Posts by Anton D. Nagy

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    You might be familiar with "Project Zero". Well, the moniker describes two different concepts, so let's recap for a second. Project Zero was reportedly the internal codename at Samsung that had a simple (yet complex) goal: to redesign the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and subsequent models and variants), from the ground up, in order to produce a more compelling phone overall. Project Zero also happens to be the name for a team of security researchers (some call them hackers) inside Google, announced on July 15, 2014, that has a single purpose: checking the security of products. It just so happens ...

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    HTC's history is an exciting one, and definitely not monotone. There were ups and downs, success stories and mistakes, which, all together, have brought the Taiwanese smartphone maker in a not so easy situation and position. We've recently looked at (what we think were) some of the mistakes HTC has made throughout the years, and, finally, things seem to look somewhat better for the company. Its most recent flagship, the HTC One A9, is going to slowly get into customers' hands soon, as we're seeing a posted HTC revenue of NT$8.95 billion (US$276.8 million) for the month of October. To ...

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    We've recently heard not one, but two bits testifying to the fact that Apple, the leading tablet vendor on the market, isn't doing as well as some would have predicted, when it comes to the tablet market. Initially, we heard unconfirmed rumours that orders placed for the upcoming iPad Pro are cautious, then we heard reports that poor iPad sales are affecting the supply chain manufacturers. Apparently, the issue is a larger one, affecting all players on the market. According to the most recent IDC numbers, the entire tablet market is down. For the third quarter of the year, tablet shipments ...

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    There's no doubt about it, the smartphone has become an integral part of our lives; aside from being probably the most intimate of our geeky possessions, it is also a gateway to the world, a means of communication, tool for your work, and the source of your entertainment. No wonder we're often finding ourselves glued to the screen. Well, before you proceed any further reading this post, let's do an experiment: pause right here and think about how much you think (hours per day) you are using your own smartphone. Then, drop a comment below with the numbers. Should be fun! Onto the meat of ...

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    More and more manufacturers are building "mini" versions of their flagship phones -- if we can truly call five-inch-ish devices "mini" -- but not all manage to pack the specs some of the potential buyers are expecting. Some manufacturers try to keep the costs down, others try to capitalise on the flagship sibling's brand recognition to sell these devices. And then there are those who try to deliver the best of both worlds, like OnePlus, with its latest offering, the OnePlus X. Announced today, the OnePlus X features a five-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 13MP camera ...

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    Just as Apple recently published record fourth quarter results, with profits north of $11B, DigiTimes is reporting on that the Cupertino-based company is seeing a decline for iPad sales. The report refers to "small-size iPad products", which means that we're talking about the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 4, the only small-sized iPads available on Apple's current line-up. According to the report, sales of the aforementioned tablets have been slow, and, as a direct effect, manufacturers in the supply chain are struggling. The information, as usual, is based on input from unnamed sources which ...

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    Since the Galaxy S6 edge+ is basically a Galaxy Note5 without a stylus -- having most, if not all of its internals shared across the two smartphones -- it is just normal for software updates to roll out, if not simultaneously, to both devices. The Note 5 received a refresh last week, and now its time for the Galaxy S6 edge+ to get the same OTA update. It's a significant one, so you should definitely install as soon as it hits your device. Weighing 138.14MB, the update will bring build number G928GDDU2AOJ5 to your phone, and with it, battery optimisations as well as call improvements, in ...

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    ...or is it? First, here's what the report claims: citing unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, Apple has reportedly placed orders with the supply chain for "only" less than 2.5 million units. These so-called limited orders refer to the near future, specifically the period of time between the end of 2015 and first quarter of 2016. If we consider the sales performance of the iPad in Apple's financial Q1 (October to December) of 2014, when the company sold 26 million (combined), the 2.5 million number above doesn't seem optimistic at all, but the iPad Pro is a completely ...

