Tag Archive: Makers


Android phone makers should be nervous about the $699 iPhone 11

Apple’s budget iPhone is better (and cheaper) than last year’s.

Apple regularly gets criticized for the high prices of its iPhones, but in 2018, the company shook up its formula of only offering high-cost flagships with the introduction of the $ 749 iPhone XR. The XR quickly became Apple’s most popular and best-selling iPhone, but when compared to the XS, things like the single rear camera, worse water resistance, and 720p HD LCD display made it look  [Read More…]

Saturday’s top deals: connected coffee makers, Echo Dot bundles, & more

We spend every day trawling the web for the very best deals so you don’t have to. Our very favorites from today have been rounded up below for your personal perusal and purchasing pleasure. Don’t miss ’em!

Smartphone controlled Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Connected Coffee Maker

This coffee maker syncs to a free smartphone app to let you view your coffee usage, check your inventory, and even re-order more supplies when you’re in need. At today’s price, you won’t  [Read More…]

Phone makers need to stop abusing Android’s memory management

Dontkillmyapp.com highlights just how bad things are by scoring popular phone manufacturers and none have clean hands.

The company that makes your Android phone is doing Android memory management wrong. Because the best practices and in some cases actual requirements for access to Google Play aren’t observed, app developers are seeing a new set of headaches if the apps they build need to work while you’re looking at another screen or have the display turned off. Thankfully,  [Read More…]

Of course Facebook ‘shared’ data with phone makers — but only because you let it happen

It’s not surprising that data was ‘shared,’ but it’s surprising that people didn’t realize what was going on.

Fresh Facebook news broke on Tuesday that the company has built decade-long partnerships with a handful of phone makers and other technology companies to more deeply integrate Facebook services and data into phones and websites. The deals offered phone makers the opportunity to integrate Facebook services directly into the contacts, dialer and launcher apps, among others — and of  [Read More…]

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