LG to debut new Mobile UX 6.0 with G6 at MWC

LG G6 was supposed to arrive with a curved OLED display, but a recent report from Korea indicates that LG has shelved the idea.

New update: LG to debut new Mobile UX 6.0 with G6 at MWC

LG today revealed that LG G6 will feature the company’s new mobile UX 6.0 to maximise the benefits of the 5.7-inch FullVision display which will field an aspect ratio of 18:9 and will fill the phone’s face almost entirely.

Through a press release, the company today waxed lyrical about the benefits of the new mobile UX. Thanks to a 18:9 aspect screen, the G6′ Camera UX will divide the screen into two squares to let users shoot 1:1 pictures and review them in adjacent windows. The new Camera UX will let users capture images using Food Mode which delivers high quality images and saturation mode ideal for food pictures.

The new mobile UX will also afford more surface area to users while browsing, playing video games or reading e-books. The new aspect ratio will also facilitate viewing existing 16:9 ratio content and will support a wide range of films, apps and games tailored to the ratio in the coming months.

“The LG G6 with FullVision was inspired by the philosophy of experts in the movie industry who believe that an 18:9 ratio screen would be the best solution for viewing both old and new cinematic content in the digital age. We’ve not only embraced that philosophy in our newest smartphone but taken it to a whole new level by incorporating the 18:9 format in many other ways. I think users will appreciate the many ways we’ve made the LG G6 more productive,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Mobile.

LG will also explain in detail other advantages of mobile UX 6.0 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26th. These may include usage of more apps on multi-window mode, creating Collage Wallpapers and using calendar and schedules at the same time.

LG G6 to feature 32-bit Quad DAC audio, confirms LG

The V20 was the first handset from LG to feature Quad DAC audio support, which was a much improved version of the 32 bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology in the V10. Sadly, the V20 didn’t reach the shores of Britain, forcing buyers to look elsewhere to enjoy premium mobile audio experience.

In a great news for LG fans, LG recently confirmed in Korea that the 32-bit Quad DAC designed by ESS Technology will feature in the upcoming LG G6 as well. The new 32-bit Quad DAC audio tech will replicate the experience offered by professional home-audio systems when you connect the G6 with compatible wired headphones and will also reduce ambient noise levels by up to 50%.

The V20 was embedded with B&O PLAY’s audio technology as well to help the handset deliver a ‘natural and balanced sound’, the quality of which, said B&O PLAY President Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, people had never experienced before. As a result, V20 handsets were shipped with special pairs of B&O PLAY earphones in the box to let users experience the best in audio technology. It will be interesting to see if LG will use a similar approach with the G6 to increase its popularity.

LG teases edge to edge screen on G6 in invites

LG have finally sent out official invites for the launch of their upcoming flagship phone, the G6. The event will take place on 26th February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at the event, we may witness the arrival of an all-metal design, a large display with minimal bezels, curved edges along with glossy black and matte black variants.

According to the invite sent out by LG, the G6 will feature a large edge-to-edge display which will boast of an enormous surface area, but at the same time, will fit smoothly in your palm because of lack of bezels. The shape of the display also suggests that there won’t be a home button but we cannot state that for sure until we’ve seen the phone at first hand. LG have decided to name 26th February as “LG G6 Day” so it is safe to believe that the company may not launch any other products or accessories aside from the G6 on the day.

Glossy black LG G6 variant spotted in recent leak

A few days ago, we came across a few pictures of an LG G6 handset with a matte black finish. However, Business Insider got their hands around a new G6 model with a glossy black finish. Will LG do an Apple and release both variants? Possibly yes, if both leaks are true.

Aside from the glossy black finish, the new image shows two LED flashes on the phone’s back flanked by two rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor below it. The edges curve smoothly inside both at the top and on the sides, thus confirming what we have seen and heard so far from existing rumours, leaks and images.

The glossy black version looks sleek and premium but may suffer from fingerprints and visible scratches once it gets old. The model looks more like featuring a shiny metal instead of a glass finish but the latter could also be true. We only have to wait till February 26th to find out.

Leaked LG G6 images suggest matte black variant, single speaker grills

Thanks to Droid-Life, we now have three new images of LG’s upcoming G6 but with a new revelation- LG may launch a matte black variant of the G6 similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 7. The images not only reveal the new texture, but also a single speaker grill at the bottom, a USB Type-C port, a near bezel-free display, twin-rear cameras like in the G5 and a fingerprint sensor below the cameras.

The images look like those of a prototype which is undergoing testing but based on what we see here, we can deduce that the G6 will be a tall and slim competitor, rivalling the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 in terms of looks, even though the lack of a Snapdragon 835 chip may rob it of the uber-performance tag. Nevertheless, existing leaks suggest it will be among the best ones to be launched this year and going by its looks, it will surely attract many more eyeballs than what its predecessor could achieve.

LG G6 will feature water resistance thanks to a non-removable battery

While we all know that LG G6 will not feature a modular design, something which has already been confirmed through various leaks, what has now come to light is that the G6 will be the first LG flagship phone not to feature a removable battery and will thus be water-resistant like the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7.

According to CNET who broke the news, LG has decided to ditch the removable battery concept and make the G6 waterproof to allow the phone to compete effectively with other water-resistant flagships. Poor sales of the LG G5 cost the company as much as $220 million last year and LG seems intent not to repeat its mistakes.

LG will be fielding the Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the new Snapdragon 835 in the G6 since Samsung has earmarked the new chip only for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagships. The company will also have to fight off rivals like Huawei and OnePlus who offer premium phones with low price tags and who will easily trump it in terms of cost effectiveness. As such, introduction of water resistance could be one of many new features that LG may introduce in the G6 to make it competitive enough to survive in the toughly contested premium phone market.

LG G6 is a stunner, leaked images suggest

LG G6, like what most leaks suggest, will launch at Mobile World Congress on February 26 but so far, we have come across a number of leaks and rumours which have given us a pretty good idea of what the phone will be like. While unconfirmed images of the smartphone have been spotted as well, The Verge today revealed an image which it says is a confirmed image of the upcoming LG flagship.

The image shows the top half of the phone featuring a single front camera, chamfered edges, thinner bezels and a flat display. Because the phone will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ display, the screen to body ratio has been increased to 90% and the aspect ratio has been kept at 2:1, which makes us quite curious on how the visual experience will be like. To add to it, the display is curved around its edges, making the phone look unique and beautiful in appearance.

The phone also appears less curved at the corners compared to the G5 but resembles the Pixel and the iPhone 7 more, suggesting that LG has decided to reengineer the phone’s design not only to resemble the popular ones but also to move away from the G5’s unpopular design concept which was attuned to a modular setup. We’d love to view more images of the phone, especially of its back, but we’ll probably have to wait until February 26 for that.

Latest LG G6 leaked photos confirm dual rear cameras with metal & glass body

We have already come across a few renders of LG’s upcoming G6 flagship phone and from what we know, we should get to see the first official images of the G6 on February 26 when LG will host a launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t get a peek or two at the flagship thanks to leaks, speaking of which, there are a couple of new ones.

Smartphone case maker Ghostec has revealed a couple of cases for the LG G6 with the phone placed inside these cases. The pictures reveal a metal and glass body, dual rear cameras flanking dual LED flashes placed vertically and a circular fingerprint sensor below the cameras just like in last year’s G5. At the front, there are noticeable gaps between where the display screen ends and where the edges are at the top and bottom, which destroys notions on the phone being bezel-free.

LG recently announced its new 5.7-inch QHD+ display and if the display screen does make it to the G6, then the G6 would easily be 6-inches long or maybe more. However, there’s no way to tell if these pictures are genuine so we will wait for more authentic sources to confirm these. As per LG, the new display screen is 30% more power-efficient and more responsive compared to its predecessor.

