Beautiful, high-res smartphone wallpapers, perfect for your Pixel 2, iPhone X, Note 8, Galaxy S8, LG V30, and many others

This is our first wallpapers pick of 2018, and we’d like to kick things off with some quality backgrounds for your smartphone and tablet. We’ve even included a handful of photos that we took ourselves with various smartphones over the past year. Can you tell which ones they are without poking too much? If you do, make sure to tell us what you think of them in the comments below!
With this out of the way, if you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and …


Samsung responds to battery issue on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+

Last week, we told you that some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ units were getting bricked after the batteries were drained completely to 0%. Once these phones shut down, they could not be resuscitated by any method. While horrible news for the owners of affected models, at least we aren’t seeing these handsets blow up, which is what happened last year when the batteries inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failed. That led the latter to get recalled twice and finally removed from store shelves. Samsung took a hit in excess of a billion dollars because of this debacle.

At this …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ receiving fifth Android 8.0 Oreo beta, here's is what's changed

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are one step closer to getting the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo, as Samsung has just released another beta build that addresses lots of issues present in the previous builds.

There don’t seem to be any features added or removed in the fifth Android 8.0 Oreo beta for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. However, you’ll find below a long list of bugs that should be addressed in this update:

Profile sharing won’t enable and keeps saying check network;Home screen does not fit screen properly;Phone restarting while using the camera;Smart view …

Bummer, the Note 8 and S8 Oreo update won't bring Treble support

The new features that Android 8.0 Oreo brings aren’t overwhelming, but one of them is of particular note – Project Treble. It is Google’s final push to remedy slow Android updates by separating the basic, core Android framework, from the manufacturer image, and allow it to be updated much faster than before. 

There are a few Project Treble phones currently on the market, including Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, but, unfortunately, Samsung’s ultrapopular Galaxy S8 or Note 8, won’t be one of those after their respective Oreo updates, it seems. 
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Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 5 receive new update, brings security improvements

A new software upgrade is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 5. It’s an incremental update that brings the Android security patch for the month of December. 

T-Mobile is the first US carrier to provide the patch for Samsung’s 2017 flagship pair. After installation, the build number for the T-Mo versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ should be at G950USQS2BQL1 and G955USQS2BQL1, respectively. South Korean users have also reported receiving the same update, and we suspect that a more global rollout will occur in the following …

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ receive security updates

T-Mobile subscribers who own the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ just recently received the November security update for the two phones. Today, the carrier is pushing out the December security update for the pair. The new software versions will be G950USQS2BQL1 for the S8, and G955USQS2BQL1 for the S8+. The former weighs in at 130.66MB, while the latter tips the scales at 127.11 MB.

When you receive the notification telling you that your handset has received the update, do not continue with the installation process until you connect your device to a Wi-Fi network. You also need …

The Galaxy S9 is shaping up to be an incremental step over the S8: does that disappoint you?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is approaching its announcement date and, as is now the norm with hot phones, it’s being leaked left and right. Of course, it’s a good idea to take any leak and rumor with a pinch of salt, but seeing as multiple sources are saying the same thing over and over, and we’ve seen this play out multiple times before, it’s safe to say they are probably close to the truth, unless Samsung manages to pull off a major bamboozle.

And what the leaks and rumors are saying is that the Galaxy S9 will be only a small, incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8 — slightly slimmer forehead …

Verizon launching a BOGO deal on iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8

Starting tomorrow, December 15th, Verizon has apparently decided to launch a BOGO offer for none other than the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, the Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+. This will certainly inject some mobile industry excitement in the run up to the holidays. Twofers are where it’s at for customers, and Verizon knows that very well, so it has attached some strings to the deal, like the requirement for the phones to be purchased on installments, and a new line of Verizon Unlimited to go with them, too. Still, you can upgrade to this deal, or come from another carrier, so Big Red …

The Mirabook is a shell of a laptop that can be powered by your Galaxy S8, Windows 10 Mobile, or Huawei Mate 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile may not be doing extremely well, but it has a small community of devout fans. The company managed to attract a lot of them with the productivity capabilities of its Lumia devices — the Continuum feature, for example, was an awesome jump forward for the mobile world when it was introduced in 2015.

Quick reminder — Continuum is the feature, which lets you plug a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your phone and use it as you would use a desktop PC, albeit limited to Windows native apps. This may sound familiar to Samsung’s DeX and Huawei’s …

OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+


OnePlus is different from all other phone makers: it has just one phone at a time and focuses all its efforts on it. Its newest phone, the OnePlus 5T, comes half a year after the previous and features an edge-to-edge screen, a new camera, Face Unlock and a few other tricks.

The OnePlus 5T also happens to be an Android phone, and it’s only natural to compare it against the most popular flagship Android phones out there: the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The two Galaxies cost significantly more, but are they also significantly better?

DesignAll stylish phones. OnePlus is metal-made and slippery; …