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, …

4GB RAM confirmed for both 2017 iPad Pro tablets

Wondered how much RAM there is inside the new iPad Pros? Obviously, that’s not the kind of information you’ll get from Apple, because it doesn’t discuss tablets and phones like it does computers. However, there are ways to establish the missing pieces in iOS devices’ hardware spec sheets. One approach is GeekBench, the popular benchmark test which profiles phones and spills the beans on their hardware makeup.

The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros were taken through GeekBench and came out as 4GB RAM devices. In combination with the A10X processor, the tablets represent probably …

OnePlus officially shows off the OnePlus 5, dual camera confirmed

While the OnePlus 5 won’t be properly announced before June 20, we already know various things about it. As of today, we can also take a look at an official render of the handset – albeit one that only shows half of its rear side.

Revealed by OnePlus itself, the render – seen above – tells us that the OnePlus 5 features “dual cameras” for “clearer photos.” This dual camera seemingly looks a lot like the rear camera of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, though it’s probably best for us to leave this comparison for when we’ll have a OnePlus 5 in our hands.

With the …

OnePlus 5 to hit the shelves on June 22nd, date confirmed for two major markets

UPDATE: Amazon India just announced that it will start selling the OnePlus 5 on June 22nd, which makes it the second major market to confirm this particular date. Apparently, there will be a OnePlus 5 variant with 8GB of RAM for the South Asian country, as per reliable tipster Evan Blass’ findings. At the time of writing, it is unknown whether this will be the default global variant of the phone.
OnePlus officially declared that it will announce its next flagship, the OnePlus 5, on June 20th, but the company didn’t really disclose any …