Honor 9 European launch: Watch the live stream here…

The Honor 9 may have launched in China a couple of weeks ago, but today is the official European launch of the successor to last year’s Honor 8. Featuring Huawei’s latest Kirin 960 processor,4GB RAM, upgraded dual cameras and a 5.1-inch Full HD display, we are looking forward to putting  the handset through its paces in our upcoming review. The launch event kicks off at 9:30AM ET/2:30PM CET, and you can join us after the break to check out the live stream.

Snapchat lets you share your location with Snap Map

Snapchat has just added a new feature called Snap Maps that lets you keep track of what your friends are doing, viewing and sharing Stories even if they are half a world away. In addition, you can also share your own location with friends so they can see which milkshake joint you are at. Snap Maps also shows public stories of events such as concerts, fairs, and gatherings that are happening near your location.

The OnePlus 5 survives bends, scratches, and burns

The OnePlus 5 launched yesterday with most of the requisite flagship components that we would expect to see in a high-end smartphone including a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6/8GB RAM and a dual-camera setup. If you are thinking of buying a OnePlus 5 (via the early drop code), you may be curious how the handset stands up to being scratched, burned and bent. Thankfully, JerryRigEverything is on the case and has already subjected the phone to his particular brand of torture. Check how the OnePlus fares in the embedded video below.

Samsung will reportedly ‘Unpack’ the Galaxy Note 8 on August 26 in New York

Despite garnering a ton of plaudits when it first launched, the Galaxy Note 7 turned into a total disaster that culminated in Samsung issuing a global recall for the handset. For a while, it was thought the Korean handset maker would abandon the Galaxy Note series altogether, but it was confirmed back in January that there would indeed be a new iteration, appropriately named the Galaxy Note 8. Today, it’s been reported that the Galaxy Note 8 will launch in the latter part of August, possibly around the 26th.

Google brings Android Apps support to 16 more Chromebooks

It’s more than a year since Google announced that Chromebooks would get the Play Store and the ability to run Android apps, with the Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google’s Chromebook Pixel being the first to gain support. Thankfully, it seems that Google is picking up the pace somewhat with the addition of another 16 Chromebook models to the list. Join us after the break for more details.

New OxygenOS Beta brings a host of bugfixes for OnePlus 3/3T

While we wait with bated breath for the official unveiling of the OnePlus 5 on June 20th, the OnePlus 3 and 3T are getting some love in the form of a new OxygenOS Open Beta build that dropped early this morning. This latest Open Beta includes a bunch of bugfixes as well as a new version of the OnePlus Community app. Join us after the break for more details. 

Roaming charges have been abolished in the EU

One of the great pains of traveling in Europe has been the often exorbitant charges that networks charge just for the privilege of using one’s own SIM card in a different country. Thankfully, except for a few bit part players, the European Commission has forced networks to abolish roaming charges when you are using traveling within the EU so long as you are using a SIM card issued in Europe, which means you can ‘Roam Like at Home‘.

Join us after the break for more details.

Google cherry picks former Apple chip designer to develop custom processors

There isn’t too much choice when it comes to choosing a smartphone processor, you either use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon or you go with MediaTek if you can’t produce your own chips like Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. Unless you are Google, which means you can afford to hire an experienced chip architect such as Manu Gulati away from Apple to build your own custom processors.  

The Honor 8 Pro is official with 5.7-inch QHD display, Kirin 960 processor and 6GB RAM

In case you weren’t watching the virtual launch, Huawei’s e-brand, Honor, has just taken the wraps off its latest handset, the Honor 8 Pro that previously launched as the Honor V9 in China back in February. The Honor 8 Pro is both bigger and more powerful than the beautiful Honor 8 that launched in August 2016. Luckily, it would appear that despite sporting a bigger display with QHD resolution, the latest Kirin 960 processor, a whopping 6GB of RAM, and a bigger battery, the Honor 8 Pro is still a great looking handset. Join us after the break for more details and images.

Massive leak reveals alleged specs and features of upcoming HTC U “Ocean”

Just because the Galaxy S8 launched last week doesn’t mean that the leaks have dried up. This week, it’s HTC’s turn in the glaring spotlight, with a whole bunch of details leaking on the specifications of the rumored HTC U or Ocean flagship, including things such as Edge Sense and possibly real-time HDR processing. Join us after the break for more details.

You can watch Honor launching a new phone via livestream on April 5th

In a welcome change from reporting about some new phone that is due to be Unpacked on March 29th, Huawei’s budget e-brand, Honor, is going to unveil a new handset on April 5th via a virtual launch, or live stream rather. It’s thought that the event will see the wraps being taken off the Honor V9, which could be known as the Honor 8 Pro in the west. Join us after the break for details.

Download Samsung’s Unpacked 2017 app to watch the Galaxy S8 livestream

In the midst of innumerable leaks, we have some official news about the upcoming launch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, and it comes straight from Samsung itself. The handset maker’s Unpacked 2017 app has recently been updated to allow users to keep up to date with the Galaxy S8’s launch on March 29th.  Join us after the break for more details.