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iPhone 8 Design Shown Off In Leak

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The iPhone 8 is expected to release later this year with a 5.8″ display. It is also expected to adopt the thinner bezel design of the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. This means the device will feature the larger display while keeping a smaller overall footprint. The leaked dimensions of the device are 143.59×70.94×7.57mm which is only slightly bigger than the iPhone 7 at 138.3×67.1×7.1mm. This is even smaller than the Galaxy S8 which also features a 5.8″ display. The edge to edge display is really making quite the difference in size.

One other detail worth noting is that the iPhone 8 renders do not show a fingerprint scanner on the back. Apple may or may not be able to embed the fingerprint scanner under the front glass with this device. This is something Samsung was working on with the Galaxy S8, but wasn’t able to finish before the release of the phone.

Pixel And Other Google Products Now Available In Puerto Rico

 

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Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, however it isn’t always treated as being part of the same country when it comes to business and trade. The Google Store has not even been available on the island in the past. Yesterday the Google Store launched in Puerto Rico! The island has been added to the Google Store’s country picker. For now Puerto Rico will be able to get their hands on the Pixel, Daydream View, Samsung Chromebook Plus, and some accessories. The Puerto Rico Google Store can be found at the link below.

via Google Store

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ Unlocked Variants Are Now Available In The US

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If you have been waiting on a pure unlocked version of the Galaxy S8 or S8+ the wait is over. Unlocked variants of the phones are now available in the US. It is a shame that Samsung wasn’t able to offer these alongside the original pre-order devices in May, but now you will be able to order one and see it in a day or two. The devices may also be available in stores soon. One plus side to buying an unlocked version of the device is that you won’t have to put up with any of the awful carrier bloat that is pre-loaded on carrier versions. The phones will also work with any US carriers out of the box. For now Black is your only color option.

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OmniROM Just Released Their Android Nougat 7.1.2 Build

 

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I have not thought about OmniROM or any rom for that matter in quite some time. The last time I regularly flashed roms was with the Nexus 6P. The scene just kind of fizzled out as more and more OEMs decided to slim down their stock software and add more customization features. The fact that some of these roms are still going strong is incredible! The fact that I update phones several times a year means I have less of a need for custom roms. One of the great things about custom roms like OmniROM is that you can update your device to the latest and greatest builds of Android far after the OEM has end of lifed your device.

OmniROM just released their latest build bringing their rom up to Android 7.1.2. The OmniROM provides a clean experience with little added bloat. The list of supported devices includes Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Redmi Note 3, Sony Xperia Z5, OnePlus One, Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X along with a few others. Head to the link below for a full list of devices and features.

 

via XDA

Samsung Delaying The Rollout Of English Language Bixby Assistant

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By now it seems most of us have forgotten or either dismissed the idea of using Bixby as our daily voice assistant. The feature looked promising at the S8 launch event, but after having time to sleep on it many of us realized just how redundant the service is when Android already has an assistant baked right in to the software. That coupled with the fact that Samsung wasn’t prepared to launch Bixby voice assistant alongside the Galaxy S8 killed whatever hype remained pretty quickly.

It turns out that Samsung will have to delay the rollout of the English language version of Bixby even after promising a release date by the end of Spring. We are still a few weeks away from the release and this is due to the unexpected difficulty Samsung is having with the English language. Bixby has trouble grasping the intricacies of the language especially the syntax and grammar of English. Bixby is supposed to allow you to control your phone with voice on an app by app basis, so it doesn’t seem promising that Samsung is having such a difficult time getting this right. For now the international launch is expected to be held back until the end of June. That will only happen if Bixby can get a handle on English.

Are any of you still worried about being able to use Bixby on your S8? Is this a feature that was a decision making factor in your purchase of the phone?

 

via WSJ

The Honor 6X Is Now Available At Target!

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One of the best midranger devices of the year is now available at Target! The Honor 6X includes a premium metal build and stands out from other phones in it’s price range thanks to a dual lens camera setup, 2 day battery life, super thin 8.2mm body, 2.5D curved glass front, and super responsive rear placed fingerprint scanner. This phone is no wimp in the performance department either! The Honor 6X comes with an Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. All that for $249 makes this one of the best deals around! The phone comes unlocked and works on T-mobile, AT&T, Cricket, and Consumer Cellular. The device will be sold in store at 460 target locations. You can check your location at the link below. If your location isn’t included it is free to ship the phone to your local Target for pick up.

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Honor Expands its Unlocked Smartphone Presence in the U.S.

Honor 6X available in 460 Target stores by May 31

Mountain View, CA – May 31, 2017 – Honor USA, a leading smartphone brand under the Huawei Group, today announced its award-winning Honor 6X smartphone will be available in 460 Target stores by the end of May. To find an Honor 6X at a Target near you visit http://bit.ly/targethonor6x.

“As more consumers learn about the value of unlocked phones, we couldn’t be happier that the Honor 6X will be available at Target,” said Zack Zhang, vice president of Honor USA. “The increasing popularity of Honor phones in the U.S. is a positive indicator of our continued success after entering the region just two years ago.”

The Honor 6X is making life more convenient, affordable, and fun for the cost-conscious yet uncompromising user looking for the perfect budget beast.

The phone offers a premium 12MP dual-lens rear camera, 3340 mAh battery that lasts two full days[1] on a single charge, and a rock-solid performance thanks to the Kirin 655 octa-core processor.

Supported by 32GB of storage expandable to 128GB via micro SD card and a powerful i5 co-processer, the Honor 6X delivers seamless gaming, browsing, and music streaming and can run multiple apps simultaneously.

Featuring a generous 5.5-inch full HD display, the ergonomically designed Honor 6X boasts a slim, full-metal body with 2.5D glass on the front and curved aluminum panel on the back.

About Honor

Honor, a leading smartphone brand under the Huawei Group, delivers internet-optimized products that meet the needs of digital natives. Through superior user experiences, Honor devices empower users to act, create, and achieve. In line with its slogan “For the Brave,” the company takes the road less traveled to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers.

For more, connect with Honor on Facebook (facebook.com/usahonor), Twitter (twitter.com/honor_usa), and Instagram (instagram.com/honorusa).

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[1] Data based on Honor lab test. Battery life may vary based on usage patterns and network conditions

This Is The Galaxy S8! First Renders Leaked!

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Earlier today we got our very first look at the Galaxy S8. The press render leaked by Ghostek could be the most accurate leak to date. Case manufacturers are able to obtain phone schematics early in order to prepare their cases for release along side the actual phone. In the image we see the home button is gone as expected.



A few other things that stand out is the placement of the Power button which is now on the opposite side. This could be rather uncomfortable for right handed folks or atleast it will take a while for us to get used to. We see the iris scanner on the front of the device. The camera setup on the back is a single lens. Some very early reports pointed to a dual lens setup. Overall the device is looking pretty sleek, but not as different as most of us were thinking.

via BGR

Download and Install The Nexus Launcher To Any Android Device!

Google will be releasing two new Nexus phones in the coming months. We are now expecting to see an all new launcher experience on these devices. An early build of the new Nexus launcher has been leaked. The launcher removes the app drawer icon which can still be accessed by a quick swipe up. Folders have an all new style which allow you to peek into the folder and see the apps that reside there. The permanent Google search bar has been removed in favor of the Google search button. The launcher seems to be quite fluid even in its beta state.

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