Honor 9 and 8 Pro start getting EMUI 8 update, 7X and 8 scheduled for Q2

Honor has just confirmed a few of its smartphones are now being updated with the new EMUI 8. The company’s new user interface comes with Android Oreo, although some Honor smartphones will only be getting some of the EMUI 8’s features without Oreo.

However, if you don’t own the Honor 8, you should be safe since Honor plans to update eight of its smartphones to Android Oreo. In any case, Honor France has just announced that the EMUI 8 roll-out has just started and the first smartphones to get the update are the Honor 9 and 8 Pro.

Furthermore, the handset maker confirmed that two other …

European LG G6 expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo in Q2 2018

The G6 is definitely not the first LG smartphone to receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, but even being the second means waiting quite a long time. Although a beta program seems to be live in China, the LG G6 won’t be getting Android Oreo until February in the Middle East region, and that’s only if LG’s customer service was correct.

If you’ve purchased your LG G6 in the United States or Europe, you’ll have to wait even longer. According to LG Italy, LG G6 is supposed to be updated to Android Oreo within the first half of 2018, which means the update might arrive by June.

However, …

OnePlus CEO says the company is looking to talk to U.S. carriers; next model to be released Q2 2018

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said today that the next new OnePlus handset, possibly named the OnePlus 6, will be released late in the second quarter of this year and will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. OnePlus set sales records late last year with the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which is now the company’s fastest and best-selling phone. Those records previously belonged to the OnePlus 5, which was launched late last June.

In addition, Lau said that OnePlus would start talking with U.S. carriers this year about selling its devices through one or more stateside wireless operators. The company …

Report: Apple plans to release cheapest iPad ever in Q2 2018

In March 2017, Apple surprised many by introducing the rather affordable 9.7-inch iPad. Now, a report is claiming that Tim Cook & Co. are considering releasing a new model that will be even more inexpensive. 

According to sources of Digitimes, we might see a new 9.7-inch model break cover in the second quarter of 2018. The cheapest version of this iPad will be priced at about $259. If this turns out to be true, it would mean that the new model will have a starting price that’s $70 cheaper than its current counterpart.
Needless …

Android handsets failed at twice the rate of iPhone units during Q2 2017

The latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report was just issued by Blancco Technology Group and it revealed that during the second quarter, one out of every four Android devices failed worldwide. That was more than double the 12% of iPhone models that failed globally during the same three month period. In North America, the gap was even wider with 24% of Android phones going down vs just 8% of iPhone handsets. Strangely, in Asia the numbers were reversed with 60% of iPhones failing versus 28% of Android flavored handsets.

From April through June, Samsung handsets accounted …

Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best-selling Android phone in Q2 2017, but iPhone 7 is king of the world

The only real competitor for Samsung’s flagships are Apple’s iPhones, so there will be no surprise if the Galaxy S8 will be the best-selling Android smartphone in 2017. But for now, let’s just say that it’s the most popular product among Android fans in the second quarter.

The latest research from Strategy Analytics suggests Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones shipped 19 million units worldwide. That makes these two devices world’s best-selling Android phones in Q2 2017.

Apple’s iPhone 7 remains world’s most popular smartphone model overall with no less …

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus are the most shipped smartphones during Q2 2017

According to fresh data from Strategy Analytics, the Apple iPhone 7 was the most popular smartphone in the world for the second quarter of 2017 followed by the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Apple shipped 16.9 million units of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 from April through June, and 15.1 million of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus during the same time period. The two handsets had 4.7% and 4.2% of the global smartphone market respectively.

In third place was the Samsung Galaxy S8, which had 10.2 million units shipped world-wide in the period. The larger Samsung Galaxy S8+ was next as 9 million pieces of that model …

OpenSignal: Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint LTE speed and reliability Q2 report

Gather around, carrier fandom, we’ve got the latest Q2 metrics on speed, availability, latency and 3G fallback for the big four US networks, courtesy of the OpenSignal’s communal methodology. There are some notable changes since the info that came out before unlimited plans took over, namely that T-Mobile took all the glory for itself, while Verizon and AT&T are still making most of the money there is to make in the industry.
Our measured average speeds on Verizon and AT&T’s networks have clearly dropped, almost certainly a result of new unlimited …

Google parent Alphabet reports lower Q2 profit thanks to EU fine

Google parent Alphabet reported its 2017 second quarter earnings today after the closing bell. The company reported a 21% year-over-year increase in revenue from the $21.5 billion reported during last year’s second quarter. $25.1 billion flowed into the company’s coffers during the period from April through June. Earnings per share, at $5.01, topped Wall Street expectations of $4.49. Paid clicks rose 52%, but the cost per click dropped 23%. The Street was looking for a smaller 15% drop, which means that advertisers paid much less to advertise on Google than expected.

Also negatively affecting …

Samsung may have passed Apple's profits for the first time, buoyed by Q2 chip sales

According to Cheong Chang-won from Nomura Securities: “A super cycle was expected for Samsung’s semiconductor and display businesses, but it has turned out to be an ultra-super cycle for the memory chip business.” A hint of how would that ultra cycle translate to Samsung’s earnings was given on Friday, when the company issued its mandated profit forecast for Q2, saying that it has likely made $12.1 billion in operating profit.
Since Samsung usually reports the final audited numbers a few weeks after its forecast with a very small margin of surprise, …