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    With 3D Touch on the Apple iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus), users are able to interact with the phone by touching the screen (pushing) with force (hence the name Force Touch on the Apple Watch). It was just a matter of time until someone reverse engineered (hacked, took advantage, you name it) of the feature, and, now, it looks like you can weigh different object using the screen of the Apple smartphone. This is nothing new to Huawei Mate S owners, as the Android smartphone features "force-touch"-like capabilities (preceding Apple by a couple of weeks), and already has a scale app pre-installed, ...

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    If you're not entirely sure what to believe when it comes to Sony and its smartphone business, we won't blame you. There were rumours of the company exiting the smartphone business, which were then debunked, and, more recently, reports of a dedicated smartphone-manufacturing-plant popped up. On top of all those we're now hearing that Sony might be acquiring Toshiba sensor business. There are several reports claiming this, all based on "sources" (meaning nothing's official for the time being), and, according to these people, Toshiba is asking about 20 billion yen ($164.68 million) for its ...

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    Remember the OPPO Neo 5 from June (cause there was also one in 2014)? It was announced together with a Neo 5s, but both of these smartphones now have an official follow-up. The OPPO Neo 7 announced today is just as shiny, continuing the company's "mirror back" approach to the Neo family of smartphones. It will debut in India, but it will also reach a total of 17 markets around the globe (including South East Asia, South Asia, MENA and Mexico), and it will go for sub-$200. There will be 3G and 4G versions of this shiny phone, black and white variants (with silver and gold edges), inspired ...

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    We’ve got to admit it, we had a completely different script in mind for this unboxing, but then again, instead of the phone… we got… well, see for yourself in the video below. Never was I so unprepared for an unboxing and never was a box so hard to open. And, of course, we never got a phone for review, in a crate. Let’s crack this open, literally. In all seriousness, if the LG G4, the V10’s flagship predecessor, was all about the looks on the outside, the V10 focuses on on durability, with a stainless steel frame and a damage resistant silicon back. It’s not an upgrade, but a ...

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    We had strong reasons to believe that Samsung' upcoming Galaxy Grand On and Galaxy Mega On would soon become official, and, just a couple of days ago, the two smartphones stepped into the spotlight, slightly renamed, as the Galaxy On5 and Samsung Galaxy On7. Said report was detailing  specs, images, and prices, but nothing beats official wording (or, in the lack of it, a phone's official appearance on the company's website). The Galaxy On5 packs a five-inch Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy On7 has a slightly larger, 5.5-inch screen. An Exynos 3475 SoC is powering both units, ...

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    On October 20, HTC has officially announced its latest smartphone offering, the One A9, in a rather unusual manner, as the Taiwanese phone-maker usually launches its flagships during spring. If you’ve missed out on the news, you can go ahead and check out the specs, as well as our detailed hands-on video. It is thanks to the HTC One A9 that the company is expecting revenues to rise in the last quarter of 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier, according to Jack Tung, president of HTC North Asia. Already priced competitively (around $400), the HTC One A9 will also be available ...

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    If you have a Google Nexus 5X, like we do, you will most likely be notified of an update’s existence any time now. The Nexus 5X update that is rolling out now to devices is likely a bug fix release, as there’s no official changelog detailing what’s new. What we do know is that the build is MDB08I (updates from MDA89E), a build which was recently seen as a factory image on Google’s servers. If you haven’t already seen the notification, don’t worry, as it should reach your phone soon. You can also check manually for its existence, or, if you are eager to side load it, follow the ...

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    There were a series of reports recently concerning Sony Xperia Z5 Compact touchscreen issues, where the display would start to act up. Errors and misbehaviours reported included the touchscreen either not registering touches, or executing several commands upon a successful registration of the touch. Interestingly, all of these reports referred to the white version of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact — we can’t confirm this as we’re reviewing the black model — and this has lead to the belief that there might be a hardware error specific to the white variant. Interestingly, as it turns ...

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    As it turned out, Apple is using two third party companies (TSMC, and its own rival, Samsung) as manufacturers for the A9 chip inside its latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This is nothing new, as Apple, in the past, has made similar decisions regarding other key components as well. This year, however, the SoCs are not only made by two different companies, but they are also different in the production technology used. Some reports recently claimed that there is substantial difference between the two chips, if not necessarily in performance, but in power consumption and temperature as ...

