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Samsung left with excess OLED panels after Apple halved production

Samsung Display may have been left with a surplus of OLED panels, due to Apple's reduced iPhone X production. Samsung is reportedly in search of new customers to take on some of the excess panels but that may be harder than you'd think. Most manufacturers aren't ready to make the switch to OLED because of its higher cost, meaning Samsung might be facing a reduction in profits. Most Chinese manufacturers attend to lower price ranges and would prefer to stick to LCD panels, which are around 40% cheaper. Only about 5-10% of Oppo and vivo smartphones use OLED screens. Apple itself is...



Xiaomi deletes Twitter poll after users choose Android One over MIUI

Last week, Xiaomi ran a Twitter poll asking people to choose between MIUI 9 and Android One. As you may know, MIUI is the ROM that majority of the Xiaomi phones ship with while Android One comes directly from Google and is what you find on the Mi A1. It seems Xiaomi expected a landslide victory for its own MIUI over Android One, but the good people of Twitter had other thoughts. At last known count, Android One was leading by 57%, with the remaining 43% going to MIUI 9. And then it happened. Xiaomi deleted the tweet. But nothing is ever truly lost on the Internet and predictably...



Motorola Moto E5 Play and E5 Plus now available in US

The Motorola Moto E5 series is now available for purchase in the US. The standard Moto E5 is missing (we already knew it is only destined to Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific), but the E5 Plus and E5 Play are now up for grabs. The Motorola Moto E5 Plus, the device is only available through Sprint, which is offering it for $288, or $12/mo on 18-month Flex lease plan. The model up for sale is the 32GB, Gray variant. The Moto E5 Play is available through Verizon as well as Cricket and Boost Mobile. Boost is selling the phone for $80 ($20 discount), while Verizon and Cricket...



Instagram announces new changes to the timeline based on feedback

Instagram has announced new changes to the timeline based on user feedback. One of these changes is the introduction of 'New Posts' button that lets you manually refresh. This prevents the previous automatic refreshing of the timeline that had a habit of yanking you out of whichever part of the app you were in and throwing you at the start of your timeline. Users can now manually refresh whenever they want without the app doing it for them. The other change is a slightly more chronological timeline. Instagram introduced an algorithmic timeline that sorted posts based on what it...



Rumored Snapdragon 845 specs point to next-gen Kryo cores, but old process

Qualcomm should announce the Snapdragon 845 chipset by the end of the year but some unconfirmed info is making the rounds. The new flagship chip will be built on a 10nm Low Power Early process (from TSMC rather than Samsung). So we can't expect performance gains due to the process. Gains will be had, however, as new chip will use 3rd gen Kryo cores - four of them, based on Cortex-A75. Those will be paired with four A53 cores for efficiency. The graphics will be upgraded to Adreno 630, though little is known about it beyond further AR and VR optimizations. The Snapdragon 845 will...