Nokia 9 renders and info leaks for latest HMD Global flagship

At one time Nokia was the force to be reckoned with in the cell phone market. After missing the smartphone juggernaut, Nokia has floated along with different owners and tested the smartphone market with both Windows and Android powered devices. Since being purchased by HMD Global though, it seems the company is going full-on with Android and their latest device in development, the Nokia 9, appears to be on track to compete at the flagship level based on some new renders and other leaks.

Motorola changes course, now says Moto G4 Plus to get Android Oreo

After being criticized last week for failing to include the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus amongst their existing devices to receive an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, Motorola has reversed course and says the Moto G4 Plus will get the new operating system via an update. This move by Motorola comes on the heels of revelations that prior marketing materials promised an update to Android O. In an email, Motorola pins blame on an oversight.

Motorola fails with Moto G4 Android Oreo update in more ways than one

Late last week Motorola revealed the existing devices in their product lineup that would receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. As we noted, one group of customers left out in the cold were those who owned Moto G4 devices as they were not included in the list. Upsetting customers is not a good idea in this day and age, especially those who are tech-savvy and can do things like find old marketing materials making product promises. That is exactly what has happened in the case of Android Oreo and the Moto G4 despite apparent attempts to scrub the Internet of that history.

Bose QC35 II headphones with Google Assistant built-in reported to go on sale from Friday for $349

With the official unveiling of Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones a little over two weeks away, more details are emerging about the search giant’s other products, namely Google Assistant. Last week some code names and diagrams pointed towards the headset and speaker manufacturer, Bose, baking Google Assistant into a new set of over-the-ear headphones, the QuietComfort 35 II. Today, there is definitive proof that this is indeed the case, and that the new headphones will go on sale later this week.

Motorola phones getting Android 8.0 Oreo revealed

Motorola has revealed the smartphones that will be receiving an update to the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system upgrade. The list covers 10 different devices in three of the many Motorola series of phones. One group of owners that will not be happy if they were looking forward to Android Oreo will be owners of the Moto G4 smartphones as they did not make the cut. Likewise, older versions of the Moto X series will not get an update either. In the case of the G4 series of devices, Motorola launched them with Android Marshmallow just last year and updated them to Android Nougat earlier this year.

Google Pixel XL 2 by LG confirmed via FCC database entry

Earlier we reported that Google has confirmed the big reveal date for the new Pixel 2 smartphones will be October 4th. Thanks to a new entry spotted in the FCC database, we are now able to also confirm that LG is indeed the manufacturer of the larger of the two devices dubbed the Pixel XL 2. This is not really surprising as all signs up to now were pointing to LG being the manufacturer with this latest discovery merely making things official. The smaller Pixel 2 phone was spotted in the FCC database a few weeks ago with HTC as the manufacturer.

LG reveals South Korean pricing for LG V30, V30+

With a variety of new smartphone announcements behind us, potential buyers are starting to place their orders for new devices. One potential device for these buyers is the LG V30 and the upgraded LG V30+, both of which were launched in conjunction with IFA 2017. However, when making their big reveal of the new devices LG did not share pricing. Now we know a little bit about what LG has planned as pricing for the phones has surfaced for the South Korean market.

Factory images with September’s Security Patch now available for Pixel and Nexus devices

Google has confirmed that it will indeed be launching the Pixel 2 on October 4, and we at TalkAndroid can hardly wait. In the meantime, if you own a Pixel or eligible Nexus device running Android 8.0 Oreo, you know what time of the month this is, it’s when you get the latest Security Patch on your handset as well as any other firmware tweaks. While security patches aren’t usually terribly exciting, the September update has the added bonus of fixing the BlueBorne flaw that affects a couple of billion Android devices. 

It’s official: Google will announce the Pixel 2 on October 4

It was previously thought that Google may announce its new smartphones on October 5th, but no, the search giant has chosen to confirm that Pixel 2 devices will indeed be launched a day earlier on October 4th. It would appear that a switch has flipped at Google HQ, turning the Pixel 2 hype machine on at full tilt with videos, billboards, and web pages all confirming the same thing. 

[Download] Use the official BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app to check if your phone is safe

By now, you may have heard a little about the BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability that billions of devices are exposed to. Even if you haven’t actually paired with another device, many of us leave Bluetooth active on our phones, which leaves them vulnerable to BlueBorne because it doesn’t even need to pair with the handset to take control of it. Scary, right? An IoT security company called Armis Labs first discovered ‘BlueBorne’, and has also published an app that you can download to check if your handset is vulnerable to this latest attack.

Samsung pushes out firmware update for Galaxy Note 8 with camera improvements and security patches

The Galaxy Note 8 was officially announced last month at an Unpacked event held in New York, with preorders going live on August 24th. With the official release date of September 15th coming up in just a couple of days time, Samsung is rolling out a day one update for the Galaxy Note 8 that includes some optimizations and improvements.

Samsung could launch a Galaxy Note with a bendable display in 2018

2018 has been a year of consolidation for smartphones, it seems that most of the major players, Samsung, LG, OnePlus, and even HTC, have stepped up to the plate to offer a great smartphone. About the only thing that is changing fast is the omission of the audio jack and the ever-increasing price of the handset, take the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone X as prime examples. But the improvements are mainly iterative, with new handsets boasting slightly better cameras and performance or a display with a different aspect ratio. So where is the innovation going to come from? As it did in 2013, Samsung hopes that flexible displays will be the next big thing, but this time the Korean company has slightly more definite plans, such as bringing a Galaxy Note to market in 2018 with a bendable display.