Author Archives: Chethan Rao

Android Messages v2.9 will Bring Improved Chat Features and Payments

Android Messages v2.9 will Bring Improved Chat Features and Payments

Google is updating the stock Android Messages to version 2.9 with a bunch of new features on board. The good folks at Android Police have managed to get an APK of the app, detailing what’s new inside.

Owners of the Original Google Pixel Filing a Class Action Lawsuit Against Google over Microphone Issues

Owners of the Original Google Pixel Filing a Class Action Lawsuit Against Google over Microphone Issues

The Google Pixel was launched as a replacement to the Nexus lineup of smartphones. The company promised a high-end vanilla Android smartphone combined with a premium price tag. The lineup, however, has been plagued with a few issues since the first model arrived. A few customers of the first generation Pixel are now filing a class action lawsuit against Google for shipping units of the handset despite allegedly having knowledge of the faulty microphone on board the device.

Research Finds Verizon Pixel 2 Sales Slightly Improved Towards the End of 2017

Research Finds Verizon Pixel 2 Sales Slightly Improved Towards the End of 2017

The Google Pixel 2 is an exclusive via Verizon (among major carriers) in the U.S. A new report by BayStreet Research finds that the sales of the smartphone improved somewhat towards the end of 2017. However, the report noted that the numbers weren’t close to what was seen with the predecessor during the same period in 2016.

Galaxy S9 Dual SIM Support Page Published by Samsung Germany

Galaxy S9 Dual SIM Support Page Published by Samsung Germany

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is all but official right now, with renders giving us an early glimpse of the design, and the company finally confirming the handset’s arrival on February 25, 2018, a day prior to the MWC event in Barcelona.

Vivo X20 Plus UD with an Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner Now Official

Vivo X20 Plus UD with an Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner Now Official

After teasing the arrival of the world’s first under-display fingerprint scanner phone, Vivo has officially unveiled the X20 Plus UD. The device has been spotted multiple times already, including at the CES earlier this month. However, the company made the official announcement of the phone at a Beijing event on Wednesday.

Huawei Lists Devices That Will Get the Android 8.0 Update; Honor 8 Likely to Miss Out

Huawei Lists Devices That Will Get the Android 8.0 Update; Honor 8 Likely to Miss Out

It’s been quite a while since Android 8.0 Oreo was officially announced. However, some manufacturers are only just getting ready with the updates for their respective smartphones. Huawei is one of them, with the company now detailing the devices that will officially receive the EMUI 8.0 update which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.

Google Assistant Can Now Voice Match Multiple Netflix Profiles

Google Assistant Can Now Voice Match Multiple Netflix Profiles

Google Assistant already supports Netflix. However, the functionality was quite limited, especially if there were multiple profiles on your Netflix account. A new update changes that with Assistant’s ability to voice match each individual based on their profile.

Google Launches Gboard Go for Low End Android 8.1 Smartphones

Google Launches Gboard Go for Low End Android 8.1 Smartphones

Google tried to rehash the Android One platform last year in the form of Android Go. Apps and services meant for the Android Go platform would take up less RAM and be lighter on the device overall. After unveiling a handful of Go apps, Google is now launching its widely popular Gboard app under the “Go” moniker.

Vivo to Launch the World’s First Phone with an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Later This Week

Vivo to Launch the World’s First Phone with an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Later This Week

Chinese manufacturer Vivo is one of the biggest smartphone brands in the region, along with Huawei, Oppo, Gionee, and the likes. Given the highly competitive nature of the mobile industry, there’s a race within the region to bring out the newest innovations on their respective devices. It seems like Vivo is now on the verge of becoming the first company to offer a phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

WhatsApp Releases Standalone App for Businesses

WhatsApp Releases Standalone App for Businesses

Back in September last year, WhatsApp announced the arrival of a standalone business app, testing out the service with a handful of merchants. Well, it’s here now, known as WhatsApp Business. This app helps businesses connect with customers in a more effective and efficient manner. This app is only available on Android for now and is expected to be launched on iOS soon.