Google Pixel 2/2 XL owners complain about overheating and battery issues after February update

Back in January, the Android 8.1 update left several Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners unable to swipe up on the lock screen so that they could enter their PIN code. Now, it appears as though the February security update also was disseminated with unwanted side effects. On Reddit and Google’s Pixel User Community website, there are several complaints from Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users about their handset overheating. Additionally, since installing the update, some Pixel 2/2 XL owners say that they are experiencing lower than usual battery life on their units.

One Pixel 2 owner says …


Google sued over issues with the microphone on the original Pixel and Pixel XL

When it rains, it pours. Earlier tonight, we told you about a lawsuit filed against Google’s Project Fi MVNO alleging that Google charges subscribers for data that is used over Wi-Fi.  Now comes word that the search giant is being sued over problems with the microphones on the original Pixel and Pixel XL units, which were launched in 2016. The suit, which has Class Action status, was filed by attorneys at Girard Gibbs LLP. This is the same firm trying to recruit Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners for a Class Action suit that would be filed against Google, LG and HTC. At issue are the multitude …

FALSE ALARM: Panic ensues as Emergency Alert Service issues missile threat for Hawaii

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Residents of Hawaii woke up to a terrifying notification on Saturday morning when the Emergency Alert Service issued a ballistic missile warning, telling residents to “seek immediate shelter.”

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the alert, which was delivered at approximately 8:07 a.m. HST, reads.

HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILEpic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018 Read more…

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Xiaomi pulls Android 8.0 Oreo update for Mi A1 due to performance issues

The last day of 2017 brought a nice gift for Xiaomi customers using a Mi A1 smartphone, as the handset maker started pushing out the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update. Unfortunately, the update seems to have been rushed to meet the deadline announced by Xiaomi a while ago.

Now, Xiaomi announced that due to the many issues experienced by Mi A1 owners who updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, they are putting the roll-out on hold until they fix these bugs.

It appears that Xiaomi Mi A1 users reported many problems after the update, including issues with the camera, dialer …

Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues

Yesterday, we told you about a pair of exploits called Meltdown and Spectre. We focused on the latter because it can affect ARM flavored processors which are used on mobile devices like Android and iOS smartphones. As we told you, Google’s Android Security patch for January will help protect Android users from having passwords held in a browser, or in a password manager, stolen by a nameless, faceless hacker.

Apple has joined the club. The company said today that all of its Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to the same issues. However, Apple says that it has already released mitigations …

NVIDIA Shield Tablet is getting a new update that fixes some security and connectivity issues

NVIDIA has just announced that it is now rolling out a new update for the Shield Tablet, which is dubbed “Upgrade 5.3.” The update contains important system enhancements, as well as security and bug fixes.

Among the most important changes, NVIDIA mentions the addition of the November security patch and some system stability and security optimizations. The full changelog as published by NVIDIA is available below:

Addresses Wi-Fi vulnerabilities (KRACK and Broadpwn);Fixing connectivity issues with Zagg Bluetooth keyboards;Overall system stability and security …

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 …