Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications

Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 8 at an Unpacked event held in New York. We’ve endured weeks of leaks and rumors but now we have the official specifications for this latest edition of the Galaxy Note series. There’s an improved S Pen, a larger Infinity display, fast wireless charging, as well as a dedicated Bixby button. The big change over the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is the presence of dual rear cameras, both of which boast 12MP sensors and for the first time, Optical-Image-Stabilization. Hit the break for the spec sheet. 

BlackBerry confirms the KEYone will get an Oreo update at an unspecified date

Everybody suspected it, and Google finally confirmed on Monday night that Android 8.0 would indeed be named after the Oreo biscuit. The search giant then posted a list of its partners that would have Oreo flavored hardware before the end of 2017. One name that was originally missing from the list was BlackBerry, although the company has since confirmed that its KEYone handset will receive some Oreo goodness. 

Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unpacked live stream right here!

The waiting is almost over, the time for leaks has come and gone. Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy Note 8 just a couple of hours from now at an Unpacked event in New York, starting at 11:00 AM ET/ 3:00 PM GMT. Just because you can’t be there in person doesn’t mean that you have to miss out because Samsung will live stream the launch event. 

UK retailer accidentally confirms pricing and specs for Galaxy Note 8 ahead of launch

After weeks of leaks and rumors, today is the day that Samsung finally takes the wraps off of its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8 at an Unpacked event in New York. If you thought that the upcoming announcement would result in an end to the leaks, you are sadly mistaken. The UK retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has managed to accidentally confirm some of the Galaxy Note 8’s specifications, as well as pricing details. 

Bixby Voice is now available in more than 200 countries, if you speak English

The Galaxy S8 launched earlier this year featuring Samsung’s new assistant, Bixby, replacing the S Voice app that has been present on previous Galaxy S handsets. While Samsung made a pretty big deal out of Bixby at the launch event, the truth is that the virtual assistant launched incomplete and the voice component of the app only became available on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the US last month. Now, Bixby Voice is rolling out to pretty much everywhere in the world, so long as you speak English and own a Galaxy S8. 

Google may partner with Xiaomi on new Android One device

One of the interesting global markets that exists in the world is India although it is somewhat mirrored by other Asian countries like Indonesia. What makes India unique is high demand for technology in the form of smartphones, but an economy that makes the low-end of the market the sweet spot for sales. To try to capitalize on that, Google launched their Android One initiative a few years ago to somewhat replicate the success of their combination of hardware and software in the Nexus line of devices. That never really materialized as a successful project. Meanwhile, Xiaomi did manage to produce and successfully market devices to the Indian market. New reports indicate these two companies may be joining together to work on a new Android One device.

Moto X4 leaked images show up via hands-on reviewer

Motorola is preparing to release the Moto X4, a smartphone that appears to be positioned right on that line between flagship devices and the middle tier of the smartphone market. As we wait for it to hit the market, one person got to spend some hands-on time with the device and could not resist capturing a couple pictures as well as sharing some details about what Motorola has planned. Sources have also noted that the device pictured appears to be a blue colored variant of the device, our first look at that color.

Behind-the-scenes video shows how LG created the V30’s wallpaper

The hype machine for the LG V30 is gathering pace as we get closer to its launch at IFA 2017 in Berlin on August 31st, with Evan Blass doing what he does and LG posting details about its latest UX 6.0 interface, the floating bar that replaced the V20’s secondary display, as well as the handsets’ dual camera setup. Continuing the trend, the Korean handset maker has posted a video showing how the V30’s main wallpaper was designed, which we have thoughtfully embedded for you after the break. 

Sprint issues workaround for the BlackBerry KeyOne bloatware bug, official fix coming soon

It’s a few days since the Sprint variant of the BlackBerry KeyOne was found to have issues with bloatware, with previously disabled or even uninstalled apps being automatically reinstalled by the Sprint Mobile ID app. There was some initial worry that the issue was a sign of Sprint running riot with its bloatware apps, but it seems that there is a bug in the carriers Mobile ID app on the KeyOne. While Sprint works with BlackBerry to fix the issue, the carrier has provided a workaround for affected KeyOne owners. 

[Video] Unboxing the Moto Z2 Force

Verizon customers have long been familiar with Motorola smartphones, whether they are Motorola branded or part of the carrier’s DROID line. Outside of that, there were also customers willing to purchase unlocked phones directly from Motorola that might find their way to other carriers. This year Motorola opted to pursue a wider distribution strategy by making their new Moto Z2 devices available through all carriers. One of those devices is the Moto Z2 Force and if you are thinking about this new phone, TalkAndroid’s own Justin Herrick has an unboxing video to give you an early look at the actual product and what comes in the box.

ASUS ZenFone 4 line of devices unveiled

ASUS may not be one of the usual names you think of when shopping for your next smartphone, but that has not kept the company from continuing to churn out the models and maintaining a decent presence throughout all levels of the market. Today at a launch event the company revealed several new devices comprising their ZenFone 4 series of smartphones for the upcoming year.