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Android 9 Pie is coming, but who will get to enjoy the update?

The Android Pie list: Will my phone get the Android 9 update?

Some manufacturers are already distributing it, others have just announced it, and some have offered no update on the Android 9 Pie. Based on the current information available, we have summarized what it can do and who is missing ...
A Bixby user can now ask it to open more Google apps than before. (Source: XDA)

Bixby 2.0 now supports more Google apps

Bixby is Samsung's own in-house virtual assistant, and is installed on all new flagships by default since the Galaxy S8 line's launch in 2017. Since then, Bixby (in its 1.0 iteration) lost compatibility with more and more Google a...
Google is working on a dark mode for the Assistant. (Source: SmartThings)

Google Assistant to get dark mode soon

Assistant is an interface for the Google app that flashes helpful cards up throughout the UI at (ideallly) oppportune times. The latest Google Assistant beta brings marked changes to its design with a new dark mode. However, it is...
The LG V20. (Source: PocketNow)

LG backtracks on its stance, promises Pie for the ignored LG V20

A short while ago, it was revealed that LG had ended future software support for the V20, ensuring that the flagship would be stuck on the only major OS update it received: Oreo. It would appear that LG has made a U-turn on that d...
The LG G7 ThinQ. (Source: SlashGear)

The LG G7 ThinQ is now receiving the stable Android Pie update

The LG G7 ThinQ was launched back in May and now has the honor of being the first LG device to receive the stable Pie update. The update download weighs in at 1.35 GB, and a global rollout is expected soon.
2018's MWC delivered, and we can't wait for this year's iteration.

Smartphone releases we are looking forward to in 2019

In a world where some believe innovation in the smartphone industry to have plateaued, 2018 managed to give us a number of brilliant smartphones. Here we take a close look at the devices we just cannot wait to see in 2019, with a ...
The Galaxy S10 Exynos 9820 has landed on Geekbench ahead of its February 20 launch. (Source: GSM Arena)

Exynos-powered S10 also lags A12-powered iPhone Xs on Geekbench

The Samsung Exynos 9820-powered version of the forthcoming Galaxy S10 has landed on Geekbench. Unsurprisingly, it continues to lag Apple in terms of single-core performance but looks to be able to outrun the Qualcomm Snapdragon 85...
The Verily Study Watch has received FDA approval for its ECG monitor. (Source: Verily)

FDA ECG approval for Alphabet Watch and Google's recent Fossil deal hint at smartwatch plans

Alphabet-owned company Verily has received FDA certification for its Study Watch. As one of Alphabet's many companies, which includes Google, it gives us a pretty good idea of the capabilities of Google's rumored Pixel Watch.
Redmi 6 and 6A receive Android update

Xiaomi Redmi 6 and 6A update brings December 2018 security patch

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has a new update in store for its customers holding Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones. This new update fixes countless bugs and contains the December 2018 Google Safety Patch
Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 Convertible Review

87% Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 Convertible Review

Pixelbook alternative? The Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 is a well-built, well-designed Chromebook. Thanks to its Intel Core i3-8130U CPU and gorgeous 14-inch FHD display with pen support, the Inspiron 7486 Chromebook may be the best alternative to the Pixelbook on the market.
Intel Core i3-8130U | Intel UHD Graphics 630 | 14" | 1.8 kg
The Galaxy J4 Core was Samsung's last Android Go-powered release. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung makes trademark applications for Galaxy J2 Shine device

Trademark applications made by Samsung for “Galaxy J2 Shine” have been spotted by LetsGoDigital. The South Korean manufacturer recently released the Galaxy J2 Core, a budget-friendly smartphone operating on Google’s streamlined An...
Antutu has examined the Snapdragon 855 for itself. (Source: Twitter)

Antutu tweets its own official Snapdragon 855 benchmarks

It's the season of new Qualcomm flagship benchmarks, ahead of the processor's official release in the form of 2019 premium mobile devices. Some of them have claimed that it does better than the A12 Bionic found in the most recent ...
Microsoft has suggested that any remaining Windows Mobile users switch to another platform. (Source: The Windows Club)

Microsoft is putting an end to Windows Mobile support this year

The Windows Mobile platform is all but dead at this point. Microsoft will finally let it rest forever this year. The company will withdrawing support for the latest version of its OS, as well as the second-latest, by December 2019...
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro. (Source: BGR)

