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The specs of the upcoming Tab S3 tablet with model numbers SM-T820 and SM-T825 have recently surfaced on Weibo. These specs include the Exynos 7420 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and UFS 2.0 internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 investigation results are now public
The whole Galaxy Note 7 saga seems to have reached its final page - the results of the official investigation are now public and they hold no surprise - the fires were caused by faulty batteries coming from two different suppliers.
Introducing the new Google Voice, 5 years in the making
Google Voice, a VoIP calling service that aggregates multiple phone numbers into one, has received its first update in 5 years. While the service was rumored to be killed off soon, Google has stated this is the first of many updates to come.
WinkPax G1 Nintendo Switch alternative is already up for sale
This 8-inch "3 in 1 phablet" comes only with Android 5.1, but offers 4G connectivity via a micro SIM card, HDMI output, and has a foldable/detachable/adaptable controller with two joysticks, one D-pad, and four action buttons.
Oracle lays off over 1,000 employees
Due to the refocus of its Hardware Systems business, Oracle is now laying off employees who mainly work in the SPARC department, most of them as software and hardware developers.
Samsung Galaxy S8 not showing up at MWC
Since the Note 7 troubles were caused by the batteries (now this is finally official), Samsung has decided to improve the testing of this essential hardware part. As a direct consequence, it looks like the next Galaxy flagship will miss this year's Mobile World Congress.
LineageOS 14.1 now available for Nexus and Moto handsets
Although the first official build is not ready yet, the Android 7.1 Nougat-based LineageOS 14.1 is now available in a nightly/experimental stage for a few devices, including the Nexus 6P and 5X, Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Nextbit Robin, and Xiaomi Redmi 1.
Nokia confirms Snapdragon 835-powered flagship, hints at Windows phones
Nokia China's WeiBo account revealed some interesting information during a recent Q&A session, hinting at both a Snapdragon 835-powered flagship and future Windows Phones.
Galaxy S8's Bixby to feature visual search and text recognition capabilities
Samsung's upcoming virtual assistant that is expected to come with the next Galaxy flagship will be able to conduct payments and control all native apps, but also to perform visual search operations and text recognition with the help of the device's cameras.
Sony G3221 smartphone hits AnTuTu
The benchmark page for the G3221 reveals a Sony smartphone loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat that uses the MediaTek Helio P20 processor, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, and 16/23 MP cameras.
TAG Heuer to launch a new smartwatch in May
Although the company only expected to sell 20,000 Connected units, TAG Heuer managed to ship no less than 56,000, and now they aim even higher. The upcoming smartwatch by this Swiss brand is scheduled to arrive in May, and the plan is to sell over 150,000 units.
With a shrinking market share and the exit of Hugo Barra, Xiaomi may be in trouble
Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi will be losing their Vice President of International and leading spokesman, Hugo Barra, after 3.5 years of service. His departure may signal trouble for the company, which has seen its smartphone market share drop significantly over the past year.
Acer Liquid Z6E coming soon
This new low-end handset loaded with Android Marshmallow is expected to cost below $110 USD and to offer a 5-inch 720p display, an unspecified quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB internal storage.
ZTE Hawkeye might get improved specs
After toning down the initial hardware specs announced for this handset, ZTE plans to improve at least a few highlights and has set up a poll that allows those interested to choose what they want, so the Snapdragon 835 might be back in the game after all.
AOC unveils 35-inch Agon AG352UCG curved gaming monitor
The ultra-wide 21:9 monitor is coming this March with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and integrated Nvidia G-Sync.
HTC Halfbeak smartwatch surfaces online
The long-awaited HTC One Watch has just surfaced on Weibo as "Halfbeak" and seems like a smart wearable that is the result of HTC's collaboration with Under Armour. Sadly, its specs and launch date are not known.
Huawei Honor 8 gets Android Nougat globally
The new firmware comes with EMUI 5.0 on top and has over 2.2 GB in size. According to Huawei Japan, the update comes with the usual Nougat features, as well as better app versatility and various tweaks.
Microsoft set for round of 700 layoffs this week
Microsoft is expected to conduct about 700 layoffs next week when it announces its earnings for Q4 2016. The positions cut are not from one department, but throughout Microsoft's office and business units around the world.
Motorola flagship spotted on Geekbench
The Moto Z (2016) may be getting its successor soon, though details about the hardware inside the phone remain scarce. What is clear thus far is that the phone will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive new security patches
The new firmware fixes a few minor issues, the most noticeable one being the clock reset that occurs after rebooting on some handsets. The update is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and has the security patch level dated January 1.
Apple sues Qualcomm for nearly $1 billion
Qualcomm is embroiled once again in allegations of excessive licensing fees that allegedly discourage innovation and make consumers pay higher prices for their phones and tablets.
LG G6 to feature Google Assistant
Next to the heat pipes for cooling the processor and its water resistance, both teased by LG already, the upcoming G6 is also rumored to come with Google Assistant. However, this has not been confirmed by LG yet.
LineageOS to offer weekly updates and support for over 80 devices
The former CyanogenMod team is now back with LineageOS, another Android-based ROM that is already available in the shape of a few unofficial builds that run on over 66,000 devices. The official versions coming soon promise support for over 80 handsets and weekly updates.
The 3.5 mm audio jack might disappear earlier than expected
Since the latest iPhone and the HTC Bolt, Moto Z, or the latest LeEco smartphones dropped this old connector, it would not be a surprise to see all high-end handsets abandon it by the end of the year.
