Samsung has ended its Beta program and skipped the Android 7.0 update to directly seed the Android 7.1.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge starting January. Samsung has traditionally been the slowest to roll over to the latest version of Android, and usually the next S series launch makes the update available. However, this time it seems that the company will start pushing the update on Jan 17th in a phased manner. Meaning, not all devices will get the update at the same time.
Android Nougat 7.1.1 was made dev friendly in November and the Google Pixel devices were the first phones to run this build of Android. The new update will bring some new changes to the user [...]
In a post issued on 24th December the the CyanogenMod team announced in a blog post that they will be shutting down the 8 year old custom ROM community that CyanogenMod was known for. The name that made custom ROMs and modding of Android phones safe and mainstream now shuts down as Cyanogen Inc (Cyngn) and Kondik the name behind the CyanogenMod shuts down the infrastructure backing the community.
The post labelled “A Fork in the Road” explains how some recent changes made the whole team expect an outcome similar to this and that in no way will the development of Custom ROMs stop. The debs involved will move on to make ROMs under [...]
Moto has confirmed that its latest devices the Moto G4 plus, Moto Z and Moto Z Play will soon start receiving the Android 7 Nougat software update soon. The Moto Z will be the first handset apart from Google’s own pixel to get the ability to support Daydream VR capabilities. While the Moto Z play and G4 phones will skip this feature.
The Moto Z which was launched in October will be getting the update first followed by the Moto Z Play and Moto G 4th Gen, G4 Plus and G4 Play. Moto will also push Android Nougat update to Moto X Style and X Play. The new OS will be pushed via an OTA update and should begin rolling out sometime this week.
With the new update [...]
The refresh cycles of OnePlus handsets have been poorly placed and the company has usually taken a long while to push Android updates to their devices. However, that may change with the Nougat release.
Benchmarking websites are recording data from the OnePlus One, OnePlus Two and OnePlus 3 with Android 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat installed.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, which is featured on the OnePlus One is considered to be not compatible with the Vulcan API required for Nougat. However, it could simply be a test install without the Vulcan Graphics API, or the company may be working on a final build for its users.
According to Geekbench, the OnePlus One [...]
According to several leaks Aug 5 is the day Google will officially roll out Android 7.0 Nougat to the public, which means it should be hitting all compatible Nexus devices, and a whole lot of other brand devices including HTC and Motorola soon after.
Nexus 5 will remain out of the update loop as Google will proceed to launch the next generation of Nexus handsets later this month.
The new OS update will bring several new apps including a new Camera App which will bring several new features and more manual control of the camera.
Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you [...]
Android N is the next big update to Android, and while Google already showed off Android N earlier this year. The official announcement focuses on important Security issues and productivity while ensuring better performance.
With the new Vulcan framework, Google will give developers direct access to the GPU and reduce CPU overload.
We have already seen the preview of Android N, and a lot of the features, including multi-window. And new notification customizations.
Those with eligible devices can enroll for the beta updates. Also, if you haven’t already you can submit your name options for the [...]
Google has put off implementing an Android variant of Apple’s 3D touch at the launch of their next big OS, Android N. A lot of people were excited about this feature, said to be implemented in Android N, providing support to hardware manufacturers to use 3d touch type functionality throughout Android OS.
Google’s next Nexus phones which are supposedly being manufactured by HTC will come with the hardware capabilities of 3D Touch, however, may not use this feature from the get-go.
According to a report in Recode, insiders in Google said
the feature will not be part of the initial Android N release and will have to wait for a later release of [...]
With the launch of the next big Android revision just around the corner, it is disheartening to see that the upgrade cycle of Android is lower than ever. According to Google, Android 6.0 updates have only reached 7.5% devices running the Android OS, and this includes non-Nexus handsets.
In comparison, Android Kitkat and Lolipop have been the most successful for the company with a reach of 32.5% and 35.6% respectively. However, penetration has hugely improved from the 1.2% penetration that Marshmallow had back in February. The large boost is assumed to be from upgrade cycles of companies like Samsung and HTC who recently started to push Android Marshmallow [...]
Oppo’s upcoming phones which are set to be launched on March 17th have gotten the full leak treatment today. We now have the full set of leaked specs of the phones courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer. The specs leaked through his Twitter handle reveal the phones to come with specs in line with the previous leaks
#Oppo #OppoR9 #OppoR9Plus #iPhone6Clone pic.twitter.com/HSeS6VBVks
— Steve Hemmerstoffer (@stagueve) March 12, 2016
To kick things off, the Oppo R9 will come with a 5.5-inch Full-HD 401 ppi display and will be powered by an octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of expandable [...]
Facebook has always tried to reach out to the most, if not all, of the human population on earth. Facebook currently has around 1.6 billion monthly active users. Seeing as how Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, it is evident that the company doesn’t want to leave out a single human being. However, despite a world hungry for social media sites, there are still millions who are unable to jump in due to slow internet speed or limited amount of data. To solve this problem, a team of Facebook engineers worked on ways to make the site accessible to those who were left out.
What came out of it was Facebook Lite, a tiny Android-only app that is lighter and less cluttered [...]
Google has taken the lid off the latest bombshell to hit Android smartphones, the all new Android N. Though it’s still just at developers preview stage, and is understandably bug ridden, but that does not mean we should not be excited.
Android N comes with a host of cool features which promise to get you addicted to this sweet OS. Today we bring to you the best features that Android N comes with.Multi-window support that allows for multiple apps to run simultaneously
This is one feature that is sure to grab headlines in the coming days. This poster boy of features will surely make a lot of happy Android fans as it adds the functionality of running [...]
Google in an unnatural move has made the next upgrade of Android , aka Android N beta for developers. Google writes that the team decided it wanted to release the preview earlier in order to get more feedback from developers earlier in the process and get the final N release into the hands of device manufacturers this summer.
As we look to the next release of Android, N, you’ll notice a few big changes aimed at you as developers: it’s earlier than ever, it’s easier to try and we’re expanding the ways for you to give us feedback. We hope these changes will ensure that you are heard and reflected — that’s what makes Android stronger
Like all beta releases Google claims [...]