Huawei might have been able to deploy Android 10 just in time for its Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro releases, but, thanks to a looming U.S. imports ban, Western markets will not be able to use Google apps and services on those phones... at least out of the box. We've been expecting a couple of twists to come out of the company in order to accommodate those Google-dependent customers and they have certainly come — right out of the CEO's mouth. Read More
It's undeniable that the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ are the "best" stylus phones you can buy, but they're incredibly expensive. If you want a stylus that lives in your phone and don't feel like spending $1,000 to get it, the LG Stylo 5 might do the trick. This phone is easier to get now that it's available unlocked in the US, priced at $299.99. Read More
The new Palm Phone is, shall we say, a very complicated device. Then again, it was somewhat difficult to get a hold of in the first place: since its launch in November, it's been exclusive to Verizon and up until late April, you had to have a primary phone on a line of service to pick up this $350 "accessory." Nowadays, customers can use a Palm Phone as their main device, but that still leaves Big Red outsiders high and dry. Today, Palm is fixing that as it is availing its phone direct to buyers unlocked for use on most GSM networks. Read More
If you think paying nearly $1,000 for a good phone these days is bonkers, you're not alone — we think there are plenty of fine unlocked options well under four digits that will suit most if not all your needs. That includes phones from the recent past like the Galaxy S9+, now on Amazon for $534 or less. Read More
Although there have now been three successors to the LG V30 — V30S, V35, and V40 — the phone has only been out for a bit over a year. Thus, it's pretty surprising that an AT&T unlocked version can now be had for $249.99 new, which is a lot more appealing than its $799.99 MSRP.
FM radio might be hideously old-fashioned in this age of constantly connected streaming media, but it's free and sometimes it's just easier than finding streaming content. Samsung's phones have hardware support for FM radio reception, but the feature was missing from the unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ at launch. With the most recent update, that mistake has been rectified. Read More
Android 8.0 Oreo is finally rolling out to unlocked Moto Z handsets with model number XT1650-03 in the United States. The release weighs in at just over 1.4GB and includes Android security patches up to March 1. It comes almost two months after Oreo started reaching Moto Z owners in Brazil. Read More
The LG V30's update to Android 8.0 Oreo has been rolling out for months and months. It started in South Korea and later added the V30 ThinQ smart camera and search features, then it spread to the US and arrived for Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and finally T-Mobile. Now the unlocked US variant is getting it too.
The update has started showing up for owners of the US998 LG V30 today and it brings their device up to version 8.0 of Android. Based on all the other models getting Oreo, this should bring also a rebrand to V30 ThinQ and some new AI features to the device. Read More
Huawei released its flagship Mate 10 Pro in the US a few months back, but the P20 is not officially destined for American shores. You'll be able to get it on this side of the pond, but only in a few places. There are currently two eBay listings from reputable sellers where you can secure a unit right now. Be prepared to pay handsomely, though. Read More
Unlocked Android phones typically receive faster updates, as they are not subject to carrier update testing. Despite this, unlocked Samsung phones in the US are almost always updated after the carrier models, and this time is no exception.
Android 8.0 Oreo is finally rolling out to the unlocked Note8 - after the Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile versions already received the update. Read More