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Here comes Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy Tab E on Verizon and T-Mobile

Verizon and T-Mobile have released software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets bringing the OS version to Android 7.0 Nougat. Just Nougat, you say, when Oreo is already here? It's still something for an entry-level/lower-midrange tablet that was launched close to 2 years ago and started out on Lollipop. Verizon has rolled out firmwares for both the Galaxy Tab E 8.0 and the Tab E 9.6. Other than the obvious new Android version, the update brings the refreshed Samsung UX, improved battery management options, and easier multi-tasking, Verizon says. The Android security patch is the...



Samsung Z3 photos leak, continues Samsung’s “Betting Big” mantra

Samsung said at the company’s Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 announcement last month that the company is “betting big” on larger screens. The same can be said for the Korean manufacturer’s Tizen-powered smartphones. The Samsung Z3 has leaked in new photos, showing the new Z3’s display size against the Z1 (no Z2, for those who are wondering). The Z3 appears to be taller and wider than its predecessor, and we know for a fact that the display will certainly be wider because the Z3 features a 5-inch, Super AMOLED display, as opposed to the 4-inch display on the Z1. The 5-inch display on the Z3 is actually slightly wider than the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3, which started Samsung’s meteoric rise to the top of the Android world. Apart from that, the user interface looks rather similar to that of the Z1, so Tizen OS users won’t see much of a departure from Samsung’s UI here. (more…)

Analysts: almost half of the Apple smartwatches shipped are Series 1

The smartwatch market is picking up speed. It grew so fast - 53% year over year based on data from Counterpoint - that even though brands shipped more units than before, their shares fell. Apple remains king of the hill. The reception of the Apple Watch Series 4, the biggest update yet, was positive. The popularity of the Series 3 inched up as well, thanks to the newly lowered prices. This lead to a 24% increase in shipments in Q3 compared to the previous quarter this year. However, the original Watch Series 1 made up the bulk of Apple's shipments, nearly half. The new models are...



Apple acknowledges iPhone 8 logic board issues, offers free repairs

It's no secret that Apple sells a lot of devices each year so even if the company says there's an issue affecting a small percentage of the devices, we might be talking hundreds of thousands of handsets, or even millions. However, this time around, the acknowledged issue concerning the iPhone 8 might not really be that widespread like some in the past. In an official statement, Apple says there's a logic board issue in some of the iPhone 8 units manufactured between September 2017 and March 2018 - essentially, the handsets sold in the first six months. Users are reporting freezing,...



ASUS ZenFone Zoom S launched in India

ASUS has launched its ZenFone Zoom S smartphone in India. The phone is priced at INR 26,999 ($420) and will be available exclusively on Flipkart. ZenFone Zoom S The ASUS ZenFone Zoom S (also known as the ZenFone 3 Zoom elsewhere) is the second model in the ZenFone Zoom line. Unlike the first model that featured a large and bulky optical zoom mechanism, the ZenFone Zoom S instead features a dual camera system similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. The primary camera in this dual camera system is a 12 megapixel sensor with f1.7 aperture and 25mm wide angle lens. The second camera is also...