The Moto X4 was released in early September 2017 at IFA/Berlin and was originally targeted at the mid-range market. The main features include a dual camera, hands-free support for Alexa voice assistant, Tempow Audio profile (TAP) a unique technology that allows to stream audio to four devices simultaneously. But what really sets the Moto X4 apart is its impressive, unique, and shiny new design! In 2017, Motorola have five product categories: C, E, G, […]
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Motorola launched the Moto G5S Plus in several markets across the globe. The Lenovo-owned company has confirmed today that this handset will also be launched in the United States. As you would have guessed by now, it’s a slightly improved version of the Moto G5 Plus which was launched earlier this year for $230. Motorola is going to charge the same price for the Moto G5S Plus in the United States.
The updates are minor so they don’t really warrant a price increase. The Moto G5S Plus has a 5.5 inch full HD display and it’s powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled. It’s available in 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB configurations, however, the latter is slightly more expensive at $300. There’s a 3,000mAh battery keeping the lights on.
The handset also features dual 13 megapixel rear cameras and an 8 megapixel front camera. Motorola says that the Moto G5S Plus has a “water-repellant” coating, don’t confuse it with water resistance. It probably won’t do very well if you decide to immerse it in water.
The handset runs Android Nougat out of the box. Interested customers can head over to the Motorola website right now and place a pre-order for the Moto G5S Plus. It costs $230 and is unlocked for all major U.S. carriers. It’s going to ship starting September 29th.
Flappy Bird, the frustratingly popular game that took the world by storm a couple of years ago, still exists. Many of us have since been over the game once the hype died down but if you’re one of those who continues to play this game, keep in mind that Flappy Bird cannot be played on an iOS 11-powered device. This has been confirmed by the game’s creator Dong Nguyen himself.
Flappy Bird was launched back in May 2013. The game crossed 50 million downloads by February 2014. It caused so much controversy that Nguyen decided to take the game off of the App Store later that month.
Since then, iPhone users have been able to use various methods to keep the game alive on their handsets even after updating their phones. Nguyen hasn’t supported the game since. “My responsibility of supporting this app was finished since 2014,” he said in a Facebook comment.
Nguyen has confirmed that Flappy Bird won’t be compatible with iOS 11. That’s because Flappy Bird is a 32-bit app whereas Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has switched over to 64-bit apps. Nguyen could update Flappy Bird to 64-bit if he wanted and then it would work just fine with iOS 11. He’s not going to do that, though.
Nguyen has confirmed via his Facebook page that the original Flappy Bird title can not be played on an iOS 11 device. If you’re a Flappy Bird fan using a device that can be updated to iOS 11, the only option that you have is to not update to the latest and greatest iteration of iOS.
I’m not sure that would be a wise idea, though.
Instagram today announced that it has added face filters to live video. Users can try on these filters when they’re sharing live video. A variety of filters are being offered that users can choose from depending on their mood. They can easily try on these filters while broadcasting live video to their friends and family on Instagram.
In order to use face filters in live video, users have to tap the face icon in the bottom right corner before or during their broadcast. They can tap on any filter to check out how it looks and play around with as many filters as they like.
The new sunglasses face filter is available exclusively in live video for the next week. It’s possible to tap to change the scenery reflected in the lenses as well.
Once the broadcast ends, users can share a replay to Stories or choose “Discard.” If that’s the option they choose their live video will disappear from the app as usual.
Instagram says that users will be able to check out face filters in live videos over the next several weeks. It’s going to be a while before all Instagram users across the globe can try out this new feature.
Huawei is going to unveil its new flagship series next month. The company will conduct an event on October 16th to unveil the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Lite. A new report has been published which claims to bring us the Huawei Mate 10 Lite specs and price details. The report cites a person who has been briefed on the company’s plans as the source of this information.
The Huawei Mate 10 Lite will likely be the cheapest of the new series that Huawei launches next month. However, it’s going to be far from your conventional budget Android device, if this report is to be believed.
The Huawei Mate 10 Lite specs include a 5.9 inch 18:9 aspect ratio Full HD+ 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution display, Huawei’s octacore Kirin 650 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A 3,340mAh battery will be keeping the lights on.
It’s going to be a quad-camera affair in that there’s going to be dual cameras on both the front and the back. Apparently, the setups pair a 16 megapixel and 13 megapixel primary sensor with a secondary 2 megapixel sensor on the rear and front respectively.
