The Pixel phones will replace Google’s Nexus handsets this year, many recent reports have claimed, suggesting that the Nexus family of devices will be retired. However, Nexus isn’t as dead as we thought, as Google may be releasing several more Nexus brand devices in the very near future, complete with a few surprises. More →
Google is preparing to launch quite a few new devices at some point in the coming weeks, including a couple of Nexus-like smartphones made by HTC that will have Pixel branding, an exciting first-gen Daydream VR headset, and a new 4K Chromecast according to a recent report. But it looks like Google hasn’t given up its tablet dreams yet. A fresh leak from a trustworthy source says that Google is about to bring to market a Huawei tablet that will probably not be included in the Nexus family. More →
Huawei is a Chinese phone manufacturer notorious for selling off-contract Android phones for dirt cheap. With the latest addition to the family, the Honor 8, the tune is exactly the same — and that’s a seriously good thing.
The Honor 8 isn’t technically Huawei’s flagship phone, but you wouldn’t know it from a glance at the spec sheet. It’s a glass-backed phone that reminds me of the Nexus 4, with a 5.2-inch, full HD screen. Buried in the glass back is a dual-camera system, which yes, is the same thing rumored for the upcoming iPhone 7. Guess Huawei got there first.
We’ve seen all kinds of leaks indicating the Galaxy Note 7 is going to be a pretty fantastic smartphone. But all Samsung’s bells and whistles will guaranteeably cost you serious money, money that could be better spent on beer.
That’s where China comes in. Huawei, a telecoms giant in China, has been making phones with flagship specs for way less money for a while, and the newest honor Note 8 could make the Galaxy Note 7 dead on arrival.
Smartphone cameras today are so advanced that they’re ready to give professional cameras a run for their money. For a fraction of the cost of a pro setup, your iPhone can take gorgeous pictures and videos, and Apple has an entire “shot on iPhone” marketing campaign to drive home that point. Phones from the competition offer similar, or even better camera experiences, with Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5’s cameras having been praised in reviews.
With all that in mind, it’s baffling to see Huawei try to fool customers into thinking that a picture taken by a $4,500 dedicated camera setup was actually snapped on a $475 phone. Yes, Huawei denies any wrongdoing, but what else can it say after having been caught red-handed? More →
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 →