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Gionee S11 pops-up on TENAA with a 6-inch, 18:9 FullVision AMOLED display

Gionee is definitely keeping busy lately. Only a few days ago the company unveiled the M7 and M7 Power and a recent TENAA filing suggest a third budget-oriented 18:9 device is on the way as well. Well, now we can bump the count with at least one more handset - the Gionee S11, which recently showed up on the Chinese certification authority's website as well. It seems Gionee has really taken the ultra-wide aspect ration trend to heart, since the S11 is listed as using a 6.01-inch, 1080 x 2160 pixel AMOLED panel. Likely the very same FullVision one used in the M7. You definitely won't...

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Latest Galaxy S8 update reaches India, brings fix for BlueBorne exploit

Samsung has been pushing out an update to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in various countries in recent days to fix the recently discovered BlueBorne vulnerability, and the same update is now available for Indian users. At around 476 MB, this update is as big as the ones that have come before for Samsung’s 2017 flagships, partly because these updates now target a wide number of markets at the same time.

September security patch is still missing

As expected, this update does not bring the September security patch, as Samsung seems to have deemed plugging the BlueBorne vulnerability a priority this month. The update also brings improvements to wireless charging and the navigation bar. The build number for the update is G955FXXU1AQI7. You can download it over the air (by going into the Settings » Software update menu), use a PC to upgrade via Samsung Smart Switch, or wait for the latest firmware to hit our firmware database to do a fully manual upgrade.

Don’t forget to download this app to confirm that your Galaxy S8 or S8+ is now protected against the BlueBorne exploit. If the update hasn’t reached your phone yet, there’s nothing to worry about, as it takes time to show up for everyone. Just make sure you’re a Wi-Fi connection, so you don’t have to wait too long.

Latest Galaxy S8 update reaches India, brings BlueBorne fix

Thanks for the tip, Sri Ram E!

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ZeroLemon's new 5500mAh battery case is a snug fit for the Samsung Galaxy Note8

One of the biggest concerns both fans and critics express regarding Samsung's Galaxy Note8 crown jewel is battery life. While in our in-depth review, we found that the Exynos-powered handset handles its 3,300 mAh worth of juice surprisingly well, the Snapdragon 835 variant could still benefit from a little bit of a boost. Also, having even an extra bit more battery is always a good thing. If you don't mind paying for the convenience in pocket weight, battery packs are a solid offer and ZeroLemon stands out as one of the leaders in the field. The company just unveiled its 5500 mAh...

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Samsung Pay app getting updated with Android 8.0 Oreo support

It looks like Samsung’s beta program for Android Oreo for the Galaxy S8 (fingers crossed Samsung will also offer the beta for its latest Note flagship this time around) will launch with support for Samsung Pay from the very first day. One of our Galaxy S8 units is receiving a Samsung Pay update that adds support for Oreo. This particular device is located in Sweden, and given the beta program usually starts in Europe and South Korea first, the update could be hitting these regions first.

Android 8.0 Oreo beta support should hit more Samsung apps soon

Technically, the beta program has been offered in the UK since Samsung started making public betas for upcoming versions of the OS, but with the company now using common firmware for most countries in each continent, the Oreo beta could be accessible to a lot more folks. Or it might not be, and this Samsung Pay update might just be a regular update for everyone – only time will tell. In any case, it does seem like the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program is on the horizon, and we should see more of the company’s proprietary apps getting updates for the same in the coming days.

Are you seeing a similar update for Samsung Pay on your device?

Samsung Pay app getting updated for Android 8.0 Oreo support

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Alleged Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders show dual camera setup and a near bezel-less design

Last week, Xiaomi reinforced its Redmi value lineup with yet another strong offer - the Redmi Note 5a. But as appealing as the 720p, Snapdragon 435 device is, considering its €89 starting price, what fans are truly waiting on is its bigger brother - the Redmi Note 5. Besides one a bit more substantial leak, there really hasn't been much info on the next member of XIaomi's legendary value branch. A new set of renders has recently popped-up online that claim the major way the Chinese manufacturer plans to add another bit of value to the Redmi mix is through a dual camera...