Powered by Android 8.0 Oreo, the Huawei Mate 19 Lite is reportedly going to start shipping in November for around $450.
So far all the BlackBerry devices released by TCL have been of the hybrid variety, where the handset sports a touchscreen display, but also comes with a physical keyboard, a feature that many BlackBerry users seem to love most about the brand, and also what makes BlackBerry phones so unique from the competition.
However TCL is expected to launch a new BlackBerry phone with an all-screen design, and a recent photo could give us a clue as to what to expect. A photo of the alleged BlackBerry Krypton has made its way online where it was initially posted on BBM Channels. The image you see above is alleged that of the back portion of the phone, which unfortunately doesn’t tell us much, but we guess it is also the first time we’re seeing the device.
For the most part it seems that the phone will be keeping to the same design language that we’ve seen on other BlackBerry handsets. There does not appear to be a dual camera on the back, so it looks like neither BlackBerry nor TCL will be hopping on that bandwagon anytime soon.
As for specs, what we’ve heard so far is that the Krypton will be a mid-range offering, with the use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. It is also rumored to feature 4GB of RAM, a Full HD display, and a 4,000mAh battery. Take this leak with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully we’ll have the details next month when the handset is expected to be launched.
As you might have heard, Google and HTC have recently struck up an agreement in which in exchange for $1.1 billion, Google will be getting their hands on some of HTC’s IP in an non-exclusive licensing agreement, as well as the team behind HTC’s smartphones. This isn’t an outright purchase of HTC, but rather a part of the company’s mobile team.
So what does this mean for HTC? The good news for fans of the company is that things are expected to proceed as per usual. In fact come 2018, fans can look forward to HTC launching a new flagship that will be the successor to this year’s HTC U11 smartphone. This is according to HTC’s announcement in which the company basically said that they will be releasing a new phone next year, while at the same time streamlining their existing portfolio.
HTC’s press release reads, “This agreement also supports HTC’s continued branded smartphone strategy, enabling a more streamlined product portfolio, greater operational efficiency and financial flexibility. HTC will continue to have best-in-class engineering talent, which is currently working on the next flagship phone, following the successful launch of the HTC U11 earlier this year.”
We’re not sure what the future holds for HTC after that so we guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime we are also very curious as to what Google’s investment will yield in terms of new products.
It is no secret that HTC is definitely not the company it once was, and over the years they have been slowly ceding market share to bigger smartphone makers, and more recently OEMs from China who are quickly rising to the top of the ranks. This is why when there were rumors that Google could be considering acquiring HTC, it did not really come as a surprise.
It turns out that the rumors were true, or at least part of it because HTC and Google have recently announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement with each other. This will see Google more or less acquire the team behind HTC’s smartphones, or to be more specific those who have been working on the Pixel handsets, as well as a non-exclusive licensing agreement of HTC’s IP, and in exchange Google will be paying the company a whopping $1.1 billion in the process.
In a post on Google’s blog, Rick Osterloh, the SVP of Hardware wrote, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.”
It will be interesting to see what Google plans on doing with this recent investment, and if the rumors are true, HTC could also be one of the companies behind this year’s Pixel handsets.
Carriers have long offered their customers trade-in programs where users after a certain amount of time, customers have the option of swapping out their older phone for a newer device, which is one of the ways to encourage customers to keep using the carrier’s network and services. Now it looks like Google’s Project Fi could start accepting trade-ins as well.
In a new support page on Google’s website, Google has highlighted how there will be a trade-in program at both the Google Store and Project Fi. Not all phones will be accepted, but it seems that for the most part the major brands will be covered, which includes handsets from Apple, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, as well as select Nexus-branded smartphones.
The amount of money you can get for your phone will vary from brand to brand. According to 9to5Google, a 128GB Nexus 6P will get users about $165, while a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus will net users as much as $332. It is interesting that Google has chosen now to launch its trade-in program, especially when you consider how close it is to the launch of Google’s new Pixel phones.
Also if you recall, a recent leak has revealed that Google’s Pixel 2 handsets will be more expensive than their predecessors, which means that now is as good a time as any to launch a trade-in program to encourage customers to purchase the new phones. We expect more details will be shared soon, so check back with us at a later date for more information.