Tag Archive: Makers


Qualcomm gets 5G commitments from major carriers and phone makers, with a few exceptions

Qualcomm is preemptively boasting about its 5G advantages — because it can.

Qualcomm today announced that it has received intense interest from worldwide telecom operators and equipment manufacturers, including smartphone makers like LG and HTC, to test its burgeoning X50 5G platform, which is set to be released next year.

The move from LTE to 5G promises to bring enormous improvements to speed, capacity, and latency in the worlds of fixed and mobile wireless service. It also  [Read More…]

Pictionary finally gets mobile treatment from makers of Trivia Crack

The popular party game is now available to play on the go!

It’s weird that it took so long, but an official Pictionary game has finally landed in the Google Play Store. Developed by Mattel and Etermax — the same folks behind the all too appropriately named Trivia Crack — Pictionary takes the classic party game and breathes new life in the transition to mobile.

After signing in via Facebook or your Google account, you have the  [Read More…]

Chinese manufacturers dominate in India as local handset makers retreat

Chinese manufacturers have all the momentum in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market.

Chinese brands now account for over 46% of the smartphone market in India, with the likes of Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Lenovo pushing out local handset makers. According to data compiled by Canalys, 28.1 million smartphones were shipped in Q4 2016, with Samsung taking the number one spot. Samsung has the lion’s share of the market at 22%, followed by Xiaomi at 11%, and OPPO  [Read More…]

Google says phone makers can’t ruin Nougat’s notifications if they want to get Google services

A clarification of existing rules means everyone will get at least one feature from Android 7.

It never fails that Google shows off something we think is pretty cool when they give us details about what the next Android version can do, then the people who make the phones don’t include it. There is always that one thing. But it won’t be the direct reply feature in Android 7 Nougat because Google explicitly says it has to  [Read More…]

Why phone makers should take a break from making Android Wear smartwatches

Google still has work to do with Android Wear before it’s a worthy fighter.

Christmas came and went and no one I know received a smartwatch as a gift. Conversely, I saw plenty of mechanical watches sprouting up on social media — I even received one for Christmas.

Admittedly, that’s not a benchmark for how smartwatches are performing, but it is a valid reminder that smartwatches have had a relatively slow year. The Apple Watch had lost  [Read More…]

Samsung tested Galaxy Note7 batteries in-house, unlike other device makers

Now that Samsung has killed off the Galaxy Note7, its main concern is to get at the bottom of the whole overheating batteries mystery. While the investigation is ongoing, it has been revealed via a report from the Wall Street Journal, that Samsung has been testing phone batteries, including those bound for the Note7 in

Early images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from case makers on Amazon

Apparently third party accessory manufacturers decided to go ahead and announce their latest cases for the unreleased Samsung Galaxy Note 7. As of right now Spigen has six official cases for the Note 7, ranging from basic protection through wallet cases. Caseology also got in on the early release with a range of its own Note

Microsoft can teach Android makers a thing or two about updates

Microsoft just updated a slew of Windows phones to the latest version. Even low-end and older models.

Microsoft has begun rolling out the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade to a long list of phones. I’m not a Windows fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I am a mobile tech fan so I’m interested. I jumped over to Windows Central to check out the news about the rollout, to see which devices were getting it and  [Read More…]

Niantic Labs, makers of Ingress, being spun off into an independent company

Niantic Labs, the division behind the super popular augmented reality game Ingress will be spun off into a new company. They’re currently a division within Google but will soon become independent of the search giant. There’s no word on if this is a move brought on by the creation of Alphabet but Niantic will NOT be an Alphabet property.

Google will remain a big part of the company while it looks to bring in “new partners” to reach more audiences. Ingress has  [Read More…]

Case makers already betting on Samsung Galaxy S6 design

We’ve already started to see a variety of Galaxy S6 concepts that speculate what the next flagship from Samsung may look like, and now it looks like case makers are making a bet on the design too.

Courtesy of OBLIQ, there are a number of Galaxy S6 renderings sporting their new Slim Meta case series, and they’re looking good.

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