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Following the disappointing sales of its G5 smartphone, LG has just announced a huge shakeup of its mobile division - where the company is firing some executives and forming a new "program management office" that will oversee product development going into the future.
LG was confident in its restructuring plans, announcing: "Friday's announcement is because LG Electronics' latest flagship G5 smartphone failed to generate sales". The KoreaTimes reports: "Mobiles chief Cho Juno will oversee the PMO, which has authority to handle strategies for product development, manufacturing, marketing and sales; while Oh Hyung-hoon, a former research lab head, will be its chief, supported by mobile division Vice President Ha Jeong-wook. Kim Hyung-jeong, a senior vice president at LG, has been named head of the company's mobile research lab".
LG's push with the G5 was a good one, with an interesting twist on the smartphone game with its ecosystem of friends - such as a camera attachement, and more - but it wasn't enough. Samsung's new Galaxy S7 was a more popular smartphone, but I think we'll see a return to form for LG with its next smartphone - but will the "friends" still be around? I hope so.
Samsung bossed the phablet market with its original Galaxy Note smartphones, with their current 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 5 still one of the best phablets you can buy - even with Apple on the market with its iPhone 6S Plus.
Well, notorious mobile leaker Evan '@evleaks' Blass who has retired, and now out of retirement - has confirmed Samsung's new Galaxy Note7 - yeah, without the space. The new Note7 will reportedly arrive in three colors; Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral. As for their innards, we can expect that information when Samsung fully reveals the Galaxy Note7 smartphone.
Blass does tease some specs, with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 12-megapixel rear-facing camera backed by a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 64GB of storage and IP68-rated water resistance.
Apple wants the new iPhone to be thinner, but without reducing the size of the internal battery, it's a hard job. The second largest part of most flagship smartphones is the touch display, with Apple rumored to be tapping Samsung for 40 million Super AMOLED displays.
Up until now, Apple has been using LCD panels on its iPhones, but there are significant benefits in moving over to AMOLED panels. First, the colors are superior and there are faster refresh rates, allowing for smoother operation on everything on the iPhone, as well as games. Reduced power consumption which will see the iPhone run cooler, with additional battery life, and it'll make the AMOLED-based iPhone thinner, too.
The iPhone 8 won't arrive until at least 2017, and according to DigiTimes the AMOLED deal was struck with Samsung - Apple's main, and biggest competitor - by far. Samsung will be providing multiple companies with AMOLED panels, which allows them to ramp production up to probably close to 100%, reducing their manufacturing cost as they're selling tens of millions of AMOLED panels to the largest companies in the world.
The NVIDIA Shield 3.2 update promised last month is here at last, complete with support for a variety of exciting new features, particularly if you're heavy into video content.
On the media end, you get support for Netflix HDR (making Shield the first standalone device to feature it), 4K and 60FPS YouTube watching, and 4K Vudu (a Walmart-owned movie streaming service). As well, Plex (which organizes and streams all of your content), can use the Shield to run a Plex Media Server directly from the set-top box.
Buying a smartphone today typically entails putting up with a lot of things you don't want to put up with, or being bothered to find a way around those things. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge ($669 and $769, respectively), though, come with no such conditions and instead respect the customer in that they come unlocked and free of difficult-to-get-rid-of bloatware.
The somewhat rare approach means you can choose from most carriers (also nice if you spend a lot of time in foreign countries), likely get updates faster, and not be bogged down by difficult-to-get-rid-of and performance-taxing apps and services. On the latter point, you will still see some Google apps but just the "top tier" stuff; as for Samsung apps, those are entirely optional at setup.
While the minimalist approach to smartphone offerings has been happening a little more in recent times, it's a deviation for Samsung. And given it's the leading Android phone manufacturer, the shift could pave the way for even more choice from competitors going forward.
If there was a way to make your KFC meal more unique, KFC stores in Delhi and Mumbai have achieved that - with these two stores offering KFC's new "Watt a Box". What is the Watt a Box?
KFC's new Watt a Box is a meal box that features a built-in battery, microUSB and Lightning cables, so that you can charge your smartphone while you enjoy some of the Colonel's infamous chicken. It's a marketing gimmick of course, but inside it rocks a decently sized 6100mAh battery, which isn't too bad at all. As BGR reports: "The power bank claims to have a 6,100mAh battery but the claims fell short during our brief test. We put an iPhone 5s to charge, which gained 17 percent battery after charging for half-an-hour".
BGR continued: "But the downside was that the power bank was drained during this process. We recharged the power bank to 100 percent and tried to charge a Redmi Note 3. But the power bank ran out of juice again with the phone gaining just 7 percent of charge... KFC is not the only one to toy with such marketing campaigns. Pizza Hut came up with a limited edition box in Hong Kong that converted into a projector for smartphones. McDonald's had launched a special edition of its Happy Meal boxes in Sweden that could be converted into cardboard VR headsets. Coca Cola too had a similar cardboard VR headset one could make from its 12-pack cartons".
The 2016 version of Amazon's Kindle makes some welcome improvements to the lauded reader, and all for the usual $80 price tag.
The refresh features an 11 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter design than the previous model, an updated interface, rounded corners for added comfort, and black and white colour schemes. The big change: twice the memory, so you're able to do more before encountering slowdowns.
Other additions include the ability to send notes and highlights to your email and Bluetooth audio so blind users can enjoy Kindle too (unfortunately Audible audiobooks aren't supported).
Samsung is poised to make a big splash with its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, with the company reportedly set to use a 4K display, bumping the resolution up from the current-gen Galaxy S7 with its 1440p display.
If Samsung continues the size and dimensions of the Galaxy S8 close to the Galaxy S7, the S8 will have a display with a huge 806 DPI at 5.5 inches. We should also expect to see dual rear-facing cameras on the Galaxy S8, with those pictures to surely shine on that new 5.5-inch 4K display.
Remember that Samsung works directly with Oculus on the Gear VR headset, which will see the purported 4K display on the Galaxy S8 being a very big deal when it launches. VR is only continuing to grow, and Samsung is in a great position to continue its leadership with mobile VR, especially if the 4K display makes it into the Galaxy S8.
For the last few years, smartphones haven't really changed - Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones are sometimes improved successors, while others aren't as well received. Even the great Apple is beginning to hit the end of its dominance, with a bump in sales of the iPhone. Well, Motorola is here with something very different with its Moto Z family of smartphones.
LG tried the module world with the G5 smartphone, and it was one of the most interesting phones of recent years thanks to its upgradeable components - with the wider angle lens camera attachment was a massive surprise. Motorola now has its own MotoMods, which are future-proof, snap-on extensions that add, or improve the abilities of your Moto Z smartphone.
The most out-there MotoMod is the Insta-Share Projector, which blasts a huge 70-inch screen to your wall from its projector. The resolution is lackluster, but this is a first-gen product - so we have 854x480, or 480p - and while its not the best, it will continue to get better in the future with more R&D put into the product.
Computex 2016 - The deal between Adblock Plus and ASUS is apparently off: new ASUS smartphones and tablets won't come pre-installed with Adblock Plus.
"Of course, we must also have consideration for our brand image and we cannot be in connection with the company, who has apparently been sued by various media," an unnamed ASUS rep told Mobile Geeks at Computex 2016. Furthermore, Google Chrome has replaced ASUS homegrown web browser on the company's latest ZenFone trio