Essential Phone's camera is getting an update featuring portrait mode and more

Since it hit shelves earlier this year, the Essential Phone
received multiple software updates which, slowly but surely, have significantly
improved the device. Now, a new update is ready, though this one will only
enhance the phone’s rear camera.


Thanks to a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session held by
several Essential officials – including vice presidents of software and
hardware – we know that the Essential Phone’s dual camera will receive an update
later today. This will bring a portrait mode (à la iPhone and other high-end
handsets), improved JPEG compression, and various stability …

Galaxy Note 8 global unlocked version finally getting its first update, see what's new

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was released more than two months ago. Over that period of time, we’ve seen US carriers rolling out various software upgrades for the 6.3-inch phablet, but the international unlocked version of the device seemed to be left behind in that area. Well, we’re happy to say that this is no longer the case, as Samsung is atoning for this drought by pushing out a hefty OTA update for the global unlocked variant.

With a build number of N950FXXU1BQK6 and a size of 840MB, the new update brings quite a few changes. First …

Latest update for Google Photos adds text recognition in Lens, light navbar

Earlier this month, we told you about Google’s plans to at least partially combat screen burn-in on its OLED smartphones by more widely implementing light-colored navigation bars in its apps. Google Photos is the latest of the bunch to gain a white navbar in the latest update, but it’s not the only change in tow.

Google Lens in Photos 3.10 also gets an additional feature, allowing users to export recognized characters from an image in text form. Making use of OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Google Lens can now recognize text in images and allows users to highlight lines …

Blu releases Android update that bricks phones, forcing users to lose their data

Blu Products, the Miami-based company known for selling
affordable Android phones in the US (and not only), today released a software
update that’s angering a lot of users.


According to countless reports found on Reddit and other
forums, the update in question was sent over the air to owners of the Blu Life
One X2 (a mid-range handset launched last year for $200). By the looks of it, all
those who’ve downloaded the update couldn’t finish installing it. That’s because,
to finish the update, the phone asks for your password, but – likely because of
a major bug – it won’t accept it, no …

NVIDIA Shield Tablet is getting a new update that fixes some security and connectivity issues

NVIDIA has just announced that it is now rolling out a new update for the Shield Tablet, which is dubbed “Upgrade 5.3.” The update contains important system enhancements, as well as security and bug fixes.

Among the most important changes, NVIDIA mentions the addition of the November security patch and some system stability and security optimizations. The full changelog as published by NVIDIA is available below:

Addresses Wi-Fi vulnerabilities (KRACK and Broadpwn);Fixing connectivity issues with Zagg Bluetooth keyboards;Overall system stability and security …

Moto Z Play spotted running Android 8.0 (Oreo); update is coming soon?

With this being the most festive time of the year, it wouldn’t be unusual to see young children sitting at the kitchen table, dunking some Oreos into a tall glass of milk. Seeing children powered by Oreos is a lot more common than seeing Android phones running on Oreo (Android 8.0), at least according to the latest Android distribution figures. But that would lead us into a discussion about the “F word,” and no one wants to discuss fragmentation during the holidays.

And that leads us to a Geekbench benchmark test  performed recently on the Moto Z Play. How the device fared in the test …

Sony Xperia XZ and XZs receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

After Xperia XZ Premium, two other Sony smartphones are getting Android 8.0 Oreo update, the standard Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs. Both were launched about a year ago and will probably receive one more major Android OS update next year if Sony wants to keep them relevant.

If you own either of the two smartphones, then you should be looking for a new software update with firmware version 41.3.A.0.401, which weighs in at around 1.2GB.

As mentioned by Sony, the update includes Reminders, very useful for unfinished work, as well as Xperia Actions, suggested settings based on your usage. …

Update to Microsoft Edge Browser app for iOS and Android exterminates several bugs

Last month, Microsoft made the Edge Browser available for both iOS and Android devices. Since then, Microsoft rolled out an update that allows you to sync your passwords. You can browse seamlessly using Edge on your PC and on your mobile devices. Now, another new update has been pushed out and it reportedly will solve some major issues such as the battery drain that the app was causing. Besides being an energy hog, using the Edge app tended to make the phone run hot, a trait that the new update will remove.

Other improvements were made, allowing you to more easily swipe between pages. Following …

Android 8 Oreo update rolling out for the Nokia 8 today

HMD has been very vocal about intending to keep its new Nokia phones updated in a timely manner. With promises that even the lower-tier Nokia 3 will be getting a solid, 2-year, prompt update schedule, and that its phones will get Oreo by the end of 2017, all eyes are on the company, waiting for it to deliver.

Sure enough, the update has now started rolling out for the Nokia 8 flagship. This has been confirmed in a Twitter post by HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas. According to the tweet, the company took user feedback under heavy consideration, everything has been “polished” …

Software update is on the way to improve the dual rear cameras on the OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T has just been released, and already a major software update for the rear camera is in the works. The early word is that the camera is not providing the kind of quality photographs that you might expect from the OnePlus 5T. The update that is being planned will reportedly improve the quality of low-light photography to make sure the images are sharp and clear. The update will also improve the quality of selfies taken with the front-facing snapper, by making them appear more natural. In addition, the beautification mode will be disabled with OnePlus 5T users given the option of turning …