HTC U 11 video teaser released ahead of May 16 unveil

HTC has already confirmed it will announce its next flagship smartphone on May 16. The device will be launched on the market as HTC U 11, but we have yet to learn when exactly it will be available and how much it will cost.

Since HTC can’t tell us too much about the upcoming U 11 handset, the Taiwanese company released a video teaser that emphasizes on the smartphone’s unique touch-sensitive edges that can interpret gestures into various actions.

The HTC U 11 allows users to “squeeze” it in order to take advantage of this unique gesture system, so the video …


Don't feel like a 200-page manual? With this short Galaxy S8 video tutorial, Samsung covers all the basics

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been finding their way in their rightful owners’ hands here in the US for a week already, and Samsung felt that now is the time to release a short video tutorial on what the phones are, and how to engage with them on a daily basis. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s clean, concise, and in the trendy sharing format with subtitles, so you don’t even have to put your headphones on to learn about your Galaxy S8 without reading the 200-page manual.

Amazon Echo smart speaker with video screen is in the works?

One of the hottest tech devices of the last couple of years has been the Amazon Echo smart speaker. The device is powered by the cloud based AI assistant dubbed Alexa by the online retailer. Alexa has been so popular that Motorola is going to include it on some of its Moto branded handsets this year. The U.S. version of the Huawei Mate 9 will also feature Alexa handling the same tasks that Google Now usually takes care of.

Amazon is rumored to be working on an enhanced version of the Echo smart speaker which will feature a video screen. This device has the code name “Knight,.” and will be …

BlackBerry KEYone's keyboard shortcuts get showcased in official video

Announced back in February, the BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be hitting shelves starting this month, at least in some regions (while in others, like Europe, it could arrive in May).

While waiting for BlackBerry Mobile to share official details about the release of the KEYone, you may want to check out a video that showcases one of the smartphone’s important features: keyboard shortcuts. Similar to the (now old) BlackBerry Priv, the KEYone lets you assign shortcuts for each of its 26 hardware keys. As you can see in the video embedded below, you can actually assign up to 52 shortcuts, …

Video: thoroughly fine Nokia 9 concept gets set in motion

Remember that attractive Nokia 9 concept we saw a week earlier? It looked great static, so imagine seeing something like it in motion! It has been made possible, thanks to YouTube’s Concept Creator channel. The video shows a thin and symmetric phone that looks quite pleasant. There are minimal screen bezels, the front and back panels are as shiny as it gets, and there’s a dual camera setup.

The cameras are placed vertically on the back, as well as the LED flash and laser autofocus system. Below them is a big fingerprint scanner that looks easy to reach. Stereo speakers have been implemented …

You got cropped! Galaxy S8 and S8+ video display grief comes in stages, here's why

TL;DR

Most TV series you’d watch on, say, Netflix, as well as the YouTube content, are meant for 16:9 displays – those get letterboxed on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by default

You lose about 14-22% of the 5.8″ and 6.2″ screens’ real estate, depending on the video app, if you watch the vids in the default letterboxed regime

You’d have to manually add third party apps to the compatibility mode list in Display settings, so that the full screen toggle appears in, say, Netflix

Even when you toggle compatibility mode, a 16:9 video will can …

The HTC U (Ocean) will be unveiled on May 16, check out the official invitation and a teaser video

It appears that HTC has pretty much given up on subtlety at this point. We’ve just received an invitation to an event, which, unless the company is for some reason pulling the ol’ bait-and-switch, will surely be dedicated to the unveiling of the much-rumored HTC U (Ocean) flagship.

Let’s look at the clues: first off, there’s the tagline, “Squeeze for the brilliant”, which is… an interesting choice to say the least. It’s accompanied by the letter U as seen on the U Ultra and U Play’s branding materials, but here it’s also squished from the sides to …

Major Lazer and Nicki Minaj's Run Up music video is all about twerking in a smartphone-obssesed world

If you are at all into hip-hop besides smartphones, please pause the new Kendrick Lamar record for a bit and check out whats’s going on in Major Lazer and Nicki Minaj’s video for ‘Run Up’. Hip-hop the song is not, but the video is all about smartphone obsession wrecking up the party of a lifetime, complete with a (fake) pause to buffer the video stream and Minaj delivering a verse through FaceTime. It’s like the video is based on actual events or something!

At least one of the party goers is probably thinking about the upcoming Android 7.1.1 Nougat for his phone while enjoying himself. …

Moto Z2 Force renders and 360-degree video leak out revealing an interesting surprise

Motorola is getting ready to announce two new high-end smartphones this year: the Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Force. First spotted several days ago, the latter model can now be seen in a set of clear renders and a 360-degree video, thanks to @OnLeaks and Android Authority. Thus, we’re now able to take a pretty good look at the upcoming handset from all angles.

Like the Moto Z Force released last year, the Moto Z2 Force reportedly sports a 5.5-inch display (with 1440 x 2560 pixels), and has a largely similar design – including support for Moto Mods. However, there’s a significant and surprising …

Check out pictures and video of the Moto G4 Plus CAD renders

Over the last few days, we’ve given you some information about the Moto E4 and the Moto E4 Plus. This includes images of the two phones, leaked specs, and FCC documentation revealing that the E4 Plus will sport a 5000mAh battery. To all that, you can add today’s leak of CAD renders animated by tipster OnLeaks into a video. The only specs about the Moto E4 Plus that we know, is that it is expected to be powered by a MediaTek chipset and that the phone carries that massive battery. With today’s story, we now know that it will feature an approximately 5-inch display with 2.5D glass.

The …