Android 8.0 Oreo is on the charts, pre-Marshmallow versions are shrinking

Android 8.0 Oreo is on the charts, pre-Marshmallow versions are shrinking

The latest numbers are in and Oreo is on the charts! True, version 8.0 measured just 0.2% of all Androids out there but we think that number will grow quickly at the end of the year when a variety of flagships get the update. As for older versions, 7.0 Nougat grew 2 percentage points while 6.0 Marshmallow remained flat. On the plus side, Lollipop, KitKat and all the other older versions are shrinking slowly but surely.

You can no longer switch BBM from Android to BlackBerry legacy devices

You can no longer switch BBM from Android to BlackBerry legacy devices

Users over at CrackBerrys forums have been reporting that theyve been unable to switch their BBM account back to BlackBerrys legacy devices running BlackBerrys operating systems. Users have experienced a server issue that does not let you access contacts, groups, and channels after performing the switch back to a BlackBerry OS device. You can still hop around between BlackBerry OS devices, but if you move from a BlackBerry device

Purported leak reveals Snapdragon 836 SoC and Android 8.0 Oreo for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Purported leak reveals Snapdragon 836 SoC and Android 8.0 Oreo for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

  While Xiaomi has officially confirmed the unveiling date for the Mi Mix 2, nothing else is currently confirmed about the device. Of course, there have been multiple rumors and leaks so far, revealing details like Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6-inch screen, Nougat OS, 3D facial recognition support, and 4,500mAh battery. Now, a new leak has emerged, and from the looks of it, it’s aimed at taking the hype surrounding the device to a completely new level. The leak in question says the device will be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Now, what makes…

Android 7.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ imminent

Android 7.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ imminent

The Android 7.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship smartphones is likely to arrive anytime now. Vodafone Australia has provided a heads-up on its website that the update has been submitted for review, which is the last stage before the roll out begins. So in all likeliness, other key markets should also get the update sooner than later. Sadly, there’s currently no information on the

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Russia

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Russia

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is now receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update, just under two months after the 2016 model. The updates for the A5 (2017) and A7 (2017) are not out yet, even though they received Wi-Fi certifications before the A3 (2017) did. Back to the update in question. Its currently rolling out in Russia (has been for a couple of days, actually). It bears a firmware version A320FXXU2BQG5

Users reporting performance issues with Xperia Z5 series Android 7.1.1 update

Users reporting performance issues with Xperia Z5 series Android 7.1.1 update

The Android 7.1.1 update for the Sony Xperia Z5, Z3+ and Z4 Tablet started rolling out towards the end of June this year, bringing new features and improvements. However, it looks like the update has some major issues for at least a few of its early adopters. Affected users say they are observing sluggish performance ever since the update was installed. Problems like high temperatures, crashes, and reboots have been reported.

Android O could come out next week

Android O could come out next week

Developer Preview 4 of Android O was released last Monday (July 24), and it was a release candidate. Unless any major bugs are uncovered, the final version will come out soon perhaps as soon as next week. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are first in line to get the new major OS version. It will bring Project Trebble, Autofill, kills off Blob emoji and brings many other changes. Perhaps well even get to

10 best Android phones in Australia: which should you buy in 2017

10 best Android phones in Australia: which should you buy in 2017

UPDATE: Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, with its truly glorious 4K display, has made it onto our list of the 10 best Android phones in Australia! Read on to find out why it made the cut! Apple may have kickstarted the smartphone revolution when it launched its very first iPhone back in 2007, but it was Google’s Android operating system that truly took it mainstream. With an open platform and multiple manufacturers using

Android 7.1.1 update for Nextbit Robin is now available

Android 7.1.1 update for Nextbit Robin is now available

  AndroidNextbitFirmware Updates Over a couple of months after the Android 7.0 Nougat update arrived for the Nextbit Robin, the Andoid 7.1.1 update has been made available for the cloud-focused device. Currently factory images are available, although we expect the OTA rollout will also begin soon. In case you missed, it was announced earlier this year that Nextbit is being acquired by Razer. While sales of the phone and its accessories have stopped, Nextbit promised that it will honor warranties for six more months, as well as keep pushing software/security updates to the handset through February of 2018. Source: gsmarena.com

Android Pay now supports over 600 banks in US

Android Pay now supports over 600 banks in US

The list of supported US banks for Google’s mobile payments service Android Pay has grown further, surpassing the 600 mark. A total of 31 new financial entities have been added to the list recently. The list of newly-added entities includes the following names: Alcoa Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union, America’s First FCU (Visa), Bank of American Fork, Bank of Eastman/Magnolia State Bank, Bank of Washington,

