Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro to become available on October 28, new rumor says

Google has already pre-announced (or semi-announced?) its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro flagship smartphone duo, promising all of the details (as well as an actual release) for “later this fall”. Just when would that be, though?

Well, earlier a rumor started spreading like wildfire saying that Google would announce the duo on September 13, the week of Apple’s big iPhone launch. That seemed like a pretty bad idea on Google’s part, and now a new rumor comes to refute that report… sort of.

See, while the September 13 date was meant to be for the announcement, the new info says the…

Windows 11 to release on October 5 as a free update

Microsoft today announced that it will be releasing Windows 11 on October 5. The update will be provided for free to eligible PCs.

The update will roll-out gradually from October 5. Microsoft says new eligible devices will get the update first. After that, the update will then roll-out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device, and other factors that impact the upgrade experience.

Microsoft says it expects all eligible devices will be offered the update by mid-2022.

Those running Windows 10…

Samsung starts rolling out One UI 3.1.1 update for its older foldables, here’s what’s new

All of Samsung’s older foldables are ready to join their 2021 counterparts in running One UI 3.1.1. The update for the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip 5G and the original Z Flip starts rolling out today. The original Galaxy Fold will get its update about a week later.

What’s new in 3.1.1? Samsung worked to figure out new ways to use the large screen of the foldables. Note that some of these features are available only on select models.

Drag & Split is an alternative to tabs – you can drag a link or item from select apps to the side of the screen and open a new window side by side. The list of…

One UI 4 beta (based on Android 12) will start testing on the Galaxy S21 series in September

Samsung announced the One UI 4 beta program at the end of July and it is almost ready to open up the software to public testing. A community manager in the Samsung forums posted that the beta testing will start “in September”.

Unfortunately, the company hasn’t committed to a specific date and the beta will be available in South Korea first (but it should expand to other regions soon after). If you want to join, you will need to tap the ‘Join One UI Beta Program’ banner in the Samsung Members app.

One UI 4 beta is coming to the Galaxy S21 series in September • Machine…

Oppo will launch the Reno6 series in Europe, the Middle East and Africa early next month

Oppo launched the Reno6 series on June 5 in China, then it expanded availability to India in mid-July, now it’s time for another expansion. It looks like the Reno6 series will be introduced in Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa region (MEA) about a week from now.

The Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G is the one being advertised the most in the UAE, here it is in the hands of several local influencers:

The Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G promotional campaign in the UAE has already started

In Egypt, the Reno6 (4G) and Reno6 5G are already in a pre-order stage that will last from today until…

Realme GT Neo2 gets TENAA certified, might launch as GT Neo Gaming in some markets

The Realme GT Neo2 that surfaced yesterday with its images and specs has been certified by TENAA, moving it a step closer to the launch and corroborating yesterday’s leak.

The GT Neo2, sporting model code RMX3370, is powered by the Snapdragon 870 and runs Android 11, presumably with Realme UI 2.0 on top. It’s built around a 6.62″ FullHD+ AMOLED screen with a fingerprint reader underneath. While TENAA doesn’t mention its refresh rate, a previous leak claimed the smartphone will feature a 120Hz panel.

The display also has a 16MP selfie camera inside the punch hole, and around the back is…

Honor overtakes Apple and Xiaomi to become third largest maker in China in July

CINNO Research has posted its analysis of the smartphone market in China, and the numbers show one big winner – Honor. The newly independent company climbed to third place in its domestic market with 4 million smartphone sales in July, surpassing Xiaomi (3.9 million) and Apple (3 million).

Oppo retained the lead with 5.6 million units sold, while vivo moved 5.3 million phone. However, the month was relatively unimpressive on a yearly basis. The Asian country saw only 26 new models get launched, a 38.1% decrease, and of those only 11 were 5G enabled.

Chinese companies will launch…

Leak: the Nokia G50 5G will be powered by the Snapdragon 480, have a 6.38″ 720p+ display

The yet to be announced Nokia G50 5G can’t keep itself out of the news – official images along with some details about the phone have been dug up by WinFuture. Apparently, the G50 aims to be an affordable phone for those looking for an entry into 5G. To sweeten the deal even further, Nokia will bundle the phone with a TWS headset in many regions.

This next-gen connectivity will come courtesy of the Snapdragon 480, Qualcomm’s first 5G-capable entry-level chip. This is also the chip inside Nokia’s X10 and X20 phones.

