Samsung could launch a Galaxy Note with a bendable display in 2018

2018 has been a year of consolidation for smartphones, it seems that most of the major players, Samsung, LG, OnePlus, and even HTC, have stepped up to the plate to offer a great smartphone. About the only thing that is changing fast is the omission of the audio jack and the ever-increasing price of the handset, take the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone X as prime examples. But the improvements are mainly iterative, with new handsets boasting slightly better cameras and performance or a display with a different aspect ratio. So where is the innovation going to come from? As it did in 2013, Samsung hopes that flexible displays will be the next big thing, but this time the Korean company has slightly more definite plans, such as bringing a Galaxy Note to market in 2018 with a bendable display.

Qualcomm touts some Android firsts the chipmaker says they brought us

Likely as a bit of a dig at Apple and the iPhone ecosystem, a day before Apple reveals their latest updates to the iPhone line of devices Qualcomm posted about some of the “firsts” the company has achieved for Android devices. Some of these pre-date their adoption by Apple and some may still be exclusive to Android devices, although Qualcomm does not make any specific claims regarding the two competing platforms. Meanwhile, some sources have been picking apart the list and noting some inconsistencies surrounding Qualcomm’s claims.

Samsung pushing into 7nm chip production for high-end, 11nm for mid-tier

In an announcement released yesterday, Samsung revealed that they are planning to transition production of their top of the line chips to use a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. Chips destined for mid-tier devices are also getting a boost as Samsung plans to move those chips to an 11-nanometer process. Currently, many top-tier chips use 10-nm production processes, so that may give you an idea of how the market continues to evolve with today’s flagship performance becoming tomorrow’s mid-tier.

Huawei Mate 10 lock screen features ‘Smart Color Selection’ in latest version of EMUI

Having announced its brand new HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor sporting baked-in AI at IFA 2017 a few days ago, Huawei is busy prepping to launch the Mate 10 on October 16th in Munich. To whet the appetite, Huawei has teased the lock-screen of its new device that should launch running EMUI 6 and confirmed the aspect ratio of its display. 

Will there ever be a Snapdragon 836? Definitely not for the Pixel 2

With the impending launch of the next generation of Google Pixel phones, known for now as the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, many fans were looking forward to Google benefiting from a little bump in the current processor market for flagship phones. Early rumors indicated Qualcomm was working on an updated chip that would be the Snapdragon 836 succeeding the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835. Last week that fell apart when word surfaced the Snapdragon 836 would not be ready for the Pixel 2 devices. Sources familiar with the plans now say the Snapdragon 836 was indeed going to be used, but now there is a question as to whether that processor will ever be produced. 

LeEco U.S. web site taken off-line

The U.S. web site for LeEco has been taken off-line. According to the message posted on the page explaining this, the company is “busy upgrading the system for better services” and should be back up by September 15th. For those who tend to be cynical about things, this move just points to continued struggles by the company and may be a sign that the journey has ended for their attempt to make it in the U.S. market.

With numbers falling, HTC continues to court Google deal

HTC released their consolidated revenue numbers for August showing a sharp drop off for the smartphone manufacturer and their lowest monthly number in 13 years. Bad financial results for HTC are nothing new for the company and are a big reason why CEO Cher Wang has been courting investors who may be interested in buying out the company. One interesting name that came up in the past was Google and new reports have surfaced indicating that Google is in final negotiations to complete a deal with HTC.

Yet another mid-ranger gets dual-camera treatment as Samsung launches Galaxy J7+

As high-end, flagship smartphones continue to try to one-up each other with new features and hardware, what was once cutting edge becomes common place and then moves down the marketing stack. Recently we are seeing more and more mid-range phones adding dual-camera setups. The latest is the Samsung Galaxy J7+ that joins the rest of the Galaxy J line of devices. In most respects the Galaxy J7+ is a step up compared to hardware available in other phones in the series.

Huawei teasing Mate 10 launch with Kirin 970 inside

On October 16th in Munich Huawei will announce a couple items that have been in the works according to a new teaser image they posted via their Twitter account. The first of the items will be the Huawei Mate 10 series of smartphones. The other piece of the announcement will be the fact that Huawei already has their new Kirin 970 processor ready to go and it will be the powerhouse contained within the new Mate 10.

Google expands Android One portfolio with launch of Xiaomi Mi A1

As first suggested a couple weeks ago, Google is adding a new partner to their Android One program to produce Android phones for less mature markets or where the lower end of the market is struggling with options. The latest manufacturer to produce an Android One device was revealed to be Xiaomi with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone. The hardware in the device is definitely a step up from typical Android One devices and represents a broadening of the program by Google.

Talk Android Best of IFA 2017 Awards

Another year, another tech show down at Talk Android. It’s September, which means we just made it through IFA 2017 with all of the new gadgets and phones announced at the annual event, including some really fantastic new smartphones and accessories.

Let’s dig into the best of what we saw this year.

HMD Global to update all current Nokia smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo

In a tweet sent out over the weekend, HMD Global‘s chief product officer, Juho Sarvikas, confirmed that current Nokia smartphones will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Sarvikas even committed to the budget Nokia 3 getting the update despite some delays in that device getting the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.