Surely by now you know the drill: Late in the year, Samsung announces a new big-screen smartphone to round out its flagship offerings. And 2016 is no exception. Samsung is ending a banner season with the Galaxy Note 7.
Ever since the phenomenal rollout of the augmented-reality smartphone game Pokémon Go a few weeks ago, pokémon trainers have already discovered more than one virtual pokémon gym in the U.S. and across Europe.
In Go’s version of pokémon gyms, pokémon can be trained and trainers can claim them either by assigning a pokémon or battling a rival team who has claimed one. Of course, all this only happens on your smartphone.
But somewhere in Japan—where it all started—is a real-life pokémon gym where anyone can physically train, play, and interact with (virtual) pokémon. That means you, pokémon trainer!
Google’s proposal to add a new set of emoji that highlights various career opportunities available to women has been approved by the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. A total of 11 new emoji, representing “a wider range of professions for women (as well as men)” in different skin and hair colors, will be available in future versions of Android and other platforms.
Every year Google releases a new version of its mobile operating system Android. Announced in alphabetical order and named after a delectable treat, each time a new update is expected, a guessing game ensues.
And for the first time ever Google is letting users decide on what N means. At Google I/O today, Google announced its #NameAndroidN website where users can submit ideas. Which tasty treat is your favorite?
On March 17, Facebook secretly rolled out Messenger Madness, named after one of the most popular annual sporting events in the United States – March Madness. It’s a hidden virtual basketball game inside the Messenger app. Activating the game is simple: use the basketball emoji in any Messenger conversation and tap on it afterwards.
Several virtual layups and dunks later, Facebook said the Philippines tops the list of countries with the most Messenger Madness sessions in the world.
Size matters, but it’s not everything.
Love it or hate it, the iPhone SE is arguably a class of its own. It may look old but it doesn’t perform like one. It’s something not even the Android world can offer – where small nowadays, most often than not, means sluggish, second-rate, and a 2-4 year-old OS built into a cheap plastic body.
Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows, Hololens, Skype, Azure, Data and Developer Tools at the Build 2016 developer conference in San Francisco. CEO Satya Nadella and Windows and Devices executive vice president Terry Myerson, among others, will each give keynote addresses at the Moscone Center.
It’s a big day for smartphone users as Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter roll out major updates to their iOS and Android apps.
LG puts the fun back in function with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the LG G5. It has everything a 2016 flagship is expected to have: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0 that promises 83% of battery after 30 minutes of charging, a fingerprint scanner, quad HD display, USB Type C, Android Marshmallow, and great cameras.
In a surprise announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony said goodbye to its top of the line Xperia Z smartphone, unveiling in its place a trio of new smartphones collectively referred to as Xperia X.
Specs-wise the new Xperia X line isn’t going to be the most high end smartphone release of 2016 but Sony’s left just enough for the phones to be desirable.
It’s been a full month since the biggest tech coverage of my life to date. Having finished Legal Management in college, and then eventually making a career in Creatives, never did I think I’d be in Spain, as a journalist, covering one of the world’s biggest tech events.
Facebook is taking steps to keep up with Snapchat by buying Masquerade, the Belarus-based startup that built face-swapping app MSQRD. A few months back, Snapchat quietly acquired Looksery, and launched Lenses, a similar product built into Snapchat’s interface, that has since allowed users to add animated effects to their selfies.
38 days of standby time and the ability to power another smartphone — the monster battery of the Asus Zenfone Max hasn’t been a secret for a while now.
The Taiwanese company itself teased the phone several times last year, first at a press event in India in August, and then later at the IFA Consumer tech show in Berlin last September.
We saw it again at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas last January, shortly before it began rolling out around the globe, and finally, last week it arrived at the GadgetMatch lab.
There are fans who live and breathe Star Wars – they’ve seen all the movies and know and follow all the canons. They buy merchandise to further express their love for the saga, many probably have a collection of them.
And then there are those who make their own.
One such fan is Angelo Casimiro, an unassuming but brainy Physics student from De La Salle University in the Philippines.
The whole GadgetMatch team is on holiday and we thought we’d share with you the gadgets and gizmos we will be taking with us during our respective travels.
We have updated the page as well with some of the photos we have taken using the devices we assigned as our main cameras.
It’s been 8 years since the first iPhone was announced. We don’t mean to body-shame but it was short and a bit pudgy, if you may. Fast forward to 2015, iPhones are only getting taller and much slimmer. Here are 8 everyday things that will remind you just how small the first smartphones were back in the day.