Google Pixel 2/2 XL owners complain about overheating and battery issues after February update

Back in January, the Android 8.1 update left several Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners unable to swipe up on the lock screen so that they could enter their PIN code. Now, it appears as though the February security update also was disseminated with unwanted side effects. On Reddit and Google’s Pixel User Community website, there are several complaints from Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users about their handset overheating. Additionally, since installing the update, some Pixel 2/2 XL owners say that they are experiencing lower than usual battery life on their units.

One Pixel 2 owner says …


Android Wear 2.9 update for the phone app to roll out within days

According to the Android Wear support page, Google is now ready to send out Android Wear 2.9. The update will start rolling out in a few days. Keep in mind that this is not an OTA update for an Android Wear powered timepiece. Instead, this update is for the Android Wear app that is installed on the phone. The update includes a new notification complication that allows you to view previews of your messages. Another change adds “improved glanceability in notification cards with longer titles.”

In addition, a dot will be found by default at the bottom of a watch face to indicate an unread notification. …

Facebook may send you unwanted texts if you use its two-factor authentication (UPDATE)

Facebook’s two-factor authentication is a feature aimed at making your account more secure. It works by prompting you to enter a code whenever you log in, and one of the ways to obtain a code is by having it sent as a text to your phone number. However, some Facebook users who have two-factor authentication enabled have been getting more than they actually signed up for.
The issue was recently brought up on Twitter by user Gabriel Lewis, who gave Facebook his phone number so that he could receive his two-factor authentication codes as texts. Strangely, he’s beeen also …

ZTE Axon 7's Android Oreo update will bring a near-stock UI, improved battery life

ZTE USA today announced that owners of the Axon 7 smartphone can now register to be part of an Android 8 Oreo beta program – in order to test the software update before ZTE can publicly release it.  
Launched as a flagship phone back in 2016, the ZTE Axon 7 initially ran Android 6 Marshmallow, and was updated to Android 7 Nougat in 2017. According to ZTE, following “a request voiced by consumers,” the Android 8 Oreo update will bring a near-stock Android experience to the Axon 7. Apparently, users aren’t too fond of ZTE’s own MiFavor UI that the phone originally …

Samsung stops pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo, starts work on new version? (UPDATE)

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ owners were pleased as punch last week as the manufacturer started rolling out the much anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update in certain markets. However, a report published today states that Samsung has stopped disseminating the update for unknown reasons. The G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP files, which contain Android 8.0, can no longer be downloaded from Sammy’s servers.

UPDATE: Samsung was forced to halt the rollout of Android 8.0 after running into “a limited number of cases where Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices have rebooted unexpectedly,” according to a statement …

Google Maps for iOS gains quick access to transit and traffic info in the latest update

Google Maps development is a little bit ahead on Android, but the iOS app is getting the same features sooner or later as well. The latest update brings one improvement that’s been added to the Maps for Android last year: quick access to transit and traffic info.

The search giant has just announced it is now rolling out the same useful update to Maps for iOS. If you’ve already received the update, you can now swipe up to get access to three tabs: explore, driving, and transit.

These tabs will allow Maps for iOS users find a nearby restaurant much easier, or even catch the next bus. …

Verizon's Moto Z Force Droid receives security update, but only to December 2017 level

Verizon subscribers toting Motorola’s 2016 flagship phone, the Moto Z Force Droid, received an update earlier today. Was it the long awaited (and promised) update to Android 8.0? Not a chance. Moto Z Force Droid owners received an Android security update. And while a security update might be helpful to owners of the phone, today’s update only took the Android security patch level to December 2017.

Since the January Android security update contains the patch protecting handsets from the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, the Moto Z Force Droid remains vulnerable to Spectre. The latter affects …

Android Oreo update rolling out OTA for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ in three more markets

Last week, Samsung started rolling out the Android Oreo update to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in the Netherlands and in Germany. The update, which includes the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI, weighs in at 487.04MB and carries firmware version G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP for both of Samsung’s 2017 flagship models. Today, the update is being pushed out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models in India, Poland and France. In all three countries, those who participated in the beta program are getting first crack at the OTA update.

Samsung is trying to get the latest Android build on Galaxy …

The Moto Z2 Force ShatterShield display won't crack, but it will peel (UPDATE)

The ShatterShield screen employed on the Moto Z2 Force uses a 5-layer system that keeps the AMOLED screen from cracking or breaking. When the device first launched, several owners were complaining about scratches on the outer layer of the display. Now, a new problem has popped up. Several owners of the Moto Z2 Force are complaining that the top protective layer on the ShatterShield system has started to peel off the phone.

Those complaining about the peeling say that it is taking place around the fingerprint button, and on the corners of the screen. One theory is that the heat generated …

Android Messages app update hints at future web integration and more

Android Messages – Google’s messaging app – has just received a new update. While there haven’t been any noticeable changes, what awaits us in the near future could be interesting. After an app “dissection”, performed by Android Police, it was found out we might be getting some awesome new features really, really soon. Keep in mind the following information is subject to change and has not been officially announced by Google.

The first new upcoming feature might be Messages’ web integration. The app could become available to use on a PC through the browser, but you might have …