BlackBerry receives patent for a new camera design

BlackBerry has received a patent from the World Intellectual Patent Organization (WIPO) for a new camera design. The application was filed on December 23, 2016 and the patent was granted three days ago. The title of the patent is “Electronic device and method of controlling same for capturing digital images,” and deals with a camera system that would work on a handset with a slide-out QWERTY similar to the BlackBerry Priv.

The camera would be on the back of the smartphone on the outer housing of the device. The rear part of the sliding QWERTY would feature another lens that would work in …


Verizon's Moto Z Force Droid receives security update, but only to December 2017 level

Verizon subscribers toting Motorola’s 2016 flagship phone, the Moto Z Force Droid, received an update earlier today. Was it the long awaited (and promised) update to Android 8.0? Not a chance. Moto Z Force Droid owners received an Android security update. And while a security update might be helpful to owners of the phone, today’s update only took the Android security patch level to December 2017.

Since the January Android security update contains the patch protecting handsets from the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, the Moto Z Force Droid remains vulnerable to Spectre. The latter affects …

Galaxy S7 edge unit mysteriously receives Android Oreo update, see the software in this video

Well, folks, it has happened. After several months of testing, Samsung is finally beginning to roll out an official version of its Android Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 overlay. As expected, the first Samsung handsets receiving the update are the Galaxy S8 and S8+. What’s surprising, though, is that the software has also recently landed on a Galaxy S7 edge unit in Vietnam. 

The above screenshot is in Vietnamese, but we can clearly see that the 1.4GB update is intended for the Galaxy S7 edge since it carries a model …

Unknown Honor model receives regulatory approval in China; this could be the Honor 7C

The Honor LND-AL30 has been discovered after passing through China’s TENNA regulatory agency. Considering that the Honor 5X and 6X led to the release of both the 5C and 6C, this could be the Honor 7C, although that is not official at this point. The Honor 7X launched last December. Unfortunately, TENNA only disseminated photos of the device and did not include any specs. But the images do tell us a lot about this new phone.  

If this model is the Honor 7C, it will have dual cameras on both the back and front. That is one more camera than the Honor 7X; the latter features a 16MP …

BlackBerry Power Center receives update

The BlackBerry Power Center app has received an update in the Google Play Store. The app helps you optimize the power usage of your Android powered BlackBerry handset, so that you can make sure that your phone has power when you need it the most. You can decide on a power configuration for each app, including those titles that constantly eat energy as though it were Cracker Jack out of a box.

With the BlackBerry Power Center, you will be told which apps will benefit from battery optimization. Those who install the app get notificatied when a settings change can result in immediate energy …

Essential Phone receives January security patch which includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre flaws

When you’re packing stock Android, like the Essential Phone is, updates are sent fairly quickly. For example, the handset has just started to receive the January Android security patch today, not long after it was released by Google. And as we told you the other day, the January patch includes protection against the two new security issues that both iOS and Android flavored devices are receiving protection from. Those two are called Meltdown and Spectre.

When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure you connect to a Wi-Fi signal before starting the process of updating …

Telegram receives major update that adds multiple accounts support, themes, quick replies

Telegram is one of the not so many messenger apps that are getting major new features on a regular basis. The last update of the year brings Telegram users themes, support for multiple accounts, as well as quick replies.

For iOS users, the developers have added a new Appearance setting, which allows them to choose between four different themes. Some of these themes even allow users to further customize the look of the app by picking an accent color.

Now, for Android users, Telegram has brought support for multiple accounts. Starting with version 4.7, Telegram users will be able to …

European version of the Galaxy Note 8 receives a maintenance software update: Here's what's new

The European version of the Galaxy Note has just received an incremental maintenance update that squashes bugs, eliminates security loopholes, and last but not least, it introduces a trove of small but nonetheless useful features. 
Probably the biggest issue that was dealt away with is the recently-unraveled DeX connectivity issue which put users at risk while using their phone with the DeX dock. Aside from that, the phone has also been updated with a new Secure Wi-Fi feature, which is Samsung’s own VPN service that’s steadily rolling out to more and …

Microsoft Launcher receives major update, adds Home App Grid, new user experience, more

On its way to the 50 million downloads achievement, Microsoft Launcher scores yet another update that brings some important improvements and new features.

If you’ve been using Microsoft Launcher, then you’ll notice the new version comes with a Home App Grid, which allows you to create a grid with up to 12 columns and 12 rows. Also, you’ll be to move apps and widgets to half of the grid cells.

Furthermore, the update adds a new user experience, so you’ll notice that on the welcome page you’ll be able to import the layout from another launcher, or even restore …

SwiftKey Android keyboard app receives update with Quick Paste feature, new languages, and more

The Android version of popular keyboard app SwiftKey has received a new update. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being a new ‘Quick Paste’ feature.

With Quick Paste, a copied text will appear straight on your prediction bar, which will allow you to paste it with a single tap. Aside from that, the long press action while using Explore By Touch (the swipe-to-type feature) should be easier to pull off. 
Finally, support has been added for the following languages –  Chamorro, Ju|’hoan, …