As the year 2018 draws to a close we are taking the chance to look back at what the past twelve months brought. We already went through Q1 and now it’s time for Q2.
AI infiltrated every corner of mobile realm, from digital assistants to algorithms that improve image quality. Other big trends highlighted on this list our most-read news articles for Q2 this year include software security and updates, as well as gaming phones.
A detailed write-up on Google Duplex proved to be the most interesting article of the April-June period. Duplex has the Google Assistant talk to other people for you, which has much greater possibilities than simple voice control.
The launch of the Xiaomi Mi 8 was a big deal, the phone brought iPhone X-inspired features at less than half the price. The Mi 8 SE caused a splash too, it was the first Snapdragon 710-powered phone.
Xiaomi scored many wins during the quarter, including the Mi 6X debut and the Redmi 6 Pro launch both with a healthy dose of AI, of course. The companys first gaming phone, the Black Shark, gathered big crowds too.
HMD did well too, with Nokia X6 rumors and teasers building up anticipation for the launch and news of global availability.
Meanwhile, people were concerned about iOS security and got excited at the possibility of an iPhone SE sequel (which sadly did not come to pass).
Finally, a bit of retrospective a look back at the evolution of iOS and Android.
The list below is in chronological order so that the rumors come before the official announcements.
Huawei Mate 20 launch might be six months away, but it has already posted a record score on AnTuTu.
A more complete look at the front was delivered in an alleged leaked image.
It’s a small tick over the 6.3″ screen of the Note8, but it will double the gap to the Galaxy S9+’s 6.2″ screen.
No more guessing what it will look like – you can now glance at the phone in all its glory inside a range of cases.
Liquid cooling system, MEMC ISP, and a Snapdragon 845 chipset for less than $500.
Nokia’s current top midranger has landed at the office of a full review. Here are some initial impressions.
In Past Tense takes a slightly different tack for this article and takes you on a nostalgia-infused ride of the highlights of Apples iOS through the years.
Mystery Nokia X will be unveiled soon.
The handset is rumored to be very similar in looks to the original iPhone SE.
The 12 MP + 20 MP setup has two Sony sensors and recognizes over 200 different scenes.
The first Nokia with a notched screen will have dual cameras and a fingerprint scanner on the back.
Ultra-bright, notched LCD display, dedicated Google Assistant key and powerful Quad DAC audio, with DTS-X.
Chang Cheng, former CEO of ZUK and current VP of Lenovo Group, teased the flagship on Weibo.
Google previewed the ability for its Google Assistant to make calls on your behalf at Google I/O this week. Called Google Duplex, let’s look at the science behind the magic.
The phone will arrive in Europe on May 22 with 64 GB or 128 GB respectively at 519 or 569.
The Nokia X6 offers high-quality build and mid-tier hardware.
HMD CPO Juho Sarvikas has launched a poll on Twitter and the response could lead to a global launch.
Now that we’ve had our first hands-on with the Google’s Android P beta let’s take a look back at how Google’s Android has evolved over the years
There is also an Explorer Edition with translucent back and in-display fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE offers low price, high performance and
The phone will be unveiled soon, pre-orders (well, registrations) start June 1 and actual sales commence on the 15th.
The motorized slider hides away the dual rear camera, the selfie camera and the 3D facial scanning tech.
Turns out, you can get around Apple’s anti brute force measure on an iPhone quite easily.
The device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, and sports a 5.84 inch display with 2280×1080 pixel resolution.
One of the industry’s veterans had some quality time with the still unreleased Note9 and shared his experience.