Final Android 8 Oreo is coming to multiple Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices

For a while now, Samsung has been running a Beta program for early adopters that wish to test out Android 8 Oreo on their devices before it hits the public in an official update. Last we heard, enlisted Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices were receiving their fifth Oreo beta patch, fixing both major and minor bugs. It now seems that Samsung is prepping to roll out the update to a number of its S8 and S8+ phones worldwide.

Watchers have spotted multiple versions of the flagship duo getting certifications over at the Wi-Fi Alliance — a non-profit that certifies Wi-Fi products. The models that …


Pokemon GO update adds improved AR features on iOS devices

Pokemon GO is already based on AR (augmented reality) technology, but developer Niantic thought it would be better to update their game with improved AR features. Starting with the latest version of the game, Pokemon encounters will more realistic thanks to AR+.

The new AR+ technology takes advantage of Apple’s ARKit framework. So, players using devices running iOS 11 like the iPhone 6s and newer models will be able to experience the new AR+ in Pokemon GO.

Apparently, thanks to AR+, Pokemon are now fixed to a point in space, which means players will be able …

Sprint to offer 5G service and devices by 2019

Earlier tonight, we told you that the the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) had announced new hardware standards for the Non-Standalone 3GPP 5G NR specs. Included in that list is Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum. Sprint has more than 160MHz of this spectrum available, giving it the largest block of 5G airwaves in the states with a frequency under 6GHz. The carrier’s focus when it comes to 5G is mobile, and to that end it is working with chip maker Qualcomm and telecom company SoftBank.

Sprint says that it hopes to start offering commercial 5G service and compatible devices for 5G by 2019. …

Android Oreo 8.1 breaks multi-touch on some devices

It appears that a rather severe issue has sneaked into the official version of Android Oreo 8.1. Multiple users are reporting that the latest version of Google’s mobile OS has broken the multi-touch feature on their phones. 

Touching the screen with multiple fingers causes the image on the display of some units to shake and jump, which can be quite annoying if you’re playing FPS games or trying to use pinch-to-zoom. Now, we all know that a picture video is worth a thousand words, so feel free to watch the YouTube clip below in order to get a better …

Contacts sync not working on some Android Oreo devices

One of important, yet basic features of the Android – contacts synchronization seems to be broken for some users. There are many reports spread throughout the internet confirming the issue, but, more importantly, Google has acknowledged the problem as well and is now looking for the cause of it.

For the time being, the only devices affected are those running Android Oreo, including the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL. Most of those affected by the issue claim it started after they updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, but rolling back to Android 8.0 Oreo does not seem …

Oreo rollout for Android Wear devices begins today, here's what's new

Google has been on a roll over the past week. After releasing the December security patch, Android Oreo 8.1, Android Oreo Go, and Chrome 63, the tech giant has now announced the rollout of Android Oreo for wearable devices. 

The update is perhaps smaller than some would have expected, but it does bring a few changes on board. Here’s the complete list of new features: 
Vibration settings for notifications – Normal, Long, and DoubleTouch lock feature allows users to disable touch-to-wake functionality. Useful …

Qualcomm tinkered Bluetooth 5.0 to allow music streaming to two devices simultaneously

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset can do a lot of things that weren’t possible until now or required extra accessories. For example, if you want to pair two speakers to an Android device to stream music at the same time, you’ll need an accessory like a hub.

Well, it looks like Qualcomm has found a way to tweak Bluetooth 5.0 support on its Snapdragon 845 chip so that users can stream music to two devices (smartphones, speakers) at the same time without an extra accessory in-between.

According to Peter Carson, Qualcomm’s director of product marketing, the …

Android Oreo Go is now available to developers: Lightweight OS catering to low-end devices

After releasing Android 8.1 Oreo to select devices today, Google also unleashed the lightweight Android Oreo Go that is tailored for the lowest-end Android devices that boast the humblest specs. Aimed at devices with the minuscule amount of either 512 or 1GB of RAM and rather limited native storage, Android Oreo Go comes with lightweight version of some rather popular Google apps, like YouTube, Maps, Google Assistant, Gmail, and others. 
However, Android Oreo Go is only available to developers and manufacturers at this point – eligible end-users will …

T-Mobile phone/tablet recycling drive aims to turn your old, unwanted devices into $1M

Have an old cell phone or tablet that you no longer use? During the entire month of December, you can drop off your older devices at T-Mobile and the carrier will match the after-cost recycled value of them with a minimum matching donation of $1,000,000. The money will be split evenly between Feeding America and Team Rubicon. Stats from the EPA indicate that 135 million handsets are thrown out every year. But for this month, donating them to T-Mobile instead can help make a difference in some people’s lives.

No phone is too old to help some one in need. T-Mobile notes that even an …

Google releases final preview of Android 8.1 Oreo for select Pixel and Nexus devices

While many consumers are still waiting to receive Android 8.0 Oreo, only a few will soon be able to update to a much newer version – Android 8.1 Oreo. Google confirmed a few more important new features will be made available along with Android 8.1, but the update will be available to Pixel and Nexus devices only, and probably for quite a long time.

Obviously, Google won’t prevent any smartphone company to push the update, but considering these companies are still struggling to update their products to Android 8.0 Oreo, it’s safe to assume it will take much longer …