Samsung will announce Galaxy Note 8 on August 23

Samsung Galaxy Note 7Image: Brittany Herbert/MashableBy Raymond Wong2017-07-20 21:44:07 UTC Mark your calendars! Samsung's just sent out invitations for when it will likely announce its next flagship Android phone, the Galaxy Note 8. As previously reported, the Note 8 will likely be announced next month on August 23 at Samsung's usual "Unpacked" event. The invitation says the event will start at 11:00 AM EDT. The event will also be livestreamed on the company's homepage. The invitation sent Read more [...]

New Google Maps feature predicts traffic times in the app

Google Maps will help you avoid this.Image: Dan Tuffs/REX/ShutterstockBy Karissa Bell2017-07-17 19:13:15 UTC Google Maps just got better at helping you avoid traffic.  Similar to Google's "popular times" feature for avoiding lines, the new update for the Google Maps Android app shows when there’s likely to be traffic to a specific destination.   Now, when you search for directions, the app will show a small graph. A dashed line shows the average time the route typically takes, while the Read more [...]

HTC users are seeing banner ads on their keyboards

The HTC U11 (left) sits next to last year's flagship HTC 10 (center).Image: raymond wong/mashableBy Raymond Wong2017-07-17 15:20:12 UTC Banner ads are the last thing you'd ever expect to see (or want) included with your smartphone's on-screen keyboard. Yet, that's exactly what some owners of HTC Android phones are discovering on their devices. The reaction to the big time screw up is unanimous: "What the hell is this doing here?" Some HTC 10 and U11 users with the default TouchPal keyboard Read more [...]

Train to be an Android developer in just 2 days

Image: pixabayBy Team CommerceMashable Shopping2017-07-16 12:42:48 UTC You might not know it by looking around your local coffee shop, but Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Seriously, it’s huge. Everyone loves the iPhone and you still know a bunch of old school lawyers who won’t give up their BlackBerries (real talk: it’s time for an intervention), but that little green alien is everywhere. Android has over 80% of the worldwide smartphone market and it’s Read more [...]

Book spa treatments with Google, take retro photos, and more

Start updating your smartphone.Image: Lili sams/mashableBy Molly Sequin2017-07-15 15:00:00 UTC Too caught up in the battle for net neutrality to keep up with all the new apps and updates this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered.  Microsoft Outlook Microsoft Outlook is making our lives a lot easier.Image: Microsoft outlook/itunesSomething for both Apple and Android users! The email service just made replying a little easier. Now, group conversations automatically open to the first unread Read more [...]

Here’s how to take photos even when your phone is out of storage

Seeing this pop up on my phone makes me cringe.Image: trevor boughton/TwitterBy Molly Sequin2017-07-15 14:29:38 UTC We've all been there. You get bombarded with "Storage Almost Full" notifications on your phone, but just keep rolling like the problem will magically fix itself. And then you hit that fateful moment: You try to snap a pic of that gorgeous vacation sunset and your phone says it literally can't take one more picture. There's no time to start deleting everything, so you just don't Read more [...]

Samsung’s refurbished Galaxy Note 7 has a battery that won’t explode

Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones are officially back from the dead — apparently with a new name and smaller battery. The phone took the world by storm last year for all the wrong reasons: It had batteries that exploded that were then were replaced. Then replacements blew up, and then those phones were recalled, and then, finally, Samsung issued a global recall. The debacle launched a thousand internet memes and Halloween costumes — but now, miraculously, the phones are back on sale Read more [...]

After 10 years, I’m breaking up with Android

Image: Ambar Del Moral / mashableBy Freia Lobo2017-07-14 11:15:00 UTC The iPhone turned 10 years old this year, which makes it a full 10 years that I've never owned one — but I'm finally ready to take the leap.  As a millennial and internet addict, I've been asked so many times why I don't use an iPhone. I'd usually say it was the price or that I preferred Android — and both are true — but there's more to it. I grew up in India, so something about buying an iPhone always felt indulgent Read more [...]

Android users want to get pregnant, iPhone users don’t

We know there are differences between iPhone and Android users. Android users are more honest. More women own iPhones.  But the differing trends may extend to family planning, too. According to a survey by the fertility and period tracking app Dot (and its parent company, Cycle Technologies), Android owners use the app to plan pregnancy, while iOS users download the cycle tracker to prevent it.  The app analyzed metrics from 50,000 active users. Twenty-five percent of Dot users on Android operating Read more [...]

New leaked photo shows Pixel 2 might have a major gimmick

Image: Dustin Drankoski/mashableBy Karissa Bell2017-07-11 21:35:04 UTC We just got what is likely our first good look at Google's next Pixel XL and it could have one big gimmicky feature.  The new image, which comes to us via Android Police, shows a handset that looks pretty similar to what Google launched last year.  There are a couple noticeable changes, though, including a larger rear-facing camera (notice how it's not a dual-lens setup) and a much slimmer bezel on the front of the display. Read more [...]