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Posted: Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:51
Samsung Galaxy S8+ hands-on video

Looks like T-Mobile’s buy one, get one deal isn’t the only Galaxy S8 sale that’s happening today.

Source: Amazon: Galaxy S8, Amazon: Galaxy S8+, Samsung: Galaxy S8, Samsung: Galaxy S8+ Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:40
Samsung Galaxy S8+ hands-on video review

We’ve seen quite a few buy one, get one free deals on the Samsung Galaxy S8 to date, but if you’ve missed out on them, you’re now getting another chance.

Source: T-Mobile, Samsung Galaxy S8 (T-Mobile), Samsung Galaxy S8+ (T-Mobile) Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 18:42
Google Pixel XL hands-on video

We’ve seen a few solid Google Pixel deals lately, but the problem is that they typically require you to agree to a contract or monthly installment plan. That’s not the case with the latest Pixel deals, though.

Woot is now selling refurbished Google Pixel units for $399.99. The Pixel XL was on sale, too, but it appears to have sold out.

The Pixel phones being sold by Woot come unlocked and are the Quite Black color. This deal is available for another four hours or until it sells out, though, so if you’re interested, you may want to take advantage of it soon.

Source: Woot, Google Pixel (Verizon), Google Pixel XL (Verizon) Products mentioned: Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL Companies mentioned: Google, Verizon Wireless
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 16:29
iPod nano colors group

Earlier today, we reported that Apple is no longer selling its iPod shuffle or iPod nano on its website. This is significant because the iPod was one of the revolutionary products of its time. Before the iPod, MP3 players were hard to use and weren’t that popular. However, the iPod was easy to use and quickly became popular. Over the years, Apple iterated and tried a slew of different things with the iPod line, such as or adding a touchscreen or support for capturing video.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:35
Google Play Store Nexus 6P

Heads up, Android users, because Google is giving out free money.

Many users are being offered a free $1 Google Play credit when they visit the Play Store. Just point your browser to the Play Store or open the Play Store app on your device and you may be greeted by a card like the one that you see below.

Google Play Store free credit

Source: Google Play Store Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 13:28
Huawei Mate 9 hands-on video review

We’re nearing the Huawei Mate 9’s first birthday, which means that its successor is coming soon. Huawei today confirmed as such and took the opportunity to hype up its next flagship Android phone.

Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer products division, has said that his company is prepping “an even more powerful product” to compete with Apple’s new iPhone hardware. He hyped up the Mate 10 in an interview with Bloomberg, giving the following statement about the device:

Source: Bloomberg Companies mentioned: Huawei
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:21
LG G6 hands-on review video

LG today reported its Q2 2017 earnings, and while three of the company’s four divisions performed well, the same couldn’t be said for its mobile business.

LG says that its mobile division “saw a challenging second quarter” that included an operating loss of 132.4 billion KRW ($117.27 million USD), which is nearly the same as Q2 2016. This loss was caused by weaker than expected premium smartphone sales, explains LG, as well as an increase in component costs.

Performance in North America actually went well thanks to strong sales of mass-tier phones, says LG.

Source: LG Products mentioned: LG G6 Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:35
Samsung Galaxy S8

We're seeing a trend these days when it comes to smartphone design. Minimal bezels and tall displays are all the rage these days, and it doesn't look like that momentum is going to slow down anytime soon. We've been hearing about Apple reducing the bezels in the iPhone 8 for months now, dating back to just weeks after the launch of the iPhone 7/7 Plus last year. Of course, Samsung, and even LG, beat Apple to that punch on the big stage, but of course there are still plenty of people waiting to see what Apple will do with the iPhone design later this year.

Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple iPhone 7 Companies mentioned: Samsung, Apple
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:22
iPod nano colors

It’s not often that we hear new regarding Apple’s iPod devices, but today that’s exactly what we’re getting.

Source: iPod nano, iPod shuffle, The Verge Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:28
Samsung Pay in use

After launching in 2015 with support for four phones, Samsung Pay has steadily expanded to several other Samsung devices. Now the company may be working to expand Samsung Pay support even farther.

Samsung is in talks with other device makers about bringing Samsung Pay to non-Samsung high-end devices, according to a report from Gadgets 360. Samsung is reportedly aiming to offer Samsung Pay support for these non-Samsung devices by mid-2018.

Source: Gadgets 360 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 08:51
YouTube Red logo

Two of Google’s most notable services will soon combine into one.

Google Play Music and YouTube Red will soon merge, YouTube Red head of music Lyor Cohen has confirmed. “The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering,” Cohen explained during the New Music Seminar conference in New York.

Source: The Verge Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 07/26/2017 - 20:46
Huawei Mate 9 hands-on video review

If you’re looking for a deal on a new Android smartphone, Amazon’s got two of ‘em for you right now.

First up, Amazon is selling the Honor 6X for $174.99. That’s $75.00 less than the price that the Honor 6X launched with earlier this year. What’s more, it appears that that may be its new regular price at Amazon, as it just says “Price” on the Honor 6X’s product page.

If you’d like something a bit more high-end, the Huawei Mate 9 is available for $459.99. That’s $140.00 off the Mate 9’s launch price and a saving’s of $40.00 off its list price on Amazon.

Source: Honor 6X (Amazon), Huawei Mate 9 (Amazon) Products mentioned: Honor 6X, Huawei Mate 9 Companies mentioned: Huawei
Posted: Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:21
Meizu Pro 7 official secondary rear display

We’ve seen a few Android phones with secondary displays launch recently, and today another such device has debuted. The difference between those other phones and this new one, though, is that the new handset has its secondary display on its back.

