Did you love the iPhone SE? Well, sorry, it won't be refreshed, analyst says

The iPhone SE was an odd cookie of a smartphone —in a time when everyone was looking to make 5.5-inch flagships, Apple actually stopped for a second, looked back and said “Hey, guys, there are people back there who don’t want to upgrade to a bigger smartphone… let’s make a handset for them!”. And that’s how the legend of the SE starts. It was a smartphone with the exact physical proportions of the iPhone 5s, but chock-full with Apple’s latest hardware on board, giving it a nice camera upgrade and the ability to use Apple Pay.

Sure, the SE is not in some sort of super demand, but its sales …


Asus ZenFone 4 smartphones won't start shipping until August

Asus had some issues bringing its new ZenFone 4 lineup to the market, previous rumors suggest. Even if the company recently unveiled the ZenFone 4 Max, four new devices are expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, Asus won’t be able to start shipping any ZenFone 4 handset until August. Although they were initially slated for an April release, they have now been delayed by at least four months, which will probably prevent Asus from scoring highly in the global smartphone market in Q3 2017.

The new ZenFone 4 Max is supposed to compete in …

Gawk hopelessly at these new all-screen Sharp phones you won't be able to get outside Japan

Wow! Seriously, look at Sharp’s brand new phones and tell us 2017 hasn’t been an extra special year for smartphone design! We always counted on the Japanese firm to lead the bezel-less movement, as it’s always had a thing for making minimally framed phones – even back when the technological means to do so weren’t really there.

Now, Sharp has reached the point where it seemingly can’t go any further with minimizing screen bezels. This happens with the brand new Sharp FS8016 and FS8010 smartphones, set to debut in Japan this July. Stunning design aside, …

The Galaxy Note 8 won't have an in-screen fingerprint scanner, according to Samsung official

Almost everyone who’s used Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, will be quick to tell you just how bad the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor’s placement is. As previously reported, this seems to have been a last second decision, made necessary due to the company’s inability to produce a high-quality prototype for an in-screen scanner in time. And while we’ve hoped the technology would be ready by the time the Galaxy Note 8 enters production, a recent piece of news has just crushed those dreams into fine dust.

As reported by Korean-language publication …

Nubia Z17 may be the first to support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0+, but you won't be able to use it

Qualcomm announced an enhanced version of its quick charge technology last week and confirmed the first smartphone to feature Quick Charge 4.0+ is the Nubia Z17, a high-end smartphone recently launched in China.

Unfortunately, it turns out that Quick Charge 4.0+ won’t be usable with the Nubia Z17, at least at first. The Chinese company confirmed that its top tier smartphone comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the retail box, which doesn’t support the new technology.

Although the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset inside the Nubia Z17 has Quick Charge 4.0+ …

Big time Android flaw won't be fixed until next build is released

A serious flaw discovered on Android by cyber security firm Check Point is known by Google, but won’t be fixed until the next build of the Android OS is released later this year. The flaw can lead to a number of malware attacks resulting in “ransomware, banking malware and adware.” And while Android O does remove this vulnerability from the software, it still leaves a large number of phones not expected to receive the upgrade, wide open for attack.

It all revolves around a permissions category that contains one permission, SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW. Originally added with Android Marshmallow, this …

Samsung DeX review: the S8 won't replace your desktop PC

Introduction

Samsung had an idea: what if, instead of constantly juggling between a smartphone and a desktop, one could simply use their phone to do all of their daily work, simply plugging it into a dock when in need of a bigger screen? Okay, when we say “Samsung had an idea”, we actually mean something more in line with “a bunch of companies, including Microsoft, Splashtop, and Jide, had an idea which never really took off for a variety reasons, and Samsung is now trying it out as well” – but that sure isn’t as catchy.

And it’s easy to see why this would be an attractive …

TrendForce analysts predict there won't be 4GB of RAM for 2017 iPhone

Analyst agency TrendForce argues that increased prices of LPDDR4 RAM is slowing down growth in smartphone RAM this year. The company says “intensifying competition” and “spiking prices” are to blame for a lower than expected increase in the “average memory content” of this year’s smartphones (3.2GB rather than 3.7GB), and rising memory prices are going to impact Apple’s upcoming iPhones as well.

According to the analysts, if Cupertino wants to maintain its typical annual shipment targets of 200 million units and counting, it will have to settle for 3GB of RAM in …

Qualcomm lowers its profit forecast, as Apple won't pay royalties

It all started back in January, when Apple filed three law suits against one of the biggest mobile chip makers, Qualcomm. One was for unpaid royalties, the second was for abuse of power over the market, and the third said that the chip maker didn’t follow through on promises to license its standard essential patents at a reasonable price. Of course, Qualcomm didn’t just sit idly, and filed counterclaims against Apple for a variety of reasons.

Now, new information has been released by Qualcomm, which hurts not only the chip-making company and Apple, but everyone …

Amazon's Echo Look will tell you what clothes look good on you – and it won't lie

The Echo Dot speaker has an all-seeing companion now – the Echo Look. Available by invitation only for now, the $199 gadget is a hands-free camera with built-in LED lighting, depth sensing, computer vision-based background blur, and voice control. Amazon’s hardware labs definitely aren’t fooling around!

So, what does the Kinect-like cam do for you, besides giving you doubts you’re being spied on by the feds? The Echo Look is Amazon’s official outfit checker! It’s the technological ambassador for the company’s Style Check service, which draws upon machine learning algorithms and advice from …