Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will reportedly copy one of the iPhone X’s most popular new features: Animoji.
Korean website ETNews claims the flagship smartphones will have a new 3D emoji function that is „more advanced“ than Animoji. Like on the iPhone X, users will be able to choose from various 3D characters, including animals, that mimic facial movements as tracked by the Galaxy S9’s facial recognition sensors.
Samsung should reveal the name of its Animoji competitor when the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are unveiled at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Many details about the smartphones have already leaked, [...]
Apple is set to report its earnings results for the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday.
The quarter reflects Apple’s sales between October 1 and December 30 of 2017.
Apple provided the following guidance for the quarter back on November 2:
• revenue between $84 billion and $87 billion • gross margin between 38 and 38.5 percent • operating expenses between $7.65 billion and $7.75 billion • other income/expense of $600 million • tax rate of 25.5 percent
Apple’s guidance suggests the company will easily beat its current all-time quarterly revenue record [...]
Apple’s domination of the OLED supply chain is one of the reasons why three Chinese smartphone makers are seeking out alternative display technology in future handsets, according to a report today by DigiTimes.
Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi are planning to adopt mini LED-backlit panels in smartphones launched later in 2018. The three companies believe that Apple „may extend use of AMOLED panels“ to iPhones coming in 2018 and occupy even more of Samsung Display’s production of the OLED displays.
Apple’s entry in smartphone OLED displays began with the manufacturing of the iPhone X last year and is expected to increase in 2018 with the [...]
Sources in the semiconductor packaging and testing service industry claim that pre-orders for the iPhone X are not as strong as expected in some markets, such as the U.S., Taiwan, and Singapore, although supply remains tight in other markets including Japan (via DigiTimes).
In contrast, Apple Watch sales are said to have been impressive across the board, with shipment estimates reaching 27 million units, which is higher than an earlier forecast putting the number around 23 to 25 million units.
iPhone X shipments are expected to reach 30-35 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017 and level out or dip slightly going into next year, according to the same sources [...]