Friday, 22 June 2018

Google Podcasts app now available on Android

Google has released its own podcasting app for Android, called Google Podcasts. The app is now available for free on the Google Play Store. There is no iOS app available at the moment nor have they announced any plans on releasing one.

Google Podcasts is a very simple podcasting app. You can search and subscribe to podcasts and Google includes a fairly robust library of podcasts so you'll find almost anything here. Once subscribed, episodes can be downloaded for offline playback or just streamed. Progress syncs across your Google account and you can continue playing on the Google Home where you left on your phone.

Apart from that, the app doesn't do much. You can't import an OPML file so if you use another podcasting file you have no option but to re-subscribe to all your podcasts, which for some could be many. You can adjust playback speed but you can't skip over silences like some other podcasting apps (Google claims this feature is present but I couldn't find it anywhere). You also can't skip to next or previous chapter within the podcast or even see a list of chapters while playing.

Huawei may be preparing a Kirin 1020 chip, twice as powerful as the Kirin 970

Huawei is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world and thus needs to become less reliant hardware produced outside the company. The in-house production should help bring the cost of devices down and maybe try to compete with Qualcomm's dominance in the mobile market. The latest news about an upcoming Kirin SoC might change all that. And no, we are not talking about the Kirin 980.

With its newest HiSilicon 970 chipset, the company gets closer to Qualcomm's top-shelf chips, but still, the Kirin 970 isn't on par with the Snapdragon 845 in terms of raw performance, although it brought world's first AI chip on board. Sources say that the still unannounced Kirin 980 will finally be able to compete with Qualcomm's flagship chipset thanks to the advanced 7nm manufacturing process from TSMC, which would probably be the key selling point of the rumored Mate 20.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Samsung officially launches 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US

Today Samsung has decided to bring the 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the USA. Both iterations will become available to pre-order tomorrow, on May 1. They will be released on May 18, exclusively at

We assume the company has surveyed the market and figured out there wouldn't be a lot of demand for these storage versions. Otherwise, selling them exclusively through its online store wouldn't make a lot of sense.

Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ launch with Infinity Display, Android Oreo

Today Samsung has decided to unveil the Galaxy A6 and A6+. The mid-range duo brings the company's signature bezel-starved Super AMOLED Infinity Display to a whole new price point, along with its 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

The Galaxy A6's display measures 5.6" diagonally, and has 720x1,480 resolution. The phone has a 16 MP f/1.7 rear shooter and a 16 MP f/1.9 selfie snapper with an LED flash of its own. The handset is powered by an octa-core 1.6 GHz CPU, aided by 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage, depending on which exact model you buy. In any case note that the device supports microSD expansion, with cards up to 256GB in size.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Xiaomi enters the gaming laptop market with GTX 1060 Mi Gaming Laptop

It seems Xiaomi is keen to produce every type of hardware you can think of, now adding a gaming laptop to its roster of devices.

The Mi Gaming Laptop is a 15.6-inch device with a 7th gen Intel Core i7 or i5 CPU, a 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD and either an Nvidia GTX 1060 or an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. The more capable i7/GTX1060 model comes with 16GB of RAM, while the i5/1050Ti units will have 8GB.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s is now official: Snapdragon 845 and a dual camera setup

Finally, after a truckload of leaks and rumors the Mi Mix 2s is here in all its glory. It comes with a more powerful chipset and much more impressive dual-camera setup, but a design very similar to the Mi Mix 2.

The Mix 2s shaves just a millimeter vertically and horizontally to improve the screen-to-body ratio slightly, but that's hardly a difference you will spot in real life. Then again, the metal frame and ceramic body still look gorgeous.

The Sharp Aquos S3 is officially the most compact 6" phone

It was expected of Sharp to announce its Aquos S3 on March 28 but here we are, the phone went official a few days early.

Sharp says that the Aquos S3 is the most compact 6-inch smartphone in the world, measuring 148.2mm x 74.2mm - that's 3.5mm shorter and 1.2mm narrower than the 6-inch LG V30.

Google Podcasts app now available on Android

Google has released its own podcasting app for Android, called Google Podcasts. The app is now available for free on the Google Play Store...