BlackBerry Updates Core Android Apps for Key2 and Others

BlackBerry today announced updates to many of its productivity apps for Android devices. For example, the BlackBerry calendar now offers a month view with a refined picker for selecting times/dates when creating appointments. The contacts app is streamlined with automatic field population to speed up the process of creating new contacts. BlackBerry’s DTEK security software sees a significant number of updates. For example, the app’s home screen has been overhauled with a new dashboard to better show the phone’s stauts. Notifications and applications can be more finely tuned via new permissions settings. Further, DTEK will scan the phone at least once per week to make sure the device is up to date. The privacy shade should be easier to turn on thanks to new home screen controls, and the power management center should be more efficient and offer more useful alerts. All these apps are free to download individually from the Google Play Store.

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Motorola P30 is a dead-ringer for the iPhone X

Motorola P30 is a dead ringer for the iPhone X

They say that imitation is the best form of flatery, well if that’s true Lenovo-owned Motorola must really love Apple.

The latest device from the Chinese owned phone manufacturer hasn’t just pulled “inspiration” from the latest Apple flagship device – the iPhone X – it looks like they have just damn well copied it.

Even down to the press release renderings. These show the Motorola P30 not only looking identical to the iPhone X, but also having an extremely similar wallpaper too.

Motorola P30 is a dead ringer for the iPhone X

The new Moto (left) and the iPhone X (right)

Lenovo plans to sell the Motorola P30 in China, where – let’s be honest – using copy devices is not frowned upon like it is here in the West. As yet it has not announced availability in other countries. The device is expected to cost about $350 (£275) – which is close to a third of the price of Apple’s flagship device.

What’s your thoughts on Motorola’s latest device?

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HTC Offering Red Version of U12+ to US Consumers

HTC today made its flagship phone available in a third color option. Consumers interested in a red phone can now pick that instead of black or blue. The red U12+ carries the same $799 retail price as the others. Other than the color, the specs of the phone are unchanged. The U12+ has a 6-inch quad HD+ screen, Snapdragon 845 processor, dual cameras on front and back, and Cat 18 LTE. The red U12+ is only available from HTC experts the phone to ship in September.

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Verizon and Nokia Complete Mobile 5G Call Handoff

Verizon Wireless today said that together with partner Nokia it has completed a mobile 5G call with the receiving device moving from one cell to another. This is an important step in the development of 5G, as it will eventually allow people to use 5G devices freely when moving around outside. Verizon says it completed the test at Nokia’s Murray Hill, NJ, location using the 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G standard. It used two radios on Nokia’s building to broadcast 28 GHz (mmWave) to a receiver in a moving vehicle. Verizon says the vehicle traveled between the two radio coverage zones and made a successful handoff from one to the other. Verizon is preparing to deploy fixed 5G service as an in-home broadband replacement later this year. It won’t launch mobile 5G service, which this test covered, until 2019.

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OnePlus Scores Carrier Deal with T-Mobile for 6T Flagship

T-Mobile will sell OnePlus’ next flagship phone, the OnePlus 6T, in October according to CNET. OnePlus has said twice this year already that it is working with U.S. carriers. This would mark the first time OnePlus has scored a carrier distribution deal in the U.S. To-date, OnePlus has marketed and sold its phones to U.S. consumers online. Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, CNET reports that OnePlus will create a version of the 6T specifically for T-Mobile’s network, including support for T-Mobile’s 600 MHz spectrum (Band 71). The 6T will still be sold online unlocked with support for either AT&T or T-Mobile, in addition to global carriers. Pricing for the phone is expected to be around $550. Other features of the phone were not revealed. OnePlus releases two phones each year. The OnePlus 6 arrived in May and the company’s second phone is expected in the October timeframe.

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Gmail's Confidential Mode Reaches Mobile Phones

Google today said that confidential mode, which can help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access, is available via the mobile Gmail app. Users will need to enable confidential mode when composing an email. Emails sent via confidential mode can be revoked at any time, or set to expire after a specific period. People who receive confidential emails won’t be able to forward, copy, print, or download them. Google points out that confidential mode cannot stop people from taking screen shots of confidential emails. The updated mobile Gmail app is being distributed via the Google Play Store over the next few days.

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Google Tweaks Search Results to Provide More Useful Details

Google today updated the way it displays search results in order to surface a more complete picture of search subjects. Rather than simply supply a list of links, Google is introducing new panels with a set of relevant subtopics for additional information. In the example provided by Google, people to search for “quartz vs. granite” will discover not only where they can buy those materials, but also comparisons of the two materials and how they apply to home renovations. Google says the new format is “meant to help guide you with what we understand to be common, useful aspects of the topic and help you sift through the information available.” The panels are created automatically based on related content from around the web. Google says people should begin to notice the panels in search results over the next few days.

