End of the road for the BlackBerry Priv: No more security updates for the handset

The BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates as 24 months have passed since the device arrived on the shelves. In a lengthy blog post, BlackBerry’s Alex Thurber  explains that the company has successfully kept the device secure and up-to-date for the standard amount of time, but regular security patches will no longer be rolled out for the handset.

When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the PRIV. True to our word, we fulfilled this commitment …

OnePlus says 5T is its fastest selling phone ever, handset now ships in up to 2 weeks

Not long after launching the 5T – its newest flagship
smartphone – OnePlus announced that this became its “fastest selling
device” to date. Earlier this year, OnePlus said the same thing about the
OnePlus 5, which means the 5T is more successful than its predecessor.


According to OnePlus, it took only 6 hours to realize that
the 5T broke its sales records. Unfortunately, the company did not share exact
numbers, so we don’t know just how many OnePlus 5T units have been sold in those 6
hours. In any case, right now, the new phone is a bit hard to get, at least in
the US.
If you want …

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 Assistant can now control Chromecasts from your Android or iOS handset

The Google Chromecast allows you to stream content through your television set by plugging it into your set’s HDMI port. Simple as that. But only a Google Home smart speaker would allow you to bark a command to Google Assistant demanding that Chromecast stream a particular bit of content. Not even your expensive edge-to-edge models like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Essential Phone could do that.

Well folks, those days are over. Late last night, Google confirmed that you can now control Chromecasts with Google Assistant on your Android or iOS flavored handset. For example, you can specify …

LG K7i handset gets rid of mosquitoes

Today’s smartphones have plenty of useful features. And the LG K7i has one capability that you don’t normally see available from a smartphone. It actually gets rid of pesky mosquitos. Available exclusively in India, the LG K7i might carry a howitzer when it comes to killing bugs dead, but when it comes to its specs, the handset is a low-end model with a 5-inch screen and a resolution of 720 x 1280 (HD).

Powering this high-tech can of Raid is an unknown chipset carrying a quad-core CPU, clocked at 1.4GHz. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of expandable native storage. Those seeking additional …

New BlackBerry handset (BBD100-1) receives its Bluetooth certification

Back in June, reliable tipster Evan Blass sent out a tweet stating that BlackBerry has as many as two new handsets planned, carrying the code names Juno and Krypton. At the time, that was all of the information that could be found about these handsets. Today, a BlackBerry phone with the model number BBD100-1 received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

Based on rumored specs, the BBD100-1 could be another model in the DTEK line up. Designed and manufactured by TCL under a license procured from BlackBerry, the models currently sporting the DTEK name …

Huawei could top Apple in Q3 handset shipments

A report published today forecasts that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei will ship more handsets than Apple for the calendar third quarter, which ends at the end of September. Huawei has already stated that it has its sights set on eventually topping Samsung and Apple by 2021 to become the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Huawei’s supply chain says that the company expects sales of its P-series and M-series models to do well during Q3, along with its lower-end Honor branded phones.

During the third quarter, Huawei could deliver more than 40 million units, up from the …

Verizon launches its first ultra-rugged 4G LTE basic handset, the Sonim XP5

Let’s say you work in the oil fields in Texas, or the salt mines in New York and you need a phone that you can depend on to continue working no matter how extreme the environment is. You don’t need a smartphone, just something basic that can summon help if necessary. Well, Verizon has now launched the Sonim XP5. This device meets military spec 810G, which means that the unit can handle extreme high and low temperatures, drops and shocks. With an IP69 certification rating, the Sonim XP5 can be submerged in water to a depth of up to 6.5 feet for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed.

The …

New iPhone 8 dummy unit video reportedly provides the "closest look" at Apple's first 5.8-inch handset

Last week, we talked about a couple of photos showing an iPhone 8 dummy unit that might look like the real iPhone 8 that Apple is getting ready to announce sometime later this year. Today, the same iPhone 8 dummy unit showed up in a hands-on video that lets us better envision what Apple’s next big thing could be all about.

Revealed by @OnLeaks (one of the web’s most reliable sources when it comes to leaks and unofficial information) in collaboration with Tiger Mobiles, this iPhone 8 dummy reportedly provides “the closest look yet” at Apple’s upcoming handset.

As you can see for …

HTC's Fun in the Sun sale can save you up to $200 on the purchase of a new handset

HTC is offering savings of up to $200 on certain handsets with its Fun in the Sun sale. We can save you some time right off the bat by telling you that the new HTC U11 is not included, so if your interested in HTC’s best flagship in years, there is nothing to see here. But if you’re looking for a deal on models like the HTC 10, HTC U Ultra and the HTC Bolt, then read on. The oldest of the trio is the HTC 10, which was HTC’s 2016 flagship.

With the sale, you can save $200 or 29% on the HTC 10 and make 12 monthly payments of $41.58 each. The model comes unlocked and is compatible with AT&T …