Snapchat turns to Lenses to capture advertising revenue

With Snapchat parent Snap about to go public before the current quarter comes to an end, the company will have to start focusing on turning a profit. That means drawing in advertisers, who are always looking to pay top dollar for eyeballs. To deliver these eyeballs, Snap plans on using Snapchat Lenses. These are the AR filters that turn you into a puppy dog with a big tongue and floppy ears, or a motorcycle cop complete with sunglasses.

While the Lenses are pretty cool and do attract users who come to Snapchat to use them, Snap is about to open up the technology for advertisers. According …

AT&T to launch 5G networks in Austin and Indianapolis, speeds up to 1Gbps possible

AT&T announced its plans to launch a really fast mobile network in Austin and Indianopolis later this year. The carrier calls it a 5G network and says theoretical peak download speeds of 400Mbps are to be expected, with carrier aggregation and other network techniques bumping that to as much as 1Gbps in some areas.

However, there’s no 5G network standard as of 2017, hence there’s no such thing as a 5G smartphone yet. But Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890-powered smartphones – that is, most flagship devices from last year – come with modems capable of 600Mbps download speeds. …

LG patented this smartphone design with a wrap-around screen

It’s not a secret that LG is exploring the possibilities offered by curved OLED display behind closed doors. These patent drawings show LG working on an original design that sees the display wrap around the smartphone’s upper body, resulting in a virtually two-screen device. The bottom part features a circular element that could be a camera lens, fingerprint sensor, or home button. The phone’s sides have no buttons, such as power or volume.

The patent’s existence doesn’t prove that LG will ever release a smartphone like this, but it’s refreshing to see the company conceptualizing new phones …

Samsung expected to show one-minute Galaxy S8 video at MWC 2017

Samsung confirmed yesterday that it’s main launch event from MWC 2017 will be held on February 26. The invitation to the event shows the sexy silhouette of what appears to be the company’s flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3.

However, attendees to the press conference will also be given a taste of what’s to come from Samsung one month later, a look at the Galaxy S8. The Korean media reports Samsung plans to run a one-minute video showing the Galaxy S8 during its MWC 2017 press conference.

Samsung has already confirmed the Galaxy S8 will not be announced later …

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) spotted in benchmark before going official

Another affordable Samsung smartphone is about to make its debut in the United States, the Galaxy J7 (2017). This isn’t the first time we report about the unannounced handset, but another confirmation of some of its specs can’t hurt.

According to Evan Blass, the Galaxy J7 (2017) will be picked up by AT&T, U.S. Cellular and Verizon in the United States, but we’re likely to see this one being released globally in the weeks to follow.

The recent listing at GFXBench, a benchmark app that aggregates performance scores, reveals the Galaxy J7 (2017) will be powered by an octa-core Exynos …

Upcoming LG Watch Sport rumored to start at $349

Shortly after revealing the upcoming LG Watch Style’s $250 price tag, Android Police had a trusted source confirm that the LG Watch Sport, which will be announced alongside the Style, is going to start at $350. It’s possible that different color and band options, if available, will make it more expensive.

The LG Watch Sport has a different design that’s better suited towards outdoor activities, but that’s not all there is to it. The smartwatch will feature LTE connectivity, NFC with support for Android Pay, GPS, a heart rate monitor, and a slightly better display that the LG Watch Style, …

Deal: BLU Vivo 5R on sale for $150 on Amazon (25% off)

BLU Products is running a special offer through Amazon, which allows customers to grab one of its newest smartphones, the BLU Vivo 5R for 25% off.

Normally the Vivo 5R sells for $200, but customers will be able to pick this one up for only $150 until the end of this day. The 24-hour deal is available for both gold and grey versions of the smartphone.

Keep in mind though that the unlocked model sold by Amazon will not work on Sprint and Verizon CDMA networks. However, it’s full compatible with GSM bands including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight …

Facebook’s new “Discover People” feature is a new way of doing an old thing

Facebook is adding a new “Discover People” feature to its Android and iOS apps. It lets you see who’s going to local events you may be attending or look around for people in your city who share the same employer, school, or other things you may have in common. When you tap on an event, you can scroll a list of profiles. Thanks to Facebook’s genuis, you will no longer be caught off-guard by your ex attending Friday’s contemporary art exhibit or whatever.

If you are somewhat surprised by Facebook getting away with this, consider this. First, it’s only showing information that’s publically …

Sony Xperia Z5 successor could be showcased behind closed doors at MWC 2017

We’re pretty sure many Sony fans can’t wait for the company’s MWC 2017 announcements, which are set to go live on February 27. However, the Japanese company might not bring any flagship smartphones at the trade fair.

The so-called Sony Yoshino that leaked not long ago is said to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and a stunning 4k display. If Sony introduces the flagship later this month, it might not be able to put it on sale until after the Galaxy S8 hits the shelves in late April.

In order to avoid that, Sony is now rumored to have delayed the announcement of its Xperia flagship …

Honor 8 Lite up for pre-order for €269, hits the shelves on February 17

Honor did not want to wait for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 to announce its new mid-range Android smartphone. The Honor 8 Lite is now available for pre-order in Finland for €269, and it will go on sale on February 17.

The smartphone is available in four colors: black, blue, gold and white. However, only black and white versions of the Honor 8 Lite will be available initially, followed by gold at the end of February, as well as blue one month after that.

Unlike the Honor 8, the downgraded version ships with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. Since …