OnePlus 3 and 3T now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally come, as OnePlus announced the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update is now available for two of its popular flagship: OnePlus 3 and 3T.

Two months ago OnePlus released a beta version of Android 8.0 Oreo for OnePlus 3, but the update was available to a limited number of users. However, the company promised to make the update available to everyone by the end of the year.

Although we can’t say the same thing about the newly announced OnePlus 5T, it makes perfect sense for the Chinese company to choose …


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 …

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”. …

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 …

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 …

Skype Lite is causing a Bluetooth bug that hogs audio functions on phones running Oreo

So let’s say that you are using Bluetooth on your Android Oreo powered handset so that you can play music over your car’s audio system. As soon as you connect to the car’s speaker, your phone appears to be connecting to a phantom incoming phone call. There is nothing on the dialer suggesting that a call was received.  Since the car’s audio system thinks that it has to turn over control of the speaker to a phone call, albeit one that doesn’t exist, the music you wanted to listen to is replaced by silence.

Last month, a thread was started on the Google Issue Tracker site and as it turns …

HMD announces it will soon release Android 8.0 Oreo for Nokia 8

We already know HMD plans to update all its Nokia smartphone to Android 8.0 Oreo since the Finnish company confirmed it numerous times in the past. The only thing that we need to determine is when exactly it will happen.

It goes without saying that HMD will not release the update to all its Nokia smartphones at the same time. Also, it would make sense for the most powerful device to get Oreo first, in this case, Nokia 8.

So, if you own the Nokia 8, you should ready your phone for a major Android update. HMD’s Chief Product Office, Juho Sarvikas confirmed …

New feature in Android Oreo will help you combat battery drainage

A new feature in Android 8.1 Developer Preview, which is a test-bed for all the new functionalities that will most certainly make it to stock Android down the line, is a built-in wakelock detector that will potentially save you a lot of battery by identifying and highlighting apps that have prevented the phone from going into deep sleep.
The feature will pinpoint culprit apps that are causing too many wakelocks and are essentially draining your battery by preventing the device from going into deep sleep mode. Aside from telling you which apps are doing that, …

Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 & S8+: All the new features, visualized


As we already reported, Samsung has already kicked off the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices in the US, UK, and South Korea. If you’re located in any of these locations, you can now enlist in the beta, which should be a rather hassle-free experience. 

The prerequisite for you joining the beta program is simple: in the US, you need to have an unlocked, Sprint, or T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S8/S8+ in order to partake. In case you’re a UK resident, an unlocked variation of either device would suffice. If that’s covered, then simply grab either the …

Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1, the first Android Oreo phone in the US, is now $100 off


Officially released in September as the first smartphone to
run Android 8 Oreo out of the box in the US, the Sony Xperia XZ1 was initially sold for
$699.99, then for $649. Now, the water-resistant handset can be bought for less than $600, US warranty
included.

 

Amazon is currently selling the Moonlit Blue version of the
Xperia XZ1 for $589, and the Black version for $579.90. If you want to
purchase the Venus Pink or Warm Silver models, you’ll have to pay $599.99.
Regardless of the version you’re getting, you’ll save at least $100 (compared
to the phone’s launch price).  

 

While …