Apple releases iOS 11 developer Beta 2: See what's included in the new update

iOS 11 developer Beta 2 went live a few hours ago and, naturally, devoted Apple fans are rolling up their sleeves and digging right in. The update introduces a plethora of optimizations and bug fixes (as well as the inevitable emergence of new bugs), but also a few visible tweaks and additions to existing features. 

Here is a round-up of everything new that you’ll likely notice on the latest developer preview of iOS 11. Keep in mind that more stuff is likely to pop up in the following days.
Do Not Disturb …

Latest OxygenOS Open Beta for OnePlus 3 and 3T is all about bug fixes

One would think that having an important announcement such as the launch of a flagship smartphone in just a few days, will prevent OnePlus from focusing on any other activities that will consume resource of any kind.

When it comes to software updates for its high-end OnePlus 3 and 3T, the Chinese company is almost relentless. We reported earlier this week about an important update that was released by OnePlus, and now it looks like another one is making its way to both smartphones.

However, unlike the previous update that brought a couple of new features …

Chrome 60 beta for Android brings new search widget, lots of API improvements

The newest stable version of Chrome for Android dropped in the Google Play last week, so it makes sense for Google to start working on the next iteration.

Chrome 60 is now available for download in the beta channel and brings lots of new features and improvements into the mix. The most important seems to be the addition of a new search widget that includes a shortcut allowing users to search Chrome using their voice.

Google has also improved the way the browser loads fonts on different websites. Usually, Chrome delays rendering text until the used font is available, which means that …

Nova Launcher 5.2 is out of beta, brings Android O style notification dots to everyone

In the past few years, Nova Launcher has successfully positioned itself as Android customization geeks’ default launcher choice, thanks to its ever-increasing set of features. And with its most recent stable release, version number 5.2, that list grew once again with several new additions.

The feature set is the same as the 5.2 beta version released a couple of weeks ago, and thus isn’t as large as some previous releases. Nevertheless, its biggest feature – Android O-style notification badges – should be enough to satisfy those clamoring for latest Android version’s …

Sony Xperia Home beta now available on the Google Play

Sony has been working on the Xperia Home for a few years now, but the application was only available to those who enrolled in the beta. The good news is starting today, anyone with access to Google Play Store will be able to download the Sony Xperia Home.

The app is still in beta, but at least you’ll now have a quickest and fastest way to download and install it on your smartphone. Along with the release of the Xperia Home launcher in the Google Play Store, Sony also made it available to additional Xperia smartphones.

The Xperia Home was exclusive to Sony’s high-end smartphones, but …

Second beta of watchOS 3.2.3 released by Apple to developers

Apple has released to developers today, the second beta version of watchOS 3.2.3. If you’re not a registered developer, you will have to wait for Apple to push out the final version of the build. Because it is impossible to downgrade software on the Apple Watch, Apple allows beta versions of watchOS to be made available to developers only. The last new release for consumers, watchOS 3.2.2, was released two weeks ago.

The first beta of watchOS 3.2.3, which was seeded to developers just a week ago, contained no new features of note, or even bug fixes. This probably indicates that the new beta …

Get the Android O beta download here

The first day of I/O was very fruitful for Google, as the search giant had quite a few announcements for Android fans. Android Go, Expeditions, Smart Reply for Gmail are just some of the new stuff that we’ve already reported about recently, but we’re expecting new announcements later today.

For those who can’t wait for the final Android O release, Google had something else prepared. An updated version of Android O Developer Preview is now available for download.

If you’ve already installed the first Android O Dev Preview, then the OTA image should be automatically …

New HydrogenOS beta update for OnePlus 3 and 3T repairs lots of issues

The OnePlus 3 and 3T are the only smartphones that the Chinese company keeps updating in the last couple of months. Either you’re running HydrogenOS or OxygenOS, the updates are coming almost on a monthly basis on both devices.

The latest update is aimed at Chinese customers running HydrogenOS on their OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones. The newest beta version of the ROM is all about fixing issues, and the changelog is similar in both cases.

If you’ve been following the long string the beta updates released by OnePlus, then you might want to know this is …

Beta version of Apex Launcher released, stable app coming soon

Once among the most popular Android launchers, Apex Launcher had been left unattended for the last two years, but that’s about to change as developers announced last month they will start updating the app soon.

However, before launching new updates to Apex Launcher, the developer want users feedback, which is why they plan to kick off a beta program that will allow them to test new features and improvements before they go live in the Google Play store.

Those who wish to join the beta program should know that the beta version of Apex Launcher will replace …

Crack open those Oreos; Android Nougat beta program closes

We are getting closer to the introduction of Android O. Google has shut down the Android Nougat beta program that allowed subscribers to get early access to new versions of Android Nougat. Android O, which the consensus expects to be named Android Oreo, will probably be unveiled between May 17th and May 19th during Google I/O. Anyone still using the Android Nougat beta program should have automatically received the last publicly released version of the OS.

As far as developers are concerned, the Android O Developer Preview started officially on March 21st; it will end some time in this year’s …