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Qualcomm to Acquire NXP Semiconductors for $47 Billion

Qualcomm has officially announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors. The agreement allows Qualcomm to purchase all issued and outstanding common shares of NXP for $110 per share, which gives NXP a total enterprise value of around $47 Billion. The acquisition has been rumored for a while, and Qualcomm...

LG Looking to Incorporate MST Tech For Mobile Payments in LG G6

LG plans to go in strong with the G6. We do not really know a whole lot about the G6 at this stage, but recent developments have pointed that LG may finally be ready to move past dead technology and favor newer tech that offers more convenience. A new report coming out of South Korea indicates...

South Korea Grants Samsung a Patent on Fingerprint Scanner Gestures

We've seen multiple companies begin implementing fingerprint scanner gestures on their smartphones in the past. Huawei/Honor has been known for these gestures for quite a while, and many were hoping that it would be included in the Nexus 6P. This never happened, but Google was able to bring the feature with this year's Pixel and...

Samsung and LG Both Announce Their Q3 2016 Financial Reports

Yesterday we saw HTC publishing their financial report for the third quarter of the year, and today we see that both LG and Samsung have done the same. All three companies were not able to put their best foot forward this year for different reasons, but some were able to come out better than others. LG...

Google Confirms Fix for Huawei Phone/Android Auto Incompatibility is on the Way

Android Auto has remained one of Google's more low-key products these past two years since its initial announcement in 2014, but the project has slowly been expanding each year. During this year's Google I/O, the company announced that it would be working with Qualcomm to deliver a customized Snapdragon SoC aimed at car kits as...

Report: 70% of Note 7 owners will stick with Samsung

Unless you've been living under a rock these past few weeks, you've probably heard of the sometimes explosive nature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's battery. The fiasco has resulted in Samsung recalling the millions of phones it had shipped out: not once, but twice. Samsung has been so careful with trying to salvage what's...

Google Allo Updated to 2.0 With Split-Screen and Quick Reply Support

Google Allo did not quite have the start that Google had hoped for the app. In the saturated market of Instant Messaging platforms, Allo has offered very little to the average consumer that could keep the user, and his contact circles, hooked. Decouple the Assistant from Allo, and you're left with an IM app bereft of key...

Google Pixel XL costs $285.75 to Manufacture – in line with Rival Smartphones

When Google finally unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th, many people were put off by the price tag of the two phones. While Google is no stranger to sticking a premium price tag on their products, many users hoped that the two Pixel phones would continue bucking the trend of expensive off-contract...

Android Wear 2.0 will Require Installing Apps from new Wear-based Play Store

Ian Lake is an Android Developer Advocate who has been responding to some Android Wear 2.0 questions over in the Android Wear Developers Google+ community. In one particular Google+ thread, a user inquired about the current distribution numbers for the various Android Wear platform versions. For now, Mr. Lake says that all watches are capable...

9 Year Old Linux Kernel bug dubbed ‘Dirty Cow’ can Root every version of Android

Despite the fact that tens of thousands of users actively pore over the Linux kernel source code actively looking for security flaws, it's not unheard of for serious bugs to go unnoticed. After all, though the chances of missing something incredibly serious are lowered by having more eyes auditing the code, we're all still human...

Verizon Pixel Unofficial Bootloader Unlock Would be Free, not Part of SunShine

Back when the Google Pixel duo were still in the leak stages, there were reports that the Verizon based Pixel devices would come with their bootloaders locked, and with no way to officially unlock them in a straightforward manner. This created an important distinction between the carrier-unlocked Pixel as it was sold directly from Google,...

Samsung Pay to Launch in 3 New Countries, New Features Coming

Samsung Pay was able to jump ahead of the other mobile payment services in part because Samsung acquired LoopPay back in February of last year. They ended up announcing Samsung Pay the very next month, but the service wasn't launched until August. Samsung Pay was first introduced in both the United States as well as South Korea...