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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Android 8 Oreo update confirmed

Sony hit it big on the showroom floor at 2017 IFA by releasing some new phones with impressive flagship specs and a cutting edge operating system. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact will both ship with a freshly skinned version of Android 8.0 Oreo. And while it’s true that the Xperia XZ1 pair are great looking phones, phablet fans looking to get their taste of Oreo may feel left out since neither device is larger than 5.2″. Thankfully, the Japanese giant is keeping us in mind. Sony announced today on their blog that most of the 2016 Xperia handsets will be updated to Oreo, including the 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra. The update should help the device stay competitive with its rivals well into next phone season. There is no word on timing, or what Android 8 features Sony is going to make available. Like all new versions, the latest Android release is expected to be smarter, faster, and more powerful … Continue reading Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Android 8 Oreo update confirmed

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 get July security patches

A new update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is on its way for European users that brings along Android security fixes for the month of July. The update comes not long after Samsung sent a similar one out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The update is posted as version N910FXXS1DQG5 and weighs in at a healthy 200MB. Aside from the latest security patches, the update fixes several bugs and improves the stability and performance of the three-year-old device. Samsung’s latest firmware transports patches for a total of 65 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the Android OS and 16 weaknesses in the firm’s Galaxy-branded smartphones. It’s unclear at this time if any kind of similar package is on its way to us across the pond. Meanwhile, back in the United States, the Galaxy Note5 has also started seeing a new update on T-Mobile, which brings along system improvements and security patches. This update is much smaller in scope, … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 get July security patches

Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

Another week goes by and we already have our first month of 2017 behind us, which means we are getting even closer to the annual MWC trade show and the release of the first exciting new flagships of the year. Below, you’ll find the biggest phablet stories of the week. The LG G6 is up first, making the biggest headlines of the week. We also got some new Galaxy S8 leaks to report, along with Android updates for a few T-Mobile phablets, and a new teaser by ZTE. LG G6 Leaks Everywhere We are just a few weeks away from the release of the LG G6 in Barcelona and photos alleging to be the upcoming 5.7-inch phablet have been popping up all over the place. New images obtained by Droid-Life show off what appears to be an early prototype of the LG G6, which reveal a metal exterior that LG is expected to use, with a minimal screen-to-bezel ratio around … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

3 upcoming phablets in 2017 that are worth waiting for

It’s a new year and that means new phablets are on the way! It’s time to put 2016 behind us and look toward the horizon. If you are thinking about buying a new smartphone this year, don’t even consider an upgrade until you take a look at these upcoming phablets for 2017. 1. LG Stylo 3 LG recently announced that they will debut its third generation of the mid-range Stylo smartphone at CES 2017 later this week. The Stylo 3 (Stylus 3 outside of the United States) will offer some moderate upgrades over the previous version like an improved writing experience and fingerprint scanner. The new stylus will sport a 1.8mm diameter fiber-tip stylus to provide the feel and feedback of an actual pen when writing on the screen, according to LG. The Stylus 3 also features a enhanced user interface with Pen Pop 2.0, Pen Keeper and Screen-off Memo. With Pen Pop 2.0, your memos can be set to … Continue reading 3 upcoming phablets in 2017 that are worth waiting for

Honor 8: 17 tips and tricks You might not know about

While it’s true that Honor is a Huawei sub-brand, the latest 8 Series flagships from the young Chinese manufacturer has already been extremely successful. With hardware specs comparable to the big names at a much lower price, we thought it would be a good idea to explore some tips and tricks that you might not be aware of and illustrate how much potential these devices have to unlock. Guide Contents Take scrolling screenshots Use screen recorder to teach friends and family how to use the Honor 8 Use search to find your settings way faster Quickly return a call from your lock screen Use your knuckle to take a full or partial screenshot Scan business cards to quickly add contacts Make calls with the screen off Prevent missed calls with pocket mode Use the Honor 8 as a spy camera Take awesome time-lapse video with ease Take pictures and record video at the same time Answer or reject calls using … Continue reading Honor 8: 17 tips and tricks You might not know about

Turn your Android phone into a portable Wi-Fi hard drive with this guide

Not everyone likes storing their personal files on a cloud service, and carrying around extra hardware all the time can be cumbersome. Android enthusiasts remain passionate about our options to expand internal storage which is why it’s time to ditch that old portable USB hard drive and start using your phablet for file storage instead. In this guide, you will learn how to turn your Android powered smartphone into a portable hard drive you can use wirelessly! Android Hard Drive: How to Guide Contents Hardware Requirements Required Software and Configuration Transferring Files to the Android Wireless Hard Drive Using Your Wireless Hard Drive Without a trusted Wi-Fi network Hardware Requirements for Android Wireless Storage The first thing you will need for this project is a phablet with plenty of internal storage space. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for example comes pre-loaded with 64GB internal storage that can be expanded beyond 300GB via 256GB microSD. How much space you need is … Continue reading Turn your Android phone into a portable Wi-Fi hard drive with this guide

