Android O will allow users to pause a system update and return to it later

If you’re a long time PhoneArena reader, you know by now that we often remind you to take care of certain things before starting the process of downloading and installing a system update on your phone. The suggestions actually come from both carriers and developers, and urge you to make sure that your handset is connected to a Wi-Fi network before initiating the update. If that is not possible due to any one of a variety of reasons (perhaps there is no Wi-Fi network near your location), you need to have a strong connection to your carrier’s signal. Another suggestion that you shouldn’t take lightly …


You can keep your VR headset if you return the Galaxy S8 due to manufacturing defects

The Galaxy S8 launch was not completely uneventful, as many users have noticed a red tint on their phone’s display. Although Samsung was pretty quick in delivering a software update that supposedly fixes the issue, some Galaxy S8 owners plan to return their phones and ask for a refund.

We’ve been recently tipped off by one of our readers who claims his Samsung Galaxy S8 recently received the update that should fix the red tint issue, but it didn’t do what was supposed to do. When he called Samsung and requested a refund, he was told that he could keep the Samsung …

Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it’s aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system to process agricultural waste products with a digester, which in turn generates …

New 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trailer finally shows us Orlando Bloom's return

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The latest Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer has been released, and along with it we see one of our favorite (albeit transformed) faces of the franchise: Orlando Bloom aka William Turner. 

We only get a brief glimpse Bloom, but now that we’ve seen him, along with bits of Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem and, of course, Johnny Depp, the stage is set for this to be one of the best installments in the entire Pirates series

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to hit theaters on May 26.   Read more…

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Spectacles return to Venice with a new pop-up store

On February 20th, Snap closed its New York City pop-up shop for the Spectacles sunglasses. A new store is opening in Venice, which should result in some Deja Vu. After all, the Spectacle vending machine first appeared in Venice last November. The new store is near Snap’s L.A. headquarters and is situated near the Boardwalk. The store will be open between 11am through sundown, and will feature several kiosks where the glasses can be purchased for $129.99 a pair. The exact address, in case you’re navigating to the location by GPS, is 701 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291.

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Nokia Confirms Plan To Return To Phone Market In 2016

So much for terse denials. Former world number one mobile maker Nokia, which sold its device making unit to Microsoft last year, is indeed intending to get back into the mobile game next year — when a Microsoft contract clause that currently prevents it from putting its brand name on handsets lapses.

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Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri told Germany’s Manager Magazin the company intends to design and license handsets next year, and will “look for suitable partners” (via Reuters). “We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license,” he added.

This is not in the least surprising. Even as it looks to slough off its Here maps business, Nokia has been keeping its hand in the mobile business, designing and selling an Android tablet in China, and launching its own Android launcher last summer.

Meanwhile Microsoft looks to be retreating from smartphones — or rather phone buyers continue to retreat from its Windows-powered Lumias. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who had been heading up Microsoft’s devices division — after being reabsorbed by Redmond last year, as part of the Nokia handset purchase — was this week shown the door.

How the tech pendulum swings.

It’s worth reiterating that any Nokia-branded phones that will appear from 2016 will not actually be made by Nokia. It’s a far smaller company than it was, prior to the Windows Phone years. But the Nokia brand still holds plenty of cachet in various markets — in both Europe and beyond — so Suri is clearly hoping to capitalize on that brand visibility to power a new Nokia mobile push.

Was he timing his confirmation of Nokia-branded mobiles in 2016 to coincide with Microsoft hanging up on Elop? We can but speculate…

Nokia has not confirmed what OS(es) might power any future Nokia-branded phones, but it’s a pretty safe bet it’s going to be Android. Nokia’s N1 tablet (pictured at the top of this post) runs Android, and its Z Launcher is designed for Android, so Android is the platform it’s been preoccupied with of late. Google’s mobile OS is also where the mobile volume is, although the space has also never been more competitive. Just ask HTC.

Nokia-branded Android phones would be lining up to compete with megabrands like Samsung with huge marketing budgets and the resources to flood the market with handsets at every price point, and fast-paced upstarts like China’s Xiaomi, which uses various manufacturing and business model strategies to squeeze the end-user price-tag — competing on affordability plus quality. Add to that, the challenge of differentiating on Android continues to cause headaches for OEMs. Hence HTC trying quirky.

Still, ultimately, given this will be a licensing business it’s Nokia’s partners — should it secure any (and presumably it has some lined up or Suri wouldn’t be making any public pronouncements) — who will be the ones paying it to compete.

Foxconn is presumably a likely candidate, given the pair are already working together on the N1. I for one would wager that a Nokia-branded Android phone — of a similar minimalist, Apple-esque hardware calibre as Foxconn served up for the N1 — would sell like hotcakes in Europe. And outsell sales of Windows-powered Lumias without breaking a sweat.