Essential Phone confirmed to receive Android 8.0 Oreo “in the next month or two”


The Essential Phone has only been
recently launched on the market, so it makes perfect sense that the
handset ships with Android Nougat on board. However, Andy Rubin’s
company plans to offer customers who purchased the Essential Phone
the option to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.

During a Reddit AMA scheduled earlier
today, Andy Rubin and other Essential officials answered some of the
questions posted by users. Concerning the Android Oreo update,
Rebecca Zavin, Essential’s VP of Software confirmed that it will be
released “in the next month or two.”

We are excited about supporting …


Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance receive new update, here's what's new

A new OTA update is rolling out to the Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance. After installation, the patch should bump the software version of the two models to 41.2.A.7.65, as they both feature the same Snapdragon 820 chipset.
The new firmware brings the September batch of fixes for security vulnerabilities found on the Android platform. We have to commend Sony for pushing out the update in a timely manner, as currently only Nexus, Pixel, and some Nokia devices have it installed.   
The …

Samsung Gear S3 to receive Tizen 3.0 OS update at some point

The newly introduced Samsung Gear Sport is the only smartwatch that will ship with Tizen 3.0 OS on board. All other Samsung smartwatches are powered by a previous version of Tizen, which makes the Gear Sport more appealing.

Still, Samsung fans who already purchased the Gear S3 will be pleased to know the South Korean company plans to provide them with a Tizen 3.0 OS update at some point in the future.

Reliable sources told AndroidPit that Samsung Gear S3 will receive the Tizen 3.0 OS update, but they failed to mention when exactly it will happen.

Releasing …

Honor 8 Pro and Honor 6X expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of 2017

Honor 8 Pro is one of the most recent high-end smartphones launched by the Chinese company, so it’s no surprise it will be updated to a new version of Android. However, it’s great that Honor is thinking to update mid-range smartphones launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board to the latest Oreo operating system.

Honor 6X and Honor 8 Pro will receive the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of the year. The former might get the update in early 2018, but that shouldn’t bother anyone who purchased the smartphone.

Apparently, there was a …

Some Sprint and Verizon customers will receive their Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phones much earlier

Samsung introduced its newest flagship on August 23 and opened pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 8 just one day later. However, the South Korean company announced the smartphone is supposed to hit the shelves on September 15, not earlier.

Even so, it appears that some customers who placed pre-orders at Sprint and Verizon will be getting their Galaxy Note 8 handsets much earlier than expected. Although the phone isn’t supposed to ship until about two weeks from now, many customers received shipping notifications informing them that their phones have already been shipped and will arrive …

Essential Phone orders start shipping, customers should receive theirs on August 31

The Essential Phone saga is far from being over, as the US-based company is struggling to ship its only product to customers who already pre-order it. Even though Andy Rubin promised the Essential Phone will hit the shelves one month after its official unveiling, that deadline has passed a long time ago.

The last time Essential came forward with an official statement about the launch of its smartphone, it promised it will start shipping the product in a week. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen either and the company’s inability to fulfill its promises will surely …

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) on track to receive Android 7.0 Nougat update

The Galaxy J5 (2016) could be among the next Samsung smartphones to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The South Korean company is trying to update as many of its mid-range handsets as possible, but it might not keep up once it starts working on bringing Android Oreo to its flagships.

In any case, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) has been recently listed at Wi-Fi Alliance, but this time with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. Featuring model number SM-J510N, the Galaxy J5 (2016) could get the new update by the end of the year.

The Galaxy J5 (2016) was launched last …

BlackBerry KEYone to receive update to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Owners of the BlackBerry KEYone have to be feeling pretty good right now. After all, they own a smartphone with a fabulous looking physical QWERTY keyboard, and a tremendous battery life. The phone’s first and last name is productivity and its middle name is security. And during IFA 2017 next month in Berlin, we expect BlackBerry to announce that its Limited Edition Black KEYone will be available in the U.S. This model is equipped with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of native storage and a fantastic looking all Black look.

Today, owners of the KEYone received some great news. The phone, which is currently …

Settlement in Class Action suit means that some Sony Xperia device owners could receive a 50% refund

A settlement in a Class Action suit against Sony means that owners of certain Sony Xperia devices might end up receiving a 50% refund of the phone or tablet’s retail price. A federal court in New York ruled against Sony in a case that involved the waterproof capabilities of 24 Xperia models, including several smartphones and tablets. Owners of the devices listed below will automatically have their limited warranty coverage for damage resulting from water intrusion extended by one-year for models still under protection, and by six-months for devices no longer under warranty.

Other options …

The original Samsung Galaxy A8 expected to receive Android 7.0 Nougat update soon

The first Galaxy A8 made its debut on the market back in 2015. In the meantime, Samsung launched one more Galaxy A8 model last year, but it’s unclear if there will ever be another one launched in 2017.

The original Samsung Galaxy A8 came with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board, but the South Korean company has already released a Marshmallow update last year. Since the smartphone was launched two years ago, it was highly unlikely that the Galaxy A8 would receive further Android OS updates.

However, because the Galaxy A8 running Android 7.0 Nougat has been recently …