T-Mobile brings back BOGO deals on hot flagship phones

Just in time for the holidays, T-Mobile is offering BOGO deals on flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, LG V30+, Apple iPhone 8 and more. The deal requires you to purchase the two phones in advance using the carrier’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). One new line also needs to be activated. Unlike some phones that are offered with $0 down and monthly payments, these devices are pricey top-shelf models. Therefore, T-Mobile is asking that buyers make down payments of $80 to $130 depending on the device.

After you purchase the two phones (again, using T-Mobile’s EIP), you …


Latest YouTube update brings pinch-to-zoom to phones with 18:9 screens

After scoring pinch-to-zoom support on iOS 11, the Android version of the official YouTube app is getting the same treatment in its latest update. Owners of smartphones with 18:9 (and similar) will now have the option to choose between regular letterboxed mode for 16:9 content, or simply pinch with two fingers to make the video fill the entirety of the display.
Since most of the video content on YouTube is still in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future, the pinch-to-zoom gesture is a welcome …

Action Launcher update brings Essential Phone support, adds adaptive folders

Action Launcher, the popular Android app that allows users to customize their smartphones, is getting yet another important update. This would be version 31 and, as developer Chris Lacy points out, the launcher receives a handful of new features and improvements.

First off, Essential Phone users will be pleased to know Action Launcher now has support for this particular device. Another important addition is adaptive folders support. On top of that, the developer announced adaptive icon support, which previously required the one-time Plus upgrade, is now available for free to everyone.

Furthermore, …

Android 8.1 update brings "perfectly smooth" scrolling

The Android 8.1 developer preview has been available for Google Pixel and Nexus phones for a few days, and while it seems like an iterative update, it brings some very noticeable and important performance improvements. More specifically, the 8.1 update brings some under the hood changes that make scrolling and the overall experience much, much smoother. We can testify to this as we have updated our original Google Pixel and the improvement in terms of performance is definitely noticeable.
Keep in mind that Android 8.1 is still a developer …

Action Launcher v30 brings even more Pixel Launcher features to the masses

Action Launcher continues to be one of the few Android launchers that allow users to take advantage of many of the Pixel Launcher features, even if they don’t actually own a Pixel smartphone.

Version 30 is a major improvement over the previous version of Action Launcher since it brings so many new features. Among the most important is the new Pixel 2-style “At a Glance” widget, which displays the date, weather, and any upcoming calendar appointment.

The new version of Action Launcher expands on the Pixel 2-style dock search addition by including a dedicated …

New Microsoft Bing Search update brings personalized news feeds, auto-close tab feature, and more

Bing Search might not be your go-to app when you’re looking for something online, but Microsoft is certainly trying to change that. The tech giant has been releasing some big updates for its search engine recently, the latest of which introduces some very useful functionalities. 
After updating, users will be able to set up a personalized news feed. What’s interesting about it is that it features a “fake news filter”, which will tell you if the statements within a given article have been verified. 
The …

New Microsoft tool instantly brings certain WP 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile phones up-to-date

If you own a Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile handset, you might know that Microsoft is still sending out bug fixes and security updates for the platforms. Those sporting a handset running either OS have to load all previous versions of the software that they might have missed, before updating the device with the latest version. The Windows device recovery tool used to provide an easy way to update to the latest version of the appropriate OS, but Microsoft changed its functionality; now, the Windows device recovery tool loads the OS version that a particular phone shipped with.

So …

Google Wallpapers brings fresh new wall art, but the best is Pixel-exclusive

The Google Wallpapers app is getting fresh new wall art, but most of it is exclusive to the Google Pixel series.
There are 3 new categories added to the Google Wallpapers app: you have geometric shapes a la Nexus 4, the photo-realistic Underwater section and a cool and artistic new “Keep Looking” section. The Geometric Shapes one is available on all Android devices. There are also new additions in the existing categories, including that Rainy day wallpaper that we saw on the Pixel 2, but that’s again a Pixel exclusive.
There …

Apple's iOS 11.1 beta 2 update is out, brings a truckload of new emoji

Apple promised that there will be new emojis coming with the iOS 11.1 update, and delivered with the release of the second beta. There are no less than 59 new designs, while the first set was shown on World Emoji Day back in the spring, and included Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position, as well as new items in the food section like Sandwich and Coconut. 

There are the obligatory diversity faces and colored hearts, but also dinos, and even a curling stone for the sporty types, check out all of Apple’s new designs above. …

Action Launcher update brings customizable Pixel 2-style dock search

Google revealed a completely redesigned Pixel Launcher that comes pre-installed on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. As such, the new changes are slowly starting to make their way into some of the more popular Android launchers.

The first to add some of the new Pixel Launcher’s style is Chris Lacy’s Action Launcher. Version 29.0 has just been released in the Google Play Store and brings a customizable Pixel 2-style dock search.

So, aside from the fact that you get to use the Pixel 2’s dock search box, but you’ll also be able to customize it with your …