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OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T to get Nougat update before the end of 2016

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

With the #OnePlus3T going official earlier today, customers of the #OnePlus3 were concerned that the company would start focusing more on the newly launched device. This is a concern mainly because the OnePlus 3 is awaiting the Android 7.0 Nougat update.

However, the company has assured customers that the OnePlus 3 will receive the update by the end of 2016, and so will the OnePlus 3T. OnePlus reassured the customers that the OnePlus 3T is merely a variant of the OnePlus 3, hence the updates and any software patches will be sent out together.

The company is expected to receive some flak in the coming days for releasing a new flagship just a few months after launching the OnePlus 3. Although we’re not aware of the company’s reasoning behind this, it seems like OnePlus wanted to be ready for the holiday season with a brand new phone packed with the latest hardware underneath.

We still don’t have a date to mark on our calendars, but the update can be expected sometime in December.


HTC 10 to get Android Nougat before any other device: Report

HTC 10

HTC 10

The #HTC10 is the company’s primary flagship right now and a device that is slated to receive the latest and greatest versions of Android. A new report by a reputed HTC source claims that the HTC 10 will be the first smartphone to get the Android 7.0 update, beating rival manufacturers to the punch. The timeline of the update rollout isn’t known yet, but given that the smartphone is already making its way to benchmark databases with Nougat on board, we don’t think the day is far away now.

The source also clarified that the device won’t directly jump to Android 7.1, suggesting that it will have to make the transition from Android 7.0 instead, thus taking the longer route. This means that only the Google Pixel phones right now will be running Android 7.1 on board. But knowing how quickly manufacturers send out software updates these days, it shouldn’t take long for HTC to send out the update to its devices.

Do you own the HTC 10? What do you make of this news?

Source: @LlabTooFeR – Twitter

Via: Android Headlines

Press image of the Google Pixel leaks out prematurely

Google Pixel

Google Pixel

Google Pixel has just leaked out in a new press render ahead of the company’s October 4 event. We’re getting a full glimpse of the front portion here, revealing the all-new Android navigation buttons on the bottom along with a new UI on board. Leaks like this were very much expected ahead of the official release of the Pixel and the Pixel XL. There’s still some uncertainty on what to expect from the phones in terms of internal hardware, but we now have a very good idea of the software on board.

One of the biggest UI change that we see here is the fact that the devices will feature rounded icons on board. This is apparently the standard Pixel variant, but we can guess that the Pixel XL will also have pretty much the same UI on board. With the days for its release counting down pretty quickly, we might not have to wait long to find out more about the device.

Source: Venture Beat

Android 7.0 update for the Galaxy S7 to bring more always-on display features and Grace UX

Samsung Galaxy S7

Galaxy S7

Only yesterday it was revealed that #Samsung was testing the Android 7.0 update for the #GalaxyS7 and S7 edge. A new report is now talking about some of the features that this new update would bring to the devices.

It is said that the two devices will receive the coveted Grace UX from the Galaxy Note 7 with this update. This UX has been widely praised by the early adopters of the Galaxy Note 7 and appears to be the best iteration of Samsung’s custom user interface.

Along with Grace UX, the smartphones are also said to be getting more “always-on display” features, which lets you get crucial notifications from the display without using too much power. At this point, it’s not known if there will be any other changes with the Android 7.0 Nougat update, but given that this is not your conventional bug patch, we expect there to be some surprises in store.

Do you have a feature that you’d like to see on the Galaxy S7 or the S7 edge?

Via: Sam Mobile

Android 7.0 Nougat apparently being tested on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Galaxy S7

Galaxy S7

As the day is not far away for the commercial rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat, we are now hearing that Samsung is currently testing the update on the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge. We still don’t have a timeframe to mark against our calendars, but it’s good to know that the updates are being worked on for the company’s flagship offerings. What this also means is that the two devices will be the first phones from Samsung to get the coveted Nougat update.

It is said that Android 7.0 Nougat with the build number G930FXXU1ZPI9 is being tested internally by Samsung. This is not a lot of info to go with right now, but owners of the company’s newest flagships will be pleased to know that the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge will be getting the update not too long from now. But when exactly will that be? Well, that’s for Samsung to tell us.

Via: Sam Mobile

Upcoming Pixel phones could finally introduce the long awaited restart button

Pixel - Restart Button

While Google’s Nexus phones have featured the best software in the #Android world for years, there has been one basic feature that’s been missing on these stock Android devices – a reboot button. This is particularly strange considering the fact that third party manufacturers have had it on their devices for quite a few years. In fact, there is provision for this reboot button within Android, but Google has refrained from using it. Well, that’s about to change with this year’s #Pixel phones, according to Android Police.

Citing an image supposedly received from a reliable source, we can see a closeup of the stock Android power off prompt (the menu that appears when you long press the power button) clearly showing a restart button. While this could well be an early build of Android, which may or may not make it to the final release of Android, we remain optimistic to see this on the Pixel phones. It is yet to be seen if this update will be sent over to other Nexus phones as well. But we don’t see why not since it clearly appears to be a software feature.

Prospective Pixel phone buyers, are you excited?

Via: Android Police

The seven-year old HTC HD2 can run Android 7.0 Nougat

Android Nougat


Android developers have very high regard for the #HTC #HD2 from 2009. Even though the phone has long been discontinued, it is one of the most customizable Android smartphones available out there. This is quite ironic as the phone originally debuted with Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. Even though manufacturers struggle to send out Android updates to relatively new devices, the HD2 has shown them the way time and again.

Well, some developers have now managed to port Android 7.0 Nougat onto the device, which is quite a surprise really, given that most phones from 2014 are seemingly not getting the update. Sure, things won’t be too smooth with the HD2’s hardware, but it’s still quite a remarkable feat by the developers to get this timeless device running the latest and greatest version of Android.

