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.
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.
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.”
Samsung has started rolling out Galaxy Note 7’s Grace UX to last year’s Galaxy Note 5. According to user reports, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users in South Korea have been receiving an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings an all-new software experience. To recall, Samsung introduced the new Grace UX with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone earlier this year.
A forum post at XDA Developers suggests that the update is about 600MB in size, and brings various UX features of the Galaxy Note 7 to Galaxy Note 5. Some of the new features that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users are receiving include Blue light Filter, Ultra power saving mode, Smart manager, and Wide selfie among others. The Galaxy Note 5 update with Grace UX is currently rolling out to users in South Korea, though it can be expected to be available for more users in the coming days.
galaxy note 5 grace ux update samsung Despite the update, the Galaxy Note 5 still runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Galaxy Note 5 users can manually check for the update via Settings > About Device > Software Update. Unfortunately, Samsung is yet to confirm broader update plans for the Galaxy Note 5.
To recall, Samsung last month suspended all productions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and also halted sales worldwide. The company in a desperate move also advised customers to stop using the device following reports that units were catching fire. In India, Samsung launched the flagship phablet for 2016 at Rs. 59,900.
Recently, the South Korean giant launched Android 7.0 Galaxy Beta Program for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. We expect the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to roll out soon.
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.
Apple has started selling refurbished iPhones via its US online store starting from Tuesday. The models up for sale currently include the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, that were launched last year.
The Cupertino giant is selling refurbished iPhones for the first time on its online store, notes 9to5Mac. The company normally used refurbished units as replacements for users, or sold them via third-party resellers, the report adds.
A refurbished product is typically one that is returned by a customer after purchase because of either a manufacturing flaw, or product dissatisfaction, and is returned in accordance to Apple’s 14 day return policy. On the refurbished items page, Apple claims that all iPhones on sale are tested by the company, come with a brand new battery and outer shell, and carry a 1-year warranty just like a brand new iPhone. These products are also not locked to any telecom operator.
Traditionally, in many countries where Apple’s online store exists (it doesn’t in India yet), the company is known to have sold refurbished Macs, iPads and iPods. At the moment though, it appears that refurbished iPhones are only being sold in the US online stores, as there’s no mention of them on the online stores of other countries such as the UK, Singapore, or Hong Kong.
If you compare prices, an iPhone 6s 16GB is being sold for $449 (roughly Rs. 29,969), which makes it $100 (roughly Rs. 6,674) cheaper than a new $549 iPhone 6s 32GB. There are iPhone 6s Plus 64GB units being sold for $589 (roughly Rs. 39,314) that make them $60 cheaper than a new iPhone 6s Plus 32GB. Bear in mind that Apple discontinued 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus variants this September after the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch, with refreshed units now available in 32GB and 128GB capacities. Also, these prices do not factor in taxes that vary from state to state in the US. Stocks will tend to fluctuate depending upon how many returned iPhones Apple is able to salvage.
LG ensured that it was the first company that offered Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box with its LG V20 smartphone. Now, the company has shown further commitment to provide the latest version of Android as quickly as possible and has started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update, starting with its home country South Korea, for LG G5 users.
The company on Tuesday announced that it has started rolling out the update for LG G5 users and following South Korea, users in Americas, Asia, and other markets will be getting the Nougat treatment. Although the company did not announce a particular timeline for updates in respective markets, it has said that the update should be expected in “weeks to come.”
“Most G5 users will receive notifications on their phones when the update is available. More information will become available locally in the weeks ahead,” the South Korean company said in an emailed release.
Earlier this year in August, LG announced an Android 7.0 Nougat Preview Program for LG G5 users in South Korea, as a part of which 2000 applicants were selected by the company to test out the early build of the platform.
There are several features that will be added with the Nougat update including ‘In Apps’ feature, which allows users to carry out searches inside user-installed as well as preinstalled apps. Multi-Window feature allows users to run two apps side-by-side or switch between apps by just tapping twice.
“Getting software updates to our users faster than the competition is our way of demonstrating that LG is committed to supporting our products and customers to ensure they have a positive ownership experience,” Senior Vice-President and Head of Research and Development at LG Mobile Kim Hyung-jung was quoted as saying in the release.
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.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus was launched in India just a week ago, and now a new software update has already started rolling out to its early adopters. This update brings camera app improvements and bug fixes. The latest update brings the ZUI to version 2.0.111 and is of 272MB in size.
As mentioned, the update introduces enhancements to the camera app on the Lenovo Z2 Plus. The update claims to improve low light photography and increase autofocus stability as well. It also comes with enhanced multi-language support, and improvements in the device’s display and overall system stability. The update also fixes issues related to notification and phone call of Chrono case.
Interestingly, even after the update, the security patch is still dated back to August 1, which means that the September security update will be rolled out separately. The Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone is exclusively available via Amazon India and is priced at Rs. 17,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant and Rs. 19,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant.
Just to recap, the smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s own skin atop. It is a dual-SIM (4G+3G) smartphone that supports Nano-SIM cards. The Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Lenovo Z2 Plus is powered by a 3500mAh battery, and supports 4G connectivity. There is also a U Touch 2.0 fingerprint sensor on the home button, which is claimed to deliver 99.7 percent accuracy.
OnePlus has started rolling out community builds of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus X smartphones. Unfortunately, the new OxygenOS builds are not based on Android 7.0 Nougat but they bring several new features to the phones.
The Chinese company says that users who have already flashed a previous community build will receive the new update via OTA (over-the-air). Users who are running stock OxygenOS will have to flash the build with the help of ADB sideload. The company recommends users to backup all data on the phones before flashing the build, warning of a possibility of losing personal data. Once the community build is flashed, users will get community OTAs.
OnePlus 3 users can now download the OxygenOS 3.5.2 community build which adds “kill all background processes” button in recents menu; adds long press options in messages app; enhance incoming call notification UI; adds manual “check for update” button; adds additional directions for first fingerprint configuration; add back contacts widget in launcher; new night mode and battery saver modes added in control panel, and support for PIN codes up to 6 digits added. The new community build for the OnePlus 3 also improves dialler speed and brings battery saver mode optimisations and enhancements. Users can download the OxygenOS 3.5.2 community build from here.
The OxygenOS 3.1.1 Community build for the OnePlus X adds the ability to move apps to SD card; improves touch responsiveness, speed, and accuracy; improves HFR setting in video capture; implements September Android security patches, and brings general bug fixes. OnePlus has fixed some of the known issues for SD card stability which was first reported that “Move to SD card” in settings sometimes did not work. The new build also fixes the issue of apps or device crashing if the SD card tray was removed. Users can download the OxygenOS 3.1.1 Community build for the OnePlus X from here.