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Mobile World Congress 2024, the world's biggest mobile trade show, had a lot of future-looking tech on display.Arjun Kharpal | CNBCThe Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile show, is a place where device makers show off some of their latest innovations.And there was quite a lot on display in Barcelona, Spain, this year.Artificial intelligence took center stage, but there was also plenty of experimentation with different types of screens and first looks at some devices from some of the world's biggest tech…

Galaxy Books can use Galaxy phones as webcams on Windows 11

Microsoft has started rolling out a new feature to all the Insider Channels of Windows 11 which allows you to use your Android device’s front and rear cameras as a webcam for any application on your PC wirelessly. For example, you can use your Galaxy S24’s rear camera as a webcam in WhatsApp or Zoom on your Galaxy Book 4 for better video quality. According to Microsoft, the new feature allows you to switch between front and rear cameras, pause video during interruptions, and use effects available on your mobile device.…

Google brings back 360-degree Photo Sphere mode – but only on some Pixel phones

Artie Beaty/ZDNETWhen it debuted more than a decade ago, Photo Sphere was a simple but fun photo mode that allowed users to take 360-degree photos of their surroundings and then either upload them to Google Maps or Google Street, or view them in a Google Cardboard headset.The feature was a fan-favorite for quite a while and had been on every Google phone from the Nexus to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 8 Pro -- it's still absent. That makes sense given that the mode was cut out of Camera 9.1,the version the Pixel 8 shipped

Best gadgets I saw at MWC 2024: Smart rings, concept phones, transparent laptops

Kerry Wan/ZDNETWe're at the final stretch of this year's Mobile World Congress, with just about every briefing scheduled, keynote presented, and live demo delivered. (Obligatorily, tapas eaten.)Also: The best MWC products coming to the US this yearWhether you've been keeping up with the week-long event or just catching up, see below my curtain call of the very best gadgets and gizmos at this year's Barcelona trade show, from wearables to laptops to smartphones, and, of course, plenty of concepts.I've also listed my…

Samsung’s flagship phones are recording higher global sales

Market research shows that Samsung's phone sales in 2024 have declined month-on-month and year-on-year, but despite this loss, the company's flagship phones are doing better and showing signs of rebounding. According to new data from Hana Securities (via @Tech_Reve), Samsung sold 1% fewer phones in January 2024 compared to January 2023 and 11% fewer phones compared to December 2023. However, this includes phones across the entire price spectrum. In reality, it looks like Samsung sold fewer low-cost and mid-range phones…

Samsung phones receive a Google Play System update after half a year

After a months-long unexplained delay, a new Google Play System Update (GPSU) is finally rolling out to Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The devices, including the Galaxy S24 series, are picking up the January 2024 GPSU. They have been stuck on the July 2023 release for so long. The Galaxy S24 and other Samsung devices get a new Play System Update Google pushes monthly Play System Updates to Android smartphones and tablets. These are updates for underlying system services that make the core of Android. New releases are…

New update to make AV1 video playback better on cheaper Galaxy phones

Lately, many video streaming services, including Netflix and YouTube, have started streaming videos in the AV1 codec on supported devices. That’s because this video codec requires less bandwidth than other video codecs, including h.264 and h.265, to offer the same video quality. However, many Android smartphones and tablets don’t have the hardware dedicated to decode (playback) AV1 videos. As such, they decode (playback) AV1 videos using a software decoder that runs on the CPU. Now, most applications on Android,…

Rollable Phones and See-Through Laptops: What You Missed From MWC 2024

If you like vaporware and looking at phones and gadgets you’ll never own, then Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the trade show for you. This week’s annual menagerie revealed new devices like the TCL Nxtpaper 14 and a working model of Motorola’s rolling phone display. Other brands—namely Samsung—used the…Read more... If you like vaporware and looking at phones and gadgets you’ll never own, then Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the trade show for you. This week’s annual menagerie revealed new devices…

One of Samsung’s most affordable 5G phones just got cheaper in the US

Last updated: February 27th, 2024 at 13:49 UTC+01:00 If you're looking for a 5G phone that doesn't break the bank and also provides you with the peace of mind that comes with owning a phone from a major global brand, you can't really go wrong with the Galaxy A25 5G. It been about a month since the Galaxy A25 5G was released in the United States alongside the Galaxy A15. Samsung had already competitively priced this device to cater to price-conscious customers, and for a limited time, you can now pick one up at a good…

ZTE just announced lots of new Android phones, and they look great

ZTE ZTE has unveiled a bunch of new Nubia smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024, which is being held in Barcelona, Spain. These devices are intended to be distributed in Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Each smartphone is designed to cater to a different type of consumer, including ZTE’s first flip smartphone. Although we may not see these devices in the U.S. any time soon, it is an interesting look at what other companies across the water are doing in the Android…