Asus Zenfone 6 Bootloader Unlock Tool Kernel Source Code

Asus unveiled the ZenFone 6 last week, and today, this Taiwanese tech giant has released the bootloader unlock tool and kernel source code for its 2019 flagship. You can download both of these by heading over to the source link at the end of this article. The bootloader unlock tool weighs 753KB in size whereas the kernel source code weighs around 165MB. With these, you can install a custom ROM on your ZenFone 6, or can develop one yourself. But, do keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty of your smartphone and you also won't receive any OTAs from Asus. ...

Oneplus 7 Pro Sells Out On Preorders In China

After hitting markets around the world, the OnePlus 7 Pro finally made its way to China for pre-orders via online retailer JD.com and local fans did not waste their time. Just several minutes after the pre-orders began, the phone went out of stock. There were reportedly more than a million registrations, meaning some fans were left empty-handed. OnePlus 7 Pro sales in China will begin on May 23 in three configurations. The base 6/128GB model will start at CNY 3,999 ($579), the 8/256GB one will go for CNY 4,499 ($652) while the top of the line model with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage will...

Vivo Z5x Launch Date May 24

The vivo Z5x that we've been hearing about since the past weekend will go official on May 24 at an event in China which will start at 7.30 PM local time. vivo hasn't divulged any details about the Z5x yet, but, the smartphone's been listed on JD.com along with its press renders confirming its design. These renders show us that the Z5x will come with thin bezels and a display having a hole in the top-left corner for the selfie camera. Around the back, it has a triple camera setup placed vertically in the left which is accompanied by a fingerprint reader. vivo Z5x On the...

Oneplus 7 7 Pro Android Q Beta

Soon after releasing the kernel source code for the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus has dropped the Android Q Beta for its 2019 flagship as well as the vanilla OnePlus 7. Both the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro run Android Pie out-of-the-box, and we are still a few months away from the moment the stable build of Android Q hits these smartphones. Hence, if you want to get a taste of Android Q on your smartphone right now, you can head over to the source link below for full instructions. However, do note that this beta build comes with its fair share of known issues including but not limited to the...

Honor 20 Placeholder Appears On Flipkart App

The Honor 20 series is going official later today, but if you head to the Flipkart app and tap on "Mobiles" - just under the search bar, you'll see a teaser for the Honor 20 already. The landing page on the app has an excerpt about what we can expect from the Honor 20 and there's a livestream window embedded so you can tune in right from the Flipkart app. Following more of the text is a teaser video with the tagline "you deserve better". At the very bottom of the page is a "Notify me" button where interested buyers can get more information about the upcoming Honor 20 once...

Redmi K20 Confirmed To Have A 4000 Mah Battery

Sometimes we don't need leaks about an upcoming smartphone, because the company announces the specs one bit at a time. Redmi has just revealed the battery capacity of the upcoming K20 flagship on Weibo - it will be 4,000 mAh, confirming previous rumors. The poster simply says something in the lines of "Want More" with "4000 mAh long life" and it doesn't get any clearer than that. Whether this will be the power cell of the regular Redmi K20 or the rumored mightier Redmi K20 Pro, we are yet to determine at the launch next Tuesday. The 4,000 mAh capacity is not a huge deal for the...

Us Fcc Officially Supports Tmobile Sprint Merger Doj Still Not Convinced

On Monday, the FCC released a statement announcing its support behind the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr cites the benefits that the combined network would allow for people in rural areas that don't have choice for broadband and wireless. I support the combination of T-Mobile and Sprint because Americans across the country will see more competition and an accelerated buildout of fast, 5G services. Carr adds that the proposed merger will "strengthen competition in the U.S. wireless market and provide mobile and in-home broadband access to communities that...

