TWRP has finally arrived for Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Before you get too excited though TWRP for these device does require your Galaxy S8 to be bootloader unlocked. None of the US models have unlockable bootloaders so for now you still won't be able to install TWRP and then root on your S8 or S8+ in the US. For now this limits the method to Chinese and Hong Kong variants of the device. If you have managed to acquire a bootloader unlockable Galaxy S8 head to the link below for the TWRP download.
Samsung has been promising us Bixby Voice since the Galaxy S8 was announced. The feature should have been available at launch, but it wasn't quite ready. They then released a beta version of the app which you can acquire right now. It looks like Bixby Voice has been able to collect plenty of data making during the Beta period. It is now able to do some pretty impressive things. As outlined in the video above Bixby Voice is able to perform basic tasks like take a screenshot, turn on wi-fi, adjust brightness, and more. The software can even do things like remember where you parked your car as well as launch the camera a snap a photo even while the phone is locked. This really is revolutionary when it comes to voice assistants. You can apparently do just about anything you could otherwise do by tapping the screen which was Samsung's intention all along.
We are still several months away from the release of the Pixel XL 2, but we are already starting to see some major leaks surrounding the device. We already have seen a design mockup showing off the front and back of the phone. We also found out that the device features a bezeless design with an OLED display featuring a 2:1 aspect ratio. We now have some new information regarding the upcoming device.
The OLED display will also have an Always On Display feature baked in similar to what we have seen on devices like the LG G6, and Galaxy S8. This has been a feature I have used quite a lot on my Galaxy S8. The new leak also corroborates the idea that the phone will feature squeezable sides like we saw on the U11. It was said that Google is currently working on new implementations of the feature. XDA also states that the display will offer profiles (sRGB, VIVID, ect.). Apparently the overall theme we will see in final Android O will be darker and not lighter that what we have seen with Preivew builds.
Samsung may have just teased the Note 8 via their official exynos twitter handle. We see a rectangular device which appears to be everything we have previously seen in leaked renders. One thing you can notice from the apparent mockup is a much thinner top bezel than what we have seen with the Galaxy S8. You can also see a much wider speaker grill on the top of the front which could indicate a stereo speaker setup. This does however really appear to just be a mockup as it is missing the power button. We don't think Samsung is ready to pass on the power button just yet. The phone looks pretty amazing otherwise.
For whatever reason Samsung is refusing to call the refurbished Note 7 devices Note 7s and instead is calling these devices the Note FE (Fan Edition). I can understand the reasoning behind this. With all the bad press surrounding the Note 7 they wan't to distance themselves as far away as possible. However after a recent teardown of a Note FE device we know for sure that this is indeed simply a refurbished Note 7 with a smaller battery. The guys over at iFixit found that the Note FE contains a 3200mah battery instead of the original 3500mah battery and that the antenna pattern has been slightly reworked. The device is also 2.3 grams lighter than the original Note 7. Hopefully the smaller battery was the change the phone needed to prohibit explosion.
Amazon has been selling devices at a discount if you are willing to sell them ad space on your lock screen. Basically this just means for a few dollars off the purchase of your smartphone you are inundated with ads galore on your lockscreen. Of course XDA members have been looking for ways to circumvent this. A.Fitz has decided to get the ball rolling on a bootloader unlock method which will ensure root for the device. Once rooted you will be able to remove the ads that are baked into the software on the Amazon Moto G4 Play. One XDA member Ledothis has already been able to get tethered root for the device. You can follow all of the progress at the link below. Happy rooting!
IFA 2017 happens in just a few months and it appears that LG will indeed be launching the V30 at the event. LG has started to send out press invites for a launch event that will take place August 31st at 9:00AM CET in Berlin, Germany at the maritim Hotel. The Press invites do not specifically mention the V30, but I can't think of any other device that would merit it's own IFA event from LG. The device is expected to do away with the popular secondary display for a more G6 like design. It will have a 6" display, dual camera, Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and wireless charging. It looks like another great V series device from LG, but will any of you decide to skip this one if it is indeed lacking the secondary display? What makes the V30 stand out with this second display?
It looks like Samsung will be looking to beat Apple to market with their next flagship device after all. According to a new report the Note 8 will be launched as soon as August 23rd. This is in line with the release cycle that Samsung has used for the past two years. This date has not been directly confirmed by Samsung, however a Samsung exec did go on record to say that they are currently planning to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at a New York event next month. We still expect to see a 6.3" infinity display and a price tag approaching $1000.
I pretty much never get any predictions correct. I did for once! I posted on these forums that I believed we were going to see a new and improved Shattershield from Motorola with the Z2. I think this pic, included with an invite to Moto's July 25th NY announcement, confirms it. AndroidCentral thinks they will be doing away with the 'plastic' top layer. Maybe, as I hoped, we will finally have a shatterproof... AND scratch proof phone?
AC is also predicting there will ONLY be a Force this time. We'll find out on the 25th!
We finally have some factory CAD renders of the LG V30 and unsurprisingly this looks like a larger LG G6. There were some pretty far fetched rumors early on showing a slide out secondary display. It seems like that may have just been one of the many designs LG was playing with. They may have deemed that design too risky after the response they got after the renders leaked.
They may have decided to play it safe with the more LG G6 like design. OnLeaks has released his CAD based renders of the upcoming handset. The V30 in these renders is missing the secondary display completely, and this basically looks like a larger G6. We expect to see the phone release with the Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and we should see the official announcement later this year at IFA.