LG G6 may feature multiple displays with a large surface area

LG today gave another clear indication of what’s coming up at Mobile World Congress by sharing a new GIF on its Facebook page. The image shows a smartphone display which expands in three steps, suggesting that the G6 may feature not two, but three displays which may allow users to view two or three screens at a time or view notifications and updates on any of them. At the bottom, the display features a TV mode, a keypad shortcut and a fullscreen option.

The image may also indicate that the G6 screen could be taller than we thought, featuring lesser bezels and a larger surface area to make it easier for users to watch movies, surf the web or play games. Incidentally, LG’s previous teaser video had also hinted on a larger display including a second screen at the top for notifications and shortcuts to apps.

LG recently introduced its new 5.7-inch QHD+ display featuring a pixel resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and a pixel density of 564ppi. The display is 30% more power-efficient compared to LG’s InTouch QHD display which was used in the G5 and V20, is more responsive and comes with a thinner screen. Rumour says that the display is tailor-made for the G5 but may also feature in subsequent LG smartphones like the V30.

LG G6 to feature new cooling system and its battery will undergo extensive safety tests

Considering what happened to Samsung’s star-studded Galaxy Note 7, LG is leaving no stones unturned towards ensuring that the upcoming G6 will be totally safe to use and will not overheat or blow up. The company recently announced that it is including new copper heat pipes in the G6 to ensure that the heat generated will dissipate quickly and will keep the phone cool under all circumstances.

“We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones,” said the company. According to the Korean Herald, the G6 will be the first LG smartphone to feature copper heat pipes which can be termed as an additional precaution the company is willing to take to avoid taking the Galaxy Note 7 route.

At the same time, LG is also subjecting the G6 battery to extensive safety tests to ensure it is immune to overheating or explosions. Testing on the G6 battery includes subjecting it to temperatures 15-degrees hotter than European standards as well as subjecting it to drop tests from great heights. With new smartphones featuring larger batteries than hitherto, it is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure that performance and longevity aren’t ensured at the cost of safety and going by LG’s comments, it seems the company isn’t taking its responsibilities lightly.

via 9to5Google

LG’s first G6 video teases a large screen, waterproof design and more

LG has released its first teaser video for the G6 and going by what the company wants us to believe, the G6 may not be as large as the G5 but will feature a larger display which could be a result of a curved screen or a bezel-free design concept.

To add to the larger screen, the G6 will also feature a waterproof design but it remains to be seen whether it will be as waterproof as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or whether it will be simply splash-resistant. At the same time, LG also talks about ‘capture it all at once’ which may refer to a wide-angle camera, either rear or front, which may capture more landscape compared to existing LG phone cameras. In the teaser video, the body of the G6 looks slim and curved at the edges which is very much like Google’s Pixel or Samsung’s Galaxy S7 smartphones and is not much of a surprise.

LG G6 to feature LG’s new InTouch QHD+ display

LG today introduced a new 5.7-inch QHD+ resolution display which the company confirmed will be used in its upcoming flagship phone, the LG G6.

The new QHD+ display comes with a pixel resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and a pixel density of 564ppi which is more than in any other smartphone display in the world. Thanks to the display, the G6 will be able to offer immersive viewing experience to users thanks to an aspect ratio of 18:9 which will also facilitate dual screen multi-tasking which is one of the main features introduced by Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

“We expect to maximize user experience and customer value through the super high-quality display with its new 18:9 aspect ratio, which sets it apart from conventional displays for smartphones. LG Display will continue to set new standards in premium mobile displays, based on its differentiated technology,” said Dr. Byeong-koo Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Development Group 1 at LG Display.

Despite being superior in terms of resolution, the QHD+ display is 30% more power-efficient compared to LG’s InTouch QHD display which was used in the G5 and V20. The display will also be more tough-responsive than its predecessors and its outdoor visibility will be better. The quicker responsiveness can be achieved thanks to a thinner display frame along with slimmer bezels.

LG G6, by most accounts, will not be a modular phone unlike the LG G5 so LG may introduce several new features to make the phone competitive and attractive to buyers. The new record-setting display could be one such feature and we are sure to hear about more such technologies in the coming days.

LG G6 is coming soon and will not be a modular phone

A new report in The Wall Street Journal quotes LG’s Chief Technology Officer Skott Ahn to confirm that G6 is in the works and will be launched ‘in the very near future.’ Considering that LG’s G-series flagship phones are usually launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February or March every year, it is now clear that LG has no plans of deviating from its regular schedule.

The report further states that the upcoming LG G6 will not be a modular phone, unlike the failed G5, and that LG will be focussing on its aesthetics and usability to make it both user-friendly as well as convenient to use. Considering how good the V20 was, even though it did not arrive in the UK, we are sure LG will be able to offer a strong alternative to the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC 11 or the iPhone 7. Skott Ahn has confirmed that LG is committed to the mobile business so we should expect the company to launch several new phones this year but that may depend on how well the G6 will be received in global markets.

Yet another piece of news coming in from the Wall Street Journal is that the LG G6 will be priced around the same as the G5, which means that the G6 should cost no more than £499 which will seem quite a bargain compared to the price tags of other competing flagship phones.

Leaked LG G6 renders betray lack of a modular design

It has often been said that the modular design of the LG G5, which was introduced as a game changer, ultimately led to its downfall. The outer casing of the G5 was tinny at best and the modular feature didn’t quite work out as smoothly as on the Moto Z. To add to it, LG delayed launching modular accessories for the G5 by several months, thus leaving G5 owners grounded and unable to use the phone’s unique features.

LG seems to have learnt its lesson, for leaked renders of the upcoming G6 flagship phone now reveal a lack of a modular design. Serial leakster @OnLeaks has published a 360-degree view of the G6 which shows pretty much everything one needs to know about the phone. There’s a dual rear camera setup, a fingerprint scanner on the back, a USB Type-C port on the bottom, glossy and matte finish back panels, a 3.5mm headphone jack and front-facing speakers. The images were first published by Gear India and as far as we can see, there are no separate outlets or connectors in the phone for any modular accessories to jump in.

What this means is that LG would launch the G6 as a standalone device and may launch a number of accessories which will connect wirelessly with it. The Korean electronics giant has already announced plans to launch a number of Bluetooth Wireless audio devices at CES next week so there’s no reason to suspect why the company wouldn’t launch more of them along with the G6 at Mobile World Congress in late February.

South Korean media outlet ChosunBiz claims that LG Display has expressed inability to produce curved OLED displays in large numbers for the LG G6.

LG has apparently been working on a number of technologies and modifications which the company is planning to introduce with the upcoming G6 flagship at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. These include a curved OLED display, full metal and glass body and a super-fast charging technology, all of which have now been shelved owing to different reasons.

LG G5 battery & camera module issues emerge barely 6 months in

According to ChosunBiz, LG Display, an arm of LG that specializes in smartphone display technology, is already consumed with making OLED display panels for the Apple Watch as well as for several LG smartwatches. As such, it is unable to produce fresh curved OLED displays for the LG G6 in time to meet the release date of the upcoming flagship. LG is now reportedly adding flat screen LCD display panels in the G6 instead of OLED ones.

It is also being reported that LG was to introduce full metal and glass bodies for the LG G6 but those plans have also been shelved thanks to cost overruns. It is thus possible that LG may use the same materials as the G5 in the new phone which looked nice but the feel of it didn’t really impress us. We have covered the look and feel of the LG G5 in detail in our review which you can read here.

Why the Moto Z is the modular phone the LG G5 couldn’t be

Another casualty in the list is a fast-charging technology that LG was planning to launch with the G6 but it appears that the technology isn’t ready for commercial release as yet. Given the battery fiasco that destroyed Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 push, it’s nice to see that LG are not taking any chances with the G6 so far. However, this also means that LG will continue to trail behind other phone makers like Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei who have introduced quick-charging technologies in their premium devices.

