With the iPhone X, Apple has managed to beat Samsung in its own game. The Korean company currently dominates the market with its OLED panels. It supplies OLED panels to all major smartphone OEMs out there and dominates the market with a market share of almost 97 percent. So unsurprisingly, Samsung also supplies Apple with the 5.8-inch OLED panel used on the iPhone X.
All of Google’s ducks were seemingly lined up in a row. The industry was moving towards ‘bezel-less’ phones with 18:9 screens, its Assistant is now pretty mature, its camera image processing is second to none, its wireless audio is top notch, and so on. And as a result, the Pixel 2 XL is very nearly the perfect smartphone, the template for everything else for the next five years. As Google are inclined to do though, they arguably blew it – and not for the reasons you might suspect me of picking*. I’m talking display and pricing – read on…
Google today released the first developer preview of Android 8.1 Oreo for its Nexus and Pixel devices. The update brings about a new API level, some bug fixes to features originally introduced in Android 8.0, and other improvements.
And so to this year’s Google Pixels, now with ‘2’ in the name, still with the two sizes (regular and XL), with pumped up internals and stereo speakers but sadly missing a standard headphone jack. Google has put all its expertise in machine learning and image processing into these phones, making them a fascinating choice for the best in phone imaging, but arguably unremarkable otherwise.
Thanks to the excellent budget smartphones it has been launching consistently in India, Xiaomi has been dominating the smartphone market in the country. This is despite the marketing blitz from the likes of Oppo and Vivo who have plastered their ads in almost every nook and cranny of the country.
The thing about the Galaxy Note 8 is that it’s not ‘just’ a smartphone. It’s that and a stylus-centric tablet and a pocket computer, all in one. Even though there are annoyances, there’s no escaping the raw power and flexibility of the Note 8. It’s beautiful, it’s immaculately built, and it packs enormous productivity and performance punches.
The launch of the iPhone X last night has got everyone talking. Can any Android smartphone actually take on Apple’s most expensive $999 iPhone? Well, if there is any company that can compete against the iPhone X, it’s Samsung. And the company has not one but three different devices to compete against Apple’s best offering.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has already broken all pre-order records for a Note device in the US and will be making its way to the country’s retail stores from today. After the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 last year and the excellent Galaxy S8 and S8+ from earlier this year, the Note 8 is Samsung’s answer to the iPhone X and other bezel-less phones set to invade the market in the next few weeks.
After months of hype and leak, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 at its Unpacked event in New York. The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s response to the likes of the Pixel XL 2, the iPhone 8, and represents the company’s best device in terms of pure technology.
After months of testing, Google today released the final build of Android 8.0 Oreo for its Pixel and compatible Nexus devices. Android Oreo should also make its way to other popular Android devices before the end of this year. Like with every major release of Android, Google has highlighted the key features in Android 8.0 in its announcement post. However, there’s more in Android Oreo that what meets the eye.