Nokia 7 is now eligible for update to Android 8.1 Oreo

HMD Global has a stellar record of Android Oreo updates, even though is far from being a major player in the smartphone industry. Basically, most of the company’s Nokia-branded smartphones launched in the last year or so have been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, many of them even getting Android 8.1 Oreo updates.

The last device that makes on the long list of HMD smartphones to receive an Oreo update is the Nokia 7, which is a China-exclusive device. An international, beefed-up version of the handset was launched earlier this year as Nokia 7 plus, but this one comes with Android 8.1 Oreo on …


Xiaomi European product lineup leaks: Mi 7 Lite, Mi Mix 3s & Redmi 6 series all coming

A new EEC certificate hints at a number of upcoming Xiaomi releases. In recent times, the popular Chinese brand has been expanding into European markets at quite a rapid pace, with France and Italy being the next to receive the brand’s devices later this month. Now, thanks to a new certificate that was spotted on the Eurasian Economic Commission – which is the regulatory body in markets such as Russia, Armenia, and Belarus – it appears Xiaomi has big plans for Europe in the future.

Starting off in flagship territory, recent information points towards Xiaomi launching the upcoming Mi …

Erato Apollo 7 true wireless earbuds now $100 off

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When it launched the Apollo 7 back in 2016, Erato wanted to produce the most compact true wireless Bluetooth earbuds out in the market. And it definitely succeeded in making super-portable earphones with an equally compact charging case that can produce a pretty satisfactory sound. The buds can play music for about 2-3 hours and the charging case holds enough juice for two full charging cycles, so that’s between 6 and 9 hours of music when you are out and …

Nokia 7 Plus Review

HMD Global, the new home of Nokia phones, recently announced one of its best midrangers to date, and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it – to review the zoom camera config on the copper-accented Nokia 7 Plus and to test the endurance out of the big battery inside it. That’s not to mention the stock Android that Nokia slapped on it, and which gives way only to Google’s Pixels in terms of timely OS version or security updates. But does the Nokia 7 Plus live up to the value-for-money hype it created when it was announced? Let’s find out.

In the box:
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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 …

Android P beta released for Pixels, Nokia 7 plus, Essential Phone, Xperia XZ2, other phones

Google kicked its I/O conference with an announcement related to Android Things and Android Auto, but Android P got in the spotlight as well. Along with the official launch of the new Android OS for smartphones, Google confirmed that a beta build is now available for download.

However, unlike in the previous years when these beta builds were a Google Pixel/Nexus affair, for the most part, this time the search giant has decided to make Android P beta available to additional smartphones launched by other major companies.

Apparently, this is possible due to Project Treble, which means …

Apple iPhone 7 Plus "Barbers" ad wins Best in Show award

Remember the ad for Portrait mode on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus that takes place in a barbershop? First released nearly a year ago, the ad was named Best in Show at the 97th ADA Awards. The annual event honors work done in the creative arts, which includes advertising. The commercial is set in a small barbershop in a small town. After one of the barbers in the quiet shop finishes with a customer, another barber snaps his portrait using the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The portrait hangs in the window where it catches the attention of a passer-by who stops to get his haircut. And his portrait is snapped …

Deal: Save up to 25% on Amazon's Fire 7, 8 and 10 tablets with Special Offers

Amazon’s Fire series tablets are probably among the cheapest Android slates available on the market. The 7-inch model even received the Amazon’s Choice tag for highly rated, well-priced products available to ship immediately.

Aside from the great price, all three Amazon Fire tablets come with Alexa integration, which makes them even more valuable. If you’ve always wanted to give them a try, you’ll be pleased to know that Amazon has them on sale for a limited time.

Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa 8GB – $39.99 (usually $49.99) Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa 16GB – $59.99 (usually $69.99)Fire …

Leaked memo from Apple says iOS 11.3 disabled the mic on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models

Some owners of the 2016 Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus are having problems with the microphones on these models during phone calls. This information was the subject of an internal Apple memo sent to authorized repair centers, and was leaked on Friday. Apparently, this issue started with the update to iOS 11.3. The problem with the microphones leads to the speaker button being “grayed out” during phone calls, preventing users from using the speaker phone feature during a call. It also could prevent callers from being heard by those on the other end of a phone call or during FaceTime video …

Report says that the Xiaomi Mi 7 could be first Android phone with 3D sensing; Q3 release expected

A new report published today says that the first Android handset with 3D facial recognition technology won’t appear until the third quarter of 2018. That isn’t necessarily that far away considering that Q3 begins in July. There is an issue with 3D sensing vendors that is holding back Android manufacturers from including a 3D facial mapping system on their phones, similar to the process used by the TrueDepth Camera on the Apple iPhone X. With 3D mapping, Apple iPhone X users can grow a beard, wear a hat or sunglasses, grow out their hair, and the phone will still recognize them.

The report …