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  • Best Buy has deals on unlocked and carrier variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 »
    Best Buy has deals on unlocked and carrier variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8


    Samsung came up with three big winners in 2017 with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. If you know some friends or family members who would love either one of these handsets (including yourself) and you still have to do some holiday shopping for them (and perhaps yourself), Best Buy has various deals on the 2017 Samsung flagship models.

    Verizon customers can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from Best Buy for $300 off, or $636. With the same discount, the Samsung Galaxy S8 for Big Red subscribers is $436, and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is priced at $536. ...

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  • Google to drop support for AR focused Project Tango on March 1st »
    Google to drop support for AR focused Project Tango on March 1st



    Back in February 2014, Google introduced Project Tango, an Augmented Reality system that was designed for mobile use. Today, Google announced that it will no longer support it starting on March 1, 2018. But this doesn't mean that Google is closing the door on AR. It means that Tango is being replaced by Google's ARCore, which is based on software unlike the more hardware oriented Tango.

    Tango peaked in June 2016 when the Lenovo Phab2 Pro was unveiled as the first Project Tango phone. With a huge 6.4-inch screen, the handset came with three cameras on back. The trio included a 16MP ...

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  • Mysterious LG Zone 4 reportedly headed to Verizon »
    Mysterious LG Zone 4 reportedly headed to Verizon


    Verizon Wireless is reportedly getting ready to release a new Android smartphone made by LG. According to Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), this upcoming Verizon-bound handset is called LG Zone 4.   Unfortunately, at the moment, there are no details on the new phone's features, design, or launch date. Nevertheless, we know that the handset will succeed Verizon's LG Optimus Zone (2013), Optimus Zone 2 (2014), and Optimus Zone 3 (early 2016; pictured above). But the new device will drop "Optimus" from its name. As you may know, Optimus is a name that's been in LG's portfolio since the company launched ...

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  • Microsoft patent images reveal folding Surface tablet »
    Microsoft patent images reveal folding Surface tablet

    Back in January and March of this year, we showed you images from Microsoft patent applications that revealed a Surface tablet that converted into a phone and vice versa. Today, a tweet from a gentleman named Isaac referred us to a listing on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website. The listing includes the latest images of a folding Surface tablet device. This unit folds from a tablet with one large display into one with two smaller and separate OLED screens. The device also functions as a phone.

    The new sketches go into detail as we can see the individual parts making ...

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  • Huawei P11 expected to be unveiled at MWC and launched in Q1 2018 »
    Huawei P11 expected to be unveiled at MWC and launched in Q1 2018

    Earlier this month, leaked images showing a series of promotional information related to the Huawei P11, revealed the camera setup (both back and front) that could be featured on the handset. According to the promos, the next phone in the manufacturer's "P" series may come with a 40MP Leica triple-lens camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom, and a 24MP front-facing selfie shooter.

    A tweet disseminated today by tipster Roland Quandt suggests that we could see the Huawei P11 unveiled at MWC, just like the P10 was this year. The MWC will open in Barcelona next year on February 26th. We already expect ...

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  • Apple iPhone X owner finds her co-worker able to unlock her original and replacement units »
    Apple iPhone X owner finds her co-worker able to unlock her original and replacement units


    Usually the first question that many people ask when they come across someone wielding the Apple iPhone X is "How is Face ID working for you?" Despite the edge-to-edge screen and the very thin bezels, it seems that Face ID might be the most interesting feature of the tenth anniversary model. Well, if you ask that question to a woman in China, identified in a published report only by her surname "Yan," the question about Face ID would probably elicit a negative response.

    Yan purchased the iPhone X and setup the facial recognition system only to find that one particular co-worker was able ...

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  • Report: Samsung and LG to announce new smartphones at CES 2018 »
    Report: Samsung and LG to announce new smartphones at CES 2018


    A new report suggests that Samsung and LG will be doing smartphone announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. According to ETnews, the two Korean tech giants are planning to take the wraps off some of their mid-range models for next year. 

