Oreo-powered Galaxy S8 Active passes certification, update imminent?

For the last few months, Samsung has been hard at work on bringing Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Korean tech giant launched a public beta for the 2017 flagship pair and managed to dish out multiple test builds before closing the program on January 26th. Current expectations are that the official rollout of the Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 software will commence before the end of February.
However, their ruggedized sibling, the Galaxy S8 Active, has generally avoided the Oreo commotion, leading some to believe that its upgrade to the …


HTC's upcoming Ocean Harmony phablet gets its required CCC certification in China

The China Compulsory Certification (also known as 3C) must be awarded to every product imported, manufactured, sold or used in China. That includes smartphones. Recently, HTC filed with the CCC for its upcoming mid-range phablet with the code name HTC Ocean Harmony. The certification was awarded on December 4th. The CCC logo in China means that a device has been tested, and meets certain standards for safety in the country. It is similar to the UL Underwriters Laboratories safety tests conducted in the states.

The HTC Ocean Harmony is expected to carry a 5.99-inch ‘bezel-less’ display, with …

BlackBerry Motion is now official; phone carries 4000mAh battery, IP67 certification

The BlackBerry Motion has been unveiled in Dubai today. Built by China’s TCL under its license with BlackBerry, the Motion is an “all touch” model that carries the largest battery ever used to power a ‘Berry branded handset (4000mAh). It also is the first BlackBerry branded phone to feature an IP certification rating. At IP67, the Motion can be submerged in up to 3.3 feet for as long as 30-minutes and emerge unscathed. Still, due to the corrosive nature of salt, we wouldn’t want to put the Motion in the ocean.

The new BlackBerry Mobile device comes with a 5.5-inch Premium Anti-Scratch screen …

'Made for Google' certification for accessories launches with 26 third-party manufacturers


Just the other day, we told you that Google would introduce a ‘Made for Google’ certification program for accessories at its October 4th Pixel 2 event. Besides providing third party manufacturers with the things they need to build cases, chargers and battery packs to Google’s specifications, Google will allow the companies signed up for the program to use a Made for Google logo on packaging and advertisements.

Yesterday, when Google introduced the new Made for Google certification program, the company listed the names of 26 manufacturers who have already signed up for the certification …

Apple iPhone X receives FCC certification

With pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X starting in 22 days, and the launch taking place (at least for now) on November 3rd, the tenth anniversary iPhone has finally been certified by the FCC. That action allowed Apple to remove the disclaimer from its website that said it could not sell or lease the device without receiving authorization from the government regulatory agency. A trio of iPhone X models now have the green light to be offered for sale in the states.

The FCC must test all devices that will be sold in the U.S. with a radio inside. The regulatory agency makes sure that these products …

Third party accessories for the Pixel line could soon be given 'Made for Google' certification

The countdown timer on the PhoneArena home page counts down how much time is left until Google unveils the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This will take place on Wednesday, October 4th, at 12 noon EDT, and the event will be live streamed on YouTube. Of course, we will be covering the story all day, so feel free to check in early and often for all of the information about the HTC built Pixel 2 and the LG produced Pixel 2 XL.

One interesting rumor passed along by a couple of individuals who are reportedly close to the October 4th event, says that on Wednesday, Google will also introduce a Made for …

Samsung foldable phone unveiling closer after Galaxy X receives another certification

The last we heard about the oft-rumored foldable smartphone from Samsung, dubbed the Galaxy X (and no, it doesn’t stand for the number ten) was that the phone would arrive some time in 2018. This hopeful outlook came from Samsung’s top mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin, who made the statement about two weeks ago. Now, it’s believed that the foldable Samsung handset has been certified in South Korea by the country’s National Radio Agency.

The phone seen by the National Radio Agency sports the model number of SM-G888N0; that is the same model that received its Bluetooth certification back in …

BlackBerry "Krypton" (BBD100-1) receives its Wi-Fi certification

In the waning days of August, we told you that a new BlackBerry with the model number BBD100-1 had received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Today, that model number has surfaced on a certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Slowly but surely, this new “all touch” BlackBerry Mobile model is being prepped by TCL and could end up a successor to the BlackBerry DTEK60.

Built by TCL under a license from BlackBerry, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are secure Android models that run on BlackBerry’s version of the open source OS. The Krypton, which will probably be an …

New BlackBerry handset (BBD100-1) receives its Bluetooth certification

Back in June, reliable tipster Evan Blass sent out a tweet stating that BlackBerry has as many as two new handsets planned, carrying the code names Juno and Krypton. At the time, that was all of the information that could be found about these handsets. Today, a BlackBerry phone with the model number BBD100-1 received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

Based on rumored specs, the BBD100-1 could be another model in the DTEK line up. Designed and manufactured by TCL under a license procured from BlackBerry, the models currently sporting the DTEK name …

Despite receipt of Bluetooth 5 certification, HTC U11 won't run new features until Android O is installed

The HTC U11 has received its Bluetooth 5.0 certification from the Bluetooth SIG. But that doesn’t mean that the phone’s new Bluetooth capabilities are now available. The new features won’t be completely offered to users until the next build of Android, Android O, is actually installed on the handset later this year. The new version of Bluetooth will allow data to be transmitted at speeds twice as fast as presently available, and transmission distance will increase by a factor of four. The amount of information and data sent in each broadcast will increase by as much as eight times the current number.

Helping …