BLU Grand XL spotted ahead of official unveil

We’ve recently reported about a new budget-friendly BLU smartphone that was recently granted FCC’s approval, the BLU Studio J2. However, this doesn’t seem to be the only handset the US-headquartered company is likely to launch in the next couple of weeks.

An unannounced BLU smartphone has been spotted at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today, which could be the sequel to the Grand X, a mid-range handset launched on the market back in January.

There’s not much information filed at FCC, but since this might be the sequel to the BLU Grand X, we believe …


Beautiful black and white wallpapers in ultra high-res, perfect for your Pixel XL, Galaxy S8 and S7, LG G6, LG V20, HTC U Ultra and others

If you’ve been following PhoneArena for a while now, you’d know that we take Android customization seriously. From regular updates on the latest and greatest in launchers, widgets, and icon packs, we go all the way down to wallpapers – a simple, yet very effective way breathe some fresh air into your home screen.

Of course, getting your hands on a background that you both like and is of high enough resolution is occasionally a bit too hard, truth be told — especially if you own a device with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display. Unfortunately, many online …

Pixel XL 2 aka Walleye scores a mention in Android testing by Google engineer

David Zeuthen, a Senior Software Engineer at Google, may be toying around with a Google Pixel XL 2, which we recently learned could be codenamed Walleye. From the AOSP project code postings that revealed to us the eventual internal titles of the next Pixel phones, now comes the thread that you see above, where Mr Zeuthen refers to testing new software, probably part of Android O, on a “walleye” device (nudge, wink).
Provided that the deduction is legit, Google is apparently hard at work on the new Pixels already. With the Google I/O event right …

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get software updates at least until October 2019

Google today refreshed one of its important Android support pages, adding the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to a special list: the one showing for how long the handsets will receive official software updates.

As you can see below, Google can’t guarantee that the Pixel and Pixel XL will get Android version updates after October 2018 (thus two years after their initial launch). It also can’t guarantee that the two devices will receive security updates after October 2019 (3 years after launch). To be fair, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Android version updates …

$130 ZTE Max XL launched on Boost Mobile, packing surprisingly generous specs in places

ZTE is on a roll this week, attacking the budget sector with reasonably well thought-out phones. After releasing the $199 Blade Max 3, the Chinese brand is going to launch a new prepaid phone on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile – the ZTE Max XL. Embargoed information leaked online, describing a $130 phone with some surprisingly solid hardware for the price. The device features a 6-inch 1080p-resolution screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

There’s a 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera, along with a 3390mAh battery. The ZTE Max …

Beautiful ultra high-res wallpapers, perfect for your Galaxy S8/S8+, LG G6, Pixel XL, HTC U Ultra, Xperia XZ Premium, and others

Getting tired of your current wallpaper every time you unlock your device? Well, good, for it’s time for yet another installment of our weekly pick with high-quality, extremely high- resolution wallpapers! Just how high-res, you wonder? Well, today’s largest wallpaper is actually over 50 (that’s right, fifty) megapixels in size, which is darn impressive even by the standards set by this column. In fact, you could probably make a huge print out of it and put it on your wall, if you wanted to.

Anyway, not all of the backgrounds included in this selection …

Google mistakenly releases confidential test build of next Android security update to Pixel XL

There appears to be no end in sight for Google’s update blunders. After recently releasing the fingerprint sensor-breaking Android 7.1.2 update and multiple other buggy patches in the last few months, the tech giant now somehow managed to accidentally push a “confidential Googlers-only OTA” to a number of Pixel XL handsets.

Android Police reports that some Pixel XL owners received a “Dogfood” test build of the planned security patch for May 2017. The OTA notification specifically reads that this is a “CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY” update which Google employees are …

Beautiful ultra high-res wallpapers, perfect for your Pixel XL, Galaxy S8 and S7, LG G6, LG V20, HTC U Ultra and others

High-resolution, and high-quality wallpapers are not the easiest thing to find, especially if you have as many as 1440 x 2560 pixels to fill with information – as would be the case if your smartphone has a QHD display.

The reasons for that are several. Perhaps most importantly, however, it’s just exceedinly easy for wallpaper repositories to simply upscale lower resolution content to make it appear as if it would fit perfectly on your fancy screen, but the reality is that stretching the image takes a ton from the quality. And that’s not what you want if you’re looking …

Carriers start putting the 128GB Google Pixel XL on discontinued list

Google’s Pixel phones are great devices when they’re not affected by hardware or software issues. Unfortunately for some, both of them are rather hard to come by lately, especially if you’re not living in the United States.

Anyway, the next couple of months might be the last for the Pixel and Pixel XL, as both will be replaced by a new generation of Google flagships smartphones by the end of the year. The cycle of life will soon end for the Pixel phones, as carriers are starting to put them on discontinued list.

Canadian carriers Rogers and Fido confirmed …

4K UHD wallpapers mega collection: stunning backgrounds, perfect for your LG G6, Galaxy S8/S8+, Pixel XL, HTC 10, Xperia XZ Premium, and others

With smartphone display sizes and resolutions on an upwards spiral of constant growth, finding a wallpaper that looks good and fits well on whatever crazy aspect ratio phone makers come up with next, becomes a rather annoying exercise in trial and error.

Aaaaaand that’s where we step in to save the day bring you an awesome collection of ultra high-res images that can automatically transform the home screen of any smartphone in existence into something utterly amazing! We kid, we kid! The part about providing you with copious amounts of top-notch wallpapers is still …