The coronavirus has already lead to factory shutdowns in China and MWC's cancelation, and now Reuters reports that Samsung was forced to close a South Korean factory after an employee had been tested positive to the virus. The company hopes to resume most of the production on Monday and has placed colleagues who came in contact with the infected in self-quarantine and is currently monitoring their health. Read More
Some tech companies have been expanding production to outside of China (at least partially), mostly due to rising labor costs and the country's growing trade war with the United States. For example, Google moved Pixel manufacturing to Vietnam, and Apple reportedly wants to diversify its production. Samsung has now shut down its last remaining factory in China, but mostly because it's having trouble selling phones in the country. Read More
At this point I think it's safe to say that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the most embarrassing failure in the history of Android hardware. A spate of statistically high battery fires caused a worldwide recall of millions of Note 7 units, followed by multiple reports of explosions from the allegedly "fixed" replacement phones. American carriers T-Mobile and AT&T are no longer selling the device, all four major carriers are accepting unconditional exchanges, and we at Android Police are officially recommending that consumers not buy the phone for now. It's an unmitigated disaster for Samsung. Read More
Garmin CFO Kevin Rauckman stated on the 9th that Garmin may be leaving the mobile phone part of its business on the side of the highway. Garmin has released exactly one Android phone that was met with limited success, to put it nicely. They released the Garminphone with an outdated version of Android and put it on the 4th largest (out of 4) wireless carrier in the US (T-Mobile). The cards were definitely not stacked in their favor.
At one point in time, I'm sure this phone would have been a break-away hit but, now that every phone has GPS navigation, the Garminphone has become completely irrelevant. Read More