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AOSP Android Oreo ROM Now Available for the Honor View 10

We're nearly three months into 2018, and most devices launching in the coming months will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Every one of those devices will support Project Treble, which is great news -- we've already seen the endless possibilities Treble brings to the table. It gets single, generic system images based on Android 8.0...

Official TWRP now available for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5/Redmi 5 Plus

Thanks to Xiaomi devices' competitive price tags, the developer community around them has grown rapidly over the years. Its size is likely one reason why the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (a rebranded version of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus), which was released just last week, has already gotten a flashable TWRP image. It's from XDA Senior Member...

LG’s 2018 Flagship will launch in June with a 6.1″ 18:9 MLCD+ Display

Earlier this year, after LG's smartphone division posted its 11th consecutive quarter of declining revenue, the company announced it would reevaluate its mobile strategy. Going forward, LG chairman Jo Senong-jin said, it would only release new phones when it felt it should, rather than adhere to a release schedule. But that doesn't mean the company...

BQ Aquaris X/X Pro Receiving Android 8.1 Oreo Beta Before Most Flagship Phones

BQ, a Spain-based budget smartphone vendor, has a presence in Europe and the US, but it tends to fly under the radar when it comes to media coverage. That's partly because its smartphones aren't particularly competitive against models from China-based rivals such as Xiaomi, Honor, and Motorola. However, in regions where it's hard for customers to...

Facebook Loses Lawsuit Against Belgium, Fined €250,000 A Day Until it Complies with EU Privacy Laws

Facebook has long been under scrutiny over its privacy policies. The company was fined €1.2 million last year by a court in Spain for privacy violations, for example. Now, a Brussels judge has found it guilty of violating European Union privacy laws. The decision issued this week, which stems from a 2015 lawsuit alleging that the social network...

The Huawei P20 Plus will have a beefy 4,000 mAh battery to power its Always on Display feature

Huawei, the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, is preparing to launch the P20, P20 Plus, and the P20 Lite at an event in Paris on March 27th. The company was previously expected to launch the 3 smartphones, code-named "Emily," "Charlotte," and "Anne" respectively, during the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. However,...

[Update: Essential Claims 6 Figure Sales] Google Pixel Shipments Doubled to 3.9 Million in 2017 While the Essential Phone Stalled Out

In 2017, Google took the wraps off the Pixel 2 series, and Andy Rubin-backed startup Essential launched the Essential Phone. The smartphones had their respective rough patches -- the Pixel 2 XL's screen became the subject of controversy, and the Essential phone's launch was rife with issues from the get-go. All else being equal, though, Google's...

Google Maps v9.72 Beta Prepares to Add Uber Account Creation, Improves Transit Guidance and Road Closure Reporting, and More

Google Maps v9.72 beta is rolling out to users via the Play Store. User-facing changes are far and few between, but we did an APK teardown of the app and discovered a lot of information about upcoming features. In short, Google is adding native Uber integration to Google Maps, meaning users will be able to...

Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are scheduled to launch on the 25th of February ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018. Since so much attention is placed on these two devices, it's hard for Samsung to keep everything under wraps until the announcement. We've seen everything from hardware specifications to pricing to even...

Sony is Removing Night Light from the Xperia XA1 in Upcoming Android Oreo Update

Android's well-received Night Light feature, which was introduced alongside the Android N Developer Preview in 2016, inexplicably disappeared for certain devices in Android 8.1 Oreo. That motivated OEMs such as Sony to roll out replacements: the Xperia XA1 series featured the company's own take on Android's Night Light. Unfortunately, it'll be removed in an upcoming...

Google is Offering “Loyal Nexus Owners” 20% Off the Pixel 2/2XL

For smartphone manufacturers, one of the advantages of launching a device toward the end of the year is that it gets an uplift from the holiday shopping season. However, it can get lost in the fray during conventions like the Consumer Electronics Show in January and Mobile World Congress in February. One way some companies...

Moto Z2 Force with Moto TurboPower Pack Launched in India for Rs. 34,999 ($547)

The last Motorola flagship to be launched in India was the Moto Z in October 2016. Since then, the company has released upper mid-range smartphones such as the Moto Z2 Play, lower mid-range phones such as the Moto G5 Plus and the Moto G5S Plus, and entry-level smartphones such as the Moto E4 Plus. However,...