Why is interest in new smartphones falling?

There’s no doubt about it: comparing the year-on-year data, interest in new smartphone launches is falling, and falling dramatically. It hasn’t just been over the last few launches, either – this downswing has been happening for years. Google Trends data shows it clearly, whether you’re looking at recent Galaxy S line launches: or Apple iPhone launches: No phone launch has come close to the iPhone 6 launch in terms of interest. Just so we’re comparing Apple with [Read Entire Story]

LunaR is a solar-powered smartwatch with plenty of features and an elegant design

Smartwatches nowadays can do all kinds of neat things. In fact, they are becoming more independent than ever, some even featuring wireless data connectivity, killing the need for a companion smartphone. But there is one thing manufacturers haven’t handled well – battery life and charging. Other featured Crowdfunding projects: Action video too shaky? Check out the Quark stabilizer for GoPro Helio doubles as a solar battery pack and light source Is the CrossHelmet the smart [Read Entire Story]

How to Use Smart Lock and Skip Fingerprints on the Galaxy Note 8

How to Use Smart Lock and Skip Fingerprints on the Galaxy Note 8 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile. With Smart Lock on the Galaxy Note 8, you can skip the fingerprint scanner in most situations. This feature recognizes trusted environments so the phone can unlock itself. You won’t need a fingerprint, face scan or PIN to use your phone. This works at home, connected to your car stereo and there’s even an option to set it up to trust your voice. Smart Lock enables the Galaxy Note 8 to [Read Entire Story]

Does the future of audio remain tied to mobile?

The smartphone replaced the MP3 player and iPod as nearly everyone’s portable music player of choice, but are newer technologies right around the corner about to replace it? I would wager not. Streaming services seem more popular than ever, plus we can take TV and film with us on the go with our supersized modern screens. In fact, more and more new audio innovations appear to be increasingly reliant on smartphones as a central hub. However, the audio and media markets are moving fast, [Read Entire Story]

What’s the safest way to lock your smartphone?

Based on the generalization that technology becomes more advanced over time, it’s likely that many of us just assume our devices are becoming more secure too. After all, we’re constantly buying the latest devices and receiving software updates, which are supposedly patching vulnerabilities like putting caulk around a leaky faucet. However, it sometimes feels like our devices are as vulnerable as ever. We may have hoped that cyber security would become more robust and impenetrable as consumer [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro pack GPS for fitness

Samsung has a pair of new wearables for IFA 2017, the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport, each targeting the wrists of fitness enthusiasts. The two smartwatches each come ready for a variety of exercise types, including a new Speedo partnership for tracking laps in the pool. Unusually, each also includes onboard GPS. Both the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: All the rumors in one place (Updated: August 1)

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a disaster for Samsung. The phone had major issues with its battery, that ultimately resulted in a total global recall. Nevertheless, the company will still release a successor, the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8. The Note series has always been popular among consumers, and it will be interesting to see if this [Read Entire Story]

Upcoming smartphone tech to look forward to

Smartphone technology moves at a brisk pace, with new camera, processor, and other enhancements appearing each year. It wasn’t so long ago that smartphone fingerprint scanners, dual cameras, and contactless payments were considered wild ideas, and yet there’s still much more awesome tech to look forward to in the coming months and years. Whether you’re holding out on a major upgrade or are just interested in what’s to come, here are some pieces of smartphone technology [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: All the rumors in one place (Updated June 30)

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a disaster for Samsung. The phone had major issues with its battery, that ultimately resulted in a total global recall. Nevertheless, the company will still release its successor, the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8. The Note series has always been popular among consumers, and it will be interesting to see if [Read Entire Story]

Google I/O 2017: everything you need to know

Google I/O 2017, this year’s instalment of Google’s annual developer conference, is less than a day away now. It will feature a vast array of announcements from Google divisions from across the spectrum, Android being just one of them. We won’t get updates on every single Google project that’s made news or been leaked over the preceding year, and while the announcements that are made will primarily be targeted at developers, there will be plenty to keep regular folks [Read Entire Story]

Mother’s Day 2017 – best gifts

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (on Sunday, May 14, in case you were wondering) and it’s your one opportunity in the year to show your mom how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you. Why spend money on just flowers and chocolates which only last for a few days, when you can get her a gift that will last years instead. Be it for your techie mom who loves to be at the cutting edge, or to make their everyday lives that much easier, there is something for [Read Entire Story]

We need to talk about Samsung’s Bixby

Inside Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus lives Bixby, the company’s second attempt at AI assistant. While it may be too early to tell whether Bixby truly adds any practicality, unfortunately, my first impression tells me this could potentially be another S-Voice fiasco. See also:Samsung Galaxy S8 feature focus: Bixby20 hours ago To the competition, welcome, young Padawan Samsung isn’t exactly new to the realm of AI assistants: after all, the company did launch the infamous [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Pay launches in India: All you need to know

