Plastic to premium design Galaxies? Blame the Samsung guy in golden sneakers

Have you noticed something different in Samsung’s Galaxy line phones since 2015? Yes, that’s precisely the year after Samsung’s current design chief was promoted, and what followed was the demise of its plasticky flagships and midrangers. The Galaxy S6, S7 and S8, not to mention the newer A-series or J-line, have all come with more premium chassis materials like metal and glass, culminating into the “Infinity Display” of the new S8 and S8+.

Companies used to design phones to show off their technologyBlame it all on Samsung’s current design head M.H. Lee, who recently …


Honor 9 Premium with 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM coming to Europe for €455

The Honor 9 is a premium device by itself, so the fact that the Chinese company launched an enhanced version of the flagship and called it Premium is rather weird. The better-featured variant has no less than 6GB RAM and 128GB expandable storage inside.

Since versions with more RAM are usually introduced in China exclusively, it’s quite a surprise to find out that Honor will be making the 6GB RAM variant available in other regions as well.

As per Winfuture’s report, the so-called Honor 9 Premium has been officially introduced in Italy where the smartphone …

Check out these premium Android icon packs, now free for a limited time on Google Play!

If you’ve been following our various columns on Android customization, then you should know by now that we have a soft sport for custom icon packs around here. And how couldn’t we? Applying a custom icon set is like giving your home screen a fresh coat of paint and is among the basic rights of every Android user out there!

There’s no such thing as having too many icon packs and don’t you believe anyone who tells you the opposite! Okay, okay, we kid, but we do like custom icon packs and we also like sharing our favorites with you, the readers!

And this …

Watch the Sony Xperia XZ Premium passing scratch and bend tests like the premium phone that it is

Officially released in the US last month, the Xperia XZ Premium is one of Sony’s most expensive smartphones to land stateside, as it’s being sold for $799.99 unlocked. At this price, one would expect the XZ Premium to be a very well made handset, and it looks like it is.

The durability test that you can watch below was made by JerryRigEverything – famous on YouTube for his non-bogus tests. As you can see in the video, the front and rear of the XZ Premium (including its cameras) are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 – this makes the phone as scratch-resistant as Apple’s and Samsung’s latest flagships. …

Time running out for Apple to embed Touch ID on iPhone 8; premium model could cost $1,200 or more

According to a trio of analysts from KeyBanc Capital Markets named Andy Hargreaves, John Vinh and Josh Beck, time is running out on Apple if the company plans on embedding Touch ID under the screen of the Apple iPhone 8. A note issued by the three to KeyBanc clients indicates that Apple has until next month to get Touch ID to work under the screen with the same speed and accuracy that iPhone users expect from the feature.

The note was acquired by financial publication Barron’s and says that Apple continues to struggle producing a fingerprint sensor that works under the display. The company …

These premium Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

If you love to customize your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it’s possible to download them free of charge.

This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on most of those ends in a few hours, so act swiftly!

You can get a preview of each icon pack in the gallery above. …

New premium Windows 10 Mobile device coming from Microsoft?

It has been a while since Microsoft unveiled a new Windows 10 Mobile handset. Brad Sams, executive editor of Thurrott.com, says that a Windows 10 prototype mobile device is being examined inside corporate headquarters. At this stage, there are no specs to discuss and even Sams isn’t 100% sure if we are talking about a  phone or a tablet. The smart money is betting that this is a phone since Microsoft does need to fill gaps in its smartphone lineup.

We know what you’re thinking. You are probably trying to convince yourself that this will be the long awaited Surface Phone. Let’s see what …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium tutorial: Here's how to enable constant 4K display resolution

Pssst. Pssst! Got a Sony Xperia XZ Premium?
If so, then you’re probably awed by its super-crisp 4K display… that’s actually downscaling content to Full HD 1080p by default. 
Yes, as per Sony, “4K (and 4K HDR with 4K HDR content) is used in the Album and Video apps and third party apps with 4K (and 4K HDR) content. Everything else, so homescreen, apps, menus, etc are shown in Full HD.”

A bummer, isn’t it? Having a 4K display on paper but not using it to its full potential… Well, lucky for all of you tinkerers out …

Tinder's new premium feature is basically a cheat code for online dating

Imagine if you could see which Tinder users have liked you before you decide whether to give them the thumbs up or the thumbs down. 
Feels just like a ‘God Mode’ supercheat, especially if you’re a picky one. 

Well, for a price, you will be able to do just that – Tinder just unveiled a new premium subscription dubbed Tinder Gold, which is basically the same as the existing Tinder Plus, but with one rather important novelty. That’s the “Likes You” feature, which will allow paying subscribers to see what other users of the dating app have …

Sony adds the Xperia XZ Premium to the Open Devices program

Sony Mobile has just announced that it has added the Xperia XZ Premium to the Open Devices program, which would allow developers to cook up and flash their own version of Android Nougat on the flagship smartphone.

The Open Devices program is aimed at developers, not at consumers, since the software provided can be unstable due to its early stage. Sony will offer those who wish to start creating AOSP for the Xperia XZ Premium with the necessary tools to build and test their custom ROMs.

You can access all the resources you need through our Open Devices page …