OnePlus 5T will have to wait until next year for Android Oreo

On November 16, OnePlus took the wraps off its latest smartphone at an event held in New York. Apart from revealing all of the new features, price, and release date of the OnePlus 5T, the company also announced that the new device will arrive with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The news might have surprised some, as many expected that the flagship would be running an OxygenOS version based on Android Oreo. Still, OnePlus might have a valid reason for taking its time. The Chinese phone maker stated that the 5T and its predecessor, the OnePlus …


Details about the next year Samsung Galaxy J3 might have already been leaked

Although 2017 is not over yet, most smartphone companies are already working on their next year’s lineups. Just like it did in the last couple of years, Samsung plans to launch an entry-level Galaxy J handset.

Obviously, we’re talking about the Galaxy J3, one of the cheapest Android smartphones to be released by Samsung each year. However, that doesn’t mean that the phone isn’t improved each year.

Unfortunately, the 2018 model does not seem to pack too many improvements over the current Galaxy J3 (2017) version. According to a listing up at GFXBench, the Galaxy J3 (2018), also known …

Huawei has a "working" foldable phone, could release it next year


Huawei, which recently announced the interesting Mate 10
smartphone series, has exciting plans for the next few years. According to
Cnet, the company is working on a foldable phone that could be released as
early as 2018 – perhaps at about the same time with Samsung’s long-rumored Galaxy X foldable
phone.

 

Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed to Cnet that the company
actually has a “working sample” of its upcoming foldable handset. However,
the device needs improvements related to mechanical design, plus “better, more flexible
screen technology” in order to become a product that’s ready …

Nokia phone sales off to a very good start, on path to reach 10 million in first year

Nokia is back. The phone company that dominated the early 2000s has been resurrected and we have both smartphones and feature phones like the re-imagined Nokia 3310 available for purchase, but how popular are they and are they selling well?
HMD Global introduced the first Nokia phones in February 2017 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and ever since than it has sold “millions” smartphones and “tens of millions” features phones, according to the company’s own Pekka Rentala. This official confirmation came on September 2nd and accounted …

Sprint says its LTE Plus is the most improved wireless network this year


Sprint Chief Operating Officer Günther Ottendorfer boasted today that Sprint’s LTE Plus is the most improved network of 2017. The executive wrote that year-over-year its average download speed rose by 33%. In 25 of its 99 top markets, average download speed rose by 40% to 100% based on data taken from Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence. According to the COO, part of the improvement was due to the employment of more 2.5GHz spectrum by the carrier. Ottendorfer says that the more spectrum Sprint uses for its LTE Plus network, the faster the network becomes.

One new tool soon to be in use on …

Top Apple analyst says TrueDepth Camera and Face ID will come to the iPad Pro next year

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, versions of the Apple iPad Pro to be unveiled next year will include the TrueDepth Camera, like the one found on the Apple iPhone X. The camera is used for the Face ID feature on the tenth anniversary phone, which allows users to unlock their handset with a simple glance at the device. At the same time, Face ID also verifies the identity of the phone’s owner when Apple Pay is being used to make a payment.

According to Kuo, with the TrueDepth Camera coming to the Apple iPad Pro, so is Face ID. He believes that Apple is trying to make the high-end …

Snap says it has sold over 150,000 Spectacle glasses in one year, 50% more than expected

Has more than a year gone by since Snapchat parent Snap introduced its first hardware product? You bet it has. The plastic sunglasses that records and shares up to 30-seconds of video at a time has sold 50% more units than the company’s target. According to company founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, who was speaking Tuesday at Vanity Fair’s fourth annual New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills, Snap has rung up over 150,000 units of the product. The in-house target was to sell 100,000 Spectacles over the year.

Spiegel said that he was proud of that number since it topped the number of iPad …

Indian carrier will repurchase certain iPhone models after one year, for 70% of your cost

As Apple’s fortunes in China have turned south, the company has tried to pump up sales in India. Of course, as a developing economy, the price of a new iPhone is rather steep which is why the Apple iPhone SE is being manufactured in the country. As recently as last year, the top selling iPhone in India was 2013’s Apple iPhone 5s. With the mathematical prowess of an options trader using algorithms to figure out a particular trade, a wireless operator in India has figured out another way to get rupee-starved Indians to buy more recent iPhone models.

The Jio telecom unit owned by India’s Reliance …

Apple sold $4.9 billion worth of the Apple Watch last year?

It is still hard to believe, but data computed by market researcher Asymco confirms Tim Cook’s recent comment about Apple being the top watch manufacturer in the world. From a perspective of revenue, Rolex grossed $4.7 billion in 2016. With 1 million watches sold that year, the average Rolex cost $4,700. Asymco estimates that over the last 12 months, 15 million Apple Watch units have been sold with total revenue at $4.9 billion. The average price of a purchased Apple timepiece? $330.

Since the launch of Apple’s smartwatch on April 24th, 2015, the research firm figures that Apple has sold …

Apple is the most valuable brand globally for the fifth consecutive year

For the fifth consecutive year, consultant Interbrand has named Apple the most valuable brand on the planet. The value of the brand is $184 billion, according to the latest report, which is up 3% over last year’s figure. Some of Apple’s rivals are in the top ten with Google in second place. The Alphabet subsidiary has a brand worth $141.7 billion, 6% higher than the 2016 valuation.

Microsoft takes third place, and its 10% year-over-year hike in value means that the brand is worth $80 billion. Amazon, led by its Echo smart speaker, saw its 5th place brand rise 29% in valuation this year to …