Asus Rog Phone Ii Design Story

Asus set out to create the best smartphone for hardcore gamers and Android power users. The ROG Phone II went through several iterations until the engineers found the optimal design - this is a look at the designs that were tried and rejected in the process. This phone targets people who game 16 hours a week or more, as well as those who want a flagship with exclusive features. Asus says that these groups of consumers want the biggest screen possible and don't mind a heavy phone. The only design limitation was that the phone had to be no more than 78mm wide as consumer research showed this...

Your Face Data Is Worth $5 To Google

Any software that uses facial recognition requires an ample amount of data to properly train the AI that runs it. Data collection is something that Google has always been quite good at but in what appears to be an attempt to train the AI possibly for face unlock on its upcoming Pixel 4, Google is reportedly giving $5 gift cards to people for their facial data. ZDNet reports that Google […]

ASUS ROG Phone 2 Unveiled With Snapdragon 855 Plus

ASUS had confirmed that its upcoming ROG Phone 2 will be using the slightly overclocked Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform. The company has finally unveiled its new gaming smartphone today. It does indeed come with the Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform from Qualcomm. The specs are on another level entirely and in a league of their own compared to any other Android device on the market today. The ASUS ROG […]

Design A Wallpaper For The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 And You Can Win A Free Band

The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is the first in the family of smart bands that features a color screen (which is higher resolution than previous screens to boot). This allows users to customize the look of the band with "wallpapers". If you have a great idea for such a wallpaper, you can submit it to Xiaomi's new design contest. #DesignWithMi will run from today until Friday next week (August 2) and winners will get a free Mi Band 4. If fortune doesn't cut it, how about fame - this smart band is already on the hands on over 1 million people. You will need to choose one of the three templates...

Samsung Galaxy A70 Gets Super Steady Video Mode With Latest Update

The Samsung Galaxy A70 becomes the second A-series phone to get this premium Super Steady video stabilization feature. This feature was introduced with the Galaxy S10 flagships and was also featured on the premium Galaxy A80. Keep in mind that Super Steady reduces the field of view of the camera more than typical EIS (but it creates noticeably smoother footage). Also, it's limited to 1080p/30 videos. Samsung Galaxy A70 update change log This update is currently rolling out in the Netherlands and Belgium, at least for unlocked phones (carriers are yet to release the update). This...

New Malware Discovered, Can Steal Data From Both iOS And iCloud Accounts

Law enforcement agencies have been trying to find a way to get into Apple’s products, such as their iOS devices and iCloud. This is because they believe that some suspects could be hiding evidence on their devices, but unfortunately due to the way Apple has created their products, it is rather difficult for law enforcement to get in.However, a report from the Financial Times has revealed that an Israeli firm […]

India Exclusive Vivo Y90 Leaks In Full Glory

Vivo is gearing up to bring another entry-level smartphone to the India market and we just got out first look at the device. The Y90 will be the latest entry in the Chinese manufacturer's lineup and looks to offer a large battery with a waterdrop notch screen. vivo Y90 in Gold and Black Past leaks have shown the device will come with a 6.22-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch housing the 5MP selfie cam. Around the back, the Y90 will utilize a single 8MP shooter paired with an LED flash. Biometric authentication will be done through the front cam as the phone will come without...

More Honor 9x Features Teased Day Before Announcement

While we already know pretty much everything there is about the Honor 9X and 9X Pro, we have two new teasers to keep us attentive a day before the official announcement. The images which came courtesy of the brand's Weibo profile detail the WiFi and cooling capabilities of the Honor 9X Pro. The first poster details that the Pro version will have extended WiFi reception capabilities, which Honor claims will be able to penetrate two walls. This means the device will likely come with WiFi 802.11ax support. In the second image, we see a blue liquid forming the X logo of the phone. The...

Apple Is The Top Technology Company In Fortune Global 500 Ranking

Fortune magazine revealed its yearly ranking about the top 500 companies in the world and the picture is more than interesting. For the first time in world history, US companies are outnumbered by corporations from China - 121 against 129 based in the Asian country. In the mobile technology world, Apple is still a leader, sitting at 11th place overall, followed by Samsung in 15th, while Google's parent conglomerate Alphabet is 37th. For the first time ever Xiaomi joined the list at 468th place. Company Revenues (in million USD) Revenues Percent Change Profits...

