Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 24 Feb 2017 3:16 am
Google wants its messaging app to be the default texting platform in the age of RCS.
Google Messenger has picked up an update that renames the app to Android Messages. The core functionality is still the same, and barring the name change, the update doesn't bring any new features to the messaging app. However, the app will now be installed on default on handsets from over 20 phone makers as...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 24 Feb 2017 2:15 am
LG continues to focus on just one feature and ignore everything else in its X series.
LG has introduced the successor to the X Power, and like last year's handset, the X Power2 has a huge battery and not much else going for it. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.5GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM (1.5GB in select markets), 16GB storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter, and...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 24 Feb 2017 2:38 am
Upcoming EUI update will bring new features to LeEco's phones in the U.S.
LeEco has announced that an upcoming update to its EUI user interface will bring an app drawer to the Le Pro3 and the Le S3. The update will add the app drawer icon to the middle of the dock, moving the Live entertainment app — which lets you access LeEco's content offerings — to the right.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 24 Feb 2017 1:59 am
Get ready to see a lot of ads in Facebook videos.
In a bid to increase revenues for publishers posting video on its platform, Facebook is introducing ads in the middle of on-demand content, while expanding availability of "mid-roll" ads for live videos. Facebook will start testing the new format with a select set of U.S. publishers who will earn 55% of the ad revenue, with the social network...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 23 Feb 2017 10:57 pm
Google Assistant is coming to the desktop through Allo.
One of the main drawbacks of Allo has been the lack of a desktop version, but it looks like that's about to change. A tweet from Google's VP of Communications Products Nick Fox shows a screenshot of Allo running on the desktop.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 23 Feb 2017 9:02 am
Qualcomm rolls out a VR dev kit, teams up with Leap Motion to bring natural interaction to mobile VR.
The Snapdragon 835 will be powering this year's flagship phones, but Qualcomm is increasingly looking to virtual reality as a growth driver. To that effect, Qualcomm included several features in the Snapdragon 835 that make it an ideal platform for mobile VR, including 15ms motion-to-photon...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 23 Feb 2017 6:16 am
Samsung's high-end SoC for 2017 gets detailed.
Samsung announced last year that it was partnering with Qualcomm to build the Snapdragon 835 on its new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. The company is now introducing its own chipset based on the new node, the Exynos 8895. The SoC falls under the Exynos 9 Series, and the node shift along with an improved 3D transistor structure means that the...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 23 Feb 2017 5:35 am
We now have launch dates for this year's biggest flagships.
A report out of Korea's ET News suggests Samsung and LG have finalized the launch dates for their upcoming flagships. The publication states that the Galaxy S8 — which is rumored to be unveiled in New York on March 29 — will be launching globally on April 21, while the LG G6 is slated to become available on March 10 following an unveil...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 23 Feb 2017 4:48 am
Sony's latest SD cards are designed for photographers shooting in 4K.
Sony's upcoming SF-G series of SD cards will be the fastest in the world, according to the company. The SD cards will be debuting sometime in the month of March, and will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage configurations. The cards feature read speeds of 300MB/s and write speeds of 299MB/s, which Sony says will come...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 23 Feb 2017 3:17 am
Huawei P10 gets shows off once again ahead of its official debut.
Huawei confirmed last month that it would launch the P10 at Mobile World Congress. We saw the device break cover earlier this month, which showed off the blue, gold, and green color options it will be available in, and today we're getting a look at the press renders of the Huawei P10 ahead of its official unveil.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 23 Feb 2017 2:50 am
Nougat update is now available for the HTC 10 in India.
HTC rolled out the Nougat update to the HTC 10 back in November, with unlocked units in the U.S. receiving the update first. The company has since rolled out the update to customers in the UK at the end of last month, and is now making Android 7.0 Nougat available to Indian users.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 22 Feb 2017 9:49 am
Skype Lite is designed to work on slow cellular connections in India.
After Facebook Lite and YouTube Lite (which is dubbed YouTube Go), it is now Microsoft's turn to roll out a 2G-friendly version of Skype in India. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off the app at an event in Mumbai earlier today, highlighting the fact that it was built at Microsoft's development facility in Hyderabad and...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 22 Feb 2017 9:24 am
LG G6's slim bezels get highlighted in latest leak.
The latest LG G6 leak shows off the device next to last year's G5. LG has previously stated that the G6 will feature a big screen in a small body, and it's easy to see that from the image posted on Weibo. In spite of featuring a 5.7-inch QHD+ display, the G6 is only marginally larger than the 5.3-inch G5.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 22 Feb 2017 12:03 am
The Honor V9 has everything you'd want from a high-end phone in 2017.
Huawei's sub-brand Honor unveiled its 2017 flagship in China, and like the company's offerings in the past, the Honor V9 offers high-end specs for the equivalent of $435. The phone features a 5.7-inch QHD display with 2.5D curved glass, and is powered by Huawei's latest Kirin 960 SoC, which has four Cortex A73 cores clocked at...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 21 Feb 2017 10:43 pm
Update: A spokesperson for Samsung India has confirmed that the company won't sell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 in the country: "The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect."
Original story follows:
Samsung announced the findings of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation last month, detailing that two separate battery issues were to...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 21 Feb 2017 10:28 pm
The Moto G5 Plus is heading to Verizon.
Verizon has shunned the Moto G series for a few generations, but it looks like that won't be the case this year. According to noted leaker Evan Blass, the Moto G5 Plus will be available on Verizon.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 21 Feb 2017 1:00 pm
Microsoft apps have come a long way on Android.
Microsoft essentially shunned Android and iOS for several years, but with Satya Nadella taking the helm in 2014 and adopting a mobile-first stance, the company has turned its attention to bringing its apps and services to rival platforms. From heavy-hitters like Office to side projects developed by employees in their free time under the Microsoft...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 21 Feb 2017 8:12 am
Sprint Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users are now picking up the stable Nougat update.
After T-Mobile and AT&T, Sprint is now rolling out the stable Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The update is rolling out to beta testers right now, and should make its way to all users shortly.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 21 Feb 2017 8:49 am
You can now design custom themes in Telegram.
Encrypted messaging platform Telegram has added support for themes with the v3.17 update. You can now select from three themes — the default one, a blue theme, and a dark theme — and there's also the option to design your own via a theme editor.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 21 Feb 2017 7:04 am
Amazon's Alexa-powered Fire TV Stick is coming to the UK in April.
The updated variant of Amazon's Fire TV Stick with Alexa integration has made its way to the UK for £39.99. The device is currently up for pre-order on Amazon UK, and will be releasing on April 6. The new Fire TV Stick comes with a redesigned user interface, a faster processor, and a remote powered by Alexa.