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Google had started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for compatible Nexus and Pixel devices last week, and it included the company’s monthly security update for December as well. Now, Google has posted a new build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the developer site for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone, aimed primarily at fixing the previously reported connectivity issue on Pixel devices.

Last month, many Pixel phone users were complaining of connectivity issues, particularly on the LTE band 4 frequency. However, many users reported that with the release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which brought “general connectivity improvements”, the issue was fixed. But looks like, it wasn’t fixed for all users, and the new build named NMF26Q release 6 looks to do just that.

Google has not officially announced the new build’s release, nor is there any clarity on when it will arrive to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL devices via an OTA update. But the tech giant has already published Factory and OTA images on its Android Developers site for those users who want the fix installed immediately. Apart from fixing the LTE connectivity issues, there’s nothing else that this build brings. Therefore, if your Pixel and Pixel XL devices are running smoothly and not facing any connectivity hiccups, we’d recommend you to wait for an OTA update.

Google has also updated its Camera app to bring a revamped UI and a host of camera improvements for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. A toggle switch for grid lines, and a button for photo modes have been added on the top right edge alongside HDR and flash buttons. The update also loads the app faster, and switches between photo and video modes more quickly. Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users also get a new Auto-HDR+ mode for better quality shots in low-light areas.

After Bluetooth pairing issues, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phone users are now complaining of connectivity issues, particularly on the LTE band 4 frequency. Users across the world are reporting LTE signal issues on their Pixel phones.

While users on different bands are reporting issues, the most complaints are generated from LTE band 4 (FDD-LTE, 1700MHz) users. It is worth noting that users in some areas of North and South America rely solely on LTE band 4 for connectivity. Android Police also found out that T-Mobile users were not facing any such issues, indicating that the LTE band 4 issue was exclusive to specific networks.
After speaking to a representative, a user noted that Google was aware about the issue and was working on it. The rep claimed that an update was in the works, and it would solve the connectivity issue once installed.

Pixel phones came in the wrong limelight last month for having difficulty in pairing with car systems. The Bluetooth pairing was glitchy at best, and disconnected unexpectedly and repeatedly. Recently, Google was also blamed for wrongly attributing that the phones charge at 18W speed. It was found out that the base Pixel variant maxes out at 15W, forcing Google to clarify that the Pixel phones support USB-PD charging between 15-18W.

 
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After the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini S, the Chinese company has now launched an Android flip phone in the US market. The ZTE CYMBAL-T flip phone is priced at $99.95 (roughly Rs. 6,700), and you can purchase it from the Home Shopping Network. Alternatively, it is also sold at Wal-Mart stores with no contract and unlimited data.

The big highlights of the smartphone (apart from being a flip phone), is that it supports full touch functionalities on the small display and comes with 4G LTE connectivity as well. As for all the other specifications, the ZTE CYMBAL-T flip phone features a 3.5-inch multi-touch display. It is powered by the 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) quad-core chipset paired with Adreno 304 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It offers 8GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 32GB).
The ZTE CYMBAL-T flip phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto flash, auto focus, zoom, and MMS support. At the front, there is an additional 2-megapixel sensor to take selfies with the flip phone. The ZTE CYMBAL-T flip phone packs a 1800mAh Lithium-Ion battery that claims to offers up to 10 hours of talk time and 6 days of standby on a single charge.

Apart from 4G LTE, connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, MicroUSB 2.0, GPS, and 3.5mm audio jack support. The ZTE CYMBAL-T flip phone measures at 111.8×60.96×18.288m and weighs 164.9 grams. If you buy the smartphone from HSN, then the seller bundles a car charger, case, app pack and 1,200 minutes of data and texts free along with the purchase.

The smartphone sports a Black textured casing with metal edges. There is no word on when the ZTE CYMBAL-T flip phone will arrive in other international markets.

