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Sony’s XA series is an interesting beast. They are midrange smartphones with nothing too impressive under the hood. But their design does stand out. Or at least it used to — the original XA was Sony’s first step towards minimizing their bezels, with a razor-sharp frame along the left and right sides of the phone. The XA2 and XA2 Ultra are still in that camp — 16:9 screens with super-thin side bezels, but rather bulky “chin” and “forehead”. Still, …


Deal: Save $90 when you buy the Amazon Prime Exclusive Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus is one of the few mid-range smartphones that will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, so if you’re looking for such a device but don’t want to break the bank, this is surely a great choice.

Amazon is selling the Moto G5 Plus in two variations: Prime Exclusive and Standard Version. The former comes with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps such as Amazon Widget, Prime Music, Prime Photos and many more. That’s one of the reasons the Amazon Prime Exclusive is usually cheaper than the standard model.

However, for a limited time, Amazon offers an even better deal on the …

Android 9.0 P: Here's what to expect

Google has scheduled its yearly developer conference, Google I/O, to take place between May 8 and May 10 this year and the heavy-hitter of the event will most certainly be the next flavor of Android that will undoubtedly be announced on stage. Google has made it a tradition to release milestone Android releases each and every year and guess what – 2018 is the time for the letter P, which will have the honors of headlining the dessert name.

Now, unlike hardware leaks and rumors which usually rain upon us like a torrential flood once the debut of the device nears, software leaks …

Android 9.0 P may integrate Dark Mode feature for OLED displays

Android 8.0 Oreo brought along light/dark theme shift dependent on your wallpaper’s hues, but only for Google’s new Pixel phones, while each and every device with OLED display could benefit from a true Dark Mode in its own right. 

You see, unlike LCDs, where the backlight shines with the same intensity no mater what color is displayed, the OLED display pixels are themselves the source of light, and when displaying white, in particular, they are lit with maximum current. Thus, OLEDs surpass LCDs in battery draw when displaying darker or more colorful imagery like movies, …

Deal: Apple's BeatsX headphones are on sale for just $90, the lowest price to date

Among the cheapest Apple’s headphones, the BeatX are now even cheaper for a limited. In fact, if you haven’t yet bought a pair, you can now get them for the lowest price we’ve been able to track since their launch on the market.

Although the price of Apple’s BeatsX wireless headphones dropped under $100 a few times in the last few weeks, they’ve never been discounted by that much until now. So, for a limited time, customers can actually pick these headphones up from Amazon for just $90.

Considering the BeatsX headphones usually sell for around $150, you’ll be saving $60 when you buy …

Samsung Experience 9.0 vs 8.5, here are the new emojis

A new set of emoji was recently announced by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that develops and promotes the use of these symbols in all major operating systems, meant for adoption by major platforms in 2018. 

Phone makers, however, can mix and match their own versions, and Samsung has apparently been hard at work overhauling its emoji roster for its Experience 9.0 version that is landing on the Galaxy S8 as we speak, and will be present on the Galaxy S9 out of the box, too.

There are plenty of changes to look forward too, the most notable being …

Amazon invests $90 million to get its hands on chips that can extend the battery life of devices

Toward the end of last year, Amazon spent $90 million to purchase Blink. This is a company that makes home security cameras. The reason for the acquisition might have little to do with security or even cameras. According to a report published today, those familiar with Amazon’s thinking say that the company bought Blink to gain access to the latter’s energy-sipping chips. Blink says that its cameras can run for two years on one pair of  AA lithium batteries.

Amazon is said to be looking over Blink’s exclusive chips to find out if it can use them to lower production costs and extend …

Samsung Experience 9.0 vs 8.5 changelog, here are the new emojis

A new set of emoji was recently announced by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that develops and promotes the use of these symbols in all major operating systems, meant for adoption by major platforms in 2018. 

Phone makers, however, can mix and match their own versions, and Samsung has apparently been hard at work overhauling its emoji roster for its Experience 9.0 version that is landing on the Galaxy S8 as we speak, and will be present on the Galaxy S9 out of the box, too.

There are plenty of changes to look forward too, the most notable being …

New features of Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 detailed in infographic

Android 8 Oreo has been out for quite some time now, but it still hasn’t graced the vast majority of phones running on Google’s OS. Samsung, the biggest player on the Android market, has taken its sweet time with the update, largely due to the fact that it likes to embellish and enhance the software with its own custom overlay called the “Samsung Experience” (previously known as TouchWiz).

Fortunately, we’re not too far off from seeing the first Samsung phones to be officially powered by Android 8. After several months of public beta tests, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are very close …

Pi or Pie: New code commit reveals Android 9.0 in-house codename

While it’s too early to speculate on Android 9.0’s name, which will be revealed at the software’s official announcement sometime in August 2018 if Google sticks up to its schedule, an early developer preview will most likely arrive in a month or so. Thus, the flood gates of speculation pertaining to the next major version of Android are now wide open. Of course as it usually happens, the very first people to track down traces of code referring to upcoming software features are developers and tinkerers that disseminate any code Google has released, and especially the Android Open Source Project. 

Pie, …