Edoardo Maggio

@northead

Italian, 21, Journalism student at City University London. Tech geek, video games lover, comics-based movies enthusiast, and a sucker for good design. Amateur photographer on 500px.

Yesterday

GOOG: 819.31

14.29
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It’s 2017, so of course everything leaks. While Samsung has just announced that it won’t attend this year’s trade show in Barcelona, LG will be present at MWC on February 26, but perhaps it won’t have much to tell us when the time comes. A new leak shows us (at least partially) what its upcoming G6 is likely going to look like…

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January 20

GOOG: 805.02

2.85
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2017 is shaping up to be quite an interesting year in consumer electronics, and smartphones in particular may — finally — become very interesting once again. It’s the destiny of a largely saturated and commoditized market, where in order to thrive the competition needs to push the innovation pedal. Polarization is a phenomenon we observe in this market, as increasingly cheaper smartphones become good enough, and consumers become more reluctant to buy decidedly more expensive devices that don’t add much to the basic experience provided by solid, lower-end phones.

On the high end of the spectrum, a brand’s sole power and image become less and less of a reason to shell out the (significant and growing) extra amount of money, and new advancements — whether in design, software or some cool new tech — need to emerge to justify it. Companies can either settle (and risk becoming irrelevant) or innovate and skyrocket to the top (and the future). In this situation, staying in the middle could mean spreading too thin and not being able to stand out and keep up with the competition. This, in my opinion, is the case of OEMs like HTC, LG, Sony or Motorola; but, more interestingly, OnePlus

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January 18

GOOG: 806.07

1.46
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2017 indeed has what it takes to become one of the craziest years in consumer electronics; between returning old giants, sumptuous anniversaries and trust issues to resolve, the potential is everything but lacking. All of that said, one of the weirdest, most interesting trends could be flexible, foldable smartphones…

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9to5mac 

January 17

GOOG: 804.61

-3.27
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As the criteria (price, most importantly) for defining a ‘high-end’ smartphone becomes more and more blurred, new devices are filling in the gaps of the evolving smartphone market. Such is the case of the just-announced Galaxy C9 Pro, which sets its foot firmly in the midrange space while trying to aim a little higher…

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There has been quite a huge advertising campaign for the Google Pixel, both by carriers and the Mountain View giant itself. And, as it turns out, the massive spending seems to have worked: a report from Wave7 Research (via Fierce Wireless) focused on Verizon is in fact describing very good results…

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January 14

GOOG: 807.88

1.52
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There have been quite a few rumors and alleged leaks of Samsung‘s upcoming Galaxy S8 in the past week-ish, so we figured this could be your one-stop for everything surfaced, from sizes to renders to beloved and slowly fading ports — so let’s break it down…

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9to5toys 

January 12

GOOG: 806.36

-1.55
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Update: Apparently, the devices in question are in fact not Nokia’s, nor they actually have anything to do with the Finnish company. As per a video from WinFuture’s channel (in German), it looks like these are simply reference design phones made by Qualcomm itself. All in all, now that I can see the whole thing better, I’m just glad it’s that way. Hopefully February’s announcement will bring some excitement.

We reported yesterday about Nokia‘s likely intention to unveil a flagship Android smartphone outside of China on February 26, a day before the beginning of this year’s Mobile World Congress. However, it looks like the cat may already be out of the bag.

As it turns out, Nokia’s trojan horse back into the smartphone world was present at CES, albeit in disguise. The alleged ‘Nokia 8’ was showcased at Qualcomm‘s booth, where the company asked people not to take photos of it. Of course, however, someone did (via GSM Arena)…

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When using the word ‘google-y,’ there are more than a few things that usually come to mind. One of them is, indubitably, creativity. And creativity is at the core of Google’s new app “Toontastic 3D”, launching today on Android and iOS

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electrek 

Android notifications are great, and they are getting better. However, it happens from time to time that, as Google enriches and improves them, OEMs don’t necessarily follow. And fortunately, that is about to change…

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January 11

GOOG: 807.91

3.12
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Remember Samsung‘s amazing foldable and rollable display technologies that were rumored to be in the works as part of a larger smartphone project? As it turns out, the so-called ‘Galaxy X’ is seemingly closer and closer to completion, with just a few bureaucratic issues to resolve…

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9to5mac 

January 9

GOOG: 806.65

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Following the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung has quite a lot to make up for. Of course, its best shot at regaining customers’ trust will be the forthcoming Galaxy S8, and if it wasn’t clear enough, the Korean giant is aiming high. Here is the latest proof

As per a report from The Investor, the electronics firm “has requested its partners to supply (parts) based on [Samsung’s] 60 million shipment goal.” These are the words of an unnamed industry source, who also told the paper that the release schedule has changed…

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January 6

GOOG: 806.15

12.13
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The internet is a crazy place — we all know it. But at least it’s safe to say that, no matter how weird, whatever’s being put on it is made by someone. Well, it has been so far; but what if it wasn’t?

For the past twelve hours or so, in fact, Twitch channel seebotschat has been streaming an ominously curious pair of Google Home devices talking to each other in an endless, calm conversation about everything and anything — and it’s still live right now…

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January 5

GOOG: 794.02

7.12
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9to5toys 

Google‘s Tango is taking off. Following the firm’s announcement circa the series of forthcoming dedicated apps, a new blogpost is revealing a partnership with German car manufacturer BMW is set to bring AR models of its electric vehicles straight to your phone…

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January 3

GOOG: 786.14

14.32
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Amid smartphone lines, and important ones in particular, no one has ever experienced such a tragic event like the Galaxy Note 7‘s spontaneous self-combustions.

A fair amount of people took it for granted that Notes would be gone for good — at least brand-wise — but apparently Samsung is looking to retain both the technologies and the name itself…

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electrek 

December 30, 2016

GOOG: 771.82

-10.97
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With the introduction of its Moto Z line of phones, Motorola (or, rather, Lenovo) seemed to have put the X line aside, making its destiny a little unclear. However, a collaboration between Android Authority and the evergreen Steve Hemmerstoffer (better known as @OnLeaks) is shedding some light on it…

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December 28, 2016

GOOG: 785.05

-6.50
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Yesterday we reported LG’s alleged intention of pushing its next flagship smartphone, the (likely-to-be-named) G6, quite a bit earlier than usual, and also showed you some leaked schematics showing its potential design.

Now, we have more new material for your eyes to feast on…

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