2017 in Android is Probably Going to be Awesome

I love Christmas and the whole holiday season, but now that it’s all but over for 2016, I’ve got to say, that I’m starting to get excited about 2017 and Android. As much as I’d also like to sit here with everyone else and continue to complain about how sh*tty parts of 2016 is/was, there are some good things on the horizon to consider. Plus, don’t we all need some positivity in our lives at this moment? (RIP, George and Carrie.)

Think about what we just went through. Samsung made their three best smartphones ever by a large margin. Sure, one of them had an affinity for fire and probably needs to be wiped from memory, but it was still an awesome phone. Outside of Samsung, though, we saw Google create a new line of phones that they seem ready to promote and push forward in competition with Apple and Samsung and the rest of the players in the smartphone game. We also got a best-of-the-year phone from OnePlus and watched Motorola do modularity better than anyone. But where this gets good in 2017, is largely based around all of that moving forward another step or two.

Let me explain.  (more…)

Our Favorite Android Smartphone of 2016

While we are still bringing in votes for the DL Reader’s Choice for Phone of the Year (POTY), we are ready to present you with our choice(s). In 2016, we saw a plethora of great smartphones from a number of makers, which made for a very exciting and busy year.

Because there was such a high number of fantastic phones, it was actually quite the struggle to choose a single one as our favorite. As you will see, we have a couple runner ups this year, only because we didn’t want to have a three-way tie for favorite. (more…)

Report: Galaxy S8 Unveiling Could Happen at Special New York Event in April

Every year, as the final slow weeks of the tech news cycle wind down, Samsung rumors flood in. It’s almost as if Samsung executives want to steal CES thunder before CES ever arrives, or maybe just that they can’t go more than a couple of months without making headlines. Either way, we’re in full pre-CES Samsung rumor overdrive at this point, with new rumors suggesting Samsung will skip Mobile World Congress to hold a stand-alone New York event to launch the Galaxy S8(more…)

Synaptics Unveils FS9100 Optical Fingerprint Sensor, May or May Not be Seen in Galaxy S8

Synaptics announced the Natural ID FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor this morning, and given how much the internet and its citizens love a good hypetrain, it is reported that we may see this technology used in the upcoming Galaxy S8. While neither Samsung or Synaptics have announced such a thing, there’s always the possibility.  (more…)