    Samsung will supposedly introduce the Galaxy A8 and A8+, while LG is said to unveil a 2018 version of its K10 model. While this information is unofficial, we have to say that we won't be surprised if it turns out to be true, as this is the typical announcement timeframe for new members of ...
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  • Results: Essential Phone gets toppled by OnePlus »
    Results: Essential Phone gets toppled by OnePlus


    So, while the Essential Phone aspired to be a high-class, premium device, it sadly stumbled as it was stepping out of the door for the first time. It's a good phone, sure, but it didn't gather as much interest as it should've and its starting price of $699 quickly started to tumble down the tier list. Now, it's pinned at $449.

    On the other hand, OnePlus has steadily been building a reputation of making great bang-for-the-buck smartphones, which it calls ?flagship killers?. The OnePlus 5T, the newest entry, starts at $499, so about $50 more than the Essential Phone ...

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  • End of the road for the BlackBerry Priv: No more security updates for the handset »
    End of the road for the BlackBerry Priv: No more security updates for the handset


    The BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates as 24 months have passed since the device arrived on the shelves. In a lengthy blog post, BlackBerry's Alex Thurber  explains that the company has successfully kept the device secure and up-to-date for the standard amount of time, but regular security patches will no longer be rolled out for the handset.

    When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the PRIV. True to our word, we fulfilled this commitment ...

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  • Big 2017 blind phone camera comparison! »
    Big 2017 blind phone camera comparison!


    Which phone has the best camera?

    It?s hard to tell, but judging phone cameras objectively is even harder when personal brand preferences get in the way of objective judgment. To avoid this bias, we did something fun a few days ago: a camera comparison with three of the best cameras around, the iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30. You can check out the results of that comparison right here, they are really interesting.

    But many of you said: we want more phones! So, we listened. This time, we have a massive blind camera ...
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  • Own an old BlackBerry phone? You'll soon be able to trade it for a KeyOne or Motion »
    Own an old BlackBerry phone? You'll soon be able to trade it for a KeyOne or Motion


    BlackBerry today announced plans to launch a trade-up program that would make it easy for owners of old BlackBerry handsets to buy a BB device released in 2017. Thanks to this program, folks who still use smartphones running BlackBerry OS 10 (or older) will receive "a significant discount and incentive" to upgrade to the BlackBerry KeyOne or Motion.   Owners of the BlackBerry Priv (released in late 2015 as the first Berry to ditch BB OS in favor of Android) will be able to trade-up their device for a new model, too. 
    Speaking of the Priv, since the handset is now over 2 years old, ...

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  • Nobody likes what Google did with the search bar on the Pixel Launcher »
    Nobody likes what Google did with the search bar on the Pixel Launcher


    A recent change to the dock searchbox of the Pixel launcher has left users scratching their heads over Google's reasoning. The widget now features a text stating that it can be used to "Search apps and web.." or simply "Search..", as if you've forgotten what search boxes do.

    Well, we haven't.

    Just as you might imagine, this otherwise minor change has been the cause of tons of backlash that's aimed at Google itself. Sure, such a tooltip is a rather harmless addition to the stock Pixel Launcher that will be helpful to the ...
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  • Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ vs iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL and the best of the rest: preliminary size comparison »
    Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ vs iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL and the best of the rest: preliminary size comparison


    The official reveal of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is still a ways off, with conflicting reports as to whether the two flagships will be showcased at CES next year or further down the line. But even if our first real glimpse of Samsung's 2018 S-series lineup is still a good couple of months away, we already have a lot of interesting tidbits about the upcoming phones, including some renders and even dimensions that are based off of leaked factory CAD drawings.

    But even before the recent Galaxy S9 leaks, we got our hands on some information regarding Samsung's ...
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  • Will Verizon, AT&T, or Comcast, benefit from the Net Neutrality repeal? »
    Will Verizon, AT&T, or Comcast, benefit from the Net Neutrality repeal?

    We?re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.? Netflix US (@netflix) 14 ???????? 2017 ?.


    The so-called Net Neutrality principle used to enshrine the prohibition for the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and other ISPs to give preferential treatment to certain content before others on their networks. They couldn't, say, make Netlflix or ...
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  • OnePlus releases OnePlus 5 Oreo Beta 2, here are all the new changes »
    OnePlus releases OnePlus 5 Oreo Beta 2, here are all the new changes


    OnePlus is rolling out the second Oreo Beta build for its OnePlus 5 model. This version of OxygenOS is based on Android 8.0 and brings various tweaks, fixes, and feature improvements. 

