HTC 's January revenues declined 27% year-over-year

HTC continued its free fall in January as the company reported a 15% decline in revenue sequentially (from December 2017), and a 27% decline year-over-year (from January 2017). Even though the HTC U11 was arguably the manufacturer’s best flagship in years, the company once again failed to gain any traction against Samsung and the Chinese Android manufacturers who have overtaken HTC over the last few years.

One might argue that HTC peaked with 2010’s EVO 4G, which we gave a 9.5 out of 10 with our review back in 2010. And even though the HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8) impressed many with its …


Android Oreo beta for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ ends tomorrow (January 26th)

Samsung sent out a message to those Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users who have been beta testing the Android 8.0 (Oreo) update. Besides thanking participants for their cooperation in being part of the beta program, the company said that the beta testing for the 2017 flagship models will end on January 26th, which happens to be tomorrow. Samsung says that it now looks forward to releasing the official Android 8.0 update as soon as possible.

After the program comes to an end tomorrow, Samsung will not disseminate any more beta software releases. While the beta community will still be …

Android 8.1 factory images with January security patch now available for these stock Android models

Factory images are useful for those who don’t have any patience and won’t wait for an OTA update to hit their handset. It also helps those who are customizing their device get back to the latest Android build, just in case they screw up. New Android 8.1 factory images for three carrier specific stock Android devices are now available, and come three weeks after Google first disseminated the January 2018 security patch with an update. In addition to the factory images, these particular models will also receive the update OTA.

Let’s end the suspense. The following handsets now have an Android …

Sprint to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo for HTC U11 on January 22

The unlocked HTC U11 has already been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo last year, but only in the United States. About two weeks ago HTC confirmed the roll-out began in the EMEA region, but carrier-branded devices will probably have to wait a bit longer.

If you’ve bought your HTC U11 from Sprint, you’ll be pleased to know the carrier will start rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update on January 22. Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management has just announced customers who own the Sprint HTC 11 devices should start seeing the update on Monday.

Sprint HTC u11 owners! Appreciate your patience, …

Verizon's Go Unlimited plan to include Mexico and Canada starting on January 25th

As many of you know, Verizon offers two different unlimited plans, Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. The former is the lower priced of the two options, and offers DVD-quality video streaming (480p) as opposed to the HD streaming (720p) available on the premium version. Another difference between both plans is the 15GB of high speed hotspot/tethering offered with Beyond Unlimited every month, compared to the 600Kbps speed cap that Go Unlimited subscribers experience for hotspot/tethering use.

However, Big Red is allowing Go Unlimited subscribers to match Beyond Unlimited users with one particular …

HTC U11 EYEs to be announced on January 15, here is what it looks like

The HTC U11 EYEs, also known as HTC Harmony, is supposed to be revealed next week. We reported earlier this month that a mid-range smartphone with that might go official very soon.

Well, it looks like the Chinese media has already received invitations to an HTC event, which mention the word “Eye.” The announcement is scheduled for January 15, while rumors claim the HTC U11 EYEs will go on sale in three Asian countries – China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, on January 17.

Specs-wise, HTC U11 EYEs is a mid-range device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, …

Best wireless Bluetooth earbuds and in-ear headphones to buy right now (January 2018)

Wireless headphones are nothing new as this old and proven concept fits in particularly well with the nature of accessories whose purpose is to comfortably and  unobtrusively pump sound in your ears while you go by with your daily business. Truly, die-hard audiophiles probably cringe and wince at the thought of surrendering their high-end cans for Bluetooth earbuds, but this wouldn’t make a difference to the average Joe out there who will certainly value the comfort and added ease of use of the wireless buds.
But which ones to buy? You’d be forgiven to be a little …

BlackBerry Motion launches in the US on January 12

BlackBerry Mobile and TCL
today announced the upcoming US availability of BlackBerry Motion – the very first dust- and water-resistant
BlackBerry-branded smartphone. 

 

Previously available only in select markets (including up north in Canada), the BlackBerry Motion will be released
in the US
on January 12 – this Friday. The handset will be sold unlocked via Amazon and
Best Buy for $449.99. This is a GSM/LTE variant of the Motion, which
means you’ll be able to use it on AT&T and T-Mobile, but not on Verizon,
Sprint, and US Cellular.    

 

Apart …

Best new icon packs for Android (January 2018)

New year, new resolutions, and in our case, new icon packs!
While the vast majority of Android consumers use their devices without customizing these at all, a smaller group of Android enthusiasts can hardly go for more than a week before overhauling the appearance of their homescreens. What can we say, we are guilty of that as well! Thanks to the multitude of icon packs arriving weekly on the Play Store, that’s as easy as abc.
This is why we regularly show you the icon packs that have recently made their way to the Play Store and deserve your attention. …

Essential Phone receives January security patch which includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre flaws

When you’re packing stock Android, like the Essential Phone is, updates are sent fairly quickly. For example, the handset has just started to receive the January Android security patch today, not long after it was released by Google. And as we told you the other day, the January patch includes protection against the two new security issues that both iOS and Android flavored devices are receiving protection from. Those two are called Meltdown and Spectre.

When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure you connect to a Wi-Fi signal before starting the process of updating …