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The vivo X20 is now up for sale in China

The vivo X20 and X20 Plus are undoubtedly two of the more interesting new devices to take on the ultrawide aspect trend. They were finally unveiled last week and didn't exactly fly under the radar, thanks to seductive specs sheets. vivo X20 | vivo X20 Plus As promised, sales for the smaller vivo X20 have commenced today and the phone can be picked up in in gold, rose gold or black from a variety of Chinese retailers, including JD.COM, Sunisung, and Taobao. The price is set at CNY 2,998 or about $450, also just as promised. That sum actually gets you quite a few bells...

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Another leaked screen protector hints at massive bezels on the upcoming Pixel 2

As we draw nearer to Google's October 4 unveiling event, Pixel 2 leaks are spreading like wildfire. With that, we are picking up info on some solid flagship specs and fairly anticipated color options and price points. The biggest concern to date, however, has probably been the design of the smaller Pixel 2. This is definitely not our first glimpse of the phone's alleged profile, but today does bring a new photo of what are quite plausibly screen protectors for the upcoming Pixel 2 pair. Hopes of a more modern exterior for the regular Pixel 2 are dwindling fast. All signs clearly...

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus review

In another place and another time, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus would have been one of the hottest things around. Swathed in hype, causing a stir, bringing the free ride of the competition's flagships to an abrupt and painful halt.

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Deal: Unlocked LG V20 drops to $302.52, a new all-time low

Yesterday we finally found out when to expect the LG V30 to reach the United States, after its announcement at IFA at the end of August. The Korean company's new flagship smartphone will be available at Verizon on October 5, AT&T on October 6, and T-Mobile on October 13. So with its successor's launch that close, it's no surprise really that last year's V20 has now dropped to a new all-time low, price-wise. You can grab an unlocked V20 from Walmart for only $302.52. It is compatible with GSM-based carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as others using their networks. No support for...

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Watchface Friday: Here are four of this week’s best watchfaces

It’s Friday, so it’s time for another edition of Watchface Friday! For those unaware, every Friday, we highlight a selection of our favorite watchfaces for the Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier. All of the offerings are available to download through the Galaxy Apps Store, so you can rest assured that you won’t have to search all over the Internet to find something we’ve listed.

Gear S3 classic

Ceran Hot by Marco Bertulies

Digital Weather by Mike Wickens

Gear S3 frontier

Mr. Time: Ferry Bomb by Mr. Time

Mr. Time: Mighty Blue by Mr. Time

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus now available in India

Apple has launched the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in India today, alongside 8 other countries, including Andorra, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia. In India, the device is priced at INR 64,000 ($975) and INR 77,000 ($1179) for the 64GB and 256GB iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 Plus is priced at INR 73,000 ($1117) and INR 86,000 ($1317) for the same...

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Huawei Mate 10 is not a smartphone, new teaser says

Now that we're getting ever closer to the October 16 event during which Huawei will make the Mate 10 series official, the Chinese company has started ramping up the teasers for its next flagship device. In a new short video posted on Twitter, Huawei brazenly claims that the Mate 10 "is not a smartphone" - that's a direct quote as you can see. What is it then, you wonder? Well, the company refers to it as "an intelligent machine". Delivering the ultimate experience, going beyond smart, using the transformative power of #AI. Welcome to intelligent. #HuaweiMate10...

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Galaxy S9 firmware development begins, two models confirmed

We have obtained some information about Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. The company has started Galaxy S9 firmware development. The version numbers confirm that there will be two models, which means that we can expect a Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to be released in 2018.

Galaxy S9 firmware development begins

Two separate Galaxy S9 firmware are being developed, G960FXXU0AQI5 and G965FXXU0AQI5. The model numbers of Samsung’s next flagship smartphones have therefore been confirmed as well. The Galaxy S9 will be SM-G960 while the Galaxy S9+ will be SM-G965.

