Motorola reversal: Moto G4 Plus to get updated to Android 8.0

Owners of the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play couldn’t believe their eyes last week when they went through the list of handsets that Motorola will update to Android 8.0. Despite being less than 18-months old, the three handsets were not scheduled to receive an update to the new Android build. And to make matters worse, a promotional listing for the Moto G4 Plus was edited to remove a previous comment about the model receiving Android O. Similar revisions were made to the Moto G4’s listing on Amazon India.

Today, a statement made by Motorola revealed that the comments made in the Moto …


Spigen's case lines updated to cover the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X

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Well, folks, the new iPhones are here — the 8, the 8 Plus, and the coveted, thin-bezelled X! And Apple is back to the glass backs this year around with the purpose of bringing wireless charging to its phones. With it, we get two things — shiny looks and slippery grip! And the iPhones, especially the iPhone X, are an expensive thing to just drop, right?

So, it’s …

These are the iPhones and iPads that will be updated to iOS 11 on release date

Apple unveiled the September 19th release date for iOS 11 yesterday, and, as you can imagine, while the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X will ship with it out of the box, the rest of the iPhone and iPad gang will have to get it over the ether. As usual, there are some winners and losers, meaning that really old iPhones and Apple tablets won’t get any of the iOS 11 goods, as you can see in Apple’s helpful list above. 
Anything iPhone 5 and below, or the OG iPad mini, won’t be updated to any of the new features, but if you are rocking these dinosaurs, it’s …

Official: BlackBerry Priv will not be updated to Android Nougat


In just a few months, BlackBerry fans will “celebrate” two years since the launch of the Priv, a controversial device that you can either hate or love. Although the smartphone was launched with Android Lollipop on board, the Canadian company offered owners the option to upgrade to Android Marshmallow.

Unfortunately, that will be the last major Android OS update BlackBerry Priv will get, even though the smartphone will continue to receive various security patches in the future.

BlackBerry’s General Manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber confirmed the information during …

WhatsApp finally updated with picture-in-picture video calling and text status updates

WhatsApp formally announced that two new highly-anticipated features are now functional for those using its messaging app. As the title says, PiP (picture-in-picture) mode is available for video calls, as well as text status updates.

However, picture-in-picture video calling will only work on devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and higher since it’s the only version of the OS that includes the necessary API for the new feature to function properly. If you do own an Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone, then you can now tap back to continue the video call in picture-in-picture mode during a video call.

The …

Alleged Huawei Mate 10 live picture leaked out (UPDATED)

Huawei Mate 10 is the next big thing for Android fans, and as far as we know, the flagship will be quite the beauty. Although it will be unveiled later than usual, Huawei promised the Mate 10 will worth the wait. 

As many of you probably know by now, Huawei Mate 10 will be officially introduced on October 16. It’s unclear when exactly the phablet will go on sale, but Huawei will probably want to make it available as soon as possible. 

Even though we know quite a lot of things about the Mate 10 specs sheet thanks to many of the leaks …

Google Search app for iOS is updated with Trending Searches feature

Trending Searches is a new feature that is coming to the iOS version of the Google Search app as part of an update that was pushed out yesterday. As the name suggests, Trending Searches will now show you search results that are “trending around you.” The app is also showing answers to inquiries as you type. This means that you can gather information about your question before you even tap the search bar.

Trending Searches was added to the Android OS last year and the Google Search forum was filled with those who didn’t like it because the content it provided had nothing to do with the information …

Gboard for Android updated with downloadable stickers and Bitmoji support

Google has just announced a new update will be rolled out to Gboard users on Android devices in the next few days. As the title says, the new update introduces downloadable stickers and adds support for Bitmoji.

With the latest update, Gboard users will be able to share stickers and Bitmoji in any application that allows for image pasting, including most messaging apps available for Android devices. Once the newest version of Gboard for Android is installed on your phone, you will be able to download stickers packs or the Bitmoji app via Google Play.

You’ll be able to use either of …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ updated with faster face recognition at Verizon

A new update is now available for Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, which brings a couple of enhancements and bug fixes. The highlight of the update is the improvement of the face recognition feature, which should be faster now.

There’s a new “faster recognition” option that you can enable to unlock your phone faster, but that will decrease security, so Samsung recommends turning this option off.

Samsung also added a new tweak that will allow Galaxy S8 and S8+ users to interact with the navigation bar “Show and hide button” with a double tap. After the …

Verizon's Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are updated to Android 7.1.1

Motorola’s 2016 flagship model in the states, the Moto Z Force Droid, has finally been updated to Android 7.1.1 along with the Moto Z Droid. The third phone in the series, the Moto Z Play Droid, had already received the update in June. New icons now appear in the dock, and many of the icons on the screen are now placed inside a circle instead of a square. Long pressing icons like Google Maps or Twitter will launch certain shortcut actions that can be taken from the home screen.

Besides Android 7.1.1, the update also delivers the July Android security patch to the two phones. While Motorola …