Lawsuit claims that Google MVNO Project Fi charges for Wi-Fi usage

According to a lawsuit filed in San Jose district court in Northern California by Gordon Beecher, Google’s Project Fi hybrid MVNO has been charging subscribers for using Wi-Fi. The MVNO allows its subscribers to make calls and consume data using Wi-Fi hotspots. When out of range of these hotspots, subscribers can connect in the U.S. with the Sprint, T-Mobile or U.S. Cellular 4G LTE networks. The suit charges Google with unfair business practices, false advertising in violation of California law, and breach of contract.

According to Beecher’s complaint, which is seeking certification from …

Sony Mobile claims Xperia Z5 family won't receive Meltdown and Spectre patches

If you happen to own and use an Xperia Z5 series smartphones, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear Sony Mobile won’t provide a patch for the most recent Android exploits: Meltdown and Spectre.

Although many smartphone companies have already patched their flagships, Sony Mobile has a completely different approach (if any). In a reply to an Xperia Z5 Premium owner, a Sony Mobile rep said that the smartphone won’t get a security update to patch Meltdown and Spectre exploits.

The Xperia Z5 Premium will not get a security patch update for ‘Spectre’ and Meltdown’ but you can still protect …

Samsung claims the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition was just a myth

Although Samsung planned to sell a Microsoft Edition of Galaxy S8 at some point this year, the South Korean company backtracked on its previous statements and now says that particular version of its flagship never existed.

The Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition should have been available for purchase at Microsoft’s retail stores, and while they didn’t include anything different in terms of hardware or software over the standard models, a Microsoft customization was applied to these phones when the devices were unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi.

Basically, the customization …

Samsung Galaxy S9 to come with extremely high screen-to-body ratio, rumor claims

The rumor mill is spinning hard yet again, this time powered by the gossipy winds of Samsung’s next flagship. The latest Galaxy S9 speculation comes from SamMobile. An unnamed tipster has, well, tipped the media outlet that the 2018 flagship will boast a very high screen-to-body ratio. 

According to the source, the Galaxy S9 will come with a screen-to-body ratio of up to 89-90 percent. If you don’t happen to know what the term means, it tells you how much of the surface the display represents when compared to the whole device. For comparison, the screen-to-body …

Apple to investigate social media claims of swollen batteries on the iPhone 8 Plus

With a pair of claims disseminated over social media pertaining to swollen batteries found on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, the company is going to take the time to investigate the phones, the batteries and anything else it needs to examine to make sure that it has a legitimate theory about the circumstances surrounding the incidents. At least one of the social media posts included pictures showing that the battery swelling pushed the phone’s screen right out of its housing.

In one of the examples, the owner of the phone said that the swelling occurred while he was charging the handset using …

New report claims HTC U11 Plus will be launched in Q4 2017

Even though Google recently announced that it has decided to acquire HTC’s mobile division, taking over around 2,000 of its engineers, the Taiwanese company didn’t actually sell its smartphone brand to the search giant.

Rumor has it, HTC plans to launch one more flagship smartphone by the end of this year, the so-called HTC U11 Plus. A previous rumor suggested the flagship could be unveiled as early as November, but now we have more info that comes in line with that report.

Industry sources claim the new smartphone will be an upgraded variant of the current …

A third Google Pixel 2 named "Ultra pixel" in the works, last-minute rumor claims

When compared with its last-year predecessors, the Google’s Pixel 2 duo is shaping up to be somewhat weird — the smaller Pixel 2 is just about as safe as one would imagine — it’s essentially last year’s model, but with slightly upgraded internals and a barely tweaked design. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL is said to be quite different in terms of looks, as it will adopt the new industry standard of the tall, bezel-less display.

And this is great and all, but at one point there were also rumors of a third Pixel phone, code named muskie, but that …

Research firm claims Essential Phone sold only 5,000 units in the US

Andy Rubin’s company, Essential has been recently valued at roughly $1.2 billion, but its first product might be considered a flop if we take into consideration the latest report coming from research firm BayStreet.

BayStreet is known for tracking shipments of phones in the United States. According to the research company, only 5,000 Essential Phone units were sold in the country since its launch.

The number is ridiculously low, but not impossible to “achieve.” The Essential Phone should have been released on the market back in June, but it only started shipping …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be the only Mate 10 variant with a bezel-less design, new rumor claims

One of Huawei’s biggest market successes outside of its own home country is definitely the Mate 9, so it only makes sense we’ll be seeing a successor to it soon. And this has already been confirmed, thanks to a video showing off the device’s camera capabilities.

But many people out there probably don’t know that there’s actually four different devices bearing the Mate 9 name — though the Porsche Design and Pro one are pretty much identical, and the Lite is just a mid-ranger using the name for a cheap marketing boost. So the question remains, will …

Alleged official invitation claims Huawei Mate 10 will be announced on October 16

Huawei Mate 10 will probably the last major flagship to be introduced this year, but the Chinese company says that it will worth the wait. Even the official invitation to Huawei’s launch event promises that you won’t be sorry if you won’t cave in and buy another top-tier phone.

But how long you’ll have to wait for the Huawei Mate 10 to arrive? Well, according to this invitation, the Mate 10 will be announced on October 16, which comes in line with a previous report claiming the flagship will be unveiled on that date.

The event is set to take place in Munich, …