That’s not surprising, given that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955 respectively. It’s interesting to note that the Galaxy S9 firmware development has started two weeks earlier than it did for the Galaxy S8 last year.

Galaxy S9 expected release date

As you can probably imagine, there will soon be a lot of rumors about the Galaxy S9 being launched ahead of schedule. While that might be the impression you get from the early Galaxy S9 firmware development, it’s just as likely that the Galaxy S9 release will take place around the same time as the Galaxy S8.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated event in New York City on March 29 this year. It was released in a handful of markets across the globe on April 21. Samsung might stick with the same timeframe for the Galaxy S9 release next year.

As we continue to keep an eye on the Galaxy S9 firmware development, expect more information about Samsung’s next flagship smartphones to surface in the coming weeks.

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Huawei silently launches the Nova 2i

Another day, another Huawei smartphone appears. This time is the Huawei Nova 2i that appeared on the Malaysian department of Vmall, the manufacturer's official online retail store. It comes with FullView display and four cameras and just barely resembles the already launched Huawei nova 2 and Huawei nova 2 plus. The phone might look familiar from images - this is actually the international version of the Huawei Maimang 6 that got announced last week. Huawei Nova 2i has a Kirin 659 chipset with octa-core CPU. The RAM is 4 GB, while internal memory is 64 GB. The screen is with 18:9...

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OnePlus 5 running Oreo found in Geekbench database

Four weeks ago, Oreo landed on the OnePlus 3 beta channel. Soon, its successor - the OnePlus 5 - will join it, judging by results found on GeekBench. This is not official mind you, the beta channel for the 5 still distributes Android 7.1.1 Nougat. And even once it hits the beta channel, the final release will be some way off. There's time for OnePlus to launch the Oreo update around New Year's like it did last time. OnePlus was pretty quick with the Nougat update for the 3 - the beta arrived at the end of November, the rollout was on January 1. That said, 3's Oreo is still in beta...

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HMD official confirms Nokia phones will get Oreo by the end of 2017

HMD Global GM for Australia and New Zealand confirmed that Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 would get an Android Oreo update. Although this is not the first time we hear about the upgrade, the official said the company would push it before the end of the year. The three mid-range Nokia phones came with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and are receiving monthly software and security updates. There is a slight modification of the UI, but the OS is mostly the stock version of Android. Nokia 8 will also receive Android Oreo, as Juho Sarvikas, Chief Production Officer at HMD Global,...

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Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo update appears in Geekbench listing

We reported earlier this month that Samsung has started developing the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. A Geekbench listing has been spotted today which mentions the Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo update. It’s likely that tests are being performed on this firmware update as the development progresses.

Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo update

In our report earlier this month, we mentioned that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo update firmware versions could be G950FXXU1BQI1 and G955FXXU1BQI1, respectively.

It’s unclear at this point in time when Samsung is going to release Oreo for this year’s flagship smartphone. It’s likely that a Samsung beta program for the Oreo update might be launched at some point in the coming weeks.

Once the beta firmware has been thoroughly tested, it’s likely that we might see it being rolled out much faster worldwide as Samsung has now started using multi-CSC firmware. That means end users will be able to get a taste of Oreo on their 2017 flagships sooner rather than later.

The Galaxy S8+ has now been spotted on Geekbench running Android 8.0 Oreo. It’s not uncommon for us to see such benchmark listings ahead of an impending major firmware release. However, it doesn’t really clarify anything.

Samsung is yet to confirm its Oreo release roadmap. Until it does that, there’s only going to be more speculation about when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo update might be released. One can only hope that it doesn’t make customers wait for a very long time.

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Deal: original Samsung Gear IconX down to $50

With the a new generation of Gear IconX headphones headed to stores, Samsung is clearing out the inventory of the older model - and it's a great deal. The fully wireless earbuds are down to just $50, a quarter of their retail price (i.e. $150 off). Keep in mind that this deal is while supplies last (obviously) and only the White color option is available (the Black ones ran out before our eyes). Also, shipping isn't very fast - it's free, but you'll wait 7-10 business days. Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player) Hit the Source link to check out this...

