Xiaomi kicks off Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2

After delivering the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Mi A1, Xiaomi now plans to release a similar update for the Mi Mix 2, the sequel to the phablet that changed the way smartphone makers design their products.

Xiaomi has just announced that it is now recruiting testers for its Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2. More importantly, the recruitment is made for the global version of the highly-anticipated update.

According to Xiaomi, Mi Mix 2 owners interested to participate in the beta program will be able to apply until the end of January …


Square Enix kicks off Final Fantasy sale (Android and iOS) with discounts of up to 60%

Japanese publisher and developer Square Enix is spreading the holiday cheer with a special mobile sale, offering up to 60% off many of its Final Fantasy titles and other RPG classics.

The sale is available in both App Store and Google Play Store and contains games like Romancing SaGa 2, Final Fantasy II, Adventures of Mana and Secret of Mana. Some of the game included in the sale are already discounted, while a few will be on sale starting December 26.

Romancing SaGa 2 – $14.99 (iOS)/$15.99 (Android) (was $17.99)Final Fantasy – $3.99 (was $7.99)Final Fantasy …

Huawei kicks off holiday sale on smartphones, tablets and wearables

Samsung, Motorola, Apple and other smartphone brands have already kicked off their sales, but there are a lot of other companies that want to sell you their goods at low price. Huawei has just announced that some of its smartphones, tablets, and wearables are no on sale in the United States.

If you’re looking for an Android smartphone, Huawei doesn’t offer you too many alternatives at this time, but there’s plenty to choose from if you want to buy a smartwatch. Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg are the main retailers that offer Huawei’s discounted devices.

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Apple's Black Friday deals bonanza kicks off in Australia and New Zealand with gift cards of up to $160

Apple’s one-day Black Friday shopping bonanza has already kicked off in Australia and New Zealand, because, well, it’s already Friday there. The offers include free gift cards of up to A$210 in value (~$160) with the purchase of select products from Apple’s online store, as well as from Apple retail stores in both countries.

The following Apple gift cards are available in both Australia and New Zealand:
iPhone 7 / iPhone 6s / iPhone SE – A$70 ($53) gift cardiPad Pro, iPad Mini. iPad 9.7-inch – A$140 ($106) gift cardApple Watch …

Bose kicks off Black Friday sale on its online store and Amazon

If you’re looking for a cheap pair of headphones this is the best time of the year to find one. Many companies are running promotional deals during Black Friday, but some start their sales a week earlier.

Bose is now running a Black Friday sale on some of its popular headphones, which cover most price ranges. Bose’s products are on sale on its online store and at Amazon, and from what we can tell there are no price differences.

QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones – $329.95 (was $349.95);SoundSport wireless headphones – $129.95 (was $149.95);SoundSport Pulse …

HMD kicks off Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Nokia 8

HMD has just announced it will soon start a beta program for Android Oreo for Nokia 8. The so-called Nokia phones beta labs will allow those fans to test software updates before they are released to the masses.

The first smartphone that will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update is probably the Nokia 8 since HMD is about to start testing it. However, Nokia 3, 5 and 6 will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo as well, although that might not happen this year.

Our growing community of beta testers are the first to receive Android 8.0 Oreo. By testing the software ahead …

Android 7.1.1 Nougat rollout kicks off for the Moto G4 Play

Lenovo hinted two months ago that an Android Nougat update for the Moto G4 Play would be rolled out sometime in June. Well, it looks like the Chinese company kept its promise, as many Moto G4 Play owners report they have successfully captured the update on their smartphones.

The first country to get the update is Brazil, but Moto G4 Play users in other regions should expect to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat in the coming weeks as well.

According to the official changelog, the update weighs in at around 640MB and, aside from the usual Android Nougat new features …

"Switch to iPhone" campaign kicks into full gear, Apple releases new ads to persuade Android users

With its “Switch to iPhone” campaign underway, Apple recently uploaded three new ads to its YouTube channel. These short commercials promote the ease and presumed benefits of replacing an Android handset with an iPhone. 
The first one, “Contacts”, shows people jumping from the gray area of “your phone” to a more colorful one named “iPhone”. The point here is that it’s easy to transfer your contacts and other data by downloading the Move to iOS app from Google Play. The other two which are dubbed “Smooth” and “Security” …

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' kicks off summer blockbuster season with a big bang

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Oh, so we’re saving the summer box office a second time?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 got the 2017 blockbuster season off to a terrific start with $145 million at the domestic box office this weekend, rocketing past the original’s debut by 54% and grabbing the second-best bow of the year behind Beauty and the Beast ($174.7 million), according to estimates from Comscore.

The Fast & Furious franchise has been called the unofficial summer-season starter despite its traditional mid-April date, and The Fate of the Furious scored just under $100 million for its debut, the smaller part of its record worldwide debut. But for box-office purists putting a pin in the start of summer moviegoing season, it’s gotta be May. Read more…

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