Monthly Archive: January 2017

Huawei P10 Release Updates, Specs and Features: Phone Could Feature Dual-Camera Setup and Curved Display

To follow the trend of dual-cameras, the Huawei P10 is speculated to release a smartphone with this camera technology.  ( TECHCONFIGURATIONS/YouTube Screenshot )

With the popularity of dual-camera setup in smartphones, many fans believe that Huawei could also introduce it in their next release[1]. This will be a big boost to the brand especially since it hopes to compete with other giants in the industry.

Two variants

According to Expert Reviews[2], renders which surfaced online revealed that there could be two Huawei P10 versions. One would have a gold color while the other will be all-black.

Dual cameras utilizing powerful Leica lenses is believed to be attached to the rear with a secondary camera on the front. This camera feature has been introduced by brands like Apple and has received positive reviews from fans and smartphone users. A fingerprint scanner at the back is also possible, plus a curved touchscreen design which will make the Huawei P10 look like the Samsung[3] Galaxy S7 Edge.

Chipset and other features

As per Softpedia[4], Huawei could reveal the P10 during the Mobile World Congress 2017 this coming March 26. It is expected to be a powerful device sporting a Huawei Kirin 960 chipset. Many hoped that it was a Snapdragon 835 chip, but this will just be released on April, which is already past the release target for the Huawei P10.

In terms of performance, it is believed that the Huawei P10 will be similar to that of the Huawei P9 since they have the same Kirin chipset. The upcoming[5] release could also have 6GB of RAM for fast-responding applications and smooth navigation on the device.

Price details

When it comes out after a few months, the Huawei P10 could cost around $500 or higher which is almost the same with the initial tag of the Huawei P9 when it was released. This is already a great price for a phone packed with remarkable features. What other offerings do you want to see from the Huawei P10?

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References

  1. ^ release (amzn.to)
  2. ^ Expert Reviews (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  3. ^ Samsung (amzn.to)
  4. ^ Softpedia (news.softpedia.com)
  5. ^ upcoming (amzn.to)

RCS for T-Mobile subscribers could be here any day now

Users have reported seeing the RCS support option sprout up in Messenger for Google’s settings panel.

T-mobile users, your text messaging prowess is about to get more rich — in the sense of Rich Communication Services, that is.

T-Mobile customers have mentioned on Reddit[1] and Google Plus[2] that they’re seeing the RCS option pop up in the settings panel on the Messenger for Google app. But it’s been difficult to parse whether RCS is ready on the network given the lack of confirmation that it’s life. Other subscribers have suggested that with Digits in beta, the functionality is inevitable.

RCS as often been poised at the “SMS Killer,” and that’s partially true. The standard will essentially infuse your plain old text messaging app with the same powers as Apple’s iMessage. Here’s how my colleague, Jerry Hildenbrand, explained it[3]:

Combined with FaceTime, iMessage already offers exactly the things RCS is trying to achieve. Voice and video calls are simple and messages are rich with great media sharing and read receipts and typing indicators and everything else. And it uses SMS in tandem with regular data to do it. It’s the best SMS app you’ll ever use until RCS becomes ubiquitous (if it ever does.)

The option that Google Plus user, James Scott Jr., saw in his Messenger app.

Spring, T-Mobile, and AT&T were the three carriers who had initially signed on to the standard last year. But at present, only Sprint and Canada’s Rogers has signed on. If T-Mobile is indeed ready to adopt, it’ll be great news for RCS for the rest of us.

References

  1. ^ Reddit (www.reddit.com)
  2. ^ Google Plus (plus.google.com)
  3. ^ explained it (www.androidcentral.com)
Cellnet Review

Apple reversed its iPhone slump. But what’s next?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has snapped out of the first sales slump in the iPhone’s decade-long history, although the modest upturn doesn’t mean that it has broken out of its innovation funk.

If anything, the numbers Apple released Tuesday highlight the company’s growing dependence on the iPhone, whose sales tower above Apple’s other current offerings. The company hasn’t managed to come up with another breakthrough product since its chief visionary, Steve Jobs, died in 2011.

Meanwhile, Apple’s rivals have been rolling out new products in other promising fields such as augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Apple currently trails in those areas, although many analysts believe the company may try to catch up with products featuring those trendy technologies later this year.