GM6 is a new Android One phone that features selfie flash and fingerprint sensor

GM6 is a new Android One phone that features selfie flash and fingerprint sensor

A new Android One phone has been announced. Coming from Turkish manufacturer General Mobile, the GM6 is powered by MediaTek MT6737T SoC with quad-core 1.5GHz processor, and sports a 5-inch HD display. RAM is 3GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The camera department is handled by a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter with selfie flash. Measuring 144 x 71.3 x 8.6mm and weighing in at 150g, the phone

ZTE Axon 7 starts getting Android 7.1 update

ZTE Axon 7 starts getting Android 7.1 update

Less than a month after ZTE pushed out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its Axon 7 smartphone, the device has started getting the Android 7.1 update. Rolling out over the air, and arriving as software version ZTE_A2017V1.1.0B09, the update is currently hitting units in China. The update also bumps the MiFavor UI version to 4.2. Given that the roll out has started in the company’s home country,

Chromebooks make Android tablets completely irrelevant

Chromebooks make Android tablets completely irrelevant

Ever wonder where all of the Android tablets went? Lately, it seems like it’s just Amazon and a few other manufacturers keeping the good ship afloat. And, as it turns out, there’s a likely explanation for the recent quiet in a sector where there was once an endless flurry of options. Chromebooks. Yep, Chromebooks. Google announced that all 2017 models will run Android apps. So what’s the point of a tablet anymore?

HTC One M9 is now receiving Android Nougat in Europe, Turkey, and South Africa

HTC One M9 is now receiving Android Nougat in Europe, Turkey, and South Africa

The HTC 10 has had its fair share of problems regarding the update to Android Nougat in Europe, with the rollout starting, then being halted, then starting again only for it to be paused once more last month. At the moment it’s still in that state, unfortunately. There is however some good news out of HTC for that region today, as the company has announced that the Nougat update for the One M9 is now going out. This is headed to devices

Asus X00GD with 4,850mAh battery and Android 7.0 clears TENAA

Asus X00GD with 4,850mAh battery and Android 7.0 clears TENAA

A new Asus smartphone has been certified by the Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA. Listed as X00GD, the device is powered by an SoC with octa-core 1.5GHz processor, and sports a 5.2-inch HD display. RAM options include 2/3/4GB, while storage options include 16/32/64GB. In terms of camera, the phone features a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. Measuring 149.5 73.7 8.85mm and weighing in

Android Pay arrives in New Zealand

Android Pay arrives in New Zealand

Following its recent launches in Hong Kong and Poland, Android Pay is now available in New Zealand, more than four months later than for neighboring Australia. So Google’s mobile payments system is continuing its excruciatingly slow worldwide rollout unfazed, one country at a time. Android Pay can be used in New Zealand everywhere contactless payments are accepted. This includes shops and restaurants such as The Warehouse, Dominos,

Sony Xperia XZ starts receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update

Sony Xperia XZ starts receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update

Were receiving reports that the Sony Xperia XZ is receiving its serving of Android 7.0 Nougat update. A reader from India tipped us off (thanks, Vedant!) but checking with XDA it seems that the first wave includes Australia, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey. The update is a hefty 1GB so connect to a nice Wi-Fi network and check for updates. Dont worry if you dont see anything yet, staggered roll-outs take a while to reach everyone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is counted to 10 Best Android phones 2016: which should you buy?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is counted to 10 Best Android phones 2016: which should you buy?

You can no longer get the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so if you want a smartphone with the stylus, you’ll have to dial it back to the Galaxy Note 5. Don’t worry, there was never any Note 6, so this phone is only a year old and still incredibly powerful. Its 5.7-inch screen gives you ample room to doodle with the S Pen, and while it’s certainly bigger in the hand, than the Galaxy S7, its curved back makes

Nexus: Verizon to manage Android updates to Pixel phones it sells

Nexus: Verizon to manage Android updates to Pixel phones it sells

The Nexus brand was always about the pure Android experience with quick updates from Google. When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus made it to Verizon, that Google experience turned to a nightmare for updates. The same phone was only able to get updates whenever Verizon felt like releasing them, so they came with delays. That being said, Verizons Galaxy Nexus stopped getting updates at Jellybean 4.2.2, meanwhile, the GSM unlocked version of

Android 7.0 Nougat update hits Android One phones

Android 7.0 Nougat update hits Android One phones

Google rolls out Android 7.0 Nougat over-the-air update for Android One devices. A reader of ours points out that the Cherry Mobile G1 is one of the many Android One phones that has the update on queue. Android 7.0 Nougat is ready to be installed on Android One phones Similarly to what happened with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android One devices receive the latest software update the day after Google releases

Android N update: release date, news and features

Android N update: release date, news and features

Android N Developer Preview 3 is now out, and the launch date could be as soon as this summer. Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming Android N update, including all the new information from Google IO 2016. Android N is Google’s next phone and tablet operating system update that’s been so thoroughly refined, the company is officially more than halfway through