Items tagged with android 9 pie

Android 9 Pie was first released to the public on August 6th 2018, and was quickly made available for production devices including Google's own Pixel smartphones and OnePlus devices. However, the largest smartphone OEM in the world has been extremely slow with its public rollout of the major OS update. One would think that unlocked versions of Samsung devices would be among the first to receive Android 9 Pie, as they don't have carrier bloatware attached, but that just hasn't been the case for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Carrier-locked models (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular) began receiving the OS update earlier this month, and the update for unlocked... Read more...
Although the Android tablet market has not exactly been thriving in recent years, Samsung continues on its quest to improve the platform and compete head-to-head with Apple’s iPad family. Samsung this morning announced its new Galaxy Tab S5e, which the company says is its thinnest tablet to date. The Galaxy Tab S5e measures just 5.5mm thick and its metal unibody weighs in at less than a pound (0.88-pounds to be exact). Speaking of the sleek body, it’s available in Silver, Black, and Gold, which has become almost a prerequisite for any mobile device launched these days. Arguably, the most important part of a tablet is its display, and Samsung doesn’t disappoint here.... Read more...
Google announced that Chrome OS 72 is ready and rolling out to Chromebooks and other devices right now. This latest update to Google's popular operating system brings with it a number of feature enhancements including support for Android 9 Pie. A key goal of the Android 9 Pie design was to utilize AI software to a higher degree. Using AI, an adaptive battery function helps to extend battery life, and an improved adaptive brightness feature learns how you like the brightness set on your device in different situations and automatically adjusts itself for your convenience. Both of these features help to extend your battery life as the software tailors itself to you. Parts of Chrome OS 72 also comes... Read more...
Samsung is offering up a holiday treat for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ owners. The South Korean electronics maker had previously said it would deliver an Android 9 Pie update to the Galaxy S9 by January, but rather than wait another week (or longer), the update is starting to roll out now to both the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. In case you pay attention to such things, the update for the Galaxy S9 changes the software version to G960FXXU2CRLI, and for the Galaxy S9+ it changes the software version to G965FXXU2CRLI. It appears that both are rolling out to users in Germany before the rest of the world. If you live in Germany and own either device, head to Settings > Software update and tap Download... Read more...
If you're a OnePlus 6 owners, there's a fresh, hot delivery coming your way today. After a lengthy beta period where testers were able to give the Android 9 Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0 a try, OnePlus has announced that the production release of the operating system is available to download. Now before you all start rushing to the Settings app to initiate the OS update, we have to warn you that this rollout is being staged. OnePlus doesn't want everyone crowding its servers at once, and this will give the company a chance to catch any initial installation issues with a smaller sample size.  "The OTA will be received by a limited number of users today and will have a broader rollout in a few days... Read more...
When it comes to flagship smartphones, Sony doesn't often get mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Samsung and Apple, or even Huawei and Xiaomi. However, that doesn't mean that the company is no longer putting out quality hardware. In fact, the company's new Xperia XZ3 shows that it can still build a smartphone that competes with the best that its Android rivals have to offer. We first got an early glimpse at the XZ3 earlier this month, and today we're getting a full look at the new flagship. As expected, this smartphone is rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM, while internal storage comes in at 64GB (microSDXC is supported up to 512GB). The XZ3 leapfrogs... Read more...
Considering that nearly every detail about the Google Pixel 3 smartphone family has leaked at this point, it seems rather appropriate that the actual launch date would also be revealed ahead of schedule. According to a new report, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be revealed at an event in New York City on October 9th. For reference, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched last year on October 4th. This news of the early October launch comes courtesy of Bloomberg, which slipped the information off-handily in its earlier piece on the 2018 Apple iPhone lineup. If Apple’s September release schedule sticks to previous years, the Google devices will debut just a few... Read more...
Details on the upcoming Google Pixel 3 family of smartphones have been leaking left and right in recent months, and yesterday we gave you a run-down on what we know so far about Google’s incoming Android 9 Pie flagships. Today, however, we're getting [alleged] confirmation that Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will finally add support for wireless charging. Google previously supported wireless charging with its first-party Nexus smartphones, but decided to ditch the feature starting with the original Pixel. However, a short video that was posted by Twitter user @khoroshev shows the Pixel 3 XL being placed atop a standard wireless charger. After a brief moment, a charging... Read more...
Google recently dished up a serving of Android 9 Pie to Pixel devices ahead of the mobile OS's anticipated August 20 release date. That means we will start to see third-party phones upgraded to the latest Android build. If you are wondering which devices will see an update, we can answer that question as it pertains to Motorola. The device maker confirmed in a blog post that Android 9 Pie is coming at least eight of its handsets. They include the Moto Z3, Moto Z3 Play, Moto Z2 Force Edition, Moto Z2 Play, Moto X4, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6, and Moto G6 Play. There are all relatively newer handsets, comprising a mix of current and previous generation models. Noticeably absent, however, are the Moto... Read more...
One thing you do not expect when updating the software on your smartphone is to lose critical abilities, but it appears that is exactly what is happening for some first generation Pixel XL owners. Over at Google's Issue Tracker site, Pixel XL owners report a bug in the final version of Android 9 Pie that is preventing them from fast charging their device. "I have 4 chargers. 1 is unofficial. 2 is official. 1 was the packaged 6p charger and the other bought from Google Store. None of these work. I either get 'Charging' or 'Charging Slowly'. This never happened before [Android 9] Pie. I also have a battery backup that no longer fast charges my phone. The only charger that works is the charger that... Read more...
There's no doubt that one of the most highly anticipated smartphone releases for the second half of 2018 will be Google's Pixel 3 family. Unfortunately for the search giant, both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have leaked repeatedly over the past few months, with the latest leak including a full unboxing. We're not just talking about photos here; there's a full video (in the source link below) as well showing the Pixel 3 XL in its full glory. We can see the final production device (turned on and booted into Android 9 Pie), which gives us a good look at its beefy display notch. The leaked images also confirm a few specs of the device as well: we can see the appearance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845... Read more...
Google decided to take Android 9 Pie out of the oven a little early, and while there are certain parts that could use a bit more baking, it is out of beta and ready to install on Pixel and Pixel 2 handsets. Well, sort of. Google is not pushing Android 9 Pie out to the masses yet, but has made available the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). What that means is you can download and install Android 9 Pie on your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL by manually sideloading it onto your device. That is a different process than just heading into settings and fetching it as an over-the-air (OTA) update. There is some prep work involved, especially if you have never done this sort... Read more...
Well, this one sort of took us by surprise. Out of nowhere, Google just announced that the latest version of Android, Android P, is officially called Android 9 Pie. And best of all, the final, production version of the operating system is available right now for those using Pixel devices. As for Google's OEM partners that participated in the Android P beta, they will have to wait a bit longer to deliver the final release of the operating system to supported devices. Google writes: And devices that participated in the Beta program from Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, as well as all qualifying Android One devices, will receive this update by the end of this... Read more...