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Sony is said to be working on a new "big screen" Android smartphone that will serve as a follow-up to its Xperia XA1 Ultra. There are no surprises when it comes to the namning of the smartphone, which is expected to be called -- surprise, surprise -- the Xperia XA2 Ultra. Unfortunately for those that were hoping to see a big shift in design direction for Sony's smartphone family, the Xperia XA2 Ultra appears to stick pretty closely to the Japanese company’s current conservative design language. Apparent leaked images of the smartphone come courtesy of SlashLeaks, and show a device with huge display bezels. Given the current trend to minimize display bezels to improve pocketability and aesthetics,... Read more...
It didn't arrive in time for Christmas, but we aren't going to rag on LG for finally delivering the Android 8.0 Oreo update for V30 owner (the OS officially launched on August 21st). The OS has been available in preview form for V30 owners in LG's home market of South Korea, but today marks its first official release into the public realm. LG says that it took feedback from customers during the preview period (over 500 specific incidents to be exact) in order to better hone the final release for customers. The company also claims that it is the "first domestic smartphone manufacturer" to release the Android Oreo update for current generation smartphones, which seems like a subtle dig at segment... Read more...
Android Wear, the customized and lightweight version of Google's full-fledged Android platform for smartphones, had fallen a little behind with Google having launched Android 8 (Oreo) several months ago. That just changed, however, as there is a new version of Android Wear that is based on Oreo, and it has already begun rolling out to device makers. As to when consumers will see an update, that is entirely up to each smartwatch manufacturer. Prior to this update, the latest version of Android (2.0) was based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Google began beta testing an Oreo build around a month that initially was only available for LG's Watch Sport. Having presumably squashed any major bugs and polished... Read more...
If you're currently the owner of Google's first-party Nexus or Pixel hardware, we have some good news for you today. Google just pushed out the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo, which brings with it a number of tweaks, with the biggest one being reserved for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. For starters, you will have quick access to the battery status of connected Bluetooth devices by accessing the Quick Settings menu. Google has also implemented a feature to help mitigate screen burn-in on the system bar (which was most notable on the Pixel 2 XL, which features an LG OLED display) by inverting the color scheme in certain situations. System buttons will also be allowed to dim while idle to help... Read more...
A little over a month after publishing the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview, Google is back at it with Developer Preview 2 (DP2). If you want to be at the forefront of Android Oreo releases, you can download the latest system images from the Android Developer site, or you can opt to receive the build over-the-air (OTA) through the Android beta program. The big change with Android 8.1 DP2 is that the previously dormant Pixel Visual Core on Google’s 2017 flagship Pixel 2 smartphones is now enabled for developers. For those that need a refresher course, the Pixel Visual Core is Google's first custom-designed co-processor for consumer applications. The chip features 8 custom, Google-designed... Read more...
If you are the proud owner of a OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T smartphone, we’ve got a treat of the dark chocolate and sweet creamy filling variety for you today. OnePlus announced this morning that its first official release of Android 8.0 Oreo is now available for the above-mentioned smartphones via OxygenOS 5.0. In mid-October, OnePlus offered up its first Android Oreo public beta, and it appears that everything progressed nicely with the pilot program since the first regular production (stable) build is hitting roughly a month later. OnePlus list the following "highlights" that you will find with this initial public release of OxygenOS 5.0: System Update to Android O (8.0) Added Parallel Apps Added... Read more...
If you're a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ owner and have been looking longingly from the sidelines as Google Pixel and Nexus users are chomping down on crunchy Android 8.0 Oreo goodness, your time will soon come. Samsung just recently updated its license agreement and FAQ for the Galaxy Beta Program, both of which reference Android 8.0 Oreo. For U.S. users, in order to participate in the Galaxy Beta Program, you will need to download the Samsung Plus app. You will need to register for or sign-in to your Samsung account in order to complete this process. According to Samsung, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are supported, but the Galaxy Beta Program is limited to Sprint, T-Mobile and unlocked... Read more...
