I have been carrying my Note 8 for about two weeks, and so far the battery life has been pretty great. I am averaging about 6 hours of screen on time and my battery doesn't die until it is time for me to go to sleep. I am getting a good 18 hours of life out of the 3300mah battery every day. Not everyone has had the same experience with battery life as me. If you don't mind adding a brick to a device that is already quite beefy zerolemon will be releasing their Note 8 battery bank in early October. This will add 5500mah of additional battery life which should have your Note 8 running strong for days. I can definitely see something like this being useful if you have a long trip or plane ride coming up. They have not given us a price for the case yet. You can buy this at the link below once it is available.
We heard earlier this month that HTC was in the final stages of negotiation with Google to sell them their smartphone business. We seem to be getting closer to the end of that process. HTC just announced that they will halt trading tomorrow pending a major announcement. They are also apparently preparing space for a town hall meeting with all staff members for an "announcement of a major strategic reform". It only makes sense that Google buy HTC as they get deeper into the hardware business with their Pixel lineup of devices. Google would finally be able to build phones from end to end. HTC shares have fallen 94% since April 2011.
Many Chromebook Pixel fans had been hoping that Google would release a more powerful updated version, and it looks like that will happen on October 4th. This updated version will be called the "Google Pixelbook". It will have a hybrid design being able to fold into a full fledged tablet. The new device will come in Silver and will have three storage configurations including 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options. The prices will be $1199 for the base model, $1399 for the 256GB model, and $1799 for the 512GB model. The Pixelbook Pen will be announced alongside the Pixelbook and features pressure sensitivity, tilt support, and will have no lag. The Pen will cost $99. This looks pretty incredible, but will it be worth the price?
Among the leaks today provided to Droid-Life included an all new Google Home Mini and the new Daydream View. The Google Home Mini will be competing directly with the Amazon Echo Dot. It will come in 3 colors including Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral. According to Droid-Life the Google Home Mini will be powered instead of wireless. They arrived at this conclusion as the leaked images show a power cord connected to the back of each unit. This smaller Google Home will be much more affordable costing only $49 at launch. These will still feature full Google Assistant functionality. Charcoal and Coral versions have a colored base to match the top while the Chalk version has a grey top and white bottom. The units also appear to have LED lights to show you when you are interacting with the device.
Other leaks today included some details and pictures of the New Google Daydream View. The units also come in 3 colors including Charcoal, Fog, and Coral. Droid-Life noted that these units seem more rugged then last years softer counterparts. We will also get a controller with the unit, and these will be priced $20 higher than last years models at $99. We will likely see both of these units on stage at the October 4th Pixel event.
The Pixel 2 was also leaked to Droid-Life earlier today. We now have official photos showing off the backs of these devices in three colors. Colors for the Pixel 2 include "Kinda Blue", "Just White", and "Clearly Black". The Pixel 2 also comes in two storage configurations 64GB and 128GB. The 64GB version will cost $649 while the 128GB version will cost $749. Financing will also be available with the 64GB version going for $27.04 over 24 months. The 128GB version will cost $31 over 21 months. The Pixel 2 is not as exciting as the Pixel 2 XL but is a much better value.
Earlier today Droid-life hit the mother load when it comes to Google Product leaks. We now have official images of both Pixel 2 XL colors. There will be both a "Black and White" version and a "Just Black" version of the device. We will also have two storage configurations with the 64GB base model retailing for $849 while the 128GB storage option will set you back a cool $949. Google apparently agrees with the Note 8 and iPhone X pricing structure! It is also worth mentioning that we do not see a dual camera setup on this larger device which is what we have been expecting, and the Black and White version appears to have an orange power button. Google will be offering their own financing with the 64GB variants costing $35.38 for 24 months and the 128GB version costing $39.54 per month over the same period. These are the devices that many of us have been holding out for. Are you guys still as excited as me?
While Nokia 9 has been able to keep Nokia fan lovers on the edge with the constant rumor mill surrounding it, the device was recently spotted on the benchmarking website GFXBench. According to the listing, the upcoming handset will be running Google’s latest operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo and not the Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box as suggested by previous reports. This news should not come as a surprise as HMD had already confirmed an Oreo update for all its existing devices with the operating system being pushed to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
The GFXBench listing claims the Nokia 9 will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, Adreno 540 GPU and 64GB of internal storage. It is also said to feature a QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display with a screen size of either 5.2-inch or 5.3-inch. If we go by previous reports, Nokia 9 could come in more than one RAM/ storage variant – 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone is also rumored to house a 3,800mAh battery.
T-Mobile seems to be the only major carrier looking out for the customer these days. They know that this is their only chance to break up the duopoly and take a favorable market share. They have been using this tactic to their advantage to include taxes and fees in their plan prices, offer consumers free stuff and more. Now they will be increasing the throttle limit on unlimited data plans to 50GB per line per month. The change will take place on September 20th. Their new limit more than doubles the limit of the other three carriers. This increase is great for those customers who now have free netflix.
A new form of Android malware was able to slip past the anti-malware protections in Google Play and could have infected up to 4.2 million devices, according to a report from Check Point security researchers. According to the report, ExpensiveWall infected at least 50 apps and could have been downloaded 1-4.2 million times. So, what does this malware do? The report said that it "sends fraudulent premium SMS messages and charges users' accounts for fake services without their knowledge."