Samsung has launched the company’s digital payment service – Samsung Pay – in India. Currently available in 14 countries, Samsung Pay was initially launched in South Korea in 2015. The service allows you to pay at retail stores simply by waving your Samsung smartphone near a cash register instead of swiping a credit or debit card or sharing your payment information. The service also integrates with Paytm, the leading mobile wallet in the country, and Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Samsung Pay [Read Entire Story]

LG Watch Sport review: Google’s bulky watch breaks free from the smartphone

SPECS AT A GLANCE: LG WATCH SPORT SCREEN 480×480 1.38-inch (348 PPI) P-OLED OS Android Wear 2.0 (7.1.1-based) CPU 1.1GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 (Four Cortex A7 cores) RAM 768MB GPU Adreno 304 STORAGE 4GB NETWORKING 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC SIZE 45.4 x 51.21 x 15.5 mm (1.79 x 2.02 x 0.61 in) BATTERY 430 mAh STARTING PRICE $349 (Euro pricing TBC, but probably ~£350/€400) OTHER PERKS Speaker, IP68 dust and water resistance, PPG heart rate [Read Entire Story]

The worst blunders of 2016 (besides the Note 7)

Speedpropertybuyers It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.In 2016, mobile technology hit new heights and Android was at the center of it all. But you can’t have progress without missteps, and 2016 was marked by an assortment of bad ideas, questionable business decisions, and some truly embarrassing blunders.See also:2016 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android4 days agoTime to talk about the 2016 moments tech companies would like us to forget. Let’s get to it!When [Read Entire Story]

7 cool accessories for your new Android phone

While there’s plenty to explore and discover with your new smartphone purchase, accessories are always a tempting purchase to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your latest gadget. While the basic screen protectors, cables, and cases are a given, this list aims to point you in the direction of some of the more interesting and exciting accessories that you can pair up with your new smartphone.Boost your battery life with a battery packYou’re bound to be using your [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit Charge 2 vs Garmin vívosmart HR+

Looking for our Fitbit Charge HR vs Garmin vívosmart HR comparison? Head here.Fitbit vs Garmin: a battle between two fitness giants that’s been debated for quite some time.If you’re looking to keep better track of your daily activity, the Fitbit Charge 2 and Garmin vívosmart HR+ are two devices that may be on your radar. While they aren’t the most feature-packed fitness trackers on the market, they do in fact offer a good handful of features that are worth checking out.How [Read Entire Story]

Crowdfunding project of the week: the MATRIX PowerWatch runs on body heat

We are back with yet another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, where we highlight the hottest tech from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We know you don’t have time to be searching through hundreds of campaigns, so we are doing the hard work for you. Shall we get right to this week’s featured project?BumpOut portable audio systemGryphon is a fast, safe and super simple routerThe Sevenhugs Smart Remote can control everythingDo you think charging is a hassle? I sure [Read Entire Story]

Here are the three things Android Wear needs to succeed

If you’re a smartwatch fan, the past week or so has not been kind to you. Pebble, one of the first companies to launch such a device, is rumored to be sold off to Fitbit in the near future. Last Thursday, Motorola said it has no immediate plans to launch a new smartwatch, stating that wearable devices as a whole don’t have enough of a broad appeal. LG and Huawei have already stated they won’t launch new Android Wear devices this year, and their plans for the smartwatch market for 2017 are [Read Entire Story]

Black Friday 2016: best tech deals

Deal lovers, welcome. Shop smarter with our Black Friday 2016 tech deals roundup. We’ve put together a list of tech-related deals and promos covering everything from smartwatches to 4K TVs, from Android smartphones to Apple laptops. We hope it will help you stay on top of the Black Friday craziness coming in the next days.This deals roundup will be continuously updated through November 24, Black Friday 2016. Stay tuned for more.Need some inspiration? Check out our gift guides!12 cool tech gifts [Read Entire Story]

The ideal smartphone: how would Android Authority build it?

The particular combination of ingredients that constitutes the greatest smartphone around is a highly subjective topic, one that depends on your specific priorities and how those coalesce into a whole.Now, some folks are all about the best camera and battery and the rest doesn’t matter so much. Others live and die by the price-performance ratio while still more look for an overall cohesive feeling, something that offers a great user experience even if every component isn’t the best [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit Charge 2 vs Charge HR

If you’ve ever seen someone wearing a fitness tracker on their wrist, there’s a good chance it was the Fitbit Charge HR. The Charge HR is Fitbit’s most popular fitness tracker to date for a number of reasons. It’s affordable, accurate, packed with useful features, and it’s a pretty attractive little wearable.Now the company is back with the Charge 2: a more refined, all-around better version of the fitness tracker we all know and love.But which one should you buy? [Read Entire Story]