Samsung Galaxy J7 on T-Mobile getting Android 7.1.1 update

T-Mobile has started pushing out a new update to Samsung Galaxy J7 units on its network. The update brings along Android Nougat OS version 7.1.1. In addition, it also includes monthly security updates. It’s worth mentioning that the carrier’s support page contains contradictory information – at one point its says the update includes Android 7.0, while at other it mentions Android 7.0.1. Even Android 6.0.1 is mentioned in one section. However, in reality, it’s the Android 7.1.1 update that’s rolling out – even a T-Mobile support thread (initiated by a Samsung Galaxy J7 user) confirms…

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Google Pixel 2 XL display reportedly has “black smear” issues

Users are reporting yet another issue with display on the new Google Pixel 2 XL. Called a “black smear” issue, the problem manifests itself as a blur or smear whenever a dark color object moves on the screen and leaves a temporary trail behind. Let’s play a fun game called “watch a Pixel 2 XL become a blue blob on a Pixel 2 XL” pic.twitter.com/RXQNVaCRYw— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) October 24, 2017 In a Twitter thread Stephen Hall of 9to5Google clearly shows the smear around the dark Pixel 2 XL on the screen as it scrolls up and down. He also demonstrated this in another example,…

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BlackBerry Keyone gets discounted for a day in Canada

If you are a BlackBerry fan in Canada, and are planning to purchase the company’s Keyone smartphone, here’s a deal for you: the device will be available at a discounted rate for on October 25 (today). Specifically, the standard, silver model will be available for CAD 649.99, which currently translates into around $ 512. This compares to the variant’s regular price tag of around CAD 730 (around $ 575). Multiple retailers, including Amazon, Blueshop, and Staples, will be offering the promo, which ends October 25 11:59PM ET. Via | Amazon | Blueshop | Staples

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Google starts investigating clicking/ticking sound issue with Pixel 2

Recently, it came to light that some users of Google’s new Pixel 2 smartphones are complaining that their units are making ‘clicking and high pitch frequency sounds.’ Well, the company has now provided an update on the issue. According to a Google employee, who is Community Manager at the official Pixel forum, the company has started investigating the problem. Orrin also noted that the problem – which he says affects only a small number of Pixel 2 users – doesn’t affect the performance of the device in any way. As a temporary solution, he suggested turning off NFC. Sadly, there’s…

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BLU Vivo 8L launched with 20MP selfie camera, 4,000mAh battery

BLU has updated its Vivo series of smartphones with a new device. Dubbed Vivo 8L, the phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 SoC with octa-core, 1.3GHz processor, and sports a 5.3-inch HD display. RAM is 3GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The handset features a 13MP rear camera and a 20MP front shooter with flash. Measuring 150.5 x 74.4 x 8.0mm and weighing in at 161g, the Vivo 8L runs Android 7.0 Nougat and packs in a large, 4,000mAh battery. The phone also features a fingerprint sensor as well as reverse charging and OTG capability. It is already available for purchase from…

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Average selling price of phones went up 7% in Q3, a new record

Do recent smartphones feel more expensive? It’s more than just your gut feeling, data by GfK shows a record rise in the average selling price (ASP) of phones for the third quarter of this year – it’s up by 7% compared to the same period last year. Global demand rose moderately (up 3% YoY) to a total of 367 million units – the highest number for this period of the year. This growth was driven by Latin America (+11%) and Central and Eastern Europe (+9%) as traditionally strong markets are seeing a decline. Western Europe was the destination for 30.9 million phones, down 7% compared to…

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HTC America now offering financing for smartphones through TD Bank

HTC is launching its Finance Program to customers who purchase any of HTC’s smartphones directly from its website. The news comes just in time before the Taiwanese phone maker is getting ready to announce a new HTC U device on November 2. When the HTC U11 came out back in May, customers had the option to take advantage of 24 month financing through PayPal Credit. So financing an unlocked HTC phone in the States is not a brand-new occurrence. The new HTC Financing Program can instantly approve customers online, for those making purchases of smartphones and accessories totaling $ 599 or…

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Misfit Vapor Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch will finally be available on October 31

The saga of the Misfit Vapor smartwatch’s launch is almost ready to come to a close now – and prove that its name wasn’t chosen by simply shortening the word “vaporware”. The Vapor was initially unveiled at CES in January with a proprietary OS, then re-introduced in March with Android Wear 2.0 on board and a “late summer” release time frame, which has since slipped to October. Today Misfit has announced that it’s going to make that revised estimate, if only just. The Vapor will officially become available from its maker’s online store on October 31. You may be able to grab one sooner if…

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Google Assistant gets over 50 new games, activities, and stories for families with kids

Google Assistant has become smarter today, this time incorporating more than 50 new games, activities, and stories all designed for families with kids. The new functionality is available today in the US through Assistant on Google Home, other smart speakers, and eligible Android phones. Thus you can play musical chairs, trivia, freeze dance, and do even more with your kids with the Assistant’s help. Google points out that talking to your Assistant instead of staring at a screen is “an easy way to be there, in the room, spending time with loved ones”. You can ask the Assistant to…

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Moto Z2 Force lands in China as the $1,507 Moto Z 2018 Kingsman VIP Special Edition

Huawei is usually the one to play naming games in the mobile world, but today Motorola’s proved it can dabble in that realm too. See, Lenovo’s subsidiary has launched a new smartphone in China – the Moto Z 2018. It even comes with a limited edition variation, called Moto Z 2018 Kingsman VIP Special Edition. Yet despite the name this is nothing but a Moto Z2 Force with a gold M logo on the back and a bunch of accessories thrown in for the special edition. The specs are exactly the same, the look is exactly the same, you get the idea – for all intents and purposes, this is a Z2 Force, just…

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