Mobile Phone Networks Fully Restored In Chiba

Mobile phone networks fully restored in Chiba

Mobile phone services by Japan's three major carriers have been fully restored in Chiba Prefecture, 10 days after the networks were disrupted by a typhoon.

NTT Docomo said on Thursday that its mobile phone connectivity has returned to normal in all areas of the prefecture located east of Tokyo. The other major mobile carriers, KDDI and Softbank, had earlier resumed full services.

Phone Services Still Limited After Typhoon

Phone services still limited after typhoon

Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture and on an island off Tokyo. The disruption has been caused by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall on Monday.

NTT Docomo says that as of Friday, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 36 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture. The island of Oshima is also experiencing connectivity problems.

Phone Services Still Affected By Typhoon

Phone services still affected by typhoon

Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture and other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. The disruption has been caused by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall on Monday.

NTT Docomo says that as of Thursday, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture and two in Kanagawa Prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.

Phone Services Remain Limited In Typhoon-hit Areas

Phone services remain limited in typhoon-hit areas

Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture, as well as some other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. They cite antenna towers that have been left without power by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall early Monday.

NTT Docomo says that as of Wednesday afternoon, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture, as well as five in Kanagawa and one in Shizuoka prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.

Razer Phone Android Pie Update To Arrive Soon

Razer Phone Android Pie Update To Arrive Soon


The first Razer Phone was very well received as it was a proper gaming phone with a unique 120Hz screen. The company’s software support for this device has left a lot to be desired, though. It’s still on Android Oreo and even the security patch is a year old. The company has now said that the Razer Phone Android Pie update is going to be out soon.

It’s an update that many Razer Phone owners are looking forward to. It brings a number of new features to the device in addition to important bug fixes. Razer hasn’t provided a concrete date as yet but confirms that the Android Pie update for the Razer Phone should be out soon.

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

While the Essential Phone might not have received the warm welcome that the company hoped it would, the upside is that the company seems to be quite on the ball when it comes to updates. They were one of the first few handset makers to roll out the Android 9.0 Pie update for their phone, and now it seems that they could be on track to do the same with Android Q.

In a tweet by the company, it seems that they have started to push out the Android Q beta 5 update to Essential Phones enrolled under their beta program. We should note that this is merely a beta and is not the final update, but presumably all this testing will help Essential fine tune the update to ensure that when the final build of Android Q is ready, they should have ironed out most of the kinks and have the update ready in a very timely manner.

Sony Rumored To Be Working On A Phone With A Roll-up Display

Sony Rumored To Be Working On A Phone With A Roll-Up Display


You have heard all about foldable smartphones so it’s time to give rollable smartphones some attention. A new rumor claims that Sony is working on a smartphone that will have a roll-up display. What this would mean, at least in theory, is that the display could be rolled out to offer increased real estate. This is said to be a prototype currently so it’s unclear whether the device will ever make the cut.

Smartphone manufacturers are trying out different things as they look to set the tone for the future of mobile devices. Companies like Samsung and Huawei have already shown their foldable smartphones. It has previously been reported that Sony has a foldable smartphone in the pipeline as well.

Windows 10 ‘your Phone' App Can Mirror Notifications From Android Devices

Windows 10 ‘Your Phone' App Can Mirror Notifications From Android Devices


Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app for Windows 10 allows for greater connectivity between your PC and smartphone. The idea is to enable users to interact with content on their smartphone without requiring them to use the device as long as it’s connected to their Windows 10 PC wirelessly. Checking notifications is why most of us pick up our phones so many times every day and that’s just going to get a bit easier with the latest update to the app.

The latest update for Your Phone now brings the ability to mirror notifications from an Android smartphone to a Windows 10 PC. This functionality has been in testing for a couple of months now and it’s finally being made available to all users starting today.

Shazam For Android Can Now Recognize Music Playing On Your Phone

Shazam For Android Can Now Recognize Music Playing On Your Phone

The app has recently been updated where it now comes with a new feature called “Pop Up Shazam”. This seems to be an Android-only feature at the moment, which is a little ironic considering that Apple now owns the company. According to Shazam, “When Pop Up Shazam is switched on, you will see a persistent notification in you notification drawer. This notification will be used to trigger the floating button. Just tap on it and you will see the Shazam button appear. To Shazam tap on the button and we will tell you the result wherever you are.”

This means that if you’re watching a video on YouTube or Instagram and there is a song playing and you want to know who it is, you can just press the floating Shazam button and it will attempt to identify the song for you. As for iOS users, as we said, this is an Android-only feature (for now), but in the meantime there are alternatives to identifying songs on your phone. This includes using a pair of earphones and placing them next to your phone’s microphone.

As Phone Numbers Run Out, Japan Starts Making Longer Ones

As Phone Numbers Run Out, Japan Starts Making Longer Ones


Amid concerns that the company’s 11 digit phone numbers could run out by 2022, Japan’s communications ministry has started planning to create 14 digit phone numbers. It would be able to create 10 billion new numbers by moving up to 14 digits. The proposal to do so has reportedly been approved already by the country’s largest mobile carriers.

According to the Japan Times, the plan to create 14 digit phone numbers has been approved by KDDI, NTT Docomo, and SoftBank. With the three major carriers in agreement, the report states that Japan might introduce these new phone numbers before the end of 2021.

Japan May Be Base For Phone Scam Targeting China

Japan may be base for phone scam targeting China

Scammers from Taiwan may have used vacant houses in Japan for telephone fraud targeting people in China.

Last month, Japanese police arrested 10 Taiwanese men and women at Narita airport near Tokyo for allegedly lying on their immigration forms.

Japan-us Phone Talks Ahead Of Us-s.korea Summit

Japan-US phone talks ahead of US-S.Korea summit

Senior officials from Japan and the United States have confirmed close coordination of policies toward North Korea's denuclearization ahead of the US-South Korea summit.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau chief Kenji Kanasugi and US special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun spoke on Tuesday over the phone.

Razer Phone 2 Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out Now

Razer Phone 2 Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out Now


The Razer Phone 2 came with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box even though it was launched a couple of months after Android 9 Pie had been released. Many would have expected the device to come with the latest iteration of Google’s Android operating system but it did not. Razer later confirmed that this device would get Pie towards the end of February and it has followed through on that promise.

The company has now started rolling out the Android 9 Pie update for the Razer Phone 2. This software update brings all of the features that are part and parcel of the latest iteration of Android.

Razer Phone 2 To Get Android Pie Update February 27

Razer Phone 2 To Get Android Pie Update February 27

If you’re the owner of the Razer Phone 2 and are wondering where the Android 9.0 Pie update for your phone is, not to worry because it looks like it should be released in the next week or so. This is according to Razer who announced that the Android Pie update will be issued to the Razer Phone 2 starting on the 27th of February.

However there is a catch and that is that the update is currently only targeting owners of the unlocked version of the phone. This means that if you bought your phone from a carrier and it is still locked to their network, you might have to wait a bit. For example AT&T is only expected to release their update for the phone on the 4th of April, while other carriers will begin pushing out their updates on the 14th of March.