OnePlus 3 and 3T beta update patches the BlueBorne vulnerability, adds new screen calibration


OnePlus has just announced a new software update is available for its last year flagships, the OnePlus 3 and 3T, but only in the open beta channel. Even so, it shouldn’t take the Chinese company more than a week to make it available to everyone owning one of the two smartphones.

The most important change is the patching of the BlueBorne vulnerability. A security issue that was discovered last week, BlueBorne makes all devices with Bluetooth (except those using Bluetooth Low Energy only) vulnerable for takeover from as far as 32 feet away.

Basically, a person can take over your Android …


MIUI 9 Global Beta now available for all supported Xiaomi devices


Xiaomi has just announced the third batch of its smartphones is now eligible for the MIUI 9 Global ROM 7.9.7 update. These are the last devices that Xiaomi plans to update to Android Nougat, as previously announced.

The Chinese company revealed plans to upgrade a bunch of smartphones to Android Nougat earlier this year but said this will be a gradual release that will happen in three stages. Xiaomi Mi 6 and Redmi Note 4 were the first to receive the update followed by a second wave of devices such as Mi Mix, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi Max 2 and a couple of others.

The third wave of Xiaomi …

Beta app update brings customizable per-app actions to HTC U11's squeezable Edge Sense

Hey, got an HTC U11? If so, then you’ll likely be delighted to know that HTC is finally opening up the slightly-gimmicky Edge Sense feature to owners of the U11. In case you haven’t used this feature, physically squeezing the frame of the device allows you to quickly launch the camera app, squeeze to take a screenshot, toggle the flashlight, or open the app of your choice.
Thanks to a recent beta update to the Edge Sense app that manages the squeezy feature, owners of the HTC U11 are allowed to customize it to their heartfelt content. Users are now allowed …

iOS 11 beta 10 is pushed out to developers

With iOS 11 beta 10 outed to developers yesterday, Apple continues to show a bit of urgency in its developer updates. A mid-week update of an iOS beta release is a bit unusual, indicating that the new iOS build has some bugs that are in need of serious repair. These updates are usually released on a Monday, once every two weeks. Right now, you shouldn’t expect to see a hot new feature showing up on the beta so close to the launch of iOS 11, which should be less than a week away.

If you’re already on the developer beta profile, simply go to Settings –> General –> Software update in …

Android Oreo update hits OnePlus 3 closed beta group, public beta for 3, 3T, and 5 coming soon

A new OTA update has become available to members of the OnePlus 3 closed beta group. With a size of around 800MB, the patch contains the eighth major version of Google’s mobile OS – Android Oreo. 
According to Android Police, the current build of the Oreo update is far from stable. Testers are experiencing connectivity issues, such as unstable Wi-Fi, hotspot, Bluetooth, non-functional NFC, and so on. OnePlus has advised users to report any issues that may arise during the trial period.
Apparently, …

Apple's iOS 11 beta 9 now available for registered developers and public beta testers

Just three days after iOS 11 beta 8 was made available to registered developers and public beta testers, iOS 11 beta 9 was pushed out today. The urgency with which Apple pushed out the new build suggests that something important had gone awry in iOS 11 beta 8, which means that it probably makes sense for developers and public beta testers to install the new update when possible.

Registered developers can head over to Apple’s developer portal (developer.apple.com) and update their iPhone or iPad to the new build via an OTA update, or the update can be installed using IPSW. If you’re not a …

Apple's iOS 11 beta 8 now available to developers, beta 7 available to the public

As we told you last week (and the Wall Street Journal told you nearly a week later), Apple will introduce the 2017 iPhone models on September 12th. And that means we are extremely close to the release of iOS 11, the latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system. Today, Apple released iOS 11 beta 8 to developers and iOS 11 public beta 7. That means that both registered developers and iOS users who signed up for the public betas can install the appropriate version of the operating system on their iOS device.

Some of the changes coming with iOS 11 include a revised Control Center, the ability …

iOS 11 beta 7 is out: Here's what's new

Android 8.0 Oreo is now officially-official, but Apple is not lagging much behind – while we still have some time before iOS 11 officially arrives, there’s always room for a new beta version of that one to arrive. Guess what, iOS 11 beta 7 is now out, introducing a tiny slew of new features to the mix that are quite likely  ending up in the official iOS 11 version sometime next month.
So, what’s new in this update. Suffice to say that it’s a rather incremental one with few novelties:
Volume slider now has a yellow “too loud” section …

Test Android Oreo's new Autofill feature with LastPass public beta

Now that Google launched Android 8.0 Oreo, developers who want to bring their apps on the new mobile platform have begun testing them. One such app is LastPass, a popular password manager, auto form filler and random password generator for Android devices.

The fine folks behind LastPass have just announced a public beta for those who want to test some of the new features that Google included in Android 8.0 Oreo. Specifically, the new version of Android comes with Autofill, a feature that is frequently used by LastPass.

It appears that the new Android Oreo …

New iOS 11 icons surface for Apple Maps, App Store and Clock; iOS 11 beta 6 is released

A tweet from iCulture reveals some new icons discovered on the latest beta version of iOS 11, released today. The new Apple Maps icon has something of an inside joke to it as it shows an automobile heading past Apple Park. In the top right, part of the circular building can be seen on the icon. This replaces the current icon which shows a car driving on the I-280 overpass about to make a left turn.

The App Store icon has been made less complex as the paint brush, pencil and ruler that help form the letter “A” (for App) have been replaced by popsicle sticks? Lastly, the font on the clock …