Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite Launch Set for May 21

Leaked images of the rumoured S8 lite suggest an upcoming launch date very soon.

The Korean giant appears to be working on a watered down version of its last year’s flagship smartphone. And expectedly, it will come with a cheaper price tag.

Rumoured to be the Galaxy S8 Lite, it has already showed up on the FCC and TENNA certification websites as SM-G8750. Now, more proof of its existence has surfaced on China’s social media platform Weibo.

The images show a smartphone that appear to sport the same design as the Galaxy S8. Reportedly, it will come with the same 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display layout screen.

While it may have the same screen design and size, the Galaxy S8 Lite is believed to have a lower resolution of 2220×1080.

Other specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It is expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo.

The camera will have a 16MP sensor (the S8 had 12MP) but it will have a less high-end system. The front facing camera is said to be 8MP and will may also have an iris scanner. As seen on the images, the phone also has the fingerprint scanner located beside the rear camera.

Do take note however, that this phone could possibly only be a released in China as early as May 21st. So if you’re planning on getting a midrange-priced phone, you might have to consider something else.

Android Oreo 8.1 with OxygenOS 5.1.0 Update for OnePlus5 and OnePlus5T

Update To Android Oreo 8.1 Of OnePlus 5 And OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T has been updated to Android 8.1 with OxygenOS 5.1.0. This update will bring Android Oreo 8.1 to both smartphones.

About The Update

OnePlus announced that it will be bringing out the latest OxygenOS 5.1.0 OTA update on the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. The OxygenOS updates include system updates such as the latest security patch and support for full screen gestures, and other gaming and launcher focused additions to the software. The size of the OTA file is said to be around 766MB.

Addition of a newer optimizations on gaming mode, also including pausing adaptive brightness and power saving is also part of the update. The gaming mode also adds network boost that includes network priority for gaming apps in the foreground.

Category tabs in the search section of the launcher’s app drawer, have been added by the Android 8.1 based OTA update. It automatically names folders based on category.

According to Manu J, “ As always, this OTA will be incremental. The OTA will reach a small percentage of users today, and will begin a broader roll out in the future.” Manu J is a staff member of the Beta Program and Developer Relations, OnePlus in the forum post.

Other Updates

Aside from some system updates, there are also security updates for both smartphones. Aside from the Android Oreo 8.1 installed on their phone, users will also get the latest April security patch on their phone.

The OnePlus 5 And OnePlus 5T

OnePlus released a couple of flagship smartphones last year. The Chinese manufacturer named it OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. These two devices are considered as flagship smartphones. For OnePlus in 2017 with the OnePlus 5T being the latest device in the company’s line up.

It is safe to say though, that the updates is pretty significant in terms of changes and the company. It has already rolled out the update as an OTA to all the aforementioned devices around the world in batches. It’s possible that the update will take a little more tome to arrive to your devices.

Android Oreo 8.1 Is Now Out

Android Oreo is Up!

Android Oreo is the name of the new version of Google’s mega-popular mobile operating system. This is now available for selected devices.

Android Oreo 8.1 is now out on the Essential Phone. This was announced by the company on Twitter. Essential Phone users need only to check their phones and download the update.

Android 8.1 had previously been out on beta for Essential beta testers. They skipped the release of Android 8.0 because of “stability issues”.

This new Oreo version includes fast start up and sign in. This version also has smart text selection and instant apps. It also has the ability to play a windowed video while browsing other tabs. It also has Google Play Protect. This scans apps for malware before and after installation.

But of course not that many people are waiting for the new operating system. It was noted that last month Essential had shipped less than 90,000 phones in the first six months after launch. But if you have an Essential Phone and you want the latest OS check your phone for updates.

Android “Oreo” is the eighth major version of the Android operating system. It was first released as an alpha quality developer preview in March 2017 and released to the public on August 21, 2017.
Oreo focuses primarily on speed and efficiency. Boot time is cut almost in half. The operating system updates tackles pesky background that drains your battery and your data plan.

While it skimps on new visual changes, Oreo packs in some useful design tweaks. Like picture-in-picture mode for multi-tasking. Also notification dots that give you a colorful nudge to check out your notifications.

Since Android Oreo 8.1 has launched, there are even more features to check out.

This makes the upgrade to Google’s latest mobile OS version all the more tempting for those who don’t have a support phone.

The latter jump to 8.1 is not a big update. But it is set to improve performance of devices with 1GB of RAM or less. It has also added a new Neural Networks API to accelerate on-device machine intelligence.

Why Android Version Is The Most-Used Mobile Operating System?

What do you think is the best version of Android mobile operating system? It is Android Nougat.

 

Search giant Google has finally revealed the widely-used Android mobile operating system. In information published on Google’s developer portal on Tuesday, the company said that Android 7.0 Nougat is the most-used version of mobile OS.

 

Android Nougat is the widely-used Android mobile operating system

 

Google said that Android 7.0 Nougat is running on 28.5 percent of Android devices. These mobile devices are running either the Android 7.0 or 7.1 versions, respectively.

 

After the Android 7.0 Nougat, narrowing down is Android 6.0 Marshmallow as the second most-used version of a mobile operating system. Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released in 2015, and the said mobile OS stands at 28.1 percent.

