Samsung Gear VR is compatible with Galaxy S10

Samsung came up with the Gear VR headset two years ago in the market, and it actually performed pretty much well. Samsung following the year made numerous smartphone models compatible with the new Gear VR device, but since last year it looked as if the Korean tech giant got bored with the VR and did not manufacture even a single smartphone compatible with the technology.

However, the good news is that Samsung hasn’t stopped supporting the virtual reality technology yet, as the company is back with some brand new models that will support Gear VR headsets. A report says that Samsung upcoming flagship lineup of Galaxy S10 phones will be compatible with the existing Gear VR headsets.

A Samsung spokesperson in one of the statements said, “Yes, the latest model Gear VR will work. Gear VR comes with an adapter that will work with S10”.  The spokesperson also mentioned that the Gear VR would work with all four Galaxy S10 variants.

As the spokesperson said that the adapter required to connect Gear VR to Galaxy S10 would come with the VR headsets, it means that it will be pretty much easier for the users to connect their Galaxy S10 with the VR headsets as compared to the Note 9 as Samsung did not provide adapter for the last year’s model.

Though Gear VR is capable of assisting different phone sizes as it comes with spring-loaded catches, Samsung should still work on to limit the size and shapes of its phones to fit the device. Besides this, the Korean tech giant should also preload specific software in the smartphones that will notify whenever a Galaxy phone is plugged in.

So, one thing is clear now that Samsung has not given up yet on the VR technology as it still is manufacturing devices that are compatible with VR headsets.

Sony releases an MWC 2019 teaser confirming the CinemaWide 21:9 display

Sony’s brand in smartphones is experiencing a drop in popularity since last few years. There was a time when it had a severe leakage issue amongst smartphone OEMs. The clock has come full circle now, tipsters and leakers do not even actively track Sony for any upcoming phones. However, this year Sony is coming up with a strangely designed phone MWC 2019. The official teaser gives a glimpse that Sony would continue to design ultra-wide or ultra-tall screens in its smartphones.

Sony is projecting to the prospective listeners to “embrace a new perspective” by accepting its newer design. The teaser shows a smooth gradient of colors that provides a peek at the design that might be on the new Sony Xperia smartphones. The details about the company’s press event are equipped with a wide rectangle of colors.

The market has understood it as Sony’s newly trademarked “CinemaWide” display, the existing ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Though this form has been restricted to monitors, Sony has been thinking of bringing it to the mobiles.

It is still a mystery how the market will react to a new perspective, but it is this thing with Sony that it tries to be ahead of others in the display technology. Sony was the only manufacturer that had put a 4K display on a smartphone. Introduction of 21:9 screens would make the smartphone quite tall, it may also reduce the user-friendliness of the smartphone.

Now, we have to wait and watch which models will get a wide 21:9 Cinemawide display screen. Rumors are floating that say that Xperia 10 and 10 Plus will be having these screens. Watchers are also saying that a new phone Xperia XZ4 is in the pipeline. All this and more will be revealed on Sony’s MWC 2019 announcement on February 25 at 8:45 a.m. CET (2:45 a.m. ET).

Following the upcoming market trend, TCL is working on a foldable phone that bends into a smartwatch

TCL, the Chinese company that is best known for budget televisions, Blackberry mobiles, and Alcatel brands is developing five new devices. The devices that TCL is working upon will have flexible displays. The upcoming products include two tablets, two smartphones, and a phone that could turn into a smartwatch, according to reports.

Besides this, the two smartphones too will have a fold that bends (both internal and external) along the horizontal axis. However, none of them shares any similarity in design to the Samsung foldable phone.

The upcoming trend of foldable devices in mobile design may again get us interested in phones. The industry feels that users are not frequently changing their phones, instead, they are holding on to them for a more extended period. This may affect long term sales and customer may ignore pricier upgrades. That’s why the focus on reintroducing foldable electronic devices.

This development is still speculation, and there is a possibility that TCL may change or scrap these plans. But a TCL executive has disclosed that company may be releasing its first foldable device in 2020. The executive said that the foldable technology would be appearing in other consumer products such as wearable, home appliances, and Televisions.

TCL has a licensing deal for making productivity based phones with Blackberry. It has also licensed out the Palm name to start up that makes tine companion phones for the primary phone.

On the other hand, Google has promised Android support for foldable devices. Flexipai is a foldable smartphone from startup Royole. The foldable smartphone is available at a price of $1,318 ((£1,209) with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It folds like a book with its screen on the outside. Apple too has patent filings for foldable phone design.

There have been reports that Samsung too would be launching Galaxy S10 soon. The device from Samsung will be a tablet when fully opened and a phone when folded. Samsung is using new technology for a display called Infinity Flex Display, which allows the device to be opened and closed any number of times without any fall in the performance.