, which is more than enough to ruin anyone’s day.

Accompanying the message is a security link to Google’s support page, which indicates that “The operating system on your device has been changed or …

Google to revise system that forces news providers to offer three free stories a day before charging

Google plans on removing a policy that requires news organizations to offer consumers three free stories a day before readers are forced to subscribe to the service. Instead, news providers will be allowed to determine for themselves how many articles readers will be allowed to read for free. Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., started squealing last month about Google’s plans to eliminate the “first click free” policy.

Thomson pointed out that Google had these news providers by the short hairs. If they didn’t get on board with the “first click free” policy, they would disappear …

Galaxy Note 8's dual-camera system has some awesome features that make it stand out from the rest

Dual cameras are the hot new trend in the mobile world, and we’ve seen manufacturers combine all sorts of cameras on the back of their devices over the last year or so – wide plus even wider, color and monochrome, wide plus telephoto, you name it. So, we weren’t the least bit surprised when we learned that Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 8 would also prominently feature a dual-camera setup. We were also not surprised when Samsung told is it would consist of a regular camera backed up by a telephoto lens, iPhone 7 Plus-style, but boy, did Samsung have a bunch of sweet surprises …

iPhone 8 3D face recognition system will be faster than current tech, to work in ‘millionths of a second’

Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to ditch fingerprint identification in favor of 3D face recognition, and now we learn that the new feature will work in a millionths of a second speed, according to a report by the Korea Herald citing insider info.
The Samsung Galaxy series were among the first mainstream devices to feature iris recognition, but the speed and accuracy of the current technology leave a lot to be desired, and maybe that is why current phones ship with an eye scanner AND a fingerprint reader.
The iPhone 8, …

Would you like to see a dual camera system on the next Google Pixel phone?

Dual cams seem to be turning into a fad as of late, though, manufacturers still can’t come to an agreement on how they should be utilized. Some stick a wide-angle lens for the secondary camera, some have a telephoto lens for optical zoom-in, and others don’t have a particularly special lens over the second camera, but its sensor is used purely for “assistive” purposes, collecting information on objects, distance and so on.

With a lot of manufacturers looking at the tech, Samsung is rumored to feature a dual cam on its Note 8 and we got to thinking — what if the One True Android Phone, *ahem*, …

Is OnePlus bringing back the invite system with the OnePlus 5?


When OnePlus introduced the OnePlus 3 last year, one of the most important things that the company did was to eliminate the invite system. As a new smartphone manufacturer back in 2014, the company needed to watch every penny spent. So it used an invitation system that required buyers of the OnePlus One to have an invitation before being allowed to purchase the phone. This allowed the company to have a buyer for every handset that rolled off the assembly line. It prevented the company from wasting money by building phones on spec. While consumers were not happy with this, OnePlus used the system …

OxygenOS 4.1.5 update for OnePlus 3 and 3T adds new push notification system

It’s an incredible time to be a OnePlus 3/3T owner, as the Chinese company is pushing new updates almost on a weekly basis. These aren’t just maintenance updates that fix minor issues but full-fledged software updates that many times bring many new features to OnePlus 3 and 3T users.

As it happens, OnePlus pushed another major update for its high-end smartphones, the OnePlus 3 and 3T. OxygenOS 4.1.5 is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and adds a brand new push notification system for important information coming from OnePlus.

Also, some optimizations to the …

Apple iOS 11 wish-list: system wide drag-and-drop, finder and more in this detailed concept

Apple’s iOS 9 truly redefined the tablet experience: it was a ground-breaking change that introduced split-screen multitasking and a ton of other functionality that paved the way towards the iPad as a computer that can do everything.
Unfortunately, since then, Apple has not really done much in terms of radical improvements in iOS, at least when it comes to the tablet side of things.
And now, just a few weeks before WWDC 2017, where Apple is expected to lift the cover off its new iOS 11, we are seeing MacStories’ Federico …