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Week 49 in review: Samsung Galaxy S10,A8s, nova 4, Snapdragon 855 and more
9 December 2018, 7:00 pm

As we sweep week 49 of the year under the rug and look around to find there are only three left in the year, our news section sees an even bigger shift toward early 2019 devices. The Galaxy S10 dominated the headlines thanks to a few leaked renders and an alleged screen protectors that showed dual selfie cameras, embedded under the display. Another set of renders pointed to four cameras on the rear. In less glamours Samsung news the company was caught using a DSLR photo as promo for the portrait mode on the Galaxy A8 Star - for shame. And finally we have a date for the announcement...

Weekly poll: Nominees for Best Phones of 2018
9 December 2018, 3:00 pm

There are only a few weeks left in 2018 and even though we're still expecting new phones to launch they will be too late to make a significant impact this year. So, we're no longer accepting applications for Best Phones of 2018. It's now time to vote. There were so many new devices that we can't just pick the Top 10 and ask you to vote. Instead this is a preliminary stage roughly divided into three categories: flagship, mid-range, entry level. We tried to include as many phones as possible while still trying to keep the lists at a manageable length. We were partly guided by the Daily...

Top 10 trending phones of week 49
9 December 2018, 11:00 am

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro was the most popular phone in our database in week 49 of 2018, followed by the Galaxy A7 (2018) - the pair retaining the top 2 spots for three straight weeks now. In third we have the Galaxy A9 (2018), which climbed three positions since last week and knocked the Huawei Mate 20 Pro off the podium. The Samsung Galaxy A8s with its hole in the display took fifth despite not being officially out yet - the new design has gained quite a lot of attention though. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 gained a spot to sixth, while behind it are two more phones on the rise - Honor...

Android 9.0 Pie rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi A1
9 December 2018, 9:00 am

Smartphones that are part of the Android One program come with a promise for timely OS updates. Well, it's hardly been timely, but Android 9.0 Pie has now rolled out to the Xiaomi Mi A1. The firmware weighs in at 1074MB and aside from bringing the major OS release, comes with support for FM radio - until now it wasn't available on the A1, but just on its Chinese-only twin 5X. The brief changelog also mentions new navigation options - whether it's the Pixel pill button and gestures, or Xiaomi's custom implementation, remains to be seen. Adaptive battery and brightness features...

Weekly poll results: second screens are loved, as long as they don't cost too much
9 December 2018, 7:00 am

Dual screens are a potential solution to the selfie camera craziness - no notches, holes, sliders, pop-ups and so on, just use the rear camera and the second display as a viewfinder. In last week's poll dual screens proved more popular than foldable phones. Even a small second screen is fine, though there's a clear preference for larger panels. That said, a surprising number of people commented that they don't care about selfies and especially video calls. Well, we guess that should worry Instagram's management more so than phone makers. Anyway, by far the most popular option was...

Counterclockwise: remembering the Doom ports on mobile phones
9 December 2018, 3:00 am

Once upon a time Doom was installed on more computers than Windows 95. Microsoft tried porting the game to boost the popularity of its new OS (an effort lead by one Gabe Newell), but Doom would be ported to just about every platform you can think of - including many phones. Our story begins before app stores were popular and worse, there were so many mobile operating systems. So this was a bit more complicated than putting a game up on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. CDoom was one of the earlier ports, published in 2001 for the Nokia 9210 Communicator (9210i and 9210c as...

Budget Galaxy S10 pictured with a case, flat screen design confirmed
8 December 2018, 2:50 pm

Samsung is doing a bold move by introducing a budget Galaxy S10 next year along with the regular premium versions and we've known for a while now that it's going to miss on the in-display fingerprint reader and will probably have a flat screen design to keep the cost low. Galaxy S10 Lite case renders The latest renders of the device further confirm the theory and show the device with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a flat screen design. We haven't seen those on a flagship Galaxy smartphone since forever. But while it skips a couple of cool features, the S10 Lite still...

Japan also planning to stop using Huawei and ZTE equipment
8 December 2018, 1:10 pm

Huawei and ZTE have been no strangers to security and espionage scandals in recent years. And while it is hard to fully grasp the whole picture and accurately judge on any of the official accusations, it is already pretty clear that the two Chinese corporations are under direct fire by the USA. In fact, things have been unraveling very rapidly on an international scale for the pair, with many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the UK taking preemptive steps of their own. Considering all this, plus the recent arrest of Huawei CFO it really comes as no surprise to...

Google Phone app gets redesigned interface, it's all circles now
8 December 2018, 11:40 am

Google's been redesigning the interface of its software across platforms rounding off sharp corners wherever possible - just look at the address bar of the Chrome browser you're probably reading this on. The push for circles is now finally fully embraced on the company's Phone app for Android, too. Old vs. New The Favorites tab of the default dialer app on Pixel phones had two contacts per row until now, while the other tabs had already switched to circles. The latest update brings consistency between the tabs with circles, circles everywhere, and the contacts are now three in...

Samsung's Galaxy S10-series screen sizes revealed
8 December 2018, 9:10 am

The famous leakster Evan Blass just published three renders that are supposed to be the upcoming Galaxy S10 lineup from Samsung. However, the post explicitly states that the images are based on a case manufacturer's expectations. According to the renders, the smallest and most affordable S10 Lite would have a 5.8-inch display with a punch hole for the camera in the middle while the regular S10 will sport a 6.1-inch panel with the same front-facing camera design. A case manufacturer's expectations for the Galaxy S10 lineup:— Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 8,...