    Here's the entire changelog of the Oreo Beta 2 update for the OnePlus 5:

    Launcher
    Fixed widget issuesFixed shortcut issues
    Camera
    UI Improvements
    Files Manager
    Added f4v format in video categorySpeed improvements while deleting massive files.
    System
    Improvements to Reading ModeImprovements in vibrationImprovements ...
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  • Galaxy A8 (2018) leaks in new renders: Samsung's bezel-less mid-ranger is a beaut' »
    Galaxy A8 (2018) leaks in new renders: Samsung's bezel-less mid-ranger is a beaut'


    Official renders of the Galaxy A8 (2018) have just been unraveled by popular Dutch website Galaxyclub.nl.

    Showing the upcoming mid-range bezel-busting trooper that Samsung is prepping in concert with an official-looking flip cases painted in different colors. Provided that the renders are real, which is rather likely, they will be confirming the much more logical placement of the fingerprint scanner at the back, which will be placed immediately below the camera unit and not offset to the side like on the Galaxy S8.

    Of course, a fingerprint ...
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  • Apple iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus expected new features review »
    Apple iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus expected new features review


    By now, there is ample information from diverse sources who have proven themselves in the rumor battles about Apple's future plans when it comes to upcoming iPhones or iPads. After the most unique iPhone in many years has already hit the tape, and is in the hands of millions of users, one can't help but wonder what comes after X? 

    Will Apple change course drastically, and move to entirely notch-y handsets with Face ID biometry, or will it diversify with something extra? The iPhone X actually created more questions than it answered going forward, ...
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  • Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more »
    Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more

    Google's popular Gboard virtual keyboard app has been updated for Android. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being support for handwriting.

    If you'd like to give handwriting a try, simply tap on "Language Settings" (you access it with a long press on the spacebar), select your desired language, and then choose handwriting as alayout. This functionality will be most useful for alphabets and writing systems that feature thousands of symbols and characters, but the layout is available for all supported languages.

  • Samsung made a posh limited edition case for the Galaxy Note 8, see what makes it special »
    Samsung made a posh limited edition case for the Galaxy Note 8, see what makes it special


    Samsung might not have made any major smartphone releases in the last few months, but the company has been doing a good job at promoting its currently available products. After the release of a Burgundy Red and SMARTgirl Galaxy S8, now it's Note 8's turn to receive some special attention.

    Today, the tech giant announced that a limited edition case for the 6.3-inch phablet will soon start selling in South Korea. The case will be super rare, as only 99 units have been produced. All of them will be numbered, and Samsung says that a ...
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  • Vivo, not Samsung, will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner »
    Vivo, not Samsung, will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner


    Synaptics has just recently officially announced the world's first in-screen fingerprint sensor and said that one of the top 5 biggest phone makers globally will embed the new sensor in a phone next year.

    And while you might have thought that it will be Samsung or some other familiar name to have the new in-screen fingerprint scanner in a flagship phone, it is now clear that the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will actually be Vivo, a Chinese phone maker that most people in the West know nothing about. The information comes from Forbes ...
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  • Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ announcement date allegedly revealed in new report »
    Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ announcement date allegedly revealed in new report


    The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will break cover before the end of February, according to a new report. This information comes from sources of Korean outlet The Bell which also disclosed an exact date for the announcement. 

    The event will supposedly be held on February 27th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, the media is talking about the local time in South Korea, meaning that this should translate to February 26th in Europe and North America due to the time difference. In case you're wondering, MWC will officially ...
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  • Alleged Galaxy S9 clear case restates the fingerprint scanner move and the audio jack »
    Alleged Galaxy S9 clear case restates the fingerprint scanner move and the audio jack


    A newly leaked clear case, allegedly destined for the Galaxy S9, is making the rounds, and it looks to be fitting like a glove around the CAD-based renders that appeared yesterday. Unfortunately, it also means that Samsung may indeed reserve the dual camera set as a Galaxy S9+ exclusive, as this case here shows too short of an opening on the back for it to house two lenses and a finger scanner. Speaking of, the case hints at a different, under-camera fingerprint reader placement, compared to the S8, just as most leaks so far have iterated, which is a welcome change. 

