Just before Samsung hopes to surprise the world with a new smartphone, its arch nemesis Apple pulls a fast one with something old…
But with a shiny new coat of paint.
It’s not every day that one finds himself at the world’s most famous museum, and even more unlikely to be at this place of art for a tech event. But on this beautiful spring evening in Paris, I’m here for just that, the global launch of Samsung’s new TVs.
It’s 2017 and for most of us, typing on a cold sheet of glass is the most natural of things.
But while tapping on a screen is second nature to us smartphone users, there’s nothing quite like the tactile punchiness of a physical keyboard.
If you find yourself longing for that classic BlackBerry experience, the new KEYone is everything you remembered from the good ol’ days, but with all the bells and whistles you expect from a smartphone of today.
Now that the Galaxy Note 7 crisis is behind us, and with Samsung Executives promising the Note line will live on, fans can now begin imagining what Samsung’s next stylus-toting smartphone will be like.
Obviously, we expect it to be called the Note 8 — but did you know that there’s already been a Note 8?
Not since the original iPhone have we been blown away by a smartphone.
Sure, smartphones have come a long way, but not since the first iPhone launch more than a decade ago have we seen this big of a phone revolution.
While Greenery may be the new Pantone color of the year for 2017, blue is undoubtedly the color that’s caught the imagination of the smartphone industry.
From Shenzhen to Silicon Valley, smartphone manufacturers the world over gave users a shiny new color to pick from. Move over rose gold; this year, blue is the new black.
With 2017 in full swing and the launch of the Galaxy S8 mere months away, Samsung hopes to put to rest the case of the flaming Note 7 and the subsequent recall of what many considered to be the best smartphone ever built.
Today at a press conference in Korea, the tech giant announced the results of its own internal investigation and that of three other independent firms.
Whenever a smartphone has a Plus at the end of its name you expect it to be bigger and better than its namesake.
But that’s not the case when it comes to the V5 Plus, the newest smartphone from Chinese up and comer Vivo. In fact when it comes down to the tale of the tape, the V5 Plus is roughly the same size as the V5 that came a few months before it.
Happy 2017 everybody!
We’re merely weeks into the new year and so much has happened already.
Earlier this month we were in Las Vegas for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Soon we’ll be in Singapore for the Samsung Southeast Asia Forum, and then shortly after Barcelona for Mobile World Congress.
Before things get crazy, we’d like to thank all of you for being a part of our growing community.
After its first full year of operations GadgetMatch is now one of the most influential tech media organizations in Southeast Asia with a combined following of 250,000 users across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Viber and Twitter. At the end of 2016 we hit traffic goals too, ending the year at close to a million monthly page views.
But things are just getting started. This year we will continue to expand and prioritize growth markets in Southeast Asia, India, and the United States. But while we continue to build on our global footprint we are committed to staying true to our roots and delivering content with an Asian voice.
We have so much in store for you all and can’t wait to fill you in. Today we’re launching the GadgetMatch Blog – the best place to come to get updates on what we’ve been up to.
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Inside secret conference rooms at Samsung’s Suwon Headquarters in South Korea, their next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is being passed around.
Following the fiery disaster that was the Note 7, the team of engineers working on the Galaxy S8 are hard at work to ensure the phone becomes a runaway success, nothing less is demanded.
In the tech world, to win you must innovate.
It’s a fast-paced, uber-crazy rat race, where each year, feature upon feature is piled onto new products dubbed the latest and greatest of tech.
Not everything makes sense, not everything practical or groundbreaking. But these headline features are what sells these products, and it gives us tech journalists something to write about.
But what if scaling back was even better than moving forward?
I can’t help but feel like a super hero every time I summon my virtual personal assistant.
She doesn’t have a fancy name like Iron Man’s Jarvis but she’s well known.
She simply goes by the name Google – and now, apart from my computer and smartphone, she also resides in a little contraption called Home.
Apple’s got a new MacBook Pro.
That in and of itself isn’t really big news. Almost every year their iconic notebook computer gets a speed boost, minor cosmetic changes, and a nip and tuck here and there.
But this year, Apple is making BIG, newsworthy changes.
Wouldn’t it be great if you lived by a PokéStop or two? You could just sit on your couch, set a lure and have pokémon come to you? Don’t even think about it! Not only is that a lazy-ass idea, it’s not feasible. If you’re really serious about catching them all, you’ll need to put in the time, just like in the game or TV show, moving from place to place in search of them all.
Here’s a breakdown of what we know about Pokémon Go‘s global release so far in order of date:
- The game is out now in the Philippines and 14 other countries in Asia and Ocenia. Swing by this page for the full list.
- As of today, August 4, Pokémon Go is now available in Central and South America. The news comes just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. The world’s best athletes training in Pokémon gyms could be a thing now. Yay!
- Nintendo announced on July 27th that Pokémon Go Plus, the watch-like companion device that alerts you of nearby monsters, will be available in September, not late-July.
What makes a smartphone a flagship phone?
Just the other day, during a weekly chat over drinks, the GadgetMatch team found ourselves in a conundrum.
While a few years back the answer was simple, these days, the imaginary lines that separate phone classes are getting murkier. That’s especially true in 2016, a year where up-and-coming brands are disrupting price points by introducing the same kinds of phones for less.
There’s something about the OnePlus 3’s packaging that makes unboxing it an experience.
From its elegant yet understated red-white color scheme and the layers upon layers of things to unpack, to everything in the box that is well thought-out, keeping in with the company’s tagline, “Never settle.”
Update: Servers are back up and everything is good with the world. We’ve updated the rest of the story.