The Nokia G50 will reportedly be bundled with a TWS headset in some…

Xiaomi CC11 surfaces on TENAA with 64MP main camera, 6.55″ AMOLED display

The CC11 series is expected to arrive with two models – vanilla and Pro – and should be available globally under the Note 11 (last year’s CC9 was exported as the Note 10 series). We’ve been hearing rumors about the devices, now TENAA has supplied some additional details about the vanilla phone.

The Xiaomi CC11 features a 6.55” AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,400 px resolution (that is 20:9). According to previous rumors, it will have a 90 Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, there are no images attached to the listing yet, so we can’t tell if the display is curved or flat.

The phone measures…

It’s official: The Realme 8i will run the new MediaTek Helio G96

The Realme 8i was a subject of an extensive leak last week along with an official-looking render. Most of the specs are already out there but today Realme and MediaTek themselves confirmed the chipset.

#MediaTekHelioG96 brings an impressive breadth of features & capabilities to 4G smartphones to power premium user experience. It comes with an 120Hz display, 108MP Camera & #MediaTekHyperEngine 2.0 Lite gaming technologies. https://t.co/tkeoRbQr6h#MediaTek #MediaTekHelioGSeries pic.twitter.com/XQpzyrb1gR— MediaTek India (@MediaTekIndia) August 31, 2021

As expected, the device will run on…

Bose QuietComfort 45 bring improved sound, USB-C and 24-hour battery life

Nearly four years after the debut of Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II the American audio brand released a successor dubbed QuietComfort 45. The new pair comes in black and white colors with a largely unchanged design and several improvements like USB-C charging, up to 24 hours of battery life and a fourth onboard mic for better voice pickup.

Bose QuietComfort 45 (images: Bose)

The active noise cancelation is still here and you get two modes – Quiet and Aware. The former isolates you from the noises in your surrounding area while the latter amplifies ambient noises so you’re more aware…

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic are getting another firmware update

Samsung issued the second update for the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic following the one that came before they were even launched. The new firmware brings a couple of essential features, mostly related to the fitness tracking functions.

The most notable thing about the update is the Samsung Health entry in the settings, allowing you easier management of your health-related features from the watch itself. Moreover, the firmware should improve the accuracy of calorie measurement of cycling exercises.

Lastly, you can now switch off the automatic workout detection in case it bothers…

vivo X70 Pro+ leaks point to impressive camera setup, Snapdragon 888+

The vivo X70 series will arrive on September 9. The mightiest phone of the family will be the vivo X70 Pro+ which was already teased yesterday, and today a leakster revealed the full camera setup. The shooters, developed alongside Zeiss, will include a 50MP 1/1.31″ main snapper and a periscope lens.

The main camera will have a Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor. The ultra-wide-angle snapper will come with Sony IMX598 48MP sensor behind, while the third cam will be a dedicated shooter for portraits. Its sensor will be 12MP Sony IMX663 and will offer 2x magnification.

The periscope cam will…

Samsung’s One UI 3.1.1 Is Bringing Next-Level Foldable Experiences to Galaxy Z Series Users

Both of Samsung Electronics’ latest foldable smartphones, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, come with One UI 3.1.1, the most intuitive UI for foldables to date. Designed to take advantage of the devices’ large screen real estate and unique form factors, the new UI helps make the devices easier to use.


Starting from August 31,1 One UI 3.1.1 will also be made available on Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Flip 5G and Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, launched in 2019, will also receive the update around a week later. Read on to learn more about One UI 3.1.1 and the new experiences it is set to bring to foldable users.



Drag & Split

Want to compare prices while shopping online? With Drag & Split, you no longer need to open up a new tab and switch back and forth constantly between windows. The feature lets you simply drag the link you want to check to the edge of your screen and open it in a new window to be viewed simultaneously.


Drag & Split works with many of your favorite apps, including Samsung Internet, Samsung Notes, My Files, Messages, MS Office, OneNote, OneDrive and more


Step-by-step guide: Press down on the link you want to open > Drag the link to wherever you want to on the edge of your screen to open a new window.

* Feature is available on devices Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Z Flip.




Multi-Active Window and Natural Window Switching

Multi-Active Window lets you use up to three apps simultaneously on your screen, all arranged in your preferred layout. In One UI 3.1.1, you can also adjust both the height and the width of the app windows to suit your needs.


For apps without built-in support: Go to Settings > Click Advanced Features > Go to Labs > Click on Multi Window for all apps


When it comes to changing the layout of your apps to your preferred style, Natural Switching makes transitions more responsive and intuitive. With One UI 3.1.1, the window you want to move will pop up when you press down on the top handle, making it easier for you to drag and drop the app to your desired location.

