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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: A Scary Day For Me And The BLU Studio Energy 2, I Thought It Was Dead!

By Tim

When your tech devices die it can be an agonizing reality, especially if you don’t have a spare device around that can do the same job! Today I thought I had run into that scenario!

However persistence and just plain stubborness paid of about 10 hours later with a nicely resurrected smartphone with a few spare GB’s of storage space and your’s truly here quite happy to be back in business!

However I still need a new phone and this brought that reality home! So perhaps some manufacturer or some kind soul can send me a decent 5.7 inch, 18:9 smartphone with at least Android 7.1 for testing? My tests last roughly 2 years and result in dozens of articles over that time period…hint, hint, Nuu Mobile USA, that G3 seems perfect!

Okay here is the entire saga in a relatively short video, at least compared to the almost 10 hrs of “fix” time om the BLU Studio Energy 2.

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LG Foldable Phone Gets Patented, Folding Right Down the Middle

By Radu Iorga

LG joins the party of device makers with foldable design, as shown by the patents below. We’ve got the Microsoft Andromeda, Samsung Galaxy X, Huawei and Oppo’s similar projects too. LG has the usual way of going its own direction, by folding its new phone right down the middle, but in a vertical fashion.

This seems like a narrow bezel machine, actually ultra narrow and we’ve got a sort of “acordion” mechanism right in the middle of the handset. A small gap in the hinge also appears and LG uses a hinge design with an outer side that extends and slides as the device closes. This is supposed to reduce the stress and pressure on the screen panel. The biggest problem with foldable phones is how resilient they are to the stress.

If you fold it too many times it could fail at some point. LG prefers to go with a simpler way to avoid that. When it’s folded in, the LG phone feels and looks like the Samsung patent that left a gap in the hinge. However, LG uses a design that involves magnets on the two ends of the smartphone, in order to keep the device closed and prevent it from opening up by mistake.

 

The patent also shows two antennae, two speakers, two mics and there’s a possibility you can use the device in two types of orientation. There’s no front camera here, at least not a visible one. We also see the device in a sort of stand/tent format, which may make it ideal to be placed in a pocket as some sort of webcam in your breast pocket. In the end it’s all just a patent, so let’s not read too much into it.

It still feels too fragile for me.

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: Innovation Versus Stagnation – The Vivo NEX S Smartphone

By Tim

Tonight’s Video is about engineering and innovation, versus stagnation and copycatting! As we all know the notch, while not introduced by Apple, has certainly become popular due to their use of it. It is one of the worst ideas ever to make a smartphone larger because of the loss of a full 1/3 section of the middle of the top of the screen.
Enter Vivo, one of several companies doing engineering and innovating and not being a follower but rather a leader.
So watch the videos I mentioned in the video here and reach your own conclusions. (They will be linked a few paragraphs down.)

The Vivo NEX S gives us proof that with a bit of engineering and innovation we can lose the notch, have super small bezels and not follow the path of Crapple, err, Apple. The phone has bleeding edge tech and great specs and the list below covers only the basics. Suffice to say the in-screen fingerprint reader and the screen that acts as an earpiece are very slick. As is the pop-up selfie camera!

Basic specs:

Vivo NEX 4G Phablet 6.59 inch Android 8.1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8GHz 8GB RAM 128GB ROM 12.0MP + 5.0MP Rear Camera Screen Fingerprint Sensor Built-in, 4000mAh battery
Display: 6.59 inch 2316 x 1080 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8GHz
System: Android 8.1
Storage: 8GB RAM 128GB ROM
Cameras: 12.0MP + 5.0MP rear camera and 8.0MP front camera
Sensors:E-Compass, Proximity sensor, Screen fingerprint sensor, Gyro, G-sensor, Light sensor
Features:GPS
Bluetooth:5.0
SIM Card: dual Nano SIM, dual standby

This phone is currently available for $709 at Gearbest.

Below are the videos I mentioned in the video you will be seeing below:

TechTablets.com
UnBox Therapy 
Mrwhosetheboss

So this is tonight’s video, watch, learn, go to our channel and leave comments!

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Oppo Also Working on Foldable Smartphones Now; We Have Patents

By Radu Iorga

After Microsoft, Samsung and Huawei have been working on foldable phones for a while, patenting them and leaking them partially, Oppo joins the gang in glorious fashion. A couple of their patents have just come out and they mention foldables.

Oppo is already an innovative firm, having unveiled the Oppo Find X, with its sliding part and over the last couple of years coming up with inventions like VOOC fast charge and 5X optical zoom phone cameras. Oppo and sister company Vivo have been innovating a lot and Vivo for example inaugurated the in display fingerprint scanner technology.

