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Samsung Galaxy S9 gets a new Android Pie beta update in the US

Samsung is sending out another beta update of Android 9 Pie to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US today. It's a bit smaller than the one that went out at the end of November, but it does contain a very long list of bug fixes and general improvements. It's also packing the December 2018 security patch level. If you're part of the beta program for Android Pie in the US, you should get the update notification shortly. Once you install the 589MB software release, your S9 will be on version G960USQU3ZRL5. New Android Pie beta update for Galaxy S9 The fixes inside are based on the...

Samsung Z4 India launch set for later this week

The Samsung Z4, was officially unveiled last week and will be first launched in India. Today we learn have the exact launch date: according to reports, the device will go on sale in the Asian country starting May 19. Samsung Z4 in Black Not only launch date, pricing information has been revealed as well. The Tizen 3.0-powered handset will retail for INR 5,790 in India. That's around $90. There's currently no information on which other countries will get the device. Via 1 2

HTC U11 Plus renders show a small refinement of the familiar design

The HTC U11 Plus leaks are piling on - after benchmarks revealed its innards, time to gaze at the phone's exterior. Technical details put the phone at 158.2 x 74.6 x 9.1mm in size. That would make it noticeably taller than, say, an LG V30 - another phone with a 6" 18:9 screen. Thicker too, though @LlabTooFeR (who knows a thing or two about HTC phones) suggests that the U11 Plus will have a batter capacity around 4,000mAh. If that is the case, we'd be quite happy with a 9.1mm phone. Plus, the regular U11 is 153.9mm tall already so this isn't that much of an increase for the extra screen....

AKG unveils a trio of Bluetooth headphones: N700NC, Y500 and Y100

Samsung and AKG unveiled a new line of wireless headphones that range from large over the ear models to compact in-ear ones. AKG N700NC - over the ear Soft ear cushions with memory foam promise a high level of comfort while the Adaptive Noise Canceling tech can block out outside sounds (you can adjust how much). The AKG N700NC offer a flat-foldable design for easy portability and up to 20 hours of wireless playback with noise cancellation enabled (or 36 hours for wired playback with NC on). AKG N700NC These will be available later this year from, and...

USB or wireless charger, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ charge fast

Wireless charging was a nice feature to have on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, especially given the average battery performance of the two devices, but wirelessly charging is a rather slow process. On the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung is touting speedier wireless charging to take away that disadvantage – the 3,000 mAh batteries on both the phones can charge in 120 minutes through Samsung’s new wireless charger. (more…)