It is said that only the display, sound, and Wi-Fi are functional as of now, which means it’s not quite up there to become to your daily driver. The device is apparently running CyanogenMod 14 with the NRD90M release of Android 7.0 Nougat.

Source: XDA Forums

Via: Pocketnow

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE getting Android 7.0 in the coming weeks

Android Nougat

Android Nougat

There has been some confusion among #Nexus users as to when their devices will officially start getting the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Google has now mentioned that the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 LTE  will get the update in the coming weeks. Now that’s a very vague timeline to give, although it means that the updates are not far away.

This will probably be the last update for the likes of the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 as they have now received updates for 24 months after their release, something that Google promised. However, if hardware is no constraint, we don’t see why future iterations of Android cannot be supported by these devices.

But that’s a question for the long term future. For now, users will be glad to know that Google is readying an update to Nougat for these two devices. Do you own a Nexus 6 or a Nexus 9? What do you make of this revelation?

Via: Android Police

Google has revamped Android to fix Stagefright bug once and for all

Android Nougat


#Google has been plagued by the #Stagefright bug ever since it was first made public in July last year. The bug basically affects apps like Hangouts that will auto-download media content in the background, allowing malware to be downloaded without the user’s consent. These files arrive in the form of media files, thus bypassing some Android security protocols.

It didn’t take much time for Google to fix this particular bug, but attackers managed to find their way in through other means. We’re now learning that Google has changed the Android architecture somewhat to kill this bug for good. Starting with Android 7.0 Nougat, the mediaserver will be upgraded and divided into many parts rather than being just one chunk, thus giving it those extra layers of security.

The extraction of a video buffer and the process that plays that particular media file are now separate, thus cutting down Stagefright from the root. It is not known at this point if this will affect media playback at all, but Google believes it won’t. As The Verge notes, the primary concern for many is with regards to the rollout of the Nougat update.

While flagships and Nexus phones will receive the update first, the slightly older ones or mid-ranged/budget devices might be left out. But still, it’s good to know that Google is doing something to rid itself of the Stagefright bug.

Via: The Verge

LG V20 to feature Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box

Android Nougat

Android Nougat

According to a revelation made by a source familiar with Android news, the LG V20 will officially be the first to be announced with Android 7.0 Nougat. However, Google’s new Nexus phones will eventually be the first to be available in the market. This basically means that while LG will be the first to join the Nougat bandwagon, it will merely be bragging rights as the first Nougat phone(s) to be officially available for purchase will be from Google.

But leaving that aside, it’s quite refreshing to see that a new device will feature the latest and greatest version of Android. Last year we saw HTC do something similar with the One A9, which was the first non-Nexus phone to come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Interestingly, the One A9 and other devices in the company’s update cycle will not start receiving Nougat until later this year.

Google is expected to reveal two new Nexus flagships next month codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, with the latter being a Nexus 5X successor and the former being a high-end device much like the Nexus 6P.

Source: @RDR0b11 – Twitter

Via: Phandroid

HTC 10 to get Android 7.0 Nougat by Q4 2016, One A9, One M9 to follow suit soon

HTC - Android 7.0 Nougat

HTC - Android 7.0 Nougat

#HTC was one of the first manufacturers to announce the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its devices. The company has now come out with a tentative timeframe for the rollout of its update. The Taiwanese manufacturer sent out a tweet saying that the HTC 10 will be the first to get the update in Q4 2016, followed by the One M9 and the One A9 subsequently. The company specifies that the unlocked version of the HTC 10 will get the update first, with no mention of carrier variants as of yet. This is no surprise given that carriers usually take a while before sending out the update.

The likes of Samsung, LG, etc are yet to offer concrete details on the state of their update rollout schedules. But given that HTC has already come out with information, we expect these manufacturers to follow suit as well.

Do you own any of the aforementioned HTC devices? What do you make of the company’s revelations? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: @htc – Twitter

Via: GSM Arena

Nexus devices could get the Android Nougat update by August 22

Nexus 5X - 6P

Android Nougat Schedule

Canadian carrier Telus has revealed that the likes of the #Huawei #Nexus6P and the #LG #Nexus5X could receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update by August 22. This comes after a software update schedule was posted by the carrier on its forums. This basically means that the update could be sent out by Monday to most Nexus devices, assuming this won’t remain a Canada only affair.

It will be interesting to see if Google will comment on this now since the carrier has pretty much let out the secret. We all knew the updates were coming, but didn’t know when. With the date now being clarified, owners of the 2015 Nexus phones can rest easy knowing that their phones will be the first to get the coveted update.

What about the other Nexus devices? Well, there’s not much clarification on the timeline of the update for those devices, but we don’t think Google will make its customers wait for too long. In any case, if you have a Nexus device that is still under Google’s software support umbrella, an update should hit your smartphone/tablet before the end of September or October.

Source: Telus Forums

Via: AusDroid

Google I/O 2016 scheduled for May 18-20

Google I/O

Google I/O

#Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced the dates for the 2016 Google I/O event. This annual developer event will be held between the 18th and 20th of May at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Naturally, the company will also offer a livestream via YouTube of all the events taking place during the course of the three days, so everybody in the world has an opportunity to be part of this annual dev conference, much like the past several years.

More details on the event such as registration, pricing and student discounts will be offered shortly. Pichai also proudly announced that this is the company’s 10th year conducting the annual conference, so we can expect some surprises during the course of the event.

As to what’s new during the event, we can naturally expect to get an early glimpse of Android 7.0 or Android N, as has been the norm for about two years now. The company started this trend with Lollipop or Android L, where a developer preview was made available justa a few days after the announcement was made at I/O.

What are your expectations from Google I/O 2016? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: +SundarPichai – Google+