  • The Vernee Active: rugged, good-looking, affordable, and it's available for pre-order »
    The Vernee Active: rugged, good-looking, affordable, and it's available for pre-order

    This story is sponsored by Vernee. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!
    Disclaimer

    The world of rugged smartphones is a sparsely populated one. Usually, the phones that are meant for active folk are kind of underpowered, kind of ugly, yet weirdly costly. In other words, they have a tough time drawing buyers considering that one can achieve the same effect with a "normal" phone and a rugged case.

    This is how the Vernee ...

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  • Samsung's global market share estimated to fall in 2018 for the first time ever (not including 2016) »
    Samsung's global market share estimated to fall in 2018 for the first time ever (not including 2016)

    Despite having strong momentum thanks to some big winners this year, Samsung is expected to lose some market share in 2018 according to Strategy Analytics. Thanks to 2017 models like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the manufacturer will have an estimated 20.5% share of the smartphone market this year. But with Chinese manufacturers on the rise, Samsung's global market share is forecast to drop to 19.2% next year. 

    Samsung is being challenged on the high end by Apple, whose popular iPhone X costs $999 to $1,149. On the low-end, a large contingent ...

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  • The Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition features a vivid red color »
    The Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition features a vivid red color

    Back in September, we told you all about the Xiaomi Mi A1. As an Android One handset (that's what A1 stands for) this device features stock Android and will be among the first Android phones to receive updates from Google. In fact, before the ball drops in Times Square in a little over two weeks, the phone is supposed to receive Android Oreo. But that's not the big news today.

    A Special Edition of the Xiaomi Mi A1 has been introduced by the manufacturer. What makes it so special? Glad you asked. This variant of the phone is wearing a vivid red color. Outside of the new color, nothing about ...

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  • Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year »
    Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year

    Amazon's category creating Amazon Echo first was offered widely in the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Since then, the combination of a speaker and a virtual assistant has become such a big hit that almost every major consumer tech company has developed a smart speaker of its own. Google has Google Home featuring Google Assistant, and the Microsoft Invoke is equipped with Cortana. The Apple HomePod, now expected to launch early next year, carries Siri, and Sony's smart speaker will come with Google Assistant.

    Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Samsung was going to produce a smart ...

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  • Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (international model) now costs just $730 »
    Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (international model) now costs just $730


    Buying an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in the US (or anywhere else) is a costly affair, as the handset is normally sold for at least $900. But what would you say about an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 that's offered for only $729.99? This is exactly the price that a top-rated eBay seller is currently asking for the international, dual SIM variant of the smartphone, and we don't remember seeing such a low Note 8 price ever (though this certain deal was pretty close).   The $729.99 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that's available on eBay is "brand new in sealed box," and is compatible with GSM/LTE carriers ...

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  • Use Apple Pay at certain retailers today through December 21st, and score a $5 iTunes/App Store card »
    Use Apple Pay at certain retailers today through December 21st, and score a $5 iTunes/App Store card


    Just in time for last minute holiday shopping, Apple is running a promotion that starts today and runs through December 21st. Use Apple Pay at one of 20 select online retailers during the promotion period, and you'll receive a $5 gift card that can be used with a purchase from the App Store, or from iTunes. You are limited to one gift card for each of the online retailers you shop online with, using Apple Pay.

    According to Apple' website detailing the promotion, each of the retailers might have a different minimum purchase requirement. The online retailers who are partnering with Apple ...

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  • Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9+ renders reveal dual rear camera, 6.1-inch screen »
    Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9+ renders reveal dual rear camera, 6.1-inch screen


    Shortly after seeing a set of renders showing what's likely the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9, we can now take a look at similar renders presenting the larger variant of Samsung's next flagship phone - the Galaxy S9+.   Revealed by MySmartPrice and @OnLeaks (who has a great track record when it comes to info about unannounced phones), these new Galaxy S9+ renders seemingly confirm the fact that Samsung is differentiating its two next-gen phones by more than just their size. While the Galaxy S9 reportedly features a single rear camera, the larger Galaxy S9+ should come with a dual rear ...

