Leaked Galaxy S9+ vs S8+ factory schematics solve the mystery of the thickening bezels

We had no reasons to doubt Mr Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) when he disclosed for us the purported official Galaxy S9 and S9+ renders, as he has been spot on since the days Samsung was using plastic housing for its flagships, but some were irked by the evidently thicker side bezels depicted by the renders.

The phones look almost like the new midrange A-series, rather than unchanged Galaxy S8 successor, and the side curve is much less evident than last year, for instance. We chalked it off to a different drawing perspective, but now another reputable leaker is …


Android 8.1 factory images with January security patch now available for these stock Android models

Factory images are useful for those who don’t have any patience and won’t wait for an OTA update to hit their handset. It also helps those who are customizing their device get back to the latest Android build, just in case they screw up. New Android 8.1 factory images for three carrier specific stock Android devices are now available, and come three weeks after Google first disseminated the January 2018 security patch with an update. In addition to the factory images, these particular models will also receive the update OTA.

Let’s end the suspense. The following handsets now have an Android …

Do not factory reset your Android 8.1 powered handset, unless you want to brick it

Bricking a phone is never fun, and on Android 8.1 you could easily find yourself bricking your daily driver by simply performing a factory reset on the device. That is what happened to Tom Bolger. Tom had just updated his phone to Android 8.1, but forgot the PIN code for his handset. That left him with no choice but to do a factory reset. Honestly, most of us would rather have a Foley catheter inserted than factory reset our phones. But sometimes a smartphone owner has no choice.

The problem arose after Bolger’s phone had completed the factory reset. In the past, he would have been prompted …

Google publishes September security patch changelog, but factory images are still MIA

HMD was the first company to release the September security update for one of its Nokia smartphones, but Google should be fast behind. The search giant has just published the Android Security Bulletin for September 2017, which contains all the fixes included in the update.

Usually, the changelog was published along with the OTA files and factory images for the update, but this time Google will not release them. The Mountain View company announced that Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices will be receiving the September security …

Android 8.0 Oreo factory images available for download for Pixel and Nexus devices

Despite the fact that Google announced Android Oreo is not yet ready to be pushed to compatible Pixel and Nexus devices, the Mountain View company has already published the factory images that allows users to upgrade their smartphones today.

Factory images for the following devices are now available for download via Google’s website, but you’ll have to flash them manually:

Pixel Pixel XLNexus 6PNexus 5XPixel CNexus Player 
If you own a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, then you’ll probably receive Android 8.0 Oreo via OTA (over the air), so you …

Foxconn’s CEO and president Trump announce plans for a $10 billion LCD factory in Wisconsin by 2020

President Trump’s election campaign largely revolved around making “America great again” and bringing businesses into the country. Trump has been quite engaged with the tech sector in particular, where bringing the production of iPhones to American soil seems like one of his top priorities in the business field. While it is not clear whether Tim Cook actually promised Trump last week to build three ‘big, big, big’ Apple plants in the US, the president has apparently been involved in a previously rumoured venture with Foxconn that was officially …

Apple's future iPhones might be the reason for Samsung's rumored OLED super factory

According to insightful industry insiders, Samsung might be poised to build another OLED factory that will essentially reaffirm it as the global leader in OLED display manufacturing. The factory will be built in South Korea in two stages. The first stage of the construction expected to last anywhere between six months to a year and will kick off OLED display panels production sometime in 2019. The second stage of the construction will further expand the new factory and will finish by 2021. The investment is said to cost Samsung some 16.3 trillin Korean Won. 
The …

Build your own virtual robots! Science app The Robot Factory is the Free iOS App of the Week

Normally priced at $3.99, from now through Wednesday you can download The Robot Factory for free from the App Store. You see, the science based app (designed for those 6 and over) is this week’s Free iOS App of the Week. Once you download The Robot Factory, you can design and create robots of all shapes and sizes. Make a cat robot, or a dancing robot. You can even design robot samurais. Nine different color schemes are available, and a technical manual is offered to help you make your creations.

The app also comes with robot stickers that you can use on your texts. You can even record …

BlackBerry launches BBM Sticker Factory for artists who want to reach a wider audience

Canadian company BlackBerry has just announced the immediate availability of a new portal for artists who create BBM stickers and want to tap into a bigger audience. Since their release back in 2014, BlackBerry held loads of BBM sticker contests that helped grow the database.

At the same time, these contests gave many artists the opportunity to show their work to a wider audience. Since the BBM sticker contests have been so popular among artists, BlackBerry has decided to keep one going all year long.

Thanks to the new BBM Sticker Factory portal, anyone can …

Android 7.1.2 Nougat factory images, OTA files released for Nexus and Pixel devices

Google has finally published the Android 7.1.2 Nougat factory images and OTA files after reports emerged the search giant is rolling out the update to the Pixel C tablet and Nexus Player.

Not long ago, the Android 7.1.2 Nougat builds for all compatible Nexus and Pixel devices made it on Google’s dev website. Keep in mind though that there are two devices that will not be getting the update, specifically the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

The following Pixel and Nexus devices can be now be upgraded to Android 7.1.2 Nougat: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.

Even …