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samsung galaxy note8 getting new update in europe; galaxy c7 gets december patch

samsung has started pushing out a new update to galaxy note8 units in europe. weighing in at around 820mb, the update includes a new secure wi-fi function and a fix for the dex error.the new secure wi-fi feature is basically a vpn functionality that lets you encrypt all your outgoing internet traffic, making your web surfing more secure, especially when on public wifi networks.as for other changes, there have also been some modifications to the calendar, gallery, reminder and voice recorder apps.meanwhile, the samsung galaxy c7 has also started getting a new update. it's the security update that brings along android fixes for december. via





new nokia phones (ta-1062 and ta-1077) get certified in china

a couple of new nokia phones have received certification in china. the devices are listed as ta-1062 and ta-1077, but sadly we didn't get the actual names of the devices, nor anything related to their specs.and that's why it's a bit difficult to even speculate which phones these model numbers represent. they could be new feature phones, or variants of any of the existing smartphones - everything is up in the air at the moment.this comes shortly after the nokia 6 (2018) - carrying model number ta-1054 - was spotted on the website of china's tenaa.via





apple now lets you pre-order app store apps

do you hate the feeling of being left out when you forget to download the latest trendy apps? well, apple is here to help. the company has launched a new feature allowing you to pre-order apps.developers will be able to make their apps available to pre-order on the app store 90 days prior to the launch. as a consumer, you'll be able to place a pre-order during this period.once that is done, the app will be delivered to your phone as soon as it's published. you will be charged - in case of paid pre-orders - before the download. also, if there is a fluctuation in pricing during the pre-order period, you'll be charged the lowest price.the new feature covers ios, macos, and even tvos apps.source





latest android distribution numbers are out - both oreo and nougat grow

android distribution numbers for this month are out. a quick look at the pie chart reveals that oreo has nearly doubled its share, capturing 0.5% of the market (up from 0.3% last month).nougat's share is also up, standing at 23.3%, compared to 20.6% in november. all other major flavors have witnessed a decline - marshmallow down to 29.7% from 30.9%; lollipop 26.3%, compared to 27.2%; and kitkat down to 13.4% from 13.8% last month.as for the remaining, the combined shared now stands at 6.8%, down from 7.2% last month.source





google phone app gets dedicated 'video call' option that launches duo from ongoing call

google has finally enabled a dedicated 'video call' option in its phone app. the option in question shows up while you make a normal call, and tapping on it launches the duo app, switching you to a video call.in case you aren't aware, this integration between phone and duo was already there, but the option to access it was missing. that changes now, as the 'video call' option is now live.tapping this new option during an ongoing call launches the caller's video camera. on the receiver's end, duo is launched as well (provided their device is unlocked). of course, triggering this whole process means the ongoing normal call is disconnected.the process also results in two different entries in your call log: one for the normal call, and the other for the video call.the feature has just started rolling out, so it may take time before it reaches every one.via





huawei watch 2 and samsung gear 360 (2017) get price cuts in us

the huawei watch 2 has received a price cut in the us, where retailer best buy is currently offering a discount of up to $150 on the wearable device. specifically, the $150 discount is on the classic variant, while the sports model has its price cut by $120.the deal on samsung gear 360 (2017), on the other hand, is being offered by amazon, which has the device listed for $149.99 - a discount of $80.no information on when these deals end. so those interested in availing them may have to act fast. for more information head to the source links below.source 12





lg v30 is now $300 cheaper at verizon

verizon is feeling generous this week, and hence it's offering to save you a cool $300 when you purchase an lg v30. previously going for $840 full price at the carrier, you can now have one for a mere $540. that's a great deal, but there are a couple of caveats as always.first off, note that this promo is only going to be valid until december 13 - that's this coming wednesday, so you don't have a lot of time to make up your mind whether to take advantage of it or not.second, keep in mind that you are have to grab the phone using verizon's 24-month installment plan. that's because the price reduction is applied in the form of bill credits - so instead of the normal $35, your monthly payment will be just $22.50. there are thankfully no trade-ins required, or any other shenanigans really. to make the deal even sweeter, the carrier is cutting 50% off the price of a wireless charger.source | via