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Daily Deal: Bag yourself a pair of Active InEar headphones for 57% off

Amazon has slashed the price of Samsung’s InEar headphones by 57%, so you can currently pick up a pair for just $12.92. For those unaware, these are the same earphones that ship in the box of the firm’s smartphones, with the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 being the only exceptions.

If you want to take advantage of this particular promotion, hit the Buy Now button below. We’d advise you to hurry, though. Like most of the deals we highlight, including Samsung’s own, Amazon only has a limited amount of inventory available and it’s safe to say it won’t be around for too long.

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GoPro Hero6 Black announced: 4K / 60fps video, improved stabilization, available now

GoPro unveiled the Hero6 Black, which brings 60fps recording at 4K resolution (double what the previous Black could achieve). The company uses a custom processor - dubbed GP1 - which enables the higher frame rates. The new model can also record 1080p / 240fps and 2.7K / 120fps video. The Electronic Image Stabilization has been improved as well, the Hero6 Black offers EIS at up to 4K / 30fps and 1080p / 120fps. The GP1 chip also promises improved dynamic range and low-light performance. In terms of battery life, you can expect the same longevity as the Hero5 Black in the same modes (that...

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Samsung explains how it optimized the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8

The S Pen has been a permanent fixture on Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup. It improves the stylus with each iteration to provide more functionality to users. In a new interview with Hyesoon Jeong, the Principal Engineer of Framework R&D Group for Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business Team, Samsung explains how it optimized the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8.

Optimizing the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8

Jeong says that when Samsung was refining the design of the Galaxy Note 8’s S Pen, it decided that rather than upgrading the technology inside it will focus more on adding new features that provide more convenience to users.

She adds that at the beginning of each year, the company holds a series of “Note Kickoff” meetings which bring together its Development, Product Planning, UX and Usability teams. Each team is asked to present brand new ideas for innovative features to be included in the new model.

They have to come up with ways to improve upon the previous device based on customer feedback. This is how the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8 got its new features. Live Message is one such new feature.

It has been very well received. Jeong says that this feature is an expansion of the Smart Select feature which was introduced with the previous Note handset. The ability to create GIFs is popular among Note users so Samsung wanted to expand this functionality.

Do check out the full interview on Samsung Newsroom to get more insights into how the S Pen for Galaxy Note 8 was refined throughout the development process. If you’ve still not made up your mind about Samsung’s new flagship, perhaps our Galaxy Note 8 review will make your decision easier.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 wins "Gadget of the Year" at the India Mobile Congress

The first India Mobile Congress 2017 wrapped up this week, and the results are in - Samsung Galaxy Note8 won the "Gadget of the Year" award. According to judges, the phone got the prize mostly because of the "Make for India" Bixby optimization that allows the assistant to understand various Indian accents. The Galaxy Note8 is the top Samsung device of the year, as we established in our review. The phone has a great dual camera with 2x Optical Zoom and OIS. It has 6.3" Infinity Display and Exynos 8895 chipset. The Samsung phablet is on sale in India since September 12 and costs...

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Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset controller spotted at FCC

Recent reports suggest that there’s a Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset in the pipeline. We first heard rumors about a Samsung VR device codenamed Odyssey last year. The new device is going to complement the entry-level Gear VR headset with more powerful technology. It will also mark the departure of Samsung’s partnership with Oculus. Several official-looking renders of this headset were leaked online a few days back.

Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset

There’s no detailed information available as yet about the specifications of the Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset. The renders suggest that it’s going to be a high-end headset with Samsung branding. It will have two cameras for inside-out tracking. Like other Windows Mixed Reality headsets, it may also have six-degree-of-freedom tracking.

The renders also suggested that the headset is going to have integrated headphones made by AKG. That’s likely given that AKG’s parent company, Harman International, is now owned by Samsung. The controllers for this headset were also visible in the leaked renders.