Oppo Reno And Reno 10x Zoom Reach The Uk In Early June

Following their world debut in China, and then their international launch last month, the Oppo Reno and Reno 10x zoom are now ready to enter the UK as well. The Chinese company has officially announced the launch details for the UK. The vanilla Reno is going to be the first to make the trip across the pond, arriving on June 5 for £449. The Reno 10x zoom will join it one week later, on June 12, priced at £699. Oppo Reno lands in the UK early next month. Pretty competitive pricing pic.twitter.com/lr9NBDsRX6— Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) May 20, 2019 It looks like Oppo is getting serious...

Us Delays Huawei Ban For 90 Days Its Android License Is Temporarily Back

The Huawei ban saga doesn't show any signs of reaching an end soon, but that's not surprising since it's still early days. As we reported earlier, Google revoked the Chinese company's Android license, being forced to do so by a Trump order. In the meantime, the US Commerce Department has effectively delayed some of the consequences of that order for Huawei by 90 days starting today. In this period Huawei will be able to purchase American-made goods "in order to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets", according to a Reuters report. However, "the...

Vivo Unveils Iqoo Space Knight Limited Edition

Chinese smartphone maker vivo is unveiling a new edition of its IQOO (pronounced "eye-kyoo") gaming phone, inspired by the Chinese National Space administration. This edition comes with maxed out RAM (12GB) and 256GB of storage. This edition of the IQOO comes is packaged in a special box with a small gift box with a custom engraved nameplate on a piece of metal used to build the Shenzhou space craft. The back of the IQOO itself has a different finish - it's a matte finish that wraps along the edges of the back of the IQOO with what looks to be like the Kevlar finish used on the back...

More Honor 20 Pro Camera Samples Leak Ahead Of Launch

Last week, Honor shared some samples showing off the Honor 20 Pro's camera capabilities and revealed that the camera was going to feature an f/1.4 aperture lens for the first time on smartphone. The first samples shared showed off the new AIS Super Night mode that is debuting with the 20 Pro. Some more camera samples have surfaced on Weibo and have been reposted to Twitter and Instagram by Bang Gogo. We are getting a glimpse of how far the Honor 20 Pro will be able to zoom. Of course, it will be difficult to judge real image quality since the photos were compressed in the process of being...

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5g Will Begin Sales On Mary 23 In Spain And Italy

As phone makers announce their 5G hardware coming throughout this year, we are starting to see them go on sale around the world. Today's announcement comes from the head of Xiaomi in Western EU, Wen Ou via a post on Twitter. Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 5G will be available for purchase starting on this Thursday, May 23 for two new European markets: Italy and Spain. The Mi Mix 3 5G is the first 5G smartphone to become available for the two countries. Big announcement as we start our Monday....#MiMIX3 5G will go on sale in Spain and Italy on May 23! We are the FIRST to start selling a 5G smartphone...

Pixel 3a Phones Randomly Powering Off For Some Users

It has been almost two weeks since Google released the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Some users have already started reporting an issue with the device. They are experiencing their handsets randomly powering off during the day. As you can probably imagine, this causes a lot of nuisance for those who are using the new handsets as their daily drivers, which is most of the users complaining about the […]

Google Calendar Updated With Dark Mode

Google has really embraced the dark mode for its mobile apps recently. It has already brought the dark theme to apps like Messages, Calculator, Contacts, and Keep so it’s not surprising to see that similar treating is now being meted out to Google Calendar. That app has now been updated with a dark mode as well. Google’s newfound appreciation for the dark theme goes beyond updates for its native applications. […]

Huawei Ban Winners And Losers

Key US companies have stopped trading with Huawei in a move that can change the entire mobile landscape. The issue may start with Huawei, but it will ripple out to consumers, components suppliers and other smartphone makers. It's hard to predict what will happen going forward, but it's clear that some have much to lose while others have something to gain. Here's a quick rundown. Losers The list starts with Huawei and sub-brand Honor, of course. Current phones as well as some upcoming models will continue working and getting security updates and access to the Google Play store, Google...