LG G5 was launched with modular functionality as its principal USP. The phone was made to work with interchangeable modules like LG Cam Plus, LG 360 Cam, LG 360 VR and a slide-out battery module to increase its scope beyond mere texting, calling, running apps or gaming. However, its pitch was destroyed with Lenovo launched the Moto Z and Z Force with even better modular functionality as well as better looks. It remains to be seen if the G6 will b able to turn the modular game in LG’s favour once it launches in February, despite losing out on several technologies which may impact its competitiveness.

LG brings Smart TVs closer to mobile

LG today announced that its Smart TVs running webOS will support over 140 different payment methods across the world. This capability will be enabled through apps enabled by developers for LG’s webOS and will enable consumers to make online purchases on their LG smart TVs.

Ths new ability, thanks to a partnership with Paymentwall, will not only let you access and pay for a large selection of TV content, but will also support payments from mobile phones, tablets and laptops. So by the time LG releases the G6, a large number of third party apps may already be present on the LG app storem letting you choose and pay for a variety of content from across the world.

“By collaborating with Paymentwall, we’re able to evolve the smart TV purchasing experience on the LG webOS platform much faster than if we had worked alone. This partnership is another example of how LG’s collaborative effort has elevated us into one of the leaders in the global smart TV industry,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company.

Lenovo Moto G5: FRESH LEAKS, launch date, specs & features!

Lenovo may launch the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus mid-range phones at Mobile World Congress in February. Here’s what we know about the phones so far.

UPDATE: Images and detailed specs of Moto G5 Plus leaked

Lenovo is expected to unveil the new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones at Mobile World Congress next week but thanks to a careless electronics retailer in Spain, we now have several images and confirmed specifications of the larger handset in our hands.

Several images and specifications of Moto G5 Plus appeared recently on the website owned by Ktronics which were then promptly snapped and posted on Reddit by eager users. According to the inadvertent leak, the G5 Plus, which will cost slightly higher compared to the Moto G5, will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 3,000 mAh battery and a MicroSD slot which can accommodate up to 128GB of additional storage.

Weighing at 155g, the Moto G5 Plus will also be just 7.9mm thick, feature a scratchproof Gorilla Glass 3 screen and its nano-coating will ensure water resistance. The phone will run Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

The G5 Plus will also feature a 12-MP rear camera with dual pixels and a 5-MP front facing one. However, the specifications do not match those leaked earlier by a Romanian electronics seller. The seller had stated that the G5 Plus will feature a a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 32GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, a 3,080 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 625 processor. Turns out that the choice of processor for the G5 Plus was the only thing that he got right.

Chinese social media site Weibo has churned up a freshly leaked photo of Motorola‘s highly anticipated Moto G5. Lenovo have sent out invites for the launch that is due to take place on Sunday, February 25 in Barcelona during the annual Mobile World Congress event.

The leaked picture shows the back of the phone with a plastic trim on the primarily metallic effect body. As you can see the photo is quite low-res so it is impossible to say if it is going to be a metal bodied number.

Lenovo Moto G4 Plus in-depth review

The camera module pictured looks very much like those on the Moto Z Play and Moto Z flagship that were launched in Berlin in late-2016

  

And if you zoom right into the leaked photo (like us), you will also be able to spot the dual-LED flash flanking the lens.

With just over two weeks to go, we cannot wait to find out more about this, sure to be, blockbuster handset!

Moto G5 Plus may feature a 5.5-inch display, a 3,080 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 625 processor.

Lenovo may host a Moto launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 26 February and what we’re hearing from the grapevine is that the company may launch Moto G5 and G5 Plus ahead of schedule as successors to the popular and cheap Moto G4 and G4 Plus.

While not much is known about the Moto G5 as of now, the Moto G5 Plus was leaked earlier this month and from the looks of it, it may turn out to be yet another low-cost phablet featuring decent specifications. What we know so far is that the G5 Plus may feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 32GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, a 3,080 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 625 processor. Compared to the G4 Plus, it features a slightly more powerful processor but the same display and battery specs.

Moto G4 and G4 Plus were unveiled in May of last year so it seems that Lenovo may launch their successors earlier than thought. While it isn’t confirmed as yet that Lenovo will launch these new phones, what makes us so sure is that Lenovo has already ruled out developing a Moto smartwatch and the flagship Moto Z is only a few months old. Considering such facts, the Moto G5 and G5 Plus seem to be the most appropriate fits at the moment.

Source: 9to5Google

Really Blue Pixel and Pixel XL phones coming to the UK

Google is bringing its ‘Really Blue’ limited edition Pixel and Pixel XL phones to the UK in partnership with leading network EE on 24th February.

You can pre-order Google’s ‘Really blue’ Pixel or Pixel XL starting today and the phones will be available in-store from 24th February.

If you wish to buy the limited edition phone from a store near you, you will need to visit a Carphone Warehouse store from 24th February. You may not wish to wait for too long since the phone is a limited edition one and stocks may run dry pretty soon.

“Launching just in time for London Fashion Week, Pixel “Really Blue” is the bold and youthful sibling to the Quite Black and Very Silver colours. Our goal for Pixel was to create a simple and smart design in a beautifully crafted case and we hope “Really Blue” will appeal to the fun and stylish fashionistas among us,” said Rachael Roberts, Industrial Designer at Google.

EE is Google’s exclusive network partner for Pixel and Pixel XL and is offering a couple of great deals with the phones. The 32GB Pixel will be available for £45.99 a month with 7GB of data, unlimited minutes and texts. If you take this offer, you will get a Daydream VR headset for free along with 10 BAFTA winning movies and get to enjoy EE’s goodies like Wi-Fi Calling, 4G Calling and Cat 9 Network Speeds. The ten free BAFTA winning movies are Les Miserables, Inglorious Bastards, Schindler’s List, Billy Elliot, In Bruges, The Theory of Everything, Boyhood, Atonement, Shakespeare in Love and Anna Karenina.

EE is also offering the larger Pixel XL for £50.99 a month with 7GB of data, unlimited minutes and texts. This offer also includes a Daydream VR headset for free along with 10 BAFTA winning movies as well as EE’s goodies like WiFi Calling, 4G Calling and Cat 9 Network Speeds. EE are also offering unlimited cloud storage with both phones as well as damage insurance from £8 per month and full cover from £12 per month.

Google Pixel features a 5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, 32GB or 128GB of storage, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 2,770 mAh battery, a 12-MP primary camera with f2.0 aperture and 1.55-micron pixel, an 8-MP selfie camera, the latest Android 7.1 Nougat OS and a fingerprint sensor. Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and a more powerful 3,450 mAh battery while sharing the rest of the specifications with the smaller Pixel handset.

On Google store, 32GB and 128GB Pixel handsets are priced at £599 and £699 respectively while 32GB and 128GB Pixel XL handsets cost £719 and £819 respectively. You can also buy matching cases to suit your phone’s wallpaper.

Apple iPhone 8 may feature a 521 ppi display screen: KGI

Apple’s next iPhone will reportedly be the iPhone 8 instead of iPhone 7S, and according to a number of rumours and leaks from ‘insiders’, Apple will be introducing a number of new features to ensure continued popularity of the brand and to sustain sales over the coming few years.

While not much is known about Apple making the handset VR-capable or making VR accessories to go with it, it is working on bringing other advanced features to ensure the product remains fresh and in sync with the changing needs of customers.

New update: Apple iPhone 8 may feature a 521 ppi display screen: KGI

A fresh report on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the pixel resolution and pixel density in the upcoming handsets will be twice as much as those in existing iPhones.