DxOMark: The Mate 20 Pro's cameras aren't better than those of the P20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro was hyped to the high heavens at launch, with rumors claiming it would be by far the highest rated device on DxOMark. The device was benchmarked yesterday, however, and only managed to match the P20 Pro, with the o...
The device is codenamed "Alpha". (Source: OnLeaks)

Purported LG G8 renders surface and are promptly debunked by LG

Popular tipster OnLeaks revealed renders of what was said to be the upcoming LG G8. LG has come out to deny those claims, however, and it's a lot more likely that those images are of another premium LG phone.
From left to right: the Samsung Galaxy S10E, the S10, and the S10+. (Source: Twitter/Evan Blass)

Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks: Image of the S10E, S10 and S10+ together; ceramic back for the latter

Two familiar names in the smartphone-leaking business have dropped some new information about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 series. Evan Blass has uploaded a photo of three devices, labeled as “S10E,” “S10,” and “S10+,” which show...
Wiko View 2 Go

80% Wiko View 2 Go Smartphone Review

Sparse. Who needs a fingerprint scanner? The Wiko View 2 Go relies on facial recognition and traditional security methods instead. Read on to find out what other compromises Wiko has made to cut costs and how the View 2 Go stands up to other budget smartphones.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.93" | 160 g
Some US users can now see a speed-limit icon in the bottom left corner of their directions view in Maps. (Source: Google)

Google Maps now display speed limits in certain areas

In 2017, Google tested out a new feature in Maps that showed speed limits in turn-by-turn navigation mode. This update, which was tested in 2 major cities, became less accurate over time, and was eventually axed over time. Now, it...
Samsung's upcoming SM-T515 tablet makes an appearance on Geekbench, Exynos 7885 in tow

Samsung's upcoming SM-T515 tablet makes an appearance on Geekbench, Exynos 7885 in tow

Samsung's upcoming SM-T515 tablet showed up on Geekbench earlier today with a score competitive with other mid-range Android devices. The tablet will use Samsung's Exynos 7885 SoC and 2 GB of RAM. The tablet will run Android 9.0 P...
The wireless charging market may experience decent growth over the next few years. (Source: Adafruit Industries)

Wireless charging market set to be worth approximately U$21 billion by 2023

The worldwide market for wireless charging products was worth just over US$2 billion in 2017. However, this figure is projected to grow by about $19 billion in the next 4 years. The market research group BIS Research concludes tha...
The Xperia XZ4 should still see the light of day. (Source: OnLeaks/MySmartPrice)

Could Sony Mobile's business spell doom for the Xperia XZ4? Probably not

It has been reported that Sony Mobile is considering departing several key markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asian regions. The telecommunications arm of the Japanese tech giant has struggled to keep up with rivals such as ...
Razer Phone 2 is only three months old; now it's $350 cheaper

Razer Phone 2 is only three months old; now it's $350 cheaper

The $800 Android phone is now $450 after the initial $100 off and $250 prepaid Mastercard. The deal is exclusive to Verizon users lasting only until the end of this upcoming Saturday.
Fossil's smartwatches featuring Wear OS also utilize Google Assistant. (Source: Fossil)

Google coughs up US$40 million to acquire some of Fossil's smartwatch technology

Fossil Group has issued a press release to announce a US$40 million deal with Google. The search engine giant will be purchasing intellectual property (IP) from the well-known American designer label in regard to smartwatch techno...
Armadillotek has already posted listings for its Samsung Galaxy S10 cases. Source  Armadillotek

Casemaker claims the Galaxy S10 line's fingerprint sensor will not work with its screen protectors

Armadillotek, a company that makes heavy-duty mobile device accessories, claims to have a Samsung Galaxy S10 unit in-house in order to make a case from its Vanguard series for the phone. It asserts that the screen protector that c...
The Motorola Moto G7 is expected to contain a fingerprint sensor under the famous batwing logo. (Source: The Android Soul)

Moto G7 device with Snapdragon SoC and 3 GB RAM turns up on Geekbench

One of the upcoming Motorola Moto G7 variants has been spotted on Geekbench. The listing for the device reports an msm8953 motherboard, which would usually point to a Snapdragon 625 SoC. However, MySmartPrice believes the processo...
Could this be the Galaxy S10+? (Image source: Reddit)

Is this the real Galaxy S10+? Is this just fantasy?

