ESPN Plus launches this Spring on iOS and Android for $4.99 per month

Disney president Bob Iger told CNBC yesterday that ESPN Plus, a new streaming service from the self proclaimed “sports leader” will be priced at $4.99 a month when it launches this spring. The platforms that will be offering the app include iOS, Android, tvOS and Chromecast. “10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year” will be streamed including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and Major Soccer League contests.

ESPN Plus will rollout at the same time that the revised ESPN app makes its appearance. The latter will continue to offer scores, highlights …


This Android app lets you view the remaining battery of your Apple AirPods, BeatsX earbuds

Got an Android device? Got AirPods?

For many, this unholy combo is not an uncommon one as Apple’s AirPods are actually not-too-shabby wireless earbuds that work well with just about any phone out there. But as you might expect, Apple’s AirPods connected to an Android device don’t give you the same level of functionalities that an iOS device would, and one of the glaring missing features is battery level. 
You’d agree that this is a pretty important aspect of wireless earbuds, and thanks to the endless mental resource of do-good developers, Android …

Limited edition fluorite white Casio WSD-F20-WE with Android Wear 2.0 announced

Casio is back with yet another Android Wear smartwatch, the WSD-F20-WE. This time, however, the Japanese company is bringing a limited edition wearable device to market. Even if you’re familiar with Casio’s products, it may be confusing to remember all the company’s smartwatch names, so let’s make it clear.

The Casio WSD-F20-WE is just a limited edition version of the WSD-F20, a rugged Pro Trek smartwatch unveiled back in April. This limited edition model comes with the same hardware inside, but a different color called “fluorite white” that’s supposed to give the smartwatch a crystalline …

Samsung starts working on Android Oreo for Galaxy S7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy Tab S3

It’s hard to believe that such a big company like Samsung with a huge smartphone market share hasn’t yet updated a single of its handsets to the latest version of Android. The good news is Samsung finished working on the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which means the final version might go live in the next couple of weeks.

Now that Samsung has finished working on Android Oreo for its newest flagships, it’s time to focus on other smartphones that are eligible for the update. The folks over at SamMobile have it on good authority that the South Korean company is now preparing …

The Google+ app is getting a "brand new version" on Android

A “brand new version” of the Android Google+ app will launch in the coming days, Google+ engineering manager Leo Deegan teased in a post on the waning social network. Unfortunately for those of you who were expecting a radical redesign of the app, “brand new” in this case means that the app will look and behave mostly the same, but the new version will introduce a plethora of under-the-hood changes aimed at alleviating some of the platform’s shortcomings on a functional level.
Deegan says that the new update is the “culmination of a complete …

After nearly six months, Android Oreo finally breaks 1% market share

Google has just released the Android distribution numbers for the month of February. At first glance, the situation looks terrible for those hoping that Oreo will pick up the pace and improve its market share.

However, looking back at the same numbers one year ago, we can confirm that deployment of new Android platforms is within the parameters. Google announced today that Android Oreo has finally passed 1% market share worldwide, which is exactly what Android Nougat did exactly one year ago.

Apparently, Android Oreo is now running on 1.1% of devices, while Android Nougat is now at …

Latest BBM update is out of beta, ready to be installed on your iOS or Android phone

BBM used to be one of the only reasons to buy a BlackBerry. So when CEO John Chen decided to open up the messaging app to iOS and Android users, the executive was taking a big risk. Remember, this was before the release of the BlackBerry Priv, the first ‘Berry to be powered by Android. But Chen wasn’t too concerned with losing hardware sales because he was already looking at BlackBerry as a software company.

He knew he was on the right track when Facebook paid $21.8 billion to buy WhatsApp. If the latter was worth almost $22 billion, Chen reasoned that BBM had to be worth a few billion. …

Sony Xperia X and X compact Android 8.0 update available!

Sweet news for all Sony Xperia X and X Compact owners, as Sony Mobile started rolling out the update to Android 8.0 as of today!
Firmware update 34.4.A.0.364 will bring in the so-desired, Android 8.0, in addition to some other improvements regarding the camera and security. In this update, users will get the latest Android Security patch, fixing some security issues. Added are two new camera features – Predictive Capture, which lets the camera automatically buffer images when it detects a smile and Autofocus Burst, aimed to help you capture moving objects without the blur. Reworked …

Best new icon packs for Android (February 2018)

New year, new resolutions, and in our case, new icon packs!

While the vast majority of Android consumers use their devices without customizing these at all, a smaller group of Android enthusiasts can hardly go for more than a week before overhauling the appearance of their homescreens. What can we say, we are guilty of that as well! Thanks to the multitude of icon packs arriving weekly on the Play Store, that’s as easy as abc.

This is why we regularly show you the icon packs that have recently made their way to the Play Store and deserve your attention. Have in mind that you’d normally …

New HTC mid-ranger is tested with SD-625 under the hood and Android Oreo pre-installed

A new HTC mid-range handset appears to be in the process of getting tested. On the Geekbench benchmark site, you will find an HTC handset with the model number 2Q5W1. The device is equipped with Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box, and under the hood is the Snapdragon 625 chipset (MSM8953). This is an energy efficient SoC found on several handsets that offer outstanding battery life including the BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry Motion and the Moto Z Play. Of course, it helps that this trio each contain above average sized batteries.

The Snapdragon 625 offers an octa-core CPU, and the Adreno …