Mysterious LG Zone 4 reportedly headed to Verizon


Verizon Wireless is reportedly getting ready to release a
new Android smartphone made by LG. According to Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), this
upcoming Verizon-bound handset is called LG Zone 4.

 

Unfortunately, at the moment, there are no details on the new
phone’s features, design, or launch date. Nevertheless, we know that the handset will succeed
Verizon’s LG Optimus Zone (2013), Optimus Zone 2 (2014), and Optimus Zone 3 (early
2016; pictured above). But the new device will drop “Optimus” from its name. As you
may know, Optimus is a name that’s been in LG’s portfolio since the company
launched …


Android Oreo Beta 4 update now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, see what's new

The fourth beta build of Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is now rolling out. Users who have signed up for the program can check if the update is available by going to Settings > Software Updates > Download Updates Manually.

The update should bump the software version of the two 2017 flagships to ZQL8. With a size of 850MB, this patch is rather hefty, so make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding with the download. 
The latest beta version introduces a new security patch (likely …

OnePlus celebrates 4 years: special giveaway and discounts posted

Ah, it has been a long road for OnePlus — sometimes a bumpy one, sure, but undeniably one that leads up. And right now, everything seems to be going well for the company. Its latest “flagship killer” is a fan-favorite, despite that it sells for much more than the original $299 that the OnePlus One launched with, its accessory shop is growing, and its becoming a recognizable brand, thanks to some subtle, but obviously effective guerilla marketing moves.

Technically, it will be in April of 2018 when the OnePlus One becomes 4 years old, but the company was, of course, …

Snapdragon 845 phones like Galaxy S9 may sport Quick Charge 4+, here's what it means

Last week, Qualcomm announced the eventual Galaxy S9 chipset for the US models, Snapdragon 845. Previously, Samsung had given some details about its new Exynos 9810 processor, which, however, will most likely find its way into the global versions of the phone, as usual. What piqued our interest with the 845, however, was the promise for upgraded fast charging abilities, as the silicon has Quick Charge 4+ tech built in.

Samsung calls its own technology for pumping the Galaxy handsets full of electrons quickly Adaptive Fast Charge, which is probably what …

Deal: Save more than $50 (20%) when you buy the Lenovo Tab 4 Plus 10-inch on Amazon

Lenovo’s Tab 4 series made its debut in the United States during the summer as cheap alternatives to other tablets released by brands like Samsung and Apple. Obviously, they’re using Google’s Android OS and more than decent specs the price you pay.

One of the high-end tablets in the Tab 4 series, the 10-inch Lenovo Tab 4 Plus is getting nearly 20% discount on Amazon, so if you’re looking for an Android tablet that costs less than $250, this is likely to be the best deal you can get until the holiday season.

For a limited time, the Tab 4 Plus is available …

Apple Watch Series 4 to have faster LTE connectivity

This year, we saw the first Apple Watch that can be connected to your cellular provider — the Apple Watch Series 3 with its eSIM. The gadget allows you to leave your phone at home and still be able to make and receive texts and calls, get and reply to emails, chats, and so on. As for the next generation, it seems Apple is working on doing much of the same, but faster.

In the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple uses a new type of flexible circuit board made from a liquid crystal polymer. It’s employed in the construction of the antenna designs and is lauded for being …

Asus rolls out ZenUI 4.0 for ZenFone 4 Max, but Android 8.0 Oreo is still MIA

Asus launched a few ZenFone 4 models back in September, but they had different versions of ZenUI despite the fact they all shipped with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. For example, the ZenFone 4 Max was running ZenUI 3.0 on top of Nougat, while the ZenFone 4 Pro and ZenFone 4 included a new version of the skin.

Even though Asus promised to provide ZenFone 4 Max users with an update that will bring ZenUI 4.0 to the smartphone, the company didn’t say when it will happen. Today, Asus announced that it has commenced the roll-out of ZenUI 4.0 for ZenFone 4 Max.

Along …

Asus Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 4 Pro Review

Some phones push the boundaries of what mobile technology is capable of. They represent the latest advancements in hardware and software reflected in a product that commands top dollar, but feel as if they’ve been taken out of a James Bond movie. Other phones – phones like the Asus ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro – stick to the good old value-for-money approach. While not particularly groundbreaking, both handsets are well spec’d and reasonably priced – at $400 and $600 respectively – topping it off with dual cameras at the back and the promise of “an unparalleled mobile photography …

Brand new Asus ZenFone 4 is already slightly cheaper than at launch


Officially launched in the US at the end of October, the
Asus ZenFone 4 is a pretty nice mid-range smartphone that’s sold unlocked and
can be used on carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T (but not on Verizon and Sprint).

 

Initially sold for $399, the ZenFone 4 is already cheaper
than at launch, as retailers Amazon and B&H are currently offering it for $379.
B&H says this offer ends on December 2 at 11:59 pm ET, while Amazon doesn’t
say when (or if) its offer will end.

 

For $379, you’re getting a handset made out of aluminum and
glass, with an interesting “micro-etched, …

Deal: Premium version of Geekbench 4 goes free on Google Play Store (usually $10)

One of the many benchmark apps used to test smartphones performance, Geekbench is free to download on Google Play Store for a limited time. As the title says, we’re talking about the premium version of Geekbench 4, which usually sells for $10.

The latest version of Geekbench includes processor tests, specially designed to quickly and accurately measure mobile CPU performance. Additionally, the app includes new GPU (graphics processing unit) Compute tests that are supposed to measure the processing power of the device’s GPU.

Unlike the free version, Geekbench …