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Amazon’s Alexa to be found on the next Android powered Huawei flagship phone in the U.S.

January 6, 2017
Sure, Alexa has been the voice activated personal assistant on Amazon Echo devices, but is it ready to handle tasks barked at it by phone users? Huawei announced at CES this week that the U.S. version of its next flagship phone will include an app that connects to Alexa. This has some analysts believing that Google is going to have to fight before it is no longer the most popular digital assistant on Android.

Google does have its Google Assistant, which allows users to engage in a more conversational dialogue with the virtual assistant. Google Assistant is available on the Google Pixel and …

Verizon has 5G equipment deployed in 10 cities

January 6, 2017
According to a report published today, Verizon Wireless has equipment in place for fixed 5G service in 10 U.S. cities. The nation’s largest carrier did admit that this equipment might not meet the initial standards for 5G as determined by 3GPP. As a result, in order to meet these standards, Verizon might have to upgrade this equipment, which is supplied by Ericsson in three of the cities that are being covered.

To meet these standards, Verizon will merely need to push out a software or firmware update. If it does need to make some changes to the hardware deployed in these 10 cities, a Verizon …

LG to sustain its first quarterly operating loss since 2010, mobile and appliance sales went below expectations

January 5, 2017
It seems LG won’t have much in the way of financial wellbeing to talk about this month, as the company prepares to report its first quarterly operating loss in six years. Q4 2016 will see LG drop $29.36 million, which is attributed to prolonged difficulties with its mobile business and a seasonal weakening of appliances sales – the company’s main profit engine. Heightened promotional expenses have also contributed to the situation. On the upside, revenue for the quarter may have improved 1.5%.

2016 wasn’t a good year for LG’s mobile business in particular, as its premium product, the LG …

Samsung Galaxy A3 & Galaxy A5 (2017) hands-on and up close from CES 2017

January 5, 2017

A new year is a time for new beginnings, and when you finished out the past year with the sort of unmitigated disaster that faced Samsung as it dealt with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, by now you’re looking to move forward, start fresh, and introduce the world to something new. While CES 2017 hasn’t introduced us to a new Note, or even the next Galaxy S flagship, Samsung’s still getting things started with a trio of new mid-range handsets – a bit of a warm-up, if you will – as it announces the latest generation of Galaxy A-series phones with a new Galaxy A3, A5, and A7.

While …

A quick hands on with the 2017 version of the budget-friendly LG K10

January 5, 2017

LG always has a pretty big presence here at CES, and things aren’t any different this year. The company’s flagship product that was announced at the event is their new Signature OLED TV that measures in at just 2.5-millimeters thick, and among this and a heap of appliances that have been introduced, LG also ushered in a handful of new smartphones.

There’s no LG G6 to be found here, as all of the smartphones that have been announced by the company have been focused on the budget side of things. We already checked out the Stylus 3, and in addition to this, …

Moto Z phones support Google’s VR platform Daydream

January 5, 2017
If you own a Motorola Moto Z series phone, you might not know that your handset supports Google’s VR platform Daydream. Google’s Daydream website includes a list of  phones that will run Daydream branded VR products. That list is a short one that includes the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, and the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The Verizon exclusive DROID variants of those two are also included, of course.

The website also shows that more Daydream enabled handsets are on the way. Those models include the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and the recently announced Asus ZenFone AR.

Daydream, which …

Going hands on with the LG Stylus 3 – a phone with a lot of the Note’s features for a lot less money

January 5, 2017

When talking about LG’s mobile division, most of the attention is currently being placed on what’s to come next with the company’s successor to the G5. Last year’s modular mess didn’t really pan out how anyone was hoping, and all eyes are on LG to see what their next move will be with the G6. Until that day comes though, LG has taken advantage of CES 2017 to introduce a heap of new budget smartphone offerings. The budget smartphone market is easily in its most competitive form ever, as good smartphones and becoming increasingly cheap, and cheap smartphones are becoming …

The Lumia 950 is back in stock at Microsoft Store (after a short period of unavailability)

January 5, 2017

At the very end of 2016, Microsoft’s US online store stopped selling Lumia smartphones – there was not a single model available to buy. Now, Microsoft is once again offering the Lumia 950, either unlocked, or on AT&T.

The AT&T Lumia 950 costs $298.99, and is available only in white, while the unlocked Lumia 950 can be purchased for $399, only in black.

Microsoft is also listing the Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 640, Lumia 550, and Verizon’s Lumia 750 on its online store, though all these models are currently out of stock, and there’s no word on when they’ll …

Nomura Securities expects a huge supercycle for iOS to begin with the 2017 Apple iPhone 8

January 5, 2017
With the beginning of the new year, many Wall Street types, smartphone fanatics and even consumers who don’t obsess about these devices, are thinking about what Apple might have in store for this year’s iPhone. Nomura Securities analysts say that Apple is on the verge of a new supercycle that will go well beyond anything that the company has seen before.

According to Nomura, the last supercycle took place in 2014 when Apple increased the screen size of the iPhone to 4.7-inches, and introduced the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus phablet. That was, of course, the Apple iPhone 6 series. Apple set records …

Beats teaser appears to show Jet White Apple iPhone 7, but there is an explanation

January 5, 2017
Back in November, we first told you about a report out of Japan that mentioned that a Jet White Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus were on the way. Tipster Sonny Dickson fanned the fire by disseminating a video that showed a third party’s interpretation of the Jet White iPhone 7 lineup. Just the other day, those hoping for a Jet White iPhone were super excited to see an Instagram photo made by Apple, teasing the black Studio Wireless Beats by Dre headphone.

In stark contrast to the black headphones, the photo shows what appears to be a glossy Jet White iPhone 7 on top of a passport …

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