5 apps to mod the Galaxy S8: AMOLED wallpapers, new Bixby key and more (no root)

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are already finding themselves in the hands of their rightful owners, and after you set them up to your liking, transfer all your account info, and install all the apps you like, there are still a few things you can do to further mod your new flagship with a couple of simple apps, without ever resorting to rooting, flashing, or other shenanigans that would trip your KNOX security. 
Check them out – from making your wallpaper AMOLED-friendly, through enabling your hidden FM radio tuner, to remapping the Bixby key …


OxygenOS Open Beta 5 for OnePlus 3 and 3T brings loads of optimizations, improvements

The only two OnePlus smartphones the Chinese company continues to update on a weekly basis, the OnePlus 3 and 3T have just received a new beta build that optimizes lots of features and fixes some of the issues reported by users.

OxygenOS Open Beta 5 (Open Beta 14 for OnePlus 3) focuses on improvements and fixing any of the problems that were introduced in the previous beta build that added a brand new launcher and support for Android 7.1.1 shortcuts.

For example, OnePlus mentions that they have fixed an issue of system reboot when setting a wallpaper, as …

Deal: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on sale for just $299.99 on eBay

Despite the fact that it was launched two years ago, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the newest Note series phablet available for purchase, as the Note 7 has been recalled soon after its market release.

Even though they haven’t lowered the price by much, many carriers around the world still sell the Note 5 with some success. For example, AT&T has the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 up for grabs for no less than $740 upfront.

However, authorized retailers like Amazon have much better deals on the 2-year-old phablet, as the Note 5 can be purchased for just $400 outright. …

5 Pokemon games for Android and iPhone you can play alongside Pokemon GO

It’s pretty clear what’s going on here – you love the Pokemons, we got the games. Even before Pokemon GO made the Nintendo beasts universally cool like it’s the 90s all over again, Android and iOS had something to offer inquisitive Pokemon fans.

Whether you’ll find these puzzle and card duel games as engaging as that one title everyone’s gone out playing right now is another question. So check out these 5 Pokemon games and grab the ones that seem most fun to you. Hopefully, you’ll get to enjoy plenty of Pokemon hunting!

Pokemon Duel

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Why I'm going back to Android after using the iPhone for 5 months

“I’m going to be holding onto my iPhone 7, and at the time of writing this editorial, I don’t have any intention of switching back to Android at any point in the foreseeable future. If this does change though, and I find myself getting tired of the acclaimed Apple, I’ll be sure to write an additional piece explaining why I switched back.”

This is how I ended an editorial that I wrote back in November of last year titled “After using Android my entire life, I decided to switch to iOS.” In that editorial, I gave a few reasons as to why I had made the choice to give …

Huawei's Mate 9 has sold more than 5 million units, four months after its launch

Huawei’s bet on smartphones seems to be paying off, judging from its ever-increasing sales numbers. In a recent press conference, the company shared that it has so far sold more than five million units of its early 2017 flagship phablet, the Mate 9, which is a 36% increase over its predecessor’s sales for the same period of time.

In comparison, Huawei’s previous mainstream flagship, the P9, has sold 12 million units in a year, whereas the Mate 9’s 5 million were reached in just four months. This shows both a greater trust in the company’s devices, as …

Alcatel Idol 5 shows up on GFXBench?

Back in February, we told you about a phone called the Alcatel Idol 5S that was seen on Geekbench. A month later, the device appeared on GFXBench with a 5.2-inch display carrying a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). Under the hood is a Helio P20 MediaTek MT6757CH chipset containing an octa-core 2.3GHz CPU and the Mali-T880 GPU.

With that MediaTek SoC inside, the chances are that the Alcatel Idol 5S is not planning to be shipped to the U.S. Instead, we might see the device that appeared today on GFXBench arriving in the states. This model was listed as the Alcatel 6060 on the benchmark site, …

Top 5 smartphones with curved screens and edgeless displays coming in 2017

With “curved screen” and “edgeless display” designs becoming distinguishing features of truly modern smartphones, odds are good that we’ll be seeing plenty of such specimens pop up throughout 2017. The technology is available, Samsung and LG’s flexible OLED screen factories are firing at full capacity, and people seem to love the sleek, futuristic look of smartphones like the Galaxy S8, the LG G6, or last year’s Xiaomi Mi Mix.

The path is clear for all manufacturers willing to update their flagship phone designs, and that’s a great thing! This year, we are very …

Top 5 Wear 2.0 designer smartwatches to expect in 2017

 

Last month was a big month. Not that it had 31 days, but because it saw some major gadget unveils that have stirred a lot of talk and spirits. Obviously, we are referring to Samsung Galaxy S8’s official announcement, but also to the Baselworld event, which turned 100 this year and brought some fantastic smart timepieces.

A bunch of designer wear manufacturers showed off truly irresistible smartwatches that we should look forward to in 2017, giving us only a carrot stick of details. One theme was kind of central to some of them, though – Apple’s high-end wrist clocks …

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ are now being updated to Android Nougat

Not long after Sprint updated its Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to Android Nougat, AT&T this week started pushing a Nougat update to its own version of the Note 5 (N920A).

According to AT&T’s official Galaxy Note 5 support page – see the source link below – the new update brings Android 7.0 Nougat (not 7.1) to the handset, and includes the March security patch. Users are also getting two pre-loaded apps (Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass), plus improvements related to network performance. Moreover, the update is removing some apps, including AT&T Address Book, AT&T Live, and MobiTV.

The …