An intentional leak or an unsuspecting guy caught on public transport? Call it what will, but someone may have been spotted on a bus in South Korea using what could be the Samsung Galaxy S10+. One Redditor user who elaborated on t...
The new 10X lens array from OPPO will use a periscope-style prism approach. (Source: The Verge)

OPPO will showcase its 10X optical zoom smartphone cams at MWC 2019

Two years ago, at MWC, OPPO impressed everyone with its stabilized 5X optical zoom cameras, but the company never released any commercial versions. Meanwhile, a 10X optical zoom version is ready to be showcased at this year's MWC,...
Android fans can now get an idea of what awaits them with Android Q. (Image source: XDA Developers)

Android Q leak: What awaits us this year

Android Q has reared its head long before its release. The first Developer Preview is still a few months away, but that has not stopped XDA Developers from trying out an early test version of Android Q and giving us their first in...
JerryRigEverything has kicked off this year's durability tests with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. (Image source: Zack Nelson)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: First slider phone survives durability tests

Moving parts typically reduce a smartphone's structural integrity and its durability, which is something that Zack Nelson on his JerryRigEverything YouTube channel regularly puts to the test. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, with its magnetic...
Renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10+. (Source: OnLeaks)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones will feature Samsung's traditional slow fast-charge

A few weeks ago, a leak rumored that the S10 phones could feature new fast-charging technology. New information, however, indicates that the reality of the matter could be different, and S10 owner may have to put up with Samsung's...
The Redmi Note 7. (Source: Xiaomi)

Redmi Note 7 Pro: 48 MP Sony IMX586, Snapdragon 675, US$200

Xiaomi is set to build on the success of the Redmi Note 7 with an improved, more powerful Pro version. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is said to feature Sony's 48 MP IMX586 sensor and the new Snapdragon 675. Prices could start at just over ...
Google Pixel 3 Lite Android smartphone video review now live mid-January 2019 (Source: Andro News via YouTube)

Google Pixel 3 Lite video review surfaces online claiming Pixel 3-level photo quality

Although the upcoming Pixel 3 Lite will be a more affordable alternative to the Google Pixel 3 flagship, a video review that has just surfaced online claims that it will provide about the same photo quality. The specs of the Pixel...
A tasty tablet trio. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Three Way Shootout: iPad Pro 11, Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go

The tablet market has been dominated by Apple’s iPad for some time. Although it continues to get shot down for its productivity capabilities in an enterprise environment because of its mobile OS origins, it offers a great blend of portability and performance. Its closest direct competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Tab range, which is similarly powered by a mobile-first operating system. The enterprise-first alternative is Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets, the most recent of which with 4G LTE capabilities is the new Surface Go. We have had all three devices on hand to put them to the test in this three-way comparison.
Wiko View 2 Plus

81% Wiko View 2 Plus Smartphone Review

Plus notch. The Wiko View 2 Plus picks up on many of last year’s smartphone trends and combines them in an affordable package. The View 2 Plus integrates a dual rear-facing camera system and a large battery among other things, but its imposing notch may put off some potential buyers.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.93" | 166 g
The legendary Motorola Razr to get a modern smart/foldable successor on Verizon in 2019

The foldable Motorola Razr could hit Verizon later this year carrying a US$1,500 price tag

The Moto Razr 2019 seems to be ready to take on the mobile world by storm with its foldable display and other new technologies. The only problem could be the value this handset can provide, as it is expected to hit Verizon with a ...
Pandora gets in-app voice assistant Voice Mode (Source: Android Community)

Pandora launches in-app voice assistant for iOS and Android

Pandora users — including those using the free version of the streaming service — can enjoy the new capabilities provided by the in-app Voice Mode. This voice assistant can be used to accomplish multiple music-related tasks by usi...
The SD 855 has gone up against its competitors already. (Source: GizChina)

Snapdragon 855 benchmarks and comparisons with A12 Bionic & Kirin 980 surface online

The first benchmarks using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 reference device have started to roll in. This new processor has done impressively well compared to its predecessor in two separate tests. It has also outdone devices with the K...
Many Netflix customers will see price hikes over the next quarter. (Source: Netflix)