google's ar stickers now available for the pixel 2 and pixel 2 xl

google has released its ar stickers on the google play store for the pixel 2 and the pixel 2 xl. users of these devices will have to go to the my apps section and find them under updates. once installed, these will appear in the main camera app after you swipe from the left edge.ar stickers is a new feature on the pixel phones that was demoed back in october during the pixel 2 launch event. this isn't anything new to anyone used to snapchat; you get a bunch of animated 3d 'stickers' that work together with the camera and be dropped around in your environment. you can move them around and change their size. you can then take their picture or, ideally, record a video of them moving around your environment.the app currently includes three genetic sticker packs as well as star wars and stranger things packs. the cool thing about these is that when you place more than one sticker at a time, they also acknowledge each other's presence and interact with them.the feature does quite well and all the stickers animate smoothly. it's likely google held off on these till the android 8.1 update was released, which unlocked the pixel visual core. i did notice that the phone turned insanely hot within minutes of using the feature, especially when two or more stickers were on screen at once, which means it's also burning a lot of power. but for occasional use, it's a nice, fun feature to have, especially if google keeps adding new packs regularly.download





nokia 6 (2018) passes through tenaa, getting closer to release

nokia's first new smartphone to launch in early 2018 may in fact be a new nokia 6. that makes sense since the original was the first device put out by hmd global, as it became official this january.the upcoming nokia 6 (2018) has been certified by tenaa in china, a mandatory step for any handset that wants to be sold over there. unfortunately, at this stage in the process tenaa hasn't yet made images and specs available for the new model.going by past leaks, however, we should expect to see a 5.5-inch 18:9 touchscreen, the snapdragon 630 soc at the helm, 4gb of ram, 32gb of storage, and a possible dual rear camera setup. the fingerprint sensor will move to the back, which hopefully means the bezels will undergo a trimming. the device will also sport software-rendered android navigation buttons, while the bothie feature isn't going anywhere.the phone's model number is ta-1054, and it will have a dual-sim version. its design will apparently be reminiscent of the recently announced nokia 7. so it looks like 2018 may be the year in which hmd global finally gets on the 'tall display, small bezels' bandwagon.via





apple acquires shazam for $400 million

apple announced today that it has acquired song recognition company shazam. according to recode, the deal is worth $400 million.in a statement to the verge, an apple spokesperson said,“we are thrilled that shazam and its talented team will be joining apple. apple music and shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. we have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with shazam upon approval of today’s agreement."speaking to the same publication, a shazam spokesperson said,“we are excited to announce that shazam has entered into an agreement to become part of apple. shazam is one of the highest rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”neither companies confirmed any plans for the future in their announcements.shazam currently has apps for ios, android and macos, with the windows apps being pulled earlier this year. it is one of the most highly rated and popular apps in the world on every platform. even before the acquisition, shazam has been part of apple software, powering the song recognition feature in siri. with the acquisition, apple could build deeper integration within its software, although it remains to be seen what they could be.one can also wonder what happens to the mobile apps, especially those on android. apple might not have mu...





samsung galaxy a8+ (2018) handled on video, full specs list in tow

the samsung galaxy a8 (2018) series is now completely detailed, thanks to a new hands-on video.it shows off the bigger samsung galaxy a8+ (2018) from all sides and flashes its full specs sheet for all to see. it also confirms the findings from a recent galaxy a8 (2018) manual leak - that the galaxy a8 (2018) and galaxy a8+ (2018) won't have a physical bixby button, the fingerprint reader will be under the camera, the 18:9 screen and the dual front-facing camera.so the galaxy a8 (2018) and a8+ (2018) will be the first galaxies with dual front-facing cameras. the leaked specs show a 16mp f/1.9 + 8mp f/1.9 selfie setup. the rear camera is a 16mp f/1.7 shooter.the rest of the highlights include a 6.0-inch 1080x2220px super amoled screen and ip68 certification. the exynos 7885 chipset will feature 2x 2.2ghz cores and 6x 1.6ghz ones and 6gb of ram (a cheaper 4gb model is also expected). 3,500mah battery, 64gb of built-in storage as well as a microsd slot complete the list.all that's left to know now is release date and prices.





