For the foreseeable future, Android will be the number one mobile operating system on the planet. It has continued to build an impressive lead over iOS and the countless stragglers who can’t even top 1% of the market share, but that hasn’t stopped some of the industry’s leading Android phone makers from planning for a future that is significantly less dependent on Google’s mobile OS.
Today, Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS platform dominate the mobile landscape. It’s difficult to imagine that ever changing considering how far behind other platforms are at this point, but people said the same thing more than a decade ago when operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile ruled the world. Things change and what goes up must come down. What’s interesting, however, is that major Android vendors are already starting to prepare for life after Android despite the platform’s strong position at the moment. More →
Android fans are eagerly waiting for Android N to come out, as that means new Nexus hardware is due. Multiple reports said this year that HTC will build no less than two devices for Google, with some rumors even claiming that the Taiwanese smartphone maker has scored some sort of Nexus exclusivity deal for the coming years. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as Huawei just seemed to confirm that it’s working on at least one more Nexus-branded device after last year’s Nexus 6P. More →
Pentalobes are a totally proprietary, entirely awful type of screw used by Apple to make its products difficult to repair. I know it’s popular for Android manufacturers to be “inspired” by some iPhone features, but this is one thing I could do without copying. More →
From the moment you touch this convertible laptop, you immediately realize this is not your run of the mill Windows 10 machine. In fact, your mind will associate it with a tablet rather than a notebook, even though the MateBook is Huawei’s answer to Apple’s iPad Pro, the Retina MacBook and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 line.
It’s so incredibly thin and light that it doesn’t have any connectors aside from the USB-C port, which you’ll need to charge it and to connect additional hardware. That means that, yes, you will need to buy a separate accessory to turn it into a full-fledged PC that can be connected to external peripherals. But this fantastic device is perfectly fine on its own, too.
In the smartphone industry, we typically think of big players like Apple and Samsung first, then second-tier players like LG and Motorola. However, Chinese company Huawei, best known to Android fans in the United States as the maker of the Nexus 6P, was a major winner in the smartphone market in 2015. More →
Batteries remain the biggest issue holding smartphone technology back from progressing at a much faster pace. Most users have come to terms with the current state of smartphone batteries, and they make a choice when they buy a new phone: Either purchase a nice slim phone like the iPhone 6s and charge it twice a day, or buy a giant phablet that’s impossible to use comfortably with one hand.
While it may be quite some time before battery longevity sees a significant boost, Huawei just announced remarkable progress where quick charge technology is concerned, which could ultimately be a game-changer once it’s ready for use in commercial products. More →
For wireless subscribers in many areas of the United States, it’s difficult to remember what life was like before 4G LTE service blanketed the country. We’ll remind you: slow. 4G LTE download speeds can reach up to 20Mbps or even higher on some networks, but that’s nothing compared to what’s in store once 5G wireless networks begin rolling out in the years to come.
Just how fast can we expect these next-generation wireless networks to be? The International Telecommunication Union has stated that peak 5G data speeds should reach up to a blistering 20Gbps. To put that into perspective, the fastest widely available home broadband services in the country right now clock in at about 1Gbps, and they use land-based fiber optic networks.
It’s still early days but believe it or not, early tests are quite promising. In fact, the first large-scale field trial that utilized a sub-6GHz band for data yielded some impressive results when it was conducted in Japan earlier this week. More →
The iPhone 6s is finally here and 3D Touch stands front and center as the device’s most intriguing new feature. With over 90 sensors packed into the display, the iPhone 6s can granularly detect how much pressure a user is applying to the screen. As a result, the iPhone 6s features the most efficient and powerful incarnation of iOS we’ve seen to date.
While the possibilities for 3D Touch are endless — especially in the realm of gaming — Apple has already found a number of good uses for the technology across its own selection of bundled apps. For instance, a heavy press on the camera icon enables users to quickly take a selfie. If a user heavy press on the Maps app, they can easily and more quickly share their location with friends or access directions home. Even more useful is Apple’s implementation of peek and pop, a feature which allows iPhone 6s users to preview content without actually opening up a new application.
Google will soon unveil two new Nexus handsets, but there are few surprises left when it comes to the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6. The two devices have been featured in a wide variety of leaks, with the most recent one showing impressive benchmarks for the new phablet. Hot on the heels on that Geekbench sighting is a new leak that mentions all the specs of one of Google’s newest Nexus devices.
Not long ago, what seemed to be the first real photo of the new Nexus 5 leaked and it showed a device that resembled the previous schematics that were reportedly sent to manufacturers. Since then, detailed concept renders of the new LG Nexus 5 and Huawei Nexus 6 have been published online, supposedly revealing the final designs of the two new Nexus handsets. However, real pictures of the Huawei phablet only surfaced online early on Monday. More →
Earlier this week, a video showed us a purported final Google Nexus 5 concept rendered using specifications leaked to case manufacturers, and now a second similar video is available online, offering us a better look at what might be Google’s second Nexus smartphone this year, a worthy Nexus 6 successor. More →