Would the OnePlus 5T be a bargain if it hits the $550 mark?

OK, folks, so the OnePlus 5T is getting announced tomorrow, but thanks to a steady stream of leaks and even an unboxing video, which went live before it should’ve, we’ve got a hefty bit of the details out in the light. Nothing is sacred anymore.

Anyway, the hardware is not surprising — a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB or 128 GB of storate, and a 3,300 mAh battery. What’s different? Well, there’s the 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, putting the OnePlus 5T in the same league as other heavy-hitting flagships that came out this year. And there’s also no longer …


Nova Launcher becomes one of the most popular Android launchers, hits 50 million downloads

We knew Nova Launcher is among the most popular Android launchers, but starting this week, the app has become even more popular. The beta version of the Nova Launcher has just reached more than 50 million downloads in the Google Play Store, an impressive achievement that wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the developers.

It looks like having a solid beta program and listening to what users want from your app has proven to be the winning formula for Nova Launcher.

TeslaCoil’s Nova Launcher is available for free, but a paid version can be …

Android 7.0 Nougat hits HTC Desire 530 at Verizon

HTC has quietly started to push the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Desire 530 now available at Verizon. Launched on the market last year, the HTC Desire 520 wasn’t supposed to be updated to Nougat since it’s rather a budget-friendly smartphone.

Surprisingly, HTC confirmed recently the Verizon Desire 530 is now eligible for an Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade. It even published a very short changelog that contains some of the most important new features and improvements included in the update.

According to HTC, besides Android 7.0 Nougat, the update adds the August …

T-Mobile Tuesday hits a home run next week with MLB gear, free prints and Dunkin Donuts

Today is Wednesday, which means that you have nearly a full week before receiving the next series of freebies from T-Mobile. But we just so happen to have a list of the giveaways and contest prizes for next week’s exciting installment of  T-Mobile Tuesdays. Let’s start with the giveaways. How would you like to snag 10 free 4 x 6 prints from your phone’s camera roll? Starting on Tuesday, drive to a local CVS and pick up for free the ten free prints from the Photo Prints Now app. The prints can be picked up inside CVS stores only.

Also next Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers will get a $2 …

Kirin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing

Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset is the first to support Category 18 for downlink speeds and Category 13 uplink speeds. This means that the Kirin 970 can reach downlink speeds as fast as 1.2Gbps. And darn if the Kirin 970 didn’t hit that mark in a recent test conducted by Huawei and Rohde & Schwarz. The latter is a German company that manufactures test and measurement equipment for mobile radios.

To achieve this speed, Huawei and R&S used some of the enhancements employed in the field by carriers in this day and age. That includes 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. The former allows for additional …

Kinrin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing

Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset is the first to support Category 18 for downlink speeds and Category 13 uplink speeds. This means that the Kirin 970 can reach downlink speeds as fast as 1.2Gbps. And darn if the Kirin 970 didn’t hit that mark in a recent test conducted by Huawei and Rohde & Schwarz. The latter is a German company that manufactures test and measurement equipment for mobile radios.

To achieve this speed, Huawei and R&S used some of the enhancements employed in the field by carriers in this day and age. That includes 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. The former allows for additional …

Android Oreo update hits OnePlus 3 closed beta group, public beta for 3, 3T, and 5 coming soon

A new OTA update has become available to members of the OnePlus 3 closed beta group. With a size of around 800MB, the patch contains the eighth major version of Google’s mobile OS – Android Oreo. 
According to Android Police, the current build of the Oreo update is far from stable. Testers are experiencing connectivity issues, such as unstable Wi-Fi, hotspot, Bluetooth, non-functional NFC, and so on. OnePlus has advised users to report any issues that may arise during the trial period.
Apparently, …

Nokia 6 finally hits the shelves in the UK, costs less than expected

After months of waiting, customers in the UK can finally purchase HMD’s most advanced smartphone to date, the Nokia 6. The device was initially slated for a June release, but because HMD was unable to cope with the high demand for the smartphone, availability in many countries was postponed for a few months.

Nokia 6 is exclusively available in the UK via Carphone Warehouse. The good news is the smartphone costs less than it was originally announced. Back in April, HMD announced the Nokia 6 would be up for purchase for £229.99 in the UK, but Carphone Warehouse is …

Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads

It took nine months for Google’s streaming video chat app Duo to reach its first 50 million downloads. It took only two months for the next 50 million downloads to take place, and right now Duo has been installed over 100 million times. While there aren’t any figures that tell us how often Duo is actually being employed, Google has made Duo a snap to use. In addition, starting last March Google released an update allowing audio calls to be placed over Duo. This makes the app even more useful.

Perhaps the most important thing that ran up the installation tally was the fact that in December, …

Samsung SM-G9650 hits Geekbench; this could be a lite version of the Galaxy S8+

Earlier today we told you about a new Samsung phone that surfaced on Geekbench. The model number of that handset is SM-G9600, and as we told you in the earlier story, the device is powered by the sdm840. This could be the Snapdragon 840 SoC. With four cores, the chip could be more closely related to the Snapdragon 820 than the Snapdragon 835 chipset. The latter, which comes with an octa-core CPU, is currently being used by the current generation of top shelf phones.

Now, another Samsung model apparently related to the earlier discovery was also found on Geekbench. This time, the model number …