One can say that Alcatel certainly had made the most out of its participation in this year’s Mobile World Congress event. Indeed, during the world’s biggest annual tech show dedicated to mobile, Alcatel had taken the opportunity to formally introduce no less than seven new smartphone devices, and as expected, these handsets were of the budget friendly kind.
Samsung’s newest flagship offerings -- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus -- come with some really cool features, such as Intelligent Scan (which combines facial recognition technology with iris scanning software) and AR Emoji (which allows users to transform their selfies into their own AR enhanced emoji). But some may argue that as cool as these features are, they do not quite reach the levels of the iPhone X’s Face ID tech and Animoji feature (helped immensely by the device’s 3D camera on its front side).
Google has officially announced just this week that its operating system for wearable devices, Android Wear, will now henceforth be called Wear OS. Many will no doubt notice that the name change involves basically just the removal of the word Android. The tech giant has made it clear that this move is by design, which will be explained shortly.
Just this week, Facebook has officially announced that it is looking to roll out Facebook Lite in additional countries, even in major mobile markets that include the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany, as reported by Reuters.
Despite the fact that Samsung’s new flagships -- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus -- will not hit store shelves everywhere until this Friday (March 16th), apparently the South Korean tech giant is already rolling out the first ever software update for the devices.
Here is some good news for owners of the Essential Phone -- Essential has recently posted a tweet this week saying that Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system should now be available for installation. It is fair to say that the phablet has had an interesting Android update history -- it was previously on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but due to some issues related to system stability that were discovered about a couple of months ago, Essential had decided to skip getting the Android 8.0 Oreo altogether.
While it is true that LG did opt not to formally introduce a new flagship device offering at this year’s Mobile World Congress event (held just last month), fans of the brand may still be delighted to know that the South Korean tech giant may be planning to unveil the upcoming G7 smartphone in May of this year, at least according to a recent report published by ETNews.
Ming-Chi Kuo, the noted mobile industry analyst from KGI Securities, has predicted before that Samsung’s follow up to last year’s Galaxy Note 8 would be equipped with a fingerprint reader underneath its display. But this week, Kuo has since revised his forecast, saying that the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 (expected to be released some time within the second half of this year) will not be sporting the feature after all. According to Kuo, unforeseen technical issues are to blame for Samsung’s decision to do away with the embedded fingerprint sensor, at least for its second flagship device offering for 2018.
Despite its recent setbacks, Huawei should still deserve a lot of credit for the way it has continued to build its impressive Honor lineup of smartphones. One of the newest additions to this range of handsets is the Honor View 10, which the world’s third biggest seller of mobile devices is eagerly positioning as an affordable choice for those looking to purchase a device with decent specs but do not have the money to buy a flagship offering.
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