February security updates are here for the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60

The BlackBerry DTEK50 and BlackBerry DTEK60 both seem to have become two forgotten Android powered BlackBerry models. Made by TCL with BlackBerry providing the software, both handsets have been overshadowed by the BlackBerry KEYone and the BlackBerry Motion. Despite disappearing from view, both the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are beginning to receive the February Android security update.

Once you receive notification that the update is available on your DTEK50 or DTEK60, make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Also, make sure that your battery is fully charged before continuing on with …

Sony's official policy: premium models get Android software updates for two years

Apparently, it is hard for most smartphone manufacturers to put into words their policy on pushing out Android updates. That leaves it to the consumer to try and guess how future proof his or her new handset is. Today, however, Sony decided to release its policy on Android updates for its premium and mid-range models. According to the company, the goal is to continue to update its top-shelf smartphones for a two-year period following the launch of a high-end phone. As for Sony’s mid-range handsets, the company said that it might decide against updating certain models if the hardware can’t provide …

Verizon updates Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with bokeh camera effect, security patch

Major carrier Verizon has just released a changelog for a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 update. Although it doesn’t bring too many new features, the update is supposed to address some important security and software issues.

First off, Verizon notes the update delivers the January security patch, which includes fixes for the dreaded Meltdown and Spectre exploits. Aside from that, the update is meant to address an issue that froze the screen during incoming calls.

Some force close bugs that appeared when unlocking the device or when the user tried to change the method of locking the device …

Facebook updates News Feed to prioritize local news

Today, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed that will give new precedence to local news. This is part of a greater push from Facebook to make the site more friendly, and the content more relevant. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the update via Twitter:

With the new update, you may start seeing more stories appearing in your News Feed from publishers around you. This is because Facebook is using geographical data to determine if a news publisher is in your geographical location. As a result, publishers that …

Microsoft updates Bing Search for Android with improved browser experience, more

It’s true that Bing Rewards is not available worldwide, the consumers in the United States can take advantage of the only service that rewards them for their curiosity. Bing Search for Android has just been updated and if you’re wondering what new features Microsoft has added, keep reading.

Google is probably the search engine market share worldwide, but Bing Search is still being used in the US. Microsoft fans will be pleased to know Bing has just received an improved browser experience on Android, including video, image tab and the ability to find text in page.

Also, the latest …

Essential updates its Camera app with even more improvements

Although the Essential Phone has been criticized for its camera and software, Andy Rubin’s company has been hard at work trying to address these concerns since the smartphone was launched on the market.

Another step towards fixing all these issues with the Essential Phone has been made recently, as the Camera app of the handset received an update that further improves some of the existent features.

Firstly, Essential has added App shortcut support for mono, selfie and portrait modes. Also, the Camera Roll performance has been improved, along with the 360 image preview. Finally, many …

Google updates Files Go file manager with support for tablets and SD cards

Google has just announced its new file manager for Android devices, Files Go has been updated with a few new features. First off, the app now features support for tablets, so if you’ve wanted to use Files Go on a larger screen, you’ll be able to do that after updating to the latest version.

Then, SD card support has been added as well, which means you’ll now be able to see files stored on your SD card if you’re using one. Another new feature included in the update is the option to open files in other apps.

With the latest version Files Go, users can customize which apps open their …

Opera updates its Android and iOS browsers with bitcoin mining protection

Three weeks after Opera added cryptocurrency mining protection to its desktop browsers, the software company announced a similar feature has been implemented into its mobile browsers.

Opera and Opera Mini for Android and iOS now benefit from full bitcoin protection with the latest update, the company confirmed earlier today. Here is how it works, as explained by Opera:

The new anti-cryptocurrency mining feature is activated by default when enabling the ad blocker on Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The ad blocker can be enabled in ‘Settings,’ and it will automatically detect and …

Android updates to improve with "Google Unified Push". Developers worried over Android 9 becoming a more restrictive OS

Android has always been synonymous with two things: a very open, highly customizable operating system, which often gets molded in whatever way device manufacturers or developers and users deem fit; and slow updates. Nowever, both of these things might shift a bit in the opposite direction — we might be getting a bit more of a locked-down OS and faster updates once Android 9 P rolls out. According to a couple of reports, at least.

Google Unified Push to improve updates
The first one comes from Android-centric tech blog GoAndroid. It talks of a so-called “Google …

Google updates Android Excellence apps and games selection for Q1 2018

Google has updated its quarterly selection of the best Android experiences—both apps and games—for Q1 2018. The Android Excellence collection highlights the apps and games that deliver the best user experiences on Android, make use of the platform’s stand-outfeatures, have great design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization.

Best of all, in order to make the list, an app or a game doesn’t have to be popular, or sell a lot, but rather have stand-out qualities, such as the ones mentioned above. 22 new apps and 16  new games …