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Posted: Sun, 10/22/2017 - 20:04

Several concerns have been raised about the Google Pixel 2 XL's display. Some users are reporting a blue tint when viewing the display at an angle, while others are reporting unusually dull colors. Screen burn in has also been reported after just 7 days of usage. What do you make of these issues? Are they enough to make you skip the Google Pixel 2 XL in favor of a different Android flagship? 

Products mentioned: Google Pixel 2 XL Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Sun, 10/22/2017 - 17:22
Essential Phone hands-on review

Two months after the Essential Phone launched, it’s gotten a significant price drop.

Source: Essential Products mentioned: Essential Phone Companies mentioned: Essential
Posted: Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:53
new Nokia 3310 2017

When HMD Global, the company currently in charge of Nokia’s mobile brand, revealed that they would rebirth the now famous Nokia 3310 cell phone, the collective joyous cry of a thousand hipsters could be heard around the world. Those cries were soon silenced on the western front as it was discovered that the new 3310 wouldn’t be making a US appearance after all.

Companies mentioned: Nokia
Posted: Sat, 10/21/2017 - 08:59
HTC U11 Plus images leak

The HTC U11 Plus has been rather leaky lately. First it appeared in some leaked renders, then some images of the actual device made their way online. Now the U11 Plus’s specs have been revealed as well.

The specs for the HTC U11 Plus have leaked out thanks to @evleaks. The upcoming HTC phablet will reportedly pack a 6-inch WQHD+ LCD screen and a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and dual LED flash. Around front will be an 8-megapixel camera for your selfie needs.

Source: @evleaks Companies mentioned: HTC
Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:17
Android figure large

It was nearly a year and a half ago when Google first announced Android Instant Apps, which are meant to let you test out an app without having to take the time (and data) to download it first. Now Google is working to better highlight those Android Instant Apps.

Google is adding “Try It Now” buttons to the Play Store listings for Android Instant Apps. This way, you can just tap once and try out an app without downloading it first.

Source: Android Developers Blog, Google Play Store Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:37
Nokia 3310 Blue official

If the debut of the new Nokia 3310 earlier this year had you longing for the old days of cellphone ownership, we’ve got some good news for you.

The Nokia 3310 is now available for preorder in the U.S. You can buy it for $59.99 from Best Buy, and the device is slated to be released on October 29th.

This version of the Nokia 3310 is unlocked and includes GSM support.

Source: Nokia 3310 (Best Buy) Companies mentioned: Nokia
Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:00
HTC U11 Plus leaked photos TENAA

Yesterday the rumor mill churned out some alleged renders of the HTC U11 Plus, and one day later, some photos of the real device appear to have surfaced.

Photos of the front, rear, and sides of the HTC U11 Plus have appeared on the site of Chinese regulatory body TENAA. The device shown looks pretty similar to the one we saw yesterday, complete with a single rear camera and rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Source: TENAA Companies mentioned: HTC
Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:36
iPhone 8 hands-on video

Four days after launching iOS 11.1 beta 3 to developers, Apple has unleashed another beta update.

iOS 11.1 beta 4 is now available to registered developers. If you’re a dev, then you can snag it by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your device or Apple’s Developer Center on the web.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:52
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 tablet official

Following the recent launch of the Galaxy S8 Active, Samsung has now given the Active treatment to an Android tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official. Because it’s got that Active branding, the Galaxy Tab Active 2 features a 1.2m anti-shock protective cover. It’s also MIL-STD-810 certified, which means that it can withstand excessive pressure, temperature, vibrations, and drops, and it’s IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.

Source: Samsung Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:48
ZTE Blade X Cricket Wireless official

ZTE’s Blade family of smartphones is growing again today with the launch of the ZTE Blade X on Cricket Wireless.

The ZTE Blade X is now available from prepaid provider Cricket for $119.99. In exchange for your hard-earned cash, you’ll get an Android 7.1.1 smartphone with a 5.5-inch 1280x720 display, 13-megapixel rear camera with flash, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Source: ZTE Blade X (Cricket Wireless) Companies mentioned: ZTE, Cricket Wireless
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:07

The Google Pixel 2 XL doesn’t come packaged in some overly simplistic box where you can hardly tell what’s inside. It comes in a box that I would describe as playful and cheerful. There’s some Google and Pixel branding with a side and rear image of the device. The back is just solid blue with nothing but #teampixel up top and Google down below.

Products mentioned: Google Pixel 2 XL Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:02
Google Daydream View VR headset 2017

Google announced a lot of new hardware at its October 4th event, and today one of those devices has been made available for purchase.

The Google Store is now selling the updated Daydream View virtual reality headset that Google recently announced. The headset is priced at $99, $20 more than the previous generation Daydream View, and is available in three colors: Fog (ships in 2-3 weeks), Charcoal (ships by Oct. 22), and Coral (ships now).

Source: Google Store: Pixel Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:07
Google Pixel 2 XL official black and white

Now that early reviews of the Pixel 2 XL are out, there have been some complaints of muted colors and a blue tint with the Google flagship’s display. Google has now responded to those complaints.

Google says that it “designed the Pixel display to have a more natural and accurate rendition of colors.” The company adds that it included a vivid colors setting to boost colors by 10 percent. However, it may add more color options in the future based on user feedback.

Here’s Google’s full statement to CNET:

Source: CNET Products mentioned: Google Pixel 2 XL Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:43
ZTE Axon M

We have reached a point, and maybe we've been here for quite some time now, where the majority of phones share enough similar features and specs that we might be in a good place to start diversifying design decisions. Put another way, it's time to start looking beyond the "slab with a screen" and start going boldly into new ways of thinking.

