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HTC U11 review says it is a return to glory

A video review of the HTC U11 talks about how this is the phone that will bring HTC back to life. He enjoys the device but feels it will be up to HTC's marketing team to spread the word and make it a success.

New benchmark database entry claims to be for the Xiaomi Mi Max 2

We've heard a couple of reports saying the Mi Max 2 from Xiaomi will be announced this month and then launched in India next month. Today though, it seems there's a new Geekbench database entry that is labeled the Xiaomi Mi Max 2.

Verizon announces the Nougat update for the LG K8 V is starting to roll out

Verizon has started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to their customer who own the LG K8 V. Along with the typical Nougat features like multi-window, this update also comes with a new dark theme and an updated gallery application.

Flickr gallery shows more camera samples from the HTC U11

Not too long ago there was a Flickr gallery going around that showed the HTC U11's camera quality in low-light conditions. Now, there's a new gallery up that holds a number of photos from the U11 in both daylight and low light situations.

DEAL: eBay offers a $15 off coupon with a purchases of $75 or more

If you've been planning on buying something from eBay, now might be your chance. A new promotion for today only will discount a purchase worth $75 or more by $15.

Samsung could be updating the 2016 Galaxy A8 with Android 7.0 Nougat soon

A benchmark database entry has been spotted for what seems to be the 2016 Galaxy A8 from Samsung. The details included in this benchmark show the device is running Nougat, so it's being reported that Samsung could be planning an OTA update soon.

Someone in Vietnam noticed Facebook is letting people use certain parts of the app data-free

Facebook recently tried to offer mobile carriers in India a way to let their customers use the Facebook application for free. The government shut this initiative down but it looks like they've made a deal with at least one carrier in Vietnam.

Konami publishes PES2017 - Pro Evolution Soccer in the Play Store for free

A couple of weeks ago Konami asked people to pre-register for their upcoming soccer game and now it's available for everyone to play. It's a free to play game with in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $99.99 per item.

Twilio's Verification SDK for Android supports Google's new SMS verification API

Before, applications that wanted to verify your identity would need to be granted complete SMS access even if it only used it once for verification. Google recently announced a new API that would prevent developers from having to go down this route and Twilio has announced their verification SDK supports this new API.

Leaked photos show off a red Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony likes to re-release some of their smartphones in new colors and a new leak could indicate they'll be doing this with the Xperia XZ Premium soon. If true, we can expect Sony to release a red variant of the device in the future.

HTC Meet U promotion shows off the U11 in 6 different U.S. cities

HTC wants to show the U11 off to potential customers around the United States and is taking the phone on tour to 6 different cities. This includes stops at New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Huawei announces a film contest where 8 finalists will win the Huawei Mate 9

Huawei has recently announced a film contest and tasks you to create a 90-second trailer for a movie that is filmed on a smartphone and does NOT depict sexually explicit content or illegal activities, nor can you use copyrighted materials without permission.

Paradox Interactive publishes Prison Architect: Mobile in the Play Store for free

We recently learned that Prison Architect: Mobile would be coming to Android in the spring, and now the game is available for download. It's a free to play game with a $14 in-app purchase to unlock the full game.

Some are seeing a new Archive feature in the Google Photos application

If you check the navigation panel in the Google Photos application then you may see a new Archive feature that looks to be rolling out. This will let you archive (but not delete) photos that have been uploaded so you can clear out some of the clutter.

Other Kind Games Limited publishes Karma. Incarnation 1. in the Play Store for free

Karma. Incarnation 1. is a 2D point and click adventure game that was recently published in the Play Store. The game is free to play with in-app purchases and is based on a tale of two souls in love.

Some feel OnePlus will not be removing the headphone port on the OnePlus 5

XDA has an opinion piece up that addresses the recent rumors of OnePlus removing the 3.5mm headphone port from their upcoming smartphone. XDA feels this will not happen because they sell earbuds in their online store that have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Latest Google app update hints at a Notification Listener Service to intercept notifications

An APK teardown of the latest Google application update (version 7.3) shows that a future update could allow the application to monitor your notifications for specific events. At this time it's unclear exactly why Google would be setting this up, but some speculate it has something to do with the unannounced Bisto device.

Niantic has begun shadowbanning Pokémon Go cheaters

This past weekend we saw there was a big update to the Pokemon Go application that is focused on curtailing the cheating issue. If caught, you will no longer be banned from playing the game, but instead your account will be flagged and you'll only be able to see common type pokemon.

Another PayPal update adds support for Xoom in 62 countries

PayPal just rolled out a new update that added support for Android Pay, but now there's a new update rolling out. This new update adds support for sending and receiving money with Xoom in 62 countries.

flaregames publishes Zombie Gunship: Survival in the Play Store for free

Zombie Gunship: Survival is a free to play game with in-app purchases from a developer studio called flaregames. The game has base-building mechanics that determine how strong your aircraft are and the goal is to defend your ground troops while they scavenge more supplies and materials.

Hands-on with the ICONIC battery case for the Galaxy S8

Phandroid went hands-on with an affordable battery case for the Galaxy S8 from a company called ICONIC. They feel the accessory offers tremendous value since its competition will run you $100 and has a smaller battery capacity.

Developers can request a professional app translation from the Google Play Console

Getting your application in front of as many people as possible is a great way for it to succeed. However, there are language barriers at times but developers can now request a profession translation for their application directly in the Google Play Console.

Google talks about the machine intelligence behind their Gboard keyboard application

Google investing in machine learning and applying it to their services isn't any secret, but some might not think about how Gboard could benefit from this. So today Google published a blog post that details how things like Neural Spatial Models, Finite-State Transducers, and Transliteration Models are helping to improve the Gboard experience.

EU proposes a new law that forces online companies block content which incite hatred

The EU wants companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to have the tools available so they can block videos which incite hatred or promote terrorism. The initial proposal was approved yesterday, but the new regulations still need to get past the European Parliament before they become law.

Google will make a cut from purchases done within Google Assistant

Google recently partnered with a number of retailers that enabled Google Assistant users to purchase products directly within the platform. Google Senior Vice President of Advertising and Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy recently confirmed the company will be taking a slice of that revenue of purchases made from Google Assistant.