The controllers have been spotted in a partially redacted FCC filing. The FCC has approved a VR controller that looks quite similar to the one we saw in the renders. The product label in the filing describes it as “Samsung HMD Odyssey Controller Left.”

As for when this headset is going to be announced, it’s possible that we might hear more about it next week. Microsoft is due to conduct an event for its Mixed Reality platform so the stage will be set for Samsung to unveil its new headset.

Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset

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Samsung’s now selling the first-generation Gear IconX for just $49.99

Samsung has kicked off an unmissable deal on the first-generation Gear IconX, which feature 4GB of internal storage for independent music playback. As part of a clearance sale to make way for the Gear IconX (2018), the firm has slashed $150 off the retail price of the wireless earbuds, so you can pick up a pair for just $49.99.

Related: New Gear IconX earbuds are more comfortable, can launch Bixby

We wouldn’t recommend snagging yourself a pair if you’re looking to use them for an extensive period of time, though. During our testing, we were only able to get an hour and a half of life out of them when streaming music over a Bluetooth connection and four hours when listening to songs stored on the internal memory.

If the lacklustre battery life is something you can live with, hit the Buy Now button below to head over to Samsung’s website where you can purchase a pair. It would probably be a good idea to act fast though, as we don’t know how much inventory the firm has set aside for the promotion—and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

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Galaxy Note 8 named ‘Gadget of the Year’ at India Mobile Congress

The Galaxy Note 8 was named ‘Gadget of the Year’ at the inaugural India Mobile Congress (IMC) on Friday. The handset, which launched in the region on September 12, is Samsung’s most powerful—and expensive—smartphone to date, featuring a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, an Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6GB of RAM, a dual-camera setup and an S Pen.

“At Samsung, we believe in inspiring the world and bringing meaningful innovation to help make lives better. With the launch of Galaxy Note 8, we have further strengthened our leadership in the premium smartphone segment in India and this prestigious award bears testimony to our efforts, said Asim Warsi,” Senior VP, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

It’s likely that the recent release of Bixby Voice in India played a significant part in the Galaxy Note 8 being awarded the ‘Gadget of the Year’ title, as customers can now use the digital assistant to complete a flurry of tasks, including adjusting system settings, configuring reminders, composing messages and searching the internet—using nothing but their voice.

Related: Galaxy Note 8 Review

We recently published our comprehensive review of the Galaxy Note 8, in which we came to the conclusion that priced at $929.99 in the United States (and at comparable prices in other countries), it certainly isn’t for everyone. But if you’re looking for a powerful, plus-sized, stylus-toting smartphone, it’s definitely worth your hard-earned cash.

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You can now pre-order Samsung’s SmartThings Link dongle for Nvidia Shield TV

Samsung has been integrating its Internet of Things (IoT) platform SmartThings into various devices and home appliances over the past couple of years. Its latest smart TVs can control SmartThings-compatible home appliances, lights, sensors, and more. The company had showcased a SmartThings Link dongle for the Nvidia Shield TV at CES earlier this year, and it is now available for pre-order.

The SmartThings Link easily plugs into the Android TV-based Nvidia Shield TV streaming box via a USB port. It lets users set up and control compatible door locks, lights, thermostats, motion sensors, and more using the SmartThings app for Android or iOS. If you have the Nvidia Shield TV, you can pre-order the Link dongle right now for just $14.99 (that’s a discount of $25 over its original price).

Since the Shield TV also features Google Assistant (which works with SmartThings in case you’re wondering), you can control SmartThings compatible devices using voice commands and automate your connected home. Together with Google Assistant, Nvidia Shield TV, SmartThings Link, and compatible IoT products, you can create a number of possibilities and triggers using the IFTTT service.

Samsung SmartThings Link Dongle


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Oppo F5 appears on posters in the Philippines

Oppo F3 appeared back in May, but Oppo already decided to launch a successor to the phone, dubbed "selfie master". Its name is Oppo F5, and it already started popping up on various advert places. We got a tip that the phone appeared on two posters with celebrities Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo. The Oppo F5 will have one camera on the back and will also appear to be the first Oppo device with a fingerprint scanner on the back, instead of the front. The poster does not reveal much about the design, but it comes with a slogan "Capture the real you" and a "Selfie Expert" moniker...

