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Huawei CEO speaks on P10 memory + screen issues

Richard Yu blames supply chain issues for slower memory in some P10s, and static electricity for smudgy screens.

Storage speed in phones often isn’t heavily promoted, even in flagship handsets, but it’s something which can affect how fast a device feels. As Engadget’s Richard Lai reports, some Chinese Huawei P10 owners noticed slower flash memory performance in their devices — speeds in line with the older eMMC 5.1 spec, not the newer UFS 2.0/2.1. Unlucky devices with  [Read More…]

Ad-Blocking could be on the horizon for Google’s Chrome browser

The Wall Street Journal has reported on the possibility of Google introducing an ad-blocking feature for their Chrome browser for both mobile and desktop platforms. This is an interesting one as Google itself is predominately a form of advertising company and on top of that they already pay for the services of Adblock Plus enrolling onto […]

MIUI is never going to be close to stock Android, and that’s a good thing

Don’t hold out for a MIUI build based on pure Android.

With over 200 million users, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the most popular manufacturer skins in the world. Its usage has skyrocketed in recent years as Xiaomi made its foray into the Indian market, where the company has set up an R&D unit to cater to localization needs.

MIUI has come a long way in the last three years, adding a host of new features that  [Read More…]

US Cellular: Everything you need to know

What you need to know about America’s fifth largest network provider.

When people talk about post-paid nationwide cell phone networks in the U.S. they usually mean the Big Four: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But there is a fifth company who offers full-service nationwide contract plans that are as good or better than the bigger corporations: US Cellular.

It stands to reason. As of Q4 2016, US Cellular had 10x fewer subscribers than number four Sprint had  [Read More…]

Mastercard introduces a credit card with a built-in fingerprint reader

Mastercard’s latest credit card comes with a biometric zone that stores your fingerprints.

Mastercard has rolled out a credit card that has an integrated fingerprint scanner, making it easier to authenticate purchases at retail stores. The card stores two fingerprints, and features an embedded sensor that lets you authorize payments instead of having to sign or use a PIN.

To get started, you’ll have to register your fingerprints at your bank, after which the information will  [Read More…]

Moto G5 Plus can’t make emergency calls on Verizon’s VoLTE service

Lenovo has offered a temporary solution, with a software update fix coming next week.

If you own a Moto G5 Plus running on Verizon’s network, this news is for you. In a recent post on Lenovo’s support forum, the company says it has identified a software issue that affects the Moto G5 Plus’ ability to connect to 911 emergency services when using Verizon’s Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.

Obviously, this is a pretty big safety concern that  [Read More…]

BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

Pre-order today for delivery by May 5th, priced at £499.

UK retail giant Carphone Warehouse has today kicked off pre-orders for the new BlackBerry KEYone. BlackBerry Mobile’s new keyboard-toting device is available to order SIM-free for £499. That’ll get you a security and productivity-focused handset with a full QWERTY keyboard, Android 7.1.1 Nougat and BlackBerry’s full loadout of apps, including BlackBerry Hub and DTEK.

On the inside, it’s running one of the Android Central team’s favorite mid-tier  [Read More…]

We wrapped the Galaxy S8 in Spigen’s newest cases, and found there’s something for everyone

We finally wrapped a Galaxy S8 and S8 + in a Spigen’s newest cases, and they feel great.

We finally have our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, which means we can finally test out how all those Spigen cases feel and look on the phone itself. If you’re still on the fence about which cases is best fit for your Galaxy S8 and S8+, take a good look at all the great cases Spigen  [Read More…]

How to connect a Controller to your Gear VR

Pairing your new Gear VR controller will only take a minute, and it’s a breeze.

The day has finally come, when you can purchase a new Gear VR controller to use for your adventures in VR. That of course means that you need to know how to pair this awesome new accessory with your Gear VR headset. Have no fear, we’ve got the details for you here!

Read more at VR Heads!

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on US Cellular now getting Nougat

The smaller U.S.-based network is the last major carrier to send out the update.

Good news for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users on US Cellular: the phones are finally getting the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, as noted by SamMobile. This is weeks after the U.S.’s four of the major carriers had already seeded the update.

The US Cellular variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are receiving an update with a file size  [Read More…]