 
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Samsung launched the Galaxy Grand Prime in 2014, and later brought the Galaxy Grand Prime 4G variant in August last year to India. Now, a fresh report hints that a successor has been launched via a third-party online retailer in the Russian market, where it is being called Galaxy J2 Prime. It is expected to be launched as the the Galaxy Grand Prime+ in other markets, and its entire specification sheet alongside images have been revealed.

The Galaxy Grand Prime+ or Galaxy J2 Prime’s price is RUB 9,990 (roughly EUR 140 and Rs. 10,200) in the Russian market. Just to recap, its predecessors Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime and Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 4G were launched for Rs. 15,499 and Rs. 11,100 respectively.

The photos on Russian e-commerce site OnlineTrade reveal that the smartphone does not change much in design except for the LED flash sitting beside the camera sensor at the front, and the spotted back cover. Pink, Gold, and Black variant are in the offing, and the smartphone is synonymous with Samsung’s general design structure for its mid-range smartphones.As for the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime+ features a 5-inch IPS (540×960 pixels) display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6737T quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM (some variants could sport 2GB RAM as well). It is available with 8GB storage in Russia, but WinFuture reveals that 16GB, and 32GB storage variants will also be launched in other markets. The smartphone will support further expansion of memory via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB) as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime+ runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and packs a 2600mAh battery. Optics include an 8-megapixel at the back and a 5-megaapixel at the front for selfies, both paired with an LED flash. Connectivity options include LTE and Bluetooth 4.2 support. The smartphone weighs 156 grams, and measures at 144.8×72.1×8.9mm. There is no word on when Samsung plans to bring the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime+ to the Indian market.

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When Google decided to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update in August, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE were left out of the mix. A month later, Google apologised for the delay in rolling out the update for the two Nexus devices. Earlier this week, Nexus 6 users started receiving the update along with the October Android security patch. Now, Nexus 9 LTE users have also started to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, however this time, only the September Android security patch is bundled with it.

Once the rollout process is complete, it would mean all eligible Nexus devices have now officially received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Notably, at the Made by Google event earlier this week, Android 7.1 Nougat was unveiled alongside the two Pixel smartphones, and Google claims that Nexus and Pixel C tablet will receive the developer preview before the end of the year. Just which Nexus devices will receive the update however has not been clarified. Google confirmed that even though the Nexus series is dead with the launch of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones, it will continue to support Nexus devices.

The update is rolling out over-the-air, but if you can’t wait Google has also uploaded factory and OTA images. As mentioned, the Nexus 6 update earlier came with the October Android security patch, but the Nexus 9 LTE update bundles the old September patch.

Google, at its Made By Google event, killed old practices of launching Nexus devices by partnering with OEMs. Instead, Google now has a new hardware team lead by Rick Osterloh, which will now take care of Google-branded products – though HTC is responsible for “assembling” the current crop of Pixel phones. At the event, Google also launched the new Chromecast Ultra, Google Home speaker, Google Wi-Fi router, and the new Daydream View.

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are coming to India this month, and the pre-sale will start on October 13. The smartphones will be made available in 32GB and 128GB variants, and are priced at starting Rs. 57,000.

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Google few weeks back started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat for compatible Nexus devices. The Android Nougat update was rolled out to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and Android One General Mobile 4G devices gradually. The list of devices however missed out the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE devices giving an impression that they may miss out on Android N update altogether.

Google has now confirmed that both the Motorola Google Nexus 6 and HTC Google Nexus 9 will receive the final Android 7.0 Nougat update “in the coming weeks.” The company confirmed the details to Android Police without giving an exact timeline for the update. Unfortunately, Google has so far also not revealed the reasons for the delay of the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the devices. For those users who can’t wait for the official rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat can register for the Android N Developer Preview to experience Nougat.

To refresh, the final Android 7.0 Nougat build brings a host of improvements such as multi-window support, enhanced notifications, revamped doze, and number blocking. Google has already released the final build to OEMs which means they can start building their skins on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and release it soon to their customers.