Netflix will increase its prices to customers paying in USD over the next few months

Netflix has announced plans to inflate its prices by up to 18%. However, this will only affect new and existing customers who use US dollars to pay for their subscriptions. This move resulted in a 6.5% increase in its stock price ...
Samsung Galaxy A40 (SM-A405FN) listing with Exynos 7885 and Android Pie in tow (Source: Geekbench Browser)

Samsung Galaxy A40 spotted on Geekbench with Android Pie onboard, Exynos 7885 and 4 GB RAM in tow

Some recent rumors claim that Samsung could launch quite a few Galaxy A handsets this by the end of the year, and the Galaxy A40 is one of them. The device with the model number SM-A405FN has recently surfaced on Geekbench and its...
A new toggle to impose a traditional, temporal timeline view is being rolled out to Twitter users. (Source: YouTube)

Twitter is finally switching back to a fully chronological timeline

Recently, Twitter revamped its platform with the 'Interesting Tweets' feature. However, some users have asserted that the tweets chosen by its algorithm persisted in timelines regardless of whether they turned it off in Settings o...
The Realme 2 Pro. (Source: Realme)

Realme 2 Pro users can now unlock their bootloaders, but there are caveats

Realme (OPPO's increasingly popular sub-brand) has decided to release a tool enabling owners of its 2 Pro device to unlock their bootloaders. However, it involves rather more steps than the average adb-command process for many And...
These 2017 Samsung flagships now have stock Pie betas. (Source: Android Central)

One UI/Android 9 betas for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and S8 line now available in certain countries

Some users of the Samsung Galaxy S8, 8+ and Note 8 have seen a new stock beta OS for their phones. This ROM, which is installed by way of joining the OEM's Beta Program, updates the 2017 devices to Android 9.0 (Pie) and the new On...
Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro Android tablet with HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor surfaces with Pie and EMUI 9.0 January 2019

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro Android Pie tablet surfaces on Geekbench

Powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro also comes with an active stylus and features 4 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of internal storage space. Thanks to these attributes, this slate remains a worth...
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975U) listing (Source: Geekbench Browser)

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ unlocked shows up on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855 onboard

Expected to be unveiled at the Unpacked event that will take place in less than a week in San Francisco, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ has recently surfaced on Geekbench. The model spotted in the popular benchmark database is labeled SM...
OUKITEL U23

79% OUKITEL U23 Smartphone Review

An affordable midrange smartphone with wireless charging. OUKITEL has brought wireless charging to the sub-US$200 smartphone market with the U23. Read on to find out what other features the Chinese manufacturer has packed into this budget midrange device.
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V | ARM Mali-G71 MP2 | 6.18" | 201 g
The Redmi Note 7. (Source: Redmi)

The Redmi Note 7 reportedly sold out 9 minutes into its first day on sale

The Redmi Note 7 was released for sale today (January 15, 2019) in its home country, China. The Snapdragon 660 phone with the 48MP camera sensor reportedly took only 9 minutes to sell out completely. Redmi sources are quoted as cl...
The latest Open Beta for the OnePlus 6T (and 6) is now available. (Source: OnePlus)

New Open Beta for the OnePlus 6 and 6T has been released

OnePlus has released the latest Android Pie-based Open Beta (OB) ROM for its latest flagship series. It is known as the OB3 and OB11 for the 6T and 6 respectively. These OBs claim to bring increased detail to the stock weather app...
iPhone sales saw a 7% YoY decline in H2 2018. (Source: Gadgetsnow)

TrendForce: Apple expected to decline even further in 2019

Analytics platform has revealed its projected shipment figures for the big players in the smartphone market this year. Samsung and Apple are expected to see declines in sales, while Huawei and Xiaomi could see even more growth.
Save the date. (Source: Sammobile)

Details and renders of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M phones revealed

Samsung is set to unveil its new line of devices, the Galaxy M series. The company is expected to kick off the series with three devices, and specifications and official renders of the devices have surfaced.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro. (Source: XDA-Developers

The Redmi Note 5 is set to get Android Pie soon

The Redmi Note 5 was launched a year ago and received the update to Oreo in some parts of the world. The device has now been confirmed to also be set to receive the Android Pie update, with a Q1 rollout on the cards.

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