Check out new case-wearing renders of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8

February 17, 2017
Serial tipster Evan Blass disseminated a tweet yesterday that includes new renders of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, each inside a case. The placement of the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint scanner, to the immediate right of the rear camera, continues to be cited by those who believe that the image is not real. Blass’ original leaked image of the Galaxy S8 from last month, and the brand new render, both show the fingerprint scanner in the same location. To confirm this design, we even showed you some protective cases with a cutout for the fingerprint scanner in that location. We should also point out …

New GSMA mobile engagement study finds almost half of mobile users still only talk and text

February 17, 2017

It’s not everyday you see an endeavor of this scale and potential importance to the mobile realm. GSMA has take upon itself to create and start conducting a new annual study and calculate what it is calling the new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI). It is an unique figure that measures the population’s level of engagement with mobile phones, taking into account both types of use cases and frequency. The gathered data covers smarthpones and more traditional handsets and spans across 56 countries (32 developing, 24 developed), at 1,000 online survey respondent (18+) per country, effectively…

New rumor suggests both FullHD and QHD display options for the Xiaomi Mi 6

February 17, 2017

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite a few months now. Frankly, the immense fan interest has made it exceedingly hard to sort through all the alleged info on the device. Thus, you should take this new scoop, courtesy of a source on Weibo with the usual pinch of salt.

The poster claims that the Mi 6 will come in two distinct variants – one with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a FullHD panel, while the other will ramp storage up to 64GB and offer a QHD display. Different storage options sound perfectly reasonable and were observed on the Mi 5 as well, however, having…

TAG Heuer tipped to launch hybrid Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on March 14

February 17, 2017

In a January interview, a Tag Heuer executive said the luxury watch brand is going to release an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch in May – a successor to the Tag Heuer Connected that arrived in 2015. But the wearable may arrive earlier than expected, for sources in-the-know told Android Central that the device – called Tag Connected Modular – will be released March 14. The smartwatch is tipped to feature fully customizable lugs with a choice of interchangeable straps and clasps.

What’s more, a custom automatic watch head will let the wearable switch between digital and …

Sony slashes Xperia X price down to INR 24,990 in India

February 17, 2017

Competing well and staying relevant with a mid-range offer in today’s market is an almost impossible task. The going is especially tough in India, where many value-driver Chinese manufacturers have focused their expansion efforts in recent years. Since, Sony isn’t really known for its aggressive pricing strategy, discounts for devices like the Xperia X, were expected sooner or later.

After slashing INR 10,000 off the rather exuberant INR 48,990 (around $735) launch price last year, Sony has now brought down the Xperia X even more to INR 24,990 (about $375). That is how much the…

AT&T updates the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to Android 7 Nougat

February 17, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners on AT&T have begun receiving their long-awaited update to Android Nougat. Upgrading the S7 to version G930AUCU4BQA6 and the S7 edge to G935AUCU4BQA6, the 1.6GB update introduces several new features, such as a revamped status bar, performance modes for games and multimedia, native Multi-Window mode, a new Settings app, and other Samsung-exclusive stuff. That comes in addition to native functionality like Doze mode for power efficiency, the Data Saver, notification controls, seamless updates, and much more.

Grab the update while it’s hot and …

ZTE Hawkeye Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled

February 17, 2017

ZTE has announced that they have decided to phase out the Kickstarter campaign for the Hawkeye smartphone that was revealed by the company last month. The announcement came in the form of an update to the phone’s Kickstarter page.

The company, however, said that the project isn’t over. “We are reevaluating the device for the winning Project CSX idea – an eye-tracking feature with self adhesive backing – and it will be implemented based on your feedback.”

This comes less than a month after the Chinese firm acknowledged that their decision to implement eye-tracking feature with self…

Nougat update starts hitting Huawei Honor 8 units in India

February 17, 2017

Huawei has started rolling out a new update to Honor 8 units in India. Arriving as version FRD-L02C675B310, the update brings along Android Nougat (version 7.0) and EMUI version 5.0. The update was being beta tested until now, but now the beta phase has come to an end.

“Honor 8 with Nougat and Emui 5.0 is open to users in India now,” the Chinese company said in a blog post. “FRD-L02C675B310 became open to public a week ago. The same version will be available to all users in batches by end of February.”

Global roll out for the Honor 8 Nougat update began last month, and units in the…

YouTube plans to remove 30-second unskippable ads

February 17, 2017

If you’ve been using YouTube for a few years now, then its hard not to notice how much it has changed and gradually morphed. Google’s efforts all seem to be aimed at one goal – to position the video platform as a viable mainstream content provider, not unlike TV and capitalize on advertisement accordingly. A lot has already been said about the new policies and parts of the community are constantly expressing concern. But, without going into too much detail, we will note that nowadays popular content tends to be longer by design, aimed at ramping-up viewing times and often delivered by big…

Blizzard to release three Hearthstone expansions this year

February 17, 2017

Hearthstone players are in for a very eventful year as Blizzard’s plans for taking its mega hit further involve no less than three full-blown expansion packs. But where Blizzard giveth, Blizzard also taketh away – half a dozen cards from the Standard format will be removed.

The first expansion will cut cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers. Six cards from the original Classic set will be put inside the “Hall of Fame” and made unavailable in Standard mode. But don’t protest just yet. If you happen to have any of them, Blizzard …