If Google Play Protect messed up Bluetooth on your Android phone, here is a quick fix

Google Play Protect combines several features that are already available for Android handsets, and puts them together under the Google Play Protect branding. This includes automatic scanning for viruses and the Find My Device feature. The Google Play Protect logo will soon appear on the packaging of every device with the Google Play Store pre-installed. The service has been pushed out to several Android models, and this has led to a problem with Bluetooth on some units.

For some reason, Google Play Protect red flags an app called Bluetooth Share 7.0, mistakenly listing it as being unsafe. …


Samsung's new Gear IconX wireless earphones could fix the first-gen model's biggest problem

Samsung’s first foray into the wireless earphone space wasn’t exactly a grand slam. The first-gen Gear IconX had a lot of features that remain unique to this day, such as a built-in music player for phone-free listening as well as an integrated fitness tracker and heart rate monitor. However, the biggest drawback of the wearable was its poor battery life, which, quite understandably, was a deal breaker for most consumers. 
Well, it looks like Samsung isn’t ready to give up just yet, as the tech giant just unveiled version …

Sprint says bloatware issue on the BlackBerry KEYone requires an update to fix

Just a few days ago, we told you how the Sprint branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone was suffering from an issue involving the bloatware that the carrier added to the Android OS flavored handset. Nothing sinister there; most carriers in the states will add some of their own branded applications to a new handset. The problem with the KEYone was that the SprintID system app would go through the bloatware listings like clockwork, and re-install some of the bloatware that was just removed by the phone’s owner. It also enabled bloatware that was disabled.

In our original article, we said …

Here is how to fix a broken iPhone 7 screen or replace a battery yourself: use the new iFixit Fix Kits

iFixit has just launched its brand new Fix Kits for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that allow you to fix a broken iPhone screen or replace an iPhone battery at home, yourself.
There are different Fix Kits that include the replacement screen or battery along with all the necessary tools to open your iPhone without damaging it.

Swap out a sapped battery. Replace that cracked screen. Fix your front camera and make your selfies great again. Our latest crop of Fix Kits are packed with all the essentials for your next iPhone …

A major Gear S3 feature has been broken in the U.S. for months, Samsung yet to issue a fix

Back in April (and as it happens, exactly four month ago today) Samsung pushed out a so-called “value pack” software update to U.S. users of its Gear S3 smartwatch. The update brought a lot of new functionality to the device, but it also seems to have broken one major feature: text message voice input.

The issue occurs when a user tries to send a text message through their smartwatch via voice input: as reported by multiple users on both XDA Developers’ forums and Samsung’s own Community message board, the feature only works a couple of times before …

HMD promises to fix the Dolby Equalizer issue affecting Nokia 5 devices

If you happen to own a Nokia 5, then chances are you’re being affected by a strange issue that prevents the smartphone from opening the Dolby Equalizer settings from certain music apps.

Many Nokia 5 users have noticed that when they try to open the Equalizer app from Google Play Music or Spotify, they get a white screen instead of the audio settings.

Although Dolby Equalizer does work when not specifically opened from those two apps (maybe others too), HMD Global has already acknowledged the problem and said they are already working on a fix.

For those who would still want …

OnePlus 5 users complain of major battery drain issues after 911 fix

It’s been a week since OnePlus addressed a weird issue with its flagship that behaved erratically when an emergency number was dialed. The Chinese company was quick to release a small software update that patched the issue which was explained in an official statement later on.

Unfortunately, it appears that the update broke something as many OnePlus 5 owners now complain the battery life is draining unusual fast when the smartphone is idle. Even with the Doze mode enabled, some OnePlus 5 owners claim their battery level dropped by 20-25% during the night.

There’s …

The new Surface Pro has a hibernation bug, Microsoft is working to fix it

Last month, Microsoft started selling a brand new Surface Pro, which succeeds the Surface Pro 4 from 2015, and brings a series of enhancements (though nothing groundbreaking).

Some of the customers who purchased a new Surface Pro have been noticing that the convertible tablet has a bug that’s making it randomly enter hibernation mode, or shut down (even when plugged in, or with plenty of battery life remaining).

Fortunately, Microsoft says it may have identified this issue, so it’s now working to solve it. A fix will be included in a future software update, …

July security update not installing on the Pixel, but Google is working on a fix

It appears that many Pixel users have issues installing the latest July security patch released by Google earlier today. The update fails to install on the smaller Pixel phone, but the rest of the Nexus and Pixel devices don’t seem to have a similar issue.

The update that weighs in at around 60MB is supposed to fix critical bugs and improve performance and stability of the operating system. Unfortunately, if you have a Pixel phone, there’s a high chance that you’ll be met with an error message saying that there’s an installation problem that prevents the update from installing on the handset.

Since …

OnePlus promises to fix the jelly effect on the OnePlus 5, but can it really?

As more customers complain their OnePlus 5 devices are affected by the “jelly scrolling” issue, the Chinese company is trying to address the problem. After claiming earlier this week the so-called jelly effect is in fact “natural,” OnePlus support is now saying that its engineers are working to address the problem.

Even if OnePlus seems quite optimistic about dealing with the issue (yes, it’s an issue), its engineers might not be able to do anything about it. We reported earlier today that the main reason the jelly scrolling problem affects the OnePlus 5 could be …