HTC to launch an Android One version of U11 Life (aka Ocean Life)

After rumors revealed Motorola’s plans to introduce an Android One smartphone in the United States in the form of a slightly modified X4, we’re now being tipped about another major company that has similar plans.

HTC is expected to launch an Android One version of its unreleased HTC U11 Life, also known as Ocean Life. The smartphones will feature similar designs and specs, but the Android One model will come with Android stock on board.

None of the HTC apps will be included on the Android One variant of HTC U11 Life. Moreover, the smartphone will run Android Oreo with Sense 9.0_A1 …

Alleged iPhone X specs leak out: 2.5GHz chipset, high-res display, and 512 GB version

There has never been an iPhone as leaked as the upcoming “all-screen” edition dubbed tentatively iPhone X, and today is no exception. Hours before the actual announcement, the Russkies seemingly strike again, leaking information about the most anticipated phone of the season. We kid, but what you see below is seemingly a screen grab from a carrier database that lists the specs and different versions of one iPhone X.
Since the screen diagonal is listed as 5.8″ with 1125 x 2436 pixels, we can only assume that the alleged screen grab features the “bezel-less” iPhone X rumored …

Next version of Nova Launcher to bring adaptive icons support

A brand new version of Nova Launcher was released earlier this week, which brought quite a few important changes that Android users can take advantage of. But there’s a new version of the launcher that’s being in the works now that will add a couple of other major improvements.

Released as beta, Nova Launcher v5.5 brings support for adaptive icons into the mix. The new feature is fully compatible with devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher, but some icons will require at least Android Nougat.

If you plan to install the beta version of Nova Launcher 5.5, then you should know …

Sticker shock: iPhone 8/Edition price may hit $1199 for an eventual 512 GB version

Another day, another iPhone 8/X/Edition price prediction that breaks our hearts and sends us weeping in the corner. It was Ming-Chi Kuo, the reputed analyst who predicted that the iPhone 8 will land with a $1000 starting tag, then the New York Times reiterated it, while now a self-made leakster who’s scored some scoops lately is rehashing the story, this time adding extra price tiers. 

The source claims that the basic 64GB iPhone 8 will indeed run you $999, but if you want to hang out with the cool kids that rock the 256 GB and 512 GB versions, you’d have to shell out $1099 …

BlackBerry in talks to license its version of Android called "BlackBerry Secure"

According to a report published today, BlackBerry has started the second phase of its licensing strategy. The first part was to sign licensing deals that allow other companies like TCL to design, produce, deliver and promote BlackBerry handsets. Under this plan, BlackBerry provides the software for phones like the DTEK60 and the BlackBerry KEYone while TCL handles the hardware.

The second phase also involves licensing. BlackBerry is in talks with global smartphone manufacturers to provide them with its secure version of the Android OS. The software is called BlackBerry Secure, which comes …

Latest Apple iPhone 8 rumors: September 12th unveiling, top-of-the-line version to offer 512GB of storage

One down, two to go. With the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 this morning, we still have the August 31st unveiling of the LG V30, and a rumored September 12th introduction of the Apple iPhone 8 to look forward to. You are probably thinking to yourself that this is the first time you have heard about a September 12th Apple event, and you’re right. A website out of France is citing sources from inside the carrier community stating that Apple will unveil the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and the third series of the Apple Watch on that date. And yes, the timepiece will have an LTE …

An improved version of the Alcatel U5 goes official, this time featuring HD display

Unsurprisingly, Alcatel is back with yet another budget-friendly Android smartphone. Despite the fact that the new Alcatel U5 HD has pretty low-end specs, this an enhanced version of another smartphone that was unveiled early this year at MWC.

Much of the specs inside are similar, so expect the same MediaTek MT6737 processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB expandable storage (up to 32GB). However, there are some improvements when it comes to camera and display.

The Alcatel U5 HD sports a 5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, …

A customized version of Nokia 8 may eventually arrive in the U.S. this year

Officially unveiled last week, HMD’s flagship, the Nokia 8 is expected to hit the shelves in early September for €600. Unfortunately, many Nokia fans won’t be able to purchase the smartphone because the Finnish company has decided not to bring it to markets like China and U.S. At least that’s what HMD officials were quoted saying right after the Nokia 8 was made official.

Now a new report claims HMD plans to launch customized versions of Nokia 8 in the United States and China sometime this year. The information comes from sources with knowledge of HMD’s plans, but …

Leaked image shows the name (and mascot?) of the next Android OS version

Google has already scheduled an Android event for August 21 where we’re expecting the search giant to release the new version of its mobile platform. Google is referring to its iterative mobile platform as Android O, but the market name will be revealed tomorrow.

However, if you’ve been following the news then you already know there’s high chance that Google will announce Android Oreo on August 21. Evan Blass tweeted an image of what appears to be the future mascot of the next version of Android, along with the official name of the OS.

Google usually reveals a huge mascot at its headquarter …