Galaxy Watch Gear S3 And Gear Sport Receive One Ui

With some of the flagship phones out of the way, Samsung is now focusing on bringing the new One UI to its smart wearables. These include the Samsung Galaxy Watch from last year that launched with the Galaxy Note9, the Gear Sport and the Gear S3. The latter is a three-year-old device so kudos to Samsung for still keeping it relevant. Aside from the new user interface that's more in line with the One UI on mobile devices, the new software update brings along a couple of new features too. New outdoor swimming mode has been added, high heart rate alerts and a so-called Daily Activity...

Xiaomi Q1 Earnings Report Shows 27 Growth In Revenue

Xiaomi entered 2019 with a bang with its Mi 9 flagship and Redmi Note 7 series. The company released its earnings report for Q1 and the numbers are better than expected. Thanks to solid sales outside its home market of China, Xiaomi recorded CNY 43.8 billion ($6.3 billion) in revenue which is a 27% increase compared to the same period last year and 1.7 billion more than the previously estimated CNY 42.1 billion. The adjusted net income is valued at CNY 2.1 billion up from CNY 1.7 billion in Q1 of 2018. Despite the stagnating domestic market and 21% decline in Chinese smartphone...

First Live Image Of Vivo Z5x Reveals Impressive Battery Life

Update: Following the image of the Z5X's battery life, the same source posted some alleged alleged specs of the phone before they were posted to Twitter. I've got some of the confirmed specifications of the Vivo Z5X.6.53-inch display with a punch hole camera5000mAh battery (the thickness of the device will be around 8mm)The source also suggests that the device will come at a budget friendly price.#vivomobiles #vivoz5x #vivo pic.twitter.com/PEXiNTQHoT— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) May 20, 2019 Original story follows: Here's your first look at the vivo Z5x in the wild, courtesy of...

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Will Have A Vertical Camera Array On The Rear

Well-known tipster Ice universe has revealed on Twitter that the Samsung Galaxy Note10 (codenamed Da Vinci) will move the front and rear cameras compared to the Galaxy Note9. The selfie camera (likely cameras) will most likely move inside the display, courtesy of a punch hole, like on the Galaxy S10+. The triple camera on the rear is rumored to switch from a horizontal array to a vertical one. Da Vinci's two biggest changes:1.Change the front camera position2.Change the rear camera position— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 19, 2019 Otherwise the cameras of the Galaxy Note10 are...

Huawei Officially Responds To Android Ban

Earlier, it was reported that following the US government’s decision to blacklist Huawei from doing business with US companies, Google confirmed that due to this decision, they would be suspending their business dealings with the company. This was a huge deal as it effectively cut off future Huawei devices from access to Google’s services and also Android.Huawei has so far kept mum on the issue, but they have since released […]

Huawei Will Keep Providing Security Updates And Aftersales Services To Existing Phones

You might think your Monday is bad, but Huawei's is definitely worse. Following an executive order, the company is now suspended from dealing with US companies, including Google. The company had just issued a statement that it will "continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablet products." The statement says the promise covers units that have already been sold and that are still in stock globally, but no word on future devices, including the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro, bound to be launched tomorrow in London....

Redmi K20 Will Have 960fps Slowmo Video

After we got confirmation that the upcoming Redmi K20's main camera sensor will, be the 48MP Sony IMX586, the brand's General Manager Lu Weibing released a teaser of its slow-motion capabilities on Weibo. The self-titled flagship killer's camera will be able to record up to 960FPS videos which is hardly shocking given the powerful chipset and the high-end sensor on board. The IMX586 is featured in several flagship phones such as the Xiaomi Mi 9, OnePlus 7 Pro and Oppo Reno 5G but not all are made equal so it will be interesting to see how the K20 performs. The upcoming flagship...

