Posts From Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman
Steven Zimmerman

Steven grew up wishing he could take the internet everywhere with him. His first smartphone was an HTC Legend, and he's been tinkering and playing with Android ever since. With a background in accounting, he strives to bring a unique perspective to the tech journalism world.

Sony IMX378: Comprehensive Breakdown of the Google Pixel’s Sensor and its Features

IMX378 Overview We reached out to Sony to try to learn a bit more about the IMX378 sensor that is used by the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, as well as by the Xiaomi Mi 5S. Unfortunately, Sony was not able to distribute the datasheet for the Exmor RS IMX378 sensor just yet, but they were extremely...

LlabTooFeR Leaks System Images for Pixel and Pixel XL

With the retail release of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL fast approaching, it was only a matter of time before the system images started popping up. Earlier today, well known HTC leaker LlabTooFeR posted the system images for the Pixel and Pixel XL, both of which are manufactured by HTC.While it is not possible...

A Note on Google Assistant’s Fluidity and Speech Recognition

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Google Now’s voice commands (or rather Google Assistant as it is now called). I love the idea of what it will be able to do one day, and I love what it can do when it works. If it works. And therein lies the hate. That delay....

Facebook Announces Messenger Lite For Older Devices and Emerging Markets

Facebook just announced Facebook Messenger Lite, a new low-resource version of Facebook Messenger (much to the disdain of the developers of Lite Messenger for Facebook), joining Facebook Lite in their portfolio. Facebook Messenger Lite is a cut down version of Facebook Messenger, weighing in at under 10 MB. It is designed to be fast to download...

Exploring Andromeda: A Look at the Challenges Awaiting Google’s Next Voyage

With the release of the Pixel and Pixel XL phones coming up, rumors abound that Google will be announcing a new platform based on Android enhanced by Chrome OS features, called Andromeda. Google has already started bringing features from one to the other (Android apps in Chrome OS, seamless updates in Android, etc.), but questions remain...

BlackBerry DTEK60 passes by the FCC

The BlackBerry DTEK60's FCC filings were just released, confirming what frequency bands BlackBerry intends to support on their U.S. model, as well as some more information about the device itself. The DTEK60 is the successor to the Android based DTEK50 that was launched earlier this year, which resulted in some head scratching for its questionable naming scheme and small...

Signs of Life For Android Pay’s Global Rollout

With rumors swirling about Android Pay's expansion into more countries, Google has started taking steps towards preparing for those launches. Unfortunately, most of the preparations happen behind closed doors where we can't see them (negotiating with banks, helping the banks put forth Requests For Proposals to find implementers, navigating each country's legal framework, etc.), but...

Mediatek Officially Unveils the 10 nm Helio X30 and 16 nm Helio P25

At a press event in China, MediaTek held their official launch event for their long awaited flagship Helio X30, and their latest mid range chip, the Helio P25. The Helio X30 is a 10 core big.LITTLE chip, with two 2.8 GHz A73 cores, four 2.2 GHz A53 cores, and four 2 GHz A35 cores on TSMC’s...

Android Gaming Graphics at a Standstill: What Is Holding Us Back, and the Path Forward

Over the past couple years, we’ve seen a massive shift in the Android gaming market. Many major companies have shifted away from releasing new original graphically intensive 3D games, and are instead focusing more on either porting games from other platforms, or expanding their current games, often in an attempt to drive microtransactions. This is fantastic...

Huawei Nova and Nova Plus Coming in Early October (SD625, 5.0″/5.5″ 1080p, 3020/3340 mAh, Type-C)

Huawei has announced the release date for the Nova and Nova Plus, which are coming to North America and Europe in early October. Both devices will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which has an 8 core A53 based CPU running at 2 GHz. They will also share 32 GB...

Betrayal of Hype: Playing Fast and Loose with Release Dates Breeds Consumer Mistrust

Yesterday, Google launched Allo on the very last day of summer, just narrowly squeezing into their “Summer 2016” launch window. The product we got was compromised, and arguably doesn’t have a defined place in their product lineup, which raises the question of “Why was it launched now?” If Google had been upfront with us and come out...

How Allo and Duo Want to Complicate Messaging by Fracturing the Market

I remember back in 2013 when Google unveiled Hangouts, it was a breath of fresh air. Finally, a true cross-platform integrated messaging program to compete with iMessage and BBM. Finally, an easy way to integrate SMS, Google Voice, and all the bonus features that come with instant messaging into one app, which would sync across...