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Essential Phone starts getting Oreo beta 2 update

Essential has announced the roll out of the Oreo beta 2 build for its PH-1 smartphone. The company took to Twitter to announce the update, which arrives as build OPM1.170911.213. We're rolling out Oreo Beta 2 (build OPM1.170911.213) with bug fixes and new features including smart text selection, picture-in-picture and more. The update is going out now via OTA to current Oreo Beta 1 users. Learn more: https://t.co/oonhRCiMpG— Essential (@essential) December 20, 2017 As per the tweet, some of the new features there in the beta 2 update include smart text selection and...



Honor 8X reaches the UK, now available for £225

The Honor 8X has become available in the UK today. The phone was announced last month alongside its huge sibling, the Honor 8X Max, and is expected to be out in many territories in the next few weeks. In the UK, only Clove seems to have units in stock at the moment, which it will gladly sell to you for £225 SIM-free and unlocked. You can pick between black and blue color versions. If you want to buy from Honor's official online store, you can pre-order one now and shipping should happen on October 16 for the blue model, and October 18 for the black one. In that case you're also...



Nokia 8 arrives in the UK for £500

At the beginning of September pre-orders for Nokia 8 started in the UK. Today is the day when the device starts it's actual availability. The Steel/Silver option and the Tempered Blue version are already on sale, while for Copper and Polished Blue are still on pre-order. Clove offers all four colors of the Nokia 8 for £499. The Tempered Blue variant can be purchased, but the device will get to its new owners next week (between September 18 and September 22). Going for the more Copper or Polished Blue, you'll get a message saying "Pre-order only - due October". Carphone Warehouse...



Samsung Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+ on Verizon receive March security patch

Verizon has rolled out updates to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note5 (or technically this, and this). Don't go hoping for Oreos, though - these two are past their expected two-year OS version update period, but security patches are more than welcome. Galaxy S6 Edge+, and what is definitely not the Note5's S-pen Both phablets are getting the March 1 security update from Google, and that's about it - at least according to the Verizon support pages. For those who enjoy keeping track of alphanumeric strings, the respective build numbers are NRD90M.N920VVRS3CRC1 for the...



Misfit offering 30% discount on some of its products, including Vapor

If you are planning to purchase the Android Wear 2.0-powered Misfit Vapor, you'll be glad to know the company is offering a 30% discount on the smartwatch. The deal is available both in the United States as well as Europe (the UK, Germany, Italy, and France) - those in the US will have to use the promo code BEYOU, while for Europeans, the code is WINTER30. In addition to Vapor, this 30% off deal is available on some other Misfit products as well (depending on the region). Here's the US promo, which ends January 15: And here's the UK promo, which runs through January...