smartphones

  • Samsung is hoping to rekindle Note brand name next year

    Samsung is hoping to rekindle Note brand name next year

    Samsung is stepping up its brand damage limitation efforts in the wake of the flaming battery disaster of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone by offering owners of the recalled device in South Korea the ability to upgrade to a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 device next year if they trade in their Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 now. Read More

  • The Google Pixel XL is Android’s best ambassador

    Let there be no question. This is a Google phone, through and through. Sure, the software giant may have teamed with another company to actually manufacture the product, but everything down to the $769 Pixel XL’s MadeByGoogle URL is a not so subtle reminder of that fact. The company’s latest phones take a step beyond it long-standing and well-loved Nexus line to demonstrate the… Read More

  • The rise and fall of the Galaxy Note 7

    The rise and fall of the Galaxy Note 7

    The Galaxy Note 7 was the best phone available when it was released in August. A culmination of all of the company’s strongest technologies to date, coupled with some fascinating new arrivals, Samsung somehow made the whole thing work in harmony, fit into a beautifully crafted 5.7-inch design. Read More

  • Ozlo AI assistant is the new underdog filling the void left by Viv

    Ozlo AI assistant is the new underdog filling the void left by Viv

    On the heels of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv just a week ago, a new AI assistant has risen into the spotlight and is jockeying to fill the shoes of its now well-known rival. Ozlo, the Greylock- and Jerry Yang-backed independent entrant to the personal assistant race, is launching today on iOS and the web in an effort to give stalwarts like Siri, Alexa and Cortana a run for their… Read More

  • Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth Crunch Network

    Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth

    The mobile security market is taking off due to high-profile hackings. Is there such a thing as an unhackable phone? Consider this: The smartphone in your pocket is 10 times more powerful than the fastest supercomputers of just 20 years ago. The complexity is mind-boggling — and so are all the security vulnerabilities. Anyone claiming to sell an “unhackable phone” is… Read More

  • Google’s new smartphones are about Google, not Android

    Google’s new smartphones are about Google, not Android

    Google unveiled a lot of new devices today, but at the core of nearly everything was a commitment to Assistant specifically, and to showing off what Google’s range of service offerings can do. I sat down with Google Canada’s Head of Public Affairs Aaron Brindle after the satellite keynote event here in Toronto to discuss what hardware means for Google now, and how its work in… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

    Google has two new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, and these are the first that Google says it has designed on its own in terms of both hardware and software: It shows. These are great-looking devices that also feel excellent when held, with industrial design that clearly inherits some of its sensibilities from Google’s work with the Pixel Chromebook, and recalls last year’s… Read More

  • Google gets more time to respond to EU antitrust charges

    Google gets more time to respond to EU antitrust charges

    Alphabet (né Google) has been given yet another extension to file its respond to charges in Europe that it has misused the dominance of its Android mobile platform to lock out competition by promoting its own services over and above others. Read More

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