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  • Apple posts new video tutorial showing you how to use Apple Pay on the iPhone X »
    Apple posts new video tutorial showing you how to use Apple Pay on the iPhone X



    When Apple unveiled its tenth anniversary model in September, it was obvious that certain features would require some tweaking due to the replacement of Touch ID with Face ID. One of those features is Apple Pay. With other iPhone models that are compatible with Apple Pay, using the mobile payment service requires a press of the Touch ID button to verify the identity of the person making the payment. With the iPhone X, verifying the user's identity is done with Face ID.

    To show iPhone X owners how this is done, Apple has released a 41 second video titled "Apple Pay-How to pay with ...

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  • 10 awesome smartphone related gadgets for Star Wars fans »
    10 awesome smartphone related gadgets for Star Wars fans



    The latest saga in the Star Wars universe is in theaters this week, so there's definitely going to be a ton of buzz surrounding it! All the hype leading to this latest installment will have hardcore fans coming out in droves to see it in theaters, along with all of their Star Wars related paraphernalia. Sure, you might see some people decked out in full costume acting like one of their favorite characters in the series, but hardcore fans are sure to showcase their undying love with some cool Star Wars inspired tech gear.

    For the gadget geeks out there, we thought it'd be a great ...

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  • New Samsung Galaxy S9 renders show the phone from all angles, no dual camera in sight »
    New Samsung Galaxy S9 renders show the phone from all angles, no dual camera in sight


    All the current rumors about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 are pointing out the fact that the smartphone will be an incremental upgrade over this year's Galaxy S8, with little differences when it comes to design. Today, newly leaked Galaxy S9 renders are available, and they're showing us exactly what we're expecting to see.   These new Samsung Galaxy S9 renders are based on factory CAD images (allegedly coming from Samsung itself), and have been made public by 91mobiles and @OnLeaks. It's not the first time when @OnLeaks reveals renders of unannounced phones, and, until now, he's been ...

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  • Autofocus issue on Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus fixed with update to iOS 11.2.1 »
    Autofocus issue on Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus fixed with update to iOS 11.2.1

    A bug that was making it impossible for the rear camera to autofocus on some models of the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, is easily exterminated by installing iOS 11.2.1. The latest build of Apple's mobile operating system launched yesterday mainly to return certain features to the unreleased Apple HomePod. The release of iOS 11.2 earlier this month opened a security vulnerability on the HomePod, which could have allowed a stranger to hack into the system and open a smartlock that was part of Apple's HomeKit accessory line.

    Closing the vulnerability was done with a server-side ...

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  • You can now download Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers from the special edition OnePlus 5T »
    You can now download Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers from the special edition OnePlus 5T


    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to make its US premiere tomorrow, and if you want to get yourself themed up and in the mood for the newest Star Wars movie, these Star Wars-themed wallpapers for the special edition 5T that was launched in India will definitely help.

    The wallpapers were extracted from a system update for the regular OnePlus 5T by XDA Developers member Quinny899, and look stunning. Originally, these wallpapers are created for the special edition, Star Wars-themed OnePlus 5T. The handset has a white back and a black front, and ...
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  • Results: phone cameras don't cut it, not always »
    Results: phone cameras don't cut it, not always


    A smartphone can be many, many things ? a music player, a communications device, a fun mobile console, or even a camera. And lately, the camera department has been getting better and better. It's safe to say that if you are shelling out for a flagship nowadays, chances are you will have a great camera on that phone.

    But are they good enough to make most users forget about dedicated handheld cameras? Sure, you do have your phone on you at all times and that makes it the most-often used camera, but do you actually keep a dedicated shooter somewhere around, ...
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  • Which would you get: Essential Phone or OnePlus 5T? »
    Which would you get: Essential Phone or OnePlus 5T?


    The Essential Phone is the first phone to come out of Android co-creator Andy Rubin's new company. His quest is simple (but not easy) ? build a flagship-grade smartphone, which gives users all the essential basics with no additional bloat and needless bells and whistles on top. Allow a window for innovation to stay open through a special magnetic connector for additional modules.