Samsung Note 7 was afflicted by two separate issues: report
Samsung is due to report on the finding of their investigation into their Galaxy Note 7 recall on Monday. Leaks allege that the fires were the result of two separate problems: one manufacturer's battery didn't quite fit into the device, and the other manufacturer's battery had a manufacturing flaw.
Huawei unveils list of devices to get Android Nougat
Some Huawei handsets already received the Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 beta firmware, and now the list of devices to get this later this year when the beta is over has been revealed. The list includes the Mate 8, Honor 6X, MediaPad M3, and others.
Confirmed: Lenovo ThinkPad T470, T470s will have Thunderbolt 3, but T470p will not
Lenovo has confirmed that press release images showing the T470p with a Thunderbolt 3 port were a mistake, and that only the dual-core T470 and T470s will have Thunderbolt 3. This is bad news for ThinkPad fans who were hoping to use a T470 with an external GPU.
Lenovo still struggling with its three-year old Motorola acquisition
The Chinese manufacturer had high hopes when it took Motorola off Google's hands. Unfortunately, combined sales of both Motorola and Lenovo smartphones have been far lower than expected.
Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy
This acquisition allows Buzzvil to deliver 4 billion ad impressions each month, but also "to diversify its geographic footprint while bringing on a world-class team" at the same time.
Nokia's 18.4-inch tablet hits GFXBench
This huge tablet promises to be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy View, the benchmark database revealing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
Asus ZenFone 4 might launch in May
Although Asus failed to ship as many ZenFone units as anticipated last year, stopping at the 17.5 million barrier, the company aims to sell 20 million units in 2017. The next-gen ZenFone is rumored to show up in May, claim insiders familiar with the matter.
Vivo V5 Plus also heading for Malaysia
Already confirmed to launch in India, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia, this unique Android smartphone with dual cameras for selfies will also reach Malaysia, but the prices have not been announced yet.
iPhone 8 will support wireless charging, reports say
"Industry sources" have provided further confirmation that Apple's next flagship will allow for wireless charging, though it remains to be seen how the company will implement the feature.
Samsung's Flip Cover to come with an e-ink display
Next to its foldable devices, Samsung seems to be working on a new Flip Cover. As revealed by a patent recently filed in Korea, Samsung plans to add an e-ink display to the next-gen cover for its flagships.
Asus unveils UX430 and UX530 ultra-thin notebooks with dedicated graphics
Today Asus unveiled new UX430 and UX530 ZenBooks. The thinnest ZenBooks ever to have dedicated graphics, both pack U-series Kaby Lake chips and Nvidia Maxwell GPUs.
Latest Windows 10 build offers support for e-books
The new Insider test build does not include the new "My People" feature that surfaced in October and was supposed to be included now, but it is important to see that e-book support is coming to Windows 10.
LG Music Flow to get Google Home and multi-room support
LG's music streaming system arrived back in 2015, and now it is a few weeks away from a Google Cast update that promises to bring both Google Home support and multi-room capabilities. For now, the update is still being tested but should arrive by the end of February.
Galaxy S7/Edge gets Android 7.0, defaults to lower resolution
Samsung has updated its S7 and S7 Edge handsets to Android 7.0 Nougat. As part of the update, the resolution is downscaled to 1080p.
The Compulab IPC3 is a fanless PC with a Core i7
The mini-PC sports either a Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 and is passively cooled.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) passes FCC testing
Not long after showing up on Geekbench, the Galaxy phone with model number SM-J727 arrives at FCC. This handset is most likely the long-awaited Galaxy J7 (2017), a smartphone that still has to be announced by Samsung.
Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes
Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hits India
The successor of the Redmi Note 3 comes to India in three variants, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, featuring 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space and between 2 GB and 4 GB memory. The starting price is around $150 USD.
Xiaomi is launching a notebook with magnesium-lithium chassis
Not content with the weight of the Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi intends to outdo its previous effort with an even lighter material, but magnesium-lithium doesn't come cheap.
Apple has three new tablets coming in latter half of 2017
The new tablets are still in the planning phase and aren't expected to release until the latter half of 2017. Still no word on the fate of the iPad Mini, however.
Samsung Z2 gets WiFi calling
Samsung has just added WiFi calling to the features of this first 4G LTE Tizen handset via a software update. The 50 MB firmware also comes with improved Panic mode and updated security.
MWC 2017 | LG G6 to be unveiled on February 26
Just as rumored, the next-gen LG flagship launches in time for MWC, but everything is official now. The launch event has been scheduled for February 26, in Barcelona, one day before the popular trade show for the mobile industry opens its gates.
Samsung reveals list of devices in line for Nougat
In addition to the Galaxy S7 lineup that has just received Android 7.0, Samsung plans to deliver this update to a pretty long list of devices, including the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 5, and a few others. The list is not final, so more Samsung products could get the update in the second half of 2017.
First Nokia 6 batch sold out in one minute
Available via a flash sale, the first Nokia 6 batch disappeared no less than 60 seconds. However, HMD Global did not reveal how many units were part if this first lot, but this achievement looks impressive nevertheless.
Google acquires Twitter's Fabric
Twitter's mobile app developer platform joins Google, who also gets the Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login, as well as the FastLance development automation system.
Android Nougat coming to unlocked Moto Z handsets next month
While Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid on Verizon got updated to Nougat back in mid-November, the unlocked Moto Z will finally get the latest Android version next month, reveals a Motorola spokesperson.
2017-01-16 - 2017-01-23
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