OnePlus 3 has a clearly faster fingerprint scanner than the iPhone 6s [Video]

Ever since the introduction of a fast and reliable fingerprint scanner integrated into the familiar home button with the iPhone 5s back in 2013, Apple has steadily improved the technology, making it not only more useful with the addition of third party app support in iOS 8, but also marginally bettering its speed.

However, the competition has certainly not stood still, and apparently topping the iPhone 6s‘ performance in this department is the recently-launched OnePlus 3…

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OnePlus confirms that the OnePlus 5 is basically an iPhone clone with dual cameras

OnePlus has had a great track record over the past few years with a handful of solid Android smartphones at an affordable cost. Better yet, those phones were all fairly unique, experimenting with distinct materials and solid designs. But the other day we first found out what the OnePlus 5 might look like. Today, the company has confirmed those leaks, and yeah, it’s an iPhone clone.

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Xiaomi reportedly plans to join Samsung in offering iPhone 6s-style pressure-sensitive touchscreens

Following Synaptics’ announcement that it would be offering pressure-sensitive touchscreen controllers to allow Android manufacturers to offer features similar to 3D Touch on Apple’s latest iPhones, it appears that Xiaomi will be adopting the technology.

It has previously been suggested that Samsung plans to use the Synaptics system in next year’s flagship Galaxy handsets.

The report from a well-known Chinese tipster says that Xiaomi has patented a technology similar to 3D Touch, notes GforGames. It’s unclear whether Xiaomi plans to use the Synaptics controller or has created its own technology.

WhatsApp adds video calls in latest update, includes dig at iPhone pricing

WhatsApp has announced that the latest update to its messaging app offers video calls with end-to-end encryption. The feature had previously been available to some beta users.

The company’s blog post appears to take a little dig at iPhone pricing in passing, with Apple’s iOS-only FaceTime app the best-known video chat app to include full end-to-end encryption.

We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones …

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Samsung’s new Gear 360 shoots video in true 4K, supports live streaming, works w/ iPhone

Samsung announced the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ today at its Unpacked event in New York City, but that’s not all it announced. The company also showed off the latest generation of its 360-degree Gear 360 handheld camera, which bumps resolution to true 4K and works with iPhone…

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ beats other Android flagships in battery-life test, falls short of iPhone 7 Plus

Battery-life tests conducted by PhoneArena show that Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ phablet out-lasts other Android flagship devices, but fails to match the performance offered by Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. The site reports that the device provided exactly 8 hours of use.

The Galaxy S8+ battery life test result stands at exactly 8 hours. Compare this with the 7 hours and 18 minutes that the already very good Galaxy S7 Edge scored, and you see that Samsung has managed to improve on their last year’s phone. The S8+ also bests the Google Pixel XL, the OnePlus 3T, but falls a bit short of the battery life on the iPhone 7 Plus … 

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Google releases ‘Gboard’, its iPhone keyboard with built-in search, GIFs, & gesture typing

Third-party keyboards have been possible (but flaky) on iPhones since iOS 8 in 2014, and today Google has joined the likes of Microsoft and others that are trying to offer a better software keyboard to iPhone owners. Meet Gboard, Google’s brand new iPhone keyboard that’s launching today and packed with features including search, GIF lookup, and gesture typing.

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Samsung had a few taunts of its own after Apple’s iPhone 6s, iPad Pro event last night

Leading up to Apple’s eagerly anticipated keynote presentation last night, Sony had a jab prepared for the iPhone-makers before they unveiled the iPhone 6s, Apple TV and iPad Pro. It seems, however, Sony wasn’t the only manufacturer attempting to rain on Apple’s parade. Arguably Apple’s biggest competitor, Samsung had a few of its own jibes to share with us and took to its UK Twitter handle to publish them…

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Google just published two YouTube clips to get you started with your new Pixel, even for iPhone switchers [Video]

It is no secret that Google’s commitment to the Pixel is serious. By now, virtually everyone will have at least heard of the smartphone “Made by Google” (in big cities, leastwise), but that obviously doesn’t mean that the company is stopping to push the device, and the two videos just uploaded by them on YouTube are here to prove as much…

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