The writing is on the wall for the 3.5mm headphone jack; the rumor mill is talking up its demise in Apple’s iPhone 7, but even manufacturers on the other side of the fence are bracing for a new technology. JBL, for instance, is releasing its latest pair of noise cancelling headphones that use a USB Type-C connection instead of the old-fashioned 3.5mm jack. Read more
LG’s G5 has one of the most unique features we’ve ever seen on a smartphone in its module setup, which should theoretically open things up for a ton of really cool accessories. After it was announced, LG said a hi-fi DAC and a camera module were announced, too, but it looks like some of us might not be able to buy one of those. Read more
Last week, LG trademarked the name G5 SE, which we assumed could be an upcoming smaller and low-end variant of the G5. According to a new case leak, the G5 SE is real, but it wasn’t exactly what we thought it could be.
Besides unveiling its 30-Day Network Guarantee allowing customers to cancel their contracts with no-strings-attached, Vodafone UK has also announced that the LG G5 is now available for purchase for just £9 upfront for the handset on a variety of tariffs. Join us after the break for more details.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (reviewed here) handsets are certainly proving to be popular thanks to both the handsets being well-received as well as Samsung and the carriers giving away a Gear VR with each pre-order. Verizon customers had the added bonus of being able to choose between the Gear VR headset or Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch but it seems that demand has outstripped supply of the Gear S2 wearable, with Verizon now informing affected customers of delayed delivery times. Read more
Coachella’s organizers have partnered with Square to bring Android Pay-enabled readers to the event, meaning music lovers can spend with their smartphones.
Samsung’s Gear 360 was unveiled alongside the Galaxy S7 this year, but without a solid release date or price tag. We still don’t have the release date pinned down outside of Q2 2016, but the price for the advanced camera has shown up ahead of launch. If you were expecting something in the $200 range to compete with LG’s 360 Cam, though, you’re in for sticker shock. Read more
Google’s long-term focus is on exploring the power of augmented reality rather than virtual reality, according to a report from The Information. Read more
If you’re interested in the Honor 5X, now’s the time to buy. Three of the phone’s retailers, including Honor itself, are running promotions starting today that include freebies with the Honor 5X for $199. Honor, Amazon, and Newegg are throwing in free earbuds and selfie sticks through the rest of the week.
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Today we received word that LG is working on 15-watt transmission modules to speed the pace of wireless charging.