Update to iOS 10.3 beta 3 for developers includes "Find my AirPods"

Apple started sending out today to developers, the third beta versions of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. The new version of iOS includes Find My Air Pods for those who are missing at least one of their expensive wireless ear buds. The feature will not only allow you to see their location on a map, it will also prompt the AirPods to make a telltale noise just in case they are lost somewhere like in a pants pocket. For the AirPods to show up on the map, they need to be paired with one of your iOS devices and be nearby that specific iPhone or iPad.

The iOS 10.3 beta 3 update includes …


T-Mobile's Galaxy S7 Nougat beta users start getting the official Android 7.0 update

While the unlocked Exynos versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in UK, Germany and other places have been receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update on their handsets, the US carriers are still dragging their feet a month after Samsung announced the official rollout. That’s to be expected, of course, as the local units are powered by a different chipset, and… carriers. 

T-Mobile, however, is almost ready with the update, it seems, as it has started pushing retail Nougat with the new Samsung UX overlay to its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users who subscribed for the beta version …

Action Launcher 3.13 beta released with many UI and App Shortcuts enhancements

Chris Lacy, the man behind Action Launcher, has just released a new update for one of the most popular launchers for Android devices. According to him, the changes are only available in the beta version, but a public release is not far away.

Action Launcher 3.13 beta brings a couple of well-worth improvements such as Pixel Launcher’s UI styling for App Shortcuts (previously known as Quickcuts).

App Shortcuts is another aspect that received some enhancements, so Action Launcher users will now be able to use them in combination with Shutters. Also, App Shortcuts can now be dragged and …

Samsung Android Nougat beta program for the Galaxy S7 Edge

Android Nougat first went official, and OEMs have already taken the new OS to new smartphones such as the LG V20 and Huawei Mate 9. However, we haven’t seen any big OTA updates from OEMs. Luckily, it seems like Samsung is preparing a beta update for Galaxy S7 Edge users in the UK.

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As Samsung attempts to push the Galaxy S7 following the disaster that was the Note 7, the company is looking to further improve those smartphones, partially through software updates. Android Nougat brings a lot of extra functionality to the table on its own, but Samsung will almost certainly bring several of the Note 7’s unique features to the phone in that forthcoming update as well.

Through the “Galaxy Beta Program” app, S7 Edge, and presumably standard S7 users will be able to sign up for an upgrade to Android Nougat, although the early access isn’t guaranteed. For now, the app is available through Samsung’s official Galaxy Apps store, or as an APK over on XDA. Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed further details on the program, but we should learn more soon.

Sony Xperia X Performance Android 7.0 beta update imminent

If you signed up to beta test Sony’s first build of Android 7.0 Nougat for its Xperia X Performance smartphone, it’s worth knowing that Sony has started sending out emails to those who have been picked to enter the Beta Program.

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In the email, Sony says that the beta update will be rolled out over-the-air, and will start hitting selected Xperia X Performance units in the next 48 hours. More information related to the update will be shared via email shortly.

It seems like that we have been talking about an Android Nougat Xperia Beta for a while. We first heard about pre-release Nougat firmware heading to the Xperia X Performance in early August, with registration finally opening in late September.

Now, a month on, users that had signed up are now beginning to receive emails confirming if they have been successful in testing Sony’s latest firmware.

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The emails confirm that the Android 7.0 Nougat Beta firmware will roll via an over-the-air update in the next 48 hours. This means it shouldn’t be too much longer before we get to see Sony’s take on the latest Android release. We don’t expect anything radical, after all, Sony already has one of the lighter skins out there, trying to stick closer to stock Android compared to other manufacturers. We’ll share some screens as soon as we get hold of them.

Android Nougat 7.1 beta is now out for select devices

Google has delivered on its promise and released the developer preview of Android Nougat 7.1 for beta testers before October ended.

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You can only access it if you have a Nexus 5X, a Nexus 6P or a Pixel C, though — Google won’t be releasing it for other devices until November, and its final public release won’t be available until December. If you do have any of the three devices, you can expect to get an OTA update if you’re enrolled to Android’s beta program.

While you can download the preview even if you don’t actually make apps, its features definitely benefit developers the most. Besides Daydream VR support, it comes with the capability to make app shortcuts and circular launcher icons to match the look of Google’s new Pixel phones.

That said, it does have something for ordinary users: a restart button in the power menu. It also supports image keyboards, which allow you to insert stickers and GIFs in apps. If you’d like to test 7.1 out without enrolling to Google’s beta program, you can also do a manual update by flashing a system image.

Instagram starts beta testing program for Android

Instagram has started a beta program for Android users wanting to test out the photo sharing network’s upcoming features before they hit the mainstream. As with every beta program, the goal here is to collect a wide variety of feedback on the new features and their funtionality.

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If you’re interested in becoming a tester, join the Instagram Beta Group and opt into the beta program. Then, download the beta version from the Play Store after uninstalling the current build of the app from your device.

You can submit your feedback, or report any bugs that you come across, using the app’s Report a problem option.