you can finally order the google home max in the us

the google home max smart speaker is finally available for purchase but in very limited quantity and only in the us.the google assistant-powered speaker is listed in verizon's store (in chalk) as well as at bestbuy (charcoal and chalk) at its standard price of $399. google's own store has a waitlist set up.the google home max is the largest smart speaker by google - sitting above the home mini and the home. its extra size provides extra punch thanks to dual 4.5-inch woofers. sound is accentuated by custom tweeters.the home max can also adapt to its surrounding and tune its output to offer the best possible sound.





samsung galaxy a8 (2018) manual confirms no bixby button

the samsung galaxy a8 (2017) - formerly known as the galaxy a5 (2018) - is turning out to be one of the worst kept secrets in tech.we know what it will look like as well that it will use an 18:9 infinity display and a 14nm samsung exynos 7885 chipset.now a few snaps from the galaxy a8 (2018) manual confirm the design and the fact that there will be no physical bixby button.samsung galaxy a8 (2018) manualthe manual also confirms that there will be a headphone jack and a single side-firing speaker. the fingerprint reader is centered under the single camera.samsung galaxy a8 (2018) manualthe manual also mentions a dual selfie camera, which would make this the first samsung smartphone with a dual front-facing camera.the samsung galaxy a8 (2018) shuold launch early next year alongside the bigger galaxy a8+ (2018).source





xiaomi mi mix 3 rear panel leaks

xiaomi's mi mix lineup, the one that started the bezelless craze, is about to get a new member - mi mix 3. a photo of the rear panel appeared, suggesting the new phablet might have a dual vertical camera setup on the back.the panel looks a lot like the back of the iphone x but with a fingerprint scanner and a “mi mix designed by xiaomi” slogan on it.this is quite an early leak and this might be just one of series of prototypes xiaomi is working on for the next mi mix flagship. the manufacturer has introduced two completely different designs of vertical camera setup: two lenses under the same piece of glass (mi 5s plus) and two lenses in separate holes (mi 6).via





samsung galaxy a8+ (2018) handled on video, full specs list in tow

the samsung galaxy a8 (2018) series is now completely detailed, thanks to a new hands-on video.it shows off the bigger samsung galaxy a8+ (2018) from all sides and flashes its full specs sheet for all to see. it also confirms the findings from a recent galaxy a8 (2018) manual leak - that the galaxy a8 (2018) and galaxy a8+ (2018) won't have a physical bixby button, the fingerprint reader will be under the camera, the 18:9 screen and the dual front-facing camera.so the galaxy a8 (2018) and a8+ (2018) will be the first galaxies with dual front-facing cameras. the leaked specs show a 16mp f/1.9 + 8mp f/1.9 selfie setup. the rear camera is a 16mp f/1.7 shooter.the rest of the highlights include a 6.0-inch 1080x2220px super amoled screen, ip68 certification, exynos 7885 octa-core chipset (2x 2.2ghz and 6x 1.6ghz), 6gb of ram (a cheaper 4gb model is also expected), 3,500mah battery, 64gb of built-in storage as well as a microsd slot.all that's left to know now is release date and prices.





huawei enjoy 7s specs and live images leak

last month we spotted a mysterious huawei fig-al00 shine in four images, but got little to go with them. well now we have name, live images and complete specs sheet to add to it. huawei enjoy 7s from all sidesthis is going to be the huawei enjoy 7s and will arrive with kirin 659 chipset and octa-core cpu clocked at 2.36 ghz, according to tenaa. the screen of the phone is 5.65” fullview display with full hd+ resolution. the listing also reveals the ram - 4 gb, combined with 64 gb storage and an option to plug a microsd up to 256 gigs in size.huawei enjoy 7s live imagesthe dual camera will be 13 mp + 2 mp with f/2.2 aperture, with the second sensor used for portrait pictures. it will also shoot 1080p videos. the front snapper will do 8 mp stills. the huawei enjoy 7s will boot android oreo with emui 8.0 out of the box and have a 2,900 mah battery. it will be offered in gold, blue or black colors. huawei devices with model names al00 and al10 are usually china-only, so if the enjoy 7s is to go global there should be another version.if it arrives though, it is most likely to have a different name, similar to the huawei y7 prime/huawei enjoy 7 plus situation or the huawei enjoy 6s that appeared in europe as huawei nova smart.source 1 • source 2(both in chinese) | via 1 • via 2(in romanian)