Source: @Meizu
Posted: Wed, 07/26/2017 - 13:53
Xiaomi Mi 5X black official

Xiaomi recently launched the Mi 6, a flagship follow-up to last year’s Mi 5. Now that the Mi 6 has been on the market for a bit, Xiaomi has revealed a new Mi 5 variant.

The Xiaomi Mi 5X features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display, up from the original Mi 5’s 5.15-inch 1920x1080 screen. Another notable feature of the Mi 5X is its dual rear camera setup, which features dual 12-megapixel cameras (one wide angle lens, one telephoto lens) like the one found on the Mi 6 and can let you do things like add blurry backgrounds to your photos.

Source: Xiaomi Companies mentioned: Xiaomi
Posted: Wed, 07/26/2017 - 13:31
Meizu Pro 7

Rumor has it that LG is planning on ditching the secondary display in the V30, the upcoming flagship high-end phone the company will launch before the end of 2017. This one particular feature is probably not enough to get a vast majority of people to adopt the V-series, but it certainly made the device stand out -- even when compared to the G-series, another high-end device LG launches earlier in the year.

I've already written about whether or not LG should get rid of the secondary display altogether. I don't think they should. Unless LG is just going to move the V-series into the bigger screen demographic, and simply have that be the differentiator between it and the flagship G-series, that secondary display was the only thing making it stand out in the first place.

Products mentioned: LG V20 Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:45
OnePlus 5 hands-on video review

Last week, some OnePlus 5 owners discovered that their phone would reboot when trying to dial emergency services. OnePlus quickly fixed that bug, and now the company has explained what happened.

OnePlus says that the OnePlus 5’s bug with emergency service calls was due to a modem memory usage issue. Here’s the company’s full explanation of the bug:

Source: OnePlus Products mentioned: OnePlus 5 Companies mentioned: OnePlus
Posted: Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:24
Google Trusted Contacts app iPhone

After launching last year on Android, Google’s Trusted Contacts app today arrived on iOS.

Trusted Contacts for iPhone is similar to the Android model. You can add family and friends as trusted contacts and then they can request your location. If you’re ok, you can deny the request. If you’re unsafe you can share your location, or the app will automatically share your location if you don’t respond within a certain period of time.

Source: Trusted Contacts: iOS, Android Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:54

Earlier this month, we were treated to an early look at Google’s upcoming Pixel XL 2. Now that device has leaked again, and it’s brought its smaller Pixel 2 sibling with it.

Renders that claim to show the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 have been leaked by @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice. These renders are based on factory CAD information.

Source: MySmartPrice Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:19
iOS 11 iPhone iPad official

iOS beta public testers, it’s time to update.

Apple is now pushing iOS 11 Public Beta 3 to members of the Apple Beta Software Program. This update comes one day after the release of iOS 11 beta 4, which was only available to registered developers.

This over the air update can be downloaded by going into Settings > General > Software Update on your device.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:16
Google Daydream View VR headset hands-on video

Google’s list of Daydream VR-compatible smartphones will soon be growing.

During Alphabet’s Q2 2017 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that there will be 11 Android phones that support Daydream VR by the end of 2017. The exec didn’t name any of the upcoming devices.

Source: Alphabet (YouTube) Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:46
Nokia 8

Earlier today, HMD Global, the company that is manufacturing smartphones with the Nokia brand on them, sent out invitations for an event it plans on hosting in London on August 16. That's not too far from now, and the expectation is that the company will be unveiling the Nokia 8 -- their first flagship, high-end Android device.

Products mentioned: Nokia 6 Companies mentioned: Nokia
Posted: Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:56
Moto Z2 Force

When Motorola introduced the Moto Z line of smartphones last year, I’ll be honest, I was skeptical. Although I was a fan of modularity in smartphones, I already felt let down by the bleak direction the LG G5 was heading in at the time. Over time, however, Motorola proved me wrong as they worked hard to make new MotoMods and managed to keep an otherwise average phone fresh over the course of the year. As Motorola unveiled its second Moto Z2 device today, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t the confusion that ensued.

Source: Motorola, IndieGogo Products mentioned: Moto Z2 Play, Moto Z Force, Moto Z Droid Companies mentioned: Motorola
Posted: Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:42
Moto 360 Camera Mod official

Alongside the new Moto Z2 Force Edition, Motorola today took the wraps off of a brand new Moto Mod.

The Moto 360 Camera is now official. This add-on can capture 360-degree 4K video with what Motorola calls “3D Audio”. You can edit your videos on your phone after you’re done capturing them, and you’ve also got the option of live streaming 360-degree video from your device. Support for sharing with friends and social media is included, too.

Source: Motorola Companies mentioned: Motorola
Posted: Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:23
Moto Z2 Force Verizon Wireless

Last summer, Lenovo and Motorola introduced the Moto Z line of smartphones. What made Moto Z unique was their ability to support MotoMods, modules designed to improve or add certain features to the phone. Lenovo and Motorola weren’t the first to test this method out last year as LG attempted something similar with the G5, but LG reverted to more a more traditional setup this year with the LG G6. Motorola, however, found success in with Moto Mods and have already begun releasing its second generation of Moto Z devices starting with the Moto Z2 Play early last month.

Source: Verizon Wireless, Motorola Products mentioned: Moto Z2 Play, Moto Z Force, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Play Companies mentioned: Motorola, Lenovo
Posted: Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:16
Nokia 8 image leak

After unofficially meeting the Nokia 8 earlier this month, we’ve now got a date on which HMD Global may officially introduce the world to its new Nokia flagship.

HMD is sending out invitations to an event in London on August 16th. The company hasn’t come out and announced what it plans to show, but it’s expected that the star of the event will be the Nokia 8, rumored to be a flagship Android smartphone.

Source: The Verge Companies mentioned: Nokia