Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force users in Brazil are being asked to join a soak test for the Android 8.0 update

Lenovo and Motorola are seeking Brazilian owners of the Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force willing to get involved in a soak test to see how the Android 8.0 (Oreo) build works on the two models. To be chosen to take part in the soak test, you must register your Motorola handset with the Motorola Feedback Network. If selected, your Motorola device is seeded the software being tested, and you must promise not to talk to the media about the soak test results.

According to email sent to Moto Z and Moto Z2 users in Brazil, an Android 8.0 (Oreo) beta could start rolling out within 48 hours to those who …


NVIDIA Shield TV receiving new Experience Upgrade 6.2 update, gets a $30 discount

NVIDIA pushed quite a few major updates to the Shield TV in the last couple of months. If you’ve already purchased the device, you’ll be pleased to know there’s another update coming soon, but if you didn’t get the NVIDIA Shield TV yet, now would be a good time to consider one since it’s on sale.

But first things first, so let’s see what’s new in the last Experience Upgrade 6.2 update, that’s about to hit all NVIDIA Shield TVs out there:

Latest Android security patch;Cast Amazon Music;Enjoy HDR on VUDU;Play Metal Gear Solid 3 HD (Android), FIFA18 (Gamestream) …

New Android Wear update brings recent app complication, connection indicators, and more

Android Wear, Google’s OS for smartwatches and wearables, has received a new update. Version 2.6 of the software brings several notable quality-of-life features.

First off, the text size of notifications will adapt in accordance with the length of a given message. This means that notifications containing more symbols will be shown in smaller text and vice versa, with Google stating that the changes should allow an extra line of text to appear in most cases. 
The Quick Settings shade has also seen some augmentations – connection …

Nova Launcher update adds adaptive icons, Android 8.1 popup menu, more

Nova Launcher, one of the most popular Android launchers, is now getting an important update that adds a couple of new features and many improvements.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a beta release, so you’ll be able to benefit from all the features included in the update once you download Nova Launcher v5.5.

The most important change is the addition of adaptive icons, which are supported by all devices powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and newer. Also, the update intelligently reshapes legacy icons to adaptive to come in line with Google’s new design language.

There’s …

New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

Google’s Android Messages has received a new update. The patch log of the new version 2.7 doesn’t contain details about any changes, but a teardown of the APK file has revealed a few notable additions. 

One of the important features coming with the latest update is integration with Google Duo. If you have contacts that have Duo installed, their respective title bars should now include a video camera icon. 
Android Messages will also indicate how many new messages you’ve received when you re-open a conversation. Last …

Samsung Gear S3 gets Tizen 3.0 with many major features in massive update

Well, folks, it has happened! After making its debut on the Gear Sport, Tizen 3.0 is finally arriving on the Gear S3. Today, Samsung officially announced that the latest version of its proprietary OS for wearables is available through a new “Value Pack” update.

Weighing in at 258.5MB, the patch brings a plethora of new functionalities. The list below covers most of the major changes:
Optimized UI with new functionalities for the rotating bezel.Nutrition management feature. Add calorie intake and compare calorie balance with …

Amazon Prime's version of the Moto X4 is now priced at $300 (UPDATE)

Last month, Amazon Prime launched the Moto X4 for $329.99. Because Amazon Prime runs Amazon ads and deals on the phone’s lock screen, users get to save $70 off the usual $399.99 price of the handset. And now, in time for the holidays, Amazon has sliced another $30 off the device to $299.99. That is an even $100 cheaper than the regular price of the Moto X4. The handset is compatible with all four major carriers and their pre-paid units as well.

The Moto X4 features a 5.2-inch LCD screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 630 chipset, which features …

OnePlus 3 and 3T now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally come, as OnePlus announced the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update is now available for two of its popular flagship: OnePlus 3 and 3T.

Two months ago OnePlus released a beta version of Android 8.0 Oreo for OnePlus 3, but the update was available to a limited number of users. However, the company promised to make the update available to everyone by the end of the year.

Although we can’t say the same thing about the newly announced OnePlus 5T, it makes perfect sense for the Chinese company to choose …

Essential Camera app gets another much needed update, here are all the changes

The Essential Phone is not necessarily a bad device, but it had some software issues at launch. Some of these problems have been corrected in the meantime, but there’s one thing that requires a bit more time – camera.

Coming as a separate accessory, the Essential Camera “benefits” from a UI and app that needs a lot of work just to reach the same level of quality of a standard flagship smartphone.

It appears that Essential understood that and released a couple of updates for the Essential Camera app, which adds some new features and corrects many issues.

The …

Latest YouTube update brings pinch-to-zoom to phones with 18:9 screens

After scoring pinch-to-zoom support on iOS 11, the Android version of the official YouTube app is getting the same treatment in its latest update. Owners of smartphones with 18:9 (and similar) will now have the option to choose between regular letterboxed mode for 16:9 content, or simply pinch with two fingers to make the video fill the entirety of the display.
Since most of the video content on YouTube is still in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future, the pinch-to-zoom gesture is a welcome …