Microsoft's Cortana is finally on top! For businesses at least

A company called Spiceworks has surveyed over 500 companies in Europe and North America regarding digital assistant usage in the workplace. AI-powered assistants have become commonplace across many of our devices. They exist on our smartphones, smartwatches, computers, individual apps and even live inside their own speakers. They can control everything from our phone, to our lights or air conditioning and even our PC’s. It is no wonder that businesses may be interested in utilizing these digital helpers to streamline the workflow of their employees. 

So who came out …


Top Chinese phone manufacturers are keeping their chip suppliers busy

Asian based chip makers, like MediaTek, are benefiting from a surge in demand for mobile chipsets by Chinese smartphone manufacturers. MediaTek’s revenues for March rose 58.2% from February to NT$20.11 billion ($688.1 million USD). Industry sources say that handset producers like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi have increased the size of their chip orders as they stock up prior to the production and release of new models.

The market share of the four aforementioned Chinese phone manufacturers combine to top 70% in their home country. Toss in the overseas presence that all four are trying to …

ZTE concept phone has two notches, one on top and the other on bottom of the display

It appears that ZTE is thinking that if consumers love having a notch on their smartphone, they will absolutely adore having two notches. Renders of a concept model with the name ZTE Iceberg have surfaced, and they show that the dual-notched device carries a notch at the top and the bottom of the display (when held in portrait orientation). The top notch contains the front-facing selfie snapper along with the earpiece and sensors for distance and light. The bottom notch carries only a second speaker, which allows the Iceberg to offer stereo sound. The casing on the four corners of the phone is …

OpenSignal's regional survey shows T-Mobile and Verizon going neck and neck at the top

Five years ago this month, T-Mobile stopped the subsidies and two-year contracts, and the UN-carrier was born. Since that moment, T-Mobile has become the most innovative of the four major U.S. carriers, and the fastest growing as well. And it seems that all of the work that T-Mobile has been doing to its LTE network, adding the low-frequency 600MHz spectrum it won in the FCC auction last year, is paying off in spades.

Back in January, T-Mobile was the winner of OpenSignal’s national survey and missed a clean sweep by a fraction of a second. Verizon was the runner-up. Now, OpenSignal has …

Et tu, Huawei? Affordable P20 Lite leaks, and guess what it has at the top

The cheapest member of the upcoming P20 family by Huawei has leaked out completely in regulatory filings, and… surprise, surprise… it does show a cutout at the top bezel. Yes, just like the rumors and leaked cases suggested, the P20 Lite, which will cost about $370, does sport a notch, and its flagship brethren the P20 and P20 Plus might as well. Thus, if the LG G7 indeed houses the front camera and earpiece in a thicker top bezel area, as speculated, most major Android manufacturers, save for Samsung and Sony, would be copying Apple’s way of achieving an “all-screen” phone this year, it seems.

The …

Top Apple analyst sees 100 million 6.1-inch LCD equipped iPhone units shipped this year

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is considered to be the best Apple analyst in the world. Kuo is plugged into Apple in such a way, that no other analyst comes close when it comes to making predictions about future products or estimating how many units of a model will be sold. Kuo says that Apple will be selling three new models in 2018. All three will be equipped with the TrueDepth Camera, and offer Face ID. Two will feature OLED panels of 5.8-inches and 6.5-inches. Those are believed to be the Apple iPhone Xs and Apple iPhone Xs Plus, respectively.

According to Kuo, the third model will …

More Galaxy S9 Exynos vs Snapdragon benchmarks leak, top the iPhone X score

After seeing Samsung’s newfangled Exynos 9810 chipset that will be in the Galaxy S9 make the benchmarking rounds yesterday with 4GB RAM, today brings us the Galaxy S9+ appearing on AnTuTu with a Snapdragon 845 on board, and 6GB of the stuff. 

This is arguably the handset that leaked not long ago, and scored similar to 9810 in the multi-core tally, but much lower in single core, so what else are we learning about it from AnTuTu’s post today? 
Well, the screen resolution of the SM-G965 handset (S9+) won’t be 1080 x 2020 pixels, as is depicted …

Sprint and Foxconn both finish in the top ten of "America's Most Hated Companies"

A recently published list revealing the twenty most hated companies in America, finds two firms dealing with the wireless industry inside the top 10.. At number 7, is Sprint. 44% of the customers polled by Zogby claimed to have a negative experience with the nation’s fourth largest carrier. Apparently, offering unlimited service at a lower price than the three other majors doesn’t count for much when your wireless service lags behind them.

According to RootMetrics, Sprint was last among its peers (Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T) in network speed, and second to last in calling, texting, …

The world's top Apple analyst releases new research notes on the 2018 iPhone models

KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made so many great calls on Apple, that he is considered by many to be the most accurate out of the thousands of analysts who follow the company. In Asia, where it already is Monday thanks to the time difference, Kuo has disseminated a new research note to his clients, containing his latest musings about the 2018 Apple iPhone handsets.

Kuo expects Apple to release three new handsets this year. The lower priced model will be the 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 9. According to Kuo, this model will:

Feature an LCD screen.Be manufactured by Pegatron …

Top smartphones we expect seeing at MWC 2018 (Galaxy S9 included)

CES 2018 is now behind us, and while the event brought little in terms of smartphone announcements, think of it as a warm-up prior to a show that’s going to be a lot more spectacular in this respect. That show is Mobile World Congress, scheduled to take place in Barcelona between February 26 and March 1. 

Unlike CES – where you can see all sorts of tech: from self-driving cars to Wi-Fi-capable toasters – MWC is a forum highly focused on mobile technology. Each year it hosts a stage for major and not-so-major smartphone companies to announce their latest products. What …