Samsung dares iPhone users to test the Note 8 via new Galaxy Experience Program

Samsung has just announced it will debut a new project that will allow customers to test its Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 smartphones for a month. Dubbed Samsung Galaxy Experience Program, the trial will kick off in South Korea on November 21 and it will end on November 27.

During the one-week period, a number of 10,000 people will be selected from those who apply for the program. They will be informed they’ve been picked for the trial on November 30. Between December 1-11, they’ll be handed a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 when they visit Samsung Digital Plaza.

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Google says its has fixed the problems with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL trade-in program

As if the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL needed more problems, word came out the other day about a number of issues that consumers were having with the Google Store trade-in program. Under the terms of the plan, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers would receive credit for trading-in older handsets in working condition. The amount of the credit received depended on the model of the phone sent in. The 2016 Google Pixel XL was on the top of the list with the 128GB model valued at $410 in a trade.

Unfortunately, there were several screw ups, with several buyers participating in the program receiving …

Samsung to kick off Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Galaxy S8 as early as October 31

Rumor has it Samsung won’t release any Android 8.0 Oreo updates until early 2018. If that’s true, then a beta program should be in place before the year’s end.

A new report claims Samsung will kick off the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Galaxy S8 on October 31. However, not everyone with a Galaxy S8 will be able to enroll into Samsung’s beta program.

Apparently, Samsung will initially launch Android 8.0 Oreo beta for Galaxy S8 in the United Kingdom, North America, and South Korea. The second wave of countries getting access to the beta …

Apple sends email to some iPhone Upgrade Program members who lost their place in line for iPhone X

Last week, Apple kept insinuating that members of its iPhone Upgrade Program had a head start on others when it came to the process of pre-ordering an Apple iPhone X. That’s because those subscribed to the program were able to fill out certain paperwork and have it ready to submit to Apple before pre-orders started getting accepted yesterday morning. Now, Apple has been forced to send out an email to iPhone Upgrade Program members who encountered problems with their pre-order on Friday.

The email starts by saying that the program subscriber might have had an issue getting a loan. The iPhone …

Android 8 Oreo for Galaxy S8: beta program allegedly coming soon for US residents

Samsung is well at work on its Android 8 update for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships and it seems the company might be preparing a US beta program for interested fans. The news comes from a leakster who allegedly got a heads-up email from Samsung.

A quick rundown of how this will reportedly work — there are only 7,500 spots for the entire USA. Participants would have to have a Galaxy S8 that’s on T-Mobile or Sprint. Signup is done via the Samsung+ or Samsung Members app and the beta will open up next Tuesday, the 31st of October.

As far as new features go, we expect some goodies like …

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 …

Apple Upgrade Program subscribers get a head start on reserving the Apple iPhone X

Pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X begin next Friday, October 27th. But those who are subscribers to the Apple Upgrade Program are getting a head start when it comes to reserving an unit. Starting on Monday, members of the Upgrade Program can start setting up their paperwork. And beginning this year, members can send to Apple via mail, their old iPhone model being upgraded.

Opening the Apple Store app and filling out the paperwork in advance will allow Upgrade Program members to zip through the pre-order checkout line faster than others on October 27th. But they will still have to wait for …

Republic Wireless adds the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to its "Bring Your Own Phone" program

Once again, Verizon announced that it will be the exclusive carrier for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that consumers in the country won’t be able to use it on other networks.

After T-Mobile announced that it will pay 50% of either the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL price when you bring it to its network, another US carrier announced that it will support both Google’s smartphones – Republic Wireless.

The MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) carrier has just confirmed that the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be compatible with …

Google debuts trade-in program for current and upcoming Pixel phones

The Android One Moto X4 is not the only one that will benefit from a trade-in program in the United States. The Mountain View company has just kicked off a similar trade-in program on the Google Store, which will allow customers to purchase the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for a cheaper price, or the current Pixel models.

The good news is Google will accept smartphones from other brands like Apple, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Motorola, not just Nexus and Pixel handsets.

So, how does it actually work? Well, there are no surprises there, as customers will register …

OnePlus announces Individual Application Update program for speedier OxygenOS updates

Over the past couple of months, OnePlus released some of the apps that come pre-installed on its smartphones in the Google Play Store. Apps like Weather and Gallery, as well as the company’s Android launcher have been launched on Google Play and made available to everyone owning a OnePlus smartphone.

The only reason that OnePlus did that is to be able to provide its customers with frequent updates on these apps. More recently, the Chinese company announced that in order to speed up OxygenOS updates, the customized OS that runs on OnePlus smartphones, and to gather …