Nokia opens pre-orders for its Steel HR hybrid smartwatch, shipping starts in December

Pre-orders for the Nokia-branded Steel HR hybrid smartwatch have just kicked off. The Finnish company took to Twitter to announce the latest developments:
The wait is over
Nokia Steel HR is officially here. Be one of the first to experience our new heart rate and activity tracking watch. By pre-ordering today, your watch will ship early December, just in time for the holidays: https://t.co/bgH5ox0JWD #NokiaSteelHR pic.twitter.com/XvOizP14CJ— Nokia Health (@NokiaHealth) November 14, 2017
In case you’re not familiar with the Steel …


Microsoft starts selling Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ online

Microsoft had been selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its brick and mortar stores since their launch, but they weren’t available online until recently. Starting this week, customers who prefer to shop online will be able to purchase Samsung’s flagship’s via Microsoft Store Online.

The unlocked versions of both Samsung smartphones are now available at Microsoft Store, as well as AT&T and Verizon models. The former sell for $725 and $825 respectively, while the Verizon models cost $720 and $840.

Consumers who favor AT&T over Verizon will have …

"Panda" Pixel 2 XL starts shipping; some pre-orders are still delayed

The Black and White version of the Google Pixel 2 XL, known as the “Panda” Pixel 2 XL for obvious reasons, started shipping late last week. The Just Black version of the phone was delivered first, and that was the only color of the Pixel 2 XL to arrive at buyers’ homes until now. While those who pre-ordered a Panda Pixel 2 XL and shelled out for overnight shipping might have already received the handset, those who pre-ordered early with standard shipping should probably have a tracking number, and could receive their device as soon as tomorrow.

That’s good news for Panda lovers, and we are …

Apple starts shipping iPhone X pre-orders to Sprint customers

If you’ve been lucky enough to have your iPhone X pre-order go through, then you probably wonder if your device will reach to you on November 3, as Apple promised. Considering the Cupertino-based company, as well as some carriers have already moved the shipping date by 1 to 3 weeks, it’s a valid question.

Apparently, Sprint has already started shipping the first iPhone X units to customers who placed their orders on October 27. It’s the first carrier in the United States that is sending shipping notifications to its customers, so if you chose Sprint when pre-ordering …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

Sony has just announced it has kicked off the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo and the first smartphone to receive the update is the Xperia XZ Premium. Last week, the company confirmed the Oreo will be pushed to the Xperia XZ Premium starting December, but it looks like that timeframe was only available for Japan.

So, even though the roll-out of Android Oreo for Xperia XZ Premium begins today, this is a phased process, which means timing and availability will vary by market and/or carrier.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Xperia XZ Premium Rosso, which was …

Google Play Store starts rolling out new design… violates its own Material Design guidelines

Google has started rolling out a new design for the Play Store… and it goes right against one of the fundamental principles of Material Design.
Namely, it uses nested tabs, a technique that Google explicitly says should not be used and instead recommends using content hierarchy in different forms.
So basically what you get now is a bunch of categories, and underneath another list of tabs, and in some cases even a third list of tabs with this new design of the Google Play Store.
Of …

Google starts shipping Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pre-orders

Almost two weeks after the official announcement, Google has started to ship some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pre-orders. If you’re one of the many customers who placed an order with a shipping date on or around October 17, then it’s worth checking your email.

Depending on when exactly you’ve pre-ordered the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, your device might ship sooner or later. If you haven’t placed your pre-order in the first week after the official unveiling, chances are that your Pixel smartphone won’t ship this week.

You’ll be able to tell when exactly Google will …

Motorola starts rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Moto X Play

It looks like Motorola has just started to push the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to the Moto X Play. The US-based company confirmed back in June that the mid-range smartphone will be updated to Nougat, but it did not offer details on the exact release date.

Even now we still don’t know when the update will arrive in certain countries, but at least some Moto X Play owners managed to upgrade their phones. For the time being, the only reports that confirm Motorola have kicked off the roll-out of Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Moto X Play come from Brazil.

The update contains one of the newest …

Verizon starts rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update for the HTC One M9

Good news for HTC One M9 owners in the United States, as the two-year-old smartphone is now getting its second major Android OS update. The device that made its debut at Verizon with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board is being updated to Nougat over the next few days.

Verizon confirmed on its support website that HTC One M9 is eligible for Android 7.0 Nougat, an update that brings quite a lot of new features and improvements. Also, the carrier announced the update includes the latest Android security updates and bug fixes.

To recap, Android Nougat brings multi-window …

Android Wear 2.0 starts rolling out for AT&T's LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition


Great news for LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition owners who purchase their smartwatches through AT&T, as the carrier has just announced Android Wear 2.0 is now being pushed to the wearable device.

AT&T’s LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the last version of the smartwatch received this update after Verizon released it about a month ago. Not to mention the first generation model got Android Wear 2.0 back in April.

It’s been almost seven months since Google launched Android Wear 2.0, but it looks like carriers have been delaying the release of the update for quite a long time.

Anyway, …