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Verizon’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge update brings bug fixes and August security patch

Verizon has mentioned on its support pages for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge that it has released a new software update to the phones. The update brings improved voice recognition for OK Google and S Voice, regular bug fixes, improvements to Wi-Fi calling, and August 2017 security patch. There are some improvements for corporate owners as well.

The firmware version for the Galaxy S7 is NRD90M.G930VVRU4BQH4 and the firmware version for the Galaxy S7 edge is NRD90M.G935VVRU4BQH4. The update also brings an option to Android for Work users to prevent file transfers via the USB port, voice mail speed dialing and notifications within the Knox container, improvements to One Talk voice call performance in Power Saving Maximum mode.

The software update doesn’t seem to bring a fix for the BlueBorne security vulnerability, though. The update has been rolled out over the air for Verizon’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, so you can check for the update right away if you have any of these phones. Here’s the complete changelog from Verizon’s website.

Official Verizon Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge update changelog

Android® Security Patch Level: 2017–08-01

Improved Wi-Fi call performance

Prevent Wi-Fi voice call drops.

Improved voice recognition

  1. Improved “OK Google” command detection when using the power saving modes.
  2. Samsung S Voice app performance improvements.

Additional fixes and improvements

  1. Fixes an issue preventing contact name from displaying during incoming voice calls.
  2. Fixes an issue that could cause Mobile Hotspot to not turn on when enabled from the notification (quick settings) panel.
  3. Provides a notification panel option to delay app updates.

Improvements for corporate owners

Knox app

  1. Android for Work (AFW) users can now prevent file transfers via the USB port.
  2. Voice mail speed dialing and notifications are now available within the Knox container.
  3. Resolves an issue that was causing Knox license activation to fail under certain scenarios.

One TalkSM voice calling

Improvements to One Talk voice call performance when Power Saving setting is set to maximum.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active launch seems like a possibility

According to a new report, the T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active launch seems like a possibility now. Ever since the first “Active” handset was launched by Samsung back in 2013, all of the rugged Galaxy S handsets that have followed have been exclusive to AT&T in the US.

It started with the Galaxy S4 but it looks like AT&T’s exclusivity will end with the Galaxy S8. It was reported previously that AT&T might lose its exclusivity over the latest Active handset from Samsung. While the Galaxy S8 Active was released on AT&T first earlier this year, it may soon be released by T-Mobile.

VentureBeat has seen marketing material which suggests that the T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active launch isn’t far off. The handset will have model number SM-G892T. That’s not surprising as the AT&T version has model number SM-G892A.

The Galaxy S8 Active will reportedly be available in the same Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold colors as it is on AT&T. It merits mentioning here that this handset hasn’t been spotted anywhere at the usual suspects so far.

No FCC filings or Bluetooth/Wi-Fi certifications for this variant have been spotted. This could mean that it might take a few months before this handset is released by T-Mobile. We did spot an unlocked model of the handset recently.

Everything else will likely remain the same so don’t keep your fingers crossed for any major changes. We’ll update you once there’s more information about the T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active launch.

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Themes Thursday: Eight new themes worth checking out

Welcome to a new edition of Themes Thursday! We have eight new themes for you today, and we’ve tried to select something for everyone. The first two themes in our list are from designer Binod Kumar Ray, who has published a lot of impressive icon packs, themes, and wallpapers. The RedTailUI theme has Material UI-inspired design and a darker color scheme, while the TrailsUI theme has wavy wallpapers and a brighter color combination.

This week’s list of best themes also consists of two new themes from MINU – Diamond Pink Purple and Diamond Purple Blue – that have wallpapers and backgrounds inspired by diamond shapes. The [Walk On Mars] Orange Web theme has a 3D-esque wallpaper, an AOD wallpaper, and a themed on-screen keyboard. The Duck (AOD) theme pack looks casual and fun due to its AOD wallpaper and the pastel blue color used in its background. The Egypt _MINDON Design and Santorini _MINDON Design themes are inspired by popular tourist destinations.

