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Early last month, some Nexus 6P users reported an issue where their devices were shutting down unexpectedly despite showing some percentage of battery left, after updating to Android 7.0 Nougat. It seems like Google has still not fixed the issue as Nexus 6P users are continuing to complain regarding the issue to the search giant through threads and complaint forums.

The issue on Nexus 6P smartphones has already been posted in Google’s Issue Tracker but currently holds a priority of “small” on the website. Some users have reported that their battery died out from battery levels as high as 60 percent, as pointed out in a report by AndroidPolice. Most users have reported their battery dying out between 10 and 60 percent and the issue is more prominent in regions with cold climates as per the report.

One of the biggest problems associated with the Nexus 6P battery failure issue is that several people have ended up in emergency situations where they were not able to contact their family due to the fact that their phone’s battery died unexpectedly. One user complained, “One evening I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours for a multiple vehicle crash. I had over 50 percent battery left and when I tried to call my family and let them know I’m stuck and wasn’t involved in the crash the phone died,” as pointed out by 9to5Google.

Even though some Nexus 6P users tried rolling back to earlier versions of Android, the issue was not solved. However, the battery reportedly started dying at levels lower than that in the case of Android 7.0 Nougat.

As this shutdown issue has already posed a problem for several Nexus 6P users, the search giant needs to roll out an update to fix the issue before it creates more trouble.

 
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Sony had laid out its plans to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its top-end handsets back in September, and thereafter the Sony Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ started receiving the update towards the end of November. Sony is now expanding the rollout to more devices, Xperia X, Xperia X Dual, and Xperia X Compact getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The update is rolling out in a phased manner in some select regions, while the rollout is expected to widen in the coming days.

On its Twitter handle, Sony has officially announced that Xperia X, and X Compact will start receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update in a phased manner and users should watch out for the update-notifications on their Xperia X devices. Separately however, Xperia Blog had reported that this update was rolling out OTA a few days prior to this. The report cites users to claim that the Xperia X, Xperia X Dual, and Xperia Compact are receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update that will take the build number to version 34.2.A.0.266 on the respective handsets.

Users are reporting that the updates are rolling out in Australia, India, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Thailand and Vietnam as of now. The Android 7.0 Nougat update for Xperia X handsets is 1276.7MB in size. With the update, the Android security patch level will also get updated to December 2016.

Notably, Sony in its Android 7.0 Nougat plan, had earmarked some of its smartphones like Xperia Z5 series, Xperia Z3+, and Xperia Z4 Tablet that should be getting the update around December. The last batch of Xperia smartphones to receive the update will be Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra, which are slated to receive Android 7.0 Nougat in early 2017. The Sony Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4v, released in the second quarter of 2015, have been entirely left out of the Nougat rollout roadmap by the company.

 
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OnePlus 3T has started receiving the first OxygenOS update, still based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Chinese company has confirmed that the OxygenOS 3.5.4 update will be rolled out to users over-the-air (OTA) and will be an incremental update. “The OTA will reach a small percentage of users today, and we’ll begin a broader rollout in a few days,” said the OnePlus team in its forum post.

According to the changelog posted by the company, the OxygenOS 3.5.4 update for the OnePlus 3T brings along optimisations for US-TMO Network and to reduce lag when battery is below 5 percent. The OnePlus 3T update also brings optimised Bluetooth connectivity for Mazda cars, and an optimised battery saving mode. OnePlus says that GPS and orientation preferences will be restored when Battery Saving Mode is closed. The OxygenOS 3.5.4 update for the OnePlus 3T also fixes flashlight usability issue in WhatsApp, increases system stability, and implements various bug fixes. The new OnePlus 3T went on sale in India recently and has been priced at Rs. 29,999 for the 64GB inbuilt storage model, and Rs. 34,999 for the 128GB storage model, making it the most expensive OnePlus device yet.

Additionally, OnePlus has started rolling out the latest community build based on Android 7.0 Nougat for the OnePlus 3. The OxygenOS Open Beta 9 for the OnePlus 3 comes with optimisations and improvements in several areas including added expanded screenshots, shelf design optimisations, general UI optimisations, DPI optimisations, Battery performance optimisations, stability and performance optimisations, and general bug fixes.


Last month, Samsung officially rolled out its ‘Galaxy Beta Program’, which allowed users of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. Now, it looks like the South Korean manufacturer might skip the official rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat update and directly bump up the smartphones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat – which was released to Nexus and Pixel devices last week – instead.

In response to a user query, Samsung has confirmed that it will be updating Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of first updating them to version 7.0.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brings along new emojis that reflect gender equality, support from GIF images right from the keyboard, and app shortcuts right from the home screen. Users will be able to get access to actions regarding the app just by long-pressing the icon.

