New Sony Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues, adds November security patch

The Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to have received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, but other devices are expected to follow soon. However, the update contained a fix for a known camera issue that brought another problem with the camera.

Although it addressed the Xperia XZ Premium camera distortion issues, Android 8.0 Oreo broke the camera sensor’s functionality, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) features were not working within the parameters.

In other words, most of the pictures captured with the Xperia XZ Premium were blurry …


OnePlus 5 receiving OxygenOS 4.5.11 update, fixes YouTube video lag and 4G+ issues

OnePlus 3 and 3T are not the only ones getting monthly updates, as the Chinese company is taking care of its newest flagship smartphone as well, the OnePlus 5.

Although it wasn’t officially announced, a new OxygenOS 4.5.11 update is now being pushed to OnePlus 5 devices. Many users have already captured the update and shared information about what’s bringing into the mix.

At first glance, this is a bug fixing update that addresses some issues OnePlus 5 owners reported about in the last couple of months. The most important one is supposed to fix a problem …

Issues popping up for Apple iPhone X 3D sensor suppliers; low yields could affect production numbers

With Apple slated to deliver the tenth anniversary iPhone X model on November 3rd, a new report published in Japan today says that production issues have cropped up in relation to the production of parts for Face ID. The new feature, which is found only on the iPhone X, uses the user’s face to quickly unlock the phone and verify the identity of the user. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, suppliers of the 3D sensors used in Face ID are having problems achieving a decent yield rate.

Two executives who work for companies that supply parts for the iPhone say that it is unknown whether Apple …

Microsoft Band 2 owners experiencing syncing issues with the activity tracker's mobile app

Microsoft Band 2 owners are experiencing problems with the device’s mobile app that is used to sync the activity tracker with iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 10 devices. The problem is preventing Microsoft Band 2 users from seeing the fitness data that accumulated on their Band 2 device from appearing on their smartphone via the app. When the user tries to call up this data, he/she will see a network connectivity error. This could indicate that the problem is due to a Microsoft server-side error.

A report published out of Germany states that Microsoft is aware of the problems affecting …

OnePlus 5 receives OxygenOS 4.5.8 after last update got pulled, stuttering and battery drain issues fixed

OnePlus has released a new update for the OnePlus 5, following the recent withdrawal of OxygenOS 4.5.7 due to issues with stuttering while gaming and battery drain. 
Unsurprisingly, the new version of Oxygen OS is 4.5.8 and the patch weighs in at the same 310MB if you’re switching from 4.5.6 (49MB if you managed to download 4.5.7).
The change log itself is pretty similar to the last software upgrade. The most notable additions include Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for 4K video recording and a …

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 …

Brooklyn Assemblyman seeks probe of Verizon after issues with Big Red's $10/day Travel Pass (UPDATE)

Some Verizon customers who reside in New York, signed up for the carrier’s $10 a day Travel Pass service. These consumers now claim that not only didn’t they get billed at the pricing they signed up for, they were billed for hundreds of dollars in calls and texts that they never sent. Under Big Red’s international travel plan, paying $10 a day gives customers the ability to carry their domestic Verizon talk, text and data allowances into any of 100 countries where the plan is valid.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind recently signed up with the plan for a trip he made to Israel. When his Verizon …

OnePlus 5 OxygenOS 4.5.3 update promises to fix Wi-Fi connectivity issues

OnePlus is quite fast when it comes to addressing bugs affecting its high-end smartphones. The same can’t be said about its older OnePlus phones, which won’t be getting any new major Android OS updates.

We reported earlier today that many OnePlus 5 owners complain of Wi-Fi connectivity issues. It appears that when covering the antenna band on the top right with your hand (or a case), the Wi-Fi signal drops to just 2 bars while using the 2.4GHz band.

Reports about the issue started to pop up soon after OnePlus opened sales for its flagship killer, but the …

Brooklyn Assemblyman seeks probe of Verizon after issues with Big Red's $10/day Travel Pass

Some Verizon customers who reside in New York, signed up for the carrier’s $10 a day Travel Pass service. These consumers now claim that not only didn’t they get billed at the pricing they signed up for, they were billed for hundreds of dollars in calls and texts that they never sent. Under Big Red’s international travel plan, paying $10 a day gives customers the ability to carry their domestic Verizon talk, text and data allowances into any of 100 countries where the plan is valid.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind recently signed up with the plan for a trip he made to Israel. When his Verizon …

Samsung's in-screen fingerprint scanner said to cause display brightness issues

An industry insider claims that Samsung’s in-screen fingerprint scanner technology results in brightness imbalance issues where the area containing the scanner is noticeably brighter than the rest of the display.

This could be the reason, or one of the reasons why Samsung is reportedly giving up on the in-screen optical fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The most recent rumors claim that the technology won’t be ready for mass production until early next year, possibly in time for the Galaxy S9’s release.

Due to the technological experimentation …