The OnePlus 5T will be announced in 2 hours! We are expecting a refreshed version of the OnePlus 5T with most of the same internal specs and a few changes to the design of the device. OnePlus has decided to charge $45 for tickets to attend the announcement. However they will also be live streaming the show. You can watch it above.
The OnePlus 5T is expected to be a pretty great budget friendly device when it releases today. We have already seen it unboxed and yesterday a GFXBench confirmed the included specs. We know just about all there is to know, but OnePlus may have one more trick up their sleeve. An XDA member posted a thread which has since been taken down that included Oxygen OS code that hinted at a Star Wars special edition. The device will apparently feature a red theme. The exterior of the phone may also be red. Would you be interested in a Star Wars themed OnePlus 5T with the release of The Last Jedi right around the corner?
The latest trend in smartphones is Smartphones is getting rid of the display's bezel. Samsung has achieved a virtually bezel free side by curving both sides of their displays. According to sources lesser known Chinese manufacturer Doogee is working on a curved Display of their own. Doogee has recently made a dip on the mobile phone world radar with the release of their affordable Mix 2 device which took design ques from the Xiaomi Mi Mix series. The device might be similar to the LG Flex and have an 18:9 aspect ratio, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If Doogee sticks to their affordable pricing business model this phone has a chance to be pretty popular.
Earlier in the week it was discovered that OnePlus 5T had preinstalled an app "EngineerMode" that allowed for backdoor access to root functions. The app was meant to allow OnePlus the ability to check devices to be sure that certain functions were working, but the app also allowed for ADB commands. This app was preinstalled on the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5.
OnePlus has released an official statement regarding this issue. In their blogpost discussing the matter the reiterated that the attacker would need physical access to the device, and the device needs usb debugging enabled. The backdoor wouldn't be easily exploitable as the would be attacker would need your PIN or password to access the phone to enable USB debugging. That being said OnePlus has stated they will be removing the ADB function in the EngineeringMode app on their phones.
The OnePlus 5T will be officially announced tomorrow. We already know pretty much everything there is to know about the device with a specs list and unboxing leaking out late last week. Today the specs we already knew were confirmed with a GFXBench. The benchmark shows the Snapdragon 835 with an Adreno 540 GPU, a 6" 1080p display, 8GB RAM, 128 GB storage with 111GB of storage available for the user, and Android 7.1.1. We also expect to see a new minimized bezel display with a fingerprint scanner on the back. Is anyone else getting a bit excited for this budget friendly flagship caliber device.
While there were only several thousand who bought the first round of Essential phones those of you who did pick one up will be happy to know that Essential just released their Android Oreo Beta build. As this is a beta build their will be some bugs. According to Essential if you don't like the beta build you can easily flash back to the stable version of Nougat. Once the beta version has had ample time to be tested Essential will hopefully roll out a stable version of Oreo. Download the Android Oreo Beta for the Essential Phone at the link below.
This has to be one of the very coolest Moto Mods yet! Who needs a projector or loud speaker when you can have instant paper printed photos like it's the 80's again?! Motorola introduced their Insta-Share Polaroid printer this morning. The mod allows you to take photos using your phone's camera and then gives you the option to print out said photo. The mod uses ZINK Zero-Ink paper and prints out 2x3" smudge-proof photos. The photos even include adhesive backs so you can stick them to things. The Mod will be available for $200 in the US starting November 17th.
One of the new features included with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is the Always On Display. The feature has not officially made its way to older Google devices like the Pixel, Pixel XL or Nexus 6P, and it may never since Google likes to give their fans encouragement to buy new devices with exclusive features. That being said you can now Enable the feature on the 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL thanks to Android 8.1 and Substratum even without root. There is a complete tutorial at the link below. If you are interested in this feature it seems to be pretty easy to enable.
As you may already know Microsoft has basically hammered down the final nail in the coffin of the Windows Mobile platform. They have moved on to produce a Microsoft experience for both the Android or iPhone user. They are now selling Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices which already have their "Microsoft Experience" installed. The phone is listed for $724.99 and includes the Microsoft Launcher. With the Microsoft Launcher you will be able to sync documents, photos, webpages, and more across devices. For Black Friday they will have the S8 discounted by $150. If you have a microsoft fan in the family this might be the perfect gift.
Recent reports have suggested that Samsung has made a final decision on the Galaxy S9 design and will begin mass production of the phone in December. If this is true the phone may launch before Mobile World Congress begins on February 26th in Barcelona. Earlier this year Samsung totally skipped the event which used to be where they rolled out the latest device in the S series. Instead they waited to hold their own event in March.
According to a trustworthy SamMobile tipster Samsung will once again skip the trade show only this year they will launch their device earlier. The source also mentioned that the phone would use some of the iPhone X's tricks. He did not mention which tricks but it is likely we will see 3D facial recognition to compete with facial recognition on the iPhone X. The phone will also likely include the all new Snapdragon 845. We may also see an update to the Infinity Display with even slimmer bezels. Are you ready for another major flagship as early as February?