Latest Mi 7 leak pegs Samsung as the only notch holdout in the top 5 Android makers

Look, Ma, another notch! If you thought it’s above and beyond the current 4th-largest Android phone maker to go the way of the notch, you may be sorely mistaken, as the latest Xiaomi Mi 7 leak shows a big fat top bezel cutout at the front. If Xiaomi’s newest flagship materializes like that, it will leave only Samsung as the Last of the Notchikans. LG has it on the G7, Huawei on the P20-series, and Oppo on plenty.

Apart from the notch-y front, the Mi 7 seems very much like the Mi Mix 2s at the back, as you can see below, but much smaller, which would be welcome news in this day …

Newest Android distribution numbers show Oreo in use by more than 5% of devices

Google has just introduced its new Android platform for smartphones, but the new OS won’t be released until later this year. Even so, the previous version, Android Oreo isn’t used by a large audience, which was to be expected if you look back at how things evolved in the last couple of years.

Last month Google confirmed Oreo is on 4.15% of the Android devices, and this month, for the first time since its market release, Android O’s market share is above 5%, although not by much.

The numbers show a 1% increase for Android Oreo in just a month, which isn’t much. However, we can safely …

Nokia 5 (2018) arrival hinted at by HMD Global executive

HMD Global could be about to introduce the Nokia 5 (2018). So far this year the Finnish company has introduced the Nokia 1, Nokia 6 (2018) (also known as the Nokia 6.1 in the US), the Nokia 7 Plus, and the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. And, after confirming that 2018 updates of the Nokia 5, 3, and 2 were also in the works, it appears the Nokia 5 (2018) could be the first to launch.

Replying to a user of Twitter who asked about the upcoming device, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas hinted at its imminent arrival by saying “stay tuned.” Now, the tweet fails to mention any specific …

LG G7 ThinQ: 5 important rumored features to anticipate

LG certainly took its time when it comes to the development of the LG G7 ThinQ, which will be the South Korean company’s flagship smartphone for H1 2018. Previously, LG had the habit of announcing its flagship devices near the annual MWC trade show, but after a change at the helm of the company earlier this year, the flagship was belated.
Fortunately, we have an official announcement set in stone, on May 2. As we are quite eager to see just how many of the rumors and leaks out there will turn out to be real, we decided to round up a couple of anticipated G7 …

5 of the best cases for the Sony Xperia XZ2 available right now

So, got yourself a splashy new Sony Xperia XZ2? Well, maybe not yet, but one of the first things you should do once you get your new device is invest in some high-quality protection that will prevent your device in pristine condition. And rightly so – the predominantly glass design of the phone is normally quite prone to crackling should you accidentally let the device slip off of your hands.

With that in mind, it’s time to show you all the best cases available for the Xperia XZ2 right now. Surely, more will pop up once the devices actually hit the shelves, but there are still …

OnePlus 5 and 5T soon to be updated with new touch gesture, other improvements

Although OnePlus 6 is one of the hottest subjects these days, two other OnePlus smartphones will get important software improvements – the OnePlus 5 and 5T. New open beta updates are now available for these two devices, so if you’ve already flashed such a build one your OnePlus 5 or 5T, then you should receive them as OTAs (over the air).

Besides the usual under the hood improvements and bug fixes, OnePlus added a new touch gesture for both smartphones, which will allow users to double-tap to lock the screen. The new function can be found in the launcher settings, so make sure to enable …

Xiaomi goes full communist, vows its phone profits will never exceed 5%

Yes, you can get a sturdy 6″ metal phone with thin bezels, midrange Snapdragon, good camera, 4GB RAM/64GB storage, and 4000mAh battery for $220. Yes, we are talking about China’s new sales darling, Xiaomi. Despite having little retail presence, and counting mostly on direct online sales, the company is now one of the best-selling brands in its home turf, moving 12 million units there in Q1.

Needless to say, the secret of its success is great handsets sold at ultrathin profit margins. While that last thing can be said for a lot of Chinese brands, the first is usually reserved …

OnePlus 5 and 5T finally getting Android 8.1 Oreo, here are all the changes

After using its beta channel to thoroughly test Android 8.1 Oreo for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, an official announcement went live earlier today that confirms the update is now being pushed out to everyone that owns either of the two smartphones.

It’s worth noting that it took OnePlus just one month to make Android 8.1 Oreo available to OnePlus 5 and 5T owners. However, the company’s mission was much simplified by the fact that both phones were already updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

If you own the OnePlus 5 or 5T, you can expect some other improvements besides the usual Android 8.1 Oreo …

OnePlus 6 to be announced on May 5

By now, there’s no doubt that OnePlus is preparing to show the world its next flagship smartphone. The only question that remains is when this device is going official.

If a freshly leaked alleged teaser originating from Chinа is to be believed, the OnePlus 6 might see the light of day in less than a month’s time, on May 5. The event will reportedly take place in Shenzen, China, at 2 PM local time.
This falls in line with the company’s penchant for a spring release of their main flagship, followed by an autumn release of an improved “T” variation of the …

Latest OnePlus 5 and 5T beta updates bring Gaming mode and Launcher improvements

OnePlus 5 and 5T may not be the hottest topics these days considering the latest information we got about the company’s upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship. Still, the only phones that are currently getting updates from OnePlus are the 5 and 5T, so if you own either of the two devices, here is what you get in the latest update.

It’s important to note that this is an open beta update, which is only available to those who enrolled in the beta program. If you’ve previously installed an OxygenOS open beta build, you’ll be getting the new update OTA (over the air) in the next couple of days.

The …