Apple’s iPhone 12 Could Feature A Massively Upgraded Chipset

Apple’s A-series of chipsets are pretty powerful. Based on the benchmarks we’ve seen, Apple has made huge strides to the point where some of their newer chipsets are almost comparable to those of the company’s MacBook laptops, essentially suggesting that Apple has managed to bring near-desktop like performance to their mobile phones and tablets.The company usually upgrades its chipsets every year, but it seems that next year we could see […]

Android Q Will Offer Up More Detailed Battery Information On Your Headphones

With more smartphone makers ditching the headphone jack, it means that more users are starting to transition to wireless headphones. While going wireless is no doubt welcome, the downside is that it requires a battery, which means that they need to be constantly charged and where users can run into situations where they’re out of juice.However, the good news for Android users is that with the upcoming Android Q update, […]

Huawei To Bring Mate 20 X 5g To China On July 26

Huawei introduced a 5G version of its humongous Mate 20 X back in May when the United Kingdom launched its 5G network. With a slightly smaller battery on the expense of gigabit speeds, it was later unveiled to other European markets, but now it is coming home. The company has started sending out invites for media representatives to attend a July 26 unveiling. Since the phone is 5G, we would expect an official unveiling of the 5G network in China that should appear first in major cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen. We will also see which networks are ready for the next generation...

2020 iPhone Could Adopt The iPad Pro’s 120Hz Display

One of the selling points of Apple’s iPad Pro is its beautiful 120Hz display. If you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know how smooth and slick the display is and what a pleasure it is to use. We’re sure that as a result, many are wondering if this is a feature that Apple could be considering bringing to its iPhones.So far, the company hasn’t done so, but according to a tweet […]

Huawei Mate 30 Lite Shown Off In Live Images

Last week we saw the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 Lite appear in a listing on regulatory site TENAA revealing its key specs as well as some sample shots of the phone. Now, Chinese tipster Wang Fenjin posted a more detailed in-hand look of the device via his Weibo profile. The Mate 30 Lite will be released as the nova 5i Pro in China Mate 30 Lite live images The new images confirm the previous design with a 6.26-inch punch-hole display and quad-camera setup around the back. The new shots also show us the back of the phone will feature a textured back similar to the Mate 20 series. The...

Asus Rog Phone 2 Announced With 120hz Hdr Screen And Snapdragon 855 Chipset

The Asus ROG Phone II brings the ultimate smartphone gaming experience with the only 120Hz 10-bit HDR screen, an unmatched collection of accessories and key partnerships with game developers. The Asus ROG Phone II has a great pedigree when it comes to gaming hardware The phone is designed both for hardcore gamers and for Android power users. To that end, you can switch between a near-stock UI (borrowed from the Zenfone 6) and the game-focused ROG UI. The dual nature of the phone can be seen in its design too. The width was kept just under 78mm so it can be used one-handed, but...

Vivo Z5 Revealed In Official Promo Images

Last week we reported the vivo V1921A is going to be called vivo Z5 and will arrive on July 31 in Beijing, China. Today, the company product manager revealed the first promo images of the phone, showcasing the design and the color of the upcoming device. It will have three shooters, one of them 48 MP, no visible fingerprint scanner, and three nice-looking colors. vivo Z5 promo images We already know the phone will have 6.38" Full HD+ AMOLED panel thanks to the TENAA listing, so the fingerprint scanner is obviously going underneath the panel. The 48 MP main shooter will be...

Redmi Teases A 64 Mp Smartphone Camera

Samsung unveiled its new 64 MP camera sensor back in May and in the last days of July, we already know which smartphone manufacturer will be among the first to use it. It is Redmi, as the company already posted somewhat of a camera sample on its Weibo profile. The Xiaomi subsidiary said the industry is officially entering the era of 64 megapixels, and we should expect a phone with the sensor soon. The official poster by Redmi The image did not say specifically it will use the Samsung sensor, but given the timeline, it is highly likely. Even if smartphones were able to produce 64...

Honor 20 In For Review

The Honor 20 series aims to provide a viable alternative to Huawei's P30 handsets for those that can't quite stretch their budgets that far. Sure you won't get the periscope around the back, the display is IPS instead of OLED and there isn't any official IP rating. At the same time, you're still getting the flagship Kirin 980 chipset, an All-view display and a quad camera in a more affordable package. We already got the chance to review the Honor 20 Pro and this time we have the vanilla version drop by. Let's take a look at its highlights before it gets the full review...

Top 10 Trending Phones Of Week 29

After a few weeks of calm in our trending chart the Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A3 debuted and shook things around. It shot straight to the top, pushing the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 down a spot and the Redmi Note 7 off the podium. The Redmi K20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A30 in fifth and sixth have also slid down to make way for the A3 ascend. Then we have the Samsung Galaxy A80, which makes a return to the chart and captures the seventh position, ahead of another returnging phone - the Galaxy S10+. The Galaxy A20 is down in ninth, while the Xiaomi Mi 9T captures the last...

