60+ Beautiful high-res wallpapers, perfect for your iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+, LG V30, Pixel 2 XL, HTC U11, and others

It’s that time of the week again, folks! “What time,” you may ask, and let me tell you – it’s the time of the week when we post our regular pick of awesome, high-def wallpapers! If you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and again. And by “every now and again”, we mean almost every week! This means doing a wallpaper rotation at the very least, and/or applying a custom set of icons in the case of Android users to really freshen things up.

However, …


Verizon deal: Get the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for as much as half off with a trade-in

How would you like to purchase the Google Pixel 2 or Google Pixel 2 XL for as much as 50% off. Sounds good, right? All you need to do is trade in a phone to Verizon as part of the purchasing  process. Now keep in mind that the more current your trade, the more value it has and the more money you will save. For example, an Apple iPhone 7 or Apple iPhone 6s will cut the price of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in half. Trade in the Apple iPhone 6 and you’ll get 35% off the price of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. And you can get 25% off the two models by trading in an Apple iPhone SE. More complete lists …

Google is trying to prevent Pixel 2 display burn-in with a light navigation bar

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Screen burn-in is one of the unfortunate realities of OLED. Manufacturers are well-aware of this shortcoming, and yet, at this point at least, there is not much that can be done to completely prevent it hardware-wise. However, there’s always the option of mitigating the issue through software, and that’s exactly what Google is trying to do for its Pixel lineup of smartphones.

One of the biggest culprits for screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as last year’s models, is the persistent navigation bar …

Words With Friends 2 is now ready for you to play on iOS and Android

If it feels like Words With Friends has been around forever, the Scrabble-esque mobile game originally launched in July 2009. Finally, after more than eight years, a sequel has been launched and is ready for you to download on your iOS or Android flavored device. We don’t know how many Zynga employees it took to come up with the title, Words With Friends 2, but the sequel does borrow a lot from the original while adding new features.

Among the new features is a lightning round that asks the players to come up with as many words as possible over a set period of time, as they battle against …

Free Google Home Mini promo codes are now going out to early adopters of the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Last year, Google threw in a free Daydream View headset with every Pixel or Pixel XL purchase. This year, early adopters of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are getting free Google Home Minis! If you were quick to snag either of Google’s 2017 flagships, check your email now, as the company has begun sending out promo codes to those eligible for the offer.

The Google Home Mini is a compact, puck-shaped home speaker powered by Google Assistant, that, despite its diminutive design, is capable of pretty much everything that its bigger brother, the Google …

Xiaomi comes to Western Europe for the first time with the Mi A1 and Mi Mix 2; U.S. market soon?

For those in the U.S. who have been waiting for Xiaomi to start selling its smartphones in the states (as opposed to selling power banks and other accessories), the company is getting a little closer. Today, Xiaomi announced that two handsets are coming to Spain where they will go on sale later this month. The two models include the Xiaomi Mi A1 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, and both models were unveiled at an event held in Madrid.

The Mi A1 will be priced in Spain at €229, which converts to $265 USD at current exchange rates. The Mi Mix 2, with its edge-to-edge screen, will be priced at €499. That …

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL software update fixes voice call clicking, adds saturated display mode

A new software update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is out now, and aside from bringing a fix for the Wi-Fi-related Krack vulnerability, it’s also aiming to mend the devices’ audio and display problems.

As a refresher, numerous reports about clicking and cracking in the earpiece during voice calls and OLED display burn-in have marred the launch of Google’s latest flagships. Oh, and let’s not forget that some devices are shipping sans an operating system out of the box.

In particular, a new toggle in the display settings menu allows users to choose …

Soft bricks: Some Pixel 2 XL units reportedly ship without operating system on board


According to some amusing and rather odd reports, some users have received Pixel 2 XL units that came with no… Android operating system on board. Yes, it boggles the mind, but a redditor going by the name of MAKES_PEOPLE_MAD had their brand new Pixel 2 XL device greet them with a “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” message right out of the box, which is more than enough to ruin anyone’s day.

Accompanying the message is a security link to Google’s support page, which indicates that “The operating system on your device has been changed or …

Law firm recruits Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners for Class Action suit against Google, HTC and LG

With reports that the screen on the Pixel 2 XL suffers from screen burn-in, black smear and other problems, Google could face a Class Action lawsuit filed by those Pixel 2 XL buyers who are having issues with their displays. The phone, manufactured by LG, employs LG Display’s 6-inch pOLED screen. The “p” before the OLED acronym stands for plastic, and the display employs a QHD+ resolution.

Once certified by a judge, a Class Action suit consolidates individual law suits filed throughout the country for the same issues. A law firm by the name of Girard Gibbs LLP is already looking to recruit …

Razer Phone size comparison vs Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8+, Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, iPhone 8 Plus, and all the rest

With no RGB lighting in sight, gaming company Razer has just officially forayed into the smartphone market, a niche that is not quite welcoming to newcomers. The likes of Samsung, Apple, Google, Huawei, and LG are not going to voluntarily squeeze themselves so that the gaming paraphernalia giant could fit in. 

But what if it caters to a subniche that remains largely ignored – mobile gaming? True, mobile gaming doesn’t hold a candle to PC and console ones, but there’s still a large bunch of smartphone users whose needs for exceptional framerates …