Whenever I see a company announcing the newest smartphone that also happens to be the slimmest in the world I tend to roll my eyes immediately, thinking that device makers should first figure out how to deliver great smartphone battery life, and then further shrink down the size of their phones. It’s not even surprising to see that iPhone 6 owners wouldn’t mind the device being a bit thicker if that meant having better battery life.
Apple’s 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models are the smartphones to beat this year, and some companies have already come out with worthy rivals, including the HTC One M9 and the Galaxy S6 that both debuted at this year’s Mobile World Congress. But these top devices were not the only Android handsets unveiled at the show, with one company coming out with a set of brand new smartphones that, coincidentally or not, have exactly the same screen sizes as Apple’s 2014 iPhones. More →
Apple on Monday will announce more details about its first smartwatch, likely addressing many of the questions left unanswered when the Apple Watch was initially unveiled during the iPhone 6 event last September. The company is expected to reveal exact pricing details for all the various Apple Watch models and accessories, alongside launch details for several markets. Furthermore, the company will likely address battery life concerns for the device, and further demo its features and customization options.
Speaking of Apple Watch personalization, French publication iPhonote says it learned from a source familiar with Apple’s plans that the company intends to offer engraving options to Watch buyers in the future, just as it does with some other products. More →
A plethora of 12.9-inch iPad Pro reports have hit the web in recent days, including reports that Apple has postponed the launch of the device in part because it’s working to fit the larger iPad with a full-sized USB port. That wouldn’t be the only new feature the larger iPad might offer, as Digitimes has learned more details about a different iPad component Apple plans to change — its display. More →
Not to long ago I wrote about the agonizing decision I will have to make this year: Namely, picking between the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and the 12-inch iPad Pro. While it’s still too early to say what would be the better choice between the two, I’m definitely more excited right now about the slimmer MacBook Air model, and I have a Lenovo laptop to thank for it. More →
Microsoft on Thursday finally released a product that some Mac owners may have been waiting for: its Office for Mac 2016 collection of apps. And the best part? It’s completely free! The only downside, depending on how you look at it, is that it’s only a beta version of Microsoft’s productivity suite. More →
Blink and you’d miss it, but it looks like Samsung may have just confirmed what we sort of knew: Namely, that it hasn’t figured out yet how to make a smartwatch consumers want to buy. In a meeting with Korean reporters on Monday, Samsung execs including JK Shin and Youghee Lee responded to various questions related to the Galaxy S6 line while trying to also deflect iPhone 6 copycat claims in the process. Reporters also asked why Samsung did not unveil a new wearable, as it has done frequently in recent events More →
Let’s get the unpleasant part out of the way from the beginning, the Nokia N1 is awfully similar to the iPad mini. Nokia didn’t even really try to deny the N1’s resemblance to Apple’s tablet when showing me the device at MWC 2015. But the tablet is an unbelievably sexy device, and is quite possibly the only Android tablet you should consider buying in the near future. More →
NVIDIA is very serious about gaming on Android devices, and the chipmaker on Wednesday further proved its commitment to this particular space by launching a brand new console under the Shield brand. Unsurprisingly, the device runs Android — Android TV to be more precise — and should be available in stores sooner than you might think.
Apple is supposedly going to refresh its MacBook line soon, both by upgrading the regular 11- and 13-inch models and by releasing a brand-new redesigned 12-inch MacBook Air model that should be slimmer than any previous laptop made by the company. After a report reveled that the company might introduce the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air at its March 9th event, a leak from China is now listing alleged specs for the less exciting models of the 2015 Air family. More →
Samsung won’t shove too many apps down your throat this year if you purchase either the Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy S6 edge, but the company will still offer customers access to a special package of Galaxy Gifts apps. Samsung news blog SammyHub says Samsung has confirmed the names of the apps included in this offer, revealing it has 22 applications in total ready for buyers. More →
One of the main features of Samsung’s shiny new Galaxy S toys is Samsung Pay, the company’s own mobile payments solution that’s supposed to compete directly against Apple Pay. Samsung Pay will not be available immediately to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers — in fact, it won’t launch until this summer in America and Korea — but Samsung has set up a demo corner at MWC that shows how the feature works, and CNET recorded a video of it. More →
A couple of reports out of China have recently suggested that Google might be partnering up with at least one company in the region for a next-gen Nexus device. One of the recent rumors even went ahead and singled out one particular Chinese company, while adding that LG might also be in the running to make a future Nexus device.