Realme 3 Pro Will Go On Sale In Europe On June 5 Startint At 200

The Realme 3 Pro will go on sale in the UK, Spain, Italy and France on June 5 from Realme's own online store. The phone will come in Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple and in 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB configurations, priced €199/£175 and €249/£219, respectively. This aggressive pricing might cause a serious dent in the sales of the Xiaomi's Redmi brand. Currently a Redmi Note 7 goes for €179 in Europe but that phone offers an inferior chipset, compared to the Realme 3 Pro. Source

Say Goodbye To Custom Google Pixel Phone Cases

For the most part, smartphone makers usually offer their customers official cases to use with their smartphones. Google had done something similar with their Nexus and Pixel handsets through the “My Case” program that lets users create custom smartphone cases for their devices.Unfortunately, it seems that this program is no more. According to 9to5Google, they discovered that when Google launched their new Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones, the company […]

Qualcomm And Intel To Cease Business Dealings With Huawei

As you might have heard, Google had recently confirmed that they will no longer be doing business with Huawei following the US government blacklisting the Chinese company. It seems that they are not alone because in a report from Bloomberg, other companies are now following suit as well.This includes the likes of Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, all of whom are expected to cut their business dealings with the company. The […]

Google Suspends Business With Huawei Following US Government’s Blacklisting

Huawei is in all sorts of trouble. According to a report from Reuters, it seems that Google has suspended their business dealings with the company following the US government officially blacklisting Huawei. What this means is that Huawei will no longer have access to US businesses such as Google, which also includes access to Android.This means that future Huawei handsets will no longer be able to access Android and Google’s […]

Major U.S. Carriers Say They Don’t Sell Your Location Data Anymore

The four major carriers in the United States have said that they are no longer selling users’ location data to third-party data aggregators. The carriers had previously promised to halt this practice in June of last year. They have now confirmed that this practice has stopped in a response to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s request regarding an update on the matter. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have responded to the […]

Android R Might Finally Bring Scrolling Screenshots

Following reports that the next major iteration of Android OS won’t have support for scrolling screenshots, it appears that this feature has been added to the docket for the one after that. Scrolling screenshots were recently marked as “infeasible” in the Android issue tracker but that decision has now been overruled, paving the way for stock Android to have this feature as well. The scrolling screenshot feature is quite handy […]

Smartphone App Can Help Diagnose Ear Infections Using A Paper Cone

Thanks to technology, our smartphones have come a very long way from being just a device that can make phone calls, send emails, play music, and surf the web. These days our smartphones are becoming increasingly competent where they are being used in the medical field as ultrasound scanners and also as tools to help detect Alzheimer’s.This is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that researchers […]

New Google Pixel 4 Leak Hints At Button-less Design

While the Google Pixel 3 was an impressive handset in terms of its features and camera, it might not have sold as well as Google would have liked. Could Google change that with the Pixel 4? Perhaps, although it seems that the company could be going with a rather unique design that some may or may not appreciate.In a video uploaded to YouTube by Front Page Tech, they have managed […]

Microsoft Wants To Take Pokemon GO On With Minecraft Earth

A little over a week ago, Microsoft released a teaser video which seemed to hint at the company’s plans at taking on augmented reality (AR) based games such as Pokemon GO. The trailer teased that the company would be launching an AR version of Minecraft, and sure enough they have.Dubbed Minecraft Earth, this is a version of Minecraft that will be playable by leveraging the use of AR technology. Speaking […]

OnePlus’ Headphone Adapter Now Costs Nearly Twice As Much

OnePlus recently launched their new OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone and by all accounts, it is an excellent handset. However, it seems that OnePlus has decided that they will not give the phone a headphone jack as they have done previously, but to make it worse, OnePlus has stopped bundling the headphone jack adapter with the handset.Now, this wouldn’t really be that much of an issue because you can always buy […]