Regarding the foldable smartphone thing, the device we see here ditches any sort of seam between screens. The two displays complete each other perfectly and make one unified shell at the back side, with no visible crease. The hinge is surprisingly discrete, according to the patent. A rotating mechanism is also proposed, according to a patent filed by Oppo with WIPO on March 22nd 208.

 

A “rotation mechanism and foldable mobile terminal” have been mentioned. Another patent for a hinge assembly also made it out. Oppo demanded an early publication of the patents from WIPO, so something is certainly brewing there. We also see a version like a pull out couch, with a pull out screen, which triples the viewing space. We actually get a triple display setup here.

A sort of clamshell also appears with an “airbag” mechanism and a very long portrait format. The airbag thing requires an elastic element installed within the sides of the phone. When the smartphone gets unfolded the trapped air will be moved, so that’s why the airbag approach happens. Seeing how Oppo has innovated lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if they come up with a commercial product before the year end.

Samsung Galaxy X and Microsoft Andromeda may be beaten before they even come out.

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HTC is gone

By Matt Burns

Gather around, campers, and hear a tale as old as time.

Remember the HTC Dream? The Evo 4G? The Google Nexus One? What about the Touch Diamond? All amazing devices. The HTC of 2018 is not the HTC that made these industry-leading devices. That company is gone.

It seems HTC is getting ready to lay off nearly a quarter of its workforce by cutting 1,500 jobs in its manufacturing unit in Taiwan. After the cuts, HTC’s employee count will be less than 5,000 people worldwide. Five years ago, in 2013, HTC employed 19,000 people.

HTC started as a white label device maker giving carriers an option to sell devices branded with their name. The company also had a line of HTC-branded connected PDAs that competed in the nascent smartphone market. BlackBerry, or Research in Motion as it was called until 2013, ruled this phone segment, but starting around 2007 HTC began making inroads thanks to innovated touch devices that ran Windows Mobile 6.0.

In 2008 HTC introduced the Touch line with the Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Touch 3G and Touch HD. These were stunning devices for the time. They were fast, loaded with big, user swappable batteries and microSD card slots. The Touch Pro even had a front-facing camera for video calls.

HTC overplayed a custom skin onto of Windows Mobile making it a bit more palatable for the general user. At that time, Windows Mobile was competing with BlackBerry’s operating system and Nokia’s Symbian. None were fantastic, but Windows Mobile was by far the most daunting for new users. HTC did the best thing it could do and developed a smart skin that gave the phone a lot of features that would still be considered modern.

In 2009 HTC released the first Android device with Google. Called the HTC Dream or G1, the device was far from perfect. But the same could be said about the iPhone. This first Android phone set the stage for future wins from HTC, too. The company quickly followed up with the Hero, Droid Incredible, Evo 4G and, in 2010, the amazing Google Nexus One.

After the G1, HTC started skinning Android in the same fashion as it did Windows Mobile. It cannot be overstated how important this was for the adoption of Android. HTC’s user interface made Android usable and attractive. HTC helped make Android a serious competitor to Apple’s iOS.

In 2010 and 2011, Google turned to Samsung to make the second and third flagship Nexus phones. It was around this time Samsung started cranking out Android phones, and HTC couldn’t keep up. That’s not to say HTC didn’t make a go for it. The company kept releasing top-tier phones: the One X in 2012, the One Max in 2013, and the One (M8) in 2014. But it didn’t matter. Samsung had taken up the Android standard and was charging forward, leaving HTC, Sony, and LG to pick from the scraps.

At the end of 2010, HTC was the leading smartphone vendor in the United States. In 2014 it trailed Apple, Samsung, and LG with around a 6% market share in the US. In 2017 HTC captured 2.3% of smartphone subscribers and now in 2018, some reports peg HTC with less than a half percent of the smartphone market.

Google purchased a large chunk of HTC’s smartphone design talent in 2017 for $1.1 billion. The deal transferred more than 2,000 employees under Google’s tutelage. They will likely be charged with working on Google’s line of Pixel devices. It’s a smart move. This HTC team was responsible for releasing amazing devices that no one bought. But that’s not entirely their fault. Outside forces are to blame. HTC never stopped making top-tier devices.

The HTC of today is primarily focused on the Vive product line. And that’s a smart play. The HTC Vive is one of the best virtual reality platforms available. But HTC has been here before. Hopefully, it learned something from its mistakes in smartphones.

Source:: TechCrunch Gadgets


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