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Weekly Recap: Galaxy S9 Coming This Weekend, HTC Lays Off Number of US Employees

Weekly Recap: Galaxy S9 Coming This Weekend, HTC Lays Off Number of US Employees

We usually close shop for the weekends, but thanks to MWC, we’ll be working hard starting Sunday morning. We’re expecting a good amount of news coming out of Barcelona this weekend, including the
Samsung’s MWC 2018 Event is Live February 25

Samsung’s MWC 2018 Event is Live February 25

We’re finally here. We have made it to MWC 2018 opening weekend where Samsung will announce the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, two phones that we already know just about everything about, outside of
Sony’s MWC 2018 Event is Live February 26

Sony’s MWC 2018 Event is Live February 26

Samsung will own MWC 2018, but Sony has the event we’re looking forward to the most. I know that sounds weird, it’s just that we know what Samsung will bring. It’ll be good. It’ll be Samsung too. For
Unlocked HTC 10 Receives Oreo Update, December Security Patch

Unlocked HTC 10 Receives Oreo Update, December Security Patch

Just as report cards were sent out for all of the major OEMs, with HTC scoring an F grade in the software update department, the HTC 10 is now receiving Oreo by way of over-the-air (OTA). Labeled as
Yes, Sony, Let’s Do This.

Yes, Sony, Let’s Do This.

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re getting hyped for MWC, which starts this weekend. We’ve got big events from Samsung and Sony, plus a bunch of early announcements from Google. And so you
You Now Have Our Attention, Sony

You Now Have Our Attention, Sony

We recently learned that Sony would be drastically changing up its hardware design, and thanks to a new leak, we’re seeing just how much Sony is switching things up. Thanks to VentureBeat, we’re
DEAL: Woot has Google Pixel as Low as $280, Pixel XL as Low as $300

DEAL: Woot has Google Pixel as Low as $280, Pixel XL as Low as $300

A reader asked me the other day if they should ditch their original Google Pixel or Pixel XL for the Essential Phone, since there are always so many good deals on the Essential Phone. I told them, no.

DARK MODE IS COMING, OMG. (Updated: Ugh…)

For real, Android P may get an official dark mode. Back in November of last year, someone created an issue through Google’s Issue Tracker that was mostly just a request for Google to add a dark mode
HTC Lays Off ‘Large Portion’ of US Employees, Merges Smartphone and VR Divisions

HTC Lays Off ‘Large Portion’ of US Employees, Merges Smartphone and VR Divisions

Following the resignation of HTC’s smartphone boss, the company has quietly confirmed the letting go of a portion of its US employees. According to a source of Digital Trends, the company laid off a
Google’s ARCore Brings Advanced AR Apps to 13 Phones, Google Lens to All

Google’s ARCore Brings Advanced AR Apps to 13 Phones, Google Lens to All

Man, we’re not even to MWC 2018 yet and Google is dropping news bomb after news bomb. After telling us about all of their Google Assistant plans, we now know what’s coming with their ARCore platform
Whoa: AT&T Rolling Out First Oreo Update to Moto Z2 Force

Whoa: AT&T Rolling Out First Oreo Update to Moto Z2 Force

Just as we got done reporting on the software update report cards for major OEMs, a wild Oreo update appears. For the Moto Z2 Force on AT&T, owners can now download Android 8.0 Oreo, labeled as
Here’s All the Big Google Assistant News That was Announced This Morning

Here’s All the Big Google Assistant News That was Announced This Morning

More languages. OEM and carrier support. Routines. Location based reminders. All of that stuff is on the way, Google announced through a blog post this morning, just before MWC 2018 kicks off in
DEAL: Up to $500 Off Verizon Galaxy S8, S8+ or T-Mobile Note 8, Plus Free Gear IconX Too

DEAL: Up to $500 Off Verizon Galaxy S8, S8+ or T-Mobile Note 8, Plus Free Gear IconX Too

Even with the Galaxy S9 right around the corner, there is nothing wrong with still looking for the best deal on the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8. Often when new phones are on the horizon, companies will

Android Manufacturers are Getting Sh*ttier at Updating Phones

Dating back to last August, we’ve released a monthly visualization to show the adoption (or lack thereof) of new versions of Android. We post an updated chart with each month’s refreshed Android

Report: Google to Soon Launch ARCore Framework for 3rd-Party Development

According to a report from Variety, Google will launch the ARCore framework at this year’s MWC, allowing 3rd-party developers to more easily bring augmented reality (AR) apps to the Android platform.
Opinion: Android One Becomes the New Google Play Edition Now That Android Go is Here

Opinion: Android One Becomes the New Google Play Edition Now That Android Go is Here

If I look back through all of the years we have covered Android, it’s hard to argue that the introduction of Google Play Edition phones wasn’t one of the biggest moments. In those early years, the
You Can Now Apply to Attend Google I/O 2018!

You Can Now Apply to Attend Google I/O 2018!

The application process for this year’s Google I/O is now open! In order to get yourself a ticket to the event that takes place in Google’s backyard on May 8-10, you’ll need to have some luck. You’ll
Reported Pricing for Galaxy S9 and S9+ is High, But That’s No Surprise

Reported Pricing for Galaxy S9 and S9+ is High, But That’s No Surprise

According to @evleaks, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will carry high prices, but that doesn’t come as much of a surprise. As shown in images attached to his tweet, the Galaxy S9 will be priced at 841€
Google’s MWC Plans Include RCS, Assistant, and Lens News, Plus the First Android Oreo (Go Edition) Devices

Google’s MWC Plans Include RCS, Assistant, and Lens News, Plus the First Android Oreo (Go Edition) Devices

This morning, Google provided a preview of sorts for their plans at next week’s MWC 2018 conference. Like at this year’s CES, Google is going to have a big presence, only this time it won’t just be a
Study Finds That a Third of You Would Rather Use Your Phone Than Talk to Humans

Study Finds That a Third of You Would Rather Use Your Phone Than Talk to Humans

Motorola published the results of a study yesterday that describe a world in which too many of us are obsessed with our phones, would rather use our phones than talk to people, and possibly consider