Xiaomi resumes Android Oreo for Mi A1 roll-out, here's what's fixed

Xiaomi’s Android Oreo update for the Mi A1 was a bit rushed, which is why many users have experienced issues with some of the phone’s features, including battery drainage, GPS icon, fingerprint sensor, audio quality and many more.

Given the negative feedback received, Xiaomi pulled the update last week and promised to resume the roll-out after it patches the issues. It appears that it didn’t take too long for Xiaomi to fix all the problems in the first build, as the Chinese company confirmed Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to the Mi A1 once again.

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Autofocus issue on Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus fixed with update to iOS 11.2.1

A bug that was making it impossible for the rear camera to autofocus on some models of the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, is easily exterminated by installing iOS 11.2.1. The latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system launched yesterday mainly to return certain features to the unreleased Apple HomePod. The release of iOS 11.2 earlier this month opened a security vulnerability on the HomePod, which could have allowed a stranger to hack into the system and open a smartlock that was part of Apple’s HomeKit accessory line.

Closing the vulnerability was done with a server-side …

Android's "Check for updates" button not doing anything for you? Yeah, it'll be fixed next year

You know that “Check for update” button, hidden in the Android settings? The one that you vigorously tap every time you hear there’s a new update for your phone… only for nothing to happen?

Yeah, turns out it’s not working as intended. See, the idea is that, if there’s a new update for your device, which still hasn’t been automatically pushed to it, you should be able to manually start the process. But the Check for update button just doesn’t work.

It was supposed to be fixed back in September, as per Google’s promise, but it still isn’t. Apparently, Google didn’t lie — it was working …

Google Pixel 2/2 XL audio distortion issue in video recordings fixed in Android 8.1 DP2

Google’s latest Pixel phones are some of the hottest Android flagships in town, but their commercial release has been marred by quite a few issues. One problem that still irritates some owners is a distortion of audio in video playback. Google acknowledged the problem back in late October and promised to resolve it with a software fix.

Now, we’re happy to say that videos will sound much better when Android Oreo 8.1 becomes official. The update is still in beta, but there’s no sign of the bug in the Developer Preview 2 test release of the software. Fortunately, we …

Google says its has fixed the problems with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL trade-in program

As if the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL needed more problems, word came out the other day about a number of issues that consumers were having with the Google Store trade-in program. Under the terms of the plan, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers would receive credit for trading-in older handsets in working condition. The amount of the credit received depended on the model of the phone sent in. The 2016 Google Pixel XL was on the top of the list with the 128GB model valued at $410 in a trade.

Unfortunately, there were several screw ups, with several buyers participating in the program receiving …

OnePlus 5 getting new OxygenOS 4.5.12 update, here's what's fixed

OnePlus’ flagship is in the process of receiving another small update that’s supposed many of the issues owners have been reporting since the phone’s launch. OxygenOS 4.5.12 for OnePlus 5 was released during the weekend and is currently making its way to all users worldwide.

Although it doesn’t bring any new features into the mix, the update fixes some pestering bugs that have been affecting the OnePlus 5 for some time now. Bugs like weak 4G+ signal in some regions, as well as display problems with some UI elements, are just some of the issues addressed in the update.

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FIFA 18 Companion app released, but you might want to avoid it until it's fixed

One of the biggest game launches happening every year, FIFA made it to PC and consoles last week, which means a companion app is now available for Android and iOS users.

EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Companion app is supposed to connect players to the world of FUT 18 while they’re on the go. The app allows FIFA 18 players to manage their FUT Club and prepare their squads for their next important match.

On top of that, EA says that the app allows users to make transfers and bid for players, as well as purchase and open Packs using coins or something called FIFA Points. …

Apple has fixed Siri’s robotic voice to a human-like one, and you can hear the difference

Apple has fixed the way Siri speaks in a huge way since its release: from the robotic voice that we used to hear when the smart digital assistant was introduced to a much more pleasant, human-like voice in iOS 11.
How did Apple do it? It took a lot of deep learning algorithms and smart engineers to achieve that progress, and those engineers have just published a white-paper about the process over at Apple.com.

“Starting in iOS 10 and continuing with new features in iOS 11, we base Siri voices on deep learning. The resulting voices …

OnePlus 5 receives OxygenOS 4.5.8 after last update got pulled, stuttering and battery drain issues fixed

OnePlus has released a new update for the OnePlus 5, following the recent withdrawal of OxygenOS 4.5.7 due to issues with stuttering while gaming and battery drain. 
Unsurprisingly, the new version of Oxygen OS is 4.5.8 and the patch weighs in at the same 310MB if you’re switching from 4.5.6 (49MB if you managed to download 4.5.7).
The change log itself is pretty similar to the last software upgrade. The most notable additions include Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for 4K video recording and a …

911 dialing issue fixed in latest OnePlus 5 update

OnePlus has just released an update that fixes the 911 dialing bug experienced by some OnePlus 5 owners. As you may know, the issue became viral on Reddit over the past couple of days, after a user reported, and subsequently uploaded a video of his OnePlus 5 unit rebooting whenever he tried to call the emergency number. 
Although it was later found out that other Android phones also experienced the same problem, the Chinese manufacturer was certainly quick to react. The company’s tech support team contacted the user and now an OTA …