According to Kuo, iPhone 8 is set to feature a pixel density of 521ppi, much more compared to iPhone 7’s 321ppi and also more than other leading smartphones from other manufacturers. The home screen or app screen will feature a brilliant resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels compared to 1334 x 750 pixels in iPhone 7’s IPS HD display screen.

Kuo also claims that iPhone 8 will feature a 5.15-inch display despite retaining similar dimensions as iPhone 7. This follows from previous leaks and rumours on iPhone 8 lacking a home button and reducing bezels to near zero. Going by this logic, the iPhone 8 Plus could feature a display screen as large as the one in Samsung’s Galaxy S8. According to 9to5Mac, ‘the next iPhone would no longer have a 16:9 aspect ratio screen. Instead, the ratio would be closer to 21:9 which could be a drawback of the new design when watching video content like YouTube or downloaded TV shows without letterboxing.’

It will be interesting to see how Apple plans to adjust the peculiar and extraordinarily long display screen in iPhone 8 to let users watch videos and movies with ease. It is a possibility that Apple may want to use a little portion of the display as a secondary one which would cater to notifications and shortcuts, but there have been no indications on that happening as yet.

iPhone 8 will be as big as iPhone 7 but with much larger display and battery

A new report from KGI Securities claims that the OLED iPhone 8, which will feature a 5.5-inch display., will sport the same dimensions as the iPhone 7 with a .7-inch display.

What this basically means is that Apple may be planning to install a display screen the size of the one in iPhone 7 Plus inside an iPhone 7 chassis. To make this possible, Apple may have to completely kill off bezels in the new iPhone and do away with the home button which grabs huge real estate in existing iPhones. What this also means that even though you will be able to enjoy a larger screen, you won’t have to purchase a large phablet but one which will fit easily in your pocket.

The KGI report also claims that iPhone 8 will feature a much larger battery than the one which powers the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 battery comes with a capacity of 1,960 mAh but the iPhone 8 one is expected to field a capacity very similar to the one that powers the iPhone 7 Plus, which is 2,900 mAh. How Apple will manage to fit in such a large battery inside the iPhone 8 chassis will be interesting to find out in the coming days, but it is nevertheless a great news for Apple fans who have always wished for more battery life in their handsets.

According to KGI, Apple will adopt a stacked ‘substrate-like’ PCB mainboard which is smaller than existing boards and will leave more space for a larger battery to fit in.

In other news, Apple has reportedly joined the Wireless Power Consortium, sparking rumours on the company introducing wireless charging with iPhone 8 and 8 Plus handsets launching later this year. The consortium promotes a kind of wireless charging which is popularly known as Qi but it remains to be seen if Apple will really follow the standard or implement its home-grown wireless charging standards.

Recently, a well-known Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor inked a deal with wireless charging major Energous thanks to which all Energous technologies will be sold under the Dialog branding. Dialog Semiconductor sells power management chips to Apple and over 70% of it’s overall sales go to Apple. Energous have developed a wireless charging technology named WattUp using which devices can be charged wire-free from as much as 15 feet away.

If Apple has already made up its mind about including wireless charging in the iPhone 8, then it must have exhaustively tested the technology before signing a contract with Foxconn. However, Dialog’s new deal with Energous suggests that Apple way want to try out alternative technologies before making up it’s mind but we can’t say that for sure yet.

ALL iPhone 8 variants may feature OLED display panels

A number of reports have so far suggested that only a premium iPhone 8 variant will feature an OLED display panel, but a fresh report from Korea now suggests that probably all iPhone 8 variants will feature OLED displays, including the cheaper ones.

A report from The Investor today claimed that Samsung has won a new $4.3 billion contract to supply as many as 60 million OLED display panels to Apple. This contract is reportedly over and above the earlier contract inked between the two companies for 100 million OLED display panels. This brings the total number of OLED panels for the iPhone 8 to 160 million, suggesting that almost all iPhone 8 variants, if not all, will feature OLED panels.

Back in November, Bloomberg said that while Samsung will end up as the sole supplier of OLED display panels to Apple, the company will not be able to produce the panels in required numbers, which could go up to around a 100 million. The report added that this may force Apple to introduce OLED displays in only one variant of next year’s iPhones.

“Apple has already figured in there will be high demand for the OLED model and they’ve also figured out there will be constraints to these panels. The combination of Apple’s stringent quality requirements and the difficulty of producing OLED panels will likely lead to supply constraints,” said Dan Panzica, a supply chain analyst at IHS Markit to Bloomberg.

If The Investor’s claims are true, then it means that Samsung will not only be able to fulfil Apple’s existing demand of 100 million OLED display panels, but will also deliver an additional 60 million of them to the Cupertino giant. Reasons for this sudden change in Samsung’s capabilities aren’t known as yet but it’ll be interesting to know how Samsung will be able to pull this off in less than a year. Until we get to hear more about this, we would suggest you take this news with a pinch of salt.

Apple’s 10th anniversary-special iPhone 8 could cost more than £800

A variant of Apple’s iPhone 8 may cost in excess of £800 and may feature the best of features and specifications, according to Fast Company.

The expensive handset could be an exclusive tenth-anniversary edition of the iPhone and may be named iPhone X. We have already heard about a special edition iPhone 8 earlier which will feature a 5.8-inch OLED display with an advanced 3D Touch sensor, facial and gesture recognition, wireless charging, an Iris scanner and a stylus named Apple Pencil.

According to Fast Company, the premium anniversary edition iPhone will also feature a ‘memory upgrade from the current iPhone 7 line’ which will also explain why it will be more expensive compared to existing models. Apple is also expected to introduce glass back instead of metal but we aren’t sure if it will be restricted to the premium model.

“The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminium back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time. Apple’s iPhone 4 used a stainless steel frame also supplied by Foxconn and Jabil,” said a report from the Korean Digitimes.

“Apple is expected to redesign the iPhone, including giving it a glass chassis, in 2017 to boost weakening demand and to see off stiff competition from rivals, including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and China’s Huawei Technology, whose phones use Android platforms,” said a report from Nikkei. “Market watchers suggested that Apple’s new iPhones would adopt glass casings with metal frames and advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, a design Samsung already uses for its premium handsets. This will give iPhones developed in 2017 a sleeker look and a brighter, more energy-efficient display,” the report added.

iPhone 8 will not feature Lightning port and home button, say experts

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple’s iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone without the iconic home button. Kuo says Apple plans to make iPhone 8 completely bezel-free and to do this, the company will discard the home button, spread the display to cover the face of the iPhone and will integrate the fingerprint sensor with the screen itself. The circular home button icon will still be visible under the screen but instead of being a physical one, will in fact be a touch-sensitive digital button.

The Mirror also stated that according to industrial designer Herman Haidin, iPhone 8 will feature a ‘liquidmetal’ frame instead of an Aluminium one and will thus be much more durable and water-resistant compared to existing iPhones. He further states that iPhone 8 will be thinner than any other iPhone and to achieve such thinness, Apple may discard the Lightning port as well.

Going by such statements, it seems iPhone 8 will be quite similar to the Galaxy S8 as far as bezel-free and thin design concept is concerned, and this may force other manufacturers like Huawei and LG to take a similar route with their follow-on devices as well. It remains to be seen if, despite featuring better looks, the bezel-free display concept will be as user-friendly as existing flagship phones.

OLED display on iPhone 8 to feature advanced 3D Touch sensors

Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst at KGI Securities, recently revealed that iPhone 8 will feature an advanced 3D Touch system in its OLED curved display since the display may not be compatible with Apple’s existing 3D Touch pressure sensors.

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The new film sensors in Apple’s upcoming 3D Touch system will not only be compatible with the OLED display, but will also offer enhanced pressure sensitivity. This means that users of iPhone 8 will be able to perform more functions and access more features in apps by applying varying levels of pressure through their fingers.

