Xiaomi pulls Android 8.0 Oreo update for Mi A1 due to performance issues

The last day of 2017 brought a nice gift for Xiaomi customers using a Mi A1 smartphone, as the handset maker started pushing out the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update. Unfortunately, the update seems to have been rushed to meet the deadline announced by Xiaomi a while ago.

Now, Xiaomi announced that due to the many issues experienced by Mi A1 owners who updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, they are putting the roll-out on hold until they fix these bugs.

It appears that Xiaomi Mi A1 users reported many problems after the update, including issues with the camera, dialer …


Huawei lost AT&T and Verizon due to political pressure, but gains Wonder Woman

China is pretty miffed that Huawei’s deal with Verizon and AT&T to include the excellent Mate 10 line in their carrier roster fell through at the last minute, and is not mincing words about it. “The US is very worried about the impact in the US from the growth of China’s hi-tech industry. It is worried that Chinese companies will transfer US technology through mergers and acquisitions. China should contemplate countermeasures…,” chimed in He Weiwen, who used to work at the Chinese consulate’s business wing in New York.

Huawei’s first major carrier deals were nipped …

Cortana's music recognition feature not working any longer due to Groove Music closure

If you have a device that uses Cortana, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised to know that the music recognition functionality will not work anymore. Microsoft announced last year that it will shut down its Groove Music streaming service at the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Cortana’s music recognition functionality has been retired, Microsoft recently confirmed. Even so, if you’re using Cortana on a smartphone, there are plenty of alternatives that some would say that make a better job.

It’s unclear whether or not this feature will make a comeback to Cortana …

Faster iPhone X delivery times due to improved production, not weak demand

With Apple iPhone X delivery times down to 1 to 2 weeks on new orders, the reason for the quicker delivery times depends on your world view. If you’re not an Apple fan, you say that delivery times are dropping because no one is buying the phone. If you’re an Apple fan, you might take the opinion that Apple has finally figured out to produce the tenth anniversary model at a faster pace.

A research note sent to KGI Securities clients last week by top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo takes the latter position and says that the faster iPhone X production has allowed Apple to as much as triple the …

Facebook won't launch its news subscription service on iOS due to Apple's 30 percent tax

It appears that Facebook and Apple couldn’t agree on terms regarding the launch of the latter’s news subscription tool, a new report claims. As such Facebook’s news subscription service will only be available on Android phones, not iPhones.

The main issue (the only one?) is the standard 30 percent tax that Apple takes from any subscription revenue. On the other hand, Facebook wants to give all the money from the news subscription service to publishers.

While discussions are still underway, the negotiation is at an impasse, so Facebook has decided to go ahead …

Seven Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units have been split open due to a swollen battery?


The latest reports now say that there have been at least seven iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units split open by a swollen battery. The pressure of the battery swelling in a limited enclosure is forcing the screen to separate from the body of the phone. Thus far, there has been two reports of swollen batteries reported in Taiwan and Japan. Another one was seen in the region of Formosa, while other complaints were logged in Canada, China, Greece and Hong Kong.

One user was charging his phone with the original equipment when the battery started to swell. At least a couple of units came out …

AT&T's refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is recalled due to counterfeit batteries

Memories of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recalls will resurface once you hear the story about the AT&T refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4. 10,200 units of this refurbished phone had to be voluntarily recalled through the FedEx Supply Chain. These units were shipped to consumers by Federal Express from December 2016 through April of this year to replace units that the carrier’s device replacement insurance agreed to replace.

The problem with these units is that the third party battery used to power up these refurbished Galaxy Note 4 models are counterfeit. If one of these phones were …

Amazon pulls all Blu models from its online store due to fear of backdoor Chinese software

Back in November, we told you that Miami based smartphone manufacturer Blu was one of several OEMs who had at least one smartphone model compromised by software made by a Chinese company called Adups. Allegedly, the software was designed to keep track of the buying decisions made by Chinese smartphone owners by capturing their personal data, and was not meant to appear on U.S. phones.

Blu originally said that it removed the Adups software from all Blu phones that contained it. However, back in December, we told you that some security researches were still finding the Adups backdoor software …

Analyst: Apple to ship over 40 million iPhones this quarter due to strong interest

Times are good for Cupertino, as Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri believes Apple is going to have a big quarter, shipping as many as 41.5 million iPhones. Not only is this an indicator for strong retailer demand of Apple’s most financially important product, it would also mark an increase of over one million units shipped from the same quarter last year.

Arcuri, though, is careful to point out that the number of phones actually bought by customers could be going down. Despite this, retailers are as sure as ever in Apple’s ability to deliver desirable phones. On the topic of the upcoming …

You can keep your VR headset if you return the Galaxy S8 due to manufacturing defects

The Galaxy S8 launch was not completely uneventful, as many users have noticed a red tint on their phone’s display. Although Samsung was pretty quick in delivering a software update that supposedly fixes the issue, some Galaxy S8 owners plan to return their phones and ask for a refund.

We’ve been recently tipped off by one of our readers who claims his Samsung Galaxy S8 recently received the update that should fix the red tint issue, but it didn’t do what was supposed to do. When he called Samsung and requested a refund, he was told that he could keep the Samsung …