Google launched Android 8.0 Oreo over the summer, but chances are pretty slim that your device has received the update unless you have a supported Pixel or Nexus device in-hand. Smartphone OEMs are notoriously slow to release major Android updates, but that isn't stopping Google from moving on to the next branch of Oreo: Android 8.1. Android 8.1 is now available as a Developer Preview, and brings with a number of optimizations to make this tasty operating system even sweeter. For starters, Google has made optimizations for Android Go, which is a fork of Android that is geared towards devices with 1GB or less of memory. Google has also implemented switches which allows developers to deliver APKs... Read more...
The cat was first let out of the bag earlier this month that Motorola would bring the Moto X4 to the United States as the country's first Android One device. Today, Google confirmed that news and announced that the Moto X4 will be available via its Project Fi wireless service. What makes this Android One Moto X4 different is the fact that it runs the Android One operating system, which Google says offers a "pure Android experience". You won't find any extra Motorola software installed on the device, nor will you find any bloatware Although the Android One Moto X4 will come from the factory with Android Nougat, it will receive an update to Android Oreo before the end of the year. In addition,... Read more...
For all the attention that has been poured onto Android 8.0 Oreo, one thing that has kind of flown under the radar is support for Wi-Fi Passpoint. This is a technology that was introduced by the Wi-Fi Alliance back in 2012 to make bouncing from one hotspot to another a smooth and seamless transition, and it is included in Google's Android 8.0 update, which Google describes as the biggest change to the foundations of Android to date. This is a big convenience that is coming to Android. Without it, roaming a city landscape and going from one hotspot to another is an annoying affair that requires multiple logins as you go about your business. Wi-Fi Passpoint eliminates that hassle by keeping you... Read more...
The 2017 Android flagship wars are starting to heat up. Just yesterday, we gave you a hands-on preview of LG’s all-new V30 flagship which features a 6-inch nearly bezel-free OLED display, an excellent dual camera system and Snapdragon 835 power. Now, Xiaomi is looking to muscle through with the successor to its revolutionary Mi Mix. The aptly named Mi Mix 2 is set to arrive on September 11th and will be powered by the [currently unannounced] Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor. As is the case with the current crop of Android flagships and its predecessor, the Mi Mix 2 comes with minimal bezels surrounding its 6.2-inch display (which is down from 6.4 inches). Display resolution jumps to 2960x1440,... Read more...
Google’s new Android 8.0 Oreo operating system has only been out for a few days, but hardcore enthusiasts that were eager to download the newest software release are already encountering issues. The most common issue that seems to be affecting users revolves around Bluetooth connectivity. More specifically, both Nexus and Pixel owners are experiencing Bluetooth problems when connecting to wireless speakers, headphones and even Android Auto within their vehicles. Users report problems ranging from audio skipping, to audio completely cutting out to incomplete track information displayed on their dashboards. “Nexus 5x: No sound when connected using android auto, I have not tried with just maps,”... Read more...
Google made quite the impression on the smartphone community with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which launched last year. The flagships were particularly praised for their performance and cameras, which makes the arrival of their successors even more highly anticipated. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer, as a highly respected source informs us that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will launch on October 5th. This news comes from noted leaker Evan Blass, so his confirmation of the launch date is nearly as bulletproof as if it came directly from Google. What’s even more interesting is that Blass confirms that the flagships will be powered by a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor.... Read more...
After hearing rumblings over the weekend that Android O was poised for an August 21st debut, we received official confirmation of that date today from Google. The internet giant has launched a new teaser site that is counting down to Monday’s big day, which also coincides with solar eclipse that will sweep from the northwestern United States down to the southeast. Given that the official reveal will take place on Monday, the Android O site is chock full of information relating to solar eclipses, and how Americans are banding together to film continue footage of the event using the Eclipse Megamovie Project. Google also provides links to where you can tune in to NASA’s livestream of the total... Read more...
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