Samsung allegedly will launch the 2017 A5 and A7 in India in the coming weeks

February 17, 2017

It seems that Samsung might be in the process of updating the A5 and A7 in the Indian market. According to the sources at Pricebaba, the company will be launching the 2017 edition of both of these devices in the next few weeks.

Samsung launched the 2016 models almost a year ago in India. Since then there hasn’t been a lot of activity from Samsung in the mid-range segment. This is becoming one of the hottest segments in the smartphone market right now and with rivals like Lenovo and Xiaomi making in-roads all Samsung has to offer right now are last year’s models.

We don’t have…

LG fans reveal what they like about the camera innovations found on LG phones

February 17, 2017

LG has released a video that shows what LG users, both past and present, think about certain innovative features of the snappers found on LG phones. For example, we hear from a few LG users about the wide angle feature. “It allows me to take great shots of the city,” says one LG user in Brazil. Another person raves about Manual mode. “The nicest thing about having the Manual feature is to be in control of everything.” Stateside Jackie notes the difference in her Instagram photos, which she says “look a lot nicer” when taken with an LG camera. She also raves about the higher quality of her …

Ornithologists are using drones to eavesdrop on songbirds

February 17, 2017
listening When conservationists put drones to work in field research, they typically function as flying eyes that gather imagery of the habitat and wildlife below. Now, ornithologists from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are using drones as flying ears to monitor songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Results of their drone study were published in the peer-reviewed journal The Auk:… Read More

Hydrogen OS 3.0 for OnePlus 3 and 3T is now live

February 17, 2017

Chinese manufacturer OnePlus just released version 3.0 of its Hydrogen Android OS. This new version is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and some users have been reporting slightly better battery life, compared to the latest Nougat OxygenOS update.

H2OS 3.0

If this is the first time you are hearing of Hydrogen OS or H2OS, it is more than understandable. It is the Android ROM OnePlus develops specifically for its local market. It features some UI differences to better suite local tastes and also lacks Google Play Services and the rest of the Google Apps package, since those…

Budget Asus Zenfone 3 Go could be shown at MWC 2017

February 17, 2017

A report from Italy claims that ASUS is about to introduce a new budget smartphone at MWC 2017 this month. Allegedly, this is going to be the Asus Zenfone 3 Go, a successor to one of the more popular devices in the Zenfone 2 line-up.

The source claims that the smartphone will feature a 5-inch display with 720p resolution and is going to be driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing cam are to be added as well.

The leaked image below shows a metal build that’s pretty conventional-looking, …

NuAns is back with Neo Reloaded, but it’s Android-powered

February 17, 2017

Back in 2015, Japanese company NuAns showed off its Windows 10-powered Neo smartphone for the first time. It’s selling point was the TWOTONE interchangeable covers for its back. The phone debuted at CES 2016, post which the company announced its plans for the device’s global launch through a Kickstarter campaign.

The campaign, however, failed.

Then earlier this month, it came to light that the company is coming back with a new version of the phone. And indeed, they are back, with a phone named Neo Reloaded. The key difference here is that the company has ditched Windows 10 Mobile in…

Check out new case-wearing renders of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8

February 17, 2017
Serial tipster Evan Blass disseminated a tweet yesterday that includes new renders of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, each inside a case. The placement of the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint scanner, to the immediate right of the rear camera, continues to be cited by those who believe that the image is not real. Blass’ original leaked image of the Galaxy S8 from last month, and the brand new render, both show the fingerprint scanner in the same location. To confirm this design, we even showed you some protective cases with a cutout for the fingerprint scanner in that location. We should also point out …

New GSMA mobile engagement study finds almost half of mobile users still only talk and text

February 17, 2017

It’s not everyday you see an endeavor of this scale and potential importance to the mobile realm. GSMA has take upon itself to create and start conducting a new annual study and calculate what it is calling the new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI). It is an unique figure that measures the population’s level of engagement with mobile phones, taking into account both types of use cases and frequency. The gathered data covers smarthpones and more traditional handsets and spans across 56 countries (32 developing, 24 developed), at 1,000 online survey respondent (18+) per country, effectively…

New rumor suggests both FullHD and QHD display options for the Xiaomi Mi 6

February 17, 2017

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite a few months now. Frankly, the immense fan interest has made it exceedingly hard to sort through all the alleged info on the device. Thus, you should take this new scoop, courtesy of a source on Weibo with the usual pinch of salt.

The poster claims that the Mi 6 will come in two distinct variants – one with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a FullHD panel, while the other will ramp storage up to 64GB and offer a QHD display. Different storage options sound perfectly reasonable and were observed on the Mi 5 as well, however, having…

TAG Heuer tipped to launch hybrid Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on March 14

February 17, 2017

In a January interview, a Tag Heuer executive said the luxury watch brand is going to release an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch in May – a successor to the Tag Heuer Connected that arrived in 2015. But the wearable may arrive earlier than expected, for sources in-the-know told Android Central that the device – called Tag Connected Modular – will be released March 14. The smartwatch is tipped to feature fully customizable lugs with a choice of interchangeable straps and clasps.

What’s more, a custom automatic watch head will let the wearable switch between digital and …