Samsung CEO confirms Galaxy S8 sales are 15% higher than Galaxy S7’s

July 16, 2017

Reports that Galaxy S8 sales are well behind of those for the Galaxy S7 since launch surfaced last week, even though Samsung hasn’t released any official numbers. In fact, this was one of the reasons analysts claimed Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Note 8 earlier than usual.

However, Samsung’s CEO DJ Koh refuted these reports at a press conference held in Taipei recently. Besides confirming the late August reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, he said that sales of the Galaxy S8 smartphones are well above those of the Galaxy S7 devices.

According to DJ …

Andy Rubin plans to bring the Essential Phone to the UK, Europe and Japan

July 16, 2017

You didn’t think Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will be exclusively available in the United States, did you? Even though the company behind the quirky smartphone hasn’t yet come forward with an official statement to confirm its expanded availability, Financial Times reports the Essential Phone will be released in many other countries.

Apparently, Andy Rubin’s company negotiated the release of the Essential Phone in the UK with local carriers. Last week, Essential execs held talks with EE and other UK network operators to find a suitable time frame for the launch the …

Panasonic P55 Max with 5000mAh battery launched

Panasonic has launched its latest P55 Max smartphone in India. The phone is priced at INR 8,499 ($132) and is available exclusively on Flipkart.

The P55 Max has a 5.5-inch 710p IPS display with 2.5D curved glass, MediaTek MT6737 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, 5000mAh battery and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The phone is available in black and gold color options. Customers buying the phone will get 5% off they have have an Axis Bank credit card and 3 months unlimited data for INR 399 recharge on Jio plus an additional 30GB…

Meizu PRO 7 to be unveiled July 26th

July 16, 2017

A tweet disseminated by Meizu reveals that the manufacturer’s PRO 7 flagship phone will be officially unveiled on July 26th. Photos that come from Meizu reveal the secondary display that takes up a small portion of the back screen. Images of the secondary display show that it is placed just under the rear-facing dual-camera setup. This is all found under the left corner of the phone’s back cover. Previous leaks show the secondary display to be a full-color LCD screen.

Speculation has the Meizu PRO 7 powered by the MediaTek Helio X30 SoC carrying a deca-core CPU. The chip brings a 35% …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active price and release date predictions

July 16, 2017

We’ve already talked about the Galaxy S8 Active, a rumored and anticipated handset that’s most definitely coming pretty soon. As the name suggests, the Galaxy S8 Active will be a rugged, more durable variation of the flashy Galaxy S8. We largely expect it to drop the glass at the rear for a more rugged material that wouldn’t break if you accidentally drop the phone on a hard surface. Furthermore, the curved display at the front of the Galaxy S8, albeit neat and cool, will be substituted for a flat variation that won’t be as susceptible to breakage due to accidental drops. A …

Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher lands many new features in latest update

July 16, 2017

The team behind Arrow Launcher has just released a major update for their Android app, which has already been pushed to Google Play Store. Arrow Launcher 3.7 brings many new features and tweaks based on user feedback.

One of the most useful new features introduced in the latest update is the option to merge or remove any contact dupes in the address book. You can now let Arrow Launcher manage your contact list and never have to worry about having any duplicates in your address book.

Another important change is the option to sign in with a Microsoft Account …

A new Google Now design begins to roll out to some Pixel phones

July 16, 2017
Android has been widely praised and preferred for the customizability of its looks. Nonetheless, there has been a fair share of smartphone users, especially those on the ‘other side’ (e.g. iOS users), who have argued that iOS still provides better and smoother visual experiences, albeit with limited options for custom-tweaking the UI. In this spirit, Google has seemingly kicked off an update to Google Now’s looks that certainly adds to the feature’s visual appeal and makes the screen look more like an extension to your home screen, rather than a whole new app window.

The update has started …

Nokia 105 and 130 go official – cheap and dual-SIM ready

Nokia is adding two names to its feature phone roster by announcing a refresh to the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. The two phones run on the Nokia S30+ platform, come in single and dual-SIM flavors and have Snake Xenzia on board.

Nokia 105

The Nokia 105 is almost the same as its predecessor but adds a bigger 1.8″ display. There’s an 800mAh battery aboard that promises 15 hours of talk time and a month’s worth of stand by.

Nokia 105

There’s an FM Radio on board too, but network support is limited to 2G.

The single SIM model will cost $14.5 while the dual-SIM $15.

Nokia…

These new iPhone 8 renders reiterate one unusually large power key

July 16, 2017

Armed with alleged CAD schematics of the upcoming iPhone 8, provided by a case maker, a digital artist set off to flesh them out in a render form to depict what the new iPhone may look like when it hits the shelves later this year.

While there aren’t many differences from similar concept images we’ve seen drawn so far – the AR-touting vertical dual camera and the all-screen front are still a go – what struck us as interesting is the size of the power/lock key on the right side. It could, apparently, grow up significantly when compared with the current …

Sudden traffic jam? Google Maps will now tell you when is the best time to leave

July 16, 2017

Google Maps has been displaying color-coded traffic info for a while now, painting the most congested areas in your city in red during rush hour, for instance, but it has just now become so confident in its traffic jam telling abilities, that the app is going into the prediction business.

When you tap “Directions” to go to a place in Google Maps now, and choose the car driving option, the “Route info” tab at the bottom left corner of the display will pull up not only the turn-by-turn recap of the trip, complete with Street View snapshots of each junction, but will …