Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active pops up with a rugged design and huge battery

Samsung likes to make rugged variants of their flagship phones every year, and we’ve been itching to hear something about the Galaxy S8 Active since the original phone’s debut. It’s taken a few months, but there’s finally a solid leak showing off what appears to be a prototype of the phone, and it looks in line with what we’ve been expecting.

Moto Z2 Force to make it to all four major U.S. carriers

Way back in April word first got out that Motorola was planning to expand the availability of the Moto Z2 Force and some other phones by not making them Verizon exclusive devices. That direction seems to have panned out on the eve of the official announcement of the device according to Evan Blass who tweeted out over the weekend that all four major U.S. carriers will offer the Moto Z2 Force.

Report says Samsung is working on AirPod-esque earphones with Bixby built-in

While Samsung’s incomplete Bixby virtual assistant may have its very own dedicated button of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets, many owners would rather remap the button as a camera button instead. The alleged Bixby smart speaker has apparently been shelved, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung is giving up on its attempt to push its virtual assistant on its customers, with the latest rumor saying that the company is developing a set of Bixby-powered wireless earphones, ala Apple’s AirPods. 

Midnight Black OnePlus 5 with 8GB RAM is now available with immediate shipping

Not so long ago, ordering a handset from OnePlus was one of the most frustrating things you could experience, thanks to the invite system that you had to endure with the launch of its début smartphone, the OnePlus One. Thankfully, OnePlus has learned lessons with each new handset it has produced, so much so, that customers have been able to buy the 6GB/64GB OnePlus 5 and expect it to ship within hours of the order being confirmed. Starting today, the Midnight Black 8GB/128GB variant is also available with immediate shipping in the US. 

Sprint jabs Verizon with opening of Twice the Price store

This almost feels like it should be April Fools Day and maybe that is what Sprint is hoping Verizon customers feel about their wireless plans. In a pointed announcement accompanied by a spoof advertisement video, Sprint is inviting shoppers to visit a pop-up Twice the Price store in Flushing, New York today only from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. What is a Twice the Price store you may be asking? It is a store where all of the prices have been doubled to whatever their normal price is. The spokesman for the store, “Uncle Danny”, does a much better job explaining it in the “commercial” released to YouTube so be sure to hit the break and check it out.

Motion Stills app from Google now available for Android

Although it is getting rarer for these situations to exist, Google announced today that an app they had developed exclusively for the iOS platform is now available for Android devices running Android v5.1 or later. The app is called Motion Stills and it accomplishes a couple different goals. First, it can be used to create short form video clips by compressing longer videos using a feature called Fast Forward. Second, Motion Stills incorporates some advanced algorithms and code to significantly stabilize video clips. The new Motion Stills app is now available in the Play Store.