The beginning of November did not promise anything special for the mobile technology world: no major industry events or significant product launches. However, this month has proven to be just as busy and eventful as August or September – when, as you know, Samsung and Apple launched their most recent flagship phones.
November saw an unlikely company joining the already busy world of phone manufacturers. Also, an innovative wearable promises to change the way we send text messages on mobile phones. A significant mobile security threat makes phone owners recheck every app they have on their phones. And finally, we are looking forward to January and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and a rumored product launch to take place during this event.
If the summary of this month’s top mobile technology news and events sounds interesting to you, then keep reading below:
Razer Launches a Mobile Phone for Gamers
Known as a manufacturer of rigs, accessories and peripherals, Razer decided to enter the mobile phone manufacturing niche. Their matter-of-fact titled Razer Phone is, from the first glance, a device created for gamers.
The first thing we note in this device is the display – 5.7-inch, 1,440 x 2,560 pixels and the only type of mobile phone screen so far with 120Hz refresh rate – a key feature for real-time RPGs and first-person shooters.
Since sound is just as important as video in games, the Razer Phone has dual front-facing speakers with integrated amplifiers and supports the Dolby Atmos standard. The chipset is a powerful Snapdragon 835 CPU, and the phone also includes 8GB of RAM and a 4,000-mAh battery. The manufacturer claims that Razer Phone can be used continually for seven hours of gaming or 12.5 hours of watching movies.
Tap – The Wearable That Wants to Change The Way You Type
Smartphones with touch screens have certainly changed for the better the way we type text messages. Now an innovative wearable named Tap wants to take things further – namely to turn our fingers into a Bluetooth keyboard.
Tap looks like a series of rubber rings, connected by flexible small cables, to be worn on each finger of the hand – in a similar manner to brass knuckles. The Bluetooth sensors incorporated in each ring associates a vowel with each finger. To obtain consonants, a combination of fingers needs to be used.
While it is quite difficult for beginners to learn the correct combination of taps, the device offers remarkable accuracy on various surfaces, from polished table to blue jeans. Once charged, the Tap wearable can be used for up to eight days.
The product is available for pre-orders from Thanksgiving and costs $130.
Samsung Rumored to Unveil Galaxy S9 and S9+ at CES 2018
The rumor seems to originate from “someone briefed on the company’s plans” according to GSMArena. At any rate, Samsung is allegedly changing their approach for its flagship devices: the S9 and S9+ will be the same size, and will be differentiated by the hardware and performances.
Thus, S9 will have 4GB RAM, while the S9+ model will have 6GB of memory. S9 will feature a single rear camera and S9+, dual cameras. The fingerprint sensor will allegedly be arranged vertically with the scanner camera at the bottom – most likely in response to customers’ complaints concerning the uncomfortable placement of this sensor in the S8 model. Another innovation to be incorporated in the new flagships will be the AKG stereo speakers.
In terms of chipset, it will probably be a brand new Exynos model, or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Both phones will offer a generous 64GB internal storage space. The 3.5 headphone jack will stay, as well as the microSD card slot.
Since January is not very far ahead, we will be looking forward to see how many of these rumored features will be actually found on the devices launched by Samsung at the Las Vegas CES 2018 event.
Eavesdropper Vulnerability Hits Android Apps
The mobile security company Appthority issued the warning that over 700 Android apps – 170 of them being included in the official Google Play store – are affected by a vulnerability named Eavesdropper.
Eavesdropper is able to collect a great amount of sensitive data such as: call records, contents of SMS and MMS messages, and minutes of calls and call audio recordings made on the infected mobile phone. The apps likely to be infected with this vulnerability are those developed with the Twilio Rest API or SDK.
For now, the only recommendation made by Appthority is for users to find similar apps and uninstall the vulnerable ones. As for app owners: “In all cases, the enterprise should contact developers to have them delete exposed files,” advised Seth Hardy, Director of Security Research at Appthority, when speaking with TechNewsWorld.