Here’s a look at the upcoming Sharp Aquos S3 with no bezels and dual cameras

2018-01-12 21:36:09

About 10 days ago, we got our first glimpse of the Sharp Aquos S3 after the device passed through China’s TENAA certifications. The device features a bezel-less display, along with dual rear-facing cameras, an LED flash, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The device is expected to be officially introduced at an event in Taiwan next week, but now we are getting our first “hands-on” look at the Aquos S3. The device has now passed through Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC), giving us a better look at what to expect from the upcoming device.

When looking at the front of the device, we can see that the Aquos S3 will have what appears to be a notch at the top where the front-facing camera and earpiece are housed. This is similar to that of the iPhone X, meanwhile, the bezels on the bottom are just big enough for Sharp to slap a logo in your face.

On the right side of the frame, the Aquos S3 will have both the power button and volume rocker. Moving to the rear of the device, there is a vertically-mounted dual-camera setup with a microphone cutout atop and the LED flash below. In the center of the rear, Sharp has mounted its fingerprint scanner, which is a necessary move considering the move to an 18:9 display.

Previous leaks have confirmed that the Aquos S3 will have the following specs:

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD Display (2,040 x 1080 resolution)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630/660 SoC
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB Storage
  • 16MP Front Camera
  • 12MP + 13MP Rear Cameras
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

We aren’t exactly sure as to how much the Aquos S3 will be priced at, nor do we have any idea if this will make its way to other markets. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated after Sharp’s event next week.


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You can now receive Google Duo video calls even without the app installed

2018-01-12 21:06:07

In an effort to give users a true FaceTime alternative for Android, Google Duo was born. It was quick, painless and all you needed is your number to sign up and it synced right up with your contacts. Google has been trying their hardest to make the app and video calling as ubiquitous as possible, incorporating the app into other apps like the Dialer and bundling it with their core Google apps that come pre-loaded on most devices. Now they’re taking things a step further…

Some Android users are reporting the ability to receive Duo video calls, even without the app installed. You heard that right. Users don’t even need to register for the service in order to receive video calls — it just works. At the end of the call, the recipient will be asked to install Duo onto their device if they’d like to initiate a video call in the future, or they can reject future calls from that contact.

Apparently the app is using an Google Play services feature called App Preview Messaging, but it doesn’t work for everyone. You’ll need to have an Android device and it doesn’t work on iOS and while there are other factors at play here, it’s unclear exactly what those are so it’s still hit or miss. It’s possible Google could be planning to announce this feature more formally at a later date and maybe then they’ll have more concrete information for us. In the meantime, feel free to make those Duo video calls to whoever you like. It might just work.

via Android Police

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The Honor 7X is coming to Amazon on January 25th

2018-01-12 20:36:56

The Honor 7X has been available in the US for the last month or so, but it has only been sold through Honor’s own website. All of that is about to change, as a new listing on Amazon shows that the Honor 7X will be made available through the online retailer.

We already know everything that the Honor 7X has to offer, but being able to purchase the device through Amazon and get free 2-Day shipping is a great perk. That way you won’t have to worry about the post office messing something up or anything of that nature while you wait for your shiny new toy.

Honor 7X Specs

  • 5.93-inch FHD+ Display
  • HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB Storage
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • 16MP + 2MP Rear Cameras
  • 3,340mAh Battery

If you were hoping for a launch discount of sorts, you’ll be out of luck as the pre-order listing shows the price for the Honor 7X at $199.99. However, you can pre-order either the Black or Blue color variants today, and the device should arrive on your doorstep on January 25th.

Personally, I have been strongly considering picking this bad boy up just to play around with, after seeing all of the raving reviews surrounding this budget device. If you want to pick one up for yourself, hit the button below, and let us know what you think about Honor’s latest offering.

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Unlocked HTC 10 begins receiving Android 8.0 Oreo over-the-air

2018-01-12 19:49:22

It’s been almost 5 months since HTC first announced that devices like the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and the HTC 10 would be seeing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo. There was no ETA given but typically older devices get put on the back burner while most recent flagships get top priority. Those with the older HTC 10 can finally join devices like the HTC U11 in the winner’s circle. Well, some of them anyway.

The HTC 10 is now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo (software version 3.16.617.2) via an over-the-air update but only the unlocked model. Those with locked carrier models will still need to wait before the update is approved by their carrier, filled with any extra fixins, and pushed out over-the-air. No telling how long that will take, but at least you know you wont have to wait much longer. Cheers.

via DroidVendor

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New LG G7 render shows off even slimmer bezels than expected

2018-01-12 19:08:32

We have no clue exactly what LG is planning to do with its upcoming flagship devices, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still seeing rumors and leaks regarding the LG G7. We aren’t even sure if this is the final name of the device as LG confirmed its plans to change its naming scheme for future devices, as it plans to step back from the rigamarole of following a release schedule.

Nonetheless, a new render has leaked of the front panel for the LG G7, showing off even slimmer bezels than that of the LG G6 or LG V30. As you can see, the bezels on all four sides of the device have been slimmed down, with practically zero bezels on the sides.

Housed in the top bezel, we can see that the G7 will have dual selfie cameras, and it would not surprise us if LG introduced a new facial recognition or face unlock feature with the device. Unfortunately, there’s not much else to go off of here, other than the speaker grille being placed directly at the top of the device, as is the case with just about every phone.

While this latest leak doesn’t bring any information regarding specs, we know that the LG G7 will likely be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset which will be coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. We are also expecting a dual-camera setup on the rear, similar to that of the two flagships released in 2017.

As stated above, we aren’t sure about the final release date for the G7, but LG did confirm it would be coming in Q2 2018, so keep your eyes peeled as we learn more about this upcoming device. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the G7 in the comments below and if you’re excited to see a new device with even slimmer bezels.