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    If you want an iPhone 6s, or an iPhone 6s Plus, but you don't want to have it tied to a carrier (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon), you should now be able to purchase an unlocked device online. Apple has made the SIM-free iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) available as an option in its cloud store, where you'll able to purchase phones with model numbers A1633 (6s) and A1634 (6s Plus). Not being tied to a carrier has its pros and cons. While  you will have the freedom of choosing your own SIM card (and it will most likely work on these carriers), buying a SIM-free iPhone 6s will require you to ...

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    Inspired by the Apple Watch Force Touch and iPhone 6s 3D Touch (or not), Synaptics is preparing pressure sensitive screens which will allow Android OEMs to have smartphones that offer a similar functionality to Apple's latest and greatest. Think of it as 3D Touch on Android; Huawei already announced that a "force touch"-enabled version of its Mate S will be available, but, at the moment, only these two products (with the iPhone 6s/6s Plus) offer you the option for this sort of interaction. However, flagship Android smartphones in 2016 might come equipped with pressure sensitive screens ...

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    In the first three quarters of 2015, HTC has suffered a net loss of NT$12.15 billion (US$372.39 million), reports DigiTimes, but the Taiwanese company is looking to turn that around in the last quarter of the year. HTC has already announced the HTC One M9+ and HTC Butterfly 3 in Japan, as well as the Desire 728 dual sim in China. However, according to unnamed sources cited by the publication, more phones are expected from HTC in the last quarter of the year, both mid-rangers, as well as high-end devices. The HTC One A9 -- the name is as good as confirmed -- will be unveiled, according ...

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    Ever since the beginning of the Nexus project, and the birth of Nexus phones, one of the direct effects of Google teaming up with a certain OEM (or maybe also part of the reason behind the move) was/is to offer some sort of support, to bring the manufacturer into the spotlight; to "show some love", if you will. Of course, such an exposure and official backing/promotion from Google resulted in increased sales figures for said manufacturer, and not only for its Nexus device, but for others in its portfolio too. The Huawei-made Nexus 6P will help the company reach its goal of shipping 100 ...

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    Owners of some Nexus devices (Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus Player) can already get a taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow thanks to Google, who made the factory images available on its servers. But what if you own a smartphone (or a tablet, for that matter), and your carrier of choice is T-Mobile? Magenta confirmed the Marshmallow update to be in the works for 17 of the devices on its line-up. The page also reiterates something we know so well (and learned to hate) concerning the long time required for a carrier phone to get an update: "Software updates are a long ...

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    featured review In this day and age, when there’s really fierce competition on the smartphone market, it is really difficult for a brand to gain traction, brand recognition, and, of course, market share. It’s easy if your name is already on the lips of millions and millions, and if that name is Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Motorola, Sony, or any of the other big guns. These companies have flagship, premium devices (with premium specs, build, and, of course, premium price tags), but they also have lower-end, and mid-range offerings, for those who can’t afford to always rock the ...

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    The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ event is still fresh in our memory (and the iPhone announcement couldn't really make it fade away), but that doesn't stop rumors and reports from talking about the upcoming flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S7. Back in June we heard back-to-back reports -- based on the fact that the Note 5 was announced earlier than usual -- that claimed Samsung would announce the Galaxy S7 this year, and then the opposite, that it would still arrive in 2016. Between then and now, there have been plenty of reports talking about possible dual models in different sizes, edge models, ...

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    Smartwatches are gaining traction and momentum, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s the Pebble, the Apple Watch, the new Moto 360, Samsung’s Gear S2 or LG’s watch line-up, almost every manufacturer that matters has one in its portfolio. But how about a much smaller company, and its less "smart" offering? Does it stand a chance against these behemoths? Martian Watches are betting big on their products, wearables that are not smart in the "smart" sense of the word – but they're hardly "dumb" watches either. So, instead, we’ll just refer to them as “connected” ...

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