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LG claims it designed its notch before Apple’s

LG prefers calling it a secondary display

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Without a doubt, the most notorious design trend to hit smartphones in the past few months is the dreaded screen notch. Consumers are split on it, and manufacturers simply can’t avoid it.

While more and more brands adopt the black cutout, comparisons with Apple’s implementation happen with every new smartphone launch. Even though the Cupertino company didn’t pioneer the notch, they’re being blamed for popularizing it.


The latest smartphone to be hit with copycat accusations is LG’s flagship G7 ThinQ. Despite the handset’s focus on a superior audio experience and its use of AI-powered wide-angle cameras, the notch was once again the target during a Q&A session in Seoul, South Korea.

When asked if LG copied the iPhone X’s features (specifically the notch), Hwang Jeong-hwan, LG’s Mobile Division chief responded with, “LG planned the notch design before Apple.”

He then added that “The display design may look similar to that of other smartphones, but boasts differentiated features.”

LG did, in fact, delay the release of the G7 ThinQ by several months in order to iron out some kinks before launch, but neither that nor the notch-less V30 (released in August 2017, before the iPhone X) came out with a design resembling the new trend.

In LG’s defense, however, it can be argued that the V10, which was released in 2015, had a black space for its two front-facing cameras way before anything else — even prior to the idea of a notch.

In addition, LG would rather call the screen around the notch a secondary display, just like what they’ve done on the V10 and V20. According to the company, indicating it as a notch means something is being taken away, which LG claims it isn’t.

Other interesting bits of the interview include LG saying that LCD panels will be the standard for the G-series while OLED will stick for V-series handsets, and that they’re open to the possibility of adding augmented reality emoji to their devices through a software update.

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In a smart world, Supreme is making a dumb phone

It offers a rich detox

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We’ve often seen luxury brands venture into tech and launch a few limited edition gadgets. Porsche Design has been making rebranded BlackBerry’s and Android phones for quite some time and they’ve been a huge success. Similarly, there are dedicated brands like Vertu that intended to cater to this ultra-posh demand.

Fashion brand Supreme has also announced a phone, but don’t get too excited. It’s a feature phone that sports huge Supreme branding on the back and comes in their signature red color. Other than the logo and two-decade-old feel, the phone has nothing new to offer.


The specs sheet is supremely short as well. It has a 2.4-inch display, dual SIM support, a camera, and 3G support. If you’re rich enough and want to take a digital detox, this phone is built for you. Else, you can always just flaunt the Supreme logo.

It’s actually manufactured by Blu and The Verge says it could be a rebranded Zoey 2.4. If that’s the case, we also know it’ll have 128MB RAM and 16GB storage via an external SD card.

Even though Supreme hasn’t officially announced the price, don’t expect it to be “affordable”. This is the same brand that sold a branded brick for US$ 30. And these “used” bricks are now selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

This won’t be their first tech product though. Supreme had launched a branded power bank, which too got sold out in a very short period of time.

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Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo phones could soon have AirDrop-like feature

Sharing files has never been easier

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The Apple eco-system is famous for its feature integration across all devices. Transferring files between two iPhones is simple and quick thanks to wireless AirDrop functionality. Similarly, an iPhone and a Mac are virtually always connected via a single Apple ID.

Though, Apple’s products are restricted and cannot communicate with the phone of other brands directly. Android, on the other hand, is open-source and able to communicate with a wider range of devices. Though, brands have developed their own proprietary tech like Samsung Mirror or Huawei Share. Again, these are limited to the company’s own eco-system.


Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO want to make it easier for users and have announced a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance. Devices of all three brands will be able to transfer files at 20 MB/s without the need of a third-party service like ShareIt.

Implementing an AirDrop-like system on Android is impossible because every brand relies on its in-house software. This includes various skins like MIUI, ColorOS, and Funtouch OS. The three brands are open to other companies joining the alliance.

This is a huge step in favor of the user because the three brands hold a combined market share of almost 50 percent in China. We wouldn’t be surprised to see other brands like Huawei joining soon.

A standardized protocol ensures everyone is on the same page. Another notable association would be Wireless Power Consortium that manages the Qi wireless charging standard. It lets everyone leverage the same technology, making the user experience streamlined. For a change, even Apple is a part of this group.

Google also has been trying to push a unified messaging protocol called Rich Communication Services (RCS). It can be an easy-to-use messaging service like Apple’s iMessage, compatible across all Android phones.

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Buy from the App Store without a credit card with Smart

iTunes, Apple Music, App Store purchases simplified

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For the longest time, if you want to purchase an app in the App Store, you have to use your credit or debit card to complete the payment process. The same story goes when you want to subscribe to Apple Music. Smart Philippines would like to change that by introducing a new form of payment for Apple services: your mobile number.

Starting August 15, Smart is extending its carrier billing for purchases made in the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iCloud. This means you can now use your Smart mobile number as an option to pay for all Apple services. The purchase will be directly deducted from your prepaid load or automatically charged from your monthly postpaid bill.


To enable this option, you simply need to do the following:

  1. Sign-in to your Apple device using your Apple ID. If you don’t have one yet, create an Apple ID first.
  2. Select “Mobile Phone” as your payment method from your account settings in App Store, Apple Music, or iTunes.

Once you’ve done all the steps, you’re good to go. Your payment will be automatically processed and configured. With this payment option, you can pay for your favorite apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, along with Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage plans.

Apple services include the popular iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud and the App Store. This year, Apple is doubling down on its services in light of declining iPhone sales. Last March, the company introduced Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, as well as the Apple Card.

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