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.
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.
Samsung Resurrects the Note 7 'Fan Edition' for Korea
Samsung has brought the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 back from the grave as the Note 7 Fan Edition. The Note 7 is infamous for battery problems that led to smoke, burns, fires, and other catastrophes.
Samsung to Issue Software Patches for Galaxy S8
Samsung today said it will push two software updates to its Galaxy S8 smartphone to resolve issues with screen tint and WiFi connectivity. Some S8 owners claim their devices have a reddish tint to the screen, while others say they cannot connect to WiFi networks.
ZTE's Project CSX Picks Eyeball-Controlled, Sticky Phone
ZTE today announced that the winning entry of its Project CSX crowd-sourced competition is an eye-controlled smartphone. Owners of the device, which will be built by ZTE over the course of the next year, will be able to control the handset by moving their eyes around.