Pantech Bringing Breath-Controlled Features to Korea
Pantech is using Fantalog Interactive's Emotion Engine software to enable breath-controlled interactive features on a handset that it is selling in Korea called the Sky Wind. Blowing on the Sky Wind's microphone will evoke different actions depending on the intensity of the wind (short or long bursts) moving across the microphone. It can be used to change wallpapers, alter screen brightness settings and take pictures. The software can also accept input from an accelerometer if the phone is so equipped. Pantech has not said whether or not it will use this technology in future phones, but it has licensed the software engine for the next three years.
LG V10 Boasts Second Screen, Dual Front Cameras
LG announced the V10, a flagship smartphone that includes a ticker display, double cameras, and a more rugged design than some of LG's previous handsets. The main screen measures 5.7 inches and has quad HD resolution, while the secondary display, which sits above the main one, measures 2.1 inches and has 1040 x 160 pixels.
AT&T Lands Another Pantech QMD in the Vybe
Pantech today announced the Vybe, a quick messaging device that features both a touch screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Vybe, which is an update to the Ease, includes a 3.2-inch 400 x 240-pixel display with three customizable home screens.
Google Provides More Details About Android 7.1 for Non-Pixel Phones
Google today talked about several new features headed to Nougat within Android 7.1. While the recently-announced Pixel handsets will ship with their own version of Android 7.1 (including Google Assistant), this iterative update will eventually be made available to Nexus and other phones.
Pantech Puts Itself Up for Sale
Pantech, based in Korea, has staked a For Sale sign in its front lawn. The company, which declared the equivalent of bankruptcy last month, is seeking a buyer to scoop up the entire business.