[UPDATE] HMD reportedly delaying Nokia 8 Android Pie update on purpose
8 December 2018, 6:45 am

Update: Nokia has reached out with a statement in response to this post: There is no purposeful delay. As soon as the upgrade to Android Pie is ready and we can be sure that it delivers the best experience for our fans, we will begin the update cycle. We are committed to a pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience which involves rigorous testing to ensure no part of that commitment is compromised. Original story follows: According to a report from PhoneArena an industry source claims that Nokia hasn't released the Android Pie updates for the Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 even...

Verizon enables eSIM on all 2018 iPhones
8 December 2018, 4:32 am

On Wednesday, Apple pushed iOS update 12.1.1 that enabled eSIM support for more carriers around the world. AT&T was the first carrier to offer official support for eSIM on the iPhone and we wondered if Verizon was going to follow soon after. Last month, Verizon had to iron out some issues with the iPhone running on Verizon in a dual SIM configuration. Today, Verizon support tweeted that customers can begin activating Verizon lines on the iPhone XR, XS or XS Max using the built-in eSIM. This is an important question, and we are all about answers. Yes, you may activate the eSIM on your...

Xiaomi debuts three products in the US
8 December 2018, 3:30 am

Today, Xiaomi held its first Mi Fan event in New York City where the company's goal was to create buzz about the Chinese brand that is slowly entering the US market. Less than 700 Mi Fans registered to attend the two-day event where Xiaomi showed off various products that the company offers around the world. Through tomorrow, Saturday December 8, Xiaomi is showing off its latest smartphones: the Mi MIX 3, the Mi A2, the Xiaomi Mi 8, and the POCOPHONE F1 - which is still the best value smartphone with a Snapdragon 845 CPU. The event also showcased the Mi Home app and its compatible...

Deal: Sprint Samsung Galaxy S9 for just $216
8 December 2018, 1:30 am

Although the Samsung Galaxy S9 is not even a year old, Best Buy is right now hosting a crazy deal for it. You can purchase one for a grand total of $216. That's insane, but there are a couple of caveats as you'd expect. First off, you need to either be a new Sprint customer or an existing one who adds a new line. Then, you're going to have to purchase the phone on the carrier's installment plan. That's it, however. If you don't mind any of those, then you'll pay only $9 per month for the Galaxy S9 over two years, adding up to that $216 sum we mentioned. There's no telling how long this...

Huawei Mate 20 Pro update improves photo quality, biometric unlocking
7 December 2018, 10:30 pm

Huawei's Mate 20 Pro is now in the process of receiving another software update, following the one it got at the beginning of last month. This one comes over-the-air as a 523MB download, and once you install it you'll be on EMUI version and will have the November 2018 security patch level. New Mate 20 Pro update The update improves camera performance and photo quality, optimizes Face Unlock performance as well as the in-screen fingerprint reader for faster unlocking, and it also comes with better positioning in Google Maps due to "optimized navigation performance"....

Oppo RX17 Pro review
7 December 2018, 7:42 pm

The un-flagship-y flagship from Oppo - the Oppo RX17 Pro or also known as the Oppo R17 Pro in China with the same hardware, though. A feature-rich device with sleek design, capable hardware and rather questionable use case of the third camera on the back. However, there are quite a few things that raise the coolness factor of the handset and the in-display fingerprint is one of them. Also, it's no secret that this phone is a close relative to the OnePlus 6T and we wished some of the features were carried over from the Oppo RX17 Pro.

vivo NEX Dual Display Edition will be officially unveiled on December 11
7 December 2018, 7:30 pm

vivo has sent us an invite for a special event it's holding in Shanghai on December 11. This is when the smartphone that's been leaking a lot lately, which we assumed would be called NEX 2, will finally become official. The name, however, might be something else entirely. As you can see, in the invite vivo calls it the NEX Dual Display Edition. Right now it's unclear if that's the final moniker, but since this is an official invite we'd wager a guess that it is. vivo NEX Dual Display Edition launch invite The event will take place at 7:30 PM China time. The vivo NEX 2 (or NEX...

Video teaser for the Huawei nova 4 makes us yearn to see it
7 December 2018, 5:30 pm

The Huawei nova 4 is coming in ten days on December 17 and will be Huawei's first crack at a phone with an in-screen selfie camera (and the second in the world). So naturally Huawei will do all it can to hype up the phone as much as possible in the days leading up to its announcement (and steal as much from Samsung's Galaxy A8s spotlight as possible). The latest is the first official video teaser of the Huawei nova 4, showing a phone cleverly masked in a sky full of stars. The nova 4 has taken some visual queues from the Huawei P20 Pro, especially the rear-mounted triple-lens array....

Honor has an announcement planned for December 10 - but what is it
7 December 2018, 4:00 pm

Honor has scheduled an announcement for December 10, breaking the news through a teaser post on Weibo. The Huawei nova 4 with an in-display selfie camera is coming on December 17 and the flagship-grade Honor View 20 (again, with an in-display camera) will drop at an event in Paris on January 22. We're sure Huawei didn't choose the December 10 date by accident - Samsung's first Infinity-O smartphone, the Galaxy A8s, is coming on December 10. Honor teaser for December 10 If the promo poster isn't meant to tease a smartphone, we could be looking at a promo for Huawei's GPU Turbo...

High-quality press renders of vivo NEX 2 show all sides of the phone
7 December 2018, 3:00 pm

In an interesting move vivo has released a heap of promotional press renders of the NEX 2 to Weibo. The images show the vivo NEX 2 from both sides, revealing the nearly bezeless front and the rear with the second screen and triple camera. The vivo NEX 2 seems to be available in black with either blue or red fading accents on the frame that lightly spill over to the top and bottom bezel (similar to the Oppo R11s' Starry Sky screen effect). vivo NEX 2 The images also confirm that the vivo NEX 2 will have speakers on either side, busting the rumor that the NEX 2 will use...