Windows 10 Mobile Insider program quietly comes to an end

Today, we have some bad news to pass along to those few remaining Windows 10 Mobile users who have been receiving updates via the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. A tweet from Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc indicates that no more insider builds of Windows 10 Mobile are coming. Windows 10 Mobile phones will still receive monthly security updates from Microsoft, but nothing else is expected to be pushed out.

Microsoft has already said that it won’t be adding new features to Windows 10 Mobile which means that there will be no reason to send out any updates (again, other than security updates) …

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Android 8.0 Oreo beta testing program launched

Huawei is working to bring Android Oreo to as many of its previous flagships as possible. The Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are the last Huawei devices that received the update, so it’s time for the Chinese giant to focus on other smartphones in its portfolio.

Well, it appears that the next Huawei phones that will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo are the P10 and P10 Plus, the company’s last year flagships. Huawei is now looking for beta testers for its Android 8.0 Oreo beta testing program that will bring the update to both the P10 and P10 Plus.

Those who want to participate …

Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta program ends January 15th, public update could roll by end of January

Samsung rolled out the first Android 8.0 Oreo update public beta for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in early November, and it’s now been two months since it’s been beta-testing the update. The company now says it will close access to the public beta program today, on January 5th (it’s your last chance to sign up), as the beta testing will officially end on January 15th.
This means one thing: Samsung is done testing and it is preparing to officially release the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the public soon, and as we’ve heard in previous reports this could even happen by the end …

Xiaomi kicks off Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2

After delivering the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Mi A1, Xiaomi now plans to release a similar update for the Mi Mix 2, the sequel to the phablet that changed the way smartphone makers design their products.

Xiaomi has just announced that it is now recruiting testers for its Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2. More importantly, the recruitment is made for the global version of the highly-anticipated update.

According to Xiaomi, Mi Mix 2 owners interested to participate in the beta program will be able to apply until the end of January …

iPhone sales could suffer from Apple's $29 battery replacement program, here are the estimated numbers

Apple’s decision to lower the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 (from $79; 63% discount) could cut into its 2018 smartphone sales. These observations were made by Barclays analysts, but anyone following the Battery Gate scandal would have guessed as much.
However, Barclays also has estimates on what the potential damage could be. According to company analyst Mark Moskowitz, a whopping 77% or 519 million iPhone users are eligible to replace their battery via the program. Here are his calculations:

In our base case scenario, 10% of …

Nokia 1 may be launched in March as part of the Android Go program

Unveiled back in May, Google’s Android Go is meant for emerging markets where people barely afford a budget-friendly smartphone. Android Go is supposed to make wonders in places where network coverage is scarce and mobile data is expensive.

Many smartphone companies promised to support Google’s initiative to launch a lightweight version of its Android operating system, including Finnish company HMD Global.

It appears that the next entry-level Nokia-branded smartphone to be launched by HMD Global, the Nokia 1 will be part of the Android Go program, which means …

Nokia 6 joins the Android Oreo beta program, enroll to get the update

Nokia 6 is the third smartphone launched by HMD to join the Android Oreo beta program, after Nokia 5 and Nokia 8. Those who own the Nokia 6 have two choices: either enroll the beta program and start testing Android Oreo, or wait for HMD to release the final version of the update.

According to HMD’s Chief Product Office, Juho Sarvikas, Nokia 6 owners who want to download the beta version of Android Oreo must subscribe to Nokia Mobile Beta Labs (you can find the link below).

Obviously, if you’re not into testing new software, it’s better to wait for the final …

Samsung to release Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta 3 "very very soon", program will expand to more countries

For the last few months, Samsung has been hard at work on bringing Android 8.0 Oreo to its high-end smartphones. Several weeks ago, the Korean tech giant launched a beta program for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and managed to dish out a second build of the software just 8 days after public tests commenced. 

Since then; however, Samsung hushed up and didn’t disclose any news about a possible release date for build number 3. Until now, that is. 
In response to a query about the ETA for the next patch, a UK Samsung …

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.

Samsung …

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 …