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Gorilla Glass 6 Ink Jet Customization is Super Cool

Corning today unveiled its latest iteration of Smartphone Protection glass, Gorilla Glass 6 with significant improvement over its previous Gorilla Glass 5. It is Corning’s most durable glass to date and aims to offer unprecedented protection against multiple drops.

"Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5. This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage." – Dr. Jaymin Amin, Vice President – Technology and Product Development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials.

Well, that's not all. Along with the announcement Corning also demonstrated a new technology called Ink Jet which can allow you to fully customize glass. You can create photorealistic smartphone backs, new glass textures, and more.

Corning is calling this cool technology as Corning Vibrant Ink Jet. Thoughts?


Here's the Mi A2 in Red, Gold, and Black

Here's the Mi A2 in Red, Gold, and Black
So, at this point, you all know Xiaomi is planning to announce the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite during a global launch event set for July 24 in Spain.

Basically, Just like last year, Xiaomi is reintroducing the Mi 6X as Mi A2 with Google's Android One for Global Markets.

Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch Full-screen IPS LCD panel with 18:9 aspect ratio. It has powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset that houses the Adreno 512 GPU. The Xiaomi Mi A2 will come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Here's the Mi A2 in Red, Gold, and Black color options.

As always you're going to see Xiaomi selling Gold and Black colors first, and after a few days, maybe weeks, or months they'll start selling the limited edition Red variant. That also in Flash Sales! Ah!


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Nokia 6.1 Plus is the Nokia X6 with Android One, Available starting July 24th

Nokia 6.1 Plus is the Nokia X6 with Android One, Unveiling for July 24th
[Updated] HMD just announced the Nokia 6.1 Plus for HongKong.. Great!

Just a few months back Nokia announced its first 19:9 Smartphone with Notch, the Nokia X6. It seems that the company is planning to launch it as Nokia 6.1 Plus for Global Markets.

According to XDA, HMD Global's Nokia 6.1 Plus is headed for Global Launch for July 24th in Hong Kong. The Nokia 6.1 Plus runs Android 8.1 Oreo as part of the Android One program.

Specifications of this phone includes a 5.8-inch 1080×2280 (19:9) IPS LCD, 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM, Snapdragon 636 SoC, and 3060mAh battery with Quick Charge. It got a dual camera setup comprised of a 16MP shooter and a 5MP shooter. The front-facing camera is a single 16MP shooter.

The Nokia 6X will cost HKD 2,288, which is roughly $292 / INR 20,145. There's no information when it will be available outside HK.  Stay tuned to our FacebookTwitter, and Telegram to get the first News.


Moto G5s Plus users on Android 8.1 Oreo Soak test are now getting another Software update

Still waiting for the Android 8.1 Oreo update for your Moto Smartphone? All we know at this point is that, yes, Motorola is testing Oreo on few Moto G phones. The company isn’t providing a timetable like it did earlier this year, though. That’s likely because it doesn’t want to give false hope and disappointment to their customers.

Back in June, Motorola started rolling out Soak test of Android 8.1 Oreo for the Moto G5s Plus with June 1, 2018 Android security patch, Stability improvements and other interesting features along with Android 8.1 Oreo goodies.

Then again, there's another update for the Moto G5s Plus users running Android 8.1 Oreo Soak test. This latest software update features build no. of OPS28.65-7. Note the Highlights says it is Android 8.0, but it still is 8.1 Oreo.


The update brings Stability Improvements, Bug Fixes, and Camera enhancements. No, you won't get new Moto Actions with this update.

The company is most likely to start Android 8.0 Oreo official rollout for the Moto G5s Plus by the end of this month or early August. We will let you know once the update is live. Stay tuned to our FacebookTwitter, and Telegram to get the first News.

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Thanks Vivek


Moto Z Play gets June 2018 Security Update in India

The Motorola Moto Z Play is now getting the latest Android security patch, bug fixes, and improvements.

If you own a Moto Z Play RETIN in India, you should have received the over-the-air update notification for June 1, 2018 Android security update. New software update for the Moto Z Play brings along Bug fixes and Stability improvements.

The build number has been updated to OPNS27.76-12-22-3 and the Software weighs in at around 88.6MB.

Note that the Moto Z Play now runs Android 8.0 Oreo. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Oreo 8.1, which is the latest Android OS.

Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is live. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Cheers Yash & Maahi



OnePlus 6 Mod Allows for Stereo Speaker Sound

A lot of people were disappointed with the lack of Stereo Speaker on the OnePlus 6. Now, XDA Senior Member acervenky has created a Mod that uses the earpiece speaker as a secondary external stereo speaker. Sounds Great?

This Mod requires Magisk [ROOT]. Once enabled your OnePlus 6 will use both bottom firing speaker and earpiece speaker to play audio. As per developer, it works flawlessly on NoLimits ROM and partially on stock OxygenOS.

Note: Use this mod at your own risk. Playing excessively loud audio could result in damage to the earpiece. (/XDA)




OnePlus 6 Owners Reporting Rear Glass Cracks

OnePlus 6 Owners Reporting Rear Glass Cracks
OnePlus 6 is one of the strongest smartphones currently on the market, but its elegant design may be vulnerable to spontaneous cracking. According to reports from various OnePlus 6 owners, the rear glass near the phone's volume buttons can shatter easily, even with little to no provocation.

Images of OnePlus 6 with cracked rear glass first popped up on the OnePlus subreddit. User Southernboyj claimed that the rear glass broke by itself. Other OnePlus 6 owner Kannahayabusa12 responded with an image of his OnePlus 6 shattered from the same spot.



r/OnePlus | u/Southernboyj (Source: Reddit)

Hey guys, just an interesting post. I think the OnePlus 6 back Glass must be exceptionally weak. I've had my phone since launch day, and it's been in a OnePlus Sandstone case since Day 1.

I take it out of the case pretty frequently to clean it. Somehow in the last 24 hours the back Glass cracked without it even being dropped or subject to anything rigerous. It was Sunday so I was just at my house most of the day.

I found another poster on here who's Glass cracked in the same spot (from the volume rocker outward). Wonder if there's some kind of design flaw there?
OnePlus 6 Owners Reporting Rear Glass Cracks


r/OnePlus | u/Just_a_Barrel (Source: Reddit)

Hey all, I received my phone Friday along with the nylon case and I've been loving it ever since. I put the phone in the case the second I opened everything and haven't taken it out until today.

I was about to show off the glass back when I pulled the phone out to find that the back had cracked, alot:
OnePlus 6 Owners Reporting Rear Glass Cracks
It has only been dropped about 3 times because my daughter was watching YouTube videos, but it's only been from the height of the bed or below.

I thought the nylon case would be enough to prevent this but I guess not.

Does anyone know what I can do? I know the warranty only covers defects, so that's not an option. would a repair shop be able to get a replacement back for this?

r/OnePlus | u/Kannahayabusa12 (Source: Reddit)

I have the EXACT same crack in the EXACT same place. Never dropped it, always used the wooden case I bought with the device. Failed batch, perhaps?
OnePlus 6 Owners Reporting Rear Glass Cracks
The OnePlus 6's possible design flaw affects what is otherwise our favorite Android phone on the market. Thoughts?

June 2018 Security Update goes live for the Moto G6 Plus

The recently announced Moto G6 Plus Smartphone is now getting the latest Android security patch, bug fixes, and improvements.

If you own a Moto G6 Plus in Brazil with RETBR Software Channel you should have received the over-the-air update notification for June 1, 2018 Android security update. New software update for both these phones brings along Bug fixes and Stability improvements.

Note that both the Moto G6 Plus runs Android 8.0 Oreo. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Oreo 8.1.


Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is live for other countries. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.


Moto G4 Play Updated With June Security Patch in Brazil

Moto G4 Play Updated With June Security Patch
The Moto G4 Play 2016 is now getting the latest Android security patch, bug fixes, and improvements.

If you own a Moto G4 Play RETBR you should have received the over-the-air update notification for June 1, 2018 Android security update. New software update for both these phones brings along Bug fixes and Stability improvements.

Note that the Moto G4 Play runs 7.1.1 Nougat. This device won't get further major Android updates from Motorola.


Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is live for other countries. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Moto G4 Play Updated With June Security Patch Moto G4 Play Updated With June Security Patch



Xiaomi's Mi A2 Strikes Pose for the Camera in New Picture

Xiaomi's Mi A2 Strikes Pose for the Camera in New Picture
Back in July 2017, Xiaomi announced the Mi 5X for China and rebrandend it as Mi A1 (Android One) for the global markets, which was made official in September 2017 during an event in India.

