When it announced the iPhone X, Apple pushed the expectations (and price tags) for flagships phones higher than they have ever been before. Now, Google gets a chance to hit back with its own homegrown handsets that will not only show how Google has matured as a hardware maker, but also what's coming soon on Android Oreo. And with a full year of experience and development (including a bunch of new IP and personnel) under its belt, Google really can't afford to mess up its second-generation of Pixels.
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Google's getting into the phone hardware business. Properly. It's just signed an agreement with HTC to poach some top smartphone development employees from the Taiwanese phone-maker, as well as to license some of its intellectual property. The deal is said to be worth $US1.1 billion, and will give Google the tools it needs to step up to the plate against Apple when it comes to making a vertically integrated smartphone: everything from the hardware inside it to the software that runs on it.
HTC is reinventing itself. It's no longer the old-school Android smartphone company of a few years ago. It's leaving that behind along with its old, industrial, metal-bodied line-up of One smartphones. Instead, the new HTC is positioning itself as slick and modern, and it's doing that with two new phones built around shiny glass backs and funky colours, with AI smarts that make your life better.
2016 is the year that VR is actually getting good. You can click a few buttons on the internet and a Vive or a Rift will appear on your doorstep a few days later -- although you'll have to pay through the nose -- for your gaming PC, which is more powerful than ever. Or you can buy a PlayStation VR instead.
Or, down at PAX Aus in Melbourne in November, you can try all three -- in a dedicated 'VR Freeplay' area, with three-directional treadmills that let you walk around in virtual reality.
With CPU and GPU vendors laser-focused on power consumption, modern gadgets such as notebooks and smartphones are getting cooler by the year. Mobiles in particular are still near-doubling in performance with each generation, without a matching leap in heat output. But how do today's popular phones stack up against each other in pure numbers? Pass over that heat gun, would you?
Opinion: The 24-month phone contract is dead, writes News.com.au. Phone plans go out of date quickly, leaving their buyers stuck with small data quotas. But there's also the fact that new smartphones, bundled with these plans, are apparently a Bad Idea -- because they can be lost, or damaged, or stolen.
It's that last point that is particularly galling.
The HTC Vive is a wonderful -- if flawed -- piece of VR hardware. Now iFixit has shown us exactly what lurks inside it.
The time has come for HTC to finally announce its latest, best smartphone -- its newest salvo in the ongoing war against Samsung, LG and its other top-tier Android competitors. HTC's new phone is called the 10, and it's by far the most refined and carefully thought out handset that the Taiwanese company has ever created. The 10 builds on the strengths of the M8 and M9, marks a return to form for HTC's UltraPixel camera, and cuts out the software bloat that held previous phones back. We're impressed.