This guy got his Nexus 5X upgraded to 4GB RAM like it was nothing

Here’s a wild story from the bowels of the XDA Board, where humble everyday men turn to kernel-swapping, CPU overclocking, ROM flashing maniacs at night. User Cathair2096 allegedly bought a Nexus 5X in Hong Kong, and like many disgruntled owners, he caught the dreaded bootloop bug just as his warranty expired.

Instead of getting a cheap Chinese flagship, he sent that Nexus to a repairman for reanimation. Said repairman straight up offered to stick an additional 2GB of RAM as he worked on replacing the system chip, and the rest is history.

The screenshots …


Nokia 6 starts receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat update before going global

The first Nokia-branded smartphone launched by HMD Global is getting the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat update before many flagships handsets. Although Nokia 6 is exclusively available in China for the moment, HMD announced in late February that the smartphone would be launched worldwide in Q2.

However, before going global, Nokia 6 will be updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Even though it might seem surprising at first glance, HMD was pretty clear last since the beginning of the year when it said its smartphones would get major OS updates as quickly as possible.

If you’re lucky enough to …

Court of Appeals ruling means Apple gets another shot at a valid patent for pinch-to-zoom

Back on January 9th 2007, during the introduction of the Apple iPhone, Steve Jobs also unveiled muli-touch. “We have invented a new technology called multi-touch that is phenomenal,” Jobs said. “It works like magic. You don’t need a stylus. It’s far more accurate than any touch display that’s ever been shipped. It ignores unintended touches. It’s super smart. You can do multi-finger gestures on it, and boy have we patented it.”

But that didn’t seem to matter in December 2012 after the USPTO invalidated the ‘915 patent associated with multi-touch and its features such as pinch-to-zoom. …

Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks fingerprint sensor for many Pixel and Nexus users

We would think that after so many issues in the past, Google would take enough time to make sure that new Android updates are completely bug-free. Too many times Pixel and Nexus users had troubles with their phones after installing Android updates released by Google.

Unfortunately, the search giant did it again, as Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel and Nexus smartphones. For the time being, it’s unclear if this is a widespread issue or something isolated.

In any case, Google must replicate the bug before trying to find …

Beautiful ultra high-res wallpapers, perfect for your Pixel XL, Galaxy S8 and S7, LG G6, LG V20, HTC U Ultra and others

High-resolution, and high-quality wallpapers are not the easiest thing to find, especially if you have as many as 1440 x 2560 pixels to fill with information – as would be the case if your smartphone has a QHD display.

The reasons for that are several. Perhaps most importantly, however, it’s just exceedinly easy for wallpaper repositories to simply upscale lower resolution content to make it appear as if it would fit perfectly on your fancy screen, but the reality is that stretching the image takes a ton from the quality. And that’s not what you want if you’re looking …

Lara Croft Go finally gets the Mirror of Spirits DLC on iOS

In case you’re not familiar with it, Lara Croft Go is Square Enix Montreal’s puzzle twist on the Tomb Raider franchise. It was first released on mobile, before making its way to PC and consoles. Unlike its original release, though, the DLC “Mirror of Spirits” followed a different path. It was released for PlayStation in late 2016, and it made its way to the PC version last month.

And the iOS version finally gets its long-awaited DLC today. The expansion adds some extra gameplay elements, including a mirrored Lara that takes part in the puzzles. The DLC adds 25 levels to the game, designed …

Google launches a new home for web-based VR experiments (compatible with Daydream and Cardboard)

“Become a donut and try to wrap your fashionable scarf around hungry enemies.”

We’ll just let that sink in…
Okay, so this is the wacky tone that Google is going for in its latest mobile VR experiments, and frankly, we’re not complaining!
Google launched a new page for mobile VR experiments that run on the now-WebVR-enabled Chrome. There are not that many available right now, and the page is more of a showcase of what’s to come, but what’s lacking in numbers at this point is more than made up for in delightful …

K-Pop band EXO to adorn a special edition Smart Cover for the Galaxy S8, more to come in the future

Samsung is seriously riding that Galaxy S8 hype wave right now, throwing more and more pieces of marketing at us every day. South Koreans have it even more interesting, though, judging by the recent announcement of a new line of accessories for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, called Samsung Galaxy Friends. The first product in the line is the EXO Smart Cover, which gives its users access to exclusive content from the K-Pop band EXO.

Here’s how normal #GalaxyS8 phone transforms to #EXO theme phone by putting this special NFC based case made by Samsung & SM. pic.twitter.com/EmPku8S3WS— Jaehwan …

Deal: Save $40 when you buy a Moto G5 Plus and a Cricket refill card

In case you’re looking for an unlocked, affordable mid-range smartphone (in the US), right now, there’s likely no better option than the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. Sold for prices starting at $229, the G5 Plus offers long battery life (with fast charging times), Android Nougat, and plenty of other nice features for this price range.

If you’re a Cricket Wireless customer, or want to become one, there’s a Moto G5 Plus deal for you currently available at Best Buy: you can save $40 when you’re purchasing a G5 Plus and a Cricket refill card of at least $40. Basically, you’re getting a refill card …

"Eye," the iPhone case with an Android phone on back, raises over $600,000 on Kickstarter

Last month we told you about “Eye.” This is a case for the Apple iPhone that includes a separate Android phone on the back. At the time, the accessory had raised $97,000 on Kickstarter surpassing its goal of $95,000. It’s nearly a month later, and Eye has raised over $650,000 with the funding period coming to a halt tomorrow. This means that the product is going to be produced, and smartphone fanatics can now have a main course of iOS with Android on the side.

The Android screen on the back of the case is a 5-inch AMOLED panel carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. Powering the Android …