Sprint pushes out AAN982 update for BlackBerry KEYone

Sprint is the process of pushing out an update to the BlackBerry KEYone. The nation’s fourth largest wireless firm is currently the only U.S. carrier to offer a locked version of the phone. Verizon subscribers can purchase the CDMA unlocked model while T-Mobile and AT&T customers have to buy the unlocked GSM variant. The update, which carries build AAN982, also includes the August Android security patch. The update could also include a fix for the Sprint Mobile ID app which was enabling bloatware that the phone’s user had disabled, and re-installing bloatware that was deleted. Sprint …


Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) on track to receive Android 7.0 Nougat update

The Galaxy J5 (2016) could be among the next Samsung smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The South Korean company is trying to update as many of its mid-range handsets as possible, but it might not keep up once it starts working on bringing Android Oreo to its flagships.

In any case, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) has been recently listed at Wi-Fi Alliance, but this time with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. Featuring model number SM-J510N, the Galaxy J5 (2016) could get the new update by the end of the year.

The Galaxy J5 (2016) was launched last …

BlackBerry KEYone to receive update to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Owners of the BlackBerry KEYone have to be feeling pretty good right now. After all, they own a smartphone with a fabulous looking physical QWERTY keyboard, and a tremendous battery life. The phone’s first and last name is productivity and its middle name is security. And during IFA 2017 next month in Berlin, we expect BlackBerry to announce that its Limited Edition Black KEYone will be available in the U.S. This model is equipped with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of native storage and a fantastic looking all Black look.

Today, owners of the KEYone received some great news. The phone, which is currently …

AT&T pushes big new update to Galaxy S8 and S8+, here is what's changed

A new update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners that purchased their device from AT&T. Coming in at about 490MB, the software upgrade should bump the version of the Galaxy S8 to G950USQU1AQEF, or G955USQU1AQEF for the S8+.

There are some new features aboard the latest patch – AT&T has added support for Google’s Daydream VR platform and the corresponding hardware, as well as the ability to hide the navigation bar from the screen through a dot icon in order to maximize the screen view. This functionality was initially released …

Asus cutting back on the bloatware, plans to update ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 to Android "O"

Earlier this morning, we told you about the six new models unveiled by Asus for its ZenFone 4 series. But there is more information to discuss about Asus. For example, at the event today, the manufacturer promised that the entire ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 line will be updated to Android O. And where Android O goes, so goes ZenUI 4.0, which will be running on top of the next Android build.

Asus also plans on cutting back on bloatware, something that smartphone buyers the world over will be happy to see. From the 35 pre-installed apps found on ZenUI 3.5, ZenUI 4.0 will have just 13 pre-installed …

OnePlus 5 video stabilization update demoed in new official video

When OnePlus released its latest “flagship killer” back in June, fans were disgruntled to find out that it lacks an optical image stabilization module — something that its predecessors, the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, actually had. To top it off, there was no software stabilization for 4K video recording, which resulted in shaky, nausea-inducing clips. Well, about a week ago, the manufacturer finally issued an update, which adds electronic stabilization to the OnePlus 5. It has now also released a short video clip, showing us a quick before and after.

The clip is …

With the latest update, you can reply to messages on Instagram using videos and photos

A new feature on Instagram will allow users to respond to certain video, photos and reshared posts in Direct by sending photos or videos. The reply includes a sticker of the image that you are responding to. Get the ball rolling by tapping on “Reply,” just like you would do with any other response you would be sending. Pressing “Reply” automatically opens the camera. Snap a selfie and send it. This is part of the changes to the app found with the update to version 10.34 of Instagram for both iOS and Android.

In addition to responding to Direct posts via a picture or video, you can send a …

4 apps that Apple banned only to “steal” their features with the next iOS update

Apple is huge, there’s no denying that. The company has made a name for itself by selling premium-design products that have a simple workflow and “just work”. Of course, to achieve that, its devices are a bit more “limited” in terms of tinkering and customizability. The ecosystem is closed off and if you don’t like how a certain feature works — it’s tough luck, you probably won’t be able to dig behind the scenes and change it (unless you feel adventurous and jailbreak).

But, over the years, some crafty app developers have found their way around some locked doors …

The original Samsung Galaxy A8 expected to receive Android 7.0 Nougat update soon

The first Galaxy A8 made its debut on the market back in 2015. In the meantime, Samsung launched one more Galaxy A8 model last year, but it’s unclear if there will ever be another one launched in 2017.

The original Samsung Galaxy A8 came with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board, but the South Korean company has already released a Marshmallow update last year. Since the smartphone was launched two years ago, it was highly unlikely that the Galaxy A8 would receive further Android OS updates.

However, because the Galaxy A8 running Android 7.0 Nougat has been recently …

Sprint says bloatware issue on the BlackBerry KEYone requires an update to fix

Just a few days ago, we told you how the Sprint branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone was suffering from an issue involving the bloatware that the carrier added to the Android OS flavored handset. Nothing sinister there; most carriers in the states will add some of their own branded applications to a new handset. The problem with the KEYone was that the SprintID system app would go through the bloatware listings like clockwork, and re-install some of the bloatware that was just removed by the phone’s owner. It also enabled bloatware that was disabled.

In our original article, we said …