Verizon now adds BOGO Half Off to its Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL 50% trade-in deal

Verizon has turned its 50% off trade-in deal on the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL into something even better. In addition to getting 50% off one Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL handset with a trade, you now have the opportunity to get a second Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL priced at half off. There are 13 handsets that Verizon will accept in trade in exchange for the original 50% discount on either one of the two new Pixel models. The discount is applied to your bill in the form of monthly credits over 24 months. For the Pixel 2, that works out to $13.54 a month over 24 months. For the Pixel 2 XL, the monthly …


Lineage 2: Revolution MMO game launches in the US and Europe, Conan approves

Lineage 2: Revolution is now available on iOS and Android devices for users in the USA, Canada, and Europe. The popular MMO (massive multiplayer online) title that is based on the Lineage 2 PC game was released nearly a year ago in South Korea and is now making its way to users in the West. 
MMO games aren’t really that new to the mobile scene, but the scale of Lineage 2: Revolution truly makes it stand out. Open-world combat allows up to 200 players to fight in real-time on a single screen, while there are also 20vs20 and 50vs50 …

Another day, another Google Pixel 2 problem: Many users can't unlock their bootloaders

It seems that yet another new issue is her to mar the quality control regarding Google’s newest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL stock Android champs. 

It would seem that a number of Google Pixel 2 units purchased straight from the Play Store and not some shady reseller are arriving with bootloaders that can’t be unlocked. As you might imagine, the issue first popped up on XDA’s developer-centric forums, where multiple users bemoaned that they are unable to unlock the bootlaoders of their new devices though they are supposed to be able to do that by default, …

Slip up #2: Samsung 'accidentally' confirms the existence of the Galaxy A7 (2018)

Just a few days ago, Samsung accidentally confirmed the existence of its upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) mid-ranger by inadvertently listing it on its own website. True, nothing of importance like specs or features got revealed, but the leak willy-nilly confirmed Samsung’s successful mid-ranger exists.
Well, the same just happened with the Galaxy A7 (2018) as well – what’s expected to be Samsung’s mid-range flagship for next year got listed on the company’s Russian website revealing the model name of the device, SM-A730F, which falls in line with the rest of the …

Four cameras, bezel-less display, low price: it's the Doogee Mix 2

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2017 has been a great year for smartphones. Not only because we saw a drastic jump towards the futuristic bezel-less designs that used to be just a dream, but also because said designs are quickly making their way down to the lower, more affordable tiers. And, as you probably know, there are some manufacturers out there, for whom “budget” doesn’t necessarily …

Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 8 Lineage 2 Revolution Edition on November 16

Lineage 2 Revolution has one of the biggest MMORPG universes on mobile devices, which is probably the main reason it became so popular in Asia. Now, Samsung and Net Marble Games, in partnership with SK Telecom carrier, announced they will launch a special edition Galaxy Note 8 aimed at fans of the mobile game.

Dubbed Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Lineage 2 Revolution Edition, the smartphone will be available for pre-order in South Korea starting November 15 for the equivalent of $1,190. The phablet will hit the shelves one day later, on November 16, so customers who pre-order …

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use OIS and EIS to take "the shake" out of videos

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL can produce videos with images that are so steady, they appear to have been shot using a tripod. But the truth is, you can just hold your Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL in your hand and even if you are jittery, the phone uses what Google calls Fused Video Stabilization. Essentially, this is a combination of optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).

Besides a shaking camera that can cause videos to look like you shot them in a hurricane, other things can cause your videos to appear jumpy. Moving the camera too fast can create …

Google says its has fixed the problems with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL trade-in program

As if the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL needed more problems, word came out the other day about a number of issues that consumers were having with the Google Store trade-in program. Under the terms of the plan, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers would receive credit for trading-in older handsets in working condition. The amount of the credit received depended on the model of the phone sent in. The 2016 Google Pixel XL was on the top of the list with the 128GB model valued at $410 in a trade.

Unfortunately, there were several screw ups, with several buyers participating in the program receiving …

Google Pixel 2 XL has another problem with the screen (VIDEO)

The Google Pixel 2 XL continues to have problems with the screen. Besides concerns about burn-in on the OLED panel, the other day we told you that some Pixel 2 XL users are seeing the screen flash when they unlock the phone. This morning, there is talk about the latest bug that is preventing Pixel 2 XL users from enjoying the phone like they should be. It appears that on some units of the Pixel 2 XL, the edges of the screen are unresponsive.

The Pixel User Community website has some threads about the issue, including one from a Pixel 2 XL owner who claims to have spoken to Google …

Google Pixel 2 now has a microphone issue

Last night, we told you about the Google Pixel 2 XL’s flashing screen problem, just the latest in a series of issues involving the model’s 6-inch display. This morning, we have a new bug that is ailing the Pixel 2 XL’s sibling, the Google Pixel 2. Some owners of the latter model are noticing that during phone calls, the microphone cuts out. Meanwhile, the mic does work when you use it to make a request through Google Assistant or while shooting a video.

Complaints were posted on the Google Product Forum, where some Pixel 2 users passed along what they were told by Google. The search giant …