Google is planning to unveil a cheaper smartphone as part of an aggressive effort to draw more users into the Google ecosystem and to better compete with Apple, according to a recent report from Nikkei.
Google is said to be planning to exploit Apple’s current pricing issues. Apple suffered poorer iPhone sales than expected during the holiday quarter, and one major factor was the high cost of iPhones around the world.
Google’s alleged low-cost smartphone, via Andro News Google’s upcoming smartphone will be priced similarly to Apple’s iPhone XR, which costs $749 for the entry-level model in the United States. Google is targeting customers [...]
Facebook has revealed plans to start testing a way for users to „share the events“ they are interested in and „coordinate to meet up with friends“ using its Stories feature, according to The Verge. The test will roll out to Facebook users on iPhone and Android smartphones in the United States, Brazil, and Mexico.
The report outlines how the feature will work:
The stories will come with tappable stickers for revealing event details, and friends can toggle themselves as “interested” or “going” to the event right from within the story. There’s also a link to the event page built in and a way to start a group chat on Messenger with friends who [...]
This morning reviews for Apple’s iPhone XR were released, and among them were The Verge’s impressions on the new smartphone. In a section of the review that focuses on the iPhone XR ’s camera, the site notes that Apple is planning to address the issue of „BeautyGate“ in the upcoming iOS 12.1 update, which is currently being tested by developers and public beta testers.
BeautyGate began when iPhone XS and XS Max users started noting that selfies captured on the new smartphones were applying a skin-smoothing effect or „beauty filter,“ resulting in photos that looked quite different from those taken on the iPhone X or earlier iPhones. [...]
Apple’s iPhone XR will go up for pre-order one week from today, and once the lower-cost smartphone is available customers will have the option of purchasing a see-through case sold by Apple. Spotted by Twitter user @ivanincanada and shared by 9to5Mac, iPhone XR press releases in countries like Canada mention „a clear case“ priced at $55 CAD, or about $40 USD.
The iPhone XR will come in white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED, all made with glass bodies and matching anodized aluminum frames. Because of the colorful additions to Apple’s iPhone lineup, a clear case makes sense, offering users the chance to show off which color option [...]