top 10 phones of 2017: best screens

the screen is the foundation stone of a smartphone – you can’t frame a photo without it, the powerful chipset needs it to show the cool graphics, lte connection will go unused with nowhere to display a web page.so obviously you want a great screen and we’re here to help you pick it out. this top 10 list covers the very best, but also keeps price in mind and offers several solid options at just about every price range – going all the way down to the sub €300 range.a bit of explanation is in order before we begin. sunlight legibility shows the practical legibility in bright light – the higher the number the better.then there’s the color deviation (average deltae), it shows how far off colors are from the ideal. here lower is better and you want a number under 5 for an accurate screen.the other numbers should be self-explanatory. also note that the phones are not ordered in any particular order.samsung galaxy note8 - the all-rounderthe samsung galaxy note8 screen does it all. for one, it’s one of the largest screens around, giving you more room to work with. it also has great sunlight legibility and color accuracy, typical of samsung’s amoled panels (the company has several customers on this list).the s pen stylus is unique – it gives you the option to write and sketch. the freedom of expression goes well beyond an on-screen keyboard and emojis. once you make a habit of it, the convenience is great and it's no wonder it has many die-hard fans.the dex station lets you ...





new honor device arriving this week, likely the magic 2

huawei is all set to unveil a new honor smartphone this week. the company has set an event for december 13 in china.sadly, the poster doesn't reveal exactly which device will be the star of the event. however, given the position of sunglasses in the two images of chinese singer/actor as well as the number '4' in middle, what can be deduced at the very least is that the handset will feature a dual camera setup both on the front as well as the back.given the timing, we might get the successor of the honor magic, which debuted exactly twelve months ago. the original magic was the first huawei phone with a focus on ai, so now that the company has its dedicated ai chipset - the kirin 970 - we might get a successor. we'll know for sure in two days, when the date comes.via





meizu 15 plus first images reveal no bezels from three sides

next year meizu will celebrate 15 years in the business and the company is expected to launch a phone to commemorate the anniversary. we already saw a retail box of the meizu 15 plus, but now the first images of the device popped up on weibo.apparently, the new phone will have no bezels on three sides of its screen, similar to the xiaomi mi mix 2, with curved corners on the top.the photo reveals a vertical dual camera setup on the back, coupled with a flash below. the rounded screen will span all the way to the top, right and left edges of the phone, leaving room below for the fingerprint scanner.by the looks of it, the selfie camera might also be on the bottom.alleged first live image of meizu 15 plus confirms the tri bezel-less designthe meizu 15 plus is expected to arrive with a cny2,999/$450 price tag. it will most likely have a version with more ram and internal storage, which will cost cny3,499/$530.source(in chinese) | via





an old battery may be slowing down your iphone

just because something sounds like a conspiracy theory, it doesn’t mean it’s not true. many people complain that their iphones get slower and slower with every ios update, but it turns out that they may have been blaming the wrong thing.it may be the battery – as it ages and loses capacity, the iphone reduces the clock speed of the chipset to maintain battery life (which obviously tanks performance). and the cure is obvious enough, just change the battery.here’s the evidence presented by reddit user teckfire and his iphone 6s:iphone 6s with the old battery and the new batterythis seems to be related to the ios 10.2.1 update and the notification “your iphone battery may need to be serviced”, which itself is related to the 30% bug – an issue that caused the reported battery charge to drop from 30% to 1% in seconds.there’s evidence that the iphone 6 and 6s generations slow down but the 5s and 7 are unaffected. you can use the cpu dasherx app to check the chipset’s clock speed, it should be 1848mhz. many redditors report speeds as low as 600mhz.source