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The retail box for the Galaxy S9 supposedly leaks, sharing key specs

2018-01-12 18:11:47

Now that we know that the Galaxy S9 will be unveiled at MWC 2018, this means its crunch time for those of us who thrive off of leaks. The device has seen a few leaks and renders, including a full CAD render video that was shared back in December, revealing a similar design to the Galaxy S8.

However, while we have seen renders of what the Galaxy S9 will look like, little has been shared regarding what will be under the hood for Samsung’s latest flagship. Luckily, a new image has surfaced which shows off the back of the retail packaging for the Galaxy S9, sharing some of the specs for the device.

The box reveals that the device will have a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 lineup. The packaging doesn’t share the processor that will be powering this device, but we know that the Exynos 9810 will be at the helm for international variants, while the Snapdragon 845 SoC will power the US variant.

It seems that Samsung isn’t ready to make the jump to 6GB as the starting point for RAM in the Galaxy S9, as the packaging confirms that there will be 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. As has been the case for quite some time, we are expecting for Samsung to include a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Moving down the list, we see that the device will have a “Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP” sensor, confirming that the smaller Galaxy S9 will not make the move to a dual-camera setup. This camera is also listed as being capable of “Super Slow-mo”, likely meaning that the device can shoot in up to 60fps, while the front-facing camera will feature an 8MP sensor.

Samsung will be including AKG-tuned stereo speakers, which hopefully will be improved when compared to last year’s model. Meanwhile, Samsung will be packaging the same AKG-tuned headphones which were introduced last year, but then were sold for $99 separately.

Finally, the packaging shares that the Galaxy S9 will feature IP68 water and dust resistance, and will also feature an iris scanner. The iris scanner will be a big talking point, especially if Samsung improved the technology as it looks to compete with Apple’s FaceID.

I don’t know about you, but I’m actually looking forward to the release of the Galaxy S9 Plus, as that will likely be the “true flagship” device until the Galaxy Note 8 comes out. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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The HTC U11 EYEs is the company’s second attempt at a near bezel-less device

2018-01-12 16:43:15

While most of us were fast asleep, HTC decided to announce that a new device was coming in the form of a “Save the Date” for January 15th. It seems that the HTC U11 EYEs will be officially unveiled, but @evleaks (Evan Blass) took this time to spare us from the anticipation.

Blass not only shared some of the official press renderings but also shared some of the specs for the upcoming mid-range device from HTC. The HTC U11 EYEs will be the name of the new device, but there doesn’t seem to be anything earth-shattering coming from HTC.

The U11 EYEs will feature a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080, making this the second HTC device to be released with a 2:1 aspect ratio after the HTC U11 Plus. Powering the U11 EYEs will be the Snapdragon 625 chipset which has been coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.

HTC U11 EYEs (Harmony): 6" FHD+ (1080 x 2160) Super LCD3, SD652 octa core, 4GB/64GB (+microSD), USB-C, 3930mAh, IP67, Android Nougat, Edge Sense. Black, silver, and red. Launches 1/15.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 12, 2018

We don’t know anything about the camera sensors that are equipped with the device, but we do know that it will have IP67 water and dust resistance in-tow. Blass also shared that the device will feature a 3,930mAh battery and will be running Android Nougat out of the box, a surprising move due to the availability of Android Oreo.

For those of you out there who are fans of HTC’s recent trend of “Edge Sense” devices with the pressure-sensitive frame, that trend will continue with the U11 EYEs. Finally, the device will come in three color options and is expected to be priced around CNY 3,300 (~$510), but it will only be available in select markets at launch.

Let us know what you think about this device and if you’re interested to see another mid-range option from HTC hit the market.

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Popular app CCleaner could be turning into crapware

2018-01-12 15:26:37

CCleaner is an extremely popular app for both PC and Android. It has racked up close to 100 million downloads since it arrived on Android in 2014. We even included it on our list of best apps to free up space because a lot of people swear by it. The company behind CCleaner, Piriform, was acquired by Avast last summer. Are sketchy changes on the horizon?

A lot of the “cleaner” apps on Android have bad reputations. CCleaner has been on of the best apps in this category. It looks like Avast could be making some big changes that Android users won’t be happy about. The app is being completely reskinned and rebranded to “Avast CleanUp.” They have removed some of the core features, but yet the app is now 5 times larger.

We have also received claims that the app is collecting user data behind the scenes, though we can’t confirm this to be true. It’s a little too early to cry “crapware,” but some signs seem to be pointing in that direction. Are you a CCleaner user? What do you think about this news?

Thanks Anonymous!

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Here’s the full list of Chromebooks receiving Meltdown vulnerability patch

2018-01-12 01:02:10

It was last week that news broke about a massive vulnerability found in most modern processors. The vulnerability could allow hackers to read protected memory but is easily fixed by a software update with only a slight cost in performance.

Google had actually known about the vulnerability since May of last year and already patched up the Spectre variants that targeted AMD and ARM processors. The other variant — dubbed Meltdown — affected every Intel processor, including those found on Chromebooks.

To help ease concerns from Chromebook users, Google has now published a list of all Chromebooks that will be patched against Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) on their Chromium OS Projects page.

Not every Chromebook in existence was able to make the cut (and there have been a lot of Chromebooks sold to date), so you’ll probably want to perform a quick “control+f” and search for the specific model number of your Chromebook.

Those listed as “Yes,” or “Not needed” are already safe, while “No” means an update will eventually make its way to the device. It’s the “EoL” ones that have already seen their “end of life” and will never see an update.

Now that you’ve seen the list, did your Intel-based Chromebook make the cut?

Chromebooks Receiving Meltdown Vulnerability Patch

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