Snapseed receives an interface overhaul on both iOS and Android courtesy of a new update

Google has just begun the rollout of Snapseed v2.18 which could easily be deemed a milestone update despite its incremental vesion number due to the simple fact that it overhauls the user interface of the popular image-editing app and makes it that much more user-friendly and easy to use.

The update to the app should be rolling out now to Android and iOS.
Previously a bit more complicated and requiring getting used to, Snapseed 2.18 now has a friendly new UI that features all the available user-customized filters, dubbed Looks,  first thing when you …


Essential Phone receives a new update that actually makes it usable

The Essential Phone was one of the most unexpected surprises this year. Unfortunately, we don’t believe the device was ready for prime time. We’ve had the chance to spend some time with Andy Rubin’s phone and what we found was that while the Essential Phone features an exquisite build quality that can make other flagship blush, the device completely fails when it comes to performance.

The good news is one of the many issues that our Maxwell R. complained about in the Essential Phone review, the “stunted and wonky performance during basic user interactions,” is finally being addressed.

Essential …

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S5 receives update giving it the August 2017 security patch

Even though the Verizon branded Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in April 2014, the graybeard apparently isn’t too old to receive an update. The new software build to version MMB29M.G900VVRU2DQH2 brings the Android August 2017 security patch to the former flagship. In addition, the update fixes an issue that prevented the phone from connecting and pairing with some Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices.

When you receive the notification telling you that the update has arrived on your phone, before you start the process of downloading and installing it, make sure that your Galaxy S5 is connected to …

Moto Z Play Droid receives security update

Got the Moto Z Play Droid? Then you might have recently received a notification telling you that an update is ready to be installed on your handset. No, this is not the eagerly awaited update bringing Android 8.0 (Oreo) to the device. In fact, the update is bringing the August Android security patch to the phone. Even though the Moto Z Play Droid was launched more than two months after the 2016 Motorola flagship model (Moto Z Force Droid), the Moto Z Play Droid was updated to Android 7.1.1 first, and is one month ahead of the Moto Z Force Droid, which currently features the July Android security …

BlackBerry "Krypton" (BBD100-1) receives its Wi-Fi certification

In the waning days of August, we told you that a new BlackBerry with the model number BBD100-1 had received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Today, that model number has surfaced on a certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Slowly but surely, this new “all touch” BlackBerry Mobile model is being prepped by TCL and could end up a successor to the BlackBerry DTEK60.

Built by TCL under a license from BlackBerry, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are secure Android models that run on BlackBerry’s version of the open source OS. The Krypton, which will probably be an …

New BlackBerry handset (BBD100-1) receives its Bluetooth certification

Back in June, reliable tipster Evan Blass sent out a tweet stating that BlackBerry has as many as two new handsets planned, carrying the code names Juno and Krypton. At the time, that was all of the information that could be found about these handsets. Today, a BlackBerry phone with the model number BBD100-1 received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

Based on rumored specs, the BBD100-1 could be another model in the DTEK line up. Designed and manufactured by TCL under a license procured from BlackBerry, the models currently sporting the DTEK name …

LG V30 receives upgraded UX allowing for more customization options

With the LG V30 due to be introduced on August 31st (that is the day before IFA 2017 opens in Berlin), LG has upgraded the UX on the phone to version 6.0+. The update optimizes the UX so that it will offer more personalization with the 18:9 FullVision OLED display. As we’ve pointed out, the LG V30 is a multimedia beast and with the phone set on Manual Mode, Graphy can be employed. With this feature, users of the LG V30 will have access to a number of professional quality tools for photography.

With settings like white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO at the fingertips of the phone’s …

Unannounced version of Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 receives Wi-Fi certification

In February 2016, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 tablet was released by the manufacturer, wearing model number SM-T375. The slab is equipped with an 8-inch display (hence the name of the device), with a resolution of 800 x 1280. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 410 chipset, carrying a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, and the Adreno 306 GPU. 1.5GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of expandable native storage. The camera combo from back to front weighs in at 5MP and 2MP respectively, and Android 5.1 is pre-installed.

So why are we bringing up this outdated tablet? Because it seems that variations of the …

Samsung Gear POP receives its certification from the Bluetooth SIG

A wearable device called the Samsung Gear POP has just received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group). The product carries an SM-R600 model number, and features Bluetooth v4.2 on board. Back in May, we told you about a pair of wearable fitness products that Samsung was developing. One was the aforementioned Gear POP while the other was called the Gear Fit Pro. Both products are believed to have the Tizen OS pre-installed.

The Bluetooth SIG has the Gear POP listed as a mobile device. The product could turn out to be more fitness tracker than smartwatch …

OnePlus 5 receives OxygenOS 4.5.8 after last update got pulled, stuttering and battery drain issues fixed

OnePlus has released a new update for the OnePlus 5, following the recent withdrawal of OxygenOS 4.5.7 due to issues with stuttering while gaming and battery drain. 
Unsurprisingly, the new version of Oxygen OS is 4.5.8 and the patch weighs in at the same 310MB if you’re switching from 4.5.6 (49MB if you managed to download 4.5.7).
The change log itself is pretty similar to the last software upgrade. The most notable additions include Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for 4K video recording and a …