According to Kuo, Apple will also reinforce the fragile OLED panel on iPhone 8 with a metal structural part to make it more durable and resistant to pressure and external contacts. The OLED display panel is said to be integrated on only a premium variant of iPhone 8 so it naturally follows that the new 3D Touch system may be present only on the premium variant, with other variants featuring existing 3D Touch controls.

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Premium iPhone 8 variant to feature facial and gesture recognition

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Apple may introduce facial and gesture recognition technologies with the new iPhone 8, but the feature may only be limited to the premium 5.8-inch OLED variant.

According to the Business Insider, Timothy Arcuri, an analyst, believes that the 5.8-inch premium variant of iPhone 8 which may also feature a curved OLED display, will come with “some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera.”

Arcuri believes that the new technology could be a result of Apple acquiring Primesense, an infrared sensor firm in 2012 and that it could help Apple add augmented reality features in the new handsets. If the new feature does make it to the iPhone 8 concept, then it may be used as an additional form of biometric authentication along with the fingerprint sensor. A previous leak had mentioned that the premium variant may be code-named Ferrari and will feature ‘substantial internal redesign’ with it’s SIM card slot placed on the bottom instead of on it’s side.

The handset’s iconic home button would be absent and the technology would instead be embedded inside the display, thus affording the display a greater surface area and screen-to-body ratio than any existing iPhone. Ferrari would also feature glass casing on the front and back and the display would be mounted over plastic which would enable it to remain curved.

Detailed renders show iPhone 8 in all its glory

Apple iPhone 8 has so far been subjected to various renders based on existing leaks and rumours but we recently came across a render which describes the upcoming iPhone in more detail and clarity than any other render.

The renders, which mimic how Apple would showcase the iPhone 8 in its website once the handset is launched, tease various upcoming features in iPhone 8 like lack of a home button, a bezel-free curved display, smooth metal linings joining the glass screens on the front and back, wireless charging, an Iris scanner, an embedded fingerprint sensor on the LED display and a third variant of iPhone 8 named iPhone 8 Pro which will work with a stylus named Apple Pencil.

The website also claims something which we haven’t heard about so far. It claims that iPhone 8 will feature a USB Type-C port instead of the Lightning port which has been around since iPhone 5. The images also show that while the display would stretch across the front panel of the iPhone, it won’t cover the face of the iPhone entirely as the bottom area would still be reserved for the embedded fingerprint sensor, the phone app and a shortcut to WhatsApp ( or your favourite app).

The site also teases the iPhone 8 Pro which will feature a highly sensitive display using which you will be able to create a wide range of artistic effects. It will work with a new accessory named Apple Pencil which will be compatible with all apps on the App Store. The site also gives us a glimpse of a wireless charging pod which isn’t circular like Samsung’s but is of the same size and which will enable fast charging from a distance of up to 3 metres.

iPhone 8 to feature front and rear glass panels forged together by stainless steel lining

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 is expected to be very similar to the iPhone 4s, featuring glass panels on the front and back and stainless steel linings on its sides, says a new report from the Korean Digitimes.

As per the report, production of iPhone 8 chassis will be shouldered by Foxconn and US-based Jabil, and will involve a stainless steel forging process whereby two glass panels will be joined together through a stainless steel lining which will run on the sides and edges of iPhone 8, just like in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.

“The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminium back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time. Apple’s iPhone 4 used a stainless steel frame also supplied by Foxconn and Jabil,” said the report.

Apple’s iPhone 7 currently features an Aluminium unibody which is durable enough but it is being said that not only will the new design concept ensure added quality control but will also save 30-50% in production cost to Apple. Component supply and production of Apple’s iPhone 8 will be shouldered by the likes of Foxconn, Jabil, Pegatron Technology, Wistron, Catcher Technology and Casetek. It will be interesting to see if Apple will pass on the savings to its customers and thereby subject the iPhone 8 to price cuts.

Apple iPhone 8 to feature stainless steel chassis instead of Aluminium one

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone since the iPhone 4s to feature a stainless steel chassis instead of an Aluminium one, reports South Korean DigiTimes. Instead of Foxconn, forged stainless steel cases for iPhone 8 handsets will be manufactured by Jabil, yet another partner of Apple’s.

Apple has been using Aluminium casings in iPhone 5 and later iPhones till data thanks to its lightweight as well as durable nature. Aluminium cases have served Apple well so far save for the infamous ‘bendgate’ episode in which the iPhone 6 Plus was involved. What is more interesting is why Apple has suddenly decided to go back to stainless steel instead of Aluminium and what will it mean for future generations of iPhones? We’ll probably have to wait a little longer to find out.

Apple’s iPhone 8 casings will be developed using a forging process which will offer enhanced structural rigidity to the casings, this making the iPhone 8 more durable compared to the iPhone 7 or previous generations. Some reports have also stated that the iPhone 8 may feature an glass casings with metal frames which will give the iPhone a premium look and boost its sales.

“Apple is expected to redesign the iPhone, including giving it a glass chassis, in 2017 to boost weakening demand and to see off stiff competition from rivals, including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and China’s Huawei Technology, whose phones use Android platforms,” said a report from Nikkei. “Market watchers suggested that Apple’s new iPhones would adopt glass casings with metal frames and advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, a design Samsung already uses for its premium handsets. This will give iPhones developed in 2017 a sleeker look and a brighter, more energy-efficient display,” the report added.

iPhone 8 will outperform iPhone 6 in terms of sales, say analysts

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 could turn out to be much more popular than the revolutionary iPhone 6 and may create a “supercycle” after it is launched, said analysts at Namura.

According to The Business Insider, the analysts noted that the iPhone 6 was a major hit because it was Apple’s answer to the industry’s growing demand for larger screens and it subsequently increased Apple’s user base by about 35 per cent. The analysts now believe that those who purchased the iPhone 6 will now go for the iPhone 8, thus creating a new supercycle and increasing Apple’s user base even further.

“Consensus calls for 80 million iPhones in F1Q18 (Dec ’17) … only modestly above the iPhone 6 supercycle (75 million). However, we estimate the iPhone 8 will launch into an iOS subscriber base 45-50% larger than the iPhone 6 did and model 86 million iPhones in F1Q18 (from 83 million),” they said.

Apple is expected to launch iPhone 8 with new features like an OLED display, wireless charging, a new quick charging technology, fingerprint sensor embedded in the bezel-free display and a powerful battery. The combination of fresh technologies should drive up iPhone sales and should attract existing iPhone users who didn’t go for the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 7 because of incremental updates which didn’t justify their price tags.

Apple to introduce fast charging in iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

While Apple has never used fast charging technologies so far in its iPhones, it has used alternative means like introducing power-efficient cores in the A10 Fusion Chip or offering enhanced battery saving options in settings to ensure iPhones do not run out of juice before your day is over.

However, a fresh leak coming from @SonnyDickson now says that Apple will finally introduce fast charging in iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus handsets. We would have loved to know if the fast charging process would function as fast as Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 but no further details about the technology are available so far. Apple may also introduce a new ‘tap to wake’ feature with iPhone 8 which will let a user activate his iPhone’s display by tapping on it. The feature is already available in several Android phones and won’t be something we haven’t seen before, but that fact that these technologies are coming to iPhones is a welcome move.

Apple may introduce a 5-inch iPhone with vertically-arranged rear cameras in 2017

Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launches could see the introduction of a number of fresh features but according to a trusted source of Apple-related feeds, an new 5-inch iPhone 8 variant may arrive in September next year which will feature vertically-arranged twin rear cameras.

It is unclear as of now if the vertically-arranged rear cameras in the proposed iPhone 8 variant will offer better image or video output or will it be just a diversion from the traditional design factor. Macotakara, the source of the leak, states that the iPhone variant will be similar to the iPhone 8 in terms of specifications, so it seems the variant will be for those who would like to own iPhones with different looks than traditional ones.