Have you installed any of these themes? If not, let us know which new theme pack you chose this week.

[Binod] RedTailUI
Samsung Galaxy Theme - [Binod] RedTailUI

[Binod] TrailsUI
Samsung Galaxy Theme - [Binod] TrailsUI

[MINU] Diamond Pink Purple
Samsung Galaxy Theme - [MINU] Diamond Pink Purple

[MINU] Diamond Purple Blue
Samsung Galaxy Theme - [MINU] Diamond Purple Blue

[Walk On Mars] Orange Web
Samsung Galaxy Theme - [Walk On Mars] Orange Web

Duck (AOD)
Samsung Galaxy Theme - Duck (AOD)

Egypt _MINDON Design
Samsung Galaxy Theme - Egypt _MINDON Design

Santorini _MINDON Design
Samsung Galaxy Theme - Santorini _MINDON Design

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Google Assistant is now available on Android TV

The Google Assistant has reached another platform today, following Android, iOS, and the Google Home device. Starting now, it's also available on Android TV - first on the Nvidia Shield TV console. In the coming months, it will be rolled out to Sony Bravia TVs running Android TV too. Google Assistant on Android TV can be told to play a wide variety of content - movies, TV shows, YouTube clips, and music. It supports HBO Now and Netflix for the first two. You can ask for something by name or even use vague terms such as "movies about climbing Mount Everest". For music, Assistant supports...

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Amazon announces new Fire TV with 4K HDR support

Amazon has launched a new redesigned Fire TV with features like 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, Alexa and more for $69.99. Amazon Fire TV The new Fire TV has been completely redesigned. Gone is the puck shaped, Apple TV-like design and in its place is a more compact, Chromecast-like design. With the built-in HDMI cable, the device now plugs straight into your TV without taking up additional space below it, although it will still need to be powered using the bundled wall outlet. The new Fire TV has a faster Amlogic processor with 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and Mali-450 MP3 GPU,...

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Gionee unveils the M7 Power

Just two days after the official launch of the M7, Gionee announced another phone from the same series named M7 Power at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2017. It has a massive 5,000 mAh power cell, but is otherwise less powerful than the Gionee M7. The Gionee M7 Power has a Snapdragon 435 SoC with octa-core 1.4 GHz processor. It is paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and there is a microSD slot for expanding it by up to 256 GB. You do get dual SIM support but one of the slots is a hybrid one so you get either a second line or memory expansion, but not both. Gionee M7...

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LG V30 pricing in the UK and the US revealed

The price of the LG V30 has been a bit of a mystery, but stores and carriers in the UK and the US have finally slapped price tags on the flagship. US AT&T will have V30 units in stores from October 6 (next Friday) and pre-orders start the day before. On a 30-month plan, the you will be paying $27 a month. That works out to $810 total. T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders from October 5 (next Thursday) and online sales will begin on October 13. T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan will cost $80 up front and $30 a month. Only the Silver version is available. T-Mobile's 600MHz band is...

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: a speed test

iPhone's Apple A11 Bionic chipset obliterated the Android competition in both single and multi-core benchmarks, but it is paired with only 3GB of RAM. So are the new iPhones actually faster than the best Android runners? There are many ways to measure speed and multitasking is one of them - it is an integral part of the smartphone experience. So, here's what happens when you put an iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 head to head. Keep in mind that the iPhone X uses the same chipset as the 8 Plus and has an equal amount of RAM - 3GB, half what the Note 8 packs (6GB). The built-in...

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Huawei brings its 360-degree camera to Europe

Huawei's portfolio of mobile products includes a 360-degree camera named CV60 that was limited only to China until today. The Chinese manufacturer finally brought the gadget to Hungary, meaning it is starting its European rollout. Huawei Panorama 360 Camera Each of the two cameras has a 1/3.06" Sony sensor and f/1.8 lens. Photos max out at 5326 x 2688 pixels while video recording comes in either 1920 x 960 (30 fps) or 1280 x 640 (30 fps again). The gadget has an iCatch V35 SoC for processing the images. The CV60, also named Huawei Panorama 360 Camera, was presented by a...

