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Likely Xiaomi Redmi S2 shows up on TENAA with 6-inch display and 3 storage/RAM variants

TENAA is China's certification authority for electronic devices. All smartphones sold in China are eventually certified by TENAA, so monitoring the website for new listings can be a valuable source of information for upcoming devices. The recently launched Honor 10, for example, had most of its specifications listed on TENAA prior to launch. Now, a...

Many Lenovo P2 owners are unable to unlock the bootloader, Lenovo is investigating

The Lenovo P2 was launched near the end of 2016. It featured a 5.5" FHD screen with the power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, but what made the phone most appealing was its massive 5,100mAh battery which is somewhat of a rarity these days. It launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and was officially updated to Android 7.0...

[Update: More Multitasking Details] Here’s how Android P’s iPhone X style Navigation Gestures will work

Last week, Google published a blog post outlining Android P's new private DNS feature. However, the company inadvertently included a screenshot that showed off a bizarre navigation bar with a missing recent apps button and a pill-shaped home button. This was believed to be a navigation bar redesign to accommodate Android P's new iPhone X...

Development of eSIM standard halted after allegations arise that AT&T and Verizon colluded to sabotage it

In yet another example of why American consumers have such little faith in AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the two companies are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice over whether they colluded to sabotage the eSIM standard. An embedded SIM, or eSIM, is a standardized SIM chip that allows users to switch between carriers...

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ (Exynos), Nvidia Shield Android TV, and Xiaomi Mi Note 2 now support LineageOS 15.1

Custom ROMs may not be as popular as they used to be, but that doesn't mean there isn't still a huge audience for them. ROMs such as the popular LineageOS are available for a range of devices such as years-old budget devices and even more recent flagship devices. We've been tracking any new devices that...

Motorola’s Moto G6 and Moto E5 series will have really poor software support

Motorola announced the new Moto G and Moto E series lineup on Thursday, and we have posted our first impressions of the new devices. The Moto G6 Plus is the flagship Moto G series device, and it will launch in various international markets, but not the US. In the US, the Moto G6 and the Moto...

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, Honor 10, Moto G6, and Moto E5 Forums now open

This week, we have seen major smartphone launches from Sony, Honor and Motorola. Two months have now passed since Mobile World Congress, and many device makers have launched their device portfolios for the first half of 2018. In March, we saw the launches of the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite, as well as...

Xiaomi Mi 7 delayed to Q3 because of 3D facial recognition technology

3D facial scanning sensors haven't made their way to Android smartphones yet. It should be noted that this doesn't mean that face unlock isn't found in Android phones. In fact, device makers such as OnePlus and Honor have improved upon Android's default face unlock feature with their own implementations. Face unlock on phones such as...

LG G7 ThinQ will have a dedicated Google Assistant button

The LG G7 ThinQ will launch on May 2nd. At this point, most of the major specifications of the device have been leaked, including the fact that it will have a M+ LCD panel with a display notch, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip, 16MP + 16MP rear cameras, and AI features. Previously, a report stated...

Google pauses work on Allo in favor of “Chat,” an RCS-based messaging standard

Google's experimentation with chat apps has turned into a meme among the Android enthusiast community. Just to name a few, there's been Google Hangouts, Google Voice, Google Allo, Google Talk, and Google+. It seems like the company has tried over and over to dethrone Apple iMessage's seamless integration across clients, only to fail each time....

Here’s what Android Messages for Web will look like

It's official: Android Messages for Web is coming. Nearly two months ago, an APK Teardown of the Android Messages mobile application revealed that Google was working on a web client for the default SMS app on Google Nexus and Pixel phones. The feature was discovered to support all major desktop web browsers and would require...

Xiaomi releases kernel sources for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

When it comes to releasing kernel source code in a timely manner, few Android device makers are currently doing so. Google, OnePlus, and recently Razer have released kernel sources for their devices fairly quickly compared to the competition. Among those that have failed to abide by the GPL, Xiaomi has been one of the worst offenders. The...