OnePlus rolls out new OxygenOS Open Beta for OnePlus 3 and 3T, here is what's new

The OnePlus 3 and 3T continue to receive updates that address many of the issues reported by users. Either it’s the Open Beta ring or the closed beta channel, OnePlus pushes new updates for these smartphones almost on a weekly basis.

The new OxygenOS Open beta 20/11 for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, respectively, are now available for download to everyone who enrolled in the Open Beta program. These updates bring the same changes, so here is what you get if you own the OnePlus 3 or 3T.

First of all, several optimizations have been added such as the battery …


Nokia 8 vs Nokia 9: What's the deal with HMD's flagship

When it comes to the Nokia 2017 flagship, there were so many leaks and rumors the past few months that we’re not sure what to expect. First of all, the name has been tipped to be both Nokia 9, and Nokia 8. Second, specs have been all over the place and the only thing we know for certain is that the flagship will come with Snapdragon 835 and a dual Zeiss-branded camera.

However, everything else is a complete mystery. This, of course, allowed for so much speculation that we’re not sure what to believe anymore. So, let’s take a look at the different options we see …

Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's included

A new update has started rolling out OTA (over the air) for Sony’s two 2016 flagships – the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. The firmware upgrade contains the recently-released Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of both handsets to 41.2.A.7.35.

At the time of writing, the size of the patch isn’t known, but if its contents are similar to the one introduced on the Xperia X, it should weigh in at about 90-100MB. Currently, the patch is available to only a few regions, so you might have to …

New update rolling out to Sony Xperia X, see what's included

Sony has released a new update for one of its 2016 mid-range devices – the Xperia X. The new patch weighs in at 92.8MB and is currently being rolled out to Xperia X variants with a single SIM slot, although it shouldn’t take long before it becomes available for the dual-SIM models. 
It seems that the software upgrade only contains the Android security patch for the month of July and should bump the build number to 34.3.A.0.206. Still, it’s great to see Sony implementing the latest security measures in a timely manner, given …

OnePlus 5 gets a new update, see what's included in OxygenOS 4.5.5

A new update is now rolling out for the OnePlus 5. This is the third software upgrade for the new handset, which was officially released barely over a week ago. 
Weighing in at 59MB, the new firmware brings optimizations and improvements to the Wi-Fi connectivity, voice calling, battery consumption while video recording, as well as tweaks to the vibration motor. There are also a bunch of bug fixes on board, the most notable of which addresses an issue with the Wi-Fi signal being constantly displayed as weak. 
The …

Verizon pushes new update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, here is what's changed

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are eligible for a new maintenance update at Verizon, which mostly addresses some issues that users probably noticed in the past. Moreover, the update adds the latest Android security patches on both Samsung smartphones.

The first thing worth mentioning is that all preloaded Google apps (Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, Photos, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Play Store, YouTube, and Android Pay) will now be accessible and available for use in Easy Mode.

Furthermore, the update brings performance improvements to Wi-Fi Calling …

Apple releases iOS 11 developer Beta 2: See what's included in the new update

iOS 11 developer Beta 2 went live a few hours ago and, naturally, devoted Apple fans are rolling up their sleeves and digging right in. The update introduces a plethora of optimizations and bug fixes (as well as the inevitable emergence of new bugs), but also a few visible tweaks and additions to existing features. 

Here is a round-up of everything new that you’ll likely notice on the latest developer preview of iOS 11. Keep in mind that more stuff is likely to pop up in the following days.
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What's going on with these dudes rowing an imaginary boat at a music festival?

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Sometimes things pop up on the internet and you say to yourself, “I have absolutely no idea what I’m looking at. Please, will someone tell me what’s going on?”

That’s what we feel after watching this clip of a massive group of dudes pretending to row an imaginary boat at the U.K.’s Download Festival.

Please submit your theories and help us out.  Read more…

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What's new in Control Center in iOS 11: design, functionality, customization

With its launch in 2013, iOS 7 brought more than just a radical visual redesign to Apple’s mobile platform. It also added tons of functional, practical tweaks to iOS, Control Center being a prime example of that. With a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen, it provided iPhone and iPad users with easy access to various settings and controls from any screen.
Fast-forward to 2017, and iOS 11 is now introducing the biggest Control Center overhaul we’ve seen yet. We’re now about to walk you through it, but before we proceed, a disclaimer is due. …

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) image gives us a glimpse of what's to come

Samsung has yet to introduce its new Galaxy J series, but we have plenty of information about all three unannounced smartphones: Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5, and Galaxy J7 (2017).

Also, pictures of the Galaxy J5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017) leaked online, so we have pretty good idea of what they look like. The cheapest of the three, the Galaxy J3 (2017) recently popped up at TENAA, the Chinese regulatory commission.

Although this isn’t unusual for a smartphone that hasn’t been made official, we’ve decided to report on the matter since the listing at TENAA includes a picture of the …