London Underground Tunnels To Get 4G Next Year

Data coverage for London Underground commuters is set to get much better next year. It has been confirmed that 4G access will be available in the Underground’s tunnels and stations starting next year. This will begin with the eastern half of the Jubilee line between Westminster and Canning Town stations from March 2020. The city aims to connect the entire Underground network with 4G access by the middle of the […]

Lyft To Add Bus And Subway Directions For NYC In Its App

Lyft wants people in New York City to be hooked to its app which is why the ride-hailing service has decided to add NYC subway and bus directions to its app. It will take a couple of weeks for the roll out of transit directions in the app for NYC to complete. Once this roll out is completed, the Lyft app will be able to show users bus stops, subway […]

Interview Zake Zhang Oneplus Product Manager Discusses The Oneplus 7 Pro Camera

Last week, we had the opportunity to visit the OnePlus camera lab based in Taipei, Taiwan. There we got to see how the test engineers go through different tests to see if the camera is working to their standards and also the equipment they use for it. OnePlus camera software development team We also had a chance to speak to Zake Zhang, Image Product Manager at OnePlus. The following is from a one on one interaction that we had, where we talked about how the camera on their latest OnePlus 7 Pro came about, how some of its tech works, what some of the difficulties they faced and...

Tinder Wants To Avoid Paying Google’s 30% Cut On Subscriptions As Well

If you’re distributing an app through the Google Play Store that has in-app purchases, best believe that Google will take a cut out of your earnings. The software giant keeps 30 percent of all in-app transactions conducted through the Play Store. However, some companies have been trying to work around it and Match Group, Tinder’s parent company, is one of them. Bloomberg reports that in a bid to avoid paying […]

Razer Phone Android Pie Update To Arrive Soon

The first Razer Phone was very well received as it was a proper gaming phone with a unique 120Hz screen. The company’s software support for this device has left a lot to be desired, though. It’s still on Android Oreo and even the security patch is a year old. The company has now said that the Razer Phone Android Pie update is going to be out soon. It’s an update […]

Week 29 In Review Snapdragon 855 Plus And Exynos 9825 Flex Their Muscle

Welcome to your very own digest of the bigger tech stories of the past week. Xiaomi took the wraps off a long-expected Mi A3. The Android One device is the first in its line to carry an AMOLED screen, which coupled with a Snapdragon 665 chipset and stock Android makes for a good proposition at €250. Then again, its resolution is 720p, so maybe not - you can share your thoughts here. Xiaomi also launched the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in India - both will go on sale locally from July 22. Qualcomm announced its flagship chipset for the second half of the year - the Snapdragon 855...

Additional Google Pixel 4 Renders Surface

As leaks about its upcoming flagship picked up, Google itself posted a render of the Pixel 4. Additional renders of the Pixel 4 have now surfaced, albeit from an unofficial source, and they provide a good look at the company’s new flagship smartphone that’s due to be unveiled in the second half of this year. These renders are for the smaller Google Pixel 4 model, not the Pixel 4 XL, […]

Flashback Htc Hd2 Was The Best Windows Mobile Phone But It Toured Other Oses Too

Few phones are so impressive that we still remember them fondly a decade after their release. And the HTC HD2 really is one of these all-time greats. This was HTC at its peak, it designed a powerhouse that became the focal point of a vibrant developer community. The HD2 was the first-ever Windows Mobile device to have a capacitive screen. It ran WM6.5, which was still designed with a stylus in mind, so HTC had to step in and replace as much of the user interface as possible. The Sense Home tab • The People tab • The Messages tab • The Email tab • Photos and videos...

Weekly Poll Is The Xiaomi Mi A3 Worth 250

Xiaomi may launch new phones pretty frequently, but its Android One series sees a new release only once a year. The Xiaomi Mi A3 is what we got after 12 months of waiting and watching smartphone tech improve at breakneck pace. It's launching at the same price as the Mi A2 a year before it, €250, and it brings several important upgrades. The new triple camera has a large 48MP main sensor, it ditches the useless 20MP cam in favor of an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and adds a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera gets a bump in resolution too at 32MP. The Xiaomi Mi A3 also comes with a...

