If there's one thing I took away from Qualcomm's tight relationship with Microsoft and their new Snapdragon-powered Windows 10-based PCs, it's that I can smell a Snapdragon 845-powered Surface Phone.
The latest rumor on the Surface Phone comes from Microsoft filing a new patent that simply teases a 'Hinged Design', which would see a hinge alongside the camera setup. There are two hinge types: magnetic and mechanical, with the latest patent talking about dual screens - which if done right, could be a game-changer.
It seems as though Microsoft is experimenting with prototype Surface Pro smartphones with dual OLED displays according to the new patent, and follows through with the future that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella saying he wanted the company to make their products stand out and not be market followers. This would be a big, big way to do that.
Samsung will be releasing two new flagship smartphones in 2018 with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones, but there will be a slew of new mid-range smartphones released including some interesting phones with 18:9 aspect ratio displays.
The new mid-range smartphones with 18:9 aspect ratio panel should arrive as the Galaxy A8, with an Infinity Display in 18:9 aspect ratio, with next to no bezel and design very similar to the current-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone.
Google has decided to catch their not-so-new generations up with their virtual assistant. According to TechSpot, 29.7% of Android users are currently running Android Marshmallow compared to a 0.5% running Android Oreo, by these statistics it can be seen why Google wants to update.
The update has already begun the process of rolling out to Marshmallow powered devices, starting with devices that have their language set to English and are located in the U.S, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore.
For those in European countries it is unknown whether the update will roll out soon as Google never mentioned any countries within Europe to receive the update, but it is assumed that it will be rolled out shortly.
According to a report on Android Police, Google is rolling out an update on the Pixel, Nexus and Android One devices that will make the standard dial app feature an easily accessible video chat option - Google Duo.
Android Police are saying that when users decide to use the video chat option within the standard dial app the Duo app will open, which in turn activates the phones camera.
The video chat is counted as a standard phone call meaning that once the connection is disconnected from either hanging up or losing service the video chat will end. Resulting in two data entries that will appear in the phones call log - one for the video chat and another for the initial phone call.
If you've been using your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ for the last few weeks and wondered when the new Android 8.0 'Oreo' operating system will hit your device, the answer is you won't be waiting too much longer.
Samsung will be pushing out Android 8.0 updates to both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in late January, meaning we have just six more weeks to wait. The news is coming directly from a Samsung Beta community admin in the UK, who said the official Oreo update will hit the Galaxy S8/S8+ "end of Jan or maybe early Feb if we have more issues".
We should expect a late-January release considering Mobile World Congress 2018 kicks off in late-February, where we should be introduced to the new Galaxy S9 which is meant to rock Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 845 (at least in some markets). Not only that, but it will possibly be the fastest-charging smartphone in the world courtesy of Quick Charge 4 technology found inside Snapdragon 845.
Qualcomm unveiled their super-fast Quick Charge 4+ technology alongside their announcement of the Snapdragon 845 in Hawaii last week as part of their annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, and it looks like Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S9 could be the first out of the game with the super-fast charging technology.
Snapdragon 845 will support Quick Charge 4+ which will see Samsung's new Galaxy S9, or at least the Snapdragon 845-powered versions, with super-fast charging. Samsung will also make in-house Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 smartphones, which will not support Quick Charge 4+ technology.
Quick Charge 4 will charge smartphones up to 15% faster, while being 30% more efficient and keeping the Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones up to 3C cooler at the same time.
Apple has shared reports on their App Store support page showing statistics of their of their current devices and the percentages of which devices are using specific operating systems. According to the statistics shown 59% of Apples devices are currently using the new iOS 11, this is an increase of 7 percent from last months calculations of 52%.
This adoption of iOS 11 has been slower than that of iOS 10, according to Apple's official App Store statistics iOS 10 was adopted much quicker after its release with 54% of users downloading the update. This 2% decrease in installation despite Apple's efforts to update iOS 11 with focus of solving bug fixes that are throughout iOS have not caused a increase in installation rates.
Keep in mind though, Apple have just released their new software for iOS 11.2, Apple Pay Cash was suppose to be rolled out to devices over the course of the weekend but instead the update was released early to fix a bug that caused it to crash. Now that bug has been fixed by Apple may see a increase in users updating to the new iOS 11.2 update as more and more people adopt the new Apple Pay Cash system.
Google has now moved its focus to the 'entry-level' smart-phone market by accompanying it's release of Andriod 8.1 with Andriod Oreo, the new OS that Google will be rolling out to those who cannot afford higher-end smart-phones. The operating system is targeted for those that use pre-paid plans, phones such as the Samsung Galaxy J3, Motorola MOTO G and pretty much any phone under the $400 mark.
This move by Google is mainly to hit the Indian market as the company has their focus on supplying the 'billions' of people that don't have a smart-phone yet. Google is also releasing new 'GO' apps that are specifically designed to lessen data usage and use 50% less storage than the full-sized siblings.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2017 - Qualcomm used the morning of day two of its Snapdragon Technology Summit to announce and detail their next generation Snapdragon 845.
Inside, the new Snapdragon 845 features eight CPU cores and a refreshed Adreno 630 graphics processor that is joined by Qualcomm's impressive Spectra 280 image signal processor (ISP). The new Spectra 280 ISP will allow for "Ultra HD premium" video capture, at up to 4K 60FPS.
Qualcomm spent a considerable chunk of time talking about XR (extended reality) and AI (artificial intelligence) as the new Snapdragon 845 is the most feature-packed chips on the planet - and that's even with Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA in the market.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2017 - Qualcomm had one surprise after another today, but one of the standouts was having AMD Corporate VP and GM for Client Computing, Kevin Lensing, on stage announcing a large collaboration between AMD and Qualcomm.
As some of you might know, AMD is set to release their Mobile Ryzen with Vega graphics in the New Year, and took the opportunity during Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit to surprise us with the announcement of AMD using the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem on their new APU.
This means we'll have the worlds of the Ryzen CPU architecture, Vega GPU architecture, and Qualcomm's industry-leading Snapdragon X16 LTE technology all on a single design.
There wasn't much announced outside of this, so we should expect more details during AMD's Ryzen event before CES 2018 early next month.