Users complain about Xperia XZs and XZ Premium camera distortion, Sony responds

When Sony announced the new Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium this year, it talked up a storm about the new Motion Eye camera. Better detail, better light capture, super-fast focus, super-slow slow motion, the works. But it seems it’s not all roses and sunshine with Sony’s top-tier mobile cameras.

Users have started to complain and report a lens distortion issue with the new flagships. Now, distortion is something that has plagued many cameras before, with the edges of photos getting severely warped, but that’s what sticking a wide angle camera in a thin body …


Instagram Stories hits 250 million active daily users and surpasses Snapchat’s total users count

Instagram’s Stories feature has hit a whopping count of 250 million daily users – or a quarter of a billion – after having report a 200 million count only two months ago. It now surpasses Snapchat’s 166 million (as of May) total daily active users by a wide margin and currently seems hardly reachable, even though some people suggest it copied Stories from Snap.

The concept behind Stories is quite straightforward – it enables you to share posts that are visible to other users for 24 hours, after which they disappear. Snapchat launched Stories in October 2013, offering …

San Francisco merchants to offer promotions and discounts for Apple Pay users this week

Since its debut two years ago, Apple Pay has grown into a serious profit driver for the iPhone maker. It brought a $7.04 billion revenue in the past quarter and it’s going to grow with added focus on P2P payments, money transfers, and prepaid Apple Pay Cash cards. Now, Apple is looking forward to expanding the service’s user base by means of good old-fashioned marketing.

Between June 23 and June 25, Apple will be running a promotion for Apple Pay users in San Francisco. A total of 20 merchants in the Hayes Valley and Marina areas, such as Azalea, Blue Bottle Coffee, …

2017 iPhone users can select Google Assistant as their default assistant replacing Siri?

A report published the other day claims that Apple and Google are working together on a way to allow iPhone users to select Google Assistant as their default virtual assistant, replacing Siri in that capacity. The way Google Assistant currently works on iOS is that the app is opened up like any other third party app,. The user then requests the information that he/she is seeking from Google Assistant,.and then closes the app when done. But if the source of this information is correct, iOS users who prefer Google Assistant over Siri will be able to make the change allowing Google to become the default …

Facebook allows users to raise funds after a crisis in its new Safety Check update

Facebook has had its Safety Check feature for a while now. It started as a way for people to let their friends they were safe in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis in their area. Today, the social media giant announced an update to its Safety Check system, which adds a few new features.

The most notable addition to Safety Check is the ability to start and donate to a fundraiser straight through Facebook. The feature will start to roll out “in the coming weeks in the US.” It appears that it will be exclusive to the United States for the time being, but …

Samsung puts Always On Display on the Play Store, but only Galaxy S8/S8+ users can get it

With the hopes of delivering new updates to the numerous Galaxy users faster, Samsung just released its Always On Display app on the Google Play Store. This way, any new features, hotfixes, and bug fixes will arrive faster and will not require a dedicated system update from Samsung.

However, don’t think that since the app’s up on the Play Store it will be available with any Android phone out there – no. It will only work on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Sadly, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users can’t download the app – they are left with Samsung’s mercy to update their version of the …

"Switch to iPhone" campaign kicks into full gear, Apple releases new ads to persuade Android users

With its “Switch to iPhone” campaign underway, Apple recently uploaded three new ads to its YouTube channel. These short commercials promote the ease and presumed benefits of replacing an Android handset with an iPhone. 
The first one, “Contacts”, shows people jumping from the gray area of “your phone” to a more colorful one named “iPhone”. The point here is that it’s easy to transfer your contacts and other data by downloading the Move to iOS app from Google Play. The other two which are dubbed “Smooth” and “Security” …

Samsung Gear S3 software update brings bucketloads of new features for users in the US

The Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S3 is already available in the United States in both versions: frontier and classic. The smartwatch already offers a full array of great features, but Samsung is now rolling out a new update that brings more improvements to the Gear S3 in the US.

The changelog of the newest software update for the Samsung Gear S3 looks intimidating (in a good way). Aside from many of the new features, the update adds a couple of new Partner Apps will be available for download in Galaxy Apps Store.

Spotify, BMW Connected, Gear for Nest, Facer, …

Apple to Android users: "Life is easier on iPhone"

Apple recently updated some parts of its official website, which now includes a section dedicated to Android users who may want to switch to iOS. 

On its new Switch web page – accessible via the source link below – Apple is trying to attract Android users by mentioning that “Life is easier on iPhone. And that starts as soon as you turn it on.”

By scrolling down the page, you’ll discover several reasons why Apple thinks that switching to an iPhone is a good idea – starting with the fact that transferring your data (after downloading the dedicated Move to iOS app from Google …

Android O will allow users to pause a system update and return to it later

If you’re a long time PhoneArena reader, you know by now that we often remind you to take care of certain things before starting the process of downloading and installing a system update on your phone. The suggestions actually come from both carriers and developers, and urge you to make sure that your handset is connected to a Wi-Fi network before initiating the update. If that is not possible due to any one of a variety of reasons (perhaps there is no Wi-Fi network near your location), you need to have a strong connection to your carrier’s signal. Another suggestion that you shouldn’t take lightly …