LG's 2017 flagship is now known in Canada as the LG G6 ThinQ

LG’s online webstore in Canada shows that the company has started to rebrand the LG G6 as the LG G6 ThinQ. This is similar to the move it made with the LG V30 last month, as an OTA update changed the name of that handset to the LG V30 ThinQ. The update also added the AI CAM feature to the phone. The LG G6 ThinQ will include the same AI CAM feature, which analyzes the subject of a photo and suggests changes to the settings based on the lighting conditions and other variables. This allows the phone to produce improved photographs. The subject matter is also placed into different categories including …


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

Good news Samsung fans, as the South Korean company has decided to push out yet another Android Oreo update for one of its mid-range smartphones, namely the Galaxy A5 (2017). Although no official announcement has been made, some Galaxy A5 (2017) owners have already received the update, and it’s not a beta build.

What you need to know is that the update is only available for the unlocked model and that it weighs in at 1.3GB. We can confirm the update is rolling out in Romania, but users in other European countries might be eligible for the update too.

Aside from Samsung Experience …

Microsoft promotes the Surface Pro (2017) for students with 10% discounts on tablet and accessories

Are you a student? If so, Microsoft wants to sell you a Surface Pro (2017) tablet. To do so, it is willing to take 10% off the price of one of its Windows 10 Pro powered slates. And to get the word out, it created a series of six new ads, including the one at the very top of this story. Microsoft calls the device the ultimate laptop for students, but that means adding the optional Type Cover ($143.99 for students, 10% off). The Surface Pen ($89.99 for students, 10% off) is also extra.

Other ads show how the Surface Pro can be the ultimate laptop for architecture students, design …

Buy a 2017 Apple iPhone from Verizon and get free iPhone 8; free Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 XL deals too

Verizon has a deal for Mother’s Day, which is a week from this coming Sunday. Buy any 2017 Apple iPhone, such as the Apple iPhone X, Apple iPhone 8 or Apple iPhone 8 Plus, and you’ll get a free 64GB iPhone 8. Both phones need to be purchased using Verizon’s Device Payment Plan. No trade-in is necessary, and you will be reimbursed $699.99 through 24 monthly bill credits. Since those credits don’t kick in until one or two billing cycles go by, you’ll have to lay out some money for one or two months for the free iPhone 8. But in the end, you will be reimbursed for those payments. You do have to add …

Xiaomi expected to ship 100 million smartphones this year, up 43% from 2017

Led by the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S handset, which provides flagship specs at a value price, Xiaomi is hoping to ship 100 million smartphones this year, according to industry estimates. That would be a 43% hike over last year’s delivery of 70 million units. In addition, the company might finally enter the U.S. market later this year or early next year. Xiaomi reportedly has met with U.S. carriers to discuss selling Xiaomi’s flagship handsets in the U.S.

While this might not be the best time for a Chinese based manufacturer to push its wares in the U.S., Xiaomi thus far has escaped the negative issues …

During the fourth quarter of 2017, YouTube took down 8.3 million videos

Google owned streaming video site YouTube announced yesterday, that it will issue a report every quarter that details how it has helped clean up its inventory of videos. Monday, it released its initial report and said that for the last three months of 2017, more than 8 million videos were removed. Most of these were spam, or contained adult content. The streamer says that this technology is helping it quickly remove “high-risk low-volume” clips that can be characterized as containing “extremist views.” It also helps discover high-volume problem videos that feature spam. To show how well …

Deal: Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition) is on sale for half price at Amazon

Those of you who are into VR stuff or just simply want to test out some of the newest technologies out there may want to check out Amazon’s new deal on the Samsung Gear 360 4K VR camera.

The Gear 360 Camera (2017 Edition) is no less than 50% off at Amazon, the lowest price we’ve seen since the gadget’s launch on the market. Basically, you’ll only have to pay $115 for the 4K VR camera, as shipping is free.

Samsung’s camera now up for sale on Amazon comes with warranty and the cable contains a special pouch that protects it while you’re on the go, a strap, and an USB Cable (Type-C). …

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge, A5 2017, and Xcover 4 to get Android 8.0 Oreo soon

Now that it’s done with the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8, Samsung prepares Android 8.0 Oreo updates for other smartphones. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are surely among the most probable candidates for Android 8.0 Oreo updates, but Samsung plans to deploy the update to some mid-range handsets as well.

A handful of Samsung smartphones powered by Android 8.0 Oreo have been recently spotted at Wi-Fi Alliance, even though they have been originally released on the market with an older version of the OS on board.

Among them, we reckon there are some nice surprises like the Galaxy A5 (2017) and …

Huawei: Rumors of spying are "groundless speculation"; company shipped 153 million phones in 2017

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has said that the company’s goal is to leap frog over Apple and Samsung to become the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. To help it achieve that goal, the company hoped to partner with the two largest U.S. wireless operators. Verizon and AT&T were prepared to add the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to their lineups earlier this year, but those deals fell through after the U.S. government became vocal about Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese government. Last month, U.S. lawmakers warned Americans not to buy or use Huawei products. In the back of their minds was a report from …

Only 850,000 BlackBerry branded devices shipped in 2017

BlackBerry Mobile appeared to get things on track last year with the release of two handsets. Both were manufactured by TCL under license from BlackBerry. In April, BlackBerry released the KEYone. Even though it sports a physical QWERTY keyboard, this is not your grandpappy’s ‘Berry. For example, a fingerprint scanner was cleverly embedded in the keyboard’s space bar. Making our list of the most underrated phones of 2017, the KEYone features that fabulous aforementioned QWERTY, and outstanding battery life.

TCL also launched the BlackBerry Motion in October, an “all-touch” handset that had …