Phone Scoop logo Phone Scoop

  • Verizon Removes SIM Lock from Pixel 3 Phones

    Fri 5:11pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Verizon Wireless has removed the SIM lock from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Some users had noticed the phone was locked before being activated on the network, something Verizon began doing earlier this year to deter theft. "At launch, there was an update…
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy A6 for Sprint

    Fri 4:57pm By Eric M. Zeman
    The Galaxy A6 from Samsung finds a good spot in the middle of Sprint's lineup. This affordable Android phone features a metal chassis, a pair of capable 16-megapixel cameras, and Samsung's Infinity Display. It looks and acts like a flagship at half the cost.…
  • Google May Charge Android Device Makers Up to $40 for Apps

    Fri 4:38pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google is prepared to charge its hardware partners a steep price for access to Google Apps. The company is prepared to tack on a fee ranging between $2.50 and $40 for each device, reports Reuters, with the average hovering around $20. Device size, screen…
  • Asus' ROG Phone Now Available for Preorder

    Fri 2:02pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Asus has made its ROG gaming phone available to U.S. consumers. The device is available online from Asus, Amazon, and Microsoft. The 128 GB version costs $899 and the 512 GB version costs $1,099. The company says the phone will start to ship during the last…
  • Google Tweaks Dev Tools for Smaller App Downloads, Longer Trials

    Thu 1:36pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today updated its Play Store developer tools, giving app writers more latitude to build and test their apps. To start, the Android App Bundle should allow for downloads that are 8% smaller, and on-device packages that are 16% smaller. Google says it…
  • YouTube Connects the Dots Between Artists and Fans with Eventbrite Integration

    Thu 1:09pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google's YouTube today announced a new partnership with Eventbrite that's meant to help people find concert tickets. As people watch music videos or performances on artists' official YouTube channels, they'll see Eventbrite listings for live music performances…
  • Google Maps Weaves In Better ETA Sharing

    Thu 12:56pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google has made it easier for people to share their estimated time of arrival with others. Moving forward, people can tap the ^ button in Maps to begin sharing their trip progress, which can include their live location, route, and ETA. The update allows live…
  • Sony Lays Out Schedule for Android 9 Pie Updates

    Thu 11:15am By Eric M. Zeman
    Sony today made it clear which phones will receive Android 9 Pie and when they'll receive it. The update has already reached the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, and Pie ships on the new XZ3. Sony says Android 9 Pie will be available to the XZ Premium, XZ1, and…
  • Spotify Premium Gains A More Personal Touch

    Thu 8:35am By Eric M. Zeman
    Spotify is giving its paying subscribers a better app. The company has released an updated version of its mobile application for Android and iOS with streamlined navigation meant to help people find music faster. The app provides more recommendations on the…
  • Chrome 70 Adopts New Design and Adds Fresh Features

    Thu 8:23am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google is distributing Chrome 70 to Android devices via the Google Play Store. This new build of Google's browser introduces a number of changes and updates. To start, Chrome more thoroughly adopts Google's Material Design so it is cohesive across devices.…
  • Essential Lops Off 30% of Employees In Another Regrouping

    Wed 3:33pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Essential Products has laid off 30% of its staff, reports Bloomberg, amidst a reorganizing effort that promises to deliver a "game changing consumer product." Several months ago, the Andy Rubin-run company cancelled plans to create a second version of the PH-1…
  • T-Mobile Debuts 3-Year Device Payment Plan

    Wed 12:37pm By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile today announced new handset and service promotions that offer new phones for low monthly payments with one big catch: the equipment installment plan runs for 36 months. That means it will be three years before customers pay off their device, rather…
  • Spotify Releases Wear OS App for Smartwatches

    Wed 11:39am By Eric M. Zeman
    Spotify today showed off a new way for people to manage their music. The company has developed a small app specifically for Wear OS devices. Once installed, people will be able to play, pause, or skip to the next track; instantly set tempo-matching songs for…
  • Apple Updates Privacy Site, Allows People to Download Data

    Wed 11:26am By Eric M. Zeman
    Apple has updated its privacy web site and given customers new tools to manage their personal information. Specifically, Apple has made it possible for owners of Apple devices to download and view all the data Apple has collected on them. This change is…
  • RED Details 3D Content Strategy for Hydrogen One Phone

    Tue 8:01pm By Rich Brome
    At an event in NYC today, RED CEO Jim Jannard revealed how owners of the company's forthcoming Hydrogen One phone will be able to access and share 3D content. The phone has stereoscopic 3D cameras on both sides, and a "holographic" display that displays 3D…
  • Verizon to Credit Gulf-Area Customers with 3 Months Service

    Tue 5:14pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Verizon Wireless today said that it will automatically credit its customers in areas impacted by Hurricane Michael for three months of service. The credit will be made for every line on both consumer and business accounts. While the company continues to make…
  • FCC Says Carriers' Efforts to Repair Hurricane-Damaged Cell Sites 'Completely Unacceptable'

    Tue 5:03pm By Eric M. Zeman
    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai lowered the boom on the nation's wireless network operators and their collective lack of progress in bringing wireless service back to the areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. "Even though efforts to restore communications services have…
  • Google to Charge Phone Makers to Use Google Apps in EU

    Tue 1:08pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today said it is appealing the European Commission's recent decision against Android. The EU sees the mobile platform's dominance as anti-competitive and fined Google $5 billion. Google believes Android has spurred competition and created a rich and…
  • Google Adds EV Charging Stations to Maps

    Tue 12:39pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today said people can now search for and locate electronic vehicle charging stations in Google Maps. In addition to displaying the closest stations, Maps will provide information about the business where the charger is located, the types of ports that…
  • Huawei Mate 20 Series Gains an X and a Porsche Design

    Tue 11:03am By Eric M. Zeman
    Huawei today unveiled two devices apart from the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. First up, the Mate 20 X is a massive slab with a 7.2-inch screen and a 5,000mAh battery. Huawei is pitching the phone as a gaming device. It relies on a graphene film and vapor chamber…