    It's a cool phone, sure, but it launched at the ambitious price of $699. For a first product that is only noticed by us smartphone geeks, that's rather risque. Talking about actually launching ...

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  • Traveling abroad? AT&T has new international roaming data plans in its Passport »
    Traveling abroad? AT&T has new international roaming data plans in its Passport


    The AT&T Passport program is a boon for international travelers on the carrier's plans, and the offering just got simpler and sweeter. Roaming warriors will be able to pick between 1GB of data for a one-time $60 charge, valid for 30 days, or can get triple that amount of data for twice the price (3GB for $120), and set it as recurring payment, if needed. Actual talking is extra, though, at $0.35 per minute to any place.

    Given that before that announcement AT&T's Passport add-on was giving just 200 MB, and for $40 at that, this is certainly good ...
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  • Android Oreo Beta 4 update now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, see what's new »
    Android Oreo Beta 4 update now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, see what's new


    The fourth beta build of Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is now rolling out. Users who have signed up for the program can check if the update is available by going to Settings > Software Updates > Download Updates Manually.

    The update should bump the software version of the two 2017 flagships to ZQL8. With a size of 850MB, this patch is rather hefty, so make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding with the download. 

    The latest beta version introduces a new security patch (likely ...
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  • AT&T ends 10-month union standoff with 10% pay rise for reps, and more perks »
    AT&T ends 10-month union standoff with 10% pay rise for reps, and more perks

    ?he Communications Workers of America finally ended their siege of AT&T after a 10-month nuclear standoff that saw wireless store employees going out on a strike back in May. The CWA union has about half of the AT&T workforce in its ranks, and the deal will benefit more than 21,000 of its support and store reps. 


    The agreement will ring in a 10.1% pay rise over the period of four years, but the better part is that AT&T will shift its compensation emphasis from commissions to the base pay, which should be a sigh of relief for salespeople in the stores. Furthermore, ...
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  • Verizon launching a BOGO deal on iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 »
    Verizon launching a BOGO deal on iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8


    Starting tomorrow, December 15th, Verizon has apparently decided to launch a BOGO offer for none other than the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, the Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+. This will certainly inject some mobile industry excitement in the run up to the holidays. Twofers are where it's at for customers, and Verizon knows that very well, so it has attached some strings to the deal, like the requirement for the phones to be purchased on installments, and a new line of Verizon Unlimited to go with them, too. Still, you can upgrade to this deal, or come from another carrier, so Big Red ...

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  • Android Oreo 8.1 breaks multi-touch on some devices »
    Android Oreo 8.1 breaks multi-touch on some devices


    It appears that a rather severe issue has sneaked into the official version of Android Oreo 8.1. Multiple users are reporting that the latest version of Google's mobile OS has broken the multi-touch feature on their phones. 

    Touching the screen with multiple fingers causes the image on the display of some units to shake and jump, which can be quite annoying if you're playing FPS games or trying to use pinch-to-zoom. Now, we all know that a picture video is worth a thousand words, so feel free to watch the YouTube clip below in order to get a better ...
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  • Verizon Galaxy S7/S7 edge units get new security update, here's what's new »
    Verizon Galaxy S7/S7 edge units get new security update, here's what's new


    A new update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners that purchased their device from Verizon. The software upgrade should bump the version of the 2016 flagship duo to G935VVRU4BQK4.

    After installing the new software upgrade, users will receive the most recent (December) Android Security patch. Samsung hasn't always been too punctual with delivering timely security updates to its phones, so it's good to see the company taking steps to get back on course.

    The update is available OTA, but it might ...
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  • Samsung Galaxy S9 could be my perfect phone of 2018, if... »
    Samsung Galaxy S9 could be my perfect phone of 2018, if...


    The Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming soon. Not as soon as we'd like, but rumors say that it will be unveiled in the first months of 2018, a bit earlier than previous Galaxies, and we have plenty of reasons to believe it will be exciting. Here are a few: it is expected to have Samsung's latest Super AMOLED screen, an even better display than one of the best screens ever made with the S8, it is said to improve an already great camera and it will be the first Samsung flagship with Android 8 Oreo on board.

