Gaming phones and VR target
Qualcomm has decided to announce an updated version of its flagship Snapdragon 855 7nm chip. It is simply called Snapdragon 855 Plus. The CPU is about four percent faster while the GPU gets a saucy 15 percent boost. It is clear that gaming phone manufacturers and VR enthusiast platform builders will be all over it.
Old style is still the best
A report from Verizon has confirmed that smartphone users are hanging on to their old phones much longer.
Moto G7 looks rather good for the price
Motorola is releasing three versions of the Moto G7 this year: the G7, the G7 Power, and the G7 Play. A fourth, more powerful G7 Plus model, will also be released internationally. These new devices offer slimmer bezels, bigger displays, and larger batteries than their predecessors.
More bendy than an iPhone and can turn electromagnetic waves into electricity
Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created super-thin, bendy materials that absorb wireless internet and other electromagnetic waves in the air and turn them into electricity.
Sensors for a larger display
AMS has developed a light and infrared proximity sensor that can sit behind a smartphone’s screen, reducing the area required for such sensors and so allowing for a larger display.
Pop goes the kernel
Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has warned that despite developer efforts, security problems can persist thanks to outside vendors beyond their control.
Just getting worse
HTC has been struggling to stay competitive for years now with its Android handsets and virtual-reality headsets, but it has just reported itsbiggest drop in sales for two years.
Note 7 and bribery scandal can be safely glossed over
Samsung might have been having a trying time this year, but at least none of it appears to have kicked it too hard in the bottom line.