Smartphones

Apple Pencil coming to iPhone? Apple patent shows stylus options explored
May 24, 2017 at 8:02 am

An Apple patent filed in 2015 shows that the Cupertino-based company has plans for the (already pretty cool) Apple Pencil that far exceed its current iPad Pro limitations. The patent uncovered by Patently Apple makes for a pretty dry read, but includes some exciting information, including multiple references to devices other than the iPad, including…

Hacker beats Galaxy S8 iris scanner using an IR image and a contact lens
May 23, 2017 at 11:04 am

Based on name alone, the futuristic iris-scanning feature on the Galaxy S8 sounds like it would be the most secure way to lock your phone. Hacker Jan Krissler, who goes by the name Starbug, shows in a recent video that, despite the impressive technology in unlocking your phone with your eyes, the security system can…

Why Google Assistant and Search are two different iPhone apps
May 19, 2017 at 8:19 am

Now that Google Assistant has officially arrived to the iPhone (at least, for US-based users) a lot of people may be wondering why Google pushed the AI as a separate app from the main one. Here’s an overview of the differences between the two. While it’s not officially called “Google Search” (and rather, just its…

Nearly 40 Percent of Android Users at Risk from Screen Hijack Bug
May 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

An unpatched bug is leaving almost 40 percent of Android users at risk from screen-hijacking apps, a new report has found. And it's something that Google is unlikely to fix until the summer. The problem, first spotted by researchers at Check Point, revolves around an oversight in Android permissions, and affects all phones running Android…

Google’s “Fuchsia” smartphone OS dumps Linux, has a wild new UI
May 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

Google, never one to compete in a market with a single product, is apparently hard at work on a third operating system after Android and Chrome OS. This one is an open source, real-time OS called "Fuchsia." The OS first popped up in August last year, but back then it was just a command line. Now the…

Another phone brand may be dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack
May 8, 2017 at 8:02 am

The 3.5mm headphone jack is still an emotional sticking point for many despite the Moto Z, HTC U Ultra, iPhone 7 and others dropping the port. A recent leak of the Honor 9 suggests the Chinese company may be prepared to lose the headphone jack too when its flagship phone comes out later this year.…

Huawei Honor 8 Pro review: Near-flagship quality without the flagship price
May 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro brings you much of the power and capabilities you'd expect of a high-end flagship phone, but with a UK price of £474 (direct from Huawei), it comes in cheaper than most other premium handsets. That converts to roughly $610 or AU$820, but there's no word yet on US or Australian…

Germany's Bosch wins orders to supply motion sensors for Apple's 'iPhone 8'
May 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

Bosch could supply up to half of Apple's needed components, Bloomberg said on Friday, citing an anonymous source. Bosch already supplies barometric sensors for current iPhones, but in the iPhone 6s and 7 at least, motion sensors are the exclusive domain of InvenSense. Apple will often bring multiple suppliers onboard for a single part in…

OnePlus 5 Name is Confirmed, Phone Arrives This Summer
May 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

This morning, OnePlus confirmed to The Verge that the name of their next phone is indeed OnePlus 5. The confirmation is important because the most recent phones from OnePlus were dubbed 3 and 3T, so previous rumors of OnePlus jumping up to 5 for the name name led to some confusion (this will also be there sixth…

Honor Likely To Follow Apple iPhone 7 And Ditch Headphone Jack
May 5, 2017 at 10:31 am

Honor is the sub-brand of Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Well, Honor’s a good name and it’s much easier to say than Huawei (H’Wah’Way, in case you want to know). The Honor brand is very keenly priced and has a lot going for it, as the Honor 8 and more recent Honor 8 Pro handsets show. Now,…