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Galaxy Tab S3 now supports HDR video streaming from Netflix

Samsung has released a long-awaited update—T820XXU1AQI2— for the Galaxy Tab S3 in the Netherlands, which bundles support for HDR video streaming for Netflix, in addition to a handful of bug fixes and security improvements—but unfortunately, there’s no word on what exactly they do.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • A new feature for Samsung Pass
  • Support for Netflix HDR
  • Kids Mode can be reinstalled where it was previously deleted
  • SoundCamp can be reinstalled where it was previously deleted
  • Overall security has been improved

This news comes less than a month after a similar upgrade arrived on the Galaxy Note 8, leaving the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as the only HDR-ready devices in the firm’s lineup still yet to receive compatibility for HDR video streaming from Netflix, though it’s expected to reach them in the near future.

Related: Netflix starts supporting HDR video streaming on the Galaxy Note 8

Checking to see if the release is available for your Galaxy Tab S3 couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is open up Settings, select Software Update, then hit Download Updates Manually. If it isn’t ready yet, don’t panic. It should arrive on your slate by the end of the week. Just be patient.

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Analysts: Essential sold only 5,000 phones

The Essential phone drew much attention from geeks the moment it was announced. There's a singular reason for that - it's made by a startup founded by Andy Rubin, often called the father of Android. And not just any startup, a $1.2 billion startup. So, how many phones has Essential sold since sales went live on September 9? BayStreet Research estimates that number is 5,000. Five thousand phones in the hands of consumers is not a huge number. Despite a troubled launch, the OnePlus One quickly reached 500,000 sales (Essential experienced a delay as well). To be fair, the One was...

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Amazon announces new Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot

Amazon has announced not one or two but four new Echo products, the new Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Spot and the Echo Connect. Amazon Echo The new Echo is a complete redesign of the original Echo that was launched three years ago and went on to define the category. The new model has an improved speaker system comprising of a tweeter and a 2.5-inch down firing woofer with Dolby processing for improved audio quality. It also includes second generation far-field technology for so it can hear you even better even in a noisy room. Lastly, the new Echo comes in a variety of shell colors,...

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Moto X Pure Edition finally gets to taste Nougat

Back in April, an announcement revealed that the Moto X Pure Edition will get the Android Nougat. But owners of the phone that has the Moto X Style moniker elsewhere in the world had to wait five more months for the actual upgrade to arrive. Now tweets and tips from Moto X Pure owners reveal that the phone is finally getting its Nougat serving. Moto X Pure Edition with Android 7.0 Nougat The update brings the 7.0 version of Android along with a September 1, 2017, security patch. We don't know if the phone will get 7.1.1 in the near future, but with that tempo, you may be...

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Daily Deal: Take 20% off a SmartThings Hub

You can currently snag yourself a SmartThings Hub for $79.99 (20% off), which is a fantastic price to pay for a device that sits at the centre of the IoT household, allowing users to connect a host of appliances to the internet.

If you’d like to take advantage of this promotion, all you need to do is hit the Buy Now button below — but Amazon only has a limited amount of inventory available, so you’re probably going to want to act fast.

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ZTE Axon M photographed, a foldable phone coming in mid October

October 17 will be a busy day for ZTE's brands - nubia is launching a new device and so is Axon. And there's a good chance that the new Axon M will be the more interesting of the two as it has two screens that fold out to form one big one. ZTE Axon M (Multy) Unlike Samsung's Galaxy X, which will likely use a single flexible screen, ZTE will use two separate panels with 1080p resolution each and (hopefully) a minimal bezel where the two screens meet. Unfolded, the phone - codenamed Axon Multy - will have a 6.8" screen with 2,160 x 1,920px resolution. A large display to be sure,...

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