Surprisingly, Nokia 6 2nd Generation gets Android 8.0 Oreo at first boot

We already know HMD Global is pretty fast when it comes to software update, but we didn’t think it’s that fast. A few days ago, the Finnish company added a new device to its portfolio of smartphones available in China, the Nokia 6 2nd Generation (or Nokia 6 2018).

The official specs sheet that was published when the phone was announced mentions the Nokia 6 2nd Generation ships with Android Nougat on board. However, HMD said the phone will get an Android 8.0 Oreo update soon after launch.

Even though Nokia 6 2nd Generation does ship with Nougat on board, the smartphone is getting the …


DolphinAttack: the surprisingly easy way to hack every voice assistant out there (Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant too)

There is a surprisingly easy way to hack voice helpers like Siri and the Google Assistant on every modern phone out there using nothing but a $3 hardware with a simple amp and a speaker.
The list of vulnerable devices includes Apple iPhones and Androdi phones, as well as just about every smartphone with a voice assistant out there.
tSo how is it done? It turns out that microphones on our devices can hear tones at ultrasound frequencies the human ear cannot easily discern. All it takes then is an amp that will convert …

Surprisingly, AT&T rolls out Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for ZTE Maven 2

The sequel to the popular, low-end ZTE Maven is now getting a major Android update. ZTE Maven 2 was launched at AT&T earlier this year and was offered as a prepaid smartphone to customers looking for such a device.

Surprisingly, this $40 smartphone is now getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat update if AT&T did not make a mistake when it confirmed the information on the phone’s support page.

Because not many have heard about the ZTE Maven 2, let’s just say that it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and just 1GB of RAM.

If you own the ZTE Maven …

Surprisingly, Nextbit Robin is getting the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update

Since Nextbit was acquired by Razer early this year, much has happened for those who purchased the only smartphone released by the company, the Robin. First of all, Nextbit community forum had been closed, and a new one was opened on Razer’s website.

On the flip side, Nextbit managed to release the promised Android 7.0 Nougat update back in March, something that was a bit of a surprise for Robin users. However, the biggest surprise is that Nextbit continues to support the Robin with timely updates.

Starting this week, Nextbit Robin owners can download the …

The mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor comes surprisingly close to top-end Snapdragon 835 chip in performance test

Earlier this month, US chip maker Qualcomm announced its brand-new Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors for mid-range phones and other smart devices. Benchmark scores of the 660 model appeared online, showing the chip is capable of surprisingly high performance that hovers near the flagship Snapdragon 835 model’s teritorry.

In GeekBench (a prominent CPU performance test), the Snapdragon 660 – as present inside an unidentified smartphone code-named Heart – racked up 5,455 points in the multi-core test. Compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 as present in the Samsung …

$130 ZTE Max XL launched on Boost Mobile, packing surprisingly generous specs in places

ZTE is on a roll this week, attacking the budget sector with reasonably well thought-out phones. After releasing the $199 Blade Max 3, the Chinese brand is going to launch a new prepaid phone on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile – the ZTE Max XL. Embargoed information leaked online, describing a $130 phone with some surprisingly solid hardware for the price. The device features a 6-inch 1080p-resolution screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

There’s a 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera, along with a 3390mAh battery. The ZTE Max …

LG G6 goes official: stylish and durable 5.7-inch full-screen design in a surprisingly small body

The LG G6 is now finally official and it feels like a reset for LG, away from the previous experimental designs the company was known for. Gone are modular phones and leather backs: instead, the LG G6 is a stylish and durable phone with a trendy glass body and a metal frame. It’s also the first of an upcoming wave of futuristic-looking ‘full-screen’ phones with tiny bezels, and it features the highest level of water and dust protection.
There is a ton of new features about the LG G6, but a lot of them center around the new 5.7-inch display …