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Samsung starts rolling out Android Pie beta to Galaxy S9 units worldwide

Full update to come within the coming months

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Baking pie takes a little patience. Of course, patience varies from person to person. However, everyone can agree that it shouldn’t take months. Despite launching months ago, Android Pie is still the rarest operating system in the market.

Throughout Android’s evolution, Google has never been a stranger to this disparaging trend. Seemingly, every succeeding version gets rarer and rarer. However, the system’s developers have, at least, acknowledged the abysmal distribution rates. Developers and phone makers alike are slowly adopting the new version across the industry.


For one, Samsung is finally rolling out some much-needed updates to this year’s Galaxy S9 series. On launch, the series was stuck in Android Oreo. However, with Pie’s launch months later, every Galaxy S9 user’s immediate question was: When are we getting Android Pie?

Probably, it won’t be that far off anymore. The company has started releasing an Android Pie beta to users in South Korea and the United States.

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Based on the update’s changelog, the beta will come with Samsung’s new One UI. The new user interface is Samsung’s next evolution in software design. Among other features, it comes with improved gesture controls and convenience features. Additionally, Samsung’s keyboard will come with Samsung’s take on the new Unicode 11 emojis.

Though in beta phase, Samsung’s latest rollout is a huge step in Android Pie distribution. It signals Samsung’s increasing readiness in releasing Android Pie to a larger chunk of its user base. The move likely indicates a full release within the next few months.

Currently, the update is available only in South Korea and the USA. However, it will likely trickle down to other territories in the coming weeks leading up to the year-end holiday.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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A high-fashion Honor 20 Moschino version is happening

First look at the theme here

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The Honor 20 is coming soon and as the launch date draws near, we find out more details about the elusive device. Our latest news on the matter confirms that there will be a version of the Honor handset that fashion house Moschino worked on.

Supposedly even more high-fashion than the Honor View 20 which Moschino similarly worked on, the Italian fashion brand was said to have been given more creative control on the back design of this upcoming phone. Moschino was left in charge of the color, theme, material, and finish– and we see a little preview of this handiwork with images that surfaced today.


The Honor 20 Moschino Edition will come with a matching case and purse. Pictured above, the simple red Moschino theme and that chain detail on the it makes me think it’s going to be a device ladies will enjoy. Although we don’t exactly see the phone on the images, I bet it’s going to be one heck of a looker.

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Huawei is offering promotional battery replacements for select older devices

An opportunity for cheap repairs

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If you have an older Huawei phone or tablet lying around with a busted or aging battery, you might want to take advantage of this offer. Huawei Philippines will have a “Battery Replacement Event” for one month.

From April 27 to May 27, Huawei users can have their devices’ batteries replaced for only PhP 799 at all Huawei Authorized Service Centers nationwide. You can check the nearest one in your area through this directory.


However, the promotional battery replacement is only applicable to these selected models:

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Y6 2018
  • Huawei MediaPad T1

Of course, the program has certain terms and conditions. Most notably, a customer’s device is entitled to only one battery replacement. Also, the battery replacement fee will not cover any other issues that the device might have. You can know more about the battery replacement event here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reveals smartphones receiving EMUI 9.1

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Honor loses a prototype phone, offers a EUR 5,000 reward

Lost in Germany

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Losing a smartphone is too easy in today’s world. Falling out of your pocket, a smartphone can come crashing down to the pavement, into an open drain, or into the hands of a thief. Today, lost and found offices are filled with smartphones. If you’re unlucky enough to lose one, it will likely cost you a new smartphone, at most. As easy as it is, losing a smartphone is expensive.

However, an Honor marketing employee named Moritz Scheidl has made a case for the most expensive smartphone loss in history. On April 22, Scheidl boarded the ICE 1125, headed to Munich, Germany. He was on vacation with his family in Dusseldorf. As is custom, he carried an Honor 20 Pro prototype, testing the unit before its launch later this year.


Upon reaching Munich, Scheidl reached into his backpack, trying to charge the prototype. To his surprise, the smartphone was not in his bag. He notified his superiors immediately. Soon after, Honor Germany’s official Twitter account tweeted a lost and found poster confirming the debacle.

In the tweet, Honor Germany is offering a sweet EUR 5,000 (or approximately US$ 5,578) reward for the prototype’s return. Additionally, the tweet adds in more detail about the prototype’s appearance: it came in a gray case. To Scheidl’s credit, he immediately performed a remote device wipe after learning of the loss. For any finders, the prototype is either a free EUR 5,000 cash grab or a perfectly new smartphone.

Despite the official post, online commenters have also expressed doubt, calling the whole issue a marketing stunt. Likewise, pundits have also said that other publications will likely pay more than EUR 5,000 for the lost phone. Regardless, Honor is adamant about getting the phone back.

Currently, the Honor 20 Pro is scheduled to launch on May 21 in London.

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