When Apple revealed the new iPhone 7 without the headphone jack, the world stopped - finally asking if Apple had gone too far with its courage. Now there are rumors that Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone will also not have a headphone jack, and that's not good.
Digital Music News says it has a source in South Korea that is in "the broader supply chain of Samsung's smartphones" that the new Galaxy S8 smartphone could have its own proprietary connector, just like the iPhone, moving away from microUSB and USB Type-C connectors on the Galaxy S7, and Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
Samsung's new connector would be incompatible with the Lightning ports on the iPhone, so there would be a proprietary connector that will annoy countless people. The stretch for profits goes wide and far, it is the courage that drives these companies to release some of the most popular products in the world without the standard we have on millions of devices - all without a clear benefit of what a proprietary connector provides, over the convenience of a 3.5mm jack.
Apple is pushing out its new iOS 10 update with some users reporting that their iPhones and iPads received over-the-air updates to iOS 10, and have been completely bricked - needing to be restored through iTunes.
Gizmodo reported that there are plenty of Twitter results with people experiencing iOS 10 update problems, where the over-the-air update is causing it, versus updating it over their computers. In a statement to Recode, Apple said that they had found the problem, saying: "We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability".
Apple continued: "The problem was quickly resolved and we apologise to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help".
Samsung recently announced a global recall of all Galaxy Note 7 phones cause of its battery issues that already led to some pretty tragic events. A 6-year old boy who burnt his hand while using the Galaxy Note 7 is just one of many reported accidents caused by this phone.
Samsung reacted pretty fast and appealed to all of its customers to return the Note 7. Regardless, some users seem pretty stubborn and are still using potentially harmful devices. To encourage users to return the devices, Samsung now plans to issue a software update for the Galaxy Note 7 that will prevent them for overheating. Their plan is to limit the battery charging to 60 percent which will certainly have an impact on the users.
AP reports that Samsung advertised the patch, which should roll out on September 20th for South Korean users, on the front page of Korean newspaper Seoul Shinmun. It is unclear weather or when the patch will go global.
Samsung is really hurting right now with Galaxy Note 7 smartphones exploding all over the place, with a 6-year-old boy in New York City being burnt after the Note 7 he was watching a video on blew up in his hands.
Well, Samsung is also hurting with its shares, bleeding an out of this world $26 billion over the weekend - roughly 6.9% since Friday, reports BGR. Samsung is also set to lose another $1 billion or so with the global recall on the Note 7, and even the FAA and other agencies are telling Note 7 owners to turn their smartphones off before they get on the plane, or even put it with their checked-in luggage.
What now? Samsung will continue to slide until people forget about these issues, but $26 billion over the weekend is a mind-boggling amount of money - no matter how big the company is.
According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is ready to shelve the Lumia brand, something that will happen before the New Year. The rumors are coming from a purported Microsoft employee who talked with WinBeta.
Earlier this year, the last Lumia went on sale in the form of the Lumia 650, with Microsoft also offering large discounts on Lumia smartphones over the last few weeks - so these rumors are now making much more sense. Lumia smartphones will reportedly not be made available after December, and are not even on the Microsoft US site.
Windows 10 Mobile has just 0.6% of the global mobile OS market share, compared to Android and iOS which command 99.1%.
Samsung has had multiple events around the world where its new Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire or exploding, with the recent one seeing a 6-year-old boy in NYC being burnt after the Note 7 he was watching videos on exploded.
The company has been rumored to have discussed the possibility of remotely disabling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, with one Note 7 owner on Reddit being told that every "recalled" Galaxy Note 7 would be remotely deactivated by Samsung after September 30. Samsung has said that this won't happen, with Android Central reaching out to the company, where they were told "this is not something the company has stated, and that all official guidance will be published on its website".
Personally, I think Samsung should remotely deactivate Note 7's around the world after September 30, leaving a message on the handset to return it to the place of purchase. It keeps everyone safe, without having to worry about people not returning the phone and possibly having their Note 7 explode at a random point in time in the future.
If you thought the huge 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or 5.7-inch display on the Galaxy Note 7 - which exploded in a 6-year-old boy's hand in NYC yesterday, then prepare yourself for the massive 6.8-inch screen on the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphone.
The 6.8-inch display rocks a native 1080p resolution with an IPS panel, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB and 4GB offerings, and a microSD card slot that will allow you to install a 256GB microSD card. ASUS will be offering the new ZenFone 3 Ultra in three colors: Rose Pink, Glacier Silver, and Titanium Gray - while the pricing will start from $479.
Google's upcoming new smartphone series is nearly here, with the company reportedly moving away from naming the new handsets 'Nexus', and instead they'll instead be named Pixel, and Pixel XL.
HTC is manufacturing the new smartphones with the smaller Pixel smartphone turning up in new 360-degree renders, with 'Sailfish' looking to rock a USB Type-C port instead of a typical micro USB port. There's also some dual stereo speakers which can be seen to the left, and right of the new USB Type-C port.
It looks like we can expect a 5.2- or 5.3-inch 1080p display, while inside HTC seems to be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820/821 processor, with 4GB of RAM. We should expect 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear-facing camera backed up with an 8MP front-facing camera, and joined by a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
We should see Google launch the new Pixel smartphone with Android 7.0, with the new Sailfish handset make from metal and glass, which will not only look great, but it'll feel great, too.
Another Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has exploded from its battery-related problems, with a 6-year-old boy using Samsung's latest handset while it burst into flames while he was watching videos.
The New York City boy's grandmother, Linda Lewis, told the New York Post that the fire was serious enough that it set off fire alarms in her house. Lewis took her grandson to the Downstate Medical Center where he received treatment to the resulting burns on his body. Lewis told the Post: "he doesn't want to see or go near any phones. He's been crying to his mother".
Lewis said that the family has been in contact with Samsung, but didn't comment further. Samsung recently announced a global recall, advising all Galaxy Note 7 owners to turn off, and return their smartphones - with new stock arriving in a few weeks.
Samsung has been in the headlines recently after it has recalled all of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over faulty batteries that have been catching fire and causing actual mayhem and thousands of dollars of damage, but now it's here again with the announcement of a new flip phone: the Galaxy Folder 2.
Samsung's new Galaxy Folder 2 is exactly what you think it is, a smartphone in the older flip phone style from years ago when Motorola had its smash hit Razr flip phone. Well, Samsung has crammed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor (8-core CPU at 1.4GHz), with 2GB of RAM, and a 3.8-inch TFT LCD with a native resolution of 800x480.
Inside, there's a 1950mAh battery while an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera keep you snap happy with your new flip phone. Samsung is pushing its new Galaxy Folder 2 in China for now, but would this even be on your radar if it was available in your country?