Looking to buy a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL this holiday season? To sweeten the deal, Google is now offering a $50 to $75 discount on its second-generation Pixel handsets in the United States. Considering how exorbitantly priced these smartphones are, the discount does help them make a wee bit more reasonable.
At the beginning of this month, Google released the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL which fixed a number of bugs. However, the update seems to have inadvertently introduced another bug: slower fingerprint scanner performance. Many Pixel 2 XL owners have been complaining about the fingerprint scanner being slow to unlock their device after the latest update.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are the Korean company’s flagship handset for 2017. Both feature beautiful and large OLED panels at the front that are curved at their edges.
Google Maps will now automatically notify you when your stop is approaching while on a public transit and you should get ready to get down. This will ensure that you will not end up missing your stop or forget your belongings while in a hurry to get down on your stop.
Synaptics has confirmed that its mass producing in-display fingerprint sensors, and that the top 5 OEMs will be taking advantage of that technology.
Samsung will likely announce its next flagship, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year. While a report from Korea claims the announcement will take place on February 27, a more plausible date seems to be February 26th.
Samsung has decided to go ahead with its plans of launching a smart speaker which will be powered by Bixby. Focusing on sound quality and integration with other home devices, the Korean company intends to launch the smart speaker in the first half of 2018.
After initially debuting Google Assistant with the first generation Pixels in 2016, Google brought its digital assistant to more Marshmallow and higher running smartphones within a few months. Now, Google is further expanding Assistant’s reach by bringing it to smartphones and even Android tablets.
One of the major pain points of iPhone users switching over to Android is the lack iMessage for the OS. While there are a number of messaging apps, iPhone users — especially in the United States — prefer to use iMessage. A number of developers have tried to bring iMessage to Android through reverse engineering but their apps have eventually always been taken down by Google.
Synaptics today announced that it has started mass production of its optical in-display fingerprint sensor in association with ” a top five OEM” to bring its optical in-display fingerprint sensors. The company mentions in its press release that this fingerprint sensor is designed for use in smartphones with infinity displays.