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Samsung looking into Galaxy Note 8 battery issue

Some users have previously reported that they were having issues with their Note 8 not recognising a charge after reaching 0%. Effectively rendering the Note 8 a brick, swapping chargers or cables wouldn't change the device not turning on when being plugged in, no matter how long it was left. Samsung didn't officially acknowledge the problem but were offering adhoc replacements for users experiencing the issue with their Note 8. Reports have correlated around the US variant of the Note 8 suggesting that the battery…

Enable Portrait mode on Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the Pixel [APK Download]

The Pixel 2 has an awesome exclusive feature that makes it one of the best cameras on an Android smartphone to date. Google has managed to do in software with the Pixel 2 what comparable devices like the Note 8 and the iPhone X need additional hardware for. Portrait Mode is one of those features that given it can be achieved with software would suggest it can be ported to other devices. Thanks to XDA member Charles_l you can now get the Pixel 2's Portrait mode on the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P with…

TWRP now supports the Razer Phone

TWRP is the custom recovery of choice for most that makes it easy to flash ROMs and take backups of your Android device. The Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, has today added 11 more smartphones to the list of supported devices, including the Razer Phone. Here's the full list of supported devices: Razer Phone (cheryl) Xiaomi Redmi 5 (rosy) Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (vince) HTC One X10 dual SIM (e66_dugl) HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (a56dj) Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Wi-Fi 2015 (gts28wifi)…

Why the iPhone experience will always win over Android

Despite the somewhat unsurprising recent news that Apple purposely slows down its older devices to prevent against unexpected shutdowns, the Apple experience still seems to remain prevalent over Android. This was demonstrated recently when in a popular phone shop playing with the Pixel 2. The individual in question was contemplating changing their device to upgrade from an iPhone 7 to either a Galaxy S8 or Pixel 2. The reason was that iCloud was 'optimizing' their storage because they had run out of onboard storage and…

Unlock the bootloader on Verizon Pixel 2

Typically Pixel devices bought directly through Verizon haven't historically been able to have the bootloader unlocked, which differs from if the same unlocked Pixel 2 device was purchased directly from Google. However, some keen-sighted users over at XDA Developers have found that a Verizon Pixel 2, that is supposed to have a locked bootloader doesn't follow the typical trend. In fact, some users have been able to unlock the bootloader of the Verizon Pixel 2. Users are reporting that they have been able to use basic adb …

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are listed on the FCC

We've heard the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to be announced in February sometime during Mobile World Congress 2018, and yet more news has emerged suggesting the impending release of the devices as they have appeared at the FCC. According to the listings, the SM-G960F and SM-965F were certified on December 27. Unfortunately, despite listing connectivity, the listings don't offer too much else in way of detail. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ aren't exactly expected to drastically change in appearance, although the…

Samsung Galaxy S9 processor will be released on January 4th

The processor that will likely power the Galaxy S9 was unveiled three weeks by Qualcomm using the same 10nm processor that was pioneered in the S8. The Snapdragon 845 will likely power the North American and South American variants of the Galaxy S9 as well as the Chinese variants with the European models featuring the Exynos processor. Samsung will be announcing the latest version of its Exynos 9810 processor on January 4th and the tweet that announced the news says this "goes beyond a component". It could be that this is…

Is your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 no longer charging?

Samsung and batteries don't tend to have the best history if anyone remembers the whole Note 7 fiasco. The least said about that the better. However, another battery issue could be plaguing the Note 8 if the latest reports are anything to go by. Users have been taking to Samsung’s Community Forums to share that when the Note 8's battery is completed depleted to 0%, the device will fail to register a charge and will not, therefore, charge back up rendering the phone completely useless. It seemingly doesn't matter how long…

3 Android apps to keep your family and children safe online

It's one thing having the best Android apps on your brand new device but one of the main challenges in the modern day is making sure those who are using the Android devices are staying safe online. While the person reading this may be savvy with how an Android device works and the what to do and what not to do online, the same may not be true for our children or wider members of the family. That's why the below list highlights some of the apps that you can use on Android to make sure that those younger users who are as…

Google Photos starts to show “Smiles of 2017” highlight video

One of the features that makes Google Photos stand out is the automatically curated highlight videos that uses your uploaded content. First spotted by AndroidPolice, Google Photos has now started displaying a new video called Smiles of 2017. This automatic video will display pictures of where you are smiling and will accompany it with a song in the background. To check if you have the Smiles of 2017 go ahead and open the Google Photos app and tap the Assistant icon at the bottom of the screen and you will see the…