Unlocked Essential Phone launches today, Sprint version goes on pre-order

Announced at the end of May, the Essential Phone is now finally available to buy online – one day earlier than expected. For now, only the unlocked version of the handset can be bought right away, and you’ll have to get it from Essential’s own website – see the first source below.

Priced at $699, the new smartphone is compatible with all major US carriers. For a limited time, you can buy the Essential Phone with Essential’s 360-degree camera module for $749 (normally, the two products would cost $898). Folks who had previously registered for the Essential Phone …


First-ever render of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact shows a familiar-looking device

Sony’s pre-IFA 2017 show is almost here, so it’s only natural that leaks of the three devices rumored to be released will start pouring in. Following our first-ever look at the Xperia XZ1 from just two days ago, we now have a similar, schematics-based render of its smaller sibling, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, once again courtesy of serial leakster OnLeaks.

And if you’ve had any doubts that two devices sharing the same moniker will look dramatically different — well, this just isn’t Sony’s style at all. So what we’re seeing here is a shrunk-down …

Asus cutting back on the bloatware, plans to update ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 to Android "O"

Earlier this morning, we told you about the six new models unveiled by Asus for its ZenFone 4 series. But there is more information to discuss about Asus. For example, at the event today, the manufacturer promised that the entire ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 line will be updated to Android O. And where Android O goes, so goes ZenUI 4.0, which will be running on top of the next Android build.

Asus also plans on cutting back on bloatware, something that smartphone buyers the world over will be happy to see. From the 35 pre-installed apps found on ZenUI 3.5, ZenUI 4.0 will have just 13 pre-installed …

Deal: Grab the iPhone SE 32GB with AT&T prepaid service for just $149.99

The small iPhone SE is very popular among Apple fans, which is why the Redmond-based company was convinced to launch a sequel in the coming months, or so the rumors say.

The 4-inch iPhone has been available in the United States for quite some time across many carriers and retailers. Currently, the smartphone sells for $200-$250, even lower if manage to strike a good deal.

Speaking of deals, Best Buy has a promotional offer for the iPhone SE 32GB, thus enabling customers to purchase it for just $149.99. However, the retailer only offers the AT&T version …

Apple releases videos showing how to get things done with the iPad, iPad Pro and iOS 11

Apple released several videos today showing the Apple iPad, iPad Pro, and iOS 11. The first video shows how you can take advantage of the new capabilities of the dock. You can customize the dock by dragging more apps to it. It also will show the last app that you used on your tablet, on your iPhone and even on your Mac. Long pressing on an app will reveal the latest files you have worked on.

Another video shows you “How to effortlessly scan, sign, and send a document with iOS 11.” This is done using the iPad Pro and iOS 11. That combination also teams up with an Apple Pencil in another video …

OnePlus 5 video stabilization update demoed in new official video

When OnePlus released its latest “flagship killer” back in June, fans were disgruntled to find out that it lacks an optical image stabilization module — something that its predecessors, the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, actually had. To top it off, there was no software stabilization for 4K video recording, which resulted in shaky, nausea-inducing clips. Well, about a week ago, the manufacturer finally issued an update, which adds electronic stabilization to the OnePlus 5. It has now also released a short video clip, showing us a quick before and after.

The clip is …

Budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) spotted again, launch seems imminent

It appears that Samsung has another entry-level Android tablet in the pipeline, a sequel to the Galaxy Tab A 8.0, which is likely to make its debut very soon. The so-called Galaxy Tab A (2017) was spotted for the first time about two months ago.

Earlier this week, the slab appeared at TENAA, the Chinese regulatory body, so an announcement looks imminent. The tablet is listed with model number SM-T385C, but TENAA doesn’t reveal any information about its specs.

However, a previous report suggests the Galaxy Tab A (2017) sports an 8-inch display with 1200 x 800 pixels resolution, as …

Nokia 8 price in Europe is lower than it was previously announced

The first Nokia-branded flagship smartphone launched by HMD was introduced this week and it’s already available for pre-order in some European countries. The good news is the Nokia 8 will not be as expensive (not that it’s too expensive, on the contrary) as HMD announced during the launch event.

Although HMD stated that Nokia 8 will be available for purchase in Europe for around €600, many retailers across the continent are selling the smartphone for less. For example, German carriers O2 and Mobilcom Debitel offer the Nokia 8 for just €577 and €579, respectively.

On …

This coming week's T-Mobile Tuesday includes an oil change, $10 off a New Era MLB cap and more

Wow! Is it possible that a full week has already come and gone? Perhaps writing about smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other devices makes time fly. After all, it seems like it was just the other day when we were awaiting the launch of the Palm Pre. Now, we are looking ahead to next week’s T-Mobile Tuesday. Among the give-aways, subscribers will be receiving a free oil change (up to $24.95) or $25 off any service call from Meineke for cars and light trucks only.

T-Mobile customers are probably getting an oil change so that they can take the family on the road for summer’s last gasp. …

With the latest update, you can reply to messages on Instagram using videos and photos

A new feature on Instagram will allow users to respond to certain video, photos and reshared posts in Direct by sending photos or videos. The reply includes a sticker of the image that you are responding to. Get the ball rolling by tapping on “Reply,” just like you would do with any other response you would be sending. Pressing “Reply” automatically opens the camera. Snap a selfie and send it. This is part of the changes to the app found with the update to version 10.34 of Instagram for both iOS and Android.

In addition to responding to Direct posts via a picture or video, you can send a …