OnePlus 5 confirmed to be discontinued once it's sold out

OnePlus 5T is certainly one of the hottest devices in the smartphone industry these days. A flagship that offers powerful specs at almost half the price of an iPhone X is something that everyone looking for a top-of-the-line smartphone should consider.

However, the OnePlus 5T is not a major upgrade over the OnePlus 5. With the exception of the display and camera, these phones are almost the same. That’s what makes OnePlus’ decision to phase out the OnePlus 5 perfectly justifiable.

OnePlus India’s General Manager Vikas Aggarwal confirmed that the OnePlus 5 …


OnePlus 5T name seemingly confirmed by OnePlus

OnePlus certainly likes to tease us whenever it’s getting
ready to launch a brand new smartphone. The company is now close to announcing a successor
to the OnePlus 5 (released in June), and we assumed that this would be called
either OnePlus 5T, or OnePlus 6. Apparently, it’s going to be the former.

 

In a teaser image posted on Twitter a few hours ago – see below – OnePlus
is showing us five OnePlus-branded cups of tea (or, yeah, T). Most probably,
this is a sly confirmation of the fact that the company’s upcoming phone is indeed called
OnePlus 5T.  

 

Earlier today, OnePlus …

Justin Timberlake confirmed for Super Bowl 2018 halftime show

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Justin Timberlake will be the headlining performer for this year’s Super Bowl LII halftime show.

Confirmed by the NFL on Twitter, the pop singer will take the stage on Feb. 4, 2018 for the halftime bonanza in Minneapolis.

Timberlake also announced the billing in a pretty cringy video with old friend Jimmy Fallon on Twitter.

I DO have the time. Half the time…#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/4Z4Dz29l3X

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017 Read more…

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Essential Phone confirmed to receive Android 8.0 Oreo “in the next month or two”


The Essential Phone has only been
recently launched on the market, so it makes perfect sense that the
handset ships with Android Nougat on board. However, Andy Rubin’s
company plans to offer customers who purchased the Essential Phone
the option to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.

During a Reddit AMA scheduled earlier
today, Andy Rubin and other Essential officials answered some of the
questions posted by users. Concerning the Android Oreo update,
Rebecca Zavin, Essential’s VP of Software confirmed that it will be
released “in the next month or two.”

We are excited about supporting …

Confirmed: All HMD-made Nokia smartphones to get Android 8 Oreo


All Android-powered Nokia smartphones will get updated to Android 8. HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, made things more or less official on Twitter, by assuring users that even the low-end Nokia 3 will be joining the Oreo club: 

All of our smartphones will upgrade to Oreo, Nokia 3 included. No comments yet on timing so that I don’t get into trouble.— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) September 2, 2017
This piece of news might not be too surprising to some, as Google mentioned that current Nokia manufacturer HMD Global and other companies are “scheduled to …

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' is basically over and BioWare just confirmed it, folks

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Five months.

That’s how long it’s been since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, and that’s how long it took BioWare Montreal to admit that nothing more can be done with the ailing game’s story mode. Technically, it wasn’t even a full five months, as Andromeda launched on March 21.

BioWare confirmed the decision in an update on the Mass Effect website. The Andromeda corner of the game’s universe won’t be tossed, but continuing stories will be relegated to special multiplayer missions and other forms of media.

“Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda,” the note reads. “There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.” Read more…

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HomePod firmware may have just confirmed two major facts about iPhone 8

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Apple’s HomePod isn’t even available for purchase yet, and it’s already leaking secrets about the company’s upcoming iPhone. 

According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith. whose findings were reported on by 9to5Mac, the firmware for the smart speaker all but confirms the new iPhone will be almost all screen in the front and will have face-unlocking capabilities. 

If this sounds like old news to you, it’s probably because you’ve heard tons of rumors about these features. To summarize, Apple is likely to launch three iPhone models, two of which be evolutionary upgrades of the iPhone 7, and one (probably called iPhone 8 or iPhone X) with a larger screen-to-body ratio, no home button, and some sort of 3D scanner which will use face recognition to unlock the phone.  Read more…

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Nokia 3 confirmed to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat by August's end

Since HMD Global unveiled its first Nokia-branded smartphones, the Finnish company promised to deliver timely Android OS updates for at least 1 and a half years after the handsets make their debut on the market.

The Finnish startup reiterated that aspect a few times over the last couple of months, and today confirmed it again. One of the three Android smartphones launched by HMD recently, the Nokia 3 ships with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.

However, HMD’s chief product officer, Juho Sarvikas confirmed recently the Nokia 3 is on track to receive an even newer …

Moto G5S Plus confirmed to get metal body, dual camera, bigger screen

Reporting for VentureBeat, seasoned smartphone leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) published a marketing image for the upcoming Moto G5S Plus. This is a “special edition” variant of the Moto G5 Plus from earlier this year. The reported changes can be summed as cosmetic – the phone is now made of aluminum – and technological.
A dual camera (two 13MP sensors, one color, and one monochromatic) has been added, the front camera has been upgraded to 8MP (from 5MP), and the display has been enlarged to 5.5 inches by diagonal. The smartphone also grows slightly bigger …

Rugged Galaxy S8 Active inadvertently confirmed by Samsung

Samsung has been releasing rugged, Active versions of its flagship smartphones since 2013, and we’re now confident that the company is planning to launch an Active handset this year, too. Said handset is called Galaxy S8 Active, and it’s been discovered that one of Samsung’s official websites is already mentioning it.

For now, Samsung is only revealing the phone’s name and model number (G892A), plus the fact that the device is running Android Nougat. There’s also a list of apps that will be available on the new handset – among these, there are some AT&T-specific apps, which isn’t surprising, …