* Feature is available on devices Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Fold.




Rotate All Apps

One of the best advantages the unique form factor of a foldable smartphone offers is the detailed experiences it provides users whether they are viewing an app in portrait or landscape orientation. Understanding that there’s nothing more frustrating than when a certain app is only available in portrait mode, Samsung has fine-tuned the latest One UI upgrade to make switching your phone from portrait to landscape smoother than ever.


With the new Rotate All Apps feature, your apps will smoothly transition to the proper UX to match the portrait or landscape aspect ratio. When the feature is toggled on in ‘Labs’, even vertically fixed apps can be rotated 90 degrees.


Step-by-step guide: Go to Settings > Click Advanced Features > Go to Labs > Click on Auto rotate apps > Choose between two options: Keep app’s orientation or Match phone’s orientation

* Feature is available on Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Fold.




Set Aspect Ratio for Apps

With customizable aspect ratios, you can maximize the benefits of your foldable smartphone’s Infinity Flex Display. Say you are scrolling through your friends’ latest social media posts and want to view them in full screen, without the black bars on either side, only to find that the size of the app is fixed. One UI 3.1.1 now lets you change the size of the app so that you can fully immerse yourself in their photos and videos. To get the most out of Samsung’s expansive foldable displays, simply enable this feature in ‘Labs’.


Step-by-step guide: Go to Labs > Click on Customized App Aspect Ratios > Click on apps to customize aspect ratios > Select one of four options: Full screen, 16:9, 4:3, and App default2

* Feature is available on Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Fold.




App Split View

When used with Messages, App Split View will show your message list on the left of the screen and your selected conversation on the right, allowing you to take in more information at a glance. A button at the top of the conversation can be clicked to expand it into full screen mode.


For apps that do not come with built-in App Split View support, you can enable the function by turning it on in ‘Labs’. Turning the feature on for a shopping app, for example, will allow you to view the product list on the left and the product details on the right.


Step-by-step guide: Go to Labs > Click on App split view > Select apps for App split view3

* Feature is available on Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Fold.




Flex Mode Panel

With the One UI 3.1.1 update, Flex mode, one of Samsung’s signature foldable features, just got more powerful.


For apps that don’t typically support Flex mode, you can now enable the feature by turning on Flex mode panel in ‘Labs’. With the new Flex mode panel, you can enjoy easier control of media while relaxing with your favorite TV shows at the end of a long day.


Step-by-step guide: Go to Labs > Select Multi window for all apps “On” > Click on Flex mode panel > Select apps for Flex mode panel4

* Feature is available on Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Z Flip.




Pin Your Favorite Apps With Taskbar

When using your device to get work done on the go, Samsung understands that the fewer the clicks and taps it takes to complete a task, the better.


Designed to help you work more efficiently, Taskbar makes it possible for you to switch between apps without returning to the home screen or scrolling through the Recent tab. Taskbar pins the apps to the side of the Main Screen, where Edge Panel used to be located, giving you instant access to your favorite apps. Simply enable the feature in ‘Labs’ to make your workflow smoother.


Step-by-step guide: Go to Labs > Select “on” next to Pin your favorite apps > Swipe left on the handle to open up the tray > Tap the grid icon to see all your apps and edit > Tap Pin and the Taskbar will be pinned to the side of the screen

* Feature is available on Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Fold.




Cover Screen Mirroring

One UI 3.1.1. makes transitions between the Cover and Main Screen even more seamless and intuitive. Cover Screen Mirroring lets you have the exact same set up and layout of the home screen on both your Cover and Main Screen.


Step-by-step guide: Go to Settings > Select Home screen > Click on Cover Screen mirroring

* Feature is available on Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Fold2.




1 Availability may vary by country and region.

2 4:3 aspect ratio is not available on Galaxy Fold.

3 Toggle switch will only be shown if the app supports the feature.

4 Toggle switch will only be shown if the app supports the feature.

OnePlus tipped to be working on a lite version of Buds Pro with ANC

OnePlus unveiled the Buds Pro TWS earphones last month, which are the third pair of TWS earphones from the company and the first to come with active noise cancellation (ANC). The Buds Pro are priced at INR9,990/€149/$150, but the company is reportedly working on a “Lite” version of the Buds Pro which will have a more aggressive price.

Word comes from tipster Max Jambor, who also claims that the lite variant of the Buds Pro will feature ANC. While Jambor doesn’t reveal any specs or launch date, we might see OnePlus introduce these new buds alongside the OnePlus 9 RT, which is rumored to…

Tecno Spark 8 launched with Helio P22 and 5,000 mAh battery

Tecno Mobile’s latest smartphone launch happened in Nigeria, where the brand introduced its Spark 8 handset. Spark 8 brings a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with HD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch for its 8MP selfie cam.