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Sony Details Which Phones Will Receive Android 9 Pie

Sony plans to begin updating a number of its mobile phones to Android 9 Pie beginning in November. The devices first on deck for the refreshed operating system from Google are Sony’s flagships, the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact. Sony says the mid-range XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus devices will receive Android 9 in early 2019. Android 9 Pie introduces machine learning and more predictive behaviors to the OS, as well as a Digital Wellbeing suite meant to help people use their devices less. Pie is already available to the Google Pixel phones. Motorola also recently committed to updating some of its phones to Pie.

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Newton Mail – Shutting Down End Of September

Newton Mail   Shutting Down End Of September

Several of us here at Coolsmartphone (including myself) are paid subscribers to the cross platform mail client Newton Mail by Cloud Magic.

I for one loved the the way the client would integrate all my mail accounts in one easy interface and sync across all my devices from several different platforms. Anyhow, a couple of days ago I received an email from Cloud Magic C.E.O and founder Rohit Nadhani, with some sad news.

Hello Ian,

It’s with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Newton app will be shutting down on September 25th, 2018.

The past few years have been an incredible journey for all of us. We launched CloudMagic in 2013, which instantly became one of the breakout email apps across platforms, with love and support from over 4 million users. Later in 2016, we (re)launched a subscription-based premium email app called Newton, and over 40,000 paid subscribers signed up and have been our loyal users since. We want to say a big THANK YOU to all our users. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of you. We are entirely bootstrapped ($0 VC funding), and we couldn’t get here without you, and your love, and support.

It was a tough business decision. We explored various business models but couldn’t successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term. It was hard; the market for premium consumer mail apps is not big enough, and it faces stiff competition from high quality free apps from Google, Microsoft, and Apple. We put up a hard and honest fight, but it was not enough to overcome the bundling & platform default advantages enjoyed by the large tech companies.

I am grateful to the team for the endless hours of dedication and hard work that went into building such a sophisticated piece of software at scale. I couldn’t have asked for a better team for the job. We have built an incredible set of technologies over the years including multi-platform apps, cloud-based email sync engine with deep Exchange support, and AI-powered features like Recap, which rival that of Gmail. The results speak for themselves as several respected publications like WSJ have consistently declared Newton as the best email app. Newton has also won several design awards over the years and has been featured many times in the App Store and Play Store top apps’ list. We will always cherish these memories.

We will now disable new sign-ups and not renew monthly subscriptions effective immediately. We will also refund the annual subscriptions on a pro-rata basis. We are working with the App Store, and Play Store authorities, to set up partial refunds. We will be publishing instructions to claim your pro-rata refunds no later than September 18th, 2018.

CloudMagic, the company behind the Newton app, will continue to operate and the incredible team will be focusing on new and innovative projects.

To our users, we sincerely thank you. You are the reason we worked tirelessly to create the best email experience. To the press, critics and partners, we are eternally grateful for all the support and valuable feedback that has helped us improve Newton over these years. We hope to cross paths again in the future.

So the search for a new integrated cross platform client begins

So, if you do enjoy the app as much as I have, it’ll sadly be closing down very soon. This isn’t the news we wanted but we’d love to hear your thoughts on alternatives.

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 – Also available from…

Last week we gave you all the details of the new Samsung Galaxy Note9. We also told you that it is available on Sky Mobile, Three and from EE (along with the Galaxy Watch). However, there’s other places you can get it too, and we’ve had a few emails from the competition…

Samsung Galaxy Note9   Also available from...


They will be stocking the Galaxy Note9 completely unlocked. Head to their website for details. The network runs on O2 masts and has won the uSwitch Network of the Year award for six consecutive years running. Both the Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB and 512GB will be available to buy online upfront or through monthly instalments.

It launches on August 24th and will be available from giffgaff the next working day. You then just add the required goodybag. For data fans there’s…..

£20 = 20GB of data as well as unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.
£25 = ‘Always On” goodybag. With Always On* you’ll always have data!

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB version is £899, so it works out at £53.39 over 24 months after a £25 up front fee. Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy Note9 512GB version is £1,099, so that’s £63.31 monthly with the same up front cost and term.

Virgin Mobile

Running on EE masts, you get a guaranteed £200 cashback when any old handset is traded in. That’s £200 on top of the usual trade-in price. Virgin Mobile is offering the Note9 from just £37 a month with no upfront cost. If you’ve got cable TV with them then you can grab their “Truly Unlimited” package from £56 a month with no upfront cost.

The network is also offering double data on their 10GB plan so customers can get 20GB instead.

Available in Ocean Blue and Midnight Black, their flexible plans come with data roll over and data-free WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter as standard.

Head to the Virgin Mobile site for more info.

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