Samsung's Galaxy S9 lite release tipped for May 21, but you may never get it

The mysterious Galaxy S9 “lite” that has been making the rumor rounds lately may actually be a real phone that is going to be released soon at a price yet unknown. There were already a few press shots leaked of the downgraded S9, and it looks pretty in the new Burgundy Red that the S9 is also going to get.

Today, however, a tip out of the vast and wild prairies of the Chinese tech blogosphere, claims that the release date of the S9 lite will be May 21, but the handset will be exclusive for JD, a Chinese e-tailing giant that rivals Alibaba when it comes to tech and gadgets. That’s …


HTC U12+ to be priced as the Galaxy S9, release date tipped for June 1

 

 

We just did our grand roundup of all the rumors and leaks about the eventual swan songs of HTC’s flagship line – the U12 and U12+ – that might have been conceived before Google took over the company’s Pixel-making department, and poached 2000 engineers with them. Lo and behold, as if to confirm that these two phone are indeed coming soon, the U12+ pricing has leaked straight out of Taiwan from a source that has had good HTC scoops …

Tomorrow is the last day to enter Samsung's 12v12 contest with 100 Galaxy S9+ units up for grabs

What’s better than buying a Samsung Galaxy S9+? Getting one for free, of course! And tomorrow, May 8th, is the last day you can enter Sammy’s contest to win one of 100 Galaxy S9+ units directly from the manufacturer. You can enter using the Instagram app or via a Twitter tweet. And all you have to do is suggest a location for one of the company’s 12v12 pictures. These are two photos of a landmark taken by a Galaxy S9 series phone. One is snapped in the afternoon and the other at midnight; this allows consumers to judge how well the camera and photo processing work on Samsung’s 2018 flagships, especially …

Samsung fixes Galaxy S9 and S9+ call stability issues in latest update

Apparently, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been plagued by some call issues, which somewhat forced Samsung to release a new update to address these problems. Moreover, these issues seem to have been pretty widespread since owners from Europe, Africa, Australia and the Middle East reported their smartphones have been having call stability problems.

It took Samsung a few weeks to acknowledge the problem and find a fix, but two updates are now available for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which feature the following firmware numbers: G960FXXU1ARD4 and G965FXXU1ARD4.

Each of these updates weighs …

Buy a 2017 Apple iPhone from Verizon and get free iPhone 8; free Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 XL deals too

Verizon has a deal for Mother’s Day, which is a week from this coming Sunday. Buy any 2017 Apple iPhone, such as the Apple iPhone X, Apple iPhone 8 or Apple iPhone 8 Plus, and you’ll get a free 64GB iPhone 8. Both phones need to be purchased using Verizon’s Device Payment Plan. No trade-in is necessary, and you will be reimbursed $699.99 through 24 monthly bill credits. Since those credits don’t kick in until one or two billing cycles go by, you’ll have to lay out some money for one or two months for the free iPhone 8. But in the end, you will be reimbursed for those payments. You do have to add …

Switch to Cricket and take $200 off the Galaxy S9, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus and others

We hate to harp about the old days, but it is fascinating to see how much things have changed. Over a decade ago, those who were subscribers to a pre-paid wireless operator were looked down upon, and cut off from the rest of society. Instead of stitching a scarlet “A” on their tops, these people were forced to buy an off-brand phone so that everyone could laugh at them and make them feel bad.

Things started to change, and soon pre-paid operators started to carry phones that even the most phone naive person in the world had heard of. The latest iteration of the Apple iPhone and the Samsung …

The extra side keys on the G7 and S9 should serve a higher purpose (poll results)

It turns out that extra side buttons, apart from the lock key and volume rockers, may not be such a good idea, after all, especially in their trendy reincarnation that launches digital assistants on the Galaxy S9, or the new LG G7. 
Granted, they use different virtual helpers – Samsung’s button launches its own Bixby butler, while LG bets on the tried-and-true Google Assistant, yet just 10% of our poll respondents on the virtues of extra clicky physical keys on the sides, think that assistance function will be put to good use.
More than …

LG G7 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: first look

What is the best Android phone out there? Up until recently, the Samsung Galaxy S9 would have been the most fitting candidate for that title, and perhaps it still is, but a new competitor may be about to give its throne a nice shaking. That’s the just-announced LG G7 ThinQ. How does it compare against the S9? Let’s find out.

Design
On the surface, the LG G7 and the Galaxy S9 seem to have a lot in common. They both feel modern and well built. They’re both made of glass and metal, they’re both water-resistant, and they both have screens filling nearly all of their front sides. They both …

LG G7 ThinQ vs Galaxy S9 vs LG G6 vs LG V30S: Preliminary selfie comparison

LG’s latest flagship device, the G7 ThinQ, was just yesterday announced and is bound to take off the forerunner mantle from the LG G6. With top-notch hardware inside and overall design that feels quite fitting for 2018, the device is undoubtedly and naturally LG’s best phones to date.

As all devices these days are mostly the same and do similarly good job at almost all of their main features, one of the few truly defining aspects of a good phone remains its camera. Any phone lets you access Facebook and play Candy Crush Saga, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to share photos …

All Samsung Galaxy S9 phones may soon come with four pre-installed Verizon apps

Samsung has reportedly made a deal with Oath – a Verizon company* – to pre-install four applications on its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones. According to Reuters, the apps in question are Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Newsroom, and Go90 mobile (a video streaming app). 
Reportedly, these four apps will likely be pre-installed on all Galaxy S9 models across the US, regardless of carrier, and even on phones sold around the world. This deal will allow Oath (and Verizon) to easily deliver content, including videos, and ads to millions of Android smartphone …