Following its official launch in 26 additional European countries Pokémon Go servers went down for about 16 hours on Saturday. Shortly after the outage, a group of hackers claimed responsibility for the event.
UPDATE, August 2: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now official. Check out our hands-on post here.
The invites are out for 7 Unpacked, the launch event for Samsung’s newest phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, which will take place in New York on August 2nd. Following months of speculation, this teaser pretty much confirms rumors about Samsung skipping 6 and going straight to 7.
When Google first unveiled its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, back in 2014, it launched with three partners – LG, Motorola, and Samsung.
While the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live dropped a few months earlier, it was the Moto 360 that almost everyone wanted (and waited for). Unlike the other two that were more tech–on–a–strap, the Moto 360 looked and felt more like a traditional watch, with a round face and genuine leather straps to choose from.
June 30 is Social Media Day!
I’m really excited to represent GadgetMatch as we celebrate our first year of doing what we do.
Our first anniversary is coming up so the timing couldn’t be any perfect. At Social Media Day I will be taking part in a panel with other entrepreneurs who have turned their passions into professions. Joining me are Jessica Nazarali, Founder of IT Girl Foundation and Liz Lanuzo, Founder and EIC of ProjectVanity.com
That took a while.
After announcing its new smartphone line in Barcelona last February, Sony is finally making good on its promise of rolling out its Xperia X smartphones across the globe. Following a May release in the U.K., the Xperia X and XA are coming to the Philippines in mid-July. The Xperia X is already available in India, whereas the lower-end XA should be available by the third week of June.
An overeager Jerry Shen was already in his seat when I walked into our meeting room at the ASUS headquarters in Taipei last week. The charismatic CEO sat clutching his new babies, a trio of smartphones – the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and ZenFone 3 Ultra – unable to contain his excitement.
We spent some time with the Asus Zenfone 3 shortly after its launch in Taiwan last May 30. All three models are big upgrades from last year – sleeker, more powerful, with more features. But do they offer enough to go head to head with rivals released months earlier? Find out in our hands-on review.
When I hear the word Alcatel, I get flashbacks from the very late nineties, when apart from the likes of Nokia and Motorola, it too made cellphones. I can still remember the first Alcatel One Touch, a larger and rounder Nokia 5110 look-a-like.
Almost 20 years later, Alcatel is staging a comeback. Over the last few years the company has generated a reasonable amount of interest in its Flash line – budget smartphones with reasonably good specs.
A few weeks ago, I was lounging on a beach chair in Boracay Island in the Philippines, sipping on a mojito and enjoying crazy fast mobile internet speeds of about 200 megabits per second.
For the uninitiated, at 200 Mbps, you can download the original Iron Man movie in high def, or the popular racing game Need For Speed in well under 2 minutes.
Usually a conference for computer programmers or app developers isn’t what everyday users will find exciting. But Google’s annual I/O conference is always worth looking out for.
Google, after all, is one of the most exciting companies in the tech world, and whether you like it or not, it will play a huge part in our daily lives, if not already. Beyond computers, smartphones, and wearables, technology is changing life as we know it, and Google intends to be in the thick of it.
A few years back, Google introduced a design aesthetic called Material Design – basically this meant a more clean and flat user interface on websites, computers and smartphones.
It was a huge departure from another design concept called skeuomorphism, where designs are made to look like real life objects.
Fire, Water, or Grass?
One of the most important decisions faced by every budding Pokemon trainer is the matter of starter Pokémon. You can only choose one – a sidekick that will ultimately effect your game style.
The choice is always between a fire, water or grass Pokémon – each with its own strengths and weaknesses. In the latest Pokemon installment, dubbed Sun and Moon, you have these 3 to pick from.
I’ve got 10 smartphones on my desk, but one stands out because of its size.
In a sea of phones that are 5 inches and larger, Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE goes against trend. It’s a big-phone world out there, not just because larger screens are hip, but because a phone’s display is a window to a universe of productivity, entertainment, and possibility.
It’s official. Facebook Philippines is now open for business.
Not that the country is a stranger to Facebook or vice versa. 49 million Filipinos access the social networking site each month, and the Philippines is where Facebook tests out many of its big ideas including Internet.org and Facebook Reactions.
Pink is the new black, and you’ve got Apple to thank.
Ever since rose gold was added to the iPhone 6S roster last year, the color has made its way to a range of devices from a host of manufacturers. In the last month alone we’ve seen rose-gold phones from Huawei, OPPO and Vivo, and just this week, Apple announced a new rose-gold MacBook also.
If you can get past its iPhone-esque looks, there’s much to be said about the F1 Plus. OPPO’s latest smartphone isn’t the most premium in its lineup, nor does it look anything like its little brother, the OPPO F1, but it is a phone that defies expectations in a good way.
This week was one of many firsts. My first trip to India and my first formal introduction to smartphone brand Vivo, whose V3 and V3 Max smartphones marked their global debut here this week.
It’s by no mistake that these phones are unveiled in Mumbai, not New York, or London, or Beijing.
In the tech world, there’s plenty of talk of smartphones, but very little said about the processors that power them. But did you know that many of your phone’s innovative new features wouldn’t be possible without technology that’s built into one tiny chip the size of a Scrabble piece (but way thinner)?
Big things come in small packages.
From its moderately sized Town Hall in Cupertino, Apple unveiled a couple of “small” devices today, including a new 4-inch iPhone.
Dubbed the iPhone SE, the new iPhone looks exactly like the iPhone 5S from 3 years ago, sporting the same 4-inch Retina display, diamond cut chamfered edges, and blasted aluminium finish.