Xiaomi to launch a new Redmi device in India on January 19

January 9, 2017

Xiaomi has sent out invitations to the media for its launch event in India on January 19. The invite does not specify the device that will be launched, although Xiaomi did mention it is going to be a Redmi device on social media.

The device to be launched is widely believed to be the Redmi Note 4. Following last year’s incredibly successful and well-received Redmi Note 3, the Redmi Note 4 improves in several significant ways over its predecessor. It ditches the metal back panel of the previous model for a full unibody aluminum design with chamfered edges and a 2.5D glass over…

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) tested with Android 7.0 running the show; update coming soon?

January 8, 2017
It appears that the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is getting prepped for an update. On Geekbench, the phone was benchmarked with Android 7.0 installed. The rest of the specs included the Exynos 7580 chipset powering the handset. The phone was tested with an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 1.6GHz, and 2GB of RAM was on board.

On Geekbench, the model number of the phone tested was SM-A525F, which is actually a variant of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). But the specs listed match up perfectly with the 2016 model of the Galaxy A5, which is the model we believe was actually benchmarked with …

Google Assistant to receive keyboard input, gesture shortcuts coming to Search

January 8, 2017
You might be happy enough interacting with the Google Assistant by voice alone, but what if you had the option of using a keyboard to input commands as an alternative? That’s already possible in the Allo messenger app, which features integration with the Google Assistant. It would make sense for Google to bring this functionality to the assistant, and it looks like this is going to happen sometime soon.

The current beta of Google Assistant contains a new keyboard icon, suggesting keyboard input as an upcoming feature. So if something’s preventing you from using your voice to …

Apple will surpass Microsoft in shipments of smart devices this year

January 8, 2017
According to analytical firm Gartner, in 2017 Apple’s shipment of smart devices (those running iOS and OS X) will surpass Microsoft’s shipments of smart devices powered by Windows, for the first time. Gartner then estimates that Apple will continue to out ship Microsoft through 2019. Both firms have suffered through three years in a row of lower shipments of their smart devices. For Apple, that trend should end this year according to Gartner.

The analytical firm expects Apple to top Microsoft by shipping 18 million more units this year, increasing the gap to 28 million in 2019. The Windows …

5 apps that generate bizarre and colorful wallpapers by using fractals

January 8, 2017

Looking for some outside-the-norm wallpapers? Go fractal! Fractals are the beautiful side of math, a way of generating mesmerizing patterns of all shapes and colors. The five Android apps we’ve rounded up below have the means to surprise you with new creations every time you fire them up, which means you can arm yourself with a bunch of unique wallpaper generators to get your visuals fix straight away. You are given a degree of control over the process as well, so that you can take advantage of those peculiar mathematical engines and tweak the results to your delight! …

In 2016, Android was more vulnerable to hackers than iOS was

January 8, 2017
Among the mobile and desktop operating systems ringing up the 50 most vulnerabilities last year, Android was on top with 523 such flaws. In comparison, iOS was number 15 with 161 such issues. That was a reversal from 2015. That year, it was iOS that had the most vulnerabilities between the two with 387 compared to 125 for Android. Overall, iOS had the second most vulnerabilities in 2015 while Android ranked 15th.

The numbers, based on data compiled by CVE Details mean that last year the odds favored that Android powered devices would be hacked more than any other mobile iOS. A vulnerability …

Amazon’s Alexa hears anchorman report story, puts in orders for dollhouses

January 7, 2017

There is a downside to smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. Since they are made to respond to the spoken word, some times the devices don’t take into consideration the source of those words. For example, the other day a 6-year old girl from Dallas named Brooke Neitzel ordered a $162 dollhouse and four pounds of cookies from Alexa by using the Amazon Echo Dot that her parents received for the holidays.

Brooke’s order became known when her parents received an email confirmation. But the best was yet to come. The CW6 television station in San Diego, known as CW6, …

Verizon mistakenly shows a 256GB variant for both the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL

January 7, 2017
The first smartphone designed by Google is a hit, as you probably already know. The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are both available with 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, although if you go to Verizon’s website you might get the impression that a 256GB variant is being offered. To see exactly what we are talking about, head to Big Red’s Pixel or Pixel XL page and click on the “Learn More” link in the promo box on the bottom of the page. You will then be transported to a chart that shows the various deals offered for all available Pixel models with the trade-in of certain phones.

In …

EU trademark filing by Nokia suggests that it is prepping a virtual assistant named Viki

January 7, 2017
Late last night, we told you that the Nokia 6 Android powered smartphone had been unveiled. The handset will launch early this year as an exclusive in China for JD.com. Now comes word that Nokia has filed for a trademark in the EU for the name “Viki.” This might be the name of a voice activated virtual personal assistant that the company is working on. In the product description section of the application, Viki is described as “Software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and web assistants working with digital knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice-based interface.”

If …

The unannounced Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one step closer to release

January 7, 2017

The next generation of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S tablets should have been introduced last year, but for some reason the South Korean company has decided to postpone the release.

We reported about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab S3 last year in November, as the tablet was spotted at Zauba, India’s import and export company. Before that, rumors emerged in mid-August that Samsung plans to introduce the Galaxy Tab S3 at IFA, in September.

However, probably due to the Galaxy Note 7’s global recall, Samsung has decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet …