The Galaxy Note 7 was only discontinued a few hours ago, but Samsung is already bracing for the damage to their Q3 profit forecast. An earnings guidance that was issued from Samsung indicates that they’re expecting a massive 33% drop in operating profit, with an additional forecast of a drop of $41.8 billion in revenue. Ouch. Read more
Cyanogen Inc. recently went through a bit of a corporate shakeup, which was bound to alter the direction of the company. They’re still obviously a software company focusing on Android, but the optics have shifted from developing a full Android fork for OEMs, which was their original goal. Read more
Okay, so “RIP Hangouts” is probably a slight exaggeration, but it’s clear that the focus for Google is going to be on Allo and Duo going forward, not their older messaging platform. We’ve seen it happen with Google+ where the service exists without really being put front and center, and we’re probably going to see it again. Read more
Google’s retail presence has been less than stellar, but they’re primarily a software company so it’s never really been a big deal unless you wanted to see a Nexus in store. They’ve made partnerships with places like Best Buy to try and build out a relatively small physical presence, but for the Pixel launch we might see Google take matters into their own hands. Temporarily, at least. Read more
LeEco, the company that surprisingly came in and purchased Vizio a few months ago, has an event slated for October 19th where it plans on announcing a handful of products for the US. That event should be exciting, but we won’t have to wait that long to find out what’s being announced. Read more
Microsoft’s Xbox One S redesigned and refined their next-generation console with a slimmer aesthetic and, most importantly, a UHD Blu-Ray player built right in. Sales have been through the roof since the refresh, but wouldn’t it be just a little better if you could score one for free? Read more
Samsung announced the Gear IconX wireless earbuds as a truly wireless solution to listening to music, but also as a way to track fitness without having to keep your phone with you at all times. Crafting completely wireless earbuds that also house a heart rate monitor and some other features makes for a compelling package, but that’s still a tall order for current technology, especially in the $200 price range.
There are certainly some trade-offs to get what Samsung is offering with the Gear IconX, but were they worthwhile trade-offs for a unique pair of earbuds? Let’s find out. Read more
Google Pixel was the star of Google’s October 4th show, completely overshadowing Android 7.1 Nougat. In fact, Google barely mentioned the update at all, except that Pixel will be the first device to run the newest OS ahead of the Nexus line.
Turns out, a big reason for that is that many of the newest features that were shown off with the Pixel were Pixel features and not Android features. Read more
After launching the Galaxy Note 7 to glowing reviews, Samsung had to deal with a messy exploding battery and recall situation with their latest 2016 flagship. In case you managed to miss the entire fiasco, some Note 7 units had an issue with the battery that would cause the device to literally overheat and catch fire. Definitely not what you want to hear about your brand new phone. Read more