Apple HomePod is finally arriving: 8 speakers, spatial awareness, super-easy pairing, priced better than the Google Home Max!

It was almost a year ago, at Apple’s WWDC 2017 event, when we first heard official word about the Apple HomePod. Basically, a smart speaker, much like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. After some silence, however, it turned out the HomePod was intentionally delayed since Apple believed it’s “not ready yet”.

Well, the wait is over: the Apple HomePod will officially start shipping on the 9th of February, while pre-orders open this Friday, the 26th of January.

What is the HomePod?

It’s a 7-inch-tall cylinder covered with a stylish-looking, …


RED's Hydrogen One phone with holographic display arriving at US carriers this summer

RED announced its technological wonder, the Hydrogen One smartphone back in July, and promised to bring it to market at some point this year. Today, the company confirmed its innovative device has received the support of US carriers and will most likely start shipping this summer.

However, those who placed pre-orders for the unlocked version will be getting their Hydrogen One units much earlier, RED confirmed. In case you’ve never heard of Hydrogen One, here is a short recap of what it can do.

First off, Hydrogen One is a modular smartphone based on a pogo pin system. It comes with …

Android 8.0 Oreo for HTC U11 starts arriving in EMEA region

After apologizing for delaying the release of Android 8.0 Oreo for the U11 in Europe, HTC is finally addressing the concerns of those who bought the company’s flagship by finally pushing out the update.

Apparently, HTC has already kicked off the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo for HTC U11 in the EMEA region, which includes Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. This is a fairly sizeable update (1.31GB), so make sure you have enough free storage and that your phone’s battery is charged.

Not many details about the contents of the update are offered, aside from the fact that it includes all …

Android 8.1 Oreo arriving on Pixel phones "in the coming weeks"

Google confirmed earlier today that it’s already working to bring Android 8.1 Oreo to all Pixel phones “in the coming weeks.” Since the information comes rather indirectly via a blog post explaining the technology behind Pixel 2’s camera.

Apparently, the Pixel 2 smartphones feature Google’s first custom-designed co-processor, which is called Pixel Visual Core. The processor handles imaging and ML apps, and it’s supposed to offer lower-latency and more power-efficient HDR+ processing.

Pixel Visual Core is not yet enabled on the Pixel 2 smartphones, but Google …

BlackBerry KEYone arriving at AT&T on September 1

Sprint will remain the only carrier to offer the BlackBerry KEYone for the rest of this month. However, come September, the smartphone will be available for purchase at AT&T. Moreover, the carrier announced the KEYone will come in a unique Space Black color, which will only be available at AT&T.

We have yet to learn the outright price of the BlackBerry KEYone, but we do know customers will be able to get it on AT&T Next for $16.67 for 30 months. The smartphone is supposed to hit shelves on September 1, so you’ll have to wait just one more week.

To …

Samsung CEO says Galaxy Note 8 will be announced in late August, first wave arriving in September

We know for less than a week that Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 ahead of IFA 2017 trade fair, which is set to kick off on September 1. Previous rumors coming from different sources claim the flagship smartphone will be announced on August 23, but the phone won’t be available on the market until September at the earliest.

Over the weekend, Samsung’s CEO DJ Koh told Taiwanese media that his company plans to reveal the Galaxy Note 8 in late August, which comes in line with previous reports.

He went on to say that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released …

New BlackBerry KEYone models with an improved screen adhesive are arriving at retailers and carriers

Last month, we told you that the display on several BlackBerry KEYone units were popping off the phone on impact. At first, it was believed that the screens did not have any adhesive on them to keep them in place. However, BlackBerry Mobile did say that it used adhesive, but obviously one that was not strong enough to do its job. The company said that it would find a better adhesive for use on newly produced units. And that was the last we heard about the matter until now.

Yesterday, on its @BBMobile Twitter page, BlackBerry Mobile left a link to a posting made by a member of the BlackBerry …

Huawei P10 Lite arriving in Europe in March, priced to sell at €349

Two Huawei P10 smartphones aren’t too many, but three might get you confused. After introducing the P10 and P10 Plus over the weekend, Huawei is likely to announce yet another P10 version.

The P10 Lite is not really news since the smartphone leaked about a month ago, but it’s the first time that it’s listed by a retailer with full specs and a price tag in tow.

At least one Dutch retailer has the Huawei P10 Lite on pre-order for €349. The phone is available in Black, Gold, and White, and it’s supposed to hit the shelves sometime in March.

According …