OnePlus 3 and 3T getting new OxygenOS Open Beta update, lots of changes incoming

Despite the fact that media headlines are focused on the new OnePlus 5T, the Chinese company had a few other aces up its sleeve. The release of a new OxygenOS update for OnePlus 3 and 3T can be considered one since it comes with many changes meant to improve overall user experience.

Owners of the OnePlus 3T enrolled in the beta program should look for Open Beta 18, while OnePlus 3 beta testers will receive Open Beta 27. Although they are numbered differently, the updates include the same changes.

New UI for Do Not Disturb (We’ve made the Do Not Disturb setting …


Some Apple iPhone users on AT&T can't make or take calls (UPDATE)

If you are an AT&T subscriber with an Apple iPhone, you might have found it difficult to make or answer a phone call today on your device. The nation’s second largest carrier is experiencing some sort of network issue that instantly disconnects calls once they are connected. Calls made to some iPhone models that support the AT&T pipeline are sent right to voicemail, without giving the device user a chance to answer.

UPDATE: The outage now appears to be affecting all AT&T customers regardless of the device they use.

AT&T’s @ATT Twitter account tweeted an easy solution …

Action Launcher update brings Essential Phone support, adds adaptive folders

Action Launcher, the popular Android app that allows users to customize their smartphones, is getting yet another important update. This would be version 31 and, as developer Chris Lacy points out, the launcher receives a handful of new features and improvements.

First off, Essential Phone users will be pleased to know Action Launcher now has support for this particular device. Another important addition is adaptive folders support. On top of that, the developer announced adaptive icon support, which previously required the one-time Plus upgrade, is now available for free to everyone.

Furthermore, …

New Sony Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues, adds November security patch

The Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to have received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, but other devices are expected to follow soon. However, the update contained a fix for a known camera issue that brought another problem with the camera.

Although it addressed the Xperia XZ Premium camera distortion issues, Android 8.0 Oreo broke the camera sensor’s functionality, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) features were not working within the parameters.

In other words, most of the pictures captured with the Xperia XZ Premium were blurry …

Nova Launcher adds support for custom Oreo-style dock widgets in latest update

This is how a great deal of the new features are added in Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, and other AOSP-like home screen replacements: Google releases a new version of Android, the developers of said launchers try to implement all the new features as quickly as possible, and after they’re done, they start looking for ways to modify and diversify the experience by granting users a greater freedom for customization.
This is also the case with the docked search bar widget, which was introduced in Android 8.0 Oreo, and which made its way into Nova …

New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android’s creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone’s launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone …

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. …

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 …

Bye, Bixby: Update lets you disable the Bixby button on Samsung's Galaxies

Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 users have learned to live with the Bixby button by now, either loving the functionality or totally ignoring its existence. Samsung is notoriously still playing catch with all modders who develop remapping apps that allow you to hijack the hardware button and use it for other purposes, but recently, the South Korean giant has caved in a bit.
Thanks to a recent update, the Bixby button will no longer launch Bixby Home or wake up your device from sleep, if you have it setup this way from Bixby settings.
Wait, …

Sony posts infographic explaining when to expect the next major Android update for your Xperia phone

Sony Mobile is among the first smartphone brands to provide Android 8.0 Oreo to one of its products, the Xperia XZ Premium. However, if you don’t own Sony’s flagship, you probably wonder when exactly your phone will receive the highly-anticipated update.

For that matter, Sony Mobile wanted to give fans a heads up on when they can expect to receive a major Android update on their Xperia phones, chronologically speaking.

An infographic posted on Sony’s official blog explains the process of bringing a new Android update to Xperia devices. We get to learn how