    Despite all the excitement, I have been ...
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  • Grammarly spelling and grammar checking keyboard app is now available on Android »
    Grammarly spelling and grammar checking keyboard app is now available on Android


    If you're an Android user looking for a solid proofreading tool, we have good news for you. Grammarly's keyboard app is finally available on Google Play.

    Grammarly looks and feels just like any other virtual keyboard, but what sets it apart is the magic happening in the suggestion bar. 

    Most keyboard apps will give you word suggestions and detect simple spelling mistakes, but Grammarly's goes further by offering sophisticated grammar and contextual spelling checking, and even corrections on punctuation mistakes. ...
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  • T-Mobile takes on cable TV with a 'disrupting' service to be launched in 2018 »
    T-Mobile takes on cable TV with a 'disrupting' service to be launched in 2018


    Not to be outdone by the TV efforts of AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile's CEO John Legere took to YouTube to announce an ambitious push into... cable TV. It turns out that the Un-carrier is planning to have a TV service on offer at some point next year, and has acquired the Denver startup Layer3 TV as a launching platform. 

    The future of TV "looks a lot wireless from a few years ago," says John Legere, but he doesn't plan on being satisfied with the all-popular skinny bundles of a few streaming channels. Rather, the Layer 3's current platform with ...
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  • Major interface changes coming to Spotify for some Android users »
    Major interface changes coming to Spotify for some Android users


    Spotify is prepping up a major redesign for its Android app that will greatly reduce the interface clutter and make the rather popular music app that much sleeker and more streamlined. To be honest, the app has been aching for a similar update for quite some time now as it has a busy interface that's boasting a few redundant menus and pages which can be done away with.

    A trove of screenshots reveal what the app might look like tomorrow or a few months' from now, as we don't really know when this update will hit the average Spotify user - the changes seem to ...
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  • The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates »
    The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates

    Riding on his creator-of-Android clout, Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors for his Essential undertaking, which has so far resulted in a phone with a very promising ideas, but ho-hum execution, as most initial efforts turn out to be. While Essential doesn't disclose sales numbers, analysts back in September mapped its uptake to be just 5000 units, as the handset was plagued by poor camera reviews and other mishaps, and it was unfortunate to come to market when "all-screen" phones from the most popular manufacturers hit the tape as well. 


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  • Apple's new iPhones top the sales charts and Google searches »
    Apple's new iPhones top the sales charts and Google searches


    Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X are the second and third most searched terms for 2017, announced Google in its traditional yearly recap. The ranking defaults to global, but you can also zoom in to specific countries to see what was searched most in your neck of the woods. Those two top the most sought after words in the Consumer Tech category (duh), followed by the Nintendo Switch and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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  • Telephoto or wide-angle lens? Nokia camera app update hints at possible dual-camera setup for the Nokia 9 »
    Telephoto or wide-angle lens? Nokia camera app update hints at possible dual-camera setup for the Nokia 9


    As you might have heard, HMD Global announced an Android Oreo beta program for its Nokia 5 model. Surprisingly, the recently released Oreo beta for the affordable mid-ranger also includes an update for the camera app which reveals some pretty interesting details. 

    A teardown of the APK package shows that the camera app now features support for both wide-angle and telephoto dual-camera setups. The Nokia 5 packs a single 13MP main sensor, so these functionalities are obviously not intended for the budget-friendly smartphone. 


  • Apple reveals airports and metro areas with malls that feature indoor navigation with Apple Maps »
    Apple reveals airports and metro areas with malls that feature indoor navigation with Apple Maps


    With the release of iOS 11, Apple Maps started offering indoor navigation for some large malls and major airports. Today, Apple revealed the name of different locations where you can turn to Apple Maps to get from point A to point B. That can be broken down to 34 airports and 9 metropolitan areas inside the U.S. where malls can be found with support for indoor mapping with Apple Maps.

    The airport maps show gates, restaurants, shops and security checkpoints in shaded areas, making these spots quick and easy to find. The maps for the indoor malls show the location of bathrooms (which can ...

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