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.
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.