That may be one reason why we're seeing a new foldable phone.

Companies mentioned: ZTE, Samsung, Apple
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:30
HTC U announcement November 2

We’ve got another big smartphone reveal coming next month.

HTC has teased an announcement for November 2nd, saying that it’s “bringing something new for the #BrilliantU.” The company hasn’t offered up any other details about what it’s planning to show.

Source: @HTC Companies mentioned: HTC
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:08
UE Blast, Megablast official

A couple of weeks after Sonos introduced a new speaker with Amazon Alexa integration, another well-known speaker manufacturer has done the same thing.

Ultimate Ears today introduced the Blast and Megablast, its new portable Bluetooth speakers. Both offer hands-free voice control, and when connected to Wi-Fi, you can ask Alexa to stream music from services like Amazon Music and iHeartRadio. Voice control for Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer are expected to be added in the future.

Source: Ultimate Ears Companies mentioned: Amazon
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:20
Pokémon Go Halloween event 2017

Just like it did last year, Pokémon Go is celebrating Halloween with a ghostly in-game event.

Starting October 20th at 12:00 pm PDT, Pokémon Go’s new Halloween event will kick off. You’ll see ghost monsters like Gastly, Drowzee, and Cubone as well as new Pokémon from the Ruby and Sapphire games. These new monsters include Sableye, Banette, and “a few other Ghost-type Pokémon”.

Niantic says that the rest of the Pokémon first found in the Ruby and Sapphire games will gradually arrive starting in December.

Source: Pokémon Go
Posted: Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:01
Nokia 7 official

HMD Global today added another numbered entry into the Nokia family of Android phones.

The Nokia 7 is now official. It’s got a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass on its front and rear, and it’s packing a Snapdragon 630 processor inside its shell. Also inside is 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Source: Nokia Companies mentioned: Nokia
Posted: Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:02
Apple iPhone 8 Plus

One of the greatest strengths of the Galaxy Note phablet lineup is the fact that the S Pen is so good. It isn't just the fact the smartphone with a big display supports a stylus, or that the stylus just exists. Samsung has made sure that the S Pen offered new and worthwhile features, and, perhaps most importantly, was fun to use, too. It's a stylus that isn't terrible at writing, which is basically the most important thing.

And Samsung has managed to make the S Pen better, more worthwhile, with each new iteration. Lower latency and more features tied to the stylus. It's a great accessory, one that Samsung probably could sell separately and be okay with. But that's the other important bit: They bundle it right with the phone (and tablet).

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Companies mentioned: Apple, Samsung
Posted: Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:02

The rumor mill has been churning out reports claiming that HTC is prepping an bigger version of its U11 flagship, and now that device’s design may have leaked out.

Renders that are reportedly based on HTC U11 Plus schematics have been shared by @OnLeaks and Couponraja.in. The renders show a device that looks a lot like HTC U11, complete with a liquid glass rear surface. One notable design change involves the fingerprint sensor, which is on the front of the U11 but is on the rear of this U11 Plus.

Source: Couponraja.in Companies mentioned: HTC
Posted: Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:10
New Verizon logo large

If you’re a Verizon customer that isn’t yet enrolled in VZW’s Total Mobile Protection insurance program, you may now have a second chance.

Beginning tomorrow, October 19th, Verizon is offering open enrollment for Total Mobile Protection. You can enroll in the insurance program if your phone its less than two years old. The open enrollment period will run through November 17th.

Total Mobile Protection covers your device in case of damage, theft, or loss. It’s priced at $11 per month for smartphones.

Source: Verizon Companies mentioned: Verizon Wireless
Posted: Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:01
Samsung Bixby Voice Galaxy S8

Today’s the start of Samsung’s Developer Conference, and the company has kicked off its event with a major Bixby announcement.

Samsung today confirmed that Bixby 2.0 is coming. Bixby 2.0 is a “bold reinvention of the platform,” says Samsung, adding that the updated Bixby will have better natural language capabilities. This should result in more natural commands and complex processing.

Source: Samsung Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:06
Moto X4 Prime Exclusive Amazon official

UPDATE: The Moto X4 Prime Exclusive model is now available for purchase in Sterling Blue and Super Black color options. It'll be released on October 26th.

 

ORIGINAL: The Moto X4 already comes in two different versions, the standard model and the Android One model, and now a third style has been revealed.

Source: Amazon Prime Exclusive Products mentioned: Moto X4 Companies mentioned: Motorola, Amazon
Posted: Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:29
Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Moto Mod official

Motorola today introduced its latest Moto Mod that’s a bit different than the Mods that’ve come before it.

The Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa lets you speak to Amazon’s Alexa assistant on your Moto Z. You can use Alexa on the Moto Z to do things like control smart home accessories, request a ride, check the weather forecast, and more.

This new Mod includes four microphones to help ensure that Alexa hears your requests. Also included is a speaker as well as a battery so that using Alexa doesn’t drain the battery on your phone.

Source: Motorola Companies mentioned: Motorola
Posted: Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:17
LG V30

Last year, Google was quick to point out that it wasn't dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack from its flagship smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, even calling out Apple for its decision to do just the opposite. But that was last year, and this year Google thinks it's okay to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from its own Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. They would very much like you to switch to a wireless listening experience -- and hey, Google Pixel Buds look like they might be a good way to do that.

Products mentioned: LG V30, Apple iPhone 8, Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8 Companies mentioned: LG, Google, Apple, Samsung