Huawei starts pushing Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Honor 9 and Honor V9

Shortly after Huawei kicked off the roll-out of Android Oreo update for the Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9, the Chinese company confirmed two other smartphones are getting the update starting today – Honor 9 and Honor V9.

Huawei announced the first to receive the update are Honor 9 and Honor V9 users who took part in the beta program. Starting December 7, Android 8.0 Oreo will be rolled out to everyone who owns one of these two smartphones.

For the time being the update is available in China only, but a worldwide push out is expected by the …


Qualcomm needs a friend, finds one in BlackBerry

With everything that has been happening to Qualcomm lately, the various lawsuits, Broadcom’s merger attempt, and the potential loss of Apple’s business, the chipmaker surely can use a friend. And based on a report released by Reuters today, it seems that it has found one in BlackBerry. Mind you, the latter had been something of an outcast until it worked out a licensing deal with multiple companies. Now, led by the BlackBerry KEYone and the BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry is gaining some traction in the handset business.

This morning, Qualcomm and BlackBerry announced that they are teaming …

HTC U11 EYEs (Harmony) seemingly coming soon as a new, large mid-range phone


Back in 2014, HTC launched an interesting smartphone called
Desire EYE, and it looks like the company is now ready to revive half of that
name. According to ever-reliable Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), HTC plans to
release a new handset called U11 EYEs.

 

Reportedly, the U11 EYEs is the unannounced device that was
known until now as the HTC Ocean Harmony. Thus, this should be a mid-range
smartphone with a 6-inch display, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, and 4
GB of RAM. 

 

The HTC Desire EYE (pictured above) was named like that
mainly because it had a large 13 MP front …

Latest BBM for Android update focuses on media sharing experience

A new version of BlackBerry Messenger has just been released in the Google Play Store. The Canadian company made quite a lot of improvements to the media sharing experience in the latest version of BBM.

Here are some of the most important changes that will benefit BBM users after updating to this new iteration. First off, you’ll now be able to customize you unique BBM PIN for free, as well as the background colors in chat.

There’s also a new grid view in the Discover tab for a better reading experience. More importantly, BBM users will now be able to take …

Microsoft updates Skype for iOS with iPhone X support, new design

If you own an iPhone X then you know that many iOS apps don’t offer support for Apple’s newest flagship. However, since the smartphone was announced a few months ago, many developers have been trying to optimize their apps to fit the iPhone X’s screen.

The last company to join the “notch” bandwagon is Microsoft. The Redmond announced that a new update is now available for Skype on iOS devices, which brings support for iPhone X. Basically, this means that Skype users will now be able to benefit from the whole screen when using the app.

Microsoft also confirmed …

Deal: Nokia Steel smartwatch is on sale for $104 (20% off) until December 20

Nokia Steel is one of those refined smartwatches that doesn’t cost a fortune. In fact, many times customers won’t have to pay more than $100/€100 for the hybrid smartwatch, even though its retail price is $130/€130.

If you don’t really want a smartwatch, you could very well make someone a fine gift. The Nokia Steel smartwatch is on sale again, so customers can get one for just $104/€104 (20% off).

The deal is available until December 20, but we don’t rule out another promotional offer after that date. Since the deal is the result of the collaboration between …

Report: Next Huawei flagship will feature an iPhone X-like notch

The weird notch that’s probably the defining trait of the iPhone X seems like a love or hate affair, as you can either like it or find it annoying. In any case, let’s agree that it’s a controversial feature that might or might not make it in future iPhones.

Just like many times in the past, Apple and Android smartphones market are borrowing design features or technologies from each other. Obviously, that’s not bad at all since we all want the best of the best when we buy a new flagship.

Well, it looks like Huawei wants to take that controversial notch design …

HTC releases Smart display app in the Google Play Store

HTC Smart display is an Android app that comes pre-installed on the HTC U11+, a smartphone that hasn’t been released on the market yet. The application HTC’s take on the Ambient Display, a feature that will come inside the U11+.

It’s unclear whether or not the app is compatible with other HTC devices now that the Taiwanese company has decided to release it in the Google Play Store.

The Smart display app shows information about time, date, and battery power on the screen. It also displays notification icons and features different clock styles, as well …

Contacts sync not working on some Android Oreo devices

One of important, yet basic features of the Android – contacts synchronization seems to be broken for some users. There are many reports spread throughout the internet confirming the issue, but, more importantly, Google has acknowledged the problem as well and is now looking for the cause of it.

For the time being, the only devices affected are those running Android Oreo, including the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL. Most of those affected by the issue claim it started after they updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, but rolling back to Android 8.0 Oreo does not seem …

Best Buy debuts 3-day Apple Event with discounts on iPhones and iPads

Best Buy is now running a promotion on some Apple products that will end on Saturday, December 9 at 11:59 pm CT. Customers can buy iPads, iPhones and even Macs at lower prices than usual.

More importantly, the newest iPhone and iPad models are on sale as well, even if the discounts aren’t that big. You can find below some of the most important deals you can take advantage until Saturday night:

Trade up to iPhone X: get up to a $250 Best Buy gift card with trade-in of select iPhone devices and qualified activation;Save up to $200 on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus …