iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be released by Boost and Virgin Mobile on September 29


While Sprint is launching the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on
September 22 (just like all other major US carriers), if you want to buy the
new handsets from Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile – Sprint’s two prepaid brands –
you’ll have to wait an extra week to get them.

 

Both Boost and Virgin Mobile will release the two new
iPhones on September 29, likely for the same prices that Apple is asking
(iPhone 8 starting at $699, and iPhone 8 Plus starting at $799).

 

Boost Mobile
is already accepting pre-registrations for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. For
a limited time, if you pre-register, …


Asus ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro will be released in the US in Q4


While launching the ZenFone 4 Max in the US today, Asus also shared details
on the upcoming availability of other smartphones from its new ZenFone 4
series. More exactly, Asus plans to release the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro in
the US and Canada sometime
in the fourth quarter of the year (October – December).

 

Just like the ZenFone 4 Max, both the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone
4 Pro run Android 7 Nougat, and will receive updates to Android 8 Oreo. However,
the two upcoming handsets will offer more advanced features. For example, they
have 5.5-inch 1080p displays (instead of the 5.5-inch 720p …

Chrome 61 for Android released, here is what's new

The Android version of Chrome has just been updated with a couple of new features. After making its debut on Windows, Mac, and Linux earlier this week, Chrome 61 will be rolled out to Android devices in the coming weeks.

According to the official changelog published by Google, Chrome 61 for Android is supposed to translate pages with a more compact and intuitive toolbar. Basically, websites that are not in the same language as the device’s will bring up a tool that allows you to translate that page faster and easier.

Furthermore, users will now be able to …

Update champ: Nokia 5 first to get latest Android security patch, software yet to be released on Google's Pixel devices

HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, has been engaged in a peculiar competition with Google over the past few months. The Finnish company is ambitiously attempting to upgrade its devices with the latest Android software before anyone else, including the search engine giant who owns the entire mobile platform.

HMD’s intentions became apparent in July when the Nokia 6 was the first handset to get the Android security update for that month. Now, it appears that the Nokia 5 has overtaken Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices and has become …

Samsung Internet Browser v6.0 released with night mode, new high contrast option

Samsung updated its beta version of Internet Browser a few days ago, but the features and improvements added haven’t been tested for too long before they made it to the stable app.

The new version of Samsung Internet Browser has been improved with all the new features introduced in the beta app. Among the most important new improvements included is the night mode, which seems to have more and more fans among smartphone users.

Also, Samsung Internet Browser v6.0 now comes with a new high contrast option, which makes everything on the screen look clearer and …

Cheap Coolpad Splatter is the newest unlocked Android Nougat phone released in the US

Coolpad, which you may know as the maker of various affordable smartphones sold via T-Mobile, this week released a new Android handset that’s being offered unlocked in the US. Called Coolpad Splatter, the new phone can be bought from Amazon for $139.99.

The Coolpad Splatter doesn’t seem to have any particular strengths, other than being a cheap, decent handset. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor aided by 2 GB of RAM. On the back, the device has an 8 MP camera with LED flash, while the front hosts a …

Action Launcher 27 released with new weather widget, App Shortcuts improvements, more

More and more users are trying Android launchers to the point that it has become a trend. However, there are probably only a handful of launchers very popular among Android users, and Action Launcher is one of them.

Chris Lacy, the man behind Action Launcher has just released a brand new version of its app, which brings a couple of new features and improvements. If you already have the Android launcher installed, then you’ll want to know that the highlight of the most recent update is the new weather widget.

The new weather widget introduced in the latest update is still in alpha …

Latest version of BBM for Android now released to the public

Last month, BlackBerry offered a new beta version of its BBM for Android messaging app. Today, this new version of BBM for Android is ready for public release with a version number of v3.3.7.94. Among the new features is an improved chat UI that includes new chat balloons and static backgrounds. New and free stickers can now be found faster, and you can more easily manage the groups you belong to with options to “Leave” and “Delete.”

One change that was part of the beta in July, the ability given BBM for Android users to pick custom PIN numbers for free, did not make it to the final version …

New iOS 11 icons surface for Apple Maps, App Store and Clock; iOS 11 beta 6 is released

A tweet from iCulture reveals some new icons discovered on the latest beta version of iOS 11, released today. The new Apple Maps icon has something of an inside joke to it as it shows an automobile heading past Apple Park. In the top right, part of the circular building can be seen on the icon. This replaces the current icon which shows a car driving on the I-280 overpass about to make a left turn.

The App Store icon has been made less complex as the paint brush, pencil and ruler that help form the letter “A” (for App) have been replaced by popsicle sticks? Lastly, the font on the clock …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could be released way sooner than expected (in the US)

Are you impatiently waiting for the Galaxy Note 8? If you do, Samsung may have a surprise for you – one related to the release date of the phone. According to a Best Buy employee who posted on Reddit today, the Galaxy Note 8 will be released in the US on August 24, just one day after Samsung’s Unpacked event where the device is going to be officially presented to the world.

Reportedly, the fact that the Note 8 is launching on August 24 has been “confirmed through both Verizon and Samsung channels.” A Reddit moderator has verified that the source of this information …