Sprint Adds Weight to Tizen Association
Sprint today announced that it has joined the Tizen Association. Tizen is the standards-based open source mobile platform project backed by Samsung and Intel. It recently moved out of beta and reached 1.0 status. Sprint is joining the Tizen board of directors and is the first North American carrier to be a part of the Tizen Association. Other board members include NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK telecom, Telefónica, Vodafone, and Huawei. Sprint said it "support[s] an open mobile ecosystem that enables choice for Sprint customers," but it stopped short of saying that it would eventually offer Tizen-based handsets.
Hands-On with the Samsung Gear S3
Samsung is back with a new Tizen-based wearable. The Gear S3 takes last year's model and makes numerous refinements.
Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handsets
Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+; Asus’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Samsung Shows Off Second Tizen Smartphone
Samsung today revealed the Z3, a new smartphone running its homegrown Tizen platform. The handset makes use of design language similar to that of the Galaxy S series and comes in black, gold, or silver.