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A pair of spiffy Android handsets are about to be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat. One of them is the stunningly beautify and affordable Honor 8 by Huawei (check out our full review here), a phone with a 15-layer glass backside construction that captures light and creates unique looking effects. The other is the HTC 10, a flagship smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (we also have a full review of that one). Huawei teased the Android 7.0 Nougat update a few days and today made it official. The over-the-air (OTA) update is being rolled out "sequentially," according to a translated press release. Honor 8 owners should be on the lookout for an update notification letting... Read more...
After weeks of waiting and what seemed like an endless barrage of beta updates (it was really just a handful), Samsung is finally ending its Android 7 Nougat program for its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. A final release that will be polished and ready for mass consumption will be served up to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners next month in the form of version Android 7.1.1.Samsung opened its "Galaxy Beta Program" to eager Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners on November 9. It was intended to give users a feel for Nougat with Samsung's latest user interface and to gather feedback on performance, reliability, and usability, which it would use to shape future revisions. Samsung served... Read more...
While shoppers are busy trampling over each other in pursuit of the hottest Black Friday deals, HTC 10 owners can sit back and wait for a treat that is arriving at no cost. It's Nougat, the delicious Android 7.0 update that is being pushed out today to unlocked HTC 10 devices. It's not clear how HTC might be staggering the release, but the company did confirm that testing is finished and that it is rolling out Nougat starting today.The caveat here is that only unlocked HTC 10 handsets are getting the update. While HTC was able to complete what it calls TA (technical assistance) testing, wireless carriers that tack on their own software bits will have to perform additional testing before certifying... Read more...
Samsung earlier this month started inviting users to beta test Android 7.0 (Nougat) on their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices, but those are not the only handsets it is focusing on. Earlier this week Samsung started cooking up Nougat for its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices, and now it has begun developing the latest version of Android for its Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Tab S2 as well.That level of activity is always seen among Android device makers. The Android camp is notoriously fragmented due in part because of the multiple certification processes and all the testing that is involved, both by the device maker and wireless carriers that sometimes install their own custom software. Be... Read more...
Samsung has opened up beta registration for testing an early build of Android 7.0 Nougat on its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices (unlocked version). That means Samsung is one step closer to releasing an official Android 7.0 update for its flagship phones after having begun internally testing the latest version of Google's mobile operating system in mid-September.It may seem like Samsung is dragging its feet in getting an official Android 7.0 update out the door for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners, but these things take time. On top of all the testing and certification that is required, Samsung has been a bit preoccupied the past month dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle that led to... Read more...
It's always with eager and hopeful anticipation that Android device owners wait to find if and when a major new version of Google's mobile operating system is headed to the their handset. Well, if you're rocking a semi-recent Motorola phone, the odds are in your favor. That's because Motorola published a list of more than a dozen handsets that will be receiving an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. "Are you ready for the sweetest OS update yet? It’s one that speaks your language (particularly if you speak fluent Emoji), offers the ability to seamlessly switch between apps with just a double-tap, more efficient notification controls and improved battery and data saver features. We’re happy to confirm... Read more...
Exactly one week from today Google will unveil a handful of electronic devices. Among them will be a pair of new flagship smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, otherwise known by their internal codenames Sailfish and Marlin. Rumors have been circulating about both new phones for months, and now we have our first look at what appears to be an official press render of the smaller handset (Pixel). The folks at VentureBeat obtained the photo along with a confirmation that Google will in fact unveil the Pixel and Pixel XL at its hardware event on October 4, though there's no mention of the source of the leak (someone at Google, no doubt). That's not really a surprise, given the amount of information... Read more...
Though Samsung's been a bit preoccupied with its global recall of Galaxy Note 7 devices, it hasn't forgotten about owners of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. The South Korean handset maker is in the process of testing firmware upgrades to Android 7.0 (Nougat) for both phones, though there's no mention of a specific release date just yet.Rolling out major firmware updates is not a quick and easy process. There's a lot of testing that's involved, both on the part of the handset maker and the wireless carrier, as both often times add their own custom software and features to the mix. That means several rounds of testing and validating, while simultaneously juggling newer smartphone releases.That's... Read more...
Image Source: Flickr (Roman Boed)The wait for a new round of flagship smartphones from Google is almost over, folks. As was expected, Google will unveil its new Android 7.0 (Nougat) phones on October 4, as indicated by a Twitter post, landing page where you can sign up to be notified for more information on the new devices, and invitations to a press event that it's begun sending out the members of the press. One thing to keep an eye on its the branding Google decides to use for its next flagship devices. The aforementioned teasers all show Google's "G" logo, but previous reports suggested the Mountain View firm will ditch its Nexus nomenclature and introduce its new devices as Pixel handsets... Read more...
At long last, LG's latest flagship V20 phone is here with Google's deliciously new Android 7.0 Nougat in tow. It's a notable release not just because its another high-end handset from the South Korean electronics maker, but for its place in history as the introductory Android 7.0 device, a distinction many assumed would belong to a Nexus gadget. The LG V20 is a premium handset powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE. It has a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) IPS main display and, as often rumored leading up to its launch, a secondary IPS Quantum display with a 160x1040 resolution. The secondary display is a carryover from the V10, only here it's twice as bright with a 50 percent larger... Read more...