It's official: HTC U11 Plus will be unveiled on November 2

HTC has just confirmed it will hold a launch event in early November. Last week, Chinese media reported HTC had started to send invitations to such an event, but the Taiwanese company did not confirm anything until today.

Fast forward one week and HTC has just tweeted a “Save the Date” image confirming a launch event for November 2. Although the company doesn’t say what device will introduce early next month, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing the HTC U11 Plus.

In fact, we’ve already seen the smartphone, although not through official means. We’ve also learned …


It's (almost) all-screen: 2017's hottest bezel-less phones, ranked

2017 has undoubtedly turned into the year of the bezel-less smartphone, to the point where it’s easy to forget that a year and a half ago most phones didn’t look like they were taken straight out of an 80s sci-fi flick. Just for fun, take a look at this 2015 article of ours listing some of the highest screen-to-body ratio devices on the market — oh my, those bezels! The horror!
But why not explore this space once more? After all, the competition will be considerably more fierce (and, admit it, better-looking) this time. Plus, there’s …

HMD confirms Nokia 8 will not be coming to the U.S., says it's not “properly banded”

Sad news for Nokia fans in the United States, as HMD has just confirmed that its flagship won’t be launched in this region. Although previous reports from various sources suggested Nokia 8 might eventually be launched in the US, it appears that the smartphone hasn’t been designed for this particular market.

However, not all is lost for US customers, as HMD plans to develop another portfolio of devices specifically built for this market. Some of these devices might be announced as early as Q1 2018 if we are to believe the latest rumors.

The HMD official who …

Google Assistant gets released in the Play Store, but it's just a shortcut of the app

In a surprising turn of events, Google has decided to release its Assistant app in the Google Play Store. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, the app does absolutely nothing for those who don’t already have Google Assistant installed on their smartphones.

It’s just there to let you know if it’s compatible or not with your device and possibly to get faster updates. It has become standard for many smartphone companies to release specific apps in the Google Play Store to allow them to update them faster without having to wait for the next Android update.

Google …

FIFA 18 Companion app released, but you might want to avoid it until it's fixed

One of the biggest game launches happening every year, FIFA made it to PC and consoles last week, which means a companion app is now available for Android and iOS users.

EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Companion app is supposed to connect players to the world of FUT 18 while they’re on the go. The app allows FIFA 18 players to manage their FUT Club and prepare their squads for their next important match.

On top of that, EA says that the app allows users to make transfers and bid for players, as well as purchase and open Packs using coins or something called FIFA Points. …

All-metal Motorola Moto G5S Plus now available to pre-order in the US, it's $50 off until September 28


Starting today, Motorola US
is accepting pre-orders for the Moto G5S Plus, a smartphone announced in early
August alongside the Moto G5S (which isn’t coming to the US, or at least
not for now).

 

The Moto G5S Plus will be released on September 29 for
$279.99 (model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space), or $349.99 (4 GB
RAM, 64 GB storage space). However, if you place your pre-order before September
28, you can get the smartphone for $50 off: $229.99 (32 GB) or $299.99 (64 GB). For more details on pre-orders, check out Motorola’s website at the source link below. 

 

As …

iOS 11 release date and time around the globe: Here's when you're getting it (Update: It's today!)

Just short of a week ago during Apple’s largest keynote for 2017, it was officially announced that after months of beta tests and releases, iOS 11 will arrive to all eligible devices (iPhone 5s and newer, iPad mini 2 and newer, iPod 6th-gen.) on September 19, which is tomorrow.
 
When are you getting it though? Well, as is tradition, we expect Apple to release the update around 10AM Pacific Time, which is the regular time window for new iOS updates. There’s no reason for Apple to deviate from this well-established pattern right now, so expect iOS 11 …

It's official: T-Mobile to bump monthly unlimited throttling limit to 50GB (from 32GB)


Although it’s started as a rumor based on a screenshot of a T-Mobile document, the increase of the monthly unlimited throttling limit has been recently confirmed by the carrier.

The said document suggests T-Mobile’s “Fair Usage threshold” will be increased to 50GB. The last bump operated by the Uncarrier dates from May when the deprioritization threshold was increased to 32GB.

T-Mobile confirmed via Twitter that it will implement the new change on September 20, so starting later this week, customers shouldn’t be throttled down if they exceed the old 32GB threshold.

Even though …

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2's leaked specs suggest it's not an entry-level tablet

Samsung has one more ace under its sleeve for those looking to buy a decent Android tablet for outdoor use. That ace is called Galaxy Tab Active 2, a rugged tablet that we’ve learned about for the first time back in June. However, it was only last week that we’ve been able to dig a few details about the slate and find out that it will soon be introduced.

Since information about its specs was scarce, we’re happy to report that the Galaxy Tab Active 2 made it to GFXBench, the app that stores benchmark results for old, new and unreleased smartphones and tablet.

According to the listing, …

Deal: The Moto E4 is just $40 (44% off) on Amazon, but it's locked to Verizon


The Moto E4 was launched at Verizon back in June as the carrier’s cheapest Android smartphone. At just $70, Motorola’s budget-friendly handset was an absolute steal for customers looking for their first smartphone.

Fast forward three months and the Moto E4’s price has dropped by almost 50%. If you don’t mind being tied to a carrier like Verizon, the Moto E4 is a great phone due to price-specs ratio.

For a limited time, customers can buy the Verizon-branded Moto E4 for just $40 on Amazon. The bad news is the retailer will now ship the phone within 1 to 4 weeks, probably due to high …