Android 8 Oreo for Galaxy S8: beta program allegedly coming soon for US residents

Samsung is well at work on its Android 8 update for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships and it seems the company might be preparing a US beta program for interested fans. The news comes from a leakster who allegedly got a heads-up email from Samsung.

A quick rundown of how this will reportedly work — there are only 7,500 spots for the entire USA. Participants would have to have a Galaxy S8 that’s on T-Mobile or Sprint. Signup is done via the Samsung+ or Samsung Members app and the beta will open up next Tuesday, the 31st of October.

As far as new features go, we expect some goodies like …


Nokia 6 Arte Black (with extra RAM and 64 GB of storage space) is coming to the US


Back in March, HMD Global (the new company that’s in charge
of selling Nokia-branded phones) unveiled a special edition of the mid-range
Nokia 6. Called Nokia 6 Arte Black, this special handset is coming to the US – several
months after the regular version of the phone was released stateside.

 

The Nokia 6 Arte Black is now listed on Amazon, HMD’s
official retail partner for the US. Unfortunately, the handset is
currently out of stock, with no word on exactly when it’s going to be available
(though soon is probably a good guess). 

 

Amazon will sell the Nokia 6 Arte Black …

Nintendo announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game, coming to Android and iOS in late November

As expected, Nintendo unveiled its newest mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Not yet available for download, the game will be launched in the App Store and Google Play in late November, the developer announced.

If you’re not familiar with the Animal Crossing franchise, then you’ll probably want to know what’s this all about. First off, this is an old series of games that made its debut on the Nintendo 64 back more than 15 years ago.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a game in which players must build a camp life with friends and their favorite animals. …

Samsung adopting Google's ARCore, coming to Galaxy S8 and Note 8

Samsung has partnered with Google to adopt ARCore, Google’s augmented reality platform, and it will bring the experience to its Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8.
Google announced ARCore earlier this year and it is a rival technology to the already available ARKit on Apple devices. The iPhone 6s and newer iPhones all support the feature and there are already quite a few interesting apps that make use of AI on the iOS platform.
With Samsung joining the Google ARCore camp, developers will now be able to write …

Impossibly beautiful puzzle game Monument Valley 2 is coming to Android

Monument Valley 2 is one of the most beloved original puzzle games for iPhone: it features a touching story, but also ingenious level design and some impossible mechanics that captivate players.
Sadly, it launched as an iOS exclusive, with no version of the game for Android.
This changes on November 6th when developer ustwo will release Monument Valley 2 on Android.
In Monument Valley 2, we have a new narrative that focuses on motherhood: our heroine, mother Ro, goes through the motions …

Android 8.1 Oreo arriving on Pixel phones "in the coming weeks"

Google confirmed earlier today that it’s already working to bring Android 8.1 Oreo to all Pixel phones “in the coming weeks.” Since the information comes rather indirectly via a blog post explaining the technology behind Pixel 2’s camera.

Apparently, the Pixel 2 smartphones feature Google’s first custom-designed co-processor, which is called Pixel Visual Core. The processor handles imaging and ML apps, and it’s supposed to offer lower-latency and more power-efficient HDR+ processing.

Pixel Visual Core is not yet enabled on the Pixel 2 smartphones, but Google …

HMD confirms Nokia 8 will not be coming to the U.S., says it's not “properly banded”

Sad news for Nokia fans in the United States, as HMD has just confirmed that its flagship won’t be launched in this region. Although previous reports from various sources suggested Nokia 8 might eventually be launched in the US, it appears that the smartphone hasn’t been designed for this particular market.

However, not all is lost for US customers, as HMD plans to develop another portfolio of devices specifically built for this market. Some of these devices might be announced as early as Q1 2018 if we are to believe the latest rumors.

The HMD official who …

Critically-acclaimed EVE Online MMORPG coming to mobiles as Project Aurora

Developer CCP Games has just announced that its EVE Online smash hit will have a corresponding title on mobile devices. Project Aurora is a new game in the EVE Online universe, which will try to bring a taste of the PC space-based MMORPG to smaller displays.

Project Aurora will be developed by PlayRaven, a Finnish studio known for titles like Spymaster, Robocide, and Winterstate. The free-to-play game will be launched later in 2018 on both the Android and iOS platforms.

Since this will be a free-to-play game, expect Project Aurora to be filled with some heavy …

Microsoft confirms new ink effects and custom pens are coming to Office for iOS

Microsoft has just started testing new features for some of its iOS apps in the Office bundle. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have all gotten improvements that will soon be available to everyone.

For the time being, Office Insiders are the only ones getting the new Office 2.6 version on their iOS devices. An update containing all these new features will be available via App Store in October.

As the title says, among the most important new features added in the update, there’s an option to choose a personal set of pens and highlighters for inking. Also, Microsoft …

All OnePlus 5 models go out of stock, is the OnePlus 6 coming soon?

The OnePlus 5 is one of our top choices for an unlocked phone: the $480 phone looks and feels like a flagship, has incredibly zippy performance, a very good camera and solid battery life, but if you try to buy it now in the United States you will not be able to.
All OnePlus 5 models are now out of stock in the US and in other markets availability is very limited as well, so… does this mean we are getting the new OnePlus 6 soon? Or OnePlus 5T?
Last year, OnePlus unveiled its flagship OnePlus 3 in the middle of June 2016, and followed up with …