6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

People who love phablets are also those who like to standout from the crowd. They know that big screen smartphones are awesome because they give you more real estate for videos and getting stuff done. With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger at a rapid rate, most flagships are now hovering anywhere from 5-5.5 inches. It’s funny to think that not too long ago; the top-tier handsets of the day only had a screen size of 4.3 inches. Remember how everyone reacted when the original Galaxy Note made its debut? If you’re looking to buy a big-screen phone in 2016, its time to broaden your spectrum, and by that we mean going with something that’s bigger than the conventional 5.5-inch handset, yet smaller than a 7-inch tablet. The following is our list of the top 6-inch phablets for 2016. Top Phablets 2016 – 6″ Display Size Sony Xperia XA Ultra Oppo R9 Plus ZTE ZMax Pro ZTE Grand X Max 2 … Continue reading 6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

How to turn your Galaxy smartphone into a bedside alarm clock, charging station

Alarm clocks have been a common feature in most bedrooms and hotels for generations, and now with the release of Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand, you can throw out that old energy wasting time keeper and turn it into a energy supplier with a ton of useful features for the digital age. Guide Contents Necessary hardware for this project How to easily setup a bedside clock using Android Daydream Using Android Always On Display Instead of Daydream Take your clock to the next level with third party apps Setting Alarms Night Clock Mode 1. Necessary Hardware It’s past time to ditch fiddling around in the dark trying to find your phone or plugging up cables. Wireless charging is king and the new charging dock from Samsung is a must have accessory for your Galaxy Phablet. Along with the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung introduced Fast Wireless Charging which is 1.4x faster than older methods. Now that the technology has advanced … Continue reading How to turn your Galaxy smartphone into a bedside alarm clock, charging station

The First Phone Shipping with Android 7.0 is a 5.7-inch Phablet

While Google’s Nexus users are already enjoying the taste of Nougat, the honor of the world’s first phone shipping with the new version of Android pre-loaded goes to the LG V20, a 5.7-inch powerhouse phablet. The V20 is even being promoted on the Android Nougat website, showing a holographic cutout of the phone. While not much is officially known about the upcoming device, what we do know is listed below: 1. It’s a cross between a V10 and a G5 CAD renders of the phablet leaked by @onleaks show a camera protrusion similar to the G5, a secondary display and another release switch for plug-in modules. And now, your very first look at #LG's attractive V20! On behalf of @AndroidAuth… #LGV20 — OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) August 9, 2016 2. It will have a Secondary Display LG V20 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 24, 2016 The secondary ticker display above the main screen on the V10 can be used … Continue reading The First Phone Shipping with Android 7.0 is a 5.7-inch Phablet

T-Mobile Samsung Phablets Confirmed for Nougat Update

With Android Nougat officially out, T-mobile has published a list of Samsung Galaxy phablets that are set to receive the 7.0 OTA update. No timeline was given for when you can expect Android 7.0 from T-Mobile, but Samsung isn’t exactly known for speed when it comes to rolling out OS updates, and we don’t expect that to tradition to change significantly with Nougat. Plus, carriers always add and additional delay to the process for their own certification and bloatware installations. Based on past performance, we might not see an update until late February or early March 2017 for the first OTA updates to start rolling. The list is preliminary and more devices could be added in the future, but currently it includes the following phablets: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ We can probably expect the Galaxy Note 7 to be first up, with the S7 Edge logically following right … Continue reading T-Mobile Samsung Phablets Confirmed for Nougat Update

Easily SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ with these tips

Some mobile carriers put software locks on their devices to prevent them from being used on the networks of other service providers. This is usually the result of the phone being sold at a discounted rate (subsidized) and it’s meant to ensure the phone can only be used on the provided network until the service term is paid up. If you purchased the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ from a mobile carrier through one of these programs, chances are that your phablet will only work on that particular network – preventing you from using that same device if you decide to switch networks or sell it to someone else. In this guide, we will look at a couple fairly simple methods that will successfully unlock your Galaxy S6 Edge+ SIM, giving you some well-deserved freedom and flexibility. Method 1. Contact your service provider to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Sometimes getting a SIM unlock code only requires a phone … Continue reading Easily SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ with these tips