 

Also, apart from Android 7.0 and 6.0, the search engine giant has released the latest 8.0 Oreo update of which it stands at 1.1 percent of Android devices. This means that Android 8.0 Oreo landed at sixth place with its meager improvement over 0.2 percent of Android devices running by October 2, 2017.

 

Meanwhile, tech users said that various Android devices were suffering from what they called “fragmentation” to software updates. As observed, a lot of Android devices were installed with the first version of the mobile when a user first bought it.

 

While Android Nougat is basking on the crown, it cannot also be denied that its rival, Apple iOS is competing closely with Google’s Android. And yes, Apple iOS shares the percentage of users using Apple iOS 10 which was released the same time with Nougat.

Honor 8 Will Not Get Android Oreo-Based EMUI 8.0 Update

To all Huawei Honor 8 users, this one is for you.

Huawei company announced on its official Honor India Twitter handler that Android Oreo will not be available to the Honor 8 smartphone on Monday. Also, the phone is now evaluating whether the Honor 6X might receive the Android 8.0 Oreo and the latest EMUI.

Last few days, Honor announced the rising of its latest mobile IU EMUI 8.0, based on Android 8.0 Oreo. They also gave a list of the smartphones that will receive the newest update. The EMUI 8.0 is currently available for the Honor 9 Lite and the latest Honor View 10 but it will also be available to smart phones like the Honor 8 Pro, Honor 9i and Honor 8 Lite, Huawei confirmed. But noticing, the Honor 8 wasn’t on the list.

The reason behind that is the hardware and software limitation of this smart phone. It was also said that the handset may not be compatible with the Android 8.0 Oreo but on the brighter side, the handset will still receive security patches as of now.

Honor India wrote on Twitter in regards to a user’s post, “ We can understand your concern. However, we regret to inform you that Honor 8 is not compatible for Android Oreo update due to its hardware and software limitations. We always work for our customers and we are really glad to have you as an Honor customer. Incovenience is regretted.” Also, in another tweet, they’ve announce that the Honor 8 will still get security patches “when required”.

They’ve also added in a Twitter post npw regarding to the Honor 6X, “we would like to inform you that the Android 8.0 Oreo and latest EMUI for Honor 6X is under evaluation. We will inform users of the Android and EMUI update as soon as it is ready, please stay tuned.”

To recap, the Honor 8 smartphone was released last 2016 with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.0.

Android Oreo Update Seen On Some Galaxy Note 8 Phones

Android Oreo Update

There hasn’t been any announcement released about the new Android Oreo update. But it looks like that Samsung is seeding the update to some Galaxy Note 8 smartphones.

Samsung hasn’t officially announce anything about this, but some users of the said phone are claiming that they received the update.

Because only few users were able to receive the update, it looks like Samsung is having a test run.

An Oreo beta testing is available for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ but not with the Note 8 which is why it’s surprising.

It won’t be long before we would see the update on high-end 2017 phones from the company.

One user was kind enough to post the changes which were noticed in the new update.

  • Update to the keyboard
  • Picture in picture support (so far I have noticed it in YouTube and google maps)
  • App specific long press menus from launcher (can no longer put apps to sleep from that menu or open app settings)
  • Secure folder can be set to stay unlocked until the screen goes to sleep
  • Autofill API support (with bio-metrics) for all apps, and browser
  • Colored media notifications
  • Notification categories
  • Customization options for notification badges
  • Keyboard uses gify for gif search support (doesn’t work in gboard with stock messaging still)
  • More edge lighting options
  • Ability to ONLY view Samsung cloud items
  • Ability to backup Samsung secure folder in Samsung cloud
  • Bluetooth, high-quality audio codecs
  • Manage passwords of Samsung and third party apps with Samsung pass
  • Android Security patch for January

 

Android Oreo: Here’s What You Need To Know With Google’s Android 8.1

Google rolls out a new mobile operating system for low-end phones. This new Android OS is practically designed for low-end devices.  Android users can now download sooner or later the Android 8.1

Meet the Android Oreo, Google’s new mobile OS. The reason behind the Android Go edition is simple. It wants to give users the freedom to use their mobile phones with limited random access memory or RAM.

With Android Oreo, this means that Android phone with either 512 MB or 1GB of RAM can run smoothly. If we are going to compare this , Google’s Pixel 2 has 4G of RAM while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has 6 GB of RAM.

Android Oreo helps both latest flagship and old devices run better. Google’s reason is simple: make old phones run as possible with minimal impact to device’s configuration.  In addition,  Google wants to achieve storage improvements and performance in the Go edition.

In short, Google wants to optimise the usage of apps while taking less storage. This means that apps can launch faster at launch.

In a statement published in Google’s blog site, Google said that Android Ore has also an enhanced speed and reliability.

“We enhanced Android Oreo (Go edition) for speed and reliability on entry-level devices, which means the average app is now 15 percent faster on devices running Android Oreo (Go edition),” Google said.

So what are the Android Oreo’s components then? Android Oreo (Go Edition) has three key components:  Operating System, Google Apps, and Google Play Store.

In Operating System, users can experience a new data management features including performance and storage improvements. It has also built-in security benefits that offer a more stable features.

Users can also take advantage of the Google Apps. Under the new mobile OS, apps are built lighter and relevant to the specific needs of people online.

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