Verizon kicks off Father's Day sale with BOGO deals on iPhones, Android flagships

After T-Mobile, Verizon is the second major in the U.S. that announces its new deals for Father’s Day. The sale is already live and includes discounts on the most recent iPhones and three popular Android flagships.

However, the discounts are only available if you purchase one of the smartphones included in the promotion. For Apple fans, Verizon offers $699 off a second iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X, but only if you an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X.

As far as the Android offering goes, Verizon has the Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, and LG G7 ThinQ on BOGO deals. As a matter fact, …


Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) may soon receive Android 8.0 Oreo

Samsung might offer the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update to a smartphone that was launched almost two years ago. The Galaxy A8 (2016) made its debut on the market in October 2016 and received an update to Nougat last year.

However, it appears that Samsung may not be done with the phone, as the Galaxy A8 (2016) was recently spotted at Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 8.0 Oreo on board. The same thing happened with some of the smartphones Samsung updated to Oreo in the past, so there’s a high chance that the Galaxy A8 (2016) will indeed receive the update.

Of course, Android 8.0 Oreo will …

Android P developer preview beta 2 is now available for all Pixel handsets

Right on schedule, Android P developer preview beta 2 has been released by Google. The devices covered by the factory images and OTA update include the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. To receive the update OTA, you need to enroll your Pixel in the Android Beta program by going to google.com/android/beta. You can also flash the factory image if your Pixel has an unlocked bootloader.
Android P developer preview beta 2 includes the final Android P APIs and updated SDK. While Pixel owners can install the update, keep in mind that it really is aimed at developers …

Verizon to start rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge today

Verizon has been teasing customers with an Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for many weeks now. A few days ago the carrier said those who own either of the two smartphones should expect the update to drop in the next “few weeks.”

Luckily, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge owners won’t have to wait too long for the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update, as Verizon has already posted the changelogs on the phones’ support page, which means the roll-out should begin anytime soon.

The bad news is the update contains the April security patch, while Google and …

Essential Phone gets updated directly to Android P Beta 1

Google released the Android P Developer Preview beta 2 for all Pixel handsets earlier today, but there’s one particular company that may have done a slightly better job. For some reason, Essential announced that its PH-1 smartphone is now moving from “developer preview” status to “beta,” which basically means that the new build released by the US company today is more stable than the previous one.

The Developer Preview builds that Google pushes out are closer to “alpha” quality than “beta,” even though they are tagged as beta. It’s possible that Essential believes that the new Android P …

Instagram acknowledges bug that was causing Android app to crash, says it's been fixed

In recent days Instagram users from across the globe have been reporting frequent app crashes on their Android devices and, now, the social media site has finally acknowledged the issue in a message sent out via Twitter.

Instagram didn’t mention the cause of the issue, but it is understood to have affected various devices in different ways. After all, many users claimed the app would crash immediately upon opening it, while others reported that looking through Instagram Stories or simply scrolling through the feed could lead to a crash, ultimately driving a rise in the number …

Square Enix confirms teen drama Life Is Strange lands on Android in July

It’s true that Square Enix’s teen drama, Life Is Strange made it to iOS first a few months ago, but the publisher promised that Android users won’t be skipped for too long. Today, Square Enix confirmed once again that Life Is Strange will be available on Android, but this time also offered gamers a time frame.

So, if you’re an Android user, you’ll be able to play Life Is Strange sometime in July, but that’s not the only good news. Square Enix announced Android players will get all five episodes on release day and full controller support.

You can even pre-register on Google Play Store …

Google removes tablet section from Android website (UPDATE X 2)

With a 6.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected to hit the market before September, the question is, who needs an Android tablet? The increasing size of the screens on newer high-end handsets is one of the reasons for declining tablet sales globally. In addition, tablet owners don’t look to upgrade to a new slate every two to three years. With this background, Google has quietly removed the tablet section from the Android website. Since Google didn’t unveil a reference tablet for Android P this year, it is a move that the company has foreshadowed.
UPDATE: Good news …

Google removes tablet section from Android website

With a 6.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected to hit the market before September, the question is, who needs an Android tablet? The increasing size of the screens on newer high-end handsets is one of the reasons for declining tablet sales globally. In addition, tablet owners don’t look to upgrade to a new slate every two to three years. With this background, Google has quietly removed the tablet section from the Android website. Since Google didn’t unveil a reference tablet for Android P this year, it is a move that the company has foreshadowed.
There was a time …

Microsoft confirms Groove Music apps for Android and iOS will be retired

Microsoft announced last year that it will discontinue its Groove Music streaming service and that all customers who own a Music Pass will be transitioned to Spotify. Microsoft’s music service will be retired on December 1, 2018, but all your personal music files will continue to be available in OneDrive even after that date.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to listen to those files with the Groove Music app on Android or iOS devices because these apps will be discontinued as well. According to Microsoft, both Android and iOS apps will be retired on December 1, 2018, so after that date, …