Dave Burke, Engineering VP, during official Android 7.0 Nougat release had announced that Google has moved Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule for the coming quarters. Burke had added that the first Nougat maintenance release was already in the works.

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Last week, Google’s Nexus Help Forum was plagued with complaints from Nexus 6 users across the world facing LTE connectivity issues. The tech giant acknowledged that it was aware about the problem and was working on it, and has now announced that the LTE outage issue has been fixed. A Google employee going by the name Orrin also elaborated that ‘an issue with GPS’ was the cause of the problem, as suspected last week.

“Thanks for all of the information you have provided. It has been extremely helpful while the team was investigating and working towards a fix. We have made a few changes on our end, and the issue with GPS causing cellular connectivity to fail should now be resolved. If you are still experiencing problems, please restart your device,” Orrin wrote on the forums page.

Orrin didn’t go into details on how exactly Google fixed the issue. If you’re a Google Nexus 6 user and are still experiencing connectivity issues, rebooting the device should fix it, Google says. Users from US, Canada, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, and Hong Kong were all reporting the same issue. Most of the affected users in the US were subscribers to the T-Mobile network.

Google launched the Nexus 6 made by Motorola in 2014. It offers 32GB and 64GB storage options, and is priced at $649 (approximately Rs. 40,000) and $699 (approximately Rs. 43,000) respectively. As for the specifications, the Google Nexus 6 comes with a 5.96-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, and 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and a 3220mAh battery.

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In a new development, some Google Nexus 6 owners are experiencing problems with their LTE connec. Many users across the world have reported this issue in the last 48 hours, including Nexus 6 users in the US subscribed to the T-Mobile network.

Apart from the US, users from Canada, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, and Hong Kong are also reporting the same issue. On Twitter, the T-Mobile Help handle has confirmed that it is aware about the problem, and is working with Motorola and Google to bring a fix soon. On its product forums, Google too has acknowledged its awareness, and has confirmed that it is working on the issue, which appears to be caused when GPS is turned on alongside.

Earlier speculation tied the August Android Security Update that arrived on Sunday to the outage, however, connectivity issues are plaguing even users on custom ROMs and older Android builds as well. Neither Google or Motorola have made any further official statements yet.

Google introduced the Motorola-made Nexus 6 in 2014 with 32GB and 64GB storage options priced at $649 (approximately Rs. 40,000) and $699 (approximately Rs. 43,000) respectively. Recapping its specifications, the Google Nexus 6 comes with a 5.96-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, and 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor alongside 3GB of RAM. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. It sports a 3220mAh battery.

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After launching the Aqua Power HD 4G last month, Intex has added another smartphone to its Aqua series. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 has been listed on the company website with a price of Rs. 5,599, however the company has not yet provided details about availability – we can expect an announcement soon.

As for the specifications, the Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 supports dual-SIM (Micro + Micro) cards and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection and a pixel density of 196ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with ARM Mali-T720 MP1 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It offers 8GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Optics include a 5-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and a 2-megapixel selfie camera also with flash. Other camera features include smile detection, face beauty, panorama mode, and voice capture. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 packs a 2800mAh battery, and the company claims it is rated to deliver up to 16 hours of talk time on 3G and 4G, and around 466 hours of standby tune. Connectivity options include 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB port, and GPS/ A-GPS. The smartphone measures 141.2×72.3×9.47mm and weighs 150 grams. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 comes with several pre-loaded apps like Matrabhasha, Online Software Update, Clean Master, Opera Mini, Opera Max, and Saavn. The company is also touting features like Emergency Rescue and Turbo Download. The smartphone is made available in White, Blue, and Champagne colour options.

Just last week, Intex also launched the Cloud String V2.0 in India for Rs. 6,499. The smartphone sports a fingerprint scanner, has an inbuilt SOS feature for emergencies, and was made available exclusively on Flipkart.

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