Open stage…stage which appears to be entirely a screen…video starts playing…and you realize that everyone is actually sorry for Samsung about the Note 7 and really wants to give Sammy another chance….
One of the constants of tech news is that there will be iPhone rumors, and this year has been no exception. 2017’s iPhone may actually be one of the most anticipated yet, with it being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone’s release. What’s been interesting about it this time around is that while there have been plenty of rumors floating around, there hasn’t been much evidence to support any of the claims. For the most part, we have no idea what to expect from Apple this fall.
However, this week we’re starting to see some evidence that lends credence to a few of the rumors, and it came from an unlikely source: firmware for the Apple HomePod.
We were able to get our hands on the OnePlus 5 as a part of the “Early Drop” release on the day of the announcement (June 20th). The new phone became available from the scrappy Oppo subsidiary for mass purchase today (June 27th). Having used the phone for about 24 hours, these are my first impressions.
There are plenty of in depth “Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus” and “GS8 vs G6” comparison posts across the Blogosphere. You’d be hard pressed though to find a quality “Moto G5 vs iPhone 7 Plus” article. There’s good reason. These phone don’t compete. How is it then that the new phone from OnePlus will inevitably be held to account in comparison to both mid-range and high end phones.
Apple’s WWDC developer conference kicked off this week, and as usual Apple held a keynote on Monday to announce updates in its hardware and software offerings. This was an unusually long keynote and Apple didn’t leave very many of its products untouched, so there is a lot that I could potentially talk about. In the interest of keeping our articles to a reasonable length, this post is going to focus on mobile-related announcements. For all of the other WWDC announcements, check out our other post here.
Android’s notifications and notification controls have long been one of the many standout features of the platform. Chances are though, you aren’t truly harnessing the full power of the Android notification system. I’ll show you how.
The biggest recent news in the smartphone world took place at an hour-long press conference on March 29 when Samsung revealed its latest flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S8. The community has been anticipating the new phone for quite a while, but now that it’s been released we can put the rumors to rest and take a real look at what Samsung has been working on. And it’s looking pretty good.
Before continuing, I might as well acknowledge that it’s strange for me to be writing about this–between the two of us who write for Backlights & Buttons, I’m definitely not the one with the most Android experience. In fact, I’ve never used an Android phone for more than a few minutes. But I think it’d be interesting to write a few thoughts about the Galaxy S8 from my view on the other side of the fence. I’m going to try to put my biases aside and examine the phone the same way I would evaluate any potential tech purchase. This isn’t a review of the S8, and it’s not even a fully comprehensive look at the phone–it’s just a few thoughts about the standout features and what they say about Samsung’s direction.
Apple doesn’t always have a spring event. Even now, with some minor product announcements via press release there are rumors that there will still be an event in April. As for me, I’m calling it. These are our spring product updates (sorry Mac Pro users).
Apple doesn’t always hold a Spring event, but the Internet is a buzz that one is expected this year around the beginning of April. All the children dream of new iMacs and Mac Pros, but we all know what this event is actually about. iPads.
The Internet has been buzzing recently about a rumor published by the Wall Street Journal that the next version of the iPhone will have a USB-C port. Rumors about future iPhones are a dime a dozen, but the WSJ is a credible enough source that people are taking a serious look at whether this is something Apple might actually do. Is it actually plausible that Apple might ditch the Lightning connector for USB-C?