T-Mobile starts employing 600MHz spectrum won in FCC auction (UPDATE)

Back last April, T-Mobile announced that it had won 45% of the 600MHz spectrum put up for auction by the FCC. That worked out to 31MHz of low-frequency airwaves won by the nation’s third largest carrier for the amount of $7.9 billion. Low-frequency bands are in demand because they travel farther and penetrate buildings better than those of the high-frequency variation, which is why the process for the auction was fought in court for a period that stretched over two-years.

UPDATE: See a video of the first call made on 600MHz by clicking on the video at the top of the story. In addition, …

New LG V30 renders leak out

While LG shared plenty of things about its upcoming V30 smartphone (including details about its cameras and user interface), the device won’t be properly unveiled before August 31 – that’s two weeks from now. However, we’ve already seen the V30 in some screenshots snapped from a leaked video.

Today, we can take another look at the handset – this time thanks to clear renders revealed by the ever-reliable Evan Blass (aka @evleaks). These appear to be press renders that LG itself will be using to promote the new smartphone once it fully announces it.

As expected, the V30 looks like …

KGI's Kuo: Series 3 Apple Watch won't support stand alone phone calls at launch

Just yesterday, an inside source allegedly from Apple told CNBC that the Series 3 Apple Watch would be able to receive and initiate calls without having to be paired to an iPhone. Speculation has the wearable getting unveiled as soon as next month, alongside the 2017 iPhone models. In addition to making and taking stand alone calls, the new wearable should also be able to stream music even when not paired to an iPhone. Many tech fanatics, excited about the idea of a stand alone Apple Watch, are getting ready to purchase the wearable sometime before 2017 comes to an end.

However, this morning …

Polaroid is back in the smartphone business with two new Android phones

Polaroid, the US-based company best known for its instant film and cameras, has just announced two new Android smartphones and a tablet. Although it might be surprising for some, these are not Polaroid’s first smartphones, but we haven’t heard from the company for a long time.

The new Polaroid Cosmo K and Cosmo K Plus are part of a new smartphone series that the company is making available in Mexico. These are cheap smartphones equipped with MediaTek chipsets, unworthy of the Polaroid name.

But just for the kicks, let’s just see what these low-budget smartphones …

This is the Note 8 in the new Deep Sea Blue color

Well, well, well, look what we have here – after revealing the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 phablet in Midnight Black, perennial leakster Evan Blass is now declassifying an eventual Deep Sea Blue version. 

It looks fine at the front, but we bet it looks even svelter from the rear, and has a blue S Pen to match. Hopefully we will get a look at the blue Deep Sea glass back as well, since with that screen-to-body ratio, there’s barely a blueish frame to judge the intensity of the color from. 
One thing is certain, though – Deep Sea is not Coral …

Riptide GP2, one of the best racing games for iPhone and Android, is now free

Riptide GP2 arrived on Android and iOS nearly four years ago and ever since then it has been a benchmark for great graphics and engaging gameplay for mobile devices. Now, it is also free to play. 
The game originally came with a $3 price (then reduced to $2), but just recently developer Vector Unit has slashed the price to zero on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
Riptide GP2 brings a set of futuristic jets and allows you to pump up your adrenaline against real opponents in online multiplayer races. You can also upgrade your …

Nexus 6 is getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat update once again

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is probably the last major update that the Nexus 6 will receive. Even so, Google hasn’t been able to provide Nexus 6 owners with the update until now. Although Android 7.1.1 Nougat was pushed to the smartphone months ago, the update was riddled with bugs, so Google was forced to pull it quickly.

Earlier this week, Nexus 6 had started to receive the long-awaited Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The update weighs in at around 370MB and it probably includes one of the latest security patches (July or August).

Obviously, in order to update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, your Nexus …

OnePlus back to school promo brings bundles with OnePlus 5, DJI drones and stabilizers

OnePlus has teamed up with drone and video gear maker DJI to come up with some neat Back to School deals, just in time for the new college year.
The bundles allow you to save on a combination of a OnePlus phone or the functional OnePlus Travel Backpack plus a DJI product. 
You can get a bundle of the OnePlus 5 and the DJI Osmo Mobile stabilizing gimbal at a $50 discount, or you can buy one of DJI’s awesome small drones paired with a Travel Backpack.
Here are the four bundles that are currently …

Essential Phone pre-orders to start shipping within 7 days

The Essential Phone saga is drawing to an end if we are to believe the latest reports claiming the smartphone will finally start shipping to customers. The US-based company now worth $1.2 billion announced last week that it will offer details about the Essential Phone’s availability within 7 days.

Yesterday, Andy Rubin’s Essential started to send emails to customers who reserved their phones and let them know that their devices have been built and will be ready to ship within 7 days. We’ve already received that email, so we can confirm that the information is accurate.

The …

Shatterless screen? Yesterday's news! Motorola is working on a display glass that heals itself!

Motorola’s Moto Z Force family of devices is famous for donning the ShatterShield display, or to put it simple — for being shatter-proof. It’s a panel that’s not made out of glass, but a plastic polymer. Sure, it scratches easily, but throw the phone on the pavement as much as you like, the screen will not break.

But Moto is working on improving the technology further. A recently discovered patent, which has been granted to Motorola, shows a new “smart glass” technology, which will have the phone repair its screen should it take any damage.

The invention …