Last week, we told you that some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ units were getting bricked after the batteries were drained completely to 0%. Once these phones shut down, they could not be resuscitated by any method. While horrible news for the owners of affected models, at least we aren’t seeing these handsets blow up, which is what happened last year when the batteries inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failed. That led the latter to get recalled twice and finally removed from store shelves. Samsung took a hit in excess of a billion dollars because of this debacle.
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Despite recent reports revealing multiple issues with the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL (mostly with the screen and speaker), the two handsets enjoyed a surprisingly strong Christmas weekend and tallied more activations than the Apple iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. According to fresh data from analytics company Localytics, the Pixel 2 accounted for a leading 38.61% of smartphone activations last weekend.
The Google Pixel 2 XL was second, with 31.41% of last weekend’s hook-ups. With 28.72%, the Apple iPhone X was in third place followed by the Apple iPhone 8 (17.7%) …
Apple uses two different modems in its latest iPhone X – by Qualcomm or Intel – with the Qualcomm one being its latest X16 that features prominently in all 2017 flagships like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, or the Pixel 2. It allows for up to 1Gbps download speeds, and will only be replaced by a faster, 1.2Gbps modem when phones with Snapdragon 845 hit the market in the spring. Well, save for the Mate 10 Pro, which already has a X18 1.2Gbps modem inside, but it is not tuned to the US LTE bands to take advantage here. The Intel piece, on the other side, maxes out at 600Mbps, so Apple had to basically …
The new features that Android 8.0 Oreo brings aren’t overwhelming, but one of them is of particular note – Project Treble. It is Google’s final push to remedy slow Android updates by separating the basic, core Android framework, from the manufacturer image, and allow it to be updated much faster than before.
A new update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners that purchased their device from T-Mobile. With a file size of about 316MB, the software upgrade should bump the version of the 6.3-inch phablet to N950USQU2BQLA.
A new software upgrade is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 5. It’s an incremental update that brings the Android security patch for the month of December.