Third Android Oreo beta hits the Essential Phone, minor changes included

Essential has yet to deliver Android Oreo to its flagship, the Essential Phone, but what’s important is that the company is working to bring the update to the public as quickly as possible. In that regard, Essential debuted an Android Oreo beta program where Essential Phone owners can test the update before it gets released to everyone.

Up until now, two Essential Phone Android Oreo beta builds were released with fairly sizable changelogs. Today, the third Android Oreo beta made its way to Essential Phone devices eligible for the update.

Unlike either of the previous updates, the …


December 2017 security update hits T-Mobile's LG G Pad X 8.0

The T-Mobile version of the LG G Pad X 8.0 has received the December 1st security update. Besides the latter, software version V52120l brings minor software stability and bug fixes to the slate. When the notification appears on your tablet telling you that the update has arrived, don’t continue the updating process until your tablet is connected to a Wi-Fi network. In addition, make sure that the battery is charged to at least 50% before installing the new files. You also need to have enough storage on your tablet for the 95.3MB update.

Since the update is being sent out OTA, it might take …

Rare white Christmas in Seattle, Portland as 'thundersnow' hits Boston

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People around the U.S. are waking up to a white Christmas. 

Seattle and Portland — two cities that aren’t exactly known for heavy snowfall this time of year — are both seeing a fair bit of snow on Monday. 

Large swaths of the Midwest and Northeast also woke up to plenty of the white stuff coating lawns, trees, and cars. 

And that’s not all. 

Some lucky Boston residents awake early enough on Christmas morning got treated to one of the rarest and most treasured of weather events: thundersnow.

We just had THUNDERSNOW in Wakefield!!

— Matt Hoenig (@MattHoenigWx) December 25, 2017 Read more…

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YouTube Go hits 10 million downloads even though it's not available worldwide

YouTube Go made it out of beta back in September after about a year of testing. Even after the final version of the app was released in the Google Play Store, YouTube Go wasn’t made available worldwide and it still can’t be downloaded in most countries.

Even so, YouTube Go app recently hit the impressive 10 million downloads milestone on the Google Play Store. This is quite the achievement considering the rather short time it took to hit the 10 million mark and the limited availability of the app.

YouTube Go is a lighter version of the popular YouTube app, which enables users to watch …

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 …