The back houses an unusually large square cutout with a 16MP main cam and a QVGA secondary lens alongside the LED flash module and fingerprint scanner.

Tecno Spark 8 (image: FRED’S TECH HUB)

There’s a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset under the hood with 2GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The phone boots Tecno’s HiOS 7.6 on top of Android 11 Go edition. A 5,000 mAh battery powers…

Meizu 18s, 18s Pro appear on TENAA with specs, pictures

Two Meizu smartphones were just certified by TENAA and the listing reveal most of their specs and design. They are likely the 18s and 18s Pro flagships since they share a lot of similarities with the Meizu 18 and Meizu 18 Pro. The main difference is the Snapdragon 888+ chipset, powering these phones.

The Meizu M182Q or the Meizu 18s has a 6.2” AMOLED screen with 1440p resolution. There are three cameras on the back with 64MP, 16MP and 8MP sensors. The front-facing cam does 20MP stills, all exactly matching the Meizu 18. However, this Meizu 18s has a 2.95 GHz CPU, which is the frequency…

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G gets the September 2021 Android security patch

Samsung once again became the first company to roll out the newest Android security patch for its smartphones before the beginning of a new month as it released the September 2021 Android security patch for the Galaxy S20 FE yesterday. While the update is yet to reach all units, Samsung is now seeding the September 2021 Android patch for the S20 FE 5G.

The update comes with firmware version G781BXXU4CUH5 and requires a download of about 790MB. It doesn’t bring any new features to the S20 FE 5G, although the changelog claims to improve the stability of the device.

The new firmware is…

Bloomberg: Apple iPhone 13’s satellite link may be limited to emergency messages

A recent report from analyst Ming Kuo Chi suggested Apple will equip the next iPhone with satellite communication. A new report surfaced not long after from Bloomberg which suggests this satellite communication feature may has a limited function.

It was initially believed that satellite connection would enable carriers to offer internet services outside of carrier coverage areas, but the source claims this will be solely for emergency use.

According to the report, Apple’s intention for this communication will let users would be able to send emergency messages via satellite in…

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic get WalkieTalkie app

Samsung’s new smartwatches can be used for two-way voice communication with Samsung’s WalkieTalkie app. This app is exclusive to Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic and can only be used to communicate between these wearables. Samsung’s Tizen-based smartwatches will not be able to use this app.

You can use the WalkieTalkie app to instantly voice chat with your contacts. You can also create channels that multiple contacts can simultaneously participate in. The WalkieTalkie app is an official Samsung app, and it requires a Samsung account to use. The app is on version…

OnePlus Nord 2 gets gaming optimizations, OnePlus 7 series gets Bitmoji in new updates

While none of these is anything even close to Android 12, OnePlus is currently busy sending out new software updates to the Nord 2, 7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro.

Let’s start with the newest of those phones. The update for the Nord 2 is labeled OxygenOS 11.3.A.10, and it seems to already be rolling out according to some user reports. It’s a 245MB download when you get it.

OnePlus Nord 2

It comes with battery optimizations for PUBG and other gaming titles, which should hopefully put an end to the unusually high battery drain some people saw when gaming. Additionally, a face unlocking bug…

Honor 50 and 50 Pro get a limited edition colorway dubbed the “Honor Code”

The Honor 50 series was unveiled in mid-June and went on sale ten days later. The vanilla Honor 50 and the 50 Pro were available in four colors at launch, but now there is a fifth option – the limited edition “Honor Code” colorway.

It features the letters of “HONOR” scrambled randomly on the back. The colors of the background and of the letters shift depending on the angle of the light reflecting off them. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper pre-loaded.

Honor Code colorway: Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro

The limited edition units cost the same as the standard ones,…

Red Magic 6S Pro teasers hint at graphene cooling, no changes to the design

Heat dissipation has become a hot topic for high-end smartphones, especially the ones running top of the line chipsets like the Snapdragon 888+, which will power the upcoming Red Magic 6S Pro. The gaming brand has been posting teasers about the advanced cooling solution it has devised for the new phone.

One of the teasers boasts about some space-grade technology, a graphene cooling sheet if we’re reading the machine translation right. This will be coupled with the active cooling fan, which has become a staple for the series.

Red Magic 6S Pro teasers: graphene sheet • fan with…

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