smartphones

Galaxy S8 Oreo update arrives just ahead of S9

Galaxy S8 Oreo update arrives just ahead of S9

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones are on the receiving end of the big Android Oreo software update. The update is rolling out to handsets now, but not everyone is getting it at the same time. Those who do get it will see a software update clocking in around 500MB with the February security patch. Galaxy S8 owners who are feeling impatient can manually check for a software update now.

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ leak in a brand new color

Galaxy S9 and S9+ leak in a brand new color

Late last week, a video was published showing off official Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ cases from Samsung. The cases were about what we expected, but one oddity was tossed into the mix: a new color. The case has a strong purple shade just a bit lighter than eggplant, seemingly revealing that Samsung will introduce a new color option in its upcoming flagship model.

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Galaxy S9 will redefine mobile cameras: here’s what we know

Galaxy S9 will redefine mobile cameras: here’s what we know

Samsung has fired off an invitation confirming that it will unveil the Galaxy S9 flagship smartphone during Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The unveiling will be part of Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event, which will take place at 6PM CET. We'll know all the official details on the phone then, but Samsung has revealed one major detail ahead of time: the Galaxy S9's camera.

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LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent's details, this model -- should it ever be put into production -- wouldn't feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half. The result is a smartphone that functions as a tablet.

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OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus. Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation. Today we're getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren't looking good for OnePlus or its users.

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Apple, Samsung face antitrust probe in Italy over planned obsolescence claims

Apple, Samsung face antitrust probe in Italy over planned obsolescence claims

Apple's confirmation that it slows older iPhones with aging lithium-ion batteries kicked off a round of severe criticism around the world, with many tossing around accusations of planned obsolescence, among other things. Following that is a new probe opened by Italy's antitrust authority involving both Apple and Samsung. According to the organization, user complaints spurred the probe.

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Comcast Xfinity Mobile BYOD launches for some iPhones

Comcast Xfinity Mobile BYOD launches for some iPhones

Comcast just announced a big change to its Xfinity Mobile MVNO service, which allows its customers to get mobile service through the company via Verizon's network and Comcast WiFi hotspots. Today the company announced that, finally, it allows customers to bring their own device. There's a big limitation with Xfinity Mobile's BYOD service for now, though: it only accepts iPhones.

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AT&T urged to cut Huawei ties by US officials over national security: report

AT&T urged to cut Huawei ties by US officials over national security: report

AT&T is being pressured to cut commercial ties with Chinese company Huawei, according to sources who say US lawmakers are behind the issue. The reason reportedly revolves around national security concerns, with officials fearing that Huawei could be a company compromised by the Chinese government. The news follows a recent bill proposal that seeks to ban US government agencies from contracting with firms that use Huawei hardware.

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Hawaii missile attack alert sparks mistaken terror

Hawaii missile attack alert sparks mistaken terror

A terrifying false warning of an incoming missile sent residents of Hawaii into a panic earlier today, after blaring news of an imminent strike on their smartphones. "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii," the all-capitals message warned. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."

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ZTE Axon M is first of multiple folding phones the maker has planned

ZTE Axon M is first of multiple folding phones the maker has planned

Last year, ZTE released a smartphone with two displays called the Axon M. This phone has a hinge sandwiched between the displays, enabling it to fold like a clamshell phone. ZTE calls this a folding phone, though it doesn't quite meet the folding definition -- it has two displays, not one flexible folding display, which is the primary goal for some phone makers. The Axon M, ZTE has said, is only the first among the company's folding handsets.

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Samsung’s future US smartphones will have active FM radio chips

Samsung’s future US smartphones will have active FM radio chips

Samsung's future smartphones will have unlocked, activated FM radio chips, according to the company behind terrestrial radio mobile app NextRadio. According to TagStation, Samsung has confirmed that its future smartphones in the United States and Canada will have active FM chips, enabling handset owners to listen to their local radio stations. This follows the FCC's recent call for phone makers to support FM radio.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro US release detailed (but no AT&T deal)

Huawei Mate 10 Pro US release detailed (but no AT&T deal)

Huawei will launch the Mate 10 Pro as an unlocked, SIM-free phone in the US come February 2018, selling the Android smartphone through third-party stores but not via a carrier. Announced last year, the Mate 10 Pro packs a 6-inch OLED display and a dual-lens camera developed with Leica. Meanwhile, there'll also a Porsche Design version of the phone, and a new celebrity ad campaign intended to help potential American buyers figure out how to pronounce Huawei's name.

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