Tag Archive: Ahead


Chinese government blocks WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

WhatsApp falls to the Great Firewall.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most Google services are blocked in China, and WhatsApp is now joining that list. As reported by The New York Times, the Chinese government is cracking down on the Facebook-owned messaging service, with users all over the country facing disruptions.

It remains to be seen if the ban on WhatsApp is temporary. The government blocked WhatsApp’s photo, video, and document transfer options back in July, but  [Read More…]

Google expected to buy HTC phone division, trading halted ahead of news

HTC will be making a major announcement in the coming days.

Taiwanese media reported earlier this month that HTC was in the “final stage of negotiation with Google” for selling off its smartphone business, and it looks like things are coming to a head. Bloomberg says that HTC will halt trading its shares tomorrow “pending a major announcement,” which will be Google’s purchase of HTC’s phone business.

From the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE):

TWSE announced trading  [Read More…]

Google Home Mini and Daydream View leak ahead of October 4 unveil

Google is gearing up for an October 4th announcement, where it is rumored that we’ll get to see the wraps taken off the Android owner’s second-generation Pixels – the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. As is the case with Google I/O announcements, though, product unveils often bring an additional gadget or accessory, and newly leaked […]

6GB Galaxy S8+ gets a decent price cut in India ahead of Note 8 launch

Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is now available in India for ₹65,900 ($ 1,030).

With the Note 8 on the horizon, Samsung is slashing the price of the Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The model initially launched back in June for ₹74,900 ($ 1,170)](https://www.androidcentral.com/galaxy-s8-6gb-ram-and-128gb-storage-goes-sale-india), and has picked up a price cut last month, bringing its cost down to ₹70,900 ($ 1,108). Samsung is now selling the phone for ₹65,900 ($ 1,030)  [Read More…]

LG V30 software revealed ahead of launch

LG announces UI for unannounced smartphone

As it often does ahead of a big new smartphone announcement, LG has started the process of pre-announcing its next big thing. Today, a news release from the company takes the wraps off the LG V30’s‘s software suite, giving us our first look at the UI we’ll be using on the upcoming flagship. The new LG UX 6.0+ tunes up the visuals, with a rounded, Galaxy S8-style search bar, a simplified weather widget  [Read More…]

HMD Global CEO leaves abruptly ahead of Nokia 8 launch

This is an odd one.

HMD Global (better known as just “HMD”), the company now making Nokia-branded phones, has parted ways with CEO Arto Nummela despite the company being in the middle of a re-launch of the Nokia brand. HMD calls this a “mutual agreement,” which sounds rather ominous and adds to the confusion over why Nummela would leave as the company seems as though it’s on an upswing.

HMD’s new Nokia 3, 5, and 6, as  [Read More…]

Just when we thought it was ‘slow’ … we have a few strong months of Android ahead

Don’t be lulled into thinking the year is done — we have several big phone launches left in 2017.

On the media side of things, we usually refer to the time after the spring smartphone launches as a “slow” period. Samsung, LG, HTC, OnePlus, Sony and others all launched flagship phones across April, May and June — that gave us plenty to talk about, but we also had lots of time to talk about it as we  [Read More…]

DC Legends gets Wonder Woman update ahead of theatrical release

You can play as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman from the upcoming film!

Wonder Woman is finally getting her own major motion picture, which will see its global debut this weekend. DC Legends is celebrating the Amazon’s first solo outing with a new update that adds the movie versions of Wonder Woman, Hippolyta, and Doctor Poison as playable characters. A fourth, unannounced character is also slated to join the Hero roster as part of the June update.

These characters  [Read More…]

OnePlus rolls out a referral program ahead of OnePlus 5 launch

Save some cash on OnePlus accessories with its referral program.

OnePlus is launching a referral program ahead of the launch of its next flagship. To be eligible, you should have purchased a OnePlus smartphone directly from the company’s website in the past. To register, you’ll need to head to the referral page and click the Get your sharable link button to get a unique code that you can share with your friends and family.

Once they use the link  [Read More…]

Google has updated the Google I/O app ahead of the 2017 conference

With Google I/O 2017 rapidly approaching, Google has taken the opportunity to update the companion app ready for the annual conference that begins on May 17. The app is the perfect assistant if you’re attending Google I/O allowing you to check schedules and links to live video feeds for the sessions you can’t make. Google […]