IPHONES ON THE RISE AGAIN … BARELY

Selling more iPhones has been getting tougher as more people hold on to older models for longer periods and competitors such as Samsung and Google entice customers with sleek devices running on Android software. The trend led to three consecutive quarters in which iPhone sales fell compared to the prior year, causing Apple’s total revenue to sag as well.

Apple bounced back in the quarter ending in December, buoyed by a positive response to the late September release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. That device featured a better camera, which drew rave reviews, and no jack for headphones, which irked some consumers and befuddled others.

Apple shipped 78.3 million iPhones in the latest quarter, a 5 percent increase compared to the previous year. It benefited from a year-end quarter consisting of 14 weeks, one more than the previous year period. If not for the calendar quirk, the iPhone sales slump might not have ended. Apple sold an average of 5.6 million iPhones per week in the latest quarter compare to 5.7 million iPhones per week in the previous year.

The Cupertino, California, company also was helped by a recall of Samsung’s Note 7 phones, which were plagued by battery fires. That problem drove some people switch to other models such as the iPhone.

THIS YEAR’S IPHONE

About 17 percent of all iPhones are now 7 models, according to the research firm Localytics. Most of the rest are older iPhone 6 or iPhone 5 models. Apple could have sold more iPhone 7 Plus, which boasts a bigger screen and an extra camera, but couldn’t keep it in supply, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told The Associated Press.

IPhone sales could slip yet again. Anticipation is building for the expected release of a 10th anniversary iPhone of some sort this summer or fall. Many smartphone owners could hold off until they get a good look at this year’s iPhone, says Daniel Ives, a senior vice president for the mobile research firm Synchronoss Technologies.

“It’s like a drum roll while everyone waits for the curtains to roll back to unveil the next iPhone,” Ives says. “There is a lot of pent-up demand out there, so this has the potential to be a game changer.”

APPLE IPHONE INC.

The iPad, a tablet that became a smash hit after its 2010 debut, remains mired in a three-year sales slump, further magnifying the iPhone’s importance to Apple. The company shipped 13.1 million iPads in the past quarter, a 19 percent drop from the previous year.

“Remember when Apple called itself Apple Computer Inc.?” says BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis, harking back to the company’s identity until 2007. “They may as well call themselves Apple Phone Inc. now.”

Propelled by the iPhone, Apple Inc.’s revenue edged up 3 percent to $78.4 billion in the quarter. But its profit dipped 3 percent to $17.9 billion.

STILL WAITING

It was Apple’s biggest quarterly revenue in its 40-year history, but it doesn’t erase the question that has nagged Tim Cook since he succeeded Jobs as CEO nearly five-and-half years ago: What’s next?

Cook had high hopes for Apple’s smartwatch when he unveiled it in 2014, but that gadget remains more of a novelty.

In interviews, Cook hinted Apple is exploring opportunities in augmented reality, which casts holograms and other digital images onto the real world around you. Apple also has been buying companies and hiring engineer specializing in artificial intelligence, a niche focused on teaching computers to think and talk more like humans.

Gillis believes Apple already has wasted too much time trying to figure out what to do next.

“When your iPhone juice runs down, you should already be ready to ramp up your next product,” he says. “What have we gotten after all the billions that Apple has spent on” research and development?

Cellnet Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Release Date, Specs And Price: Leaks Ahead Of MWC Launch Suggest Android Nougat Tablet

Samsung is expected to announce its Galaxy Tab S3 premium tablet at Mobile World Congress in February, on lieu of the Galaxy S8. The tablet is expected to be showcased at MWC after its predecessor released more than a year and a half ago.

The Korean publication Naver[1] recently shared a set of prospective specs for the tablet, which indicate it will have an ultra-thin frame and will run Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Galaxy Tab S3 may include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, a 9.6-inch 2048×1536 display, 4GB of RAM and 12-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel front camera. The tablet is expected to come in LTE and Wi-Fi-only and be 5.6mm in thickness, making it thinner than the Galaxy Tab S2. At this time, Samsung has not confirmed any details about the device  

The Galaxy Tab S3 will likely be announced Feb. 26 and release sometime in March[2] for about $600.

The tablet was also recently spotted in a listing for the Federal Communications Commission[3] for cellular use certification in the U.S. This is a good indication the Galaxy Tab S3 will soon release.

References

  1. ^ Korean publication Naver (m.news.naver.com)
  2. ^ sometime in March (www.sammobile.com)
  3. ^ Federal Communications Commission (fccid.io)