Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S5 receives update giving it the August 2017 security patch

Even though the Verizon branded Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in April 2014, the graybeard apparently isn’t too old to receive an update. The new software build to version MMB29M.G900VVRU2DQH2 brings the Android August 2017 security patch to the former flagship. In addition, the update fixes an issue that prevented the phone from connecting and pairing with some Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices.

When you receive the notification telling you that the update has arrived on your phone, before you start the process of downloading and installing it, make sure that your Galaxy S5 is connected to …


Essential Phone orders start shipping, customers should receive theirs on August 31

The Essential Phone saga is far from being over, as the US-based company is struggling to ship its only product to customers who already pre-order it. Even though Andy Rubin promised the Essential Phone will hit the shelves one month after its official unveiling, that deadline has passed a long time ago.

The last time Essential came forward with an official statement about the launch of its smartphone, it promised it will start shipping the product in a week. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen either and the company’s inability to fulfill its promises will surely …

Samsung teaser confirms Bixby's global launch is set for August 22

Samsung is rumored to enable Bixby globally on August 22, but we now have confirmation the international launch of the personal assistant will indeed happen tomorrow. The South Korean company has just released a short teaser that clearly shows the global rollout of Bixby will start on August 22.

According to a previous report, the update that brings Bixby, Bixby Global Action, Bixby Dictation, Bixby Wakeup and Bixby PLM has already been released in many countries like U.K., South Africa, India, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Afghanistan, Iran, …

Android 8.0 Orellete (not Oreo) said to be announced on August 21

File this under rumors since the information comes from an unnamed source, but it looks like Google won’t be launching any Oreo cookie tomorrow. The search giant has decided to tie the launch of its next version of Android to the solar eclipse.

A Google teaser with the file name GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4 was briefly available on G+, hinting to Android O’s market name.

Well, with less than 24 hours left until the official reveal, a new rumor points to a completely different naming for the Android O. Cliff Wade, customer support manager for Nova …

Here are more pictures of the Moto X4 before the August 24 announcement

The Moto X4, Lenovo’s next mid-range Android smartphone set to be unveiled on August 24, leaked earlier this month. Several live pictures, as well as a couple of press images, have been published online before the device was even announced.

Also, we know quite a lot about the Moto X4’s specs, so the only thing that remains a mystery is when the smartphone will hit the shelves and which countries will get it first.

Before Lenovo unveils the Moto X4, we have two more pictures showing the forthcoming device, which show the front and back sides of the phone. Unlike the previously …

Meizu M6 Note will be announced on August 23, expect some exciting camera features

The M6 Note is Meizu’s upcoming high-end smartphone that’s slightly less powerful than the company’s flagships, Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus. Well, it looks like Meizu has just confirmed its phablet will be unveiled on August 23.

The only issue that we see here is that it will be introduced on the same day Samsung plans to reveal the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 8. In any case, Meizu M6 Note is a device that’s probably worth keeping an eye on since the Chinese company announces major changes for its M-series.

The Meizu M6 Note will debut some very exciting changes …

Motorola plans August 24th event; Moto X4 up next?

According to a new invitation sent out by Motorola in Brazil, the company will hold an event in Sao Paulo at 10am on August 24th, 2017. Unfortunately, the invite doesn’t specifically mention which model or models will be introduced on that date. One possibility is the Moto X4. The latest rumored specs include a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). Under the hood will be the Snapdragon 630 SoC carrying an octa-core CPU, and the Adreno 508 GPU.

In North America, Latin America, and Europe, the Moto X4 will be equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. In the Asia …

The Essential Phone will be showcased at a “First Look” event on August 25

We only know that the Essential Phone actually exists, but no one can buy one yet. Even though Andy Rubin promised its smartphone will be launched on the market one or two weeks after being officially unveiled, it looks like the Essential Phone has a two months delay.

A couple of days ago, Essential’s officials confirmed their smartphone is already in full mass-production and that they plan to announce when it will go on sale next week.

We now have information that suggests Essential will be hosting a “First Look” event where people will be able to see and try the Essential Phone …

Android O "most likely" to be released on August 21

Reports about the upcoming release of the Android O are a bit confusing. Although Google is expected to launch the new version of the mobile platform this month, we don’t know when exactly the search giant will push the release button.

According to a report coming from AndroidPolice’s David Ruddock, Google might have pushed the release of Android O for Pixel beyond the August 21 date. He also claims that he’s got unverified information that Google plans to give the Android O its market name on the day of the solar eclipse, August 21.

A more recent piece of …

South Korea exclusive LG V30 Plus to be unveiled alongside the LG V30 on August 31

LG V30 is becoming official on August 31, just a day before IFA 2017 at Berlin kicks off, that’s already old news at this point. We also do know a ton of stuff about the device, so much that we actually have a few preliminary size comparisons with other unreleased devices. What can we say – there are tons of leaks and we are rather good with Photoshop.
A new rumor just broke pertaining to LG’s future handsets just broke out, and it’s a rather saucy one – apparently, there might be two devices unveiled on stage on August 31, with a so-called LG V30 Plus joining …