BLU R1 HD update brings T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12 support for non-Prime customers

BLU released a maintenance update for the R1 HD back in November, which would enable support for T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12. However, the update was only available to Amazon Prime exclusive version of the smartphone.

Today, more than seven months after the initial release, BLU allows customers who purchased the standard R1 HD model to download and install the update.

The official changelog mentions the update adds the VoLTE client for T-Mobile and Band 12 support, as well as the Android Security Updates. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what security patch the …


Google to cease Pixel and Pixel XL on-device tech support after October 2019

Although flagship smartphones are the most expensive on the market, they usually don’t get more than three years of tech support, but that may vary depending on the brand. Google is making sure that consumers won’t have to change their flagships for at least three years if they don’t want to.

The search giant has just confirmed that the Pixel and Pixel XL will be getting on-device tech support until October 2019, three years after the smartphones were launched on the market.

After that date, Google will no longer support on-device tech support for the Pixel …

The Microsoft Surface Mobile will include a built-in projector, Surface Pen, and Win32 app support, leak shows

It’s been a while since we’ve heard rumors of the mythical creature known as the Surface Phone, but if the rumor mill is to be trusted, a number of huge details about it (like, for example, that it hasn’t been shelved like most of us suspected) may have just been revealed by Microsoft itself.

As far as obscurity goes, the source of the information probably ranks pretty high on your average Westerner’s list – a video description on Microsoft’s official account on Bilibili, a Chinese, anime-themed YouTube-like video sharing service. The text reveals …

Nubia Z17 may be the first to support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0+, but you won't be able to use it

Qualcomm announced an enhanced version of its quick charge technology last week and confirmed the first smartphone to feature Quick Charge 4.0+ is the Nubia Z17, a high-end smartphone recently launched in China.

Unfortunately, it turns out that Quick Charge 4.0+ won’t be usable with the Nubia Z17, at least at first. The Chinese company confirmed that its top tier smartphone comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the retail box, which doesn’t support the new technology.

Although the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset inside the Nubia Z17 has Quick Charge 4.0+ …

Google Hangouts is getting iOS CallKit support, a couple of bug fixes

Google’s messaging and voice calling app Hangouts recently received a small update, which brings a long-awaited new feature and a few bug fixes.

Hangouts 16.0.0 is already available for download via App Store. The new app brings support for Apple’s CallKit, which enables VoIP services to make and receive calls using the iPhone’s dialer and phone app.

The new feature can be enabled or disabled from the Settings menu by tapping the Answer option on lock screen. After the update, users will be able to make calls using Siri commands, while the stock iOS call …

Google Allo updated with full-screen video support, performance improvements

Earlier this week, Google pushed an interesting update for the Allo app, which added Selfie Clips, the ability to capture your own GIF and share it with your friends. Today, the app received another update that brings one new feature among other things.

Well, it looks like Google Allo users will now be able to watch videos on full screen. Aside from the fact that you can watch videos in full-screen mode, right in the chat, the update doesn’t bring any other new features into the mix.

However, the changelog mentions some performance improvements, which are …

OnePlus discontinues software support for the OnePlus 2, no Android Nougat incoming

Two months ago OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X owners kicked off a Thunderclap campaign in the hopes the Chinese company will start releasing updates for these two phones just like it does with its high-end phones, the OnePlus 3 and 3T.

Unfortunately, nothing happened in the following months, and both smartphones remained stuck on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. What’s worse is that there’s never going to be any software changes, at least when it comes to the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus has just confirmed that it will not release new major updates to the OnePlus 2 going forward. …

Asus ZenFone AR with Tango and Daydream support is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. this July

Earlier this month, we told you that the Tango enabled Asus ZenFone AR will be exclusively coming to Verizon this summer. Now, we can narrow that down to July thanks to Asus CEO Jerry Shen, who revealed that the phone would be coming to the U.S. that month. The executive also revealed that by next year, over 1,000 Tango apps will be available up from the more than 100 that currently exist. Handsets that support Tango use a combination of cameras and sensors to produce 3D mapping. As an example of what this technology can do, earlier this year retail clothing chain GAP said that it would offer an …

Deal: The unlocked LG G6 drops to $499 on eBay, includes 64GB storage and dual-SIM support

LG is the first major handset maker that heavily discounted its most recent flagship smartphone, the G6. Verizon seems to be the carrier that offers the best deal on the LG G6, as the device is now available for purchase for around $288, which will save customers $384.

However, the deal offered through Best Buy is only available with $11.99 monthly payments for 24 months. The good news is an eBay seller now offers the unlocked version of the LG G6 for the lowest price to date, $499.

Most carriers in the United States offer the LG G6 for around $600 outright, …

BBM Enterprise is getting video calling support and lots of other new features

BBM Enterprise, the application aimed at businesses, has just received a major update that adds a plethora of new features and improvements. BlackBerry announced the update will only make it to Android and BlackBerry 10 devices, but the iOS version of the app will receive it soon, too.

The highlights of the latest version of BBM Enterprise include video calling, which is now possible between BlackBerry 10 and Android/iOS contacts. Also, the BBM Protected app on BlackBerry 10 devices has been renamed BBM Enterprise.

Furthermore, there have been a lot of group …