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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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Xiaomi officials have confirmed that the Android Nougat update is coming for its smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi 4c, Xiaomi Mi 4S, and Xiaomi Mi Note will be among the first to receive the update followed by the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus and Xiaomi Mi Max. The company confirmed the update through Weibo.

The company says the beta testing for the Nougat update is already underway. The MIUI operations manager who posted on Weibo did not mention any specific date from when the update will begin rolling out for the phones.

The Android based update will be called MIUI 9, a leaked image of which was spotted a while back. As of now, only the Xiaomi Mi 5 has received the Nougat update and now the rest of Xiaomi’s devices can expect the update soon enough.

Interestingly, Xiaomi’s official did not mention whether the Nougat update will be available for the Redmi series. Users of Xiaomi devices mentioned above can expect the Nougat update some time during Q1 of 2017.

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Motorola has confirmed via a tweet that the Moto M, which was launched in India on Tuesday, will receive the Android Nougat update soon. To recap, the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based Moto M was launched in India starting at Rs. 15,999. The smartphone is Motorola’s first all-metal offering. The device sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with 2.5D curved glass and full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution. The Moto M packs a 2.2GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor and is available in two variants – 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage. The Moto M sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF), and an 8-megapixel front camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, 4G VoLTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), USB Type-C (USB 3.1), NFC, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Meanwhile, a recent leak suggests that the Moto X Play will receive the Android 7.1.1 update, skipping the Android 7.0 update entirely. Since the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update started rolling out last week, it is unsure as to exactly which Nougat update Moto M will be receiving.

Motorola did not let out a specific date from when the Nougat update will start rolling out. The tweet, however, hints that the rollout will begin soon enough so Moto M users should keep a look out for it.


Lenovo’s Moto brand back in October revealed a list of devices that would receive Android 7.0 Nougat update. The company confirmed that the Moto Z lineup and the Moto G4would be the first ones to receive the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update. Motorola’s Moto X Play was also promised to receive Android 7.0 though if a new leak is to be believed, the handset may directly receive the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.

The Motorola Moto X Play has been spotted running Android 7.1.1 Nougat in GFXBench benchmark listing. The handset spotted in the benchmarks can be expected to be under the company’s soak test, which is Motorola’s process of releasing the update to select users for verifying and fixing any issues, and then rolling it out the general public. Considering that there has been no announcement from Motorola regarding the Android 7.1.1 update, it may take few weeks for the rollout to happen. The company is also expected to introduce few Moto-specific software features in the Android 7.1.1.

To recall, Android 7.1.1 Nougat update started rolling out to compatible Nexus and Pixel devices last week. The new update also included the monthly Android security update for December. The Android 7.1.1 was touted as “an update to Nougat” by Google and added new emojis that would reflect gender equality.

Apart from emojis, Google also added support for GIF images directly from keyboard on supported apps. Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts are some of the apps that will support GIF images. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also brings app shortcuts directly from home screen. Users can launch actions on any apps by simply long pressing the app icon.

 
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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 on Monday released the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for Nexus and Pixel devices, and the update has begun rolling out across the world. A Gadgets 360 staff member received the update on his Pixel XL smartphone, and learnt that the smartphone now supports 4G VoLTE, compatible with Reliance Jio in India.

To use 4G VoLTE, Google Pixel and Pixel XL users will need to enable Enhanced 4G LTE Mode in Settings > Mobile network settings. This will let you “use LTE services to improve voice and other communications (recommended)”. Once activated, users will see a HD symbol in their status bar, with the explanation “Device is HD capable”.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for Google Pixel XL is 263.6MB in size, and also brings the December Android Security Patch. If you haven’t yet received the update, and can’t wait to try out the VoLTE feature, you can upgrade to the latest version via the OTA files on Google’s site.

The update for Pixel smartphones fixes critical bugs, and also improves the stability and performance of the devices. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also adds gender counterparts for emoji characters that previously only had male or female representation. Google has also added support for GIF images directly from keyboard on supported apps. Some of the apps that support GIF images include Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts.


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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After releasing Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 for Nexus and Pixel devices, Google has started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for compatible devices. The new Android 7.1.1 update also includes the company’s monthly security update for December.

The new Android 7.1.1 is being touted as “an update to Nougat” by Google. This Android 7.1.1 update will be available over the next several weeks to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices. The company says that the Android 7.1.1 update will be rolled out over-the-air (OTA) and the devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.

Google has also released Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA files for compatible devices.
The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update will add new emojis that will reflect gender equality. Notably, Google had previously announced to add a slew of female emoji characters. With the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, Google has added gender counterparts for emoji characters that previously only had male or female representation. Additionally, Google’s new set of emojis that launched with the Pixel phones will now be available to all compatible devices running Android Nougat.

Apart from emojis, Google is also adding support for GIF images directly from keyboard on supported apps. Some of the apps that will support GIF images through Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also brings app shortcuts directly from home screen. Users can launch actions on any apps by simply long pressing the app icon.

“When we launched Android Nougat, we were excited to deliver even more ways to make Android your own. Today we’re rolling out Android 7.1.1, an update to Nougat that showcases more ways to express yourself, along with a handful of other sweet features and improvements to stability and performance. Android 7.1.1 brings many of the cool features of Pixel to everyone,” wrote Agustin Fonts, Product Manager, Android in a blog post.

The company has also bundled its monthly security patch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat – for the month of December – bringing fixes for critical security vulnerabilities in device-specific code that could enable arbitrary code execution within the context of the kernel and can lead to the possibility of a local permanent device compromise.

Google clarifies, “Supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the December 05, 2016 security patch level.”

 
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