The 5-inch form factor also suggests that it will be slightly taller than existing iPhones which feature 4.7-inch displays. Will the usual iPhone 8 also be 5-inch tall or whether the taller form in the variant will be only to accommodate the vertically-arranged cameras will be interesting to see once Apple launches its next range of iPhones in 2017.

Apple may launch a premium iPhone code-named ‘Ferrari’ in 2017

A fresh leak coming out of Chinese social media platform Weibo suggests that Apple may be working on a premium iPhone model which the company will launch in 2017. The premium iPhone in question is code-named ‘Ferrari’ and may feature the long-rumoured OLED display panel, instead of iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

The leaked report on Weibo also suggests that Ferrari will be completely bezel-free as the OLED panel would cover the entirety of the iPhone’s face. The iconic home button would be absent and the technology would instead be embedded inside the display, thus affording the display a greater surface area and screen-to-body ratio than any existing iPhone. Ferrari would also feature glass casing on the front and back and the display would be mounted over plastic which would enable it to remain curved.

The leak also adds that the premium iPhone will feature ‘substantial internal redesign’ and it’s SIM card slot will be placed on the bottom instead of on it’s side. With the Lightning Port set to continue in future iPhone models, this does raise a question on whether the SIM slot at the bottom would leave little space for stereo speakers or if Apple will mode the speakers to another location in the handset. We’ll let you know once we know more on this.

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iPhone 8 may feature wireless charging from up to 15-feet away

A well-known Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor has inked a deal with wireless charging major Energous thanks to which all Energous technologies will be sold under the Dialog branding. Dialog Semiconductor sells power management chips to Apple and over 70% of it’s overall sales go to Apple. Energous have developed a wireless charging technology named WattUp using which devices can be charged wire-free from as much as 15 feet away.

“WattUp RF-based charging can be integrated to provide wire-free charging to a wide variety of electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, wearables, cameras, wireless keyboards and mice, headsets, sensors, LED lights, remote controls and toys,” said the company.

“A Radio Frequency (RF) system, similar to a Wi-Fi system, delivers safe wire-free charging energy at a distances of up to approximately 15ft from a transmitter to a receiver device, such as a mobile phone, and maintains charging while the receiver is in motion.  Up to 12 receiver devices can be managed by the system simultaneously, depending on system specifications,” it added.

It has previously been reported that Apple has been testing wireless charging technologies for future iPhones but it is trying to overcome a few challenges like loss of power over distance. Nikkei also reported that  Foxconn Technology Group, a seasoned contract manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones, has won the deal to produce wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8. If Apple has already made up its mind about including wireless charging in the iPhone 8, then it must have exhaustively tested the technology before signing a contract with Foxconn. However, Dialog’s new deal with Energous suggests that Apple way want to try out alternative technologies before making up it’s mind but we can’t say that for sure yet.

iPhone 8 to feature OLED displays but not in large numbers

Apple is reportedly in talks with four OLED manufacturers- Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display to produce display panels for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. According to the Bloomberg, Samsung Display may end up being the sole supplier of panels for next year’s iPhones but will not be able to produce the panels in required numbers, which could go up to around a 100 million. The report adds that this may force Apple to introduce OLED displays in only one variant of next year’s iPhones.

“Apple has already figured in there will be high demand for the OLED model and they’ve also figured out there will be constraints to these panels. The combination of Apple’s stringent quality requirements and the difficulty of producing OLED panels will likely lead to supply constraints,” said Dan Panzica, a supply chain analyst at IHS Markit to Bloomberg. It is possible that OLED displays may arrive with a new edition of iPhone 8 Plus which may cost higher than its fellow iPhones.

The report from Bloomberg can be taken with a pinch of salt considering that Sharp CEO Tai Jeng-wu recently revealed that the Foxconn-owned enterprise will be manufacturing OLED displays for the iPhone 8 and are building a new OLED manufacturing facility in Japan for this purpose. He also said that Foxconn may build a similar manufacturing facility in the United States too if Apple asked them to. “The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS [low-temperature poly-silicon] to OLED panels. We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity,” he said.

iPhone 8 to be bezel-free and may lack the home button as well

According to Barclays supply chain analysts, Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus may turn out to be truly ‘bezel-free’ with their display screens covering the entirety of their faces. The lack of bezels would mean that Apple is willing to finally bid adieu to the iconic home button, a feature which has hardly changed in all these years ever since the first iPhone was released, except that it now has a fingerprint sensor embedded within and isn’t clickable in the latest iPhones. The home button is expected to be embedded inside the upcoming iPhones’ display screens and the front FaceTime camera may also find itself behind the glass screen but analysts believe the design of the upcoming iPhones are yet to be finalised. It is also being reported that iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will feature 5-inch and 5.8-inch displays instead of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch ones in the last three years’ models.

Aside from the bezel-free display, the upcoming iPhones will, for the first time since the iPhone 4S, feature glass casing both on the front and back. “Apple is expected to redesign the iPhone, including giving it a glass chassis, in 2017 to boost weakening demand and to see off stiff competition from rivals, including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and China’s Huawei Technology, whose phones use Android platforms,” said a report from Nikkei. “Market watchers suggested that Apple’s new iPhones would adopt glass casings with metal frames and advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, a design Samsung already uses for its premium handsets. This will give iPhones developed in 2017 a sleeker look and a brighter, more energy-efficient display,” the report added.

Wireless charging modules are coming to the iPhone 8

A recent report by Nikkei suggests Foxconn Technology Group, a seasoned contract manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones, has won the deal to produce wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8. The report arrives just a day after it was revealed that Foxconn will be manufacturing millions of OLED displays for the upcoming iPhones. The Nikkei report quoted a source who said that the modules will only find their way to new iPhones if Foxconn are able to ‘boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on.’

To perfect the wireless modules, the Cupertino giant will need to overcome a few challenges like loss of power over distance. It’s not that Apple hasn’t flirted with wireless charging technology before. In 2010, Apple filed for a patent for a technology that involved an iMac being used as a hub to wirelessly charge fellow Apple devices at a distance of one metre. If Apple has already made up its mind about including wireless charging in the iPhone 8, then it must have exhaustively tested the technology before signing a contract with Foxconn.

iPhone 8 may feature significantly enhanced battery life

Aside from introducing wireless charging, Apple is also expected to introduce new battery technologies which may significantly enhance battery life in future iPhones and iPads. Back in 2014, the Daily Mail reported that Intelligent Energy, a UK-based research firm, was working with Apple to develop new fuel cell technologies to power future iPads and MacBooks. Intelligent Energy also partnered with an “international electronics company” to purchase patents related to a practical application of fuel cell. As per Digital Trends, that partner company was Apple.

Intelligent Energy has claimed earlier this year that they will bring in a battery that will keep smartphones alive for an entire week on a single charge. The firm reportedly created a breakthrough fuel cell that is small yet powerful enough to fit inside a smartphone and power it for a week on a single charge. If this technology finds it way inside the iPhone 8, it’ll be a leap of technology that’ll help Apple maintain its lead over other manufacturers for the next few years.

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WhatsApp Web Will Soon Get Picture-in-Picture Mode, ‘Reply Privately’ Option: Report

WhatsApp seems to be planning to add Picture-in-Picture mode to the Web client, a few months after the feature was rolled out to mobile devices across the world. The WhatsApp Web feature will be rolled out with a future update, which is said to be adding an option for users to reply to messages privately in group messages. For now, the feature is not available to download, but may be rolled out soon. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was found to include a ‘Restricted Groups’ settings to help administrators restrict group members from sending text messages, photographs, video, GIFs, documents, or voice messages.

