PhoneArena - News 6 April 2018

You can now get a free Amazon Echo Dot with the purchase of the $150 Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet

You can now buy the $150 Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet and get a free Amazon Echo Dot (second generation) smart speaker for a limited time.The deal is available for the version of the Fire HD 10 with special offers (Amazon lock-screen ads), and it's one of the best prices for such a combo around.The Fire HD 10 is a 10-inch tablet with access to Amazon's ecosystem. It features a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, 1.8 GHz quad-core chip with 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life. And considering that Android tablets are practically non-existent ...

Read More →

Samsung reported to have completed 7nm development six months ahead of schedule, could be used in Snapdragon 855

Samsung has finished the development of 7nm manufacturing technology six months ahead of schedule and the development process could be used for the next flagship phone chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.This is great news for phone enthusiasts as the manufacturing process has a great impact on the productivity and battery efficiency of a chip. Our battery test, showed a big, double digit improvement in battery life with the Snapdragon 835 system chip, the first flagship mobile chip built on the 10nm process. Samsung Electronics is expected to start manufacturing the new ...

Read More →

Mophie's new wireless charger adds fast-charge option, but is still too expensive

Mophie has released its new wireless charger that fixes some of the biggest issues of the original, and most importantly now has support for fast charging.The new Mophie Wireless Charge Stream Pad Plus, however, still costs a hefty $60, nearly double the price of other wireless chargers by companies like Anker, RavPower, Tylt and even Samsung.Both the original Mophie wireless charger and the new Pad Plus work based on the Qi charging standard. The big difference over the original Mophie Wireless Charging Base, however, is support for 10-watt fast charging, ...

Read More →

Plex VR app launches on the Gear VR

After making its debut on the Google Daydream back in January, Plex's VR media center is now available on the Samsung Gear VR.Like other similar offerings, the Plex VR media center puts you in the center of a virtual environment with a big, floating screen in the middle. Part of the fun, as usual, comes from the relatively high level of interactivity of each of the environments. Plex VR offers three such venues – a luxury apartment and a deep space scene known as “the void,” which are free, and a drive-in theatre, which you need to have a Plex subscription ...

Read More →

For the first time, the number of apps in the Apple App Store declined this year

The App Store's total number of apps declined for the first time this year as Apple stepped up its effort to remove old apps that did not comply with newer iPhones and apps that did not meet the company's recent review guidelines. Additionally, apps that do not support 64-bit architecture that is now ubiquitous across iPhones, were also removed.This brought the total number of apps on the App Store to 2.1 million, down from 2.2 million in 2016.In comparison, the Google Play Store with Android apps now has a catalog of some 3.5 million ...

Read More →

Samsung Gear S3 gets better battery life via new update

The last major update for the Samsung Gear S3—Tizen 3.0, which rolled out in December of last year—was full of new features, but also took a bit of a hit on the Gear S3's excellent battery life. Samsung then halted the roll out and released a revised version that rectified the battery drain issues. Now, with things back to baseline, Samsung is rolling yet another update for the Gear S3 that aims at further improving battery life.The latest Samsung Gear S3 update is currently rolling out in the US, Canada, and South Korea, SamMobile reports, with firmware version ...

Read More →

Curious renders envision a curved "banana" iPhone

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Apple may be working on touchless controls for future iterations of the iPhone, as well as a new type of OLED or microLED display that curves inwardly and from top to bottom, instead of outwardly and to the sides. With this in mind, designer Martin Hajek has decided to offer his take on what a future iPhone with this kind of display could look like.The resulting renders are certainly interesting, to say the least, albeit plenty bizarre as well. Hajek's vision is somewhat reminiscent of the Nokia 8100—a.k.a. ...

Read More →

Amazon Echo speakers finally get an intercom feature

The Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are two of the hottest consumer products in the US, but they have been having troubles getting new applications, known as "skills." Phone calls and intercom capabilities have been requested for as long as the two have been on the market, and are considered to be killer features for the platform, but it is only now that Amazon has gotten around to introduce the intercom feature.Dubbed Alexa Announcements, the new Alexa skill lets users utilise Echo speakers across their homes as a relay system of sorts. That is, you can ...

Read More →

Google releases new Android Excellence apps and games collection

Google has updated its quarterly, curated selection of the best Android apps and games available on Google Play. The Android Excellence selection highlights the apps and games that deliver the best user experiences on Android, make use of the platform's stand-out features, utilise the Material design language to great results, and are optimized to run on a huge number of devices.Best of all, in order to make the list, an app or a game doesn't have to be popular, or sell a lot—we all know how "good" some of the best-selling apps and games are—but rather posses exceptional ...

Read More →

Snapchat's new super-realistic lenses for iPhone X are finally here

After announcing its new super-realistic lenses, tailor-made for the iPhone X and its advanced front-camera that can track your face with great accuracy, Snapchat is now finally rolling out the feature starting today.It took the company a few months to get the feature ready, but it's finally here and it seems to live up to the promise, delivering detailed face tracking and realism. The new masks include a Mardi Gras mask, a Day of the Dead face paint with a matching headdress as well as a masquerade eye cover.Traditional Snapchat Lenses use the ...

Read More →
Calendar