Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's included

A new update has started rolling out OTA (over the air) for Sony’s two 2016 flagships – the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. The firmware upgrade contains the recently-released Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of both handsets to 41.2.A.7.35.

At the time of writing, the size of the patch isn’t known, but if its contents are similar to the one introduced on the Xperia X, it should weigh in at about 90-100MB. Currently, the patch is available to only a few regions, so you might have to …


Asus ZenWatch 3 will receive Android Wear 2.0 on July 11th

Asus recently confirmed to Wareable.com that their latest smartwatch, the ZenWatch 3, will in fact receive Android Wear 2.0 on July 11th. News comes after some conflicting reports from Asus Germany and Asus USA lead us to believe there would be a delay from their stated, and already missed deadline at the end of Q2.

The ZenWatch 3 was released in December of 2016, only two short months before the release of Android Wear 2.0. Since then, the timetable for Android Wear updates has been less than satisfactory, with some of the most popular wearables left …

Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid both receive software update

As far as updates go, it’s more of a snooze-fest than a world of excitement, but we still need to tell those with the Moto Z Droid and the Moto Z Force Droid that they have received an update. The new software version is NCL25.86-11.5, and the changelist says that “the current software update gives you the most up to date Android security patches on your device.” For owners of the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, this means that you have the May 2017 patch installed.

Before you download and install the update, make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network or have a strong cellular …

The original Samsung Galaxy J7 could receive Android 7.0 Nougat update soon

The two-year-old Samsung Galaxy J7 was definitely not in the cards for an Android 7.0 Nougat update. However, it looks like for whatever reason Samsung has decided that the original Galaxy J7 is popular enough to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Otherwise, we can’t explain why the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2015) with Android 7.0 Nougat on board recently received its Wi-Fi certification. The device is listed with model number SM-J701M, one of the many model numbers that the original Galaxy J7 was tagged with since its release.

If Samsung will indeed push Android …

Only 9 countries will receive the HTC U11 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage

HTC has produced two different versions of its new flagship phone. The HTC U11 found in the U.S. at Sprint, or unlocked from HTC, features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. But another unlocked version of the U11 comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. While the latter model isn’t coming to the U.S., you can still have it imported to the states (more on that below).

So just exactly where can you find this enhanced version of the HTC U11? A tweet sent out by ROM developer @LlabTooFeR lists the nine countries where the higher spec’d variant of the phone can be found. They include …

T-Mobile and Sprint Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ receive update for Bixby, SD cards and more

T-Mobile and Sprint subscribers rocking the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are starting to receive an update that has two main features according to its changelist. One is an update for the Bixby app, and the second provides more stability for SD cards. Before you get carried away, the update did not launch Bixby Voice, although it could have deposited certain files on the two handsets that are required for its eventual release. The most recently rumored time frame for the appearance of Bixby Voice is late this month.

Those who downloaded the update report that Bixby Vision and …

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) could receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update in November

Samsung has big plans when it comes to getting as many of its smartphones updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. The South Korean company has already released the update to many of its high-end smartphones, including the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Tab S2.

However, there are many other Samsung smartphones that will be getting the update by the end of the year. Samsung Turkey confirmed back in February that the entire Galaxy A 2016 series will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat at some point this year.

The initial list published by Samsung Turkey …

The Essential Phone will (probably) receive monthly security updates

Officially unveiled yesterday, the Essential Phone will be released sometime in June as a pretty different alternative to most handsets out there. The brainchild of Andy Rubin (co-founder of Android and ex-Googler), the Essential Phone doesn’t feature any logo, and is a near-bezel-less, high-end device made out of titanium, ceramic, and Gorilla Glass 5.

As already announced, the Essential Phone (model number Essential PH-1) will run stock Android 7 Nougat out of the box. But what about software updates? Well, right now, Essential can only say that the company’s …

T-Mobile version of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both receive May security update

The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge should feel a little more secure to its owners following an OTA update sent out to the two handsets. The Galaxy S7 is receiving software version G930TUVS4BQE1 while the Galaxy S7 edge update contains software version G935TUVS4BQE1. For some reason, T-Mobile’s support pages do not reflect either one.

Once the update arrives on the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, users need to make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network. If a Wi-Fi connection cannot be made, users should make sure that they are receiving a strong …

Battery draining unstable Android apps to receive less visibility from Google

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that Google expects developers to submit apps to the Play Store that work great, look great, and run smoothly without a hitch. Your own personal experience might have revealed how this isn’t always the case. During Google I/O this past week, the Alphabet subsidiary made it clear that when it comes to apps, the search giant wants developers to follow the rule of the three S’s; apps should be speedy, secure and stable.

New tools being provided to developers will allow them to see how often their apps do not respond (the ANR rate), how often they crash, …