Tag Archive: Future


Future Samsung phones might be made out of new ‘Metal 12’ magnesium alloy

Samsung might be getting ready to kick aluminum to the curb.

Although we don’t usually talk too much about them, Samsung’s recently been killing it in the laptop space. The company announced its new Notebook 9 for 2018, and while there’s a lot to like about the machine, one of its highlights is a new magnesium alloy Samsung created specifically for it. Samsung refers to the alloy as “Metal 12”, and it allows the Notebook 9 to be incredibly  [Read More…]

Future Samsung phones will have a working FM radio chip

Coming to residents in the U.S. and Canada via NextRadio.

Between downloading local files and the vast array of streaming services, your options for listening to music while on the go are more abundant than ever before. Now, thanks to a new partnership with NextRadio, future Samsung phones will ship with a working FM chip so you can access and listen to local radio stations.

Most phones have the tech to support FM signals, but they’re unfortunately  [Read More…]

Vivo’s in-display fingerprint sensor shows the future of smartphone biometrics

This is the way of the future.

Phones are getting thinner and display bezels are getting smaller, so any time a company can save space in a phone it’s going to do it. The latest way to save space and give companies flexibility has been created by Synaptics, with its new in-display fingerprint solution.

The first company to use the new fingerprint sensor tech is Vivo, and I had an opportunity to use this awesome new sensor  [Read More…]

Dual cameras are the future, and the Huawei Mate 9 does it really well

The Huawei Mate 9 may have two cameras, but its implementation is arguably the best of the bunch.

Dual camera setups on smartphones are growing in popularity, not only with device makers, but with users as well. Each manufacturer tries to set itself apart from one another. The likes of Apple, OnePlus, Motorola, Huawei, and more recently, Samsung, have all released devices with two camera modules.

Apple’s Portrait Mode uses both lenses to add depth to a  [Read More…]

Inside the battery-free cell phone of the future

The battery-free phone runs on ambient light and RF signals, though it’s not enough to power your favorite game.

Batteries: You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them, and I recite that cliche because I know you’re nodding along with me right now. Smartphone battery packs have become bigger so that they last longer, and a majority have been infused with fast charging technology. But a dead battery remains a major pain point, especially since  [Read More…]

Lenovo’s future smartphones will ship with stock Android instead of Vibe Pure UI

Lenovo used to be one of those Android OEMs who shipped its smartphones with its own Android-based custom UI onboard. But according to recent information shared by Lenovo’s India head of marketing, Anuj Sharma, the company is looking to phase out its Vibe Pure UI in favor of near-stock Android. Lenovo has taken a hint […]

Lenovo ditches Vibe Pure UI, will ship stock Android on all future phones

Lenovo is sticking to stock Android, starting with the K8 Note.

Motorola’s focus on an uncluttered software experience allowed its phones to stand out, and its parent company Lenovo is following suit. The company has confirmed that it is abandoning its Vibe Pure UI skin in favor of stock Android, with the upcoming K8 Note the first phone to ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

According to Anuj Sharma, Lenovo India’s head of  [Read More…]

HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5.0 with future updates

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were the first devices to launch with Bluetooth 5.0, and so should have the HTC U11. Unfortunately, the phone made a debut with Bluetooth 4.2 onboard. Luckily, it seems that HTC is prepping an update that will upgrade the U11 flagship to the latest Bluetooth standard. According to […]

The future of augmented reality may actually be in shopping apps

How the technology is implemented matters more than the device it arrives on.

We’ve already established that it’s the pervasiveness of online shopping apps killing the shopping mall. But what about augmented reality? Could that change the way we purchase things in the future?

I spent an hour this week at a pop-up showcase for the ASUS ZenFone AR. It’s been nearly eight months since the smartphone was announced, and though we still don’t have a launch  [Read More…]

Google Maps now tells you how long a future trip will take

“If I don’t leave now, it’s only going to take longer.”

It’s hard to know the perfect time to go somewhere, because there’s no one outside mailmen and UPS drivers that really know when traffic is best in your city… except for Google Maps. With millions of users and millions more Waze users helping them graph traffic in real-time, day after day, Google Maps really can tell when the best time is  [Read More…]