Samsung issues hotfix update in second Android Pie beta for Galaxy S9

Samsung has just issued a hotfix update to the second Android Pie beta on Galaxy S9, launched yesterday. It is only 90 MB in size and patches two significant issues that slipped in the major release. Users complained about losing mobile data connection and having trouble launching some apps. To get the Pie beta that moves to One UI on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, you must be part of the Samsung Members program (also known as Samsung+ in the United States). Through the dedicated app you can see…

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Xiaomi updates its Android update rollout schedule

Xiaomi just published a list of devices that are getting Android Pie or Android Oreo in Q4 this year. The phones in the list will be receiving at least the beta version of the software and with enough luck, will get the stable release until the end of 2018. First to get you up to speed – most of the handsets from this list are already on Oreo while the Mi Mix 2S, Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer are running Pie. What’s important here is that the Mi 5s…

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Android Confidential: Just how big is that notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL anyway?

The notch. By now it’s become a fairly commonplace feature on premium phones. Even some budget handsets are starting to get in on the act. But the Google Pixel 3 XL reignites the notch frenzy. Why? Because it’s so damn big. Google didn’t just add a normal screen cutout to the top of its latest flagship phone, it added the biggest one I’ve ever seen, big enough to house two cameras and a speaker. I generally don’t mind phone notches, but there’s something about the Pixel 3 XL’s that really…

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Google Chrome for Android soon to get a new Explore UI when opening a new tab

Google is testing a new “Explore” feature on its Android Chrome app and the good news is that you can test it out by yourself without needing to install Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary. The feature introduces a new layout when opening a new tab that will help you explore topics and websites based on your interests and browsing history. Here’s how it looks.     Screenshots from the new tab If you want to get it too, just head over to your Chrome app for Android, open a new tab,…

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OnePlus 6 Working Unit With Android 8.1 Oreo Spotted in Live Image

HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus 6 live spotted in a leaked image The image shows the interface of the upcoming OnePlus smartphone It also highlights the notch design OnePlus 6 has already become one of the most teased smartphones of the year – thanks to the tons of teasers that OnePlus publicly circulated so far. And now, the OnePlus 6 has been spotted in a live image that shows the front of the smartphone as well as the already confirmed notch design as well as a thin-bezel display. The latest development comes just after the company formally announced the OnePlus…

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Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus Android 8.1 Oreo Update Now Rolling Out in India

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia 6 (2018) went on sale in India last week The Nokia 7 Plus will go on sale in India starting April 30 Both smartphones run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box Nokia 6 (2018) (Review) and Nokia 7 Plus have started receiving their Android 8.1 Oreo update in India, over-the-air (OTA). The rollout follows the start of the Android 8.0 Oreo update rollout for the Nokia 3(Review) on Wednesday. Nokia licensee HMD Global has not made any official announcement regarding the start of the rollout; however, our review units of the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 Plus have received the…

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OnePlus 5T to Get Android 8.0 Oreo-Based OxygenOS Open Beta Soon, Hints Company

HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus Germany’s handle made the announcement on Twitter Open Beta is currently not available, might rollout soon OnePlus 3, 3T, and 5 have already received stable builds for Android 8.0 OnePlus has had an intriguing rollout for Android 8.0 Oreo on its smartphones this year. The OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5 already have the stable Oreo build rolling out, while the latest OnePlus 5T still hasn’t received a beta version, up until now. The company on Wednesday has hinted that an open beta version for the OnePlus 5T will be available soon. As we…

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Nokia 3 to Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update Directly, Skip Android 7.1.2 Nougat

HIGHLIGHTS HMD Global’s Sarvikas confirmed direct Oreo update for Nokia 3 Nokia 3 won’t receive Android 7.1.2 Nougat update The smartphone was launched with Android 7.0 Nougat in February Weeks after bringing an Android Oreo update to Nokia 8, HMD Global is now all set to release the same latest update for Nokia 3. The new move also points to the fact that the Finnish company has no plans to bring an Android 7.1.2 Nougat update for the Nokia 3 smartphone. HMD Global’s Juho Sarvikas on Saturday confirmed the ongoing developments. Sarvikas, the…

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OnePlus 5T to Get Its Stable Android 8.0 Oreo Update in Early 2018

HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus 5 Oreo beta program starts this month OnePlus 5T starts next month Android 8.0 Oreo final build expected in “early 2018” OnePlus 5T was launched on Thursday at an event in New York and as expected brings upgrade to the original OnePlus 5 model launched a few months ago. One of the biggest disappointments, however, was that the new OnePlus 5T will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Chinese company during the launch event revealed Oreo update plans for the new OnePlus 5T as well as the OnePlus 5 launched a few…

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India will have to wait longer for Android Pay as Google shifts focus to Tez, its digital payment app

Google is not going to roll out its Android Pay service in India any time soon. The company is rather focused on pushing its new app – Google Tez, a Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based digital payment application, in the country. During a Q&A session following the launch of Google Tez app on Monday, company’s senior executive Caesar Sengupta told the media that the company has no immediate plans to launch the Android Pay service in India. He cited lack of wider availability of (Near Field Connectivity) NFC-enabled smartphones and penetration of…

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