WhatsApp Web Picture-in-Picture mode

According to a brief report by WABetaInfo, which is a popular source for unannounced WhatsApp features, the company has submitted the version 0.2.7315 of its Web client that includes the two new features. The first in the series is the Picture-in-Picture mode that lets users watch videos in a separate pop-up screen that includes controls such as a play/ pause button, volume controller, and timeline slider. A new icon apparently enables the Picture-in-Picture video content in a new screen to let you continue your chat or any other work on the existing screen. The new video-centric feature appears to work similar to the Picture-in-Picture mode available on the mobile versions of WhatsApp that was debuted in September.

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WhatsApp Web with Picture-in-Picture mode
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WhatsApp Reply Privately option
Alongside the new mode, the reported WhatsApp Web update includes a ‘Reply Privately’ option that allows you to communicate with one of your group members privately. As per the screenshot provided by the folks at WABetaInfo, the new option will be available alongside the existing ‘Reply’ and ‘Forward message’ options and will quote the group message alongside your private message. It is expected that the new ability to privately send messages to group members would also soon debut on WhatsApp for Android/ iOS.

The said features are not currently available on WhatsApp Web but are likely to go live on the Web-based interface in the near future.

 

Kim Kardashian Opens Up About Pregnancy Woes, Turning To Surrogacy For Baby No. 3

Kim Kardashian felt frustrated over the fact that she couldn’t carry her own child. However, the reality TV star is grateful to her unnamed surrogate for agreeing to help her with her pregnancy woes.
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Kim Kardashian recently talked about her pregnancy woes in Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She also discussed her decision to hire a surrogate so she and Kanye West could have another child.

Kim Kardashian Grateful To Her Surrogate

On Sunday, Kim spoke with her older sister, Kourtney Kardashian, about her surrogate. The reality TV star said that she’s grateful to her for agreeing to carry their child.

Kim also said that she has no intentions to reveal the identity of her surrogate for fear that the media would bombard her with questions. Kim knows that the unnamed woman is not prepared for a life in front of the cameras.

The siblings’ discussion also led to Kim admitting that even though she is thankful for her surrogate, she feels frustrated that she couldn’t carry her own child.

“It’s kind of weird when it’s not you, so I don’t know whether I should start eating donuts and celebrate like I would like old times or just go to the gym,” said Kim.

Her sister, Khloe Kardashian, revealed that Kim had an embryo implanted into her before she got pregnant with her son, Saint West. Unfortunately, the embryo did not take.

“So Kim is super nervous and anxious during this waiting period. Of course, she wants to know is she or is she not having another baby,” said Khloe.

Why Did Kim Kardashian Hire A Surrogate?

Unfortunately, two doctors told Kim that she could no longer get pregnant because she could be at risk of various complications. This was what led her to consider hiring a surrogate.

Luckily for the reality TV star, she found a surrogate that’s a perfect fit for her and her family. Kim said that the woman is a nice person, and she’s also very easy to talk to.

“Getting a surrogate and finding someone that you really trust is so much more difficult of a situation than you could really imagine. You have to like make sure that their lifestyle is healthy and they have to go through psychological testing, and it was maybe a year before we finalized our current situation,” said Kim.

Kim Kardashian Expecting Baby Girl Via Surrogate

Meanwhile, Kim announced that she and Kanye are going to have a baby girl when she appeared in The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month.

During her conversation with host Ellen DeGeneres, Kim said that her 4-year-old daughter calls the unborn baby, “Baby Sister.”

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Opioids After Surgery Left Her Addicted. Is That A Medical Error?

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In April this year, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery.

The 68-year-old consulting firm president left the hospital with a prescription for Dilaudid, an opioid used to treat severe pain, and instructions to take two pills every four hours as needed. Herzog took close to the full dose for about two weeks.

Then, worried about addiction, she began asking questions. “I said, ‘How do I taper off this? I don’t want to stay on this drug forever, you know? What do I do?’” Herzog said, recalling conversations with her various providers.

She said she never got a clear answer.

So she turned to Google to try to figure out how  to wean herself off the Dilaudid. She eventually found a Canadian Medical Association guide to tapering opioids.

“So I started tapering from 28 [milligrams], to 24 to 16,” Herzog said, scrolling through a pocket diary with red cardinals on the cover that she used to keep track.

About a month after surgery, she had a follow-up visit with her surgeon. She had reached the end of her self-imposed tapering path the day before and at the doctor’s, she recalls feeling quite sick.

“I was teary, I had diarrhea, I was vomiting a lot, I had muscle pains, headache, I had a low-grade fever,” Herzog recalled.

The surgeon thought she had a virus and told her to see her internist. Her internist came to the same conclusion.

She went home and suffered through five days of what she came to realize was acute withdrawal, and two more weeks of fatigue, nausea and diarrhea.

“I had every single symptom in the book,” Herzog said. “And there was no recognition by these really professional, senior, seasoned doctors at Boston’s finest hospitals that I was going through withdrawal.”

Herzog did not name any of the providers who had something to do with her pain management or missed signs of withdrawal. She said she sees this as a system-wide problem. Herzog did share medical records that support her story. After the withdrawal, she did not crave Dilaudid and she manages any lingering pain with Tylenol. She has since returned to her providers, who’ve acknowledged that she was in withdrawal.

Not An Isolated Incident

Herzog’s story is one doctors are hearing more and more. “We have many clinicians prescribing opioids without any understanding of opioid withdrawal symptoms,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University’s Heller School. One reason, Kolodny said, is that doctors don’t realize how quickly a patient can become dependent on drugs like Dilaudid.

Sometimes that dependence leads to full-blown addiction. About half of street drug users say they switched to heroin after prescribed painkillers became too expensive.

Now, a handful of doctors and hospital administrators are asking, if an opioid addiction starts with a prescription after surgery or some other hospital-based care, should the hospital be penalized? As in: Is addiction a medical error along the lines of some hospital-acquired infections?

Writing for the blog and journal Health Affairs, three physician-executives with the Hospital Corporation of America argue for calling it just that.

“It arises during a hospitalization, is a high-cost and high-volume condition, and could reasonably have been prevented through the application of evidence-based guidelines,” write Drs. Michael SchlosserRavi Chari and Jonathan Perlin.

The authors admit it would be hard for hospitals to monitor all patients given an opioid prescription in the weeks and months after surgery, but they say hospitals need to try.

“Addressing long-term opioid use as a hospital-acquired condition will draw a clear line between appropriate and inappropriate use, and will empower hospitals to develop evidenced-based standards of care for managing post-operative pain adequately while also helping protect the patient from future harm,” said Schlosser in an emailed response to questions.

Kolodny said it’s an idea worth considering.

“We’re in the midst of a severe opioid epidemic, caused by the over-prescribing of opioids,” Kolodny said. “Putting hospitals on the hook for the consequences of aggressive opioid prescribing makes sense to me.”

Potential Addiction Vs. Pain Management Awareness

But penalizing hospitals for patients who become addicted to opioids conflicts with payments tied to patient satisfaction surveys. Hospitals that do not adequately address patients’ pain may lose money for low patient satisfaction scores. In response to the opioid epidemic, patient surveys are shifting from questions like, “Did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?” to questions that emphasize talking to patients about their pain. But physicians may still prescribe more, rather than fewer, opioids to avoid complaints from dissatisfied patients.

“This is a real concern that patients who may feel that their pain is under-managed may take that out in these patient report cards,” said Dr. Gabriel Brat, a trauma surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who studies the use of opioids after surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Most patients leave the hospital with more pain meds than they need. Studies show that between 67 and 92 percent of patients have opioid pills left over after common surgical procedures.

One reason that may contribute to over-prescribing is that patients vary a lot. Brat said about 10 percent of patients need intense pain management, but it’s difficult to identify who will be that 10 percent.

“Many surgeons are still prescribing opioids for the subset of patients that have higher requirements, as opposed to for the majority of patients who are taking a very small percentage of the pills that they are prescribed,” Brat explained.

