NEWS 2 FEBRUARY 2018

2 years of software updates for its flagship smartphones - Sony promise

Android smartphones can be purchased from a wide array of designs and specifications, but they are all plagued by one common issue – slow software update. While Android OEMs promise to roll out software updates, they often fall short of delivering on that promise.
The arrival of timely update has been the go to reason for buying Google’s Pixel or Nexus-branded devices over a far better hardware from other OEMs. With its second-generation Pixel smartphones, Google is promising three years of major software update, and monthly security patches. Most Android smartphone makers don’t give such forward looking statement about software roll out and often ended up limiting update to one major software release.[read more]


New Nokia 7 Plus phone to have Android 8.0 Oreo and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 processor

With the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 fast approaching, speculated about new phones have started circulating. One of these new phones rumored to be unveiled at the upcoming event is Nokia's 7 Plus. There is now a reason to believe that the new phone exists: Geekbench, a cross-platform benchmark that measures a hardware's performance, released an entry on Jan. 26 about Nokia 7 Plus and its specs, which include Android 8.0 Oreo and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660.
According to Geekbench's entry, Nokia 7 Plus will sport Android 8.0 Oreo for its operating system. The processor, on the other hand, will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 eight-core system-on-chip (SoC) running with a base frequency of 1.84 GHz — an upgrade from Nokia 7's Snapdragon 630 SoC. [read more]


The Hidden Strategy of AMD

Recently AMD (AMD) reported stellar Q4 2017 earnings results. By now, many analysts and SA contributors have written many articles about the earnings dissecting every aspect of AMD's financial performance, and there's little more left to say about that. Instead in this article we are going to look at two interesting strategies that AMD is pursuing and the server market and in the graphics (GPU) market. Let's start with their server strategy. [read more]


NEWS 2 FEBRUARY 2018

Google - 'Strategic Decision' To Invest More In YouTube
YouTube may be the undisputed king of free streaming video, bringing in 1.5 billion people each month, but that does not mean it is resting on its laurels. 
Executives from parent company Google say they are making a “strategic decision” to invest more cash in YouTube, with CEO Sundar Pichai calling the video platform one of the company's three big “bets,” alongside cloud computing and hardware, on the company’s quarterly earnings call Thursday. [read more]


21st-century hatch: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

While the US won't be getting the hatchback variant of the A-Class, its debut nevertheless gives us an idea of what's to come Stateside.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2019 A-Class hatchback today. Destined for European markets, the A-Class piles on the tech. Sure, there's a new body and interior in the mix, but buyers don't just want a car that looks good, not in 2018. It needs to complement their lives in a way that leather seats and fancy vents can't fulfill on their own. [read more]