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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile subscribers who are still using the older Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones are receiving a major update today: Android Oreo. We've seen the software update arrive for various Galaxy S7 handset owners throughout this year; the availability has happened slowly but steadily. T-Mobile users are now in the pipeline, some already seeing the nearly 2GB update.

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OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

Android users are finally starting to realize how much they’re being left behind in updates. Tired of iPhone owners gloating every year about major iOS updates, they have started to raise their voices and, fortunately, some OEMs are starting to take heed. Huawei just recently promised to push out updates every two months. Now OnePlus is making a similar commitment but has even more details to share. And, at least on the surface, it’s all good.

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Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Move over OnePlus 6, there might be a new Android darling soon. We have most of the flagship Android phones this year, save for one or two still to come, and thought we’ve seen them all. HMD Global and Nokia, however, may have something still up their sleeves. A certain Nokia “A1 Plus” or “A1P” or “AOP”, which could be the Nokia 9, has been mentioned in a recent leak and, given the OEM’s reputation, it might have the best combination of hardware and software this year.

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OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

Despite how much consumers demand it, it’s not easy for smartphone makers to make their devices available on carriers, US or not. There are a lot of business and logistic considerations involved and, more often than not, smaller companies have a harder time getting carriers’ attention. OnePlus, however, is no longer a small company that can be ignored and it plans to step up to the challenge of making its future smartphones, especially the 5G ones, available on carriers’ shelves.

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This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

Many smartphone cases promise to protect your phone from drops via shock-absorbing bumpers, but they're only so effective...and depend on your phone falling at the right angle. A newly demonstrated case is different; it protects your phone no matter how it falls due to a set of springs that appear right before impact. Rather than breaking, the phone bounces to safety.

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Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Coming about one month after the previously announced Alcatel 1X is a new budget Android Go phone from the maker, this one at a sub-$100 price point: the Alcatel 1. This model brings Android Oreo Go edition and a few notable features at the budget-friendly price of $89 USD. Despite the low-tier cost, specs are decent and include an 18:9 display.

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Motorola event: A new Android One phone cometh!

Motorola event: A new Android One phone cometh!

This afternoon Motorola released an invite to an event at which they'll have at least one new smartphone. This event is set to bring what the company suggests is a way to "Say 'hello' to a whole new way to connect, stream, download, video chat, and more." The event takes place at Motorola HQ in Chicago, and Motorola suggests they're in the process of "transforming smartphones forever." So that'll be a neat change of pace.

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Huawei commits to bi-monthly updates to Android smartphones

Huawei commits to bi-monthly updates to Android smartphones

One of the biggest complaints users have with their Android phones is the slow rollout of updates, even critical security ones. But while Samsung may be the scapegoat among OEMs, it is hardly the only guilty one. Most Chinese smartphone makers are just as bad but don’t get much coverage. Attempting to buck the trend, Huawei is putting its already embattled reputation on the line by announcing bi-monthly firmware updates for an unspecified wide range of phones, starting with a Face Unlock update for its 2017 and 2018 top sellers.

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Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo has some crazy ideas and it’s not afraid to use them. It wasn’t content to put an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 UD, it had to turn half the screen into one as well. Plus, it moved the front camera out of the bezel and into a motorized sliding popup. It might bring it back to the front, though, at least to make its latest innovation possible. It’s simply calling it the Vivo TOF (time of flight) 3D Sensing Technology and it’s issuing a challenge to Apple’s own tech.

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Samsung Good Lock app lets you personalize your Galaxy phone

Samsung Good Lock app lets you personalize your Galaxy phone

While Android is definitely a lot more customizable and configurable than other mobile platforms, there are still some things that are kept away from users’ reach. The recent discussion on the Substratum theming is an example of how Google doesn’t always give what users want. It does, however, leave such things up to OEMs, which allows them to create tools that let users customize their experience. One such example is Samsung’s oddly-named Good Lock app, now available for its most recent flagships running Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Xperia XZ2 Premium is going to cost you this much

Xperia XZ2 Premium is going to cost you this much

While some will always be able to find ways to justify the groundbreaking high prices of the likes of the iPhone X or Galaxy Note 8, they seem to have started an unfortunate trend. They have proven that some consumers are not so averse at paying four-digit figures for the latest and greatest phones. That may have inspired Sony with its Xperia XZ2 Premium which launches in the US next month, carrying such a price tag that might make some question if it’s worth it.

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Nokia 9 tipped to beat iPhone X and Galaxy Note 9 to the punch

Nokia 9 tipped to beat iPhone X and Galaxy Note 9 to the punch

This week we're having a peek at the upcoming Nokia 9, a device that's most certainly going to be more exciting than the other Nokia number phones - right? We can only hope. To become more exciting than the other phones they've released over the past couple years, Nokia is rumored to be bringing on technology that the brings heat to Apple and Samsung's feet - the likes of which we've only yet seen in China.

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