Oppo R13 leak: check out this all-black iPhone X… errrr Android phone!

If you’ve been a member of the smartphone fandom for a while now, you’ve probably heard of Oppo. The company doesn’t have much of a presence on western markets, but it’s huge in China. And, despite the phone we are about to write on in this article, Oppo has also notably made attempts at making unique, innovative designs — like the Oppo N3 with its unique swivel camera, or the Oppo R5, which was “the world’s thinnest smartphone” at the time of its launch. Oh, it’s also the parent company of the OnePlus “flagship killing” brand that everyone is talking about nowadays.

Innovative concepts …


In case you missed it, check out T-Mobile's new ad starring Nick Cannon for its Apple iPhone 8 BOGO deal

If you caught Sunday night’s American Music Award, you might have seen T-Mobile’s new ad starring Nick Cannon. The ad focuses on a BOGO deal being offered by the nation’s third largest carrier as part of its #HolidayTWOgether ad campaign. With this deal, consumers will be able to buy an Apple iPhone 8 and get a second one for free. The 30-second spot apparently takes place on Christmas Eve when Santa and his son (little Saint Nick) make a loud arrival down a chimney.

Pops urges Junior to take notes. First, Santa tells his son that T-Mobile gives you two iPhone 8 units for the price …

Check out Apple's ever-rising bill of materials that led to a $999 iPhone X

The first teardown analysis of the iPhone X revealed that its parts amount to about $357.50 in total for Apple when buying in bulk, and afterwards IHS Markit came up with a very similar number – $370.25 – including the box contents, and costs of assembly. Now, Statista has made a chart demonstrating the ever-rising bills of materials for subsequent iPhone models with the introduction of new features and designs, which led to price increases for the end users, too, culminating with the $999 iPhone X.
The most expensive part in the newest iPhone is …

Check out some new renders showing six of Alcatel's 2018 phones

Tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass has disseminated several tweets today showing renders for six upcoming Alcatel handsets. The sextet are expected to be released sometime in 2018. The Alcatel 1X is a low-to-mid-range model. The  Alcatel 3 features a rear-facing fingerprint scanner as does the Alcatel 3C, The latter includes a curved back, and a speaker adorns the rear of the phone.

The Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 3X both feature a dual camera-setup on back, with a fingerprint scanner underneath. The latter appears to have very minimal side bezels. And that leaves the Alcatel 5. This model …

Take that notch and shove it in the display's corner: check out the leaked fully bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

2017 was the year when two major events happened in the smartphone world: the fall of the bezel and the rise of the notch. We are talking, of course, about manufacturers slimming out the frame around their phone screens more and more. As a result, some were forced to put their selfie cameras and other front-facing sensors in a cutaway in the display’s real estate, which is now affectionately called “the notch”. You may have seen it on the iPhone X, but the Essential Phone is also notable for featuring the little bundle of love.

Manufacturers that don’t have “the notch” will have a bit of …

How to check battery percentage on the Apple iPhone X

On previous iPhone models, you could easily enable battery percentage to be displayed in the status bar at all times, but with the iPhone X, this is no longer an option. Since the so-called “ears”—the space on each side of the notch—are not big enough to accommodate for as many icons as previous iPhones, some concessions had to be made. And one of these was to remove the battery percentage from the status bar.

However, if you miss knowing exactly how much juice you have left, despite the battery icon giving you a rough estimate, you can still view …

How to check your Apple iPhone's battery health: battery cycle counts and other info

Apple’s iPhone stores valuable information about the health of its battery: logged inside your phone is information about the battery cycle counts, or put simply, how many times you have charged your phone to 100%.
Keep in mind, that Apple counts 1 battery cycle as a full 100% recharge run: you can charge up your phone 25% and then 75%, and combined together these two charges will count for 1 100% cycle.
This is important information: different Apple devices use different batteries, and they do not last forever. Here …

Facebook Messenger gets Apple Music integration, check out all the new features

Music fans, rejoice! Apple Music has been integrated as a bot in Facebook Messenger, which will allow users to do some pretty cool things. 

If you happen to be an Apple Music subscriber, you will be able to stream full songs within Facebook Messenger, a first for the popular chat app. Meanwhile, non-paying users can listen to 30-second song previews and share them with their friends. You can try it out right now, as the integration doesn’t require you to download any updates. 
In order to do so, open Messenger …

Check out Ikea's hilarious ads for wireless charging lamps focused directly on iPhone users

Furniture retailer Ikea is known more for the Swedish meatballs in its in-store restaurant than for its advertising. The stores offer a large selection of furniture, some of which has wireless charging capabilities built-in. And now that Apple is supporting wireless charging on the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Apple iPhone X, Ikea is focusing its wireless charging ads on iPhone owners by riffing on famous lines that are connected to the tech titan.

For example, a line of lamps that support wireless charging are featured in a series of ads. One says, “This charges everything.” …

Tapping the “Check for Update” button on Nexus/Pixel will actually be useful now

Although the Nexus and Pixel phones are among the first to receive new Android updates every time Google releases them, it takes time until all devices are updated. If you’re not among the 1% people selected for the initial batch of devices, the only solution would be to flash the OTA file or factory image if you want the update as fast as possible.

More importantly, pressing the “Check for Update” button will not help you at all unless you’ve been previously selected for the rollout group. Google explained a while ago that the first time an Android user taps …