New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

Google’s Android Messages has received a new update. The patch log of the new version 2.7 doesn’t contain details about any changes, but a teardown of the APK file has revealed a few notable additions. 

One of the important features coming with the latest update is integration with Google Duo. If you have contacts that have Duo installed, their respective title bars should now include a video camera icon. 
Android Messages will also indicate how many new messages you’ve received when you re-open a conversation. Last …


Deal: Unlocked dual SIM Samsung Galaxy S8+ drops down to $585 on eBay

The Galaxy S8+ will not remain Samsung’s latest flagship for too long now since the South Korean company is already working on the new Galaxy S9, which is expected to go official in February.

Until then, there will be plenty of opportunities to score a good deal on the Galaxy S8+, and even after Samsung introduces the Galaxy S9 next year.

One of the more recent Galaxy S8+ deals is now up and running on eBay. It concerns the unlocked, dual-SIM version of the flagship, which is now available for purchase for $634 outright. However, if you apply the code PSHOPEARLY at …

Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Sometimes one SIM card is just not enough: being able to have two numbers active on a single phone is liberating for those who have a second line reserved for work, but what are the best dual SIM phones around?
While dual SIM phones were not as common in the recent past, in the middle of 2017 there are a bunch of great options to choose from. There are high-end flagships offered with dual SIM connectivity and affordable phones for those on a tighter budget.
We take a look at the top options and list them right below, …

Hi-Fi version of the LG G6 with Quad DAC and Dual SIM capabilities surfaces in Singapore

Just the other day, we told you that the LG G6 variant sporting Quad DAC would soon be available in regions outside of Korea. One country that is greeting the device with open arms starting today is Australia. Another country that will be offering this version of LG’s new flagship is Singapore. A couple of images we received today from a PhoneArena reader show the LG G6 with labeling on the back promoting the Quad 32-bit DAC. The other picture shows the Quick Settings screen on the handset, which contains an on/off switch for the Quad DAC feature.

The Quad Digital-to-Analog converter in …

Best dual SIM phones (2017)

If you are in search of the best dual SIM phones currently available in the US, we think we can help you. In this article, we have a selection of notable handsets that offer dual SIM capabilities and other nice features – from expensive to cheap models, so you’ll probably find what you need, no matter the budget. 

Even if you don’t normally have two phone numbers, owning a dual SIM smartphone can be useful in some scenarios, including when traveling aboard: you won’t be needing a second handset in case you want to use a local prepaid card …

XIAOMI Mi 4i Dual SIM 4G FDD-LTE TD-LTE 2GB/16GB ANDROID 5.0 UNLOCKED

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eBay Price: US $329.00

General Features
Brand – Xiaomi
Handset Color – White
Form – Bar
SIM Size – Micro SIM
Call Features – Loudspeaker
Model Name – Mi 4i
Touch Screen – Yes
SIM Type – LTE + LTE, (Dual Standby)
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
In the Box – Handset, 3-Pin UK Charger, USB Cable, User Guide

Platform
Operating Freq – GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; WCDMA – 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100; LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
User Interface – MIUI 6
Graphics – Adreno 405
OS – Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Processor – Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Display
Resolution Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels
1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 PPI
95% NTSC color gamut
Fully laminated Corning® Concore™ glass
All-new Sunlight display with hardware-level
pixel contrast adjustments
IPS 178° wide viewing angle

Memory and Storage
Memory – 2GB RAM
Internal – 16GB (approx. 12GB usable)

Multimedia
Video Player – Yes
Full HD FM – Yes
Music Player – Yes
Supports MP3

Camera
Video Recording – Yes, 1920 x 1080
Other Camera Features – Integrated Flash Support, Supports Beautify, Refocus, f/2.0, Sony/Samsung IMX214 Camera, 5-element Lens, Stacked CMOS Sensor, Full HD (Rear Camera) HD Recording
Full HD Rear Camera – Yes, 13MP
Front Facing Camera – Yes, 5MP

Internet and Connectivity
Audio Jack – 3.5 mm
Preinstalled Browser – MIUI Browser, Chrome Browser
Android Bluetooth – Yes, v4.1
Supported Profiles (LE) 4G – Yes
Navigation Technology – Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Internet Features – Email
EDGE – Yes
GPRS – Yes
Tethering – USB
USB Connectivity – Yes
OTG Compatible – Yes
3G -Yes

Dimensions
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
Size 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm (5.44 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)

Battery
Sony/Samsung/ATL 4.4V lithium-ion polymer battery
3120mAh (typ)
3030mAH (min)

Postage
Package will be mailed out via Singapore Post with tracking number.
Typically will take 6-12 working days to reach destination upon mailing.