Samsung starts working on Android Oreo update for the Galaxy A8 (2018)

We’ve been reporting about various Samsung smartphones that are expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo updates in the coming weeks, but the Galaxy A8 (2018) hasn’t been mentioned in any of our previous reports.

The reason is pretty obvious: Samsung hasn’t started working on Android Oreo for the Galaxy A8 (2018), so it couldn’t provide an ETA like it did with the Galaxy S7/S7 edge and other Galaxy A series smartphones.

However, we now have two different sources that confirm Samsung has finally started working on Android Oreo update for the Galaxy A8 (2018), a smartphone that’s been released …


Working OnePlus 6 smiles for the camera

OnePlus might hold a tiny fraction of the smartphone market, even in its home turf of China, but it’s punching above its weight when it comes to word of mouth marketing, and has established somewhat of a cult following with its first handsets offered at near cost. 

While that’s no longer the case, fans of the brand are still expecting the upcoming OnePlus 6 to be the cheapest phone with Snapdragon 845 when it lands, so there is a healthy interest in its overall specs and looks combo. We doubt it will go much below the $550 that Xiaomi is already asking for the Mi Mix …

Google is working on "how-to" instructional videos for Assistant-enabled speakers

Google has a handful of big names on board, including Sony, Lenovo, and JBL, that will be releasing their own Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers with displays later this year. According to CNBC, the company has now started pitching brands the idea for short “how-to” videos that Google Assistant will be able to pull up when a user asks for instructions on how to do something.

Right now, if you ask how to do something, Google Assistant will either spell everything out for you, or if you have an Assistant-enabled speaker with a screen, you’ll also …

Huawei is working on giving its virtual assistant the ability to read a user's emotions

Siri, Cortana, Alexa and Google Assistant are virtual personal assistants that will relay information and handle tasks in a robotic sort of way. Emotions are left out of these digital helpers’ responses, which are the same regardless of the current emotional state of the user. Now, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer says that it is working on software that will use AI to help its own virtual personal assistant interact with users on an emotional level. The company released a virtual assistant in China back in 2013 that is used daily by 110 million people, and hopes to enhance it …

Huawei's working on giving its virtual assistant the ability to read a user's emotions

Siri, Cortana, Alexa and Google Assistant are virtual personal assistants that will relay information and handle tasks in a robotic sort of way. Emotions are left out of these digital helpers’ responses, which are the same regardless of the current emotional state of the user. Now, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer says that it is working on software that will use AI to help its own virtual personal assistant interact with users on an emotional level. The company released a virtual assistant in China back in 2013 that is used daily by 110 million people, and hopes to enhance it …

Amazon reportedly working on a new mobile-focused streaming service

Amazon may be working on a new streaming service with a focus on mobile, a recent trademark application and job ad by the company reveal.

As reported earlier this week by Variety, Amazon has applied for a trademark for Amazon Fuse last month, with the application describing ti as a service “related to the transmission of entertainment services, including audio and video content, over the internet and mobile networks.”
More information about Fuse is revealed in a recent Amazon job ad:
“Amazon Fuse …

Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

Apple has a number of new features in the pipeline for its upcoming iPhones. Last year, the company introduced its brand-new design strategy with the iPhone X and, unsurprisingly, this year’s models are expected to follow in its footsteps. According to a Bloomberg report, however, the Cupertino-based company has a number of new features in the works in order to differentiate its future models in the coming years.

Kicking things off is expected to be a new display technology that should help create an even more immersive experience. Much like Samsung’s curved edge displays, Apple is said …

2016 patent shows that Samsung is working on over the air wireless charging

According to a Samsung patent from 2016 that was just published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the tech giant is looking to join other companies like Disney that are working on over the air wireless charging. Wireless charging today is a misnomer. There are wires that plug the base into a wall outlet. But over the air wireless charging automatically starts powering up the battery in any compatible device once it is in range of the signal. There is no charging pad, and your phone could power up even while it is in your pocket.

Samsung’s patent, filed in South Korea, …

Apple is working on a foldable iPhone for 2020, analyst claims

Apple’s next major iPhone redesign may have a foldable form factor, according to Bank of America analyst Merrill Lynch. Apple was last year rumored to be working with LG on foldable display tech, but according to Lynch, Apple has now moved on to collaborate with other suppliers on the design of other flexible smartphone components.
Foldable phones have been talked up as the next big smartphone design change for quite a while now, but all we’ve seen thus far have been prototypes from companies like Samsung and Lenovo. Samsung has even been working on foldable AMOLED …

Apple working on a pair of over-ear headphones, analyst suggests

Apple might be in the making of a new pair of high-end over-the-ear headphones, said KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. 

Mr. Kuo, who has been quite accurate in his Apple-related predictions, said the upcoming headset will be offered under Apple’s own brand and won’t be a part of the Beats headphones lineup. He also mentioned that the headphones will have better sound quality and battery life than the AirPods and will feature an all-new design.
Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the new headset will be made to fill the gap in audio products Apple …