There are no firm guidelines for which opioids to prescribe after surgery, at what dose or for how long. The CDC released opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain in 2016, but it included only brief references to acute pain.

Some opioid prescribing guidance for surgeons is emerging. A study published in September reviewed surgical records for 215,140 patients. It found that the optimal opioid prescription following general surgery is between four to nine days.

This story is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, WBUR and Kaiser Health News.

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1More Single Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

There is no shortage of in-ear headphones in the market, and you will find options that suit every price range. Companies such as Xiaomi and OnePlus are selling their models at around the Rs 2,000 mark, but there are other companies targeting users who are willing to spend more. We now have a pair of single-driver in-ear headphones from 1More, the same company that manufactures the popular Piston headphones for Xiaomi. These are priced at Rs 2,799 and command a premium over the OnePlus Bullets V2. So are these 1More headphones worth the extra money? We put them to the test.

1More Single Driver (1M301) design and features

The 1M301 is a pair of in-ear single-driver headphones, and the company even lists it as “1More Single Driver” on e-commerce sites. 1More uses a similar naming strategy for some of its other headphones as well.

The 1M301’s plastic box is unsurprisingly very similar to the one that the Xiaomi Piston Fit came in. The casings have aluminium alloy bodies that house the drivers, and an angled design that helps them sit flat when in the ears. The cables are rubber till the Y-splitter, with additional nylon braid from there till the 3.5mm plug. The nylon braid helps reduce tangles and should make the cable last longer. However, the rubber cables above the Y-splitter do tangle, which can get annoying.

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These in-ear headphones have a frequency range of 20 – 20000Hz and have an impedance of 32Ohms. The impedance is higher than that of other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 which means that you will need a powerful source to get the best out of them. According to 1More, the drivers have a triple-layer diaphragm comprising of aerospace-grade metal between two layers of PET. You get four sets of ear tips in the box which can be swapped based on your preference. 1More also offers a headphone pouch in the box which is a good add-on.

The inline control unit has three buttons – the call button and volume controls. The centre button can also be used to play/ pause music as well as skip tracks. Double-tapping it skips to the next track on your phone, while a triple tap jumps to the previous one. In our experience, skipping to the next track was easy but we couldn’t jump to the previous track on a OnePlus 5.

1More Single Driver (1M301) performance

We put these headphones to the test on a OnePlus 5 (Review) smartphone while listening to MP3 and FLAC files, streaming music with Saavn, and watching YouTube videos. The focus tracks used while testing these headphones were How Long by Charlie Puth, Best Friend by Sofi Tukker, and Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons.

The first thing we noticed when wearing these headphones was their wide soundstage. You can easily distinguish between different instruments. The mids were quite strong and we enjoyed listening to music. You get good bass that doesn’t overpower the mids or highs. In fact, highs can be a bit too sharp and can somewhat drown out the mids and bass at higher volumes. We would pushing the volume all the way, for the best balance. The improvement in audio quality is evident when switching from MP3 to FLAC files.

1More offers an app called 1More Assistant which can help burn headphones in for you, which is recommended when you first buy them. The app also has its own inbuilt music player with loudness compensation, and we found that enabling this kept the highs in check, giving a more balanced output even at higher volumes.

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We must say that these headphones can get loud, and long listening sessions will cause fatigue. The ear tips provided with the 1More fail to provide a proper seal, causing a lot of sound to leak out. Everyone around you will be able to hear what you’re listening to. We tried using our own Comply foam tips, which helped reduce leakage to some extent.

Apart from music, these 1More headphones can be used for calls as well. The in-line microphone cuts out ambient noise well, and we did not hear any complaints from people we talked to. The call button can be used to accept or reject calls, and long-pressing it invokes the Google Assistant on Android or Siri on iOS.

Verdict
The 1More Single Driver 1M301 offers clean and detailed output across different music genres. If you are a basshead you will miss the thump that other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 provide. If you just want to enjoy your music, these headphones are worth the price – just don’t forget to buy good ear tips separately.

Pros

  • Angled earbud design
  • Strong mids
  • Useful inline remote

Cons

  • Overpowering highs at top volume
  • Rubber tips don’t provide a good seal

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design 4
  • Performance 4
  • Value for Money 3.5
  • Overall 4

WhatsApp Web Reportedly Getting Picture-in-Picture Mode, ‘Reply Privately’ Option

Months after adding it to mobile devices, WhatsApp is now said to be bringing its Picture-in-Picture mode to desktops through a new update to the WhatsApp Web client. The new update is also reported to add the option to let users privately reply to a message they received in a group. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was found to include a ‘Restricted Groups’ settings to help administrators restrict group members from sending text messages, photographs, video, GIFs, documents, or voice messages.

According to a brief report by WABetaInfo, which is a popular source for unannounced WhatsApp features, the WhatsApp team has submitted the version 0.2.7315 of its Web client that includes the two new features. The first in the series is the Picture-in-Picture mode that lets users watch videos in a separate pop-up screen that includes controls such as a play/ pause button, volume controller, and timeline slider. A new icon apparently enables the Picture-in-Picture video content in a new screen to let you continue your chat or any other work on the existing screen. The new video-centric feature appears to work similar to the Picture-in-Picture mode available on the mobile versions of WhatsApp that was debuted in September.

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WhatsApp Web with Picture-in-Picture mode
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Alongside the new mode, the reported WhatsApp Web update includes a ‘Reply privately’ option that allows you to communicate with one of your group members privately. As per the screenshot provided by the folks at WABetaInfo, the new option will be available alongside the existing ‘Reply’ and ‘Forward message’ options and will quote the group message alongside your private message. It is expected that the new ability to privately send messages to group members would also soon debut on WhatsApp for Android/ iOS.

The said features are not currently available on WhatsApp Web but are likely to go live on the Web-based interface in the near future.

 

Are Kylie Jenner And Travis Scott Headed For A Split?

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are reportedly expecting a baby girl. Unfortunately, according to a new report, their relationship may not be in a great place.
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Kylie Jenner is reportedly on the outs with Travis Scott as they reportedly await the birth of their first child, who is rumored to be a baby girl.

As fans likely know, Jenner has stayed mum about her pregnancy as she continues to steer clear of photographers in Los Angeles and keep her midsection under wraps on social media. All the while, rumors have swirled in regards to her pregnancy and her relationship with the rapper.

“Kylie is having a meltdown right now because Travis doesn’t seem to really care about her pregnancy. It is making her completely manic!” a source told Radar Online on Dec. 7. “She is really starting to wonder if having his baby is a huge mistake because she is hating life right now.”

Jenner’s boyfriend is signed with Kim Kardashian’s husband Kanye West’s GOOD Music Label and is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour.

“Travis is everywhere but with Kylie right now. She followed him on tour while he was in Boston, London, and even Las Vegas. But she just can’t do it anymore,” the insider said.

The insider claimed that in addition to his hectic tour schedule, Jenner is upset that Scott has allegedly chosen to increase his fame, rather than be with her as she reportedly prepares to welcome their child. As the source revealed, Scott is doing more shows than ever at the moment and recently left Jenner in Los Angeles and headed to Chicago — even though she begged him to stay with her.

While Jenner’s pregnancy is unconfirmed, sources claim she will be giving birth to a baby girl early next year.

Jenner and Scott sparked a romance this past spring just a short time after Jenner’s years-long romance with rapper Tyga came to an end. As fans of Jenner may recall, the reality star was first linked to Tyga when she was just 16-years-old but they didn’t go public with their romance until she turned 18.

To see more of Kylie Jenner and her family, including her sisters, Kendall Jenner, and Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian tune into new episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians season 14 on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on the E! Network.

Travis Scott has not yet been featured on the reality show.

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