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Microsoft Edge for Android now available on the Play Store

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Microsoft has made the Android version of the new Edge browser publicly available on the Play Store. Users will be warned that the app is still in development and will be unstable but they can still go ahead and install it.

Microsoft released Edge on iOS and Android last week for Windows Insider users exclusively. The iOS version of the app exceeded Apple’s 10000 user limit for TestFlight apps and is currently not available to anyone.

Edge on iOS and Android is primarily for those who use Edge on desktop and would want to sync their bookmarks, history, passwords and more on their mobile browser. Edge is pretty much Safari/Chrome underneath on mobile on the surface features a familiar design for Edge users as well as features like Hub View, Reading View, QR-code reader, voice search and more.

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Now you can root the Galaxy Note8 without tripping KNOX (Snapdragon only)

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Samsung disables a good deal of functionality if you trip KNOX – even S Health stops working! This keeps many from rooting or alternatively keeps rooted users from using the features that depend on KNOX. If only there was a better way…

And there is, if you’re using a Galaxy Note8 with a Snapdragon 835 chipset. This is not for the feint of heart, however, as you’ll need to do some flashing. Note that you need a CSC file; those for US phones are provided in the forum thread but others may need to download the CSC from their device.

Hit the Source link to read the instructions over at XDA-Developers. Be warned though, this could cause all sorts of issues and it does.

Now you can root the Galaxy Note8 without tripping KNOX (Snapdragon only)

Again, this doesn’t work for the Exynos model. The battery will only charge to 80%, which is probably going to be a deal breaker for many. Also note that SafetyNet will stop working as will Magisk. Some AT&T users experienced some voice call issues, but there’s a solution for that.

PS. If you read all that and thought “Cool, but I wish it worked on the Galaxy S8” then don’t despair – this root does the same thing (again, works only on Snapdragon phones).

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Here comes Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy Tab E on Verizon and T-Mobile

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Verizon and T-Mobile have released software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets bringing the OS version to Android 7.0 Nougat. Just Nougat, you say, when Oreo is already here? It’s still something for an entry-level/lower-midrange tablet that was launched close to 2 years ago and started out on Lollipop.

Verizon has rolled out firmwares for both the Galaxy Tab E 8.0 and the Tab E 9.6. Other than the obvious new Android version, the update brings the refreshed Samsung UX, improved battery management options, and easier multi-tasking, Verizon says. The Android security patch is the August 1 one.

T-Mobile, on the other hand, has issued a new firmware for the Tab E 8.0, but since that’s the one version the carrier is selling, there’s no Tab E 9.6 on T-Mobile to be releasing an update for. The Un-carrier doesn’t go into specifics on the changelog, but should be pretty similar to Verizon’s.

As usual, if you don’t get the update over the air, head over to the source links below where you can download the files and flash them from your computer.

Verizon 8.0 • Verizon 9.6 • T-Mobile 8.0

Nokia 2 FCC report surfaces, complete with photos and dimensions

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The Nokia 2 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite some time now. Crude drawingsrendersbenchmark leaks and even live photos – the budget handset has pretty much gone through the entire leakster agenda at this point. Still, there are a few pieces left in this particular HMD puzzle – even fewer now that the handset officially cleared the FCC.

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Nokia 2 FCC report

Naturally, the documents detailing the HMD Global TA-1029 offers a wide range of SAR values and radio test reports, of little practical use to end users. What we can get out of it all is that the Nokia 2 is certified under FDD-LTE 2600 (B 7) / 850 (B 5) MHz, TD-LTE 2600 (B 38) MHz, W-CDMA 1900 (II) / 900 (VIII) MHz, GSM 1900/850 MHz. So, LTE – check. We can also say for sure that the handset has a Bluetooth radio and its Wi-Fi is a 2.4 GHZ, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n one. No Dual band or a/c.

A simple antenna schematic also offers an idea of the phone’s dimensions. With a diagonal of 15.4cm the previously suggested display size of 4.5 or possibly 5 inches seems like the most probable option for the Nokia 2. Speaking of specs, we’re expecting 720p resolution and a pretty low-end Snapdragon 210/212 chipset, coupled with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The selfie cam should take 5MP photos, the rear cam should do 8MP (the video is bound to be 720p, it’s the best the chipset can do).

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Nokia 2 photos

Last, but not least, the FCC report also contains higher resolution and watermark-free copies of the exact same Nokia 2 photos that leaked a couple of days ago. So, we can at least be certain about the phone’s design. Seeing how HMD is wasting no time in the certificate and regulations department, we might just see the Nokia 2 debut alongside the company’s Nokia 8flagship on August 16.

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BlackBerry Priv receives update with July’s Android security patch

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Along with Nexus devices receiving OTA updates for July’s security patches, BlackBerry Privusers will also join in on the latest Android security patches for those devices purchased unlocked from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon.

The update is around 95MB and includes the same security fixes that were patched in this month’s security update.

If you haven’t gotten the OTA yet, you should be getting it over the next few days. Alternatively, you can manually check for the update by going to the Settings app, then tap ‘About’, and check for updates.

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BLU Energy XL launched with 6-inch display, 5,000mAh battery

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Miami-based smartphone manufacturer BLU has launched a new smartphone. Dubbed Energy XL, the device is powered by MediaTek 6753 chipset with octa-core 1.3GHz CPU and Mali-T720 GPU, and sports a 6-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The handset comes with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, and packs in a mammoth 5,000mAh battery. In terms of camera, the phone features a 13MP/5MP combo. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box, but will be updated to Marshmallow before the year ends. The device features a fingerprint sensor as well.

Color options include Solid Gold and White-Silver. As for price, the Energy XL carries a tag of $299.99. Measuring 160.9 x 81.2 x 8.4mm and weighing in at 208g, the device is only compatible with GSM carriers in the US, and is currently available for purchase from Amazon.

Source | Amazon

Recently-launched Sony Xperia X receives price cut in US

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The Sony Xperia X, which was launched in the US towards June-end, has already received a price cut in the country. A quick looks reveals that third-party retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo are now selling the device (all four color variants) for $500.

That translates into a discount of $50. What’s more, should you choose to purchase the handset from B&H Photo, you’ll also get free Samsung Level U Wireless Headphones (color: Black Sapphire) worth around $35.

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