Essential Phone is among the first to receive the February security patch

Google released the February security patch yesterday, so supported Nexus and Pixel devices were the first to receive the update. Today, Essential announced its smartphone is getting a similar security update right now.

The software update is known as build NMK24B and, according to Essential, is being rolled out in OTA (over the air) as we speak. Despite the fact that Essential has been delaying the release of Android Oreo for weeks, the US company is keeping its customers up to date with the latest security improvements.

In case you missed it, Essential Phone won’t be getting an …


Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro receive major optimization update, here are all the changes

Huawei has yet to penetrate the United States market, but after this year’s fiasco that seems like an impossible mission for the Chinese handset maker. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro may be great devices, but it looks like US carriers don’t want to sell them for various reasons (mostly political).

Since the Mate 10 Pro is already available for pre-order in the United States, you might want to know what updates you’ll be getting when the smartphone hits the shelves on February 18. That’s if you plan to buy Huawei’s flagship.

The new update labeled as build SP1C00 is being rolled out to …

Android Messages app to receive smart reply feature; Select Project Fi smartphones get it first

The smart reply feature, which allows users of the Gmail app to respond to incoming email with a single tap on pre-written responses, is now coming to Android Messages. The first phones that will have smart reply on the messaging app will be handsets used by Project Fi subscribers, including Pixel and Nexus handsets powered by Android 8.x. At this point, it is unclear whether other handsets working on other carriers will have smart reply available on Android Messages as well.   

A tweet disseminated today by Project Fi states that the smart reply feature is rolling out to compatible …

Sony Mobile claims Xperia Z5 family won't receive Meltdown and Spectre patches

If you happen to own and use an Xperia Z5 series smartphones, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear Sony Mobile won’t provide a patch for the most recent Android exploits: Meltdown and Spectre.

Although many smartphone companies have already patched their flagships, Sony Mobile has a completely different approach (if any). In a reply to an Xperia Z5 Premium owner, a Sony Mobile rep said that the smartphone won’t get a security update to patch Meltdown and Spectre exploits.

The Xperia Z5 Premium will not get a security patch update for ‘Spectre’ and Meltdown’ but you can still protect …

European LG G6 expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo in Q2 2018

The G6 is definitely not the first LG smartphone to receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, but even being the second means waiting quite a long time. Although a beta program seems to be live in China, the LG G6 won’t be getting Android Oreo until February in the Middle East region, and that’s only if LG’s customer service was correct.

If you’ve purchased your LG G6 in the United States or Europe, you’ll have to wait even longer. According to LG Italy, LG G6 is supposed to be updated to Android Oreo within the first half of 2018, which means the update might arrive by June.

However, …

Honor fails to keep its promise, says Honor 8 will not receive Android 8.0 Oreo

Last month, Honor’s CEO, George Zao said in an interview that his company plans to release Android 8.0 Oreo update for Honor 8 and Honor 8 Pro very soon. The first of the two, Honor 8 was very well received by the press and consumers alike, which made Honor’s decision to offer the update looks even smarter.

Unfortunately, it appears that the Chinese company changed its mind merely a month after the statement of its CEO. Honor India has just confirmed that due to “hardware and software limitations,” Honor 8 will not be getting Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Some of Sony's older wireless headphones, earbuds will receive Google Assistant support via OTA

Sony revealed a bunch of new wireless Bluetooth earbuds at CES 2018 just the other day, with a couple of these coming with built-in support for the Google Assistant, namely the WF-SP700N and WI-SP600N earbuds. Well, at least the support is there, but the actual Google Assistant will arrive at a later date with an software update.

That same software update will obviously transcend to some older Sony headphones and earbuds, as the company is on track to bring this trendy new Google Assistant functionality to its last-year tongue-twisters, the WF-1000X, WI-1000X, WH-1000XM2, WH-CH700N, …

Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 units receive Android 8.0 Oreo official update

It appears that Samsung is seeding an official version of Android 8.0 Oreo to some Galaxy Note 8 units. At the time of writing, the company hasn’t announced anything regarding the rollout, but multiple Reddit users have confirmed that the update has landed on their phones.
By the looks of it, this could be a soak test, meaning that Samsung might be releasing the update on a very small number of devices to see how it holds up before a broader rollout. 
Still, this is a rather surprising turn of events, as the company has an Oreo beta testing …

LG G6 scheduled to receive Android 8.0 Oreo by February, but there's a catch

LG G6 is one of the many flagships that has yet to be updated to the most recent version of Android. Although the South Korean company promised to deliver Android Oreo to the LG G6 as fast as possible, it looks like the update won’t make it live until next year.

As some of you probably know by now, LG has already kicked off an Android Oreo beta program for the G6, but it’s only available in China. Now we have more information that indicates the Asian version of the LG G6 might be the first to receive the update.

According to LG Customer Service, an Android Ore update for the LG G6 …

ZTE Axon 7 expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo in April 2018

ZTE confirmed earlier this week it will provide Axon 7 owners with an Android 8.0 Oreo update at some point in the future. The Chinese company has already stopped Axon 7 production, which made us believe the high-end smartphone won’t be getting any major Android OS updates going forward.

ZTE’s announcement is a nice surprise for those who spent a small fortune to purchase the company’s flagship. Now, as far as the exact release date of the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update, ZTE Germany made some comments on the matter.

Apparently, Android 8.0 Oreo for ZTE …