Samsung stops pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo, starts work on new version? (UPDATE)

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ owners were pleased as punch last week as the manufacturer started rolling out the much anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update in certain markets. However, a report published today states that Samsung has stopped disseminating the update for unknown reasons. The G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP files, which contain Android 8.0, can no longer be downloaded from Sammy’s servers.

UPDATE: Samsung was forced to halt the rollout of Android 8.0 after running into “a limited number of cases where Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices have rebooted unexpectedly,” according to a statement …

Android 8.1 Oreo beta starts rolling out to the Essential Phone

Essential has just announced that Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for the Essential Phone in the beta form. The US company confirmed last month that it will update the flagship directly to Android 8.1 Oreo, thus skipping Android 8.0.

The first beta build of Android 8.l Oreo is being pushed OTA (over the air) to those who’ve been using beta builds of Android 8.0. Otherwise, you’ll have to download the file from Essential’s website and flash it manually on your smartphone.

We also have a complete changelog that contains all the new stuff added by Essential, such as smart text selection, …

Apple starts shipping HomePod pre-orders in the US, no delivery delays it seems

Unveiled last year, Apple’s HomePod is now shipping to customers who pre-ordered the smart speaker in the US. Our unit pre-ordered on January 26 is on its way and will be delivered on February 9, the same date the HomePod should hit the shelves in the United States.

If you haven’t pre-order one yet, Best Buy should have the HomePod on display from February 9, so you can check it out when you visit one of the retailer’s brick and mortar stores.

However, there’s no telling how long you’ll be able to grab one from Best Buy, as we have no way of knowing whether or not the supply will …

Deal: Fitbit starts sale on Amazon, save up to $50 on various wearables

Fitbit has just kicked off a sale of wearables on Amazon, which includes gadgets like Fitbit Charge 2, Fitbit Blaze and the most recent Fitbit Ionic smartwatch.

The discounts aren’t that big for the most expensive Fitbit wearables, but you can definitely score some great deals on the cheaper ones. For example, the Fitbit Charge that usually sells for $150 is now available on Amazon for just $100. Also, the Fitbit Blaze is $50 off as well, so you can not buy it for $150.

The the other tier, the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch costs $270, only $30 cheaper than usual. The same discount applies …

Official Android 8.0 Oreo update starts rolling out to the Galaxy S8

Samsung has been testing Oreo for the Galaxy S8 in a public beta form since November, and it was scheduled to end it on January 15, so we expected to see the update go live by the end of last month to no avail.
At the time, the Korean tech giant said that it will start distributing the official Oreo update to beta users a day before the start of the general rollout, as a means of appreciation, so to speak. Well, that day may have been yesterday, as many Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta users are reporting to us that their phones are finally getting the official update, and publications …

Samsung starts working on Android Oreo for Galaxy S7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy Tab S3

It’s hard to believe that such a big company like Samsung with a huge smartphone market share hasn’t yet updated a single of its handsets to the latest version of Android. The good news is Samsung finished working on the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which means the final version might go live in the next couple of weeks.

Now that Samsung has finished working on Android Oreo for its newest flagships, it’s time to focus on other smartphones that are eligible for the update. The folks over at SamMobile have it on good authority that the South Korean company is now preparing …

Apple starts collecting heart rate data from Apple Watch users for a new heart study

Back in November, Apple asked Apple Watch users if they wanted to take part in a study called the Apple Heart Survey being conducted by Apple and Stanford Health. Now, Apple is telling those who opted-in that the study has begun. Tapping on the notification takes participants to the Heart Study app where they must confirm that they are “comfortable” speaking and writing in English, and haven’t been diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation or Atrial flutter. In addition, participants cannot be on blood thinners like Coumadin, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis and Savaysa.

If  the Apple Watch user …

Apple starts sales of refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, at a very gentle discount

As if its iPhone product lineup wasn’t diverse enough already, with the introduction of the new entrant iPhone X, and keeping the 6s in the mix, Apple recently started selling refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well. These certified pre-owned handsets start at $499 for a basic 7, which is just $50 less than the brand new one, while it has passed all the necessary checks, and comes with a year of warranty.

Apple sells the refurbished 7 Plus with 128 GB storage for $689, or $70 lower than the $769 for a new unit. All refurbished units come unlocked, but we’ll leave it to you to …

US government starts investigating Apple over iPhone slowdown issue

Apple has been hit with many lawsuits after it was discovered the US company throttles down the performance of certain iPhone models to prolong battery life. Not even the fact that Apple promised to lift this performance limit and offer battery replacements for just $29 stopped the negative feedback.

Now it looks like Apple may have another problem to deal with if the recent investigation by US Department of Justice (DoJ) escalates. Bloomberg reports DoJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission are now looking to find evidence on whether or not Apple has violated securities laws when it …

Asus ZenFone 3 starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

As promised, Asus has just started the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo for ZenFone 3. Apparently, all unlocked ZenFone 3 models are now eligible for the update, so make sure to head to System updates to check if there is a new firmware available.

According to Asus, you should free up at least 1.5GB storage before starting the software update. Also, make sure your phone’s battery is at least 50% charged. Along with the new features and improvements included in Android 8.0 Oreo, Asus added some of its own.

For example, the launcher received some major changes, so you’ll now be able to …