Android Oreo update rolling out OTA for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ in three more markets

Last week, Samsung started rolling out the Android Oreo update to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in the Netherlands and in Germany. The update, which includes the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI, weighs in at 487.04MB and carries firmware version G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP for both of Samsung’s 2017 flagship models. Today, the update is being pushed out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models in India, Poland and France. In all three countries, those who participated in the beta program are getting first crack at the OTA update.

Samsung is trying to get the latest Android build on Galaxy …


T-Mobile releases list containing names of all its 920+ markets that feature LTE-Advanced service

T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray has released via a tweet, the complete list of markets covered by the carrier’s LTE-Advanced network. The list also reveals which cities offer regular LTE-A and which feature LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. As it turns out, 430 of the 920+ markets are so endowed. Devices that support all three of those additional capabilities can receive Gigabit Class LTE and run at twice the download speed usually obtained with regular LTE-A networks. When you consider that regular LTE-A doubles the download speed of standard LTE networks, you …

Huawei's ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design now on sale in China, more markets to follow

Looking to spend a hefty sum of money for a new smartphone? If that’s the case, we have good news for you. Huawei’s ultra expensive Mate 10 Porsche Design is close to its international release. 
Today, the special edition handset officially went on sale in China, carrying a startling ¥8,999 (about $1,358) price tag. For comparison, the 256GB version of Apple’s new iPhone X costs $1,149, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 respectively stand at about $950 and $840.
As you might know, Huawei devices …

Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 now available for purchase in select European markets

The Mi A1 is one of the few mid-range Xiaomi smartphones that will go on sale internationally. Even though Android One program has been more of a local affair, as Android One phones are specifically launched in certain countries, Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn’t care about that unspoken rule.

The Chinese company announced last month the Android One-powered Mi A1 will be launched in many countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, as well as Americas. Starting this week, the affordable mid-range smartphone is available for purchase in several European countries …

YouTube TV goes live in 10 more markets in the United States

Google promised last month to bring its YouTube TV service to 10 more markets in the coming weeks. Although the time frame wasn’t that exact, the fact that it was a matter of weeks kept the hype real.

After four weeks of waiting, Google announced that YouTube TV is now live in 10 more markets across the United States: Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte.

The 10 new locations add to another 5 cities (New York, Los Angeles, San …

In certain markets, Apple now accepts PayPal as a payment option for apps, tunes, music and more

Earlier today, PayPal and Apple announced that PayPal has become an Apple Payment Partner. This means that PayPal can be used to pay for purchases made from the App Store, iBooks, iCloud, iTunes and more. Right now, PayPal can be used for purchases made in Canada and Mexico, but PayPal says that it will be soon available in other markets including the U.S. There is no word on when iOS users in the states will be allowed to employ PayPal.

To set up your PayPal card with your Apple account, follow these steps:

Sign in with Touch ID or your Apple ID and password. Tap payment information. …

Moto X Force receives Nougat update starts rolling out to more markets

According to a recent post on Motorola’s Australia and New Zealand website, Moto X Force owners are expected to start getting a prompt for an OTA update, as Nougat 7.0. The package goes by build number NPK25.200-12 and contains all Android security patches until April 1st this year.

The update packs a lot of new features for owners of the handset, such as multi-window app viewing, mobile data usage settings, as well as choosing different wallpapers for the lock and home screens. The update also brings Android messages and an array of notification settings and options.

Moto X Force …

WhatsApp seen as major news source in many markets

WhatsApp became part of the Facebook family in October 2014 when the latter closed on its deal to buy the messaging app for $21 billion. It is now more than two and a half years later and the Social Network is losing its place as a source of news in many markets. Ironically, taking its place is none other than WhatsApp. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released the results of a study made up of 71,805 respondents from 36 different countries. The survey revealed that in more than half of the 36 markets, the percentage of people that rely on Facebook as a source of news has declined.

Despite …

Honor 9 slowly makes its way to European markets

Introduced in China less than two weeks ago, the Honor 9 is likely to make its debut in Europe in the coming weeks. The high-end smartphone was recently spotted at various major retailers across The Old Continent.

Unfortunately, neither of these retailers mention when the Honor 9 will actually hit the shelves. Although some of them allow customers to pre-order the smartphone, a few of them pulled the listing of the Honor 9.

The good news is we know the Honor 9 will be available for purchase in the UK for £379.99, whereas customers in Germany will have to …

YouTube TV coming to 10 more markets in just a couple of weeks

Google promised about two months ago that its YouTube TV service would come to even more markets over the coming weeks. Even so, Google does not seem to plan to expand the service’s availability beyond North America.

Currently, YouTube TV service is available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Today, Google announced ten new markets would benefit from the advantages offered by its online service.

In the next couple of weeks, consumers in the following cities across the United States will be able to access YouTube …