Author Archives: JC Torres

An open source contributor and holds doubly lethal degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science. When not working, he spends his time lurking and helping out in KDE Project.

Galaxy Z Flip iFixit dust test could raise more durability concerns

Galaxy Z Flip iFixit dust test could raise more durability concerns

Foldable phones are fragile and expensive pieces of electronics but that only seems to tempt people more to find out just how much torture they can take. It turns out, not that much but each new generation is admittedly getting more resilient than the previous one. The Galaxy Z Flip, at least on stage, was touted to have addressed many of the issues found in the Galaxy Fold. Naturally, the folks over at iFixit couldn't help but put at least one of those claims to the test.

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Samsung UTG on the Galaxy Z Flip will be available for other manufacturers

Samsung UTG on the Galaxy Z Flip will be available for other manufacturers

When Samsung launches a new smartphone, it sometimes does more than commercialize a new mobile device. Sometimes, that smartphone also becomes the showcase and demonstration of a new technology that the company will eventually commercialize and sell to other customers. That is the case for many of its displays, from curved edge screens to its different kinds of Infinity cutouts. Now it's also doing the same for the Galaxy Z Flip's foldable display cover window which it will be selling to other OEMs as Samsung UTG.

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Emperion Nebulus phone runs Android, Windows 10 on ARM if you believe it

Emperion Nebulus phone runs Android, Windows 10 on ARM if you believe it

Microsoft may have repeatedly botched its attempts at bringing Windows to the mobile space but there will always be people who still believe in that vision in one form or another. There will also always be companies who believe the same or at least capitalize on the hopes and dreams of Windows fans. After a short period of silence, one company has suddenly jumped into the spotlight with a claim that's too good to be true: a modern smartphone that not only runs Windows 10 on ARM but even Android beside it.

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OnePlus 8 Pro may finally get an IP water resistance rating

OnePlus 8 Pro may finally get an IP water resistance rating

OnePlus may be unapologetic when it comes to bucking trends when it compromises the user experience, but it also seems to be just as unapologetic in backtracking from previously held opinions. We saw that a few years back when OnePlus, after ridiculing its peers, also ditched the headphone jack. This year, it might be falling in line with not one but two most-requested features, finally giving at least the OnePlus 8 Pro some formal dust and water resistance certification.

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Galaxy Z Flip teardown reveals where the glass and bristles are

Galaxy Z Flip teardown reveals where the glass and bristles are

Foldable devices are so new and so expensive that, despite companies' assurances, there will always be fears that they will break at the slightest accident. The Galaxy Z Flip turned out to be a tough nut to crack but it also came short of Samsung's advertised features. It may be begging for a lawsuit if that was indeed the case and JerryRigEverything dug in deeper to find out where marketing ends and reality begins.

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Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020) might soon join the mid-range Android tablet army

Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020) might soon join the mid-range Android tablet army

Samsung may be criticized for "un-Android" behavior but it's hard to deny that it is one of the strongest forces supporting the platform. It is, in fact, one of the very few remaining manufacturers still making Android tablets. It's uncertain how long that will last but, at least for now, it seems that Samsung is content to churn out model after model of slates, as this unreleased Galaxy Tab A device seems to prove.

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Honor V30 to debut next week as the first with Huawei Mobile Services

Honor V30 to debut next week as the first with Huawei Mobile Services

MWC 2020 may no longer be taking place but for the companies who already hedged their bets on the annual event, the show must go on. In their own way and own venue, of course. Honor, who suffers the same fate as parent company Huawei, will be live streaming from Barcelona next week and it may be one to watch if rumors are true that the Honor V30 and V30 Pro it will announce will also be the first time we'll see Huawei's Google Play replacement out in the wild.

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Apple Music Replay 2020 playlist is already available

Apple Music Replay 2020 playlist is already available

The year has just begun but you don't need to wait for December 2020 to discover or rediscover your favorite Apple Music tunes. Apple has now made available your 2020 Replay list, which may naturally be quite sparse at the moment. The website, which is still in beta, will at least let you watch your music tastes grow (or regress) as the days, weeks, and months go by.

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LG K61, K51S, and K41S bring four cameras to the mid-range

LG K61, K51S, and K41S bring four cameras to the mid-range

LG hasn't revealed a new 2020 flagshIp just yet and, considering the MWC 2020 cancellation, it might take a while before it does. That, however, isn't going to stop the company from trying to fill the smartphone market with non-premium handsets. In typical LG fashion, it is announcing more phones than you can remember, all of which promise the benefits of that popular quad-camera setup without burning a hole through your wallet.

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Motorola Razr reported peeling at the fold

Motorola Razr reported peeling at the fold

Motorola says that creases and bumps are only normal on its first foldable phone but we doubt it would make the same claim about peeling. The former set of blemishes is pretty much just that but a peeled layer literally destroys the phone and prevents further use. That is the rather unfortunate experience of at least one Motorola Razr owner that also calls into question the long-term viability of the company's already embattled attempt at salvation.

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Galaxy Fold 2 rumors sound part wishful thinking

Galaxy Fold 2 rumors sound part wishful thinking

Every high-profile, high-end product, especially smartphones, get their fair share of leaks and insider tips. Some of those pan out while some get thrown out the window. While there is a good deal of reasonable expectations about some upcoming features, at least based on market trends, some just sound too good to be true. Some of those can now be found on the upcoming Galaxy Fold successor which is starting to have a laundry list of things users might be wishing for rather than what might be feasible in a given time.

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Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Although it has repeatedly and publicly professed its preference over virtual reality, Apple has yet to capitalize on augmented reality in a big and long-lasting way. Sure, its ARKit framework has useful applications, perhaps outnumbering Google's equivalent ARCore, but most have been just that, demonstrations. Quick Look is one such example but it might soon be getting the attention of retailers by enabling a very tempting feature: AR-based e-commerce.

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