Android O may get support for custom themes in the final release

The final release of Android O may bring about a feature that’s long been a staple of custom ROMs and a favorite among modders – support for custom themes. Seeing as how this has been one of the major incentives to get your phone rooted in the past, it only makes sense that Google finally implements this functionality into Android. Nothing is set in stone at this point, so don’t get your hopes too high, but we noticed an interesting new option in the “Display” settings page in Android O Developer Preview 2 on the Pixel, which wasn’t there before. It’s called “Device …


iPhone loyalty rate hits 92% ahead of iPhone 8 release

It appears that iPhone users are extremely loyal customers. In a survey conducted this April, financial services firm Morgan Stanley established that 92% of iPhone owners who were likely to buy a new handset in the next 12 months plan to upgrade to another iPhone. 
This is a sizeable 6% year-over-year increase compared to the 86% recorded by Morgan Stanley in 2016. In fact, the loyalty rate for 2017 is almost tied with Apple’s all-time record of 93% documented in 2015 when the iPhone 6s was launched.
Morgan Stanley …

Android O confirmed for release "in late summer"

Breaking news from Google I/O. Dave Burke, Vice President of Android’s engineering department just confirmed an official release ETA for Android O. Apparently the new version of Android will exit its beta stage “in late summer”, merely two months after Google released an early look developer preview for the software.

Android O is set to bring some exciting features, like Picture-In-Picture mode, notification dots, optimizations for performance/battery life, superior Autofill mode, and more. 
So, which devices will receive …

HTC U11 price, release date and carrier availability

The HTC U11 is the company’s most important phone for 2017: it is the flagship model, the one packed with the most powerful hardware and the best of HTC innovation and design. We have already got plentiful coverage of the HTC U11: you can see our official news covering the details, our hands-on impressions with the device and a separate article focusing on the innovative Squeeze functionality and its inner workings. But where can you get it and how much does it cost?
The HTC U11 price is set squarely at flagship level, meaning it is on par …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7R gets one more approval before release

The refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7R is clearly coming to market, but if you hope to grab one, you’ll want to pray to the fortune gods since the South Korean company won’t release it worldwide.

Two places where you will certainly be able to purchase the Galaxy Note 7R is China and South Korea, but other than that the list of markets where the smartphone will be available it’s a well-guarded secret.

The good news is the refurbished version of the last year’s flagship smartphone is close to being introduced in those two markets we’ve mentioned. The Galaxy …

Sony's Xperia X Concept gets the "one more thing" treatment, new release available

Sony called it quits on the Xperia X Concept, as the Japanese company announced that it would no longer release any new builds starting May. Well, it looks like the handset maker had a change of heart and released a new Xperia X Concept build, probably the last one.

The bonus release that’s already available for download to Xperia X owners includes a couple of important new features and an Easter egg. If you’ve previously installed a Xperia X Concept build, the new one should be pushed OTA to your smartphone, and you’ll be glad to know that it contains the latest Xperia Home launcher.

The …

Latest rumor has Apple iPhone 8 on track for September release

Amid rumors that the 10th anniversary iPhone, dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, will be delayed until October or November, a new report refutes this and says that the phone is on track for a September release. Tweets disseminated by tipster OnLeaks reveal that Foxconn has started training new employees just in time for production to start on all iPhone models, including the iPhone 8. Mass production of the 2017 iPhone models will start in August for the typical September launch.

OnLeaks’ tweets somewhat contradict the latest notes sent to clients by KGI securities highly reliable Apple analyst …

OnePlus 5 price and release date? Let's make an educated guess…

OnePlus has managed to achieve what’s nearly impossible in today’s oversaturated smartphone market — make a name for themselves, gather a following, and even build a certain level of anticipation for its next product. All of this through tons of (hit-and-miss) guerrilla marketing, aggressive pricing, and attention to customer needs and desires.

Needless to say, the upcoming OnePlus 5 doesn’t suffer from a lack of interest, especially since it is to follow up two pretty successful products — the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The company has now started to tease it more …

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) single and dual-SIM variants spotted again before release

The Galaxy J3 (2017) is one of those budget-friendly Android smartphones that made headlines quite a lot in the last couple of months. Although Samsung has yet to make it official, we know just about everything there is to know about the device.

Samsung’s smartphone was spotted at various benchmark sites, hence the huge amount of technical details about the Galaxy J3 (2017). More recently, the device paid a visit to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which suggests an official release is imminent.

More importantly, two variants of the Galaxy J3 …

Nokia uses Star Wars Day to tease the release of its Android phones

Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, you probably know that today, May 4, is Star Wars Day. 

Similarly, even if you’re not a Nokia fan, you’re likely aware of the fact that that the Finish company (once the indisputable leader of the smartphone market) is back this year* with a trio of Android-based handsets: Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3.

Nokia Mobile found a way to use Star Wars Day as a reminder that its new phones are almost ready to be released around the world. As you can see in the video below, Nokia is celebrating the 4th of May by readying its handsets, which …