Essential Phone pre-orders to start shipping within 7 days

The Essential Phone saga is drawing to an end if we are to believe the latest reports claiming the smartphone will finally start shipping to customers. The US-based company now worth $1.2 billion announced last week that it will offer details about the Essential Phone’s availability within 7 days.

Yesterday, Andy Rubin’s Essential started to send emails to customers who reserved their phones and let them know that their devices have been built and will be ready to ship within 7 days. We’ve already received that email, so we can confirm that the information is accurate.

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Back to school shopping guide 2017: best phones, tablets, smartwatches and trackers to start the new year with

Are you thrilled by the fact that school starts in just a few short weeks? Yeah, us neither. But shopping – now that’s one thing that can get most people excited. With the 2017-2018 school year approaching, the time seems right to review your school gear and check if anything needs to be added or upgraded. Below are our top recommendations for smartphones, tablets, and wearable gadgets.

Smartphones

Although we all want to own the latest and best device our favorite smartphone maker has to offer, these always cost a pretty penny. And since …

Apple receives permission to start testing 5G wireless broadband

The number of companies to start planning for the upcoming transitioning to 5G wireless standards and conducting tests on the new technology is growing by the day. A recent report has announced that Apple is the latest of companies to receive a license from the FCC to test 5G services in the 28 GHz to 39 GHz spectrums. The frequency band was approved by the FCC last year and supports millimeter waves that are characterized by short wavelength and high frequency of transmission.

Apple’s approved application for an experimental license gives Cupertino permission to test the technology …

The iPhone 8 could start shipping in October/November, but supply may be limited for months; ‘Face ID’ to replace Touch ID?

The upcoming anniversary iPhone that Apple is expected to unveil this autumn, dubbed the iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, are arguably the most rumoured and anticipated handsets this year. However, related tips and leaks have often been contradictory and quickly rebutted by consecutive speculations, but that’s the case with pretty much any hotshot flagship lineup.

Yesterday we reported that Apple’s 2017 set of iPhones is already on the production belts and that the iPhone 8 will not arrive later than the ‘S’ variants, unlike what previous rumours had suggested. The leak also …

The Essential Phone will finally start shipping in the coming weeks

Announced by Andy Rubin in May, the Essential Phone – one of this year’s most interesting handsets – hasn’t been released yet. However, Essential started accepting reservations for the smartphone right after announcing it, and now the company knows when the device will finally start shipping.

Andy Rubin himself sent out an update today, informing the world that customers who’ve registered to buy the Essential Phone should have the smartphone in their hands “in a few weeks.” 

We ourselves received an email with the very same lines seen in …

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) should start receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update soon

The Galaxy A7 (2017) is one of the many smartphones Samsung plans to update to Android 7.0 Nougat. While not the first to receive the update, the Galaxy A7 (2017) is expected to receive the long-awaited upgrade in the coming weeks.

The smartphone, which goes by model number Samsung A720F, has been recently spotted at Wi-Fi Alliance, which isn’t unusual at all. However, unlike the original model that was launched by in January, the device listed at Wi-Fi Alliance is running Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

Even though it doesn’t give us an exact release …

Ads start appearing on some HTC QWERTY keyboards

HTC has something extra for those using the default QWERTY on the HTC U11 and other flagship models like the HTC 10. These are advertisements for third party businesses that appear to be pulled from Google’s AdSense. Before you start getting mad at HTC, it might not even be the company’s fault. Heck, it is even possible that HTC didn’t know that the ads would appear. After all, HTC’s default keyboard is built by a company called TouchPal.

Now that HTC has been made aware about the ads, it might try to do something about them. The manufacturer recently told HTC U11 owners to uninstall recent …

Asus ZenFone 4 smartphones won't start shipping until August

Asus had some issues bringing its new ZenFone 4 lineup to the market, previous rumors suggest. Even if the company recently unveiled the ZenFone 4 Max, four new devices are expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, Asus won’t be able to start shipping any ZenFone 4 handset until August. Although they were initially slated for an April release, they have now been delayed by at least four months, which will probably prevent Asus from scoring highly in the global smartphone market in Q3 2017.

The new ZenFone 4 Max is supposed to compete in …

MetroPCS promotions start today including one that gives you two free LG K20 Plus handsets

Pre-paid carrier MetroPCS has some new promotions that it is launching today. The first deal requires you to switch two lines over to MetroPCS. That will allow you to pick up a pair of 32GB LG K20 Plus handsets for free after instant rebates. Actually, you will be responsible for the sales tax only. The K20 Plus is a low-to-mid-range handset with a 5.3-inch display and a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset and has 2GB of RAM. A 13MP camera graces the rear of the phone.

Or, you can switch a single line to MetroPCS and take 50% off the 16GB LG Stylo …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (start of July, 2017)

Hey guys, it’s time we visit the app stores again, dig through all the chaff and pick out a few apps that are worth a download.

This week around, we’ve got an awesome new app for dog training, a couple of tools for dedicated iOS musicians, a weird icon pack for Android, a child lock launcher, and some more useful stuff. Check them out!

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