Earlier this month, Google released the Google Play distribution data for the seven-day period ending December 5, which showed that Android 7.0 Nougat is now running on 0.4 percent of active Android devices. This marked a relatively minor 0.1 percent improvement from the data shared a month ago by the search giant.

It will be interesting to see how the adoption rate of the latest version of Android is impacted by Nougat’s availability on Galaxy S7 smartphones as the numbers seem to be struggling as of now. Even though most manufacturers are yet to roll out the Nougat update to their smartphones, the start doesn’t seem to be particularly promising.

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Soon after Google released the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat, HTC announced that the HTC 10, HTC One M9, and HTC One A9 will receive the update sometime in the fourth quarter. Keeping its promise, HTC has rolled out the latest version of Android to unlocked HTC One M9 users. The company has also announced that carrier variants will receive the update sometime in the coming weeks.

HTC announced on its social media channels that the HTC One M9 unlocked variants will start receiving the update. The carrier variants won’t get it before the end of this year though. The update should arrive via an OTA, and to manually check if you’ve received it, head to the Settings menu.

Last week, owners of unlocked HTC 10 units also started receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update. This means that the HTC One A9 is the only phone remaining to get the Nougat update before the promised deadline. In any case, the company has not been able to keep its promise that it made back in March.

After the launch of company’s One A9 smartphone, HTC made a bold claim that the unlocked version of the smartphone will get “every” Android update “within 15 days” of it being pushed to Google’s Nexus devices. While we aren’t sure the amount of asterisks that were attached to this statement, the company hasn’t kept its word of a 15-day update release promise.

In any case, let’s hope that HTC manages to keep its latest promise of the Nougat release for its select smartphone before the end of the fourth quarter. With 2017 on the horizon, the HTC One A9 should be getting the update soon.

 
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Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest publicly available version of Google’s mobile and tablet operating system, is now running on 0.4 percent of active Android devices, according to the latest Google Play distribution data. The latest version has seen just 0.1 percent increase since November. Google has updated its Google Play distribution data for the seven-day period ending December 5.

We can expect Nougat’s share to increase in next few months with several companies rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat to their respective phones. In last few weeks, Huawei has confirmed that it will release Nougat update for select handsets in the first quarter of next year. Sony has already started rolling out the Nougat update to its high-end smartphones. Motorola also joined the league and rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. HTC started pushing over-the-air update for its HTC 10 flagship smartphone. With Google rolling out Android 7.1.1 update, we can expect the version to make it to the list in the coming months.

android distribution december android Sharing the latest distribution data of different versions of Android, Google reported that Marshmallow has a total share of 26.3 percent of Android devices that check into Google Play, compared to the 24 percent reported in November – an increase of 2.3 percent. Based on December’s Android distribution numbers, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has become the most used Android version.

In the latest data released by Google, Android Lollipop has a total share of around 34 percent of active Android devices (with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 10.8 percent of devices and Android 5.1 Lollipop at 23.2 percent) that checked into Google Play. Last month, Android Lollipop was running on 34.1 percent of active Android devices. The Android Developers’ webpage shows that Android KitKat now powers 24 percent of devices compared to 25.2 percent last month – a decrease of 1.2 percent.

Android Jelly Bean has a combined share of 12.8 percent while Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich, in Google’s latest numbers, registered a share of 1.2 percent. Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7) and Android 2.2 Froyo’s device distribution shares are 1.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively in the latest charts. To note, the figures are gathered from devices visiting the Google Play app, which only supports Android 2.2 and above.

The latest OpenGL version distribution numbers, on the other hand, saw OpenGL 2.0 at 41.9 percent, and OpenGL version 3.0 steadily rising to 42.4 percent.

 
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Following HTC, Samsung and Sony, Huawei has also announced its plans for rollout of the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software. The update will arrive with the company’s EMUI 5.0 ROM sometime in the first quarter of next year only to a select few announced smartphones.

Huawei has announced that the Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Plus, Huawei P9 Lite, Huawei Nova, and Huawei Nova Plus will receive the Nougat update sometime in the first quarter 2017. There is no tangible date announced for the rollout yet. All of these smartphones were released in the past one year, and there is no word whether Huawei plans to rollout the update to its older devices.

Huawei also notes that the Mate 8 and P9 will receive the update first, followed by the rest eventually. EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat is already running on the latest Huawei Mate 9 smartphone launched last month.

