Apple overhauls software strategy: switches focus back on quality, even if new features take more time

iOS 12, the new version of Apple’s phone and tablet software that is expected to arrive this fall, will offer a lot new features, but at the same time, Apple has cancelled plans for others as the company is looking to fix bugs and has a renewed focus on quality and reliability over novelty. The information comes from a report by Bloomberg that claims to have inside sources.

While Apple will continue to publicly release new iOS versions every year, inside, the software team will have a new two-year plan that will allow more time for testing and it will have more freedom to push …


Galaxy S7 edge unit mysteriously receives Android Oreo update, see the software in this video

Well, folks, it has happened. After several months of testing, Samsung is finally beginning to roll out an official version of its Android Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 overlay. As expected, the first Samsung handsets receiving the update are the Galaxy S8 and S8+. What’s surprising, though, is that the software has also recently landed on a Galaxy S7 edge unit in Vietnam. 

The above screenshot is in Vietnamese, but we can clearly see that the 1.4GB update is intended for the Galaxy S7 edge since it carries a model …

Sony's official policy: premium models get Android software updates for two years

Apparently, it is hard for most smartphone manufacturers to put into words their policy on pushing out Android updates. That leaves it to the consumer to try and guess how future proof his or her new handset is. Today, however, Sony decided to release its policy on Android updates for its premium and mid-range models. According to the company, the goal is to continue to update its top-shelf smartphones for a two-year period following the launch of a high-end phone. As for Sony’s mid-range handsets, the company said that it might decide against updating certain models if the hardware can’t provide …

European version of the Galaxy Note 8 receives a maintenance software update: Here's what's new

The European version of the Galaxy Note has just received an incremental maintenance update that squashes bugs, eliminates security loopholes, and last but not least, it introduces a trove of small but nonetheless useful features. 
Probably the biggest issue that was dealt away with is the recently-unraveled DeX connectivity issue which put users at risk while using their phone with the DeX dock. Aside from that, the phone has also been updated with a new Secure Wi-Fi feature, which is Samsung’s own VPN service that’s steadily rolling out to more and …

Consumers prefer receiving software updates to buying a new phone

In the old days, when carriers would subsidize the purchase of a new phone every other year, smartphone users were on a defined two-year cycle. But now, with consumers shouldering the cost of buying a new phone themselves, people are treating their handsets with kid gloves. Instead of buying a new phone every two years, consumers prefer to receive timely software updates that add new features to older handsets.

According to Jan Dawson, founder and chief analyst of Jackdaw Research, consumers are changing their behavior. “We all know people still carrying around a 4- or 5-year-old smartphone …

New Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ software update brings Verizon Gigabit Class LTE support

Not long after updating the Moto Z2 Force with support for Gigabit
Class LTE, Verizon Wireless is now ready to push a similar update to the
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In fact, according to Droid-life, some
Verizon Galaxy S8 owners have already received the update.

 

Reportedly, the new software build that Verizon’s Galaxy S8 is
receiving is G950USQU2BQK5, while the new build number for the Galaxy S8+ is G955USQU2BQK5
– as the screenshot on the left is showing. In addition to support for Gigabit
Class LTE, the update brings the latest (November) security patch to the two
smartphones. …

Software update is on the way to improve the dual rear cameras on the OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T has just been released, and already a major software update for the rear camera is in the works. The early word is that the camera is not providing the kind of quality photographs that you might expect from the OnePlus 5T. The update that is being planned will reportedly improve the quality of low-light photography to make sure the images are sharp and clear. The update will also improve the quality of selfies taken with the front-facing snapper, by making them appear more natural. In addition, the beautification mode will be disabled with OnePlus 5T users given the option of turning …

Razer Phone's cameras will get better soon thanks to software updates


Launched in the US last week, the Razer Phone is one of this
year’s most interesting handsets – not just due to the fact that it represents
Razer’s first foray into the smartphone market, but also thanks to its appealing
list of features (including 8 GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch Quad HD screen with an
impressive 120Hz refresh rate).  

 

While Razer seem to be very happy with its first phone,
right now, the company isn’t fully satisfied with the experience that the
handset’s cameras (8 MP front, dual 12 MP rear) are offering. Thus, the company
is working on software updates to improve …

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL software update fixes voice call clicking, adds saturated display mode

A new software update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is out now, and aside from bringing a fix for the Wi-Fi-related Krack vulnerability, it’s also aiming to mend the devices’ audio and display problems.

As a refresher, numerous reports about clicking and cracking in the earpiece during voice calls and OLED display burn-in have marred the launch of Google’s latest flagships. Oh, and let’s not forget that some devices are shipping sans an operating system out of the box.

In particular, a new toggle in the display settings menu allows users to choose …

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