More Galaxy S9 leaks – specs and photo

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Alleged photo of the S9 and S9+

More information is starting to leak out about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices, not the least of which is that the devices will feature a new camera, and different internal specs for their respective sizes.  While this isn’t new for those in the Apple world (the iPhone 8 and 8+ have different camera modules and features) it would be a first for the Android phone maker Samsung, and probably isn’t a great trend in general.

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New Samsung Galaxy phone set to be announced on Feb 25 during MWC

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So here we go – Samsung looks to be ready to unveil the latest in their Galaxy line of smartphones during the Mobile World Congress event taking place near the end of next month.  As previous leaks have indicated, Samsung will be making some interesting iterative changes with their new Galaxy S9, not the least of which is some camera stuff (as noted in their launch announcement image above) – while there won’t be a ton of cosmetic changes (other than moving the fingerprint sensor), this will still be Samsung’s “newest/latest/best” and will likely sell in large numbers.

Who else is looking forward to seeing the new Galaxy phone?  Let us know below in the comments – and stay tuned here for more details.

Google I/O 2018 date and ticket lottery set

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Google’s annual developer conference (dubbed Google I/O) will be held on May 8-10 in Mountain View, CA.  The tickets grew to be so popular, that general admission tickets are now drawn via a lottery system, and are (typically) quite expensive.  But the ability to throw your hat into the ring for a ticket will apparently be coming in less than a month – Feb 22nd to be precise.

We are excited for the news that is likely to come from this event – are you?  Let us know in the comments section below!

We need your help

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As of yesterday, YouTube announced that they are changing the terms and eligibility requirements for their monetization program (the part of videos that show an ad in the video and generate revenue for the content creators) – these changes will impact us directly.  We are a small 2 man shop that relies heavily on the kindness of strangers to get our message out there.  These changes YouTube has made will make it even more difficult than it already is to subsidize what is basically a labor of love project that consumes a great deal of not only my time, but Sean P’s as well.

In order to help us reach our goal of educating, entertaining, and informing everyone, you (our audience) plays a vital role.  Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel (as the new model is based not only on watch time but also suscribers with a 1,000 minimum for enrollment) – the more subscribers we have and the more people we can reach, the longer we will be able to deliver our content and the better content we will be able to provide.  On behalf of both Sean P and myself, we appreciate your support of Silicon Theory over the years, and we hope to continue for many more years to come.

Cheers…and thank you!

 

Another new video – Tile Style & Sport combo pack overview

I talk about the latest offering from Tile.  The Tile Style and Sport are GPS tracking devices that are designed to help you locate your keys, bags, and other objects if they become lost.  The 2 devices I cover are the Style (a fashion oriented version) and the Sport (a more rugged and outdoor friendly version) – I’ve owned the Tile Mate (the original version) for over a year and really like its functionality and ease of use.  Check out the video to see if you might need a Tile in your life!

 

New video – Best of CES 2018

Sean P and I talk about what caught our eye at CES 2018.  The Consumer Electronic Show always has the best, wildest, and most outlandish tech – some of which actually even makes it to the marketplace.  We cover some of the most interesting hardware as well as important news that came out during last weeks event.  We talk fingerprint sensors, what the heck happened with ATT&T and Huawei, and much much more!

Subscribe and like and all that stuff!  Also available soon as a podcast on all platforms!

LG annouces wide swath of new products at CES 2018

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Now that CES 2018 is winding down, we wanted to take a look at a few products in particular.  That would be a lot easier to do if LG hadn’t introduced a TON of new products, a lot of which are designed to make your home smarter or act smarter.  This years theme was mostly about digital assistance in our next generation products, and LG was no exception.  After the jump you’ll see just a few of the things LG has planned for consumers in 2018.

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New video – Peel Pixel 2 XL case overview

If you own a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL and don’t want to hide the awesomeness of your device behind a case, check out this video and the Peel Super Thin Pixel case.  Leave us a comment if you want more info on this or any of the products we review, and as always thanks for watching!

**Update:  someone in the comments on this video asked me about the glass screen protector I was using, and I wanted to provide the link: Amazon Link – I’m also going to be picking up the Whitestone Dome product as well, to test – which you can find at this link:  Amazon Link

UPDATED: AT&T withdraws from arrangement to carry Huawei phones in its stores

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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the day that AT&T had backed away from a deal that would have seen AT&T Wireless carry and sell an undisclosed Huawei “flagship” mobile phone in its retail locations.  Sean P and I have discussed that this might have been a solid way for Huawei (currently one of the top smartphone OEMs in the world, but who’s made limited inroads in the US market as of yet) to get a foothold in the very lucrative United States sales territory.

We’ve both argued back and forth during our podcasts in the past about whether carrier support is necessary for sales success, and what it boils down to is how you define success.  Huawei is very large and isn’t having any issues selling phones, period.  But if they want to grow even further, a deal with a US carrier seems likely.  WSJ also reported today that Huawei is seen as a “spy threat” and this may have had something to do with AT&T withdrawing from the deal.  Considering the current US government climate and attitude towards wired and wireless broadband carriers, and its support of the end of net neutrality, it probably wouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that nationalism played a role in this whole dance.

Huawei will have to find another partner in the US carrier market to tango with.

**UPDATE:  9to5Google is reporting that it was indeed “political pressure” that scuttled the AT&T and Huawei deal, with Huawei reportedly suprised by the news.  This makes snese, considering that Huawei was poised to make a major announcent at CES 2018 this week which was presumed to be that they had indeed landed a carrier deal with AT&T.

**2nd UPDATE:  Android Police is now reporting that Verizon may be under similar pressure to end a deal with Huawei that was scheduled for later on this year.