Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force users in Brazil are being asked to join a soak test for the Android 8.0 update

Lenovo and Motorola are seeking Brazilian owners of the Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force willing to get involved in a soak test to see how the Android 8.0 (Oreo) build works on the two models. To be chosen to take part in the soak test, you must register your Motorola handset with the Motorola Feedback Network. If selected, your Motorola device is seeded the software being tested, and you must promise not to talk to the media about the soak test results.

According to email sent to Moto Z and Moto Z2 users in Brazil, an Android 8.0 (Oreo) beta could start rolling out within 48 hours to those who …


Samsung dares iPhone users to test the Note 8 via new Galaxy Experience Program

Samsung has just announced it will debut a new project that will allow customers to test its Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 smartphones for a month. Dubbed Samsung Galaxy Experience Program, the trial will kick off in South Korea on November 21 and it will end on November 27.

During the one-week period, a number of 10,000 people will be selected from those who apply for the program. They will be informed they’ve been picked for the trial on November 30. Between December 1-11, they’ll be handed a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 when they visit Samsung Digital Plaza.

Samsung …

Some Apple iPhone users on AT&T can't make or take calls (UPDATE)

If you are an AT&T subscriber with an Apple iPhone, you might have found it difficult to make or answer a phone call today on your device. The nation’s second largest carrier is experiencing some sort of network issue that instantly disconnects calls once they are connected. Calls made to some iPhone models that support the AT&T pipeline are sent right to voicemail, without giving the device user a chance to answer.

UPDATE: The outage now appears to be affecting all AT&T customers regardless of the device they use.

AT&T’s @ATT Twitter account tweeted an easy solution …

Another day, another Google Pixel 2 problem: Many users can't unlock their bootloaders

It seems that yet another new issue is her to mar the quality control regarding Google’s newest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL stock Android champs. 

It would seem that a number of Google Pixel 2 units purchased straight from the Play Store and not some shady reseller are arriving with bootloaders that can’t be unlocked. As you might imagine, the issue first popped up on XDA’s developer-centric forums, where multiple users bemoaned that they are unable to unlock the bootlaoders of their new devices though they are supposed to be able to do that by default, …

Some Apple iPhone users on AT&T can't make or take calls

If you are an AT&T subscriber with an Apple iPhone, you might have found it difficult to make or answer a phone call today on your device. The nation’s second largest carrier is experiencing some sort of network issue that instantly disconnects calls once they are connected. Calls made to some iPhone models that support the AT&T pipeline are sent right to voicemail, without giving the device user a chance to answer.

AT&T’s @ATT Twitter account tweeted an easy solution that seems to work. Restarting the affected iPhone (multiple times if necessary) is supposed to help iPhone users …

Some Apple iPhone X users troubled by buzzing and crackling noises coming from the earpiece

The latest issue to affect Apple iPhone X users appears to be buzzing and crackling sounds that come out of the earpiece. Word of this bug is getting passed along today, less than a week since some users posted photos of their iPhone X with a thin green line moving vertically down either the left or right edge of the display. The issue with the audio was mentioned on Twitter and Reddit, where several iPhone X users said that the buzzing or crackling sounds appear whenever the volume is cranked up to high or maximum during a phone call, while playing music or a video, or when a ringtone or alarm …

Google to remove apps that use Accessibility Services not aimed at disabled users from Play Store

Google plans to remove all apps that do not comply with its “Permissions policy and Prominent Disclosure requirements,” the search giant announced. Some developers that are using a special API meant to be used to create apps for users with disabilities to make apps that have other purposes, have been contacted by Google and asked to make some changes to their apps.

Among the apps that are using this API for users with disabilities, you might have already heard about LastPass, Tasker or Network Monitor Mini, but there are other popular apps using it as well.

Developers make use of …

Photo editing app VSCO now lets users save their own "recipes"

If you’re into editing photos on your smartphone, then you’re most likely familiar with VSCO – one of the most popular photo editing apps on Android and iOS, and for good reasons. VSCO is chock-full of built-in filters, has comprehensive controls for adjusting different aspects of the image, and although the UI may come off as a bit cumbersome at first, it is indeed very capable.
But what happens when you spend some 10 minutes editing a photo and then you save it? Well, the result will always be there for you to look at, but the editing process will likely be forgotten …

Twitter expands its character cap to 280 characters per tweet for most users

Twitter announced today that it is satisfied with the test it started in September that allowed some users to double the character cap on tweets from 140 to 280. The new character limit for most Twitter users globally is now officially 280 characters per tweet. During the test period, people still kept under 140 characters, and as Twitter put it, “the brevity of Twitter remained.” The number of English language tweets that hit the limit dropped from 9% to 1% with the expanded cap. Twitter says that this reflects users editing posts less often with the new higher limit.

Twitter says that …

Microsoft to bring new Office improvements to iOS users in November

Microsoft continues to improve its Office bundle with new features that brought to users all over the world on a monthly basis. The next update detailed by Microsoft is aimed at iOS users and is expected to arrive by the end of November.

However, Office Insiders can already access the updated versions of Office apps. Microsoft plans to add a brand new feature called “digital ink,” which will be available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad and iPhone.

Digital ink is especially useful when used with digital pencil, as users will be able to sketch their …