HTC just announced a few new phones and for those of you looking for a more affordable option HTC has something for you in their new HTC U11 Life. This is an unlocked midranger device. The phone looks very similar to the U11 at first glance, but does not include the more premium build materials. Specs include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 cpu, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, micro sdcard slot, 16mp rear and front facing cameras, and Edge Sense. You can buy this phone directly from HTC or through T-Mobile for $350.
Some Galaxy Note 8 users have been reporting that their devices are freezing up and sometimes randomly rebooting. This is even happening when launching Samsung's own contacts app. In fact it mostly seems to happen when using the Samsung contact app, however it is also being reported that the phone freezes and crashes when using other apps like Facebook and WhatsApp. One user had gone through 4 phones in 5 days and the fourth phone was still crashing. When the phone freezes the only way to fix it is a reboot. This is happening several times a day for those affected which would get pretty old.
Samsung released the following statement in response:
Google is finally beginning to realize that there are ways to get around their Factory Reset Protection. No matter what changes they make to try and keep a would be thief from being able to use a stolen phone methods are always found to get past their security measures. With factory reset if a phone is ever factory reset you have to provide the Google account information to gain access to the phone.
With Android 8.1 you are no longer asked to sign in to your account. Instead you are asked for your "Previously used secret". This issue was encountered by reddit user "Tom Bolger". He forgot his PIN and decided to factory reset the device thinking that he would be asked to sign into his Google account. When he got the request for previously used secret instead he called Google who suggested factory resetting again. This just resulted in the same screen requesting the previously used secret. Google eventually had him ship in the unit for a replacement.
I had to factory reset my Pixel 2 XL the other day. The phone was running Android 8.1, and I did not run into this issue. Ever since Factory Reset Protection was launched by Google I have been in the habit of logging out of every single account prior to factory resetting a device. If you decide to upgrade to the Android 8.1 Developer Beta Preview just be sure not to forget your PIN,...
We have already seen some users receive the Android Oreo Beta update for their Samsung Galaxy S8. They were able to provide us with some information regarding new features with the update. You can manually enroll your Galaxy S8 for the Beta update. The method for doing so is not all that easy and you aren't guaranteed to get the update once you are enrolled.
There are a few methods. There are only 10,000 slots available so the quicker you get setup the more likely you will be to get the update. It is worth noting that Samsung has the right to permanently kick you out of the program if they find out you used the backdoor to get in.
Only devices that meet the following requirements are eligible. You need a Snapdragon T-Mobile S8 or S8+, Snapdragon Sprint S8 or S8+, or a carrier unlocked Snapdragon S8 or S8+ purchased from Samsung.
The first method requires you to download the Samsung+ app, download and unzip this file click "start.bat", find the local IP address of your PC, Go to wi-fi settings on your S8 long press on current wi-fi network, tap "manage network settings, tap show advanced options, set your PC's IP address as the proxy server, change the port to 8888, finally open the Samsung+ app and receive the prompt for enrolling in the beta.
The phone for hardcore gamers is here! Razer just announced their new phone and it looks pretty sweet. The company who is most well known for their Gaming PC peripherals and Gaming Laptops announced a while back that they would be putting together a phone. The display will likely be the main selling point of this phone. The phone features a 5.7" 2560x1440 Sharp IGZO LCD display with a refresh rate of 120MHz. The phone will also feature "Ultramotion" which is a refresh technology that syncs the GPU with the display to eliminate tearing and lag.
The phone has some pretty major bezels fortunately the phone makes good use of all this space with dual front facing stereo speakers. Dual dedicated amplifiers power the speakers. The phone is also THX certified. Other specs for the phone include a Snapdragon 835 cpu, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of on board storage, microSD card slot, 4,000mah battery, support for Quick Charge 4.0+, dual rear camera setup with a 12mp wide angle lens, and 13mp 2x telephoto zoom lens. The phone will launch with Android 7.1.1, but will see the Oreo update during the first quarter of 2018. This looks like a pretty strong device. The live stream was able to get about 7,500 viewers, and the video has had about 50,000 views since it finished 4 hours ago. The interest in the phone is certainly not on par with...
It looks like Samsung will be rolling out their Oreo Beta update in two phases. The first phase will roll out to devices in North America, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. The second phase will roll out to China, Germany, Spain, France, Poland and India. The update was rumored for October 31st. Today we started seeing reports of the update actually coming through on devices. According to those who have received the update it seems to speed things up. This is great news as we all know Samsung devices tend to lag a bit over time. The Android Oreo Beta build does not support portrait mode, however pop up and split screen modes do still work. The new update adds a bit of color to media notification and app shortcuts. The system UI is mostly the same as what we already have on Nougat. With the update hitting Beta this week would should see a final version start rolling out to various carriers within the next few weeks.
Reddit user /u/TomBolger is reporting on Reddit that a new "FEATURE" of Android 8.1 that makes Factory Reset Protection even stronger. Previously, after a Factory Reset, you would be asked to login to your Google account if you did not remove said account prior to the wipe. Now, with 8.1 this has been changed and you will be prompted for your "previously used secret" (your pin code, password or pattern that you use to bypass your lock screen). The image above was the error he received after he tried to reflash and go back to 8.0. The end result after contacting Google for support? He has to RMA it. Yes, his phone is now bricked because he does not know his 'secret'?
Is this really common though? Have you ever forgotten a pin / pass / pattern?
When big OEMs began to remove the sdcard reader from their flagship lineups one of the main reasons was that apps stored there wouldn't perform well since micro sdcards were slower than built in storage. The pitch was to buy more onboard storage for use with apps and to just back up photos and videos to the cloud. In the past few years OEMs added back expandable storage due to consumer backlash for removing it at first their software would not allow you to put apps on the external storage, but now more and more OEMs are allowing you to move your apps to storage.
SanDisk has just released a micro sdcard that is meant to speed up app performance. The A1 rating delivers faster application performance. The cards are able to manage random IOPS operations which helps to quickly open apps and process the tasks that accompany them. The card provides 400GB of storage. Read speeds can reach as high as 100MB/s. The card also includes water, shock, temp, and x-ray protection. You can order yours from the link below.
Evan Blass just leaked a photo showing off the new Translucent Black variant of the HTC U11. You will be able to see the internals, especially the wireless charging receiver through the translucent glass back. Normally glass backs are painted in such a way that you can't see through them. Zack from the youtube channel "JerryRigEverything" has removed this paint on several phones to show off the insides of those phones. Now it looks like HTC has picked up on the demand for a phone that allows you to peak in. What do you think of the new color?
For the past few months if you wanted to get your hands on the latest Moto X series phone you had to sign up through Project Fi or either grab one of the Moto X4 Amazon exclusive units which came loaded with lockscreen ads. Amazon no longer has the exclusive and you can now pick up a carrier unlocked ad free version of the phone for just $399. This new version doesn't include the Android One software, and does come with Amazon's Alexa pre-installed.
As far as specs are concerned this version is the same as the previously released version. You get a 5.2" 1080p IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 630 cpu, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, micro sdcard slot, IP68 water resistant rating, 3,000mah battery and Android 7.1.1. The phone also comes with a dual lens camera setup. The primary lens is 12mp and the secondary lens is 8mp. The front facing camera is 16mp, and includes it's own LED flash. For now you can buy this device from BestBuy, B&H Photo, or Newegg.