Nokia 8 might get Android Oreo really soon

Nokia 8, HMD’s top handset for 2017, is likely to become the first Android-powered Nokia smartphone to receive the Oreo update. A listing of the flagship rocking the latest software from Google emerged recently on benchmarking platform Geekbench.
On its own, this appearance might not be enough evidence for the looming update. However, we have to remember that HMD Global wants to retain its reputation of a company that issues timely updates on a regular basis. The Finnish firm has so far adorned all of its smartphones …


Archos intros two new ruggedized Android Nougat smartphones and a tablet


French company Archos showcased three new mobile devices at IFA 2017 early this month. Two Android smartphones and a tablet will be launched on the market this fall, all three within the €280 price mark.

Besides the fact that they’re shipped with Android Nougat on board, all three devices are aimed at outdoor use, thus they have various certifications for water and dust proof.

Archos Sense 47X is the cheapest of the three and will be available for purchase for €199. As the name suggests, the phone has a 4.7-inch display with HD (720p) resolution. The phone packs a 1.3GHz quad-core …

Android Oreo gains support for custom themes via Andromeda add-on for Substratum, no root needed

A while ago, we reported that custom themes may be coming to Android 8.0 Oreo without the need for rooting your device. We are happy to report back that this seems to be the case, although the ability to do so is not quite “native”, in that it requires a third-party app and a PC connection.

Last month, the folks over at XDA discovered, while tinkering with preview builds of Oreo, that the new version of Android has support for Sony’s Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) theme engine baked-in. This spurned the developers behind the popular custom theming …

Unannounced Sony H4233 phablet surfaces with 6-inch FHD display, Android 8.0 Oreo

Sony has already launched its new Xperia XZ1 flagship smartphone for the remainder of the year, along with a compact version of it, but the Japanese smartphone maker have one more surprise for its fans in 2017.

An unknown Sony H4233 smartphone has been recently spotted at GFXBench, a benchmark that stores new, unannounced devices in its database, and judging by its specs this isn’t a top-of-the-line phone.

Sony H4233 will be a large handset thanks to its 6-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution. Even though it’s not a flagship, the smartphone is supposed to be equipped with a …

Android One phone coming to the U.S.?

Is the U.S. a developing market, or has Google expanded its distribution plans for its Android One line? You might recall that when Google initially announced Android One at Google I/O in June 2014, the phones were entry level models designed for smartphone hungry markets where consumers could not afford mid-range or high-end phones. The idea was to widen the reach of Google’s open source Android OS.

But it would appear that not only is Android One moving to mid-range models, it is moving on up to countries where there are buyer who can afford spending a little more cash on higher-spec’d …

If Google Play Protect messed up Bluetooth on your Android phone, here is a quick fix

Google Play Protect combines several features that are already available for Android handsets, and puts them together under the Google Play Protect branding. This includes automatic scanning for viruses and the Find My Device feature. The Google Play Protect logo will soon appear on the packaging of every device with the Google Play Store pre-installed. The service has been pushed out to several Android models, and this has led to a problem with Bluetooth on some units.

For some reason, Google Play Protect red flags an app called Bluetooth Share 7.0, mistakenly listing it as being unsafe. …

Official: BlackBerry Priv will not be updated to Android Nougat


In just a few months, BlackBerry fans will “celebrate” two years since the launch of the Priv, a controversial device that you can either hate or love. Although the smartphone was launched with Android Lollipop on board, the Canadian company offered owners the option to upgrade to Android Marshmallow.

Unfortunately, that will be the last major Android OS update BlackBerry Priv will get, even though the smartphone will continue to receive various security patches in the future.

BlackBerry’s General Manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber confirmed the information during …

Google adds playback speed option on YouTube for Android and iOS

A brand new feature is slowing rolling out to YouTube users on Android and iOS devices, one that will surely make them happy. Google has just announced it is now allowing YouTube users to choose the playback speed of the videos they are watching.

Variable speed playback is available on the desktop app for several years now but only made it to mobiles this week, even though it was the most highly requested features.

Once Google finishes rolling out the new feature, YouTube users will be able to speed up or slow down videos in the iOS and Android apps. According to developers, the playback …

Android 8.1 revealed to be coming next as the newest Google Search app gets scrutinized

According to a teardown of the latest version of the Google app for Android, the Mountain View software giant is already working on the next version of Android that will likely arrive in the following 2-3 months for all eligible devices, likely alongside the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

That’d be Android 8.1 and it will likely introduce a neat amount of changes due to the simple fact that it will be joined by a siginificant bump in the Android SDK, which is set to hit number 27. In case you didn’t know, the SDK is essentially a collection of APIs that allows third-party …

Samsung started working on Android 8 Oreo updates for Galaxy S8 and S8+


Samsung is undoubtedly planning to update many of its
high-end and mid-range smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo, but the company has yet
to share specific details on the matter. Fortunately, if you own a Galaxy S8 or
Galaxy S8+, it looks like you won’t have to wait too long to get an official
taste of Oreo.

 

According to SamMobile, Samsung has started working on
Android Oreo updates for both the S8 and S8+. Reportedly, the Oreo firmware version could
be G950FXXU1BQI1 on the Galaxy S8, and G955FXXU1BQI1
on the Galaxy S8+. For now, there is no word on when Samsung is hoping to start
rolling …