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Coros Omni smart cycling helmet hands-on: Protection, music, and safety

While wandering through the Showstoppers hall at CES in January, I stumbled across the Coros booth because I saw a bike helmet and GPS watch being displayed. I cycle to work and the fact that the helmet could initiate a text to my wife if I crashed was a compelling feature. A couple of weeks ago, Coros sent me its ... Read More »

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 gets Disney AR Emojis at launch

I wasn’t alone in suggesting that Samsung’s Animoji competitors were, well, creepy. AR Emojis sit firmly in the uncanny valley between face scans and cartoon characters — generally lacking the adorableness of Apple’s offering. They have, however, had one saving grace: Disney, the entertainment company that essentially owns all of your best childhood memories.  Samsung teased the partnership this month ... Read More »

UAG and Tech21 cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Stylish drop protection

Mobility Nanowires, silver, and AI: The future of our smartphones (in pictures) Read More »

Samsung partners with uBreakiFix for same-day repairs

Apple’s retail footprint gives the company all sorts of advantages when it comes to consumer outreach. As frustrating as the Genius Bar experience can be, quick repairs are pretty high on that list. Without the same kind of brick and mortar presence, Samsung’s looking to outside partners to offer up quick turnaround for users with battered devices. In addition to ... Read More »

Anker unveils PowerWave fast wireless chargers for iPhone and Android

Video: Why wireless charging is about to take over Anker has released a pair of fast wireless chargers that work for the iPhone X/8 and high-end Android smartphones. Must read: The five things that kill your iPhone’s battery the fastest The two chargers — the PowerWave 7.5 Stand and the PowerWave 7.5 Pad — work with all Qi-enabled devices, and ... Read More »

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 deserves better than Bixby

Bixby is, by far, the most frustrating part of the S9. It’s true, of course, that no voice assistant is perfect, but a full year after Samsung’s smart assistant debuted on the Galaxy S8, it still feels unfinished. Of course, the company’s made some significant progress, and a slew of artificial intelligence startup acquisitions point to an offering that’s going ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Android perfection achieved

Each year we look to Samsung’s Galaxy S release as the smartphone that will be purchased by the masses and it is clear that the Galaxy S9 Plus will be one of the best smartphones of 2018. It may be an evolution of the successful Galaxy S8 Plus, but it improves in areas that fans specifically requested, proving that Samsung ... Read More »

Samsung’s AR Emoji taps creepy avatars and Disney characters to compete with Animoji

We’ve known for a while that Samsung’s been planning an Animoji competitor for its latest handset. Now that we’ve actually seen (the admittedly clunkily named) AR Emoji in action, we can testify to the fact that it’s some combination of compelling and creepy. That last part first. Like the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9 takes advantage of its on-board face ... Read More »

Initial Galaxy S9 hands-on, MWC roundup, Kevin’s iPad, and more phones (MobileTechRoundup show #424)

MWC is here and in MobileTechRoundup show #424 Kevin and I share initial experiences with the new Samsung Galaxy S9, talk about other new phones, and more. It’s a long show so grab a drink and enjoy our mobile banter. Image: ZDNet MWC Huawei announcements Nokia’s new phones, including a flagship Galaxy S9, S9+ announced: Matt goes hands on Will ... Read More »

Essential Phone colors, Google Pixel sales, Amazing Amazfit Bip battery (MobileTechRoundup show #423)

Grab your favorite beverage before listening to MobileTechRoundup show #423 and prepare to make fun of my latest purchase. Image: ZDNet Essential Phone gets Android 8.1 beta, new colors and Amazon exclusive color (plus a lower price tag). Pixel sales for 2017 estimated at 3.9M: Good or bad? How does the Amazfit Bip smartwatch get 30+ days on a charge? ... Read More »

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