Galaxy Note 4 Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features

Samsung has packed upgraded hardware and even more features into its fourth installment of its Galaxy Note lineup. Check out these often overlooked tips to help get you up to speed with this powerhouse phablet. Guide Contents Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Phrases You Type Often Share your Wi-Fi network without revealing its password Unplug with Blocking Mode (Do Not Disturb) Ignore People with hand gestures Keep Work and Play Separate with Private Mode Disguise yourself in video calls Make Your Phablet Easier to use One Handed Use Assistant Menu for quick access to frequently used phone functions Work in two, or more, apps at once Save battery life with power saving mode Disable the Flipboard home screen Customize your notification panel Adjust touchscreen sensitivity for use with gloves Use the heart-rate sensor to take selfies 1. Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Phrases You Type Often This feature comes from the Galaxy S5 and allows you to turn things you type frequently … Continue reading Galaxy Note 4 Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features

No, the phablet is not dead.

Smartphones may be getting bigger, but that doesn’t mean the word “phablet” is no longer relevant. Contrary to what some may lead you to believe, the phablet is not dead. To those who think there is no longer a category of smartphones that blur the line between a phone and a tablet I argue that you are wrong. Just because a majority of flagships now feature a screen size of at least 5-inches doesn’t mean that the phablet category no longer exists, only that it should be redefined. Here’s why. In the summer of 2011, Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note with a 5.3-inch screen. At that time, it was considered to be extremely large since most popular smartphones of the day had an average screen size of anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 inches. PC World called the Note "awkward" and even "too big to use as your primary smartphone," and with only 2 million sales in the first two … Continue reading No, the phablet is not dead.

Samsung’s Exynos 5433 Obliterates Snapdragon 805 in AnTuTu Benchmarks

The upcoming octa-core 64-bit chipset from Samsung has positioned itself squarely between the mighty NVIDIA Tegra K1 and the new Snapdragon 805 in the latest AnTuTu V4.0 benchmarks. It is a great time to be a phablist. We are getting all of the best phones. From the LG G3 to the almost but confirmed iPhone 6 phablet, there are plenty of options on the horizon if you are looking for a smartphone with a big screen and big specs, and if you are a Samsung fan you now have even more to get excited about. Last week we learned that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 was spotted on AnTuTu in two variants: the SM-910S with a Snapdragon 805 and the SM-910C with Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 5433 SoC onboard, both of which listed with Quad HD displays and 3GB of RAM. The only problem is we didn’t have any processor results to determine which was better, but they have now … Continue reading Samsung’s Exynos 5433 Obliterates Snapdragon 805 in AnTuTu Benchmarks

Android 4.4.4 KitKat Arrives on Nexus Devices

Google quietly posts additional security fixes for its Android operating system less than a month after releasing Android 4.4.3 KitKat. It was just less than three weeks ago when Android 4.4.3 KitKat started rolling out for Nexus devices and it looks like Google might have forgotten a few things because on they quietly posted another Android KitKat update (4.4.4) on their developer site late Thursday night. Devices listed to receive the update are the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones alongside the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. There is no official change log as of yet, but Android Engineering Program Manager Sascha Pruter said in a Google+ post that the latest Android 4.4.4 update is relatively minor and address some major security patches, while hinting towards the CVE-2014-0224 flaw that was discovered in OpenSSL following the discovery of the Heartbleed bug. User reports from XDA developers indicate that the Android 4.4.4 update has already started to arrive on the … Continue reading Android 4.4.4 KitKat Arrives on Nexus Devices

LG G3 Outperforms Every Top Android Phone in Battery Performance Test

Recent improvised battery tests by PhoneArena reveal that the LG G3 offers more battery life than all of the top Android flagships currently on the market. When the LG G3 was announced last month, we learned that the upcoming flagship would be equipped with the same size battery as the G2 despite having a much larger QHD screen with double the pixels. This information led many to believe that the G3 would offer very poor battery performance, but a recent improvised battery test by PhoneArena reveals that the LG G3 actually offers more battery life than all of the top Android flagships currently available. The most noteworthy victory for the LG G3 came over the Samsung Galaxy S5, which PhoneArena recently crowned as the most enduring flagship on the market after achieving over 8 hours and 20 minutes of simulated use on a single charge. The G3 was able to beat the S5 by a full half hour, scoring 8 … Continue reading LG G3 Outperforms Every Top Android Phone in Battery Performance Test