The Moto Z2 Force ShatterShield display won't crack, but it will peel (UPDATE)

The ShatterShield screen employed on the Moto Z2 Force uses a 5-layer system that keeps the AMOLED screen from cracking or breaking. When the device first launched, several owners were complaining about scratches on the outer layer of the display. Now, a new problem has popped up. Several owners of the Moto Z2 Force are complaining that the top protective layer on the ShatterShield system has started to peel off the phone.

Those complaining about the peeling say that it is taking place around the fingerprint button, and on the corners of the screen. One theory is that the heat generated …


Android Messages app update hints at future web integration and more

Android Messages – Google’s messaging app – has just received a new update. While there haven’t been any noticeable changes, what awaits us in the near future could be interesting. After an app “dissection”, performed by Android Police, it was found out we might be getting some awesome new features really, really soon. Keep in mind the following information is subject to change and has not been officially announced by Google.

The first new upcoming feature might be Messages’ web integration. The app could become available to use on a PC through the browser, but you might have …

Essential Camera update adds AutoHDR mode and new HDR algorithm

The Essential Phone may not be the perfect flagship, but the folks behind it are trying to make it better and better. One aspect that Essential needed to improved considerably, the camera is now getting another software update that should provide Essential Phone users with more options when taking pictures.

This isn’t the first nor the last update the Essential Camera app gets, but it’s definitely an important one since it brings a couple of new major features. Firstly, the update adds an AutoHDR mode and a new HDR algorithm that should improve performance, capture speed, and scene rendering.

These …

Nokia 8 and Nokia 3 get new update with security improvements

HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, has a reputation for releasing timely software upgrades to its smartphones. It looks like HMD isn’t planning on resting on its laurels, as it recently rolled out a new update to its Nokia 8 and Nokia 3 models.
The update in question brings the Android Security patch for the month of February that only went live a couple of days ago for Google’s own Pixel and Nexus series. It weighs in at 87MB for the Nokia 8 flagship and at 80MB for the budget-friendly Nokia 3. One of the important …

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 …

Galaxy S7 edge unit mysteriously receives Android Oreo update, see the software in this video

Well, folks, it has happened. After several months of testing, Samsung is finally beginning to roll out an official version of its Android Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 overlay. As expected, the first Samsung handsets receiving the update are the Galaxy S8 and S8+. What’s surprising, though, is that the software has also recently landed on a Galaxy S7 edge unit in Vietnam. 

The above screenshot is in Vietnamese, but we can clearly see that the 1.4GB update is intended for the Galaxy S7 edge since it carries a model …

Apple Pay update adds support for 26 more banks and credit unions in the US

Apple Pay works with most of the major credit and debit cards from the top banks in the United States, but there are still financial institutions in the country that don’t offer support for the mobile payment service.

Today, Apple added support for 26 more banks and credit unions, all from the US. You can find below the names of the new banks and credit unions that now support Apple Pay:

ACIPCO Federal Credit UnionArthur State BankBank of Eastern OregonBlue Federal Credit UnionCapital Credit UnionChoice One Community Credit UnionCity BankCommunity Powered Federal Credit UnionDedham …

Honor 9 and 8 Pro start getting EMUI 8 update, 7X and 8 scheduled for Q2

Honor has just confirmed a few of its smartphones are now being updated with the new EMUI 8. The company’s new user interface comes with Android Oreo, although some Honor smartphones will only be getting some of the EMUI 8’s features without Oreo.

However, if you don’t own the Honor 8, you should be safe since Honor plans to update eight of its smartphones to Android Oreo. In any case, Honor France has just announced that the EMUI 8 roll-out has just started and the first smartphones to get the update are the Honor 9 and 8 Pro.

Furthermore, the handset maker confirmed that two other …

Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro receive major optimization update, here are all the changes

Huawei has yet to penetrate the United States market, but after this year’s fiasco that seems like an impossible mission for the Chinese handset maker. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro may be great devices, but it looks like US carriers don’t want to sell them for various reasons (mostly political).

Since the Mate 10 Pro is already available for pre-order in the United States, you might want to know what updates you’ll be getting when the smartphone hits the shelves on February 18. That’s if you plan to buy Huawei’s flagship.

The new update labeled as build SP1C00 is being rolled out to …