Don’t Miss These Android Stories: December 9, 2016

Not quite sure about the weather where you might be, but up in Portland, OR, it’s quite chilly. Even with the snow and ice, we had a lot of fun posting up new video reviews, talking about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8, and plenty more.

To give you a basic rundown of the happenings, we learned Samsung will soon render most Galaxy Note 7 units useless in the US (as long as the carrier is ready to push it), reported on potential design aspects of the Galaxy S8, and mulled over the concept of talking on the phone during a domestic flight.

Here are the highlights you don’t want to miss.  (more…)

DEAL: Most of Anker’s Best Quick Charge Products Have Big Discounts at Amazon

With Xmas only a couple of weeks away, you should start thinking about grabbing those last few presents for loved ones. Don’t be that guy (me) running around on December 23 looking for final gifts.

If you need a handful of affordable stocking-stuffer items, you might want to take a look at all of the Anker products that are discounted right now at Amazon. Devices like their fast wireless charger ($20), PowerCore 5000 quick charge power bank ($14), and Quick Charge 3.0 car charger ($17) all have solid price drops.

Each includes Prime shipping as well.  (more…)

AirDroid Issues Update on Android to Address Previous Security Concerns

Last week, popular smartphone-to-PC software, AirDroid, came under fire for allegedly having “multiple” security vulnerabilities in their Android app when connected to an unsecure network, but also for seemingly pushing out other updates instead of fixing these potentially serious issues. AirDroid said that they would push an update to clean everything up within a couple of weeks and has now done that.

Through a statement sent to us, AirDroid confirms that their mobile app has been updated to v4.0.0.3 and PC apps to v3.3.5.3. These new versions “have improved [AirDroid’s] encryption mechanism as planned and fixed the issue regarding the recent concern over AirDroid’s security.”

For more on what was fixed, you can view the full statement below.  (more…)

Official: Samsung Pushing Software Update to Remaining Note 7 Devices to Stop Them From Charging (Updated)

Starting December 19, Samsung will begin pushing a new software update to remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices in the US that have not yet been returned. That software update will prevent devices from being able to charge and will then “eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices.” News of this type of update was first reported on yesterday and is now official.

Samsung says that the update will rollout over 30 days to remaining phones and customers who own Note 7s will be notified through “multiple touchpoints,” likely in an attempt to get them onto another phone before their Note 7’s life is over with. More than 93% of Note 7s have been recalled, according to Samsung.  (more…)