The company claims that the new EMUI 5.0 ROM brings a lot of improvements in interface design and security. In its press release, Huawei mentions that with EMUI 5.0 ‘the user can activate 90 percent of the main functions in only two or three clicks’. Moreover, machine learning understands which apps are used more often and are resource optimised automatically. It also brings power management to improve battery efficiency. EMUI 5.0 also has ‘App Lock’ that allows users to lock specific apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, or any other apps with a unique password for added security.

 
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In September, Sony shared its rollout plans for Android 7.0 Nougat update, adding the update will be coming first to its smartphones Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. In line with its earlier announcement, the company has now reportedly started rolling out the Nougat update to Xperia X Performance and Xperia X Performance Dual smartphones.

The firmware build number 39.2.A.0.327 has already started rolling out to the Xperia X Performance (F8131) and X Performance Dual (F8132), as per a report by Xperia Blog. Apart from the interface changes, the Sony Xperia X Performance Android 7.0 Nougat update brings features such as multi-window, direct replies, quick settings, extended battery life, and multi-locale support for the smartphones.

Sony Xperia X Performance has a 5-inch display with full HD (1080×1920 pixel) resolution, Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage up to 256GB microSD support, 23-megapixel rear camera, 13-megapixel front camera, fingerprint sensor, and 2700mAh battery. The Sony Xperia X Performance Dual smartphones comes with the same specifications, but packs 64GB of built-in storage.

As per company’s announcement, smartphones in the Xperia Z5 series, Xperia Z3+, and Xperia Z4 Tablet will be getting the update around December. The last batch of smartphones to receive the update will be Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra, which are slated to get Android 7.0 Nougat in early 2017.

Interestingly, Sony Xperia E5, which was launched in May this year, will not be getting the update. Further, the Sony Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4v, released in the second quarter of 2015, have been left out of Nougat roadmap by the company as well.

 
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In August, HTC announced that its HTC 10 will be the first smartphone in its lineup to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update (with the HTC Sense UI skin). The company said that the smartphone will be getting the update sometime in the fourth quarter but didn’t give any further details at the time. Now, the company has announced that the owners of unlocked HTC a10 units will start receiving getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update from Friday.

HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi announced that the unlocked units will be receiving the update from Friday. “Happy Thanksgiving! HTC 10 unlocked owners will receive Nougat OS update tomorrow morning! Enjoy!” Versi said on Thursday. Considering that Versi didn’t mention any particular region for the rollout, it can be assumed that the company will be rolling out the Nougat update globally.

The HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 are next in line to receive the Nougat update by the company. Notably, the company was not able to keep its promise that it made back in March. After the launch of company’s One A9 smartphone, HTC made a bold claim that the unlocked version of the smartphone will get “every” Android update “within 15 days” of it being pushed to Google’s Nexus devices.

We will have to wait and see if the company revises its promise or at least make sure that it is able keep the promises it made going forward.

 
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HTC in collaboration with Sprint has unveiled the long-rumoured Bolt high-end smartphone. The all-new HTC Bolt is available to buy starting Friday via Sprint stores as well as the company’s online store in the US. It has been priced at $25 per month over 24 months (translating into $600 or Rs. 40,250) with instalment billing. There’s no word on its release in India or other international markets.

Sprint is promoting the HTC Bolt as its “fastest smartphone ever” and claims support for 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X10 LTE modem. HTC, following the suit of new iPhone models, has ditched headphone jack and packs USB Type C-enabled headphones with its new smartphone. The Bolt smartphone also comes support for HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio

Featuring a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, the Bolt is HTC’s first water-resistant aluminium unibody device. The phone comes with an IP57 rating for water, splash and dust resistance. Though, HTC clearly mentions that the normal wear and tear may decrease splash and water resistance over time and stresses “do not intentionally submerge HTC Bolt.”

Running Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, HTC Bolt comes with features like split-screen view, free unlimited photo storage with Google Photos app, and inbuilt Google Duo video calling app. The handset sports fingerprint scanner below the display which is claimed to unlock the device in just 0.2 seconds.One of the biggest questionable hardware choices made by HTC for the Bolt is putting the date Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 under the hood, which is known to be responsible for heating issues with many smartphones. It packs 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of storage. The Bolt supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera which comes with OIS (optical image stabilisation), 4K video recording, and PDAF (phase detection auto focus). There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on-board as well and also features screen flash. The HTC Bolt packs 3200mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging.

“The HTC 10 released earlier this year was the most advanced smartphone we’ve ever built, so we knew we had to raise the bar even higher for Sprint’s most advanced ever network. For HTC Bolt, we took everything that was so great about the HTC 10 and made it even better. And, of course, we took the wireless speed and supercharged it with Sprint, turning HTC Bolt into a smartphone unlike any you’ve ever experienced,” said Andre Lonne, President of HTC America.

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