Samsung's Galaxy S10 announcement yesterday may have covered the phone's general features, but out of necessity, it skipped some details. For example, it turns out Samsung's latest includes Google's Digital Wellbeing for better managing limits on when and how you use your phone. But it isn't the only device picking up the feature, the two-year-old Nokia 6 and 8 have also just snagged it. Read More
Nokia's return to the smartphone market by way of HMD has already made an impact thanks to affordable hardware and clean Android One software. Nokia just announced a new phone today, but it isn't forgetting its older devices. During the event, Nokia confirmed the first wave of Android Pie updates should hit its phones this month. Read More
HMD Global, the manufacturer of the recent Nokia phones, has notoriously been against releasing kernel source codes for its devices, despite their popularity. And even when it does push those out to the development community, it typically prevents people from unlocking the phones' bootloaders, which hampers customization options. But this morning brought news that Nokia 8 owners could do just that: unlock their bootloaders. Read More
Even stock Android isn't perfect. While the lack of a heavy-handed skin is welcome, many users will find shortcomings (whether personal or widely acknowledged by the user base at large), that they'd like to tweak. Those users will be glad to know that the one and likely only Essential Phone, one of the few stock Android devices on the market, is now supported by TWRP. Read More
Every month or so, an update to ARCore rolls out to add the augmented reality framework to a whole new set of phones, tablets... and now Chromebooks? Yes, the first Chrome OS device has been found among the list of profiles included in the ARCore APK, and that is the recently released Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Also joining the list are the codenames associated with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, blueline and crosshatch, which are due out this Fall. Read More
Back when Nokia was known for making Windows-powered Lumia phones, the camera was one of their most praised features, and part of their impressive performance stemmed from the Nokia Pro Camera software, which gave you a degree of manual control most phones wouldn't. This February at MWC, Nokia announced that the software would be coming back to its Zeiss-equipped Android phones, and now it is rolling out for the Nokia 8. Read More
Well, that didn't take long. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Nokia opened up the beta test for Android 8.1 on the Nokia 8, and now the beta is over and the update is officially rolling out to everyone.
The update was announced by Juho Sarvikas on Twitter and has started rolling out to users now with several sharing screenshots of the OTA downloading on their device. It weighs 1.5GB and brings the February security patch along with all the small and large improvements of Android 8.1. The most important of those are battery level reporting for Bluetooth devices and the possibility to continue restoring a backup after the initial setup, along with visual tweaks to the power menu and a correct hamburger emoji. Read More
HMD Global, the exclusive manufacturer of Nokia-branded phones, has done a pretty good job of keeping their devices up-to-date. Late last month, for instance, the company opened up the Android 8.1 beta for the Nokia 8. But this doesn't change the fact that it's been 136 days since HMD's Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, tweeted that the kernel source code for the Nokia 8 would be shared with the open-source community — and it still hasn't happened. Read More
Treble and bootloader aside, HMD is doing a great job at providing as close to a "Googley" Android experience to Nokia users as possible. The Nokia 8 started beta testing Android 8.0 Oreo a few months ago then received the official update, now the Nokia 5 and 6 are in the beta stage, but the company isn't stopping here. Android 8.1 has been out for a while for Nexuses and Pixels and so that needs to start making its way to Nokia phones as well, starting with the Nokia 8 as announced by HMD's Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas.
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It's that time of year again. Knowing our audience, chances are that you're looking for some sort of gadget to purchase for yourself or someone else. Whether the smartphone being replaced is too old, too bootloopy, or just doesn't have all the features you want, we've got you covered with our choices for the best smartphones you can buy.
The sheer number of smartphones on the market today makes narrowing the choices down difficult. So many factors - battery life, cameras, displays, software, water resistance, and more - come into play, but our goal is to find the best all-rounders out there. Read More