In case you don't know, the Mi A1 is a part of Google’s Android One program which runs stock Android and will receive consistent software updates for a longer period than other smartphones by OEMs that are not a part of the Android One program.

Today, what appears to be the live Mi A2 has been leaked. As you can see in the below image, we have 18:9 Screen without any notch.
Xiaomi's Mi A2 Strikes Pose for the Camera in New Picture
The Mi A2 runs on latest Android 8.1 Oreo, and has May 5 2018 Security Patch. Just like the Mi 6X, it is expectd to feature Snapdragon 660 Processor, 4/6GB RAM, 32/64GB Storage, 5.99-inch 1080x2160 Display, Dual 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25µm) + 20 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.8", 1.0µm) Rear Cameras, and a 20 MP front shooter. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.



Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Unofficially available for Motorola Moto Z

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Unofficially available for Motorola Moto Z
Just a few days back, Google released 4th Developer Preview of Android 9.0 P (Beta 3) for Google Pixel and Pixel 2 Smartphones. According to Google's release schedule, this is the candidate build which includes the final APIs and near-final system images for development and testing.

Now, XDA Developer Erfanoabdi has ported the DP4 Android P to the Motorola Moto Z. He says that "Almost Everything" works in this Firmware including Boots, RIL (Calls, SMS, Data), Fingerprint, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Camera, Camcorder, Video Playback, Audio, Sensors, Flash, LED, and GPS, the only bugs includes VoLTE and Flashlight.


You'll need an Unlocked Bootloader with TWRP recovery installed on your Motorola Moto Z. Rest of the process includes Downloading and Flashing Google Apps and Android P DP4.

Android P Developer Preview 4 is the most stable version available right now. This release is version PPP4.180612.004. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Source | Direct Download



Moto G5s Plus and Moto G5 Plus Picks Up June 2018 Security Patch

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5s Plus are now getting the latest Android security patch, bug fixes, and improvements.

If you own a Moto G5 Plus or Moto G5s Plus RETIN you should have received the over-the-air update notification for June 1, 2018 Android security update. New software update for both these phones brings along Bug fixes and Stability improvements.

Note that both the Moto G5 Plus or Moto G5s Plus runs Android 7.0/7.1.1 Nougat. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Oreo 8.1, which is in the beta for both these devices.

Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is live. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.


Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 Grabs New Update With July Security Patch

If you own a Nokia 6 or Nokia 5 in India you should have received the over-the-air update notification for July 1st, 2018 Android security update. That’s all that is detailed in the new software for both of these phones.

The Software for the Nokia 6 (TA-1021) weighs in at around 140.9MB, while the Nokia 5 (TA-1053) gets it for 145.1MB.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is out for other countries.

Nokia is also planning to roll out Android 9.0 P to all the Nokia Smartphones starting August 2018. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

//NPU

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Released! Download It Now!!!

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Released! Download It Now!!!
Google just released the Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4. According to Google's release schedule, this is the candidate builds which includes the final APIs and near-final system images for development and testing.

Android P Developer Preview 4 should be the most stable version available right now. This release is version PPP4.180612.004 for all four phones.

The Android P Developer Preview 4 is available to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. If you want to get a taste, you have a bunch of options. You can either flash Preview 4 Images or OTAs, or just sign-up for the Android Beta and wait for the OTA update.

Here's a link to sign-up for the Android Beta program.You can also grab the new Android P DP4 images here and OTA files here.

Here's the OnePlus 6 in beautiful new Red Color

The OnePlus 6 is already official with near bezel-less display and top-notch specs. Until now, you could grab the device only in Black and White colors, but it seems that OnePlus is all set to give some fans a new option.

OnePlus is planning to announce the new RED OnePlus 6 on July 2. The company has already started teasing the RED color with color hex “C61422”, which denotes red tone.

Latest leaks shows the beautiful new OnePlus 6 in RED. Thoughts?


OnePlus confirms 5G-ready Smartphone for 2019

OnePlus confirms 5G-ready Smartphone for 2019
Founder and CEO of OnePlus Pete Lau at Mobile World Congress Shanghai announced that the company could launch a 5G-ready OnePlus device as early as next year.

The announcement came during the conversation about OnePlus's product and community philosophy. Lau revealed that the relationship between Qualcomm and OnePlus is leading the brand becoming one of the first 5G Smartphone maker.