Weekly Poll Results Brand Loyalty Is Important But Its Not Everything

One in three voters in last week's poll have a favorite brand and put their trust in it when buying a new phone. However, two in three people are not as attached and prioritize the quality of the product over loyalty to the brand. Among them, most prefer to do their research for each upgrade. The rest look at the offerings of their favorite brand first, but aren't afraid to switch to a new vendor if something better comes along. Okay, those are the numbers rounded up - there's actually a small group of people (8%) that love trying new things and jump between brands in the name of...

Zte Nubia Red Magic 3 In For Review Ask Us Anything

Another day, another gaming smartphone on our doorstep. The ZTE subsidiary nubia introduced the Red Magic 3 with promising specs, and we finally got a chance to see if it delivers on those promises. This time we will do our quick welcoming post with a twist - instead of making you wait until the review to get your questions answered we'll do that on Tuesday. So anything you want to know about the Red Magic 3 - just ask in the comments section below. The phone's body carries the familiar gaming aesthetics, complete with an RGB LED strip that you can customize in a number of ways. The...

Senator Expresses Privacy Concerns, Wants FaceApp To Be Probed

FaceApp, an AI face editor app, has gone viral once again. You may not have heard about it but if you’ve been on social media at any point in the past few days, you might have seen selfies of people aged decades into the future. The app has gone viral again because of the filter which lets AI estimate how they might look like years down the line. New York […]

New Google Pixel 4 And Pixel 4 XL Specs Leaked

Google is due to launch its flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL handsets later this year. It has already released a teaser for the phones after some of the earlier leaks about them. While Google remains tightlipped on the other details, a new report provides some additional information about key specs of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. BGR hears that the Pixel 4’s display resolution will be […]

iPhone Loyalty Amongst Customers Has Dropped To An All-Time Low

Apple customers have been known to be particularly loyal to the brand, although this is largely in part with Apple locking its customers into its ecosystem, where after years of buying apps and using services from the company, users don’t really have much of a choice but to keep using the company’s products.However, in recent times, it seems that customer loyalty for the iPhone might have fallen to an all-time […]

Apple Has A Bunch Of Fun New Emojis For iOS And Mac This Fall

Emojis are fun ways for people to communicate with each other. After all, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and according to Apple, there will be several thousand words that its iOS and Mac users will be able to expect later this year when the company will be releasing a bunch of new emojis for its mobile and desktop platforms.According to Apple, “Fifty-nine new emoji designs […]

New iPhone 11 Hands-On Video Shows Us What To Expect

According to the rumors, Apple is expected to launch new iPhone models later in the year where they will a new camera design. This has been “confirmed” in several leaks, and now a new hands-on video by YouTuber MKBHD shows us what we might be able to expect from the new models.We should point out that the video is a hands-on video for dummy units. The models in question are […]

Factory Workers In China Once Tried To Dig A Tunnel To Smuggle Out iPhone Parts

All companies have their own proprietary technology that makes each of their products unique to them. Apple is no exception where we imagine that the company is working around the clock to help prevent leaks, but it seems that at a point in time, there was an incident that happened in China that makes it worthy of its own movie.According to a report from The Information’s Wayne Ma (paywall), following […]

Belkin Unveils Wireless Charging Mount For Your Car

Charging your phone while you drive isn’t exactly a new thing, but in case you’re not a fan of plugging and unplugging your smartphone, then you might be interested to learn that Belkin has announced a new wireless charging mount that is designed to sit on your car’s air-con vent.As its name suggests, this mount will provide the user with wireless charging, so all you’ll need to do is ensure […]

Google Removes A Bunch Of Apps That Could Be Used For Stalking

In this day and age, being able to look up someone’s information online is pretty easy, especially when in the age of social media, everyone seems to be more than willing to share their personal lives with complete strangers on the internet. This in turn has created a problem in which stalking someone from the comfort of your own home has become a thing.However, Google wants to cut down on […]

iPhone XR Was The Best Selling Smartphone In The U.S. Last Quarter

The iPhone XR appears to have received a lot of love in the United States. The latest data from Kantar World Panel reveals that it was the best selling smartphone in the country over the second quarter, accounting for 7.8 percent of the market. The top three best selling smartphones in the country last quarter were actually iPhones, the data shows. According to Kantar’s data, the iPhone 8 and iPhone […]

2020 iPhone May Include A ToF Sensor

Manufacturers like Samsung have already shipped ToF sensors on some of their smartphones. We have set to see a Time of Flight sensor on an iPhone and that might very well happen next year. A new report claims that the 2020 iPhone will include a Time of Flight 3D sensor. The report says that Apple is working with its supplier to ensure that the sensor is ready in time for […]

