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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • Bixby Voice still needs plenty of polish – and that’s perfectly okay

    Bixby Voice launched in South Africa yesterday, coming several months after the Galaxy S8 (review) came to market. Before you go out and buy a new Samsung phone purely because of this new development, it's worth noting that the voice functionality certainly needs more attention at this stage. Voice recognition is still hit and miss right now -- at least for me. No matter how hard I tried to enunciate, it would detect "Gavin" as "Kevin", for instance. I don't think I'm that coloured. Don't even think about complex (i.e. non-English) surnames either. Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by the commands that don't involve names,...

  • Bixby now available in South Africa, here’s how to get it

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) was one of the better releases this year, but its Bixby assistant was left in a very unfinished state, despite the inclusion of a dedicated button for the service. The company marketed Bixby for its voice functionality, but this aspect was completely absent at launch. Now, on the eve of the Galaxy Note 8 launch, the voice service has finally launched in the country. To take advantage of Bixby Voice, you'll want to make sure that all the Bixby-related apps/services are updated. This can be done by visiting Galaxy Apps, tapping the ellipsis (...) in the top...

  • Android Oreo official: 7 smaller (but cool) features you should know

    Google decided to use yesterday's Eclipse across North America to reveal Android O's name, and yes, it's going to be called Android Oreo. We already know about the big features, such as Project Treble for streamlined updates, notification dots, picture in picture mode and autofilling login details. But here are a few more features Google has listed alongside the Oreo name. 60+ new emoji One of the biggest user-facing changes is the "fully redesigned" emoji library, giving them all a welcome facelift in the process. But Google didn't stop there though, confirming that it's added over 60 new emoji characters to the platform,...

  • LG Q6 launches in SA next month, what about price?

    The LG Q6 was revealed internationally last month, bringing the "FullVision" display to cheaper smartphones. At the time of the reveal, we got word that the phone would be hitting South Africa, with no price or release information shared. Now, the South Korean company has announced that the phone would be coming to the country on 1 September. The Q6 packs a capable but lower mid-range Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The phone also packs the aforementioned 5.5-inch 2160x1080 display, stretching much further than most budget screens, as well as a 3000mAh battery. Don't expect a...

  • Exclusive: Nokia 8 gets SA price, cheapest flagship in market?

    HMD's Nokia-branded smartphones seem to have received a very welcome reception globally and in South Africa, with its budget devices attracting plenty of attention. But all eyes were on the Nokia 8 last week, being the first flagship as part of the new arrangement. We already confirmed ahead of its reveal that the phone would be coming to South Africa in September, making for a swift launch. But what about pricing? Cellucity has come to the table once again, confirming to Gearburn that the device would have a prepaid price tag just below R10 000. "The recommended retail price will be R9499.00," Cellucity...

  • Android O to be called Oreo? Leaks say yes

    It's about time for Google to give a proper, confectionary-themed name to its Android O update, isn't it? The company will be holding an event later today, but the name has already surfaced: Android Oreo. Yep, according to a Google leak via Android Police and serial tipster Evan Blass, Google will be taking the KitKat route by teaming up with a real brand. The news first came via Blass on Twitter, calling it an "iterative" upgrade. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's an iterative mobile platform version upgrade! pic.twitter.com/izDHLXEJgh — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 20, 2017 This was then followed up more...

  • Samsung teases Galaxy Note 8 dual cameras in new video

    By now we already know that the Galaxy Note 8 will be packing two main cameras, adopting a trend started by the likes of HTC, LG and Huawei. Now, Samsung Korea has released a teaser video ahead of the 23 August reveal date. The teaser shows a woman using her hands as a pair of binoculars, alluding to two cameras. We then see depth-of-field effects applied to a man standing in a crowd (blurring the crowd around him) and to a figurine in a toy store (blurring the other toys). Finally, the teaser shows a close-up photo of a woman on...

  • Is this the final design for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2? [Video]

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix is arguably one of the most beautiful smartphones released in the last 18 months, popularising the current trend of thin bezels. But it looks like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 might step things up in a big way. Phillipe Starck, the designer behind the original device (and purportedly behind the sequel) has posted a video on Facebook, showing what could be one of the designs for the Mi Mix 2. "Mi Mix 2. Conceptual product design WIP v3," reads a disclaimer in the bottom right-hand corner of the video. In the clip, we see a phone with even thinner...

  • War Wings and Meshi Quest: this week’s top mobile games

    We're looking at our most noteworthy mobile games again. So let's get on with the show. We have four notable titles this week, with War Wings and Meshi Quest being our personal favourites. Check out the full rundown below. Titanfall Assault (free - Android, iOS) Titanfall is one of the top "hardcore" gaming franchises right now, so a mobile port was bound to happen. Titanfall Assault is a real-time strategy game, that has you moving soldiers and Titan mechs around, getting into skirmishes with the enemy. Nothing we haven't seen before then. The game does use a card system for some upgrades though, bringing the inevitable...

  • Kirin 970: have details for Huawei’s next flagship chip leaked?

    Earlier this week, we reported on claims that Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, expected to be used in the Huawei Mate 10 (and probably the P11), had started mass production. Now, a Weibo user (via GSMArena) has posted what could be the specs for Huawei's new flagship chip. So what should you expect? The user's post purportedly reveals that the Kirin 970 will pack an octacore arrangement that's similar to the Kirin 960. So that means four heavy-lifting A73 cores and four lightweight A53 cores -- no next-gen A75 and A55 cores here. But the chip is apparently built on a 10nm process,...