When Samsung ditched the physical home button, they had to figure out where to put the fingerprint scanner. We’re not at the point where we can embed the sensor in the screen itself, so Samsung opted for a rear-mounted scanner.
Lots of other companies have gone that route, but they put the scanner in a sensible location. Samsung’s fingerprint scanner location on the Galaxy S8 is, for lack of a better word, trash.
By now, you are probably dreaming about Black Friday deals in your sleep, but a bargain is a bargain and this time it’s Verizon getting in on the act. If you own one of the Moto Z or Z2 variants, this is the perfect time to bulk out your collection of Moto Mods and add even more functionality to your handset.
Going into settings and turning off your phone’s location will stop all apps and services from tracking your whereabouts. That’s a simple, easy to remember privacy concept. Unfortunately, there’s one small problem. Google has been tracking you anyway. You can take more drastic steps like turning off cellular data or even removing the SIM card to stop this, but the bad news is that even those measures won’t work. A Quartz investigation has discovered that Android phones’ software gathers and sends location data to Google as soon as they connect to the internet. Period.
Unlike some manufacturers that announce a new smartphone and then take months to actually make it available for purchase (yes, LG, I’m looking directly at you), OnePlus’s latest creation, the OnePlus 5T, is now available to order. That’s quite the achievement considering that OnePlus only launched the handset five days ago.
Like so many manufacturers and retailers, HTC is jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon. HTC seems to want you to think they have the very best deals out there as they have dubbed their own sales event as “Blackest Friday 2017”. The headline for the event is the HTC U11, but the deepest discount is on the HTC Bolt.
Samsung’s highly anticipated foldable phone is inching closer to an official release as a support page for the Galaxy X has surfaced online in Korea. We know from a previous leak that it’ll probably be a futuristic flip phone with the model number SM-G888N0. The device already has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications, and one from the South Korean NNRA. The support page doesn’t reveal any new specifications, but it does signal that a launch is imminent.
Gone are the days when Black Friday used to span a single day of discounted goodies. These days, it’s a whole week affair, with deals often appearing the week before, we even have Cyber Monday to contend with the week after. However long it lasts, though, it’s a great time of the year for tech enthusiasts to make the absolute most of their hard-earned cash. If last week’s Holiday Gift Guide didn’t quite scratch the itch, we’ve cherry-picked some great deals from Amazon’s offerings for you after the break, consisting of everything from phones and earphones to battery packs and home automation.
Just because the OnePlus 5T was officially unveiled last week doesn’t mean its predecessors have been kicked to the curb. The upstart handset ran an Open Beta Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, the latest build of which was made available just last week. In a further step, the official Oreo build (OxygenOS 5.0) is busy rolling out to the two phones in question via OTA.
The Razer Phone launched a couple of weeks ago with a US availability date set for November 17th through Razer’s online store. Sales of the phone started a couple of days early on November 15th and Razer had promised that Microsoft Stores in the US would also carry them. As of today, select Microsoft Stores do have them in stock, selling for $699 unlocked for GSM networks (sorry Verizon and Sprint customers).
HMD Global‘s Nokia 2, the cheapest phone in their current portfolio of Nokia devices, has shown up on Amazon for U.S. buyers. The Nokia 2 was first announced for India and it was unclear whether the device would make it to the U.S. market. The Amazon listing for the Nokia 2 has it at a retail price of $99 and all three colors – copper, black and white – are available.
Just because OnePlus took the wraps off its OnePlus 5T yesterday doesn’t mean that owners of the company’s older handsets are getting left behind. The handset maker also announced a new Open Beta build for the OnePlus 3 and 3T phones, adding some new features and improvements to the beta Oreo firmware.
After the usual bunch of official and unofficial leaks, the OnePlus 5T is finally upon us with its 18:9 AMOLED display and $499 price tag. Due to go on sale on November 21, the handset features some interesting wallpapers that were once again created by Hampus Olsson.
Going retro seems to be gaining some buzz lately thanks to the popular Netflix show Stranger Things. In a case of good timing, Polaroid has been working with Motorola on a Moto Mod that embodies a retro feel in recreating the concept of pictures printed as they are taken with the new Insta-Share Printer.