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Owners of a Nexus or Android One smartphone can now benefit from spam caller protection, as a new update to the Google Phone app means you'll be warned about spammers going forward.
You're also able to block and report such numbers: to do so, open the Phone app, go to Recent Calls, tap whichever call you want, and tap Block / Report Spam.
Assuming you have Caller ID enabled and the Google Phone app is updated, spam protection is already enabled and working.
The announcement and release of Apple's next-gen iPhone 7 smartphone is closer than you think, with Apple set to reveal the new iPhone in the "week of September 12", according to notorious leaker Evan Blass.
Blass took to Twitter to say: "iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12" and quickly followed that up by tweeting: "Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th".
Rewinding the clock back to the last two iPhone releases, Apple revealed the iPhone 6 on September 9, and the iPhone 6S on September 25. What should we expect for the new iPhone? Considering Apple saves its bigger upgrades for the 'S' variants a year later, we shouldn't be too excited - but Apple needs something exciting to get people upgrading, and converting over from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge from Samsung right now.
We've all been there: you drop your smartphone, your heart, soul and time itself stops for those 1-2 seconds as it hits the ground... but does it shatter? Sometimes yes, and sometimes no - depending on the smartphone itself, and whether it has Gorilla Glass protecting it.
Most high-end smartphones have Gorilla Glass, but now Corning is working on Gorilla Glass 5 - its best iteration yet. The Verge reports that Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80% of the time, when dropped from as high as 5.9 feet (1.8m), which is not too damn bad at all.
Until now, Gorilla Glass has protected smartphone screens from drops to flat and hard surfaces, but part of the development behind Gorilla Glass 5 is that it will protect your smartphone screen from sharp objects and rough surfaces. These surfaces might not necessarily shatter your screen, but they will damage the front of your phone - and this is what Corning hopes to stop with Gorilla Glass 5.
Google is expected to unveil their next-gen Nexus smartphones very soon, but now we have some 3D video renderings of the new Nexus, which is being made by HTC.
Inside of the new Nexus we should see a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, while it's expected that the new Nexus will feature a 5.1-inch 1080p display. We should expect 4GB of RAM, a 2770mAh battery, 32GB of on-board storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera backed by an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
HTC will have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, bottom-firing speaker/s, top-mounted headphone jack and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. Google should unveil the new Nexus smartphone in the coming months.
LG has been making some huge strides in its push for OLED technology dominance, with their 65-inch 4K OLED TV being one of the most beautiful TVs on the market. Well, the company is now going to use its OLED technology in foldable/rollable smartphones and tablets, starting in 2017.
According to the Senior Principal Analyst for Emerging Display Technologies and OLED at IHS, Jerry Kang, foldable and rollable smartphones, tablets and wearables aren't that far away. Kang said that manufacturers like LG are going to be launching them with tablets that can fold into the size of a smartphone, but wearable devices will also be a focus point.
The displays on the foldable and rollable products will utilize OLED, thanks to OLED displays not needing to light up the back panel - making them thinner, and much more power efficient. It isn't easy to bring foldable screens to the market, as it represents a fundamental change in the way smartphones and tablets are created today. Batteries, circuits, touchscreen layers and more will be needing some change, allowing the flexible screen revolution to begin.
Flexible displays are set to become part of the future of mobile devices, with IHS projecting that by 2022 we should see 433 million flexible displays shipped, while 3.6 billion non-flexible displays will ship.
Don't worry about the Zika virus everyone, Samsung has released its official Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition, which is surely to be a cash-in.
Samsung is pricing the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition at $970 or so, with Samsung to sell the new Olympic Games themed Galaxy S7 edge in Brazil, China, Germany, Korea and the United States. It will feature a customized UI, and a theme that will match the dark chassis, which looks pretty damn good I must say.
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition comes in two variants; one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the other with Samsung's own Exynos 8890 processor. Both smartphones feature a microSD card slot, with up to 200GB of storage mixing the on-board and microSD card storage together.
BlackBerry Ltd. is shutting down production of its BlackBerry Classic, the revamped version of the original phone that made the Canadian company a once dominant force in the phone market.
"The Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today's market," general manager for devices and chief operating officer Ralph Pini said in a blog post. "We are ready for this change so we can give our customers something better."
The company is currently developing two new Android phones to the disapproval of analysts, who say Chief Executive Officer John Chen should pull out of hardware while he still can. Chen insists the the division will be profitable by September, while noting a software and service revamp are top priority.
Google is poised to unleash its next-gen Nexus smartphone, which is being made by Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei, very soon. How soon? Really soon.
According to the latest news from Android Police, Google's new Nexus will look very familiar - as they're reporting that the new Nexus will have a similar style to that of the Nexus 4 from 2012, which was one of Google's most popular Nexus smartphones.
It's a very hot rumor right now, and might be way off base, but Android Police are a pretty solid source on all things Android.
America's biggest wireless carrier Verizon is about to make its plans more expensive but include more data, someone familiar with the matter claims.
Here are the changes expected, many of which are already in line with rival carriers:
- "S" plan: $30/mo 1GB now $35/mo 2GB
- "M" plan: $45/mo 3GB now $50/mo 4GB
- "L" plan: $60/mo 6GB now $70/mo 8GB
- "XL" plan: $80/mo 12GB now $90/mo 16GB
- "XXL" plan: $100/mo 18GB now $110/mo 24GB
LG isn't the only one who is restructuring their mobile business, with Sony reportedly telling investors in Japan at a recent event that it's mobile business will continue "defocusing" in the US, India, China and Brazil.
Sony's new Xperia X line of smartphones haven't been received well, with the company 'defocusing' on the US market - just as its new line of Xperia X smartphones are launched. Sony will use fiscal 2016 to "achieve this intentional business contraction in the markets where it does not see much potential for the mobile business" reports Android Police.
It looks like the US isn't a place for Sony to try and push its smartphones, as they simply cannot compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple in teh country. Sony will continue to sell phones in the US, but it will only market and push smartphones it knows will generate the company profit - versus trying to push smartphones into a market where they won't be successful.