Google Assistant will troubleshoot your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 developer preview?


According to a Google Pixel 2 XL owner who is running the Android 8.1 developers preview on the device, Google Assistant will help troubleshoot the handset. This person asked Google Assistant why his phone was having problems charging. That started up a troubleshooting program that resulted in Assistant “Starting Troubleshooting,” which was followed by the virtual assistant asking “Is it okay if I check a few things?”

If permission is given, Google Assistant will give the phone a check up, focusing on the part of the handset where the issue is taking place. Returning to the Pixel 2 XL …


OnePlus 5T will have to wait until next year for Android Oreo

On November 16, OnePlus took the wraps off its latest smartphone at an event held in New York. Apart from revealing all of the new features, price, and release date of the OnePlus 5T, the company also announced that the new device will arrive with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The news might have surprised some, as many expected that the flagship would be running an OxygenOS version based on Android Oreo. Still, OnePlus might have a valid reason for taking its time. The Chinese phone maker stated that the 5T and its predecessor, the OnePlus …

SEGA's Sonic Forces: Speed Battles out now on Android and iOS

When you own such a popular franchise as Sonic, you’ll have less to worry about people not trying it out. SEGA keeps pouring Sonic titles in the App Store and Google Play, so if you’ve managed to keep track of them, here is one that follows the same endless runner formula.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battles is perhaps the first game in the series that contains loot boxes, an aspect that has been embraced by many publishers and developers who want to keep players engaged long after they’ve completed the content (I’m looking at you EA).

Also, unlike other titles …

Download Android 8 Oreo (beta) on your Essential Phone today

As of today, November 14, if you own an Essential Phone, you can install a beta build of Android 8 Oreo on it. Since this is not a final version of Oreo, it likely comes with various bugs. Essential encourages customers to report these bugs on its official forums, and says that, should you not like the software experience, you can revert back to a stable version of Android 7 Nougat (the one that most Essential Phone users currently have).

According to Essential, downloading this beta build of Android Oreo “will not affect your Essential Limited Warranty rights”. …

Mozilla launches the new Firefox Quantum browser for Android and iOS

A new Firefox browser is now available for mobile devices, one that’s twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, Mozilla claims. Dubbed Firefox Quantum, the new browser is available on Android and iOS platforms, but also on Windows, Mac and Linux.

The most important improvement over any of the previous versions of Firefox is speed. Quantum is much faster than any Mozilla browsers launched in the past and, according to the developer, looks better than ever.

Firefox Quantum comes with a new UI (user interface), which is called Photon. Once again, Mozilla says …

These paid Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

If you love to customize your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it’s possible to download them free of charge.

This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on some of these ends soon, so act swiftly!

You can get a preview of each icon pack in the gallery above. …

Samsung releases a second Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 in the US, here's what's new

Certain Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices in the US and the UK have been eligible for the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for a couple of weeks now, allowing willing users to partake and test out all the new features that Samsung has thrown in its TouchWiz Samsung Experience software. Actually, the second beta version of the software is already rolling out in the US after being launched in the UK the week before, introducing a slew of new features that you need to know about.

Build number G955USQU1ZQK6 of the software intros a host of new clock styles for Always On Display, which are a …

Grab a bunch of premium Android games, now free for a limited time on Google Play!

Looking for some great new games to play on your Android smartphone? If that’s the case, you might be pleased to hear that several titles that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play.

This collection features several different genres, so we’ve made sure to include a video (where available), gameplay image, and a description below each title in order to aid you in the selection process.

Also, make sure to check out the end of sale times for each game below the respective download link. At the time of writing (November 14th), some of these …

Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

Each month Google publishes a chart that offers us an overall image over the various versions of Android and how are they distributed among users. The chart for the month of November, published earlier today, paints a not so encouraging picture for Android.

Even though it made its debut on the market back in August, the latest version of Android hasn’t been adopted by too many smartphone companies. Currently, only 0.3% of the devices that visited the Google Play Store in early November were running Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

The situation won’t improve by much since HMD and …

Inactive apps will open up some storage on your device with Android 8.1

If your Android phone isn’t exactly overloaded with free storage space, there is some good news coming your way related to Android 8.1. Discovered by XDA Developers in the Android Open Source Project, a commit dated October 31st reveals a feature that comes into play once an Android handset is running low on space. After a certain period of time determined by the Android system, apps not used recently will be considered inactive.

An inactive app will not take up space on the Dalvik compiler’s cache, thus freeing up some space on your handset. You won’t have to do anything on your part to …