OnePlus didn't confirmed that the phone getting 5G support will be the OnePlus 7 or its T variant. OnePlus usually launches two flagship phones for a year and the company has already announced the OnePlus 6 which is likely be succeded by the OnePlus 6T. So, the OnePlus 7 might be the first Smartphone to see the light of 5G.

OnePlus has already sold more than a million units of the OnePlus 6 in 22 days. What you think about the OnePlus 7?


Moto Z3 Play gets Android 9.0 P Closed Beta


Back at Google IO, Google released new Android P Build (Developer Preview 2) with exciting new features, and also announced a huge expansion of its Android Beta program. Google made the new firmware available for non-Google devices including Smartphones from brands like OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, Essential, Sony, Vivo, and Oppo Smartphones.

Now it seems that Google is testing the same for the recently announced Motorola Moto Z3 Play. A Moto Z3 Play user reportedly received Closed Beta of Android 9.0 P DP3. It seems that Google is all set to include the Moto Z3 Play to the list of non-Pixel devices with Android P Beta.

Android 9.0 P comes with major improvements and user interface changes over Android 8.1 Oreo. With the latest Android Beta you get new Swipe Gestures, Settings, Quick Setting tiles, Volume options, and more.

There's no exact date on when Motorola is going to roll Android 9.0 P Beta to the Z3 Play. Also it is unclear if Motorola and Google have any plans to bring the Android P beta to other Motorola devices. We will let you know once the firmware is live. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Screenshots ( Source: Weibo Bonata)



Update: According to the information we've received, Motorola is testing this Android 9.0 P Beta build in China. The company is planning to roll it out really soon for the International Moto Z3 Play. We'll keep updating this post as soon as we receive more information.


Motorola Moto Phones Software Channel Info

Motorola Moto Phones Software Channel Info
Motorola Smartphones are available in different countries with different Software Channels. One can get confused between different Software Channels while flashing the Official Firmware or while reading for the Software Update News.

Here's the sorted list of Motorola's Software Channel with specific Countries.

ATTMX = AT&T Mexico
BELLCA = Bell Canada
MOVLA = Movistar Latin America
MSTLA = Movistar Latin America
MSTCL = Movistar Colombia
ORANGE = Orange (France?)
RETAPAC = Retail Asia Pacific region
RETASIA = Retail Asia
RETBR = Retail Brasil
RETEU = Retail Europe
RETCA = Retail Canada
RETIN = Retail India
RETLA = Retail Latin America
RETMX = Retail Mexico
RETUS = Retail USA
RGRCA = Rogers Canada
TIMBR = Tim Brasil
TKPCA = Telus Canada
VZW/VERIZON = Verizon Wireless USA

Enjoy!

Moto Z2 Play Picks Up June 2018 Security Patch

Moto Z2 Play Picks Up June 2018 Security Patch
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is now getting the latest Android security patch, bug fixes, and improvements.

If you own a Moto Z2 Play RETAPAC (Retail Asia Pacific Region) you should have received the over-the-air update notification for June 1, 2018 Android security update. New software update for the Moto Z2 Play brings along Bug fixes and Stability improvements.

Note that the Moto Z2 Play now runs Android 8.0 Oreo. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Oreo 8.1, which is the latest Android OS.

Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is live. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.
Moto Z2 Play Picks Up June 2018 Security Patch


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Android P Beta on its way for Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco in China

Back at Google IO, Google released new Android P Build (Developer Preview 2) with exciting new features, and also announced a huge expansion of its Android Beta program. Google made the new firmware available for non-Google devices including Smartphones from brands like OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, Essential, Sony, Vivo, and Oppo Smartphones.

Nokia 7 Plus was one of the lucky Smartphone to receive Android P Beta across the globe, except China.

Now, Nokia’s Beta Labs in China, is allowing a limited number of Nokia 7 Plus who signed up for the beta program between June 21 and June 24 to get a taste of new Software (Android P Beta). Not only that, Nokia is also expanding this wave to other Nokia Smartphones including Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco in China.

There's no exact date on when HMD is going to roll Android 9.0 P Beta to these devices. Also it is unclear if HMD Global has any plans to bring the Android P beta to the international variants of the Nokia 6.1, and Nokia 8 Sirocco. We will let you know once the update is live. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

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