Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official; tablet will launch later this month

Just a few days ago, we passed along some images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2. Today, the tablet has been officially introduced by Samsung. With the Active name attached to the slate, you can expect the device to survive “excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration and drops.” The Galaxy Tab Active 2 is certified to meet military specifications. And with an IP certification rating of IP68, the tablet can be submerged in up to nearly 5-feet of water for up to 30-minutes and escape unscathed. The display will even work with wet fingers.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 features …


You can pre-order Samsung's Gear Sport watch today, watch the official launch film here

The Gear Sport is Samsung’s newest smartwatch in the Gear series, tailor made for those who want a sports-oriented watch in a smaller (43mm) form factor than the Gear S3. And the company has just released the official Gear Sport launch film, showing the look and some of the functionalities of the Gear Sport.
While the Gear Sport lacks some functionalities of the Gear S3, it has a better water protection with 5ATM rating that makes it a great choice for swimmers. It also has Spotify Offline capabilities and a more affordable price that the …

When and how to watch the Huawei Mate 10 launch event livestream

The Huawei Mate 10 is almost here — and Huawei is very eager to show it off, as evidenced by the outrageous amount of teasers the company’s social media accounts have been putting out. And it’s no surprise that the launch event will be streamed live — this was the case with both its P10 and Honor 9 flagships earlier this year, after all.

So if you want to be one of the first people to see Huawei’s latest device series (which are totally not smartphones), make sure to check back here on Monday, October 16th, 2017 at:

05:00 …

State of the Galaxy S8/S8+ union: 6 months after launch, sales are picking up pace

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ landed with the most radical design overhaul in the history of the Galaxy S series, a top-shelf camera, and numerous other enticements, but this may have not been enough for users to stomach the higher price at the beginning, and sales were reportedly slower than the S7 and S7 edge in that initial period.

After the unveiling of the Note 8, however, those who were holding back to see what the phablet will bring to the table might have jumped the gun, as the two spring flagships have caught up in sales nicely, and represent a significant …

Verizon to launch the LG V30 on October 5th; no pre-order period coming

While the LG V30 has already been officially unveiled, eager phone buyers have been waiting to hear exactly when they can throw down their hard earned cash to purchase the third phone in the series. At least as far as Verizon subscribers are concerned, your waiting days are over. Big Red dropped us a note this afternoon to tell us that the LG V30 will be released by the nation’s largest carrier on October 5th. Pricing has not yet been announced.

The LG V30 is perfect for those who love using their smartphone to capture video and audio. The dual camera setup in back uses a glass lens which …

Verizon discontinues the Wear24 smartwatch 4 months after launch

Talking about the weird decisions that some carriers take when they launch new devices, it appears that Verizon has decided to discontinue its Wear24 smartwatch just 4 months after launch.

The Wear24 was released by Verizon back in May after the carrier “purposely” delayed the expected launch of Samsung’s Gear S3, just to make room for its own smartwatch.

Even though the Wear24 benefited from one month of sales before the Gear S3 made its debut at Verizon, it didn’t help the carrier’s smartwatch. Probably due to low sales or lack of interest from consumers, …

Video shows how Apple prepares for the launch of its new iPhone models

A video put together by Buzzfeed shows how Apple prepared for the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus launch starting all the way back with the September 12th unveiling of the new handsets. When pre-orders for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K started on September 15th, several Apple engineers were sitting in Apple’s “War Room” to track the incoming orders and to make sure things were running smoothly.

Making sure that all of the finished iPhone units arrive at Apple Stores on time, and on the doorsteps of those who ordered one, is Apple’s Senior …

Apple iPhone 8 launch day: Still no shortage of long lines

Ten years of iPhone releases hasn’t slowed down the gravitational force that continues to be felt on launch day for Apple’s prized smartphone. It’s unbelievable to tell you the truth, seeing that you’d think that the allure and prestige would’ve fizzled down quite a bit over the years, but it hasn’t. Even as we visited Apple’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City, there was no indication of the magic dwindling away – even well into the afternoon, which is an indicator of consumer interest. 
So yeah, Apple took a slightly different …

Asus to launch new ZenFone 5 smartphones in March 2018 at the earliest

Asus officially introduced its new ZenFone 4 lineup in Europe this week, but the new smartphones were delayed for many months. Although it was initially slated for a spring reveal, the ZenFone 4 handsets did not make it to market until fall, a decision that will most likely weigh heavily in Asus’s financial results this year.

The good news is Asus fans won’t have to wait so long for the next-generation of ZenFone smartphones. The company’s CEO Jerry Shen confirmed recently that Asus will release its ZenFone 5 lineup in March 2018 at the earliest.

Asus went …

Ready your Galaxy S8/S8+, folks! Samsung could launch an Android Oreo beta program soon


News about Samsung’s Android Oreo plans emerged about two weeks ago when a new very early firmware builds for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were spotted in the wild.

Today, new information about the Android Oreo update for Samsung’s flagships surfaced, and things seem to be looking good. It appears that the South Korean company is already readying an Android Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Two new firmware builds tagged with numbers that are often used for beta versions has been spotted by the folks over at SamMobile: G950FXXE1ZQI7and G955FXXU1ZQI7. Apparently, the letter “Z” …