Sprint Says Subscriber Information Was Accessed By Hackers Through A Samsung Website

Sprint has informed its subscribers about a security breach which has resulted in private information such as phone numbers, billing addresses, and more being compromised. This was due to a vulnerability present in a Samsung website, according to Sprint, which advertised an “add a line” feature for active Sprint subscribers. The carrier has sent a letter to affected customers, saying that it was informed of unauthorized access to their accounts […]

Dark Mode For Microsoft Outlook Reportedly In Development

Having a dark mode for your app is in vogue these days so it’s hardly surprising to hear that Microsoft is working on one for Outlook as well. Not only does a dark theme look really nice but it also helps reduce battery usage on devices with AMOLED displays. Microsoft previously said that it was working on a dark mode for OneNote and it’s now doing the same for Outlook. […]

Nokia 2.2 Launched In The U.S. For $139

Nokia launched a new budget smartphone last month called the Nokia 2.2. It was aggressively priced so as to compete with the myriad of devices in this segment of the market. HMD Global, the company that’s making Nokia-branded smartphones now, has decided to offer the Nokia 2.2 in the United States for $139. The Nokia 2.2 features a 5.7 inch 720p display with a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 processor. There’s […]

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Spotted Running Exynos 9825 Chipset

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be launched next month and for the most part, it is largely assumed that it could come in two variants where one will be powered by a Qualcomm chipset, and the other will be powered by a Samsung Exynos chipset. Thanks to recent benchmarks, we have an idea of what to expect.According to a recent sighting on Geekbench, it has been revealed that the […]

WhatsApp And Telegram Security Flaw Allows Hackers To Manipulate Your Media Files

Both WhatsApp and Telegram tout themselves as secure messaging systems thanks to their use of end-to-end encryption. However, according to researchers from Symantec, they have discovered that there is a flaw in both their systems that allow hackers to potentially manipulate media files that have been sent and received through its platforms.According to Software Engineer Alon Gat and Yair Amit, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Modern OS Security, Symantec, “If […]

iOS 13 Bug Allows Unauthenticated Access To Usernames And Passwords

While taking part in the beta program of a software is exciting, as you get to check out new features before they are released to the public. However, as we have pointed out many times in the past, beta software usually means bugs that have yet to be ironed out and instances where certain features don’t work as advertised.Such is the case with the latest release of the beta for […]

ASUS ROG Phone 2 First To Feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 855 Plus which is an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform which was introduced earlier this year. The company has said that this chipset will be present in mobile devices due in the second half of this year. ASUS has confirmed that its ROG Phone 2 will be the first to feature the Snapdragon 855 Plus. This is hardly surprising as the Snapdragon […]

Qualcomm Introduces Overclocked Snapdragon 855 Plus For New Phones

With a great many phones due to be launched in the second half of this year, Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 855 Plus. It’s essentially an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform that’s already found in devices like the Galaxy S10. It has the same overall design and chip layout but with higher peak clock speeds. Qualcomm says that the eight core Kryo CPU in the Snapdragon 855 […]

Waze Starts Showing Toll Prices After Latest Update

Waze can already tell you if the route you’re taking home involves taking a toll route but with the latest update, it will now also be able to tell you just how much toll you’ll have to pay. Waze has always known where toll roads are and how drivers can avoid them, this latest update makes the decision to take the toll road easier for drivers by telling them upfront […]

samsung galaxy buds vs apple airpods

Last month, when Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone, it also launched the Galaxy Buds, the company's latest truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds. We have been using them for a few weeks now and you can find our review here. The Galaxy Buds aren't the first set of truly wireless earbuds from Samsung, as the

samsung galaxy s10e in for review

Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy S10e - the value flagship in Samsung's S10 lineup and quite possibly the best compact phone period. We're on our way to deliver a detailed review of the Galaxy S10e early next week, but before that let's look at this little gem and share some early impressions. The first thing

samsung reportedly supplying oled displays for huawei p30 pro

Samsung Electronics may face intense competition from the likes of Apple and Huawei but several of the conglomerate’s affiliates conduct business with these companies as well. Samsung Display supplied OLED panels to Apple for the iPhone X and it’s now claimed that the company has inked a similar deal with Huawei. It’s apparently supplying OLED

tel aviv testing crosswalk lights to warn smartphone zombies

Many people these days bury their faces in their smartphones as they go about their daily commute. That’s why there’s no shortage of videos online of people bumping into things and falling down stairs because they were too distracted by their smartphones to see where they were going. To prevent such “smartphone zombies” from stepping