Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

Although Asus planned to update the ZenFone 3 Zoom and ZenFone 3 Laser to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of March, most of the updates were delayed for a few months.

In early April, an official statement issued by Asus said the Oreo update for the ZenFone 3 Zoom has been delayed due to certain issues that need to be fixed. It also said the company plans to release the update at the end of June, which was quite late.

Fortunately, Asus managed to fix those issues that prevented it from releasing the update as promised much faster, so if you own an Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, chances are that …

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

Good news Samsung fans, as the South Korean company has decided to push out yet another Android Oreo update for one of its mid-range smartphones, namely the Galaxy A5 (2017). Although no official announcement has been made, some Galaxy A5 (2017) owners have already received the update, and it’s not a beta build.

What you need to know is that the update is only available for the unlocked model and that it weighs in at 1.3GB. We can confirm the update is rolling out in Romania, but users in other European countries might be eligible for the update too.

Aside from Samsung Experience …

Honor 7X starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update in the US

As expected, Honor 7X is now getting the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update. The mid-ranger that’s supposed to appeal to consumers interested in mid-tier handsets made its debut in the United States earlier this year.

When the smartphone was introduced in the US, Honor promised to offer an Android 8.0 Oreo update to those who purchase the Honor 7X. Starting today, the Chinese company is rolling out the Android Oreo update based on EMUI 8.0 to all Honor 7X units in the US.

However, the update is rolled out in batches, so based on the IMEI number, you might get the update sooner …

Microsoft Authenticator on IOS receiving new backup feature

Do you use an authenticator app? Do you have several passwords across several applications and log in with the authenticator so often that you may have forgotten the original passwords? Many people have and now Microsoft has announced it is answering those prayers. The company is rolling out a backup and recovery feature to IOS users of Microsoft Authenticator. The feature will keep your passwords stored in the app. If you happen to switch to another device, you simply need to log into Authenticator and your account information is already there waiting for you. This …

ZTE ban on receiving U.S. exports is revived through March 2025

Back in 2012, a U.S. Congressional Report stated that Huawei and ZTE could be a threat to national security. Lawmakers in Washington D.C. remain wary of both companies because of their ties to the Chinese government, and are concerned that devices and networking equipment made by both firms spy on stateside consumers and corporations. Someone in the administration must have whispered into the ears of Verizon and AT&T executives. Earlier this year, both carriers were planning to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, but both changed their minds at the last minute. The U.S. government has warned American …

Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 start receiving Android 8.1 Oreo updates

The fine folks at HMD have just started the Android 8.1 Oreo roll-out to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, two mid-range smartphones that made their debut on the market not even a year ago.

That leaves Nokia 2 the last smartphone launched by the HMD to have yet to receive Android 8.1 Oreo, as the Finnish company confirmed back in December. Each of the two phones – Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are getting the update in different countries, but the deployment should expand worldwide in the coming days.

If you’re rolling with a Nokia 5, the update weighs in at 860MB, whereas the size of the Nokia 6 update …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

Samsung announced last week that unlocked Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones will receive Android 8.0 Oreo updates in the United States in about 2-3 weeks. All major carriers in the US have already released Oreo updates for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but the Note 8 hasn’t yet received it.

Once again, it appears that the rest of the world is getting a major Android update before the United States. We’ve received reports and screenshots that confirm Samsung has already started the Android 8.0 Oreo Galaxy Note 8 roll-out in some countries.

The update is now available for the Samsung …

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ now receiving Android Oreo update

We can tell who are T-Mobile subscribers carrying the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ in their pockets. How? Because they’re the ones with the huge ear-to-ear grin on their faces. Today, the Un-carrier started pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo to Sammy’s 2017 flagships. The update is rather hefty with the one for the Galaxy S8 weighing in at 1.55GB (version G950USQU2CRB9) and the update for the Galaxy S8+ tipping the scales at 1.51GB (version G955USQU2CRB9).

Android 8.0 includes the new picture-in-picture feature that allows users to watch video while performing other tasks. Also included …

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+ and Galaxy Note 8 now receiving Google Lens (camera version)

Google Lens is a feature that uses AI to turn your pictures or camera (depending on your phone) into a search tool. Found originally on the Pixel series, there are actually two versions. There is the Google Lens that was pushed out by Google to all Android handsets with the Google Photos app. This version of Google Lens allow users to look at pictures already taken and see more information about the subject of that photo. Thanks to AI, Google Lens can identify a picture of the Mona Lisa, or the Empire State Building, and tell you all about them.

The second, and vastly superior version of …

How to disable individual Android apps from receiving automatic updates (no root required!)

Having all of your apps updated to the latest version is usually recommended as developers strive to provide a more pleasing and issue-free experience to users, but sometimes, just sometimes, there’s some incentive to not update a certain app.
Maybe it’s new versions bring features that actually couldn’t care less, maybe the app no longer works with your device any more, or maybe it breaks your whole Substratum setup. Few, but important reasons that could easily hold you off from updating your apps.
But how do you disable app updates …