News

Samsung is in talks to lend Exynos chips to ZTE, other phone makers

Trying to take a piece of the chipset food chain

Published

on

The ZTE saga continues. After weeks of turmoil, ZTE finds itself on the hunt for saviors from certain death. A few days ago, the unlikeliest of heroes, President Donald Trump, has been trying to save the company. Now, another unlikely savior is stepping up to stave off ZTE’s lack of hardware — Samsung.

A ban order from the US government has prevented ZTE from engaging in business with American companies. As such, the company has substantial contacts for its hardware including Qualcomm and Dolby.


With most of their phones relying on these suppliers, ZTE’s survival chances are rapidly withering. Even with a new supplier, the company’s public perception might plummet.

Recently, Taiwan-born hardware supplier MediaTek has pledged their support to ZTE. At the very least, the support breathes a sigh of relief for the dying ZTE. However, the disparity between Qualcomm and MediaTek has become one of the most contentious debates of recent years. A move might take its toll on ZTE’s marketing.

Now, Samsung has started talks to provide their Exynos chips to ZTE.

Currently, Samsung makes their chips mostly for their own phones. Despite the near exclusivity, the Exynos brand enjoys a modicum of respect in the smartphone industry. Thus, a move to Samsung’s line can provide adequate replacements for ZTE’s Qualcomm-dependent phones.

Besides ZTE, Samsung is also discussing their chip’s distribution with other phone makers. The company has not revealed their complete list yet. However, according to Samsung, they are treating every phone maker equally.

Samsung hopes to unveil their new list of clients by next year. In the meantime, ZTE is on survival mode until they find an adequate solution to their US woes.

SEE ALSO: ZTE faces ban from using Qualcomm, Android on their phones

News

Xiaomi Mi A3: Price and availability in the Philippines

It still comes in an affordable price

Published

on

By

Image by GadgetMatch

Remember when Xiaomi announced the Mi A3 in India days ago? Good news for everyone as the Mi A3 will also be in the Philippines.

This latest A-series offering is known as the “stripped-down” version of the Mi CC9e. It packs the same internals: Snapdragon 665 chipset, 4GB RAM, plus 64 or 128GB storage options. What’s different? Instead of the heavily-skinned MIUI 10, it packs the Android One with a fresh, stock-like Android experience — just like using a Google Pixel.


Image by GadgetMatch

There’s a new 6.088-inch Super AMOLED display in tow. With the new display technology, it’s expected to be power-efficient. Although changing the technology from IPS-LCD may sound good, the downgrade of screen resolution from 1080p to 720p might become a dealbreaker for some. Other than that, there’s an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, eliminating the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner of the Mi A2.

Image by GadgetMatch

This year’s A3 packs a triple camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a new 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The Dot Drop Display notch houses the 32-megapixel selfie camera. Both cameras have AI functionality.

Image by GadgetMatch

When it comes to battery, the 4,030 mAh capacity is a huge improvement over last year. It is expected to have a longer battery life than Mi A2’s so-so 3,000 mAh battery. 18W Fast Charge is still supported, all thanks to USB-C. They also brought back the 3.5mm audio jack for dongle-less usage. The IR blaster is still present for controlling appliances.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi A3 will be available in local Mi Authorized stores starting August 24, 2019 and will be on Lazada and Shopee starting September 9, 2019. There are three color options to choose from: Not Just Blue, Kind of Grey, and More than White. The sole variant with 4GB/128GB configuration will retail at PhP 11,990.

Continue Reading

Apps

Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

Try Spotify Premium for a longer period of time

Published

on

Spotify offers a free trial for everyone wanting to try the Premium experience. Spotify Premium used to be free for just 30 days, but that is changing today. Starting this August, Spotify is extending its Premium free trial for three months.

Spotify Premium is now offering the first 3 months for free. Everyone can try it out. The feature is rolling out globally with all of the plans eligible upon sign-up.


However, the three month offer is open only for those who haven’t tried Premium before. To activate, visit the website of Spotify Premium. Signing up requires either a credit card or a carrier billing.

Those lucky to grab the three month offer gains access 50 million song tracks available on-demand and ad-free, along with access to 450,000 podcast titles. Spotify is the leading music streaming service globally, and it offers an Android, iOS, desktop and web apps for all. Today, it boasts 217 million users across 79 markets.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

Continue Reading

News

Android Q is just Android 10

10 is not a dessert

Published

on

Android is changing things up. After years of naming its newest iteration after a sweet treat, the newest version will now just be called Android 10.

Google’s mobile operating system explains that the decision to change its naming convention is aimed at being more inclusive.


Android says that while using names of tasty treats and desserts has always been a fun way of releasing each update annually, it wasn’t immediately understood by everyone. Especially not with a 2.5 billion user-base that’s spread all around the world. They’ve even gone out of their way to explain that “L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.”

They also made a fair point that it’s not easy for most people to identify if they’re device is running the latest OS. After all, there’s no clear indication that KitKat comes after Lollipop.

By switching to just Android 10, it becomes more easily understandable for all of its users, and the company felt that it was time for a change.

A new name also merits a new look. The Android robot is now officially part of the logo and the font color changed to black. The video below details the evolution.

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending