Apple's new iPhones top the sales charts and Google searches

Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X are the second and third most searched terms for 2017, announced Google in its traditional yearly recap. The ranking defaults to global, but you can also zoom in to specific countries to see what was searched most in your neck of the woods. Those two top the most sought after words in the Consumer Tech category (duh), followed by the Nintendo Switch and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates

Riding on his creator-of-Android clout, Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors for his Essential undertaking, which has so far resulted in a phone with a very promising ideas, but ho-hum execution, as most initial efforts turn out to be. While Essential doesn’t disclose sales numbers, analysts back in September mapped its uptake to be just 5000 units, as the handset was plagued by poor camera reviews and other mishaps, and it was unfortunate to come to market when “all-screen” phones from the most popular manufacturers hit the tape as well. 

In addition, …

Major interface changes coming to Spotify for some Android users

Spotify is prepping up a major redesign for its Android app that will greatly reduce the interface clutter and make the rather popular music app that much sleeker and more streamlined. To be honest, the app has been aching for a similar update for quite some time now as it has a busy interface that’s boasting a few redundant menus and pages which can be done away with.
A trove of screenshots reveal what the app might look like tomorrow or a few months’ from now, as we don’t really know when this update will hit the average Spotify user – the changes seem to …

T-Mobile takes on cable TV with a 'disrupting' service to be launched in 2018

Not to be outdone by the TV efforts of AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere took to YouTube to announce an ambitious push into… cable TV. It turns out that the Un-carrier is planning to have a TV service on offer at some point next year, and has acquired the Denver startup Layer3 TV as a launching platform. 

The future of TV “looks a lot wireless from a few years ago,” says John Legere, but he doesn’t plan on being satisfied with the all-popular skinny bundles of a few streaming channels. Rather, the Layer 3’s current platform with …

Grammarly spelling and grammar checking keyboard app is now available on Android

If you’re an Android user looking for a solid proofreading tool, we have good news for you. Grammarly’s keyboard app is finally available on Google Play.
Grammarly looks and feels just like any other virtual keyboard, but what sets it apart is the magic happening in the suggestion bar. 
Most keyboard apps will give you word suggestions and detect simple spelling mistakes, but Grammarly’s goes further by offering sophisticated grammar and contextual spelling checking, and even corrections on punctuation mistakes. …

Samsung Galaxy S9 could be my perfect phone of 2018, if…

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming soon. Not as soon as we’d like, but rumors say that it will be unveiled in the first months of 2018, a bit earlier than previous Galaxies, and we have plenty of reasons to believe it will be exciting. Here are a few: it is expected to have Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED screen, an even better display than one of the best screens ever made with the S8, it is said to improve an already great camera and it will be the first Samsung flagship with Android 8 Oreo on board.
Despite all the excitement, I have been …

Verizon Galaxy S7/S7 edge units get new security update, here's what's new

A new update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners that purchased their device from Verizon. The software upgrade should bump the version of the 2016 flagship duo to G935VVRU4BQK4.

After installing the new software upgrade, users will receive the most recent (December) Android Security patch. Samsung hasn’t always been too punctual with delivering timely security updates to its phones, so it’s good to see the company taking steps to get back on course.
The update is available OTA, but it might …

Android Oreo 8.1 breaks multi-touch on some devices

It appears that a rather severe issue has sneaked into the official version of Android Oreo 8.1. Multiple users are reporting that the latest version of Google’s mobile OS has broken the multi-touch feature on their phones. 

Touching the screen with multiple fingers causes the image on the display of some units to shake and jump, which can be quite annoying if you’re playing FPS games or trying to use pinch-to-zoom. Now, we all know that a picture video is worth a thousand words, so feel free to watch the YouTube clip below in order to get a better …

Verizon launching a BOGO deal on iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8

Starting tomorrow, December 15th, Verizon has apparently decided to launch a BOGO offer for none other than the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, the Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+. This will certainly inject some mobile industry excitement in the run up to the holidays. Twofers are where it’s at for customers, and Verizon knows that very well, so it has attached some strings to the deal, like the requirement for the phones to be purchased on installments, and a new line of Verizon Unlimited to go with them, too. Still, you can upgrade to this deal, or come from another carrier, so Big Red …

AT&T ends 10-month union standoff with 10% pay rise for reps, and more perks

Тhe Communications Workers of America finally ended their siege of AT&T after a 10-month nuclear standoff that saw wireless store employees going out on a strike back in May. The CWA union has about half of the AT&T workforce in its ranks, and the deal will benefit more than 21,000 of its support and store reps. 

The agreement will ring in a 10.1% pay rise over the period of four years, but the better part is that AT&T will shift its compensation emphasis from commissions to the base pay, which should be a sigh of relief for salespeople in the stores. Furthermore, …