Rogers BlackBerry KEYone receives update starting tomorrow; focus is on bugs, not security

A leaked internal document reveals that starting tomorrow, July 17th, the Rogers branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone will receive an update. Unlike other handsets in the Rogers family that are receiving updates tomorrow (such as the Moto G4 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+), the new files being sent to the KEYone are related to bug fixes instead of security.

The issues that need to be addressed by the update are apparently related to the Rogers’ network. Early last month, several Rogers subscribers complained about their inability to receive incoming phone …


Rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active receives a green light from the FCC

The rugged version of Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, has been certified by the FCC. The AT&T exclusive landed on Geekbench recently, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. That means that the unit will feature an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside, and Android 7.1 is pre-installed. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active featured a 4000mAh battery, topping the 3000mAh cell inside the Samsung Galaxy S7. We should see something similar this year with the battery in the Galaxy S8 Active offering longer battery life …

Moto X Force receives Nougat update starts rolling out to more markets

According to a recent post on Motorola’s Australia and New Zealand website, Moto X Force owners are expected to start getting a prompt for an OTA update, as Nougat 7.0. The package goes by build number NPK25.200-12 and contains all Android security patches until April 1st this year.

The update packs a lot of new features for owners of the handset, such as multi-window app viewing, mobile data usage settings, as well as choosing different wallpapers for the lock and home screens. The update also brings Android messages and an array of notification settings and options.

Moto X Force …

Action Launcher receives a major update with loads of new features

If you’re among many of Action Launcher’s fans, you’ll be happy to learn the Android app has just received a significant update that expands its functionality further through new features and improvements.

First off, developers announced the application’s name had been changed from Action Launcher 3 to just Action Launcher. Also, the new name comes along with a new icon that fits better.

A new animating, Android O-style clock icon for the Google Clock app is now available to Action Launcher users. The new clock can be used as a standalone widget as well, …

T-Mobile receives licenses for the 31MHz of 600MHz spectrum won in the FCC auction

Yesterday, the FCC handed over to T-Mobile licenses to cover the 31MHz of 600MHz spectrum that it won at the FCC’s auction of low frequency airwaves. Unlike high-frequency airwaves, these travel farther and penetrate buildings better. By year’s end, the nation’s third largest carrier will own more than 1-million square miles of 600MHz spectrum. T-Mobile already has 700MHz low-frequency spectrum that it employs for its Extended Range LTE service.

New handsets from Samsung and other phone manufacturers will be available around the end of the year, allowing T-Mobile customers to take advantage …

Non-Droid Moto Z receives Soak Test that includes Android 7.1.1 and the June security patch

Last week, the Moto Z Play Droid became the first Moto model in the U.S. to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. Today Motorola has started to soak test Android 7.1.1  on the non-Droid version of the Moto Z. Some of those who own the device and subscribe to the Motorola Feedback Network were given the option to participate in the soak test. If you happen to be one of them, you might receive the update today on your handset. Remember, the idea behind these tests is to give the manufacturer feedback on the update so that changes can be made before all users are affected.

Besides Android …

Mystery Motorola model hangs out at the FCC, receives certification and reveals specs

An unknown Motorola model with a serial number of XT1797 has just received FCC certification. That could indicate that this handset will be offered in the U.S. The documentation reveals some of the specs of the phone, including its 5.5-inch display. It also will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 505 GPU. The 3000mAh battery will charge up using new Turbocharging capabilities.

Other information found on the FCC documentation includes dual-SIM and NFC support. Android 7.1.1 will be pre-installed. Instead of a physical FCC label, the information …

Excellent note-taking app Bear receives sketching feature in latest update

Bear is one of the best note-taking apps for iOS, and it just got a little bit better in its latest update.

What makes Bear different than most other note taking applications is the ability to easily link notes to create a whole body of work, and you can also easily use hashtags to organize your thoughts. Everything is neatly stored in plain text, so it’s easily transferable between different mediums.

Bear is also a flexible app: as much as it is about basic notes and to-do lists, it’s also well fit for coders or more serious prose writers looking …

Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket (6060C) receives FCC certification

The Alcatel Idol 5 has already appeared a number of times on the Geekbench and GFXBench benchmark sites revealing two different variants. One version (Idol 5S) is powered by the MediaTeK MT6757CH SoC carrying an octa-core 2.3GHz CPU, and the Mali-T880 GPU. 2GB of RAM is aboard this unit. The second model (Idol 5) has the Snapdragon 625 chipset under the hood. This also comes with an octa-core CPU, running at a slightly slower clock speed of 2GHz. The Adreno 506 GPU is on board along with 3GB of RAM.

The version of the Alcatel Idol 5 that comes with the Snapdragon chipset is believed to be …

HTC U 11 receives "3C" certification in China; compulsory test makes sure products are safe to use


Forewarned is forearmed they say, which is why certification labs exist around the world. These places take consumer devices and put them through a series of tough tests that replicate years of usage. This way, if a particular product is a fire hazard, or is likely to give someone a shock, manufacturers can be alerted by having the product fail the test. In China, every product imported, distributed or sold in the country must go through similar testing to receive its China Compulsory Certification (CCC or 3C).

According to a leaked image, the HTC U 11 (HTC U-3f) has received its CCC …