June security patch causes issues for Nokia 7 Plus handsets running on Android P beta

Just the other day, we told you how the June Android security update resulted in a problem for Google Pixel 2 XL users. After the update, several owners of the device complained that their handset was taking as long as three seconds to awaken instead of the usual one second. Google said yesterday that it will push out a fix soon, and suggested that Pixel 2 XL owners set the Ambient Display to “always on;” this should hold off users until a fix is disseminated.
Meanwhile, the June Android security update is continuing to muck up other Android handsets as some users …


Latest OnePlus 5/5T update is huge, adds new gesture, fixes some issues

OnePlus is rolling out another update to the OnePlus 5 and 5T smartphones and although it doesn’t bring too many new features and improvements, you should prepare your devices for a sizable download.

According to OnePlus, the OxygenOS 5.1.2 update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T weighs in at 1.6GB because it’s a full ROM update. The most important new feature is the addition of a new gesture that allows OnePlus 5/5T users to double-tap to lock the screen.

Also, the Gallery app now features Places, a map view of photos by location, as well as “Recently Added” collection. The May security …

BlackBerry DTEK 50, DTEK 60 both receive the May Android security update, but there are some issues

Both the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 have received the May Android security update, dated the fifth of this month. Some owners of the two devices have been complaining about verification issues that have prevented them from downloading and installing the update. As pointed out by one DTEK60 owner, it seems to be a case of hit or miss as far as the update is concerned.

Other manufacturers might not be so concerned with having the latest Android security update available for their handsets, but BlackBerry licenses its software to companies like TCL’s BlackBerry Mobile …

Apple sends document to authorized service providers telling them how to deal with Face ID issues

Apple has reportedly sent a document to authorized service providers outlining what they should do when an iPhone X owner has issues with Face ID. The first step that Apple recommends is a diagnostic test to see if there is a problem with the rear camera on the device. Wait! We know exactly what you’re thinking; doesn’t Face ID have to do with sensors found on the front-facing TrueDepth Camera? And you’d be exactly right. However, there does appear to be some connection between a rear camera failure on the tenth anniversary model, and the failure of Face ID to work correctly. Why the rear …

Samsung fixes Galaxy S9 and S9+ call stability issues in latest update

Apparently, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been plagued by some call issues, which somewhat forced Samsung to release a new update to address these problems. Moreover, these issues seem to have been pretty widespread since owners from Europe, Africa, Australia and the Middle East reported their smartphones have been having call stability problems.

It took Samsung a few weeks to acknowledge the problem and find a fix, but two updates are now available for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which feature the following firmware numbers: G960FXXU1ARD4 and G965FXXU1ARD4.

Each of these updates weighs …

Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsApp, leaves Facebook over privacy issues

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal cost Facebook an unknown number of subscribers. There is also another casualty. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook. The latter purchased the WhatsApp messaging app in a transaction that closed in October, 2014. The final purchase price of over $21 billion opened some eyes in the industry because of the hefty price tag. While Koum reportedly made only $1 a year in salary at Facebook, his stock deal includes restricted stock units that vest quarterly over four years. Last year, he reaped $2.83 billion by selling some of his vested shares.

Koum’s …

Razer Phone Android 8.1 Oreo update rollout on hold due to issues

Razer announced a while ago that it will not offer an Android 8.1 Oreo update to those who bought the Razer Phone, which comes with Nougat on board. However, the company promised the smartphone will be updated directly to Android 8.1 Oreo at some point.

True to its promise, Razer started the Android 8.1 Oreo rollout two weeks ago, but the update has yet to reach some markets. Unfortunately, things don’t look so good for Razer Phone owners in the UK, as one carrier announced the update has been delayed.

According to UK carrier Three, Razer confirmed that Android 8.1 Oreo for Razer …

Microsoft Launcher update fixes issues, adds performance improvements, more

The beta version of Launcher app got updated last month with a handful of bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements, but those using the stable iteration had to wait until now to get all those improvements.

Well, if you didn’t know what the latest beta update brought for Microsoft Launcher users about two weeks ago, here is what you’ll get now:

Fixed top crashes and App Not Responding Errors;Support applying icon pack over single custom-set icons;Adjustments to wallpaper settings experience;Fixed several badge count issues;Performance/memory/CPU improvements.Microsoft’s Launcher surpassed …

Google says that the Pixel 2/2 XL MMS issues have been fixed, but users are still complaining

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had numerous problems. There was the burn-in issue with the screen, clicking sounds that came from the phones’ speakers, microphones that were cutting out during phone calls, and the inability to receive or download an MMS message on both models. Google claims to have fixed the latter problem, although several owners of the 2017 Pixel handsets disagree.

In the Google Product Forums for the Pixel 2 XL, a Google employee named Pankaj Kanwar (who was representing the Pixel team) put up a post that said, “Thanks everyone for reporting this issue. It should …

Samsung is investigating Galaxy S9/S9+ "dead" spot touchscreen issues

Over the last week, a number of reports of malfunctioning Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreens have emerged online. The spread of the issue is currently unknown, but some owners of Samsung’s latest flagships have complained about “dead” spots around the top and bottom bezels, and near the edges of the screen. These dead spots are areas where the screen doesn’t register touch.

The majority of complaints about this issue have been submitted by owners of the Galaxy S9+, although reports of the same problem happening on the Galaxy S9 have also been recorded. …