Patent Reveals Apple’s Radical Plan For In-Display Fingerprint Scanners

When Apple launched the iPhone X and its successors, it felt like Touch ID for the iPhone was pretty much dead, and that facial recognition is the future that Apple will be embracing. However, interestingly enough, not everyone thinks that. In fact, various patent filings in the past show that Apple is still very much exploring new approaches and applications for fingerprint scanners.The latest patent discovered by Patently Apple could […]

OnePlus 7 Pro Review

OnePlus has a reputation for being a “Flagship Killer” by releasing very powerful phones are incredibly affordable prices. The OnePlus 7 Pro is perhaps the most expensive phone they’ve launched yet but can OnePlus justify it, or has it become like every other OEMs? Let’s take a look.Specifications HighlightsThis is a quick look at the device’s specifications to refresh your memory ahead of the review. As you can see, the […]

Samsung Galaxy Owners Will Have Access To A Secret (Food) Menu

Secret menus at restaurants have become rather popular, where they usually contain dishes that not many people might know about, and in some cases, might actually be more tasty than what’s being offered to the public. It can be fun finding out these secret menu items, and it seems that if you’re a Samsung Galaxy owner, you’ll be able to access some of them.Samsung has recently announced a partnership with […]

ASUS Zenfone 6 Officially Announced With 48MP Rotating Camera

We have been hearing some rumors about the ASUS Zenfone 6 for a while now, and the good news for those who have been keeping an eye out for it is that the handset has since been officially launched, and boy, does it look like a pretty well-designed handset that comes with flagship hardware specs.Starting with its hardware, as expected of a flagship, the handset will be packing the Qualcomm […]

Sony Xperia 1 U.S. Release Confirmed For July 12th

Sony unveiled its new flagship smartphone the Xperia 1 earlier this year in February. It’s a bit different from the other flagships on the market as it has a super tall 21:9 aspect ratio 4K HDR OLED display. The company today confirmed when this device will be coming to the United States. You will be able to purchase it on July 12th but bear in mind that it’s going to […]

Instagram Adds Stories To The Explore Section

Instagram’s Explore section is great for discovering new content on the network outside of the accounts that you already follow. According to the company, it’s used by more than 50 percent of accounts on Instagram every month. The Facebook-owned company today announced new designs for Explore. It has also added Stories to Explore with this latest revamp which is in line with the goal of making it easier for users […]

Sprint Releases Its First 5G Devices On May 31st

Sprint has confirmed the availability details for its first 5G devices today. They will be available from the carrier starting May 31st. Its first 5G devices include the LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone and the HTC 5G Hub mobile hotspot. Both devices will initially be available to customers only in the first few markets where the carrier’s next-generation network will go live. According to Sprint, customers in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, […]

OnePlus Taps Robert Downey Jr. To Promote Its Latest Smartphone

OnePlus unveiled its new flagship smartphone this week, the OnePlus 7 Pro. While the company decided to save money by not going for an official IP certification for the device, it seems to have used that money to hire one of the biggest names in Hollywood to promote its latest handset. Robert Downey Jr. is the new face of OnePlus 7 Pro. Some of you may remember that this isn’t […]

Verizon Starts Selling Galaxy S10 5G For $1,299

Verizon is the first carrier in the United States to sell the 5G variant of the Galaxy S10. It has already been confirmed that Verizon will exclusively be selling this device initially. It will arrive on other carriers but Verizon will be the only place to get it at least for the foreseeable future. Those who are interested in getting on the 5G bandwagon can head over to Verizon to […]

As Phone Numbers Run Out, Japan Starts Making Longer Ones

Amid concerns that the company’s 11 digit phone numbers could run out by 2022, Japan’s communications ministry has started planning to create 14 digit phone numbers. It would be able to create 10 billion new numbers by moving up to 14 digits. The proposal to do so has reportedly been approved already by the country’s largest mobile carriers. According to the Japan Times, the plan to create 14 digit phone […]

