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Qeexo and STMicroelectronics partner to bring Smarter Touch Gestures to Smartphones

Since the arrival of touchscreen smartphones, smartphone vendors have been experimenting with touch gestures to replace physical buttons. webOS, Ubuntu Touch, and MeeGo have all used touch gestures in the past, and last year, Apple adopted touch gestures in iOS to replace the home button on the iPhone X. In the Android world, we are...

Xiaomi is Recruiting Beta Testers for the Mi Mix 2 Android Oreo Update

The Xiaomi Mi A1, which is part of Google's Android One program, received an update to Android Oreo a few days ago. But the rest of Xiaomi's devices run MIUI, Xiaomi's proprietary software layer, and they haven't gotten Oreo yet. That won't be the case for much longer, though -- in December, Xiaomi started recruiting beta testers...

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Receives a Price Cut in India, Now Available for Rs. 32,999 (~$520)

The first-generation Xiaomi Mi Mix was a pioneering smartphone. It had a near bezel-less 6.4-inch 17:9 display and ditched the traditional earpiece in favor of a cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic solution. Its design and construction were also unique -- its body was made of ceramic instead of aluminum. And although it was only available in...

OnePlus Switch Makes Migrating to a OnePlus Device Super Simple

Generally speaking, OEMs want to make transferring data from old devices quick and easy. To that end, OnePlus announced a new data migration application this week called OnePlus Switch. OnePlus says the application simplifies the process of transferring files to a new OnePlus device. Setting it up is as simple as installing it on your old...

LG Plans to Rebrand its G Series Smartphone Lineup

Branding is something that companies spend a lot of money on -- a product's success hinges partially on its brand, it's often said. That's one reason why LG, which hasn't had much success in the smartphone business lately, is ditching its G series smartphone lineup for a different one. The company says it'll unveil a replacement in...

MTPwn Can Access Samsung Devices’ Storage Without Unlocking Them

When it comes to Android phone security, one of the best-known platforms is Samsung's Knox, a suite for Samsung phones aimed at enterprise. It's considered one of the best on the market, but it isn't impregnable, as a recently uncovered exploit showed. The exploit (SVE-2017-10086), which was fixed in the October 2017 security patch or  November...

LG to Introduce Raspberry Rose LG V30 at CES 2018

LG doesn't typically announce new flagship products at the Consumer Electronics Show. It has a history of unveiling smartphones (particularly new G series devices) at Mobile World Congress, with the release date usually following a month or two later. So it was a little surprising when LG said it'd introduce a new variant of the LG...

Report: Amazon is in Talks with Big Brands for Ads on Alexa

Retailers like Amazon are constantly looking for ways to boost their bottom lines, and one of the easiest is by leveraging and monetizing the customers they already have. That's starting to happen with smart home devices -- last year, Google ran an experiment with audio ads on Google Home devices, which made a lot of people...

Dirac partners with AAC Technologies to Bring Enhanced Audio Quality to Smartphones, Smart Speakers, and more

For the past few years, audio quality in mobile devices has become an increasingly higher priority. There was a time when audio quality was valued only by a few smartphone vendors, but that trend is slowly changing. We have seen the arrival of smartphones which specifically promote great audio quality as a feature, such as HTC's smartphones...

Huawei P20 Schematics Reveal Three Models, Triple Rear Camera Mount

Huawei is one of the biggest and most influential China-based OEMs on the planet, right up there with giants like Samsung and Apple. And while it's looking to expand its global reach with a wireless carrier partnership in the U.S., it's also preparing to launch its first 2018 flagship: The Huawei P20.For the Huawei P20,...

Micromax to Launch a $31 Android Go Smartphone in India

Google announced Android Go in May 2017 at the company's annual developer conference, Google I/O. The goal of Android Go is to deliver an optimized version of Android (currently Android Oreo) that runs on low-end devices with 1GB of RAM or less, which will in turn allow smartphone OEMs to use less expensive hardware so...

CAD Renders Show off the Sony Xperia L2, Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra

Sony's product portfolio includes multiple smartphones across mid-range and flagship price brackets. Last year, the company launched several mid-range phones, including the Xperia L1, the Xperia XA1 and the Xperia XA1 Ultra. Rumors abound suggest the successors to these devices may launch soon, and on Tuesday, @OnLeaks published CAD renders of the Sony Xperia L2,...