Oreo rollout for Android Wear devices begins today, here's what's new

Google has been on a roll over the past week. After releasing the December security patch, Android Oreo 8.1, Android Oreo Go, and Chrome 63, the tech giant has now announced the rollout of Android Oreo for wearable devices. 

The update is perhaps smaller than some would have expected, but it does bring a few changes on board. Here’s the complete list of new features: 
Vibration settings for notifications – Normal, Long, and DoubleTouch lock feature allows users to disable touch-to-wake functionality. Useful …


Motorola resumes roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat for Moto X Pure Edition in the US

If you’re still running a Moto X Pure Edition as your daily driver and haven’t received the Android 7.0 Nougat update yet, you’ll be pleased to know Motorola started a broader roll-out several days ago.

Back in September, Motorola kicked off the roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat for Moto X Pure Edition in the United States, but due to a bug that caused the phone’s screen to turn black after the upgrade, it was quickly pulled.

Fast forward two months and the roll-out has been resumed as reported by many Moto X Pure Edition users on Reddit. Aside from the usual new features and improvements, …

Apple iOS 11 update has reached 52% of devices, roll-out slower than before

Apple has already rolled out iOS 11 to 52% of devices, while 38% remain on iOS 10, and 10% still run on earlier versions, according to information that Apple itself revealed regarding App Store development.
This is marks a slowdown in the update pace for iOS. Last year, Apple’s roll-out of iOS 10 went as follows:
60% of devices as of end October, 201676% of devices in early January, 201787% of devices in August, 2017
Overall, iOS 11 has been a bumpy ride, especially for owners of older devices. …

MIUI 9 is starting its global rollout today to some Xiaomi devices, here's a schedule for all the rest

The newest version of Xiaomi’s MIUI software is starting its slow, gradual rollout to a hefty bevy of the company’s Android devices. Interestingly, even the Xiaomi Mi 2 released in 2012 is getting a taste of the new software, which is quite the impressive feat and truly a proof that China’s giant is rather committed to continued software support for its devices.
MIUI 9 is introducing a hefty amount of features. including split-screen multitasking, redesigned bundling notifications and quick replies (coming later with a subsequent software update), new animated …

T-Mobile begins Android 7.1.1 Nougat rollout for the original Samsung Galaxy J7

The original Galaxy J7 is the latest Samsung smartphone to receive the long-awaited Android Nougat update at T-Mobile. The US carrier has already published the changelog of the update, but there isn’t anything interesting mentioned there.

Although T-Mobile claims the Galaxy J7 (SM-J700T) is getting Android 7.0 Nougat update, the smartphone is being upgraded directly to Android 7.1.1. A security patch is included in the update as well, but we can’t say for sure whether it’s the one released by Google in September or October.

We can definitely say that you …

Xfinity Mobile completes rollout of new MVNO

Was it really back in April when we told you that Comcast had unveiled Xfinity Mobile? The hybrid MVNO uses the large number of Xfinity hotspots available, approximately 18 million at last count, along with Verizon’s LTE network. This morning, Comcast has announced that Xfinity Mobile is now available nationwide through the cable giant’s newly designed retail stores, or online at XfinityMobile.com.

According to this morning’s press release, the average consumer can save 30% by making the switch to Xfinity Mobile. The service is available to Xfinity Internet subscribers and offers them up …

Unknown reasons have reportedly delayed the official Android O rollout

According to a new piece of information that is floating around, Android O will get delayed due to unknown reasons, which most likely involve a ton of ironing out bugs and issues. Coming straight from Android Police’s David Ruddock, this unconfirmed new rumor basically implies that we wouldn’t see Android O get officially seeded to Pixel devices in mid-August, possibly this or next week, which was the public’s general expectation.
So, when is Android O bound to become official? 
A tough question. With zero insider information …

Google protects you: Play Protect is finally on a slow rollout to mainstream users

We’ve been hearing about Google Play Protect — Google’s solution for device protection — since this year’s I/O. And while some beta testers have seen it earlier, the feature seems to currently be on a slow rollout to all users.

What is Play Protect? It’s basically an anti-malware tool, which monitors app behavior and gives them a firm slap if they try something funny. To be clear, the Play Store has had various levels of scan for a while now. However, Play Protect ups the ante a bit.

The new service is not only a ghost scanner that checks apps that are live …

Amazon adds Alexa to its shopping app, rollout beginning this week

Owners of Android devices will be able to access Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa straight from the company’s shopping app. The e-commerce site recently confirmed to TechCrunch that the integration has started rolling out this week. 

Apparently, the in-app version of Alexa will be almost the same as the one found on the Amazon Echo and Dot speakers. It will be capable of updating you about weather, traffic, playing music while browsing within the app, providing factual information, and even controlling smart home appliances to a certain extent. 
While …

Android 7.1.1 Nougat rollout kicks off for the Moto G4 Play

Lenovo hinted two months ago that an Android Nougat update for the Moto G4 Play would be rolled out sometime in June. Well, it looks like the Chinese company kept its promise, as many Moto G4 Play owners report they have successfully captured the update on their smartphones.

The first country to get the update is Brazil, but Moto G4 Play users in other regions should expect to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat in the coming weeks as well.

According to the official changelog, the update weighs in at around 640MB and, aside from the usual Android Nougat new features …