Six new smartwatches receiving Android Oreo, including Huawei Watch 2 and Casio WSD-F20

The list of Android Wear smartwatches that are supposed to receive the new Android Oreo update is quite long. Some of the wearable devices on that list have already received the update, while others should get it very soon.

Today, Google confirmed that six smartwatches are now getting the long-awaited update: Huawei Watch 2, Casio WSD-F20, Casio WSD-F10, Polar M600, ZTE Quartz and Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E.

All these smartwatches were part of the initial list of wearable devices pursuing the Android Wear Oreo (8.0) update, but not in the first wave of smartwatches to receive it. Only …


Unlocked Huawei Mate 9 receiving Android 8.0 Oreo in the US

Huawei kicked off the Android 8.0 Oreo roll-out for the Mate 9 last month, but the update wasn’t released in the United States. If you happen to rock an unlocked Huawei Mate 9 and live in the US, you’ll soon be able to update your phablet to Android 8.0 Oreo.

The update is now being rolled out to Huawei Mate 9 units with model numbers MHA-L29 and L09, which support GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. There’s little information on the contents of the update, but you’ll get EMUI 8.0 for sure along with most of the new Android Oreo features and improvements.

Since this is a staged …

Asus ZenFone 3 starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

As promised, Asus has just started the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo for ZenFone 3. Apparently, all unlocked ZenFone 3 models are now eligible for the update, so make sure to head to System updates to check if there is a new firmware available.

According to Asus, you should free up at least 1.5GB storage before starting the software update. Also, make sure your phone’s battery is at least 50% charged. Along with the new features and improvements included in Android 8.0 Oreo, Asus added some of its own.

For example, the launcher received some major changes, so you’ll now be able to …

Project Fi subscribers with a bad Nexus 5X are receiving the Moto X4 Android One as a replacement

Google’s hybrid MVNO Project Fi used to offer the Nexus 5X to its subscribers. However, a nasty bug led several units to bootloop, frustrating owners of those models that suffer with this affliction. Project Fi subscribers with a faulty Nexus 5X and the Device Protection Plan (which cost just $5 a month) were first given a replacement unit. Then, when Google ran out of inventory of replacement units, it offered subscribers turning in their bad phone just $100 in Google Store Credit, or a $53 check . Considering that Project Fi subscribers paid $350 for the Nexus 5X, those two options did not seem …

Unlocked HTC 10 finally starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

HTC is one of the companies that still delivers major Android OS update despite its financial difficulties. Most of the company’s flagship smartphones launched last year have already been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, so now it’s time for HTC to focus on slightly older devices.

It looks like HTC has picked the 2016 flagship to be the next handset to receive the highly-anticipated update. If you own an unlocked HTC 10 bought in the US, you should tap the “Check now” button and see if your smartphone is eligible for an Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Keep in mind …

Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update

Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1 is finally eligible for an Android 8.0 Oreo update after a short period of beta testing. Unlike many of its Android smartphones that are selling exclusively in China, the Mi A1 is available in a lot more countries.

Also, since it’s part of the Android One program, the smartphone should be among the first to receive a major Android OS update. Unfortunately, it took Xiaomi quite a long time to bring Oreo to the Mi A1.

Initially introduced in China in early September, the Mi A1 made its debut in select European …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ receiving fifth Android 8.0 Oreo beta, here's is what's changed

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are one step closer to getting the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo, as Samsung has just released another beta build that addresses lots of issues present in the previous builds.

There don’t seem to be any features added or removed in the fifth Android 8.0 Oreo beta for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. However, you’ll find below a long list of bugs that should be addressed in this update:

Profile sharing won’t enable and keeps saying check network;Home screen does not fit screen properly;Phone restarting while using the camera;Smart view …

Asus ZenFone 3 Max starts receiving ZenUI 4.0, but you'll still have to wait for Oreo

Asus continues to upgrade some of its smartphone with new software that should have been part of these devices in the first place. ZenUI 4.0 is the new user interface that Asus plans to implements in all its smartphones going forward, but some older devices will be updated with the new UI even if they didn’t have it initially.

About two weeks ago, Asus pushed out ZenUI 4.0 to the ZenFone 4 Max and promised other smartphones in the series will get the new UI as well. Earlier this week, the company started to roll out a new update to the ZenFone 3 Max, which contains …

HTC U11 Life starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update at T-Mobile

HTC kicked off the roll-out of Android Oreo for the U11 Life late last month, but the update was only available for unlocked units. Customers who bought carrier-branded smartphones usually have to wait a while longer for major Android OS updates, and the HTC U11 Life wasn’t an exception.

Luckily, HTC U11 Life owners won’t have to wait too long, especially if they bought the T-Mobile variant. The US carrier is now pushing out the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update to all HTC U11 Life smartphones.

Keep in mind that this is a fairly sizeable update (1.32GB), but you’ll also need …

After receiving complaints, Google changes its trade-in kit so incoming handsets are more protected

When the Google Store started offering a trade-in program in October for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, Google sent out a special trade-in kit that received a number of complaints. Those taking advantage of the deal received a 4 x 6 envelope that contained a very light amount of padding. This worried a number of Google Store customers who were afraid that without enough protection, their trade would never make it through the U.S. Postal System unscathed.

Considering that the terms of the trade-in deal say “refund is based on phone received matching the description provided at time of estimate,” …