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Samsung phones updating to Android Pie will show AT&T’s fake 5G logo

5G is going to be a big deal, it just isn't ready for prime time yet. Real 5G won't be widely used until late 2019 at earliest, but companies don't want their users to know that. AT&T is advertising their LTE-A technology with carrier aggregation, LAA, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM, as 5G E. This technology...

DxOMark’s camera reviews of the Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T are up

As you may know, DxOMark is a website that provides image quality ratings for smartphone cameras (and other types of cameras). Phone makers like to use these rating to brag about their cameras. In the past, Google and OnePlus have touted DxOMark ratings during their phone announcements. That didn't happen this year, but the DxOMark reviews are finally up. We'll...

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3’s MIUI 10 Global ROM based on Android 9 Pie is finally available

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Honor Magic 2 are two interesting smartphones that both launched in October within a week of each other. Both devices have a nearly bezel-less front thanks to their slider mechanisms. While the Honor Magic 2 won't be released outside of China, the Mi Mix 3 is slowly making its...

Google Camera mod enables the use of the secondary lens on the Razer Phone/2, Moto X4, and possibly others

The Google Camera mod is probably one of the best feats of custom development in Android in recent years. On a lot of phones, it doesn't even require root, yet it allows you to have the Google Pixel's camera processing on your smartphone, complete with some of Google's best features, like Night Sight. There are...

[Update: Official] Asus Zenfone 5’s Android Pie update with new ZenUI software leaks

The Asus Zenfone 5 was announced in February at MWC as a solid mid-range device. The phone features a 6.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 636 SoC, 4/6GB of RAM, dual 12MP cameras, and a 3,300 mAh battery. Asus launched the phone with Android Oreo and now it's getting some Android Pie goodness. Asus has not officially announced...

Dirac Bass will improve the bass performance of some upcoming smartphones

Until recently, Dirac was a relatively unknown name. The Swedish audio firm has been working with device makers for years, but we only started hearing a lot about them in 2018. We learned about their technology when we interviewed the General Manager of Mobile at Dirac back in March. Their latest feature for smartphones is called "Dirac...

Become an Ethical Hacker with This Master Class Bundle

It seems like not a day goes by without hearing news of another cyberattack on either a major corporation or government agency. Hackers are becoming increasingly adept at infiltrating secure servers and jeopardizing everything from a company’s financial records to the power grid of an entire city, and although it may sound a bit counterintuitive,...

[Update: For sale] Samsung Galaxy A8s is official with LCD display hole and no headphone jack

Samsung originally launched the Galaxy A series back in 2015, which includes the A3, A5, A7, and A8. The company has continued releasing successors to some of these devices with each passing year (the A8 got skipped last year) and this year we watched as the company released the Galaxy A, Galaxy A+ and now there's...

EMUI 9 Stable Releases – Find Your Huawei/Honor Devices’ Android Pie Update!

Ever since the official release of Android 9 Pie for the Google Pixel smartphones, we've been tracking the update progress of all the major Android device makers. Apart from Google, device makers like Xiaomi, HMD Global, Sony, Motorola, OnePlus, and Sharp have released Android Pie updates for several of their devices. Among the top two...

Nokia 3 is now receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo update

After they licensed the Nokia brand for use in smartphones, HMD Global has taken the industry by storm. The main reason for their success is their large portfolio of smartphones in the low and mid-range price categories, decent hardware, excellent software support, and of course, brand recognition. The Nokia 3 is one of HMD Global's...

Asus Zenfone Max M2 and Zenfone Max Pro M2 forums are now open

Early last week, ASUS held a launch event in India for two new mid-range smartphones that our users have been very excited about. First up we have the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 with its 6.26-inch FHD+ LCD, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 mobile platform, RAM options of 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB, with storage options of 32GB,...

Kernel source code for the Xiaomi Mi A1’s Android Pie release is available

While Android Pie was officially released earlier this year it has taken some smartphone OEMs a bit of time to get the update pushed out to some of their devices. With the Mi A2 receiving priority since it is newer, that left those who owned the Xiaomi Mi A1 wondering how long it would take...