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.

Huawei Mate 10 lock screen features ‘Smart Color Selection’ in latest version of EMUI

Having announced its brand new HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor sporting baked-in AI at IFA 2017 a few days ago, Huawei is busy prepping to launch the Mate 10 on October 16th in Munich. To whet the appetite, Huawei has teased the lock-screen of its new device that should launch running EMUI 6 and confirmed the aspect ratio of its display. 

Google adds HDR support to the Pixel and Pixel XL, sort of

Google has quietly added HDR support for the Pixel and Pixel XL in the YouTube app. Cool, right? It is, but how they did it is pretty interesting.

Typically, phones need to support HDR at the hardware level. Some newer phones and tablets are launching with it despite there not being very much HDR content, but you don’t see OEMs go back to add HDR support via software on older phones, but that’s exactly what Google did.

Google is fixing Pixel phones in the Houston area

Google has teamed up with UBreakiFix in the Houston to offer free cell phone repairs to anyone in the area that’s been affected by Harvey in the past couple of weeks. All you’ll need to do is bring your Google Pixel into any of the repair shop’s locations around Houston, and they’ll get your phone up and running again. It’s a small gesture, but phones are extremely important in times of emergency.

Will there ever be a Snapdragon 836? Definitely not for the Pixel 2

With the impending launch of the next generation of Google Pixel phones, known for now as the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, many fans were looking forward to Google benefiting from a little bump in the current processor market for flagship phones. Early rumors indicated Qualcomm was working on an updated chip that would be the Snapdragon 836 succeeding the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835. Last week that fell apart when word surfaced the Snapdragon 836 would not be ready for the Pixel 2 devices. Sources familiar with the plans now say the Snapdragon 836 was indeed going to be used, but now there is a question as to whether that processor will ever be produced. 

Customer support pipeline filling for Google Pixel 2 release

With IFA 2017 behind us along with a host of new smartphone announcements, many eyes will be turning to Google and the expected launch of the Google Pixel 2 devices around a month from now. In a sign that things are ramping up for Google and the new phones’ release, an employment opportunity was spotted on LinkedIn for a customer support position specifically supporting the Pixel 2.