Nokia’s “Banana Phone” from The Matrix Returns

HMD, the producers of Nokia-branded phones these days, will revive the cinematic classic “banana phone,” better known as the Nokia 8110. The curved sliding cell phone featured in “The Matrix” and was used by Keanu Reeves’ character Neo. Now the retro device is returning in black (but with a banana yellow variation) as well. It’s quite basic, running on Smart Feature OS, but comes complete …

Mobile World Congress 2018: The Camera Capabilities of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+

From dual-aperture shooting to super-slow motion and augmented reality developments

Once again the world of smartphone cameras gets a major push toward the future. This time the news comes from Samsung, who unveiled their forthcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones at an “Unpacked” keynote address during Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. These advanced devices have plenty on offer outside of the camera—a superb heart rate monitor, advanced fingerprint scanner beneath the rear camera, Micro SD slot, …

Diamond Phone Screens Coming in 2019

In development now, Miraj Diamond Glass might be the answer to cracked phone screens. The vision of Akhan Semiconductor, this lab-grown diamond product employs nanocrystal patterning. This lines up crystals randomly, rather than along a plane—something that contributes to shattering when a phone is dropped. It may still need to be utilized with other glass, such as the prevalent (and scratch-dodging) Gorilla Glass. Issues like …

Interview: Ivy Ross, Google’s Head of Hardware Design

How the former head of Glass is turning the company into a product design powerhouse

In her role as VP of Hardware Design at Google, Ivy Ross brings creative expertise in everything from fashion and jewelry to toys and art and even sound healing and Mien Shiang (the Chinese art of face-reading). She dropped out of college right before graduating to open a design concept store in NYC, but still managed to attend Harvard Business School and was recently given …

Putting Light Phone to the Test

Disconnecting from the "pocket computer lifestyle" with this credit card-sized device

When it was announced in 2015, the concept behind the Kickstarter-funded Light Phone felt much like a breath of fresh air. Roughly the size of four stacked credit cards, the device proposed a mobile world free of internet, apps and even texting (unlike the Punkt. MP 01 which was announced a few months later). The Light Phone has its own SIM card and number, but …