Deal: The unlocked Alcatel Idol 5S with Android 7.1 Nougat is on sale for 22% off

The newest Android smartphone launched by Alcatel, the Idol 5S is now on sale on Amazon. The handset made its debut in the United States only last month, so it’s quite disconcerting to see this mid- to high-end smartphone being discounted earlier than usual.

The Idol 5S is the only smartphone launched by Alcatel that ships with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. The 5.2-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution features Asahi Dragontrail Glass coating.

On the inside, Alcatel’s mid-range handset packs a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, …


The Galaxy S8 is getting upgraded to Android 7.1 soon, but don't get too excited

Ever since the Galaxy S8’s release, Samsung’s been getting a lot of flak for not shipping it with the then-latest version of Android, 7.1.1 Nougat. How dare Samsung deprive users of valuable features, such as… new emoji? Or launcher actions for the Pixel Launcher? And maybe even Gboard GIF support? On second thought, these are both not such big improvements, and also don’t really apply to the S8, as Samsung uses its own emoji, keyboard, and launcher on the device.

In any case, the Galaxy S8 and S8 + will be getting the bump to Android 7.1 fairly soon, …

Panic detection mode is quietly featured on Android 7.1 to fight malicious apps

A feature that Google added to Android 7.1 hasn’t received much in the way of any press. However, this so-called “panic detection mode” helps users exit out of malicious apps. According to XDA Developers, this feature tracks how many times you press the back button within a certain period of time. Four button presses at .3 seconds a tap or faster will set off the mode, override the app, and send you back to the home screen.

This comes in handy if a malicious app prevents you from leaving it by backing out through its pages. The detection in “panic detection mode” sees that you are trying …

Android Pay adds support for 71 more banks and merchants

Android Pay keeps growing its network of supported institutions. The mobile payment system added as many as 71 new places where you can carry out Android Pay transactions. The complete list of new additions is available at the end of the article.

With Android Pay, both your credit card and the institution that services it must be compatible in order for the system to function. Google keeps adding new banks and merchants in order to increase its range of support. Once set up, the system works by simply tapping your phone on a payments terminal at the store. The functionality …

NuAns NEO Reloaded with Android 7.1 Nougat and interchangeable covers is up on Indiegogo

Japanese company NuAns announced back in February that it will drop Windows Phone platform for Google’s Android operating system. Their new smartphone project, NEO Reloaded, is an Android handset with a twist.

Unlike regular Android smartphones, NuAns proposes customers a different formula that might or might not be as appealing as the company hopes. The NEO Reloaded features interchangeable panels, so users will be able to change the back side of the phone.

The back cases don’t just look different, but they also feel different since they mimic various textures …

Android 7.1 might be under testing for Samsung devices

File this one under ‘wild speculation but with a hint of credibility’: according to SamMobile, updates to a couple of Samsung’s Android apps suggest we might be seeing an update to Android 7.1 Nougat hit the company’s devices, including the Galaxy S8, soon. This would be a welcome move, as the inclusion of the nine-month old Android 7.0 was one of the Galaxy S8’s biggest disappointments when it was initially announced.

But here’s the actual news: the latest updates to Samsung Health and Samsung Game Tuner, as uploaded to app rehosting website ApkMirror, …

Android 7.1 Nougat beta starts hitting OnePlus 3 and 3T

OnePlus is keeping up with the timely Android Nougat updates, as the Chinese company announced a new Android 7.1 Nougat update is available for its 3 and 3T smartphones. The beta build is pushed OTA (over the air) to all those who agreed to participate in the beta program.

There’s one caveat, as the new Android 7.1 Nougat beta build is based on HydrogenOS, which is meant for the Chinese versions of the OnePlus 3 and 3T.

It’s a bit unusual for the Chinese variants to get a new update before the global version, especially that many users in China actually prefer …