In Europe the HTC U11 is now available for pre-order in Solar Red, which is arguably the most striking colour option on offer for the device. The HTC U11 is the Taiwanese company’s 2017 flagship smartphone, with the new handset using a radically different design to last year’s HTC 10.
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A new display panel has been announced by Japan Display Inc which could find its way into a number of future smartphones. The standout feature of the new panel is that it allows for near bezel-less smartphone design, following recent industry trends.
Russian smartphone maker Yota is set to complete its comeback to the mobile market, with a new device that will sell for the equivalent of around €350/£275/$350. The Yotaphone 3 will retain the unique dual screen set-up, which has featured on previous devices from the company.
There was a shock development today when it emerged that HTC may not manufacture the next Google Pixel smartphone. Instead, the search engine giant looks set to switch to LG, with the two companies having previously collaborated on Nexus products.
Razer has continued to show signs that it intends to keep its promise to provide updates for the Nextbit Robin. Another new Android version has been made available for the smartphone, with the release of an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
A new Google Photo feature has been introduced to help make the task of managing images more straightforward. The addition uses artificial intelligence to suggest photos that users may want to archive.
Qualcomm has provided details of its latest charging technology, designed to act more efficiently than previous generations. The new standard, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, includes three central areas of improvement.
Google’s spreadsheet package has been updated, with new machine learning technology introduced to make building charts easier. The new Google Sheets feature is able to understand natural language requests, and is aimed to provide a more user-friendly experience.
The Oculus app is now compatible with Chromecast, allowing the Samsung Gear VR headset to be used with Google’s media streaming dongle. Through the app, it is now possible to display the headset’s content on a second screen, bringing a new dimension to the virtual reality experience.
There was understandably considerable interest around the world ahead of the launch of the Essential Phone. A product of Android founder Andy Rubin, it is a device that has the kind of heavyweight backing that ensures global intrigue.