Google’s Pixel 3a And 3a XL Now Available From Amazon

There are quite a few ways you can purchase Google’s latest smartphones. These happen to be the first Pixel smartphones to be sold by carriers other than Verizon. And now, for the very first time, Amazon is also selling Google’s smartphones directly. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are now available for purchase from Amazon. Amazon is now selling the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL for $399 and $479 […]

Instagram Is Killing Off Its Standalone Direct Message App

Instagram has a direct messaging feature built into its app, also known as Direct. For some reason, the company decided that it was a good idea to launch a dedicated and standalone version of the feature which resulted in app known as Direct. Turns out that maybe it was not as popular as Instagram would have liked because it looks like they’re killing it off.In a tweet by Matt Navarra, […]

This Is How Samsung Is Improving The Galaxy Fold

When Samsung sent out the Galaxy Fold to reviewers for review, it seems that they did not teach these reviewers how to handle the phone properly, leading to some of them damaging their devices. To Samsung’s credit, the company took responsibility for it and recalled those review units, vowing to make improvements so that they would be more durable.The handset’s official public launch has since been delayed with no word […]

Valve’s Steam Link App Is Now Available For iPhone, iPad, Apple TV

Last year, Valve announced the Steam Link app for mobile devices. For those who are hearing about this for the first time, the Steam Link app basically allows gamers to play their Steam games on their mobile devices. This works by streaming games from your computer onto your smartphone or tablet.It sounded like a great app but unfortunately, Apple had rejected the app claiming that it had violated their guidelines. […]

iPhones With Apple-Designed 5G Modems Won’t Be Arriving Anytime Soon

Apple and Qualcomm have recently settled their ongoing lawsuits with each other, which some have taken to indicate that come 2020, we can expect to see Apple launch their 5G iPhones. Apple had previously been rumored to use Intel’s 5G tech for their iPhones, but with Intel dropping out of the 5G race for good, Qualcomm is pretty much the only other option.That being said, there have also been reports […]

Motorola One Vision Arrives With 21:9 Display

Lenovo’s Motorola has unveiled a new smartphone today as part of the Motorola One lineup. It’s quite different from the current lineup from the company so it’s certainly unique in its own right. The Motorola One Vision features a 6.3 inch LCD display. It’s a rather tall display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Such tall displays are great for watching movies. You’ll find a Samsung Exynos 9609 processor under the […]

OnePlus 7 Pro Does A Good Job In Durability Test

OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus 7 Pro yesterday. It’s the most expensive handset that we have seen from the company so far. It also happens to be the most feature-packed. That’s why it’s more expensive and can really hold a candle to other flagship smartphones. Curious about its durability? The OnePlus 7 Pro has done well in a popular durability test. YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has perhaps the best durability test online. […]

nokia 31 gets android pie update

Late last month, HMD rolled out the Android Pie update for the Nokia 3.1 Plus and now the turn has come for the regular Nokia 3.1 to get it. Unlike the Nokia 3.1 Plus, which got Android Pie later than planned, the rollout of Pie for Nokia 3.1 is right on schedule. A detailed changelog of

samsung starts producing 12gb lpddr4x dram modules

Samsung is on a streak here. After launching the production of 512GB eUFS 3.0 memory chips, the company is now kick-starting the production of 12GB DRAM modules for usage in smartphones. They are based on the LPDDR4X standard and use the advanced 10nm (1y-nm) manufacturing process, which has been around since last year. Samsung achieved

android q brings support for a native desktop mode

Google released the developer preview of Android Q yesterday ahead of formally unveiling the latest iteration of its mobile operating system later this year. The developer preview has revealed some of the new features that Google has been working on. A new report points out that Android Q brings support for a native desktop mode.

our vivo v15 pro video review is up

The vivo V15 Pro is the phone that brought the elevating selfie camera to the midrange. It borrowed the tech from the vivo NEX and was later followed by the Oppo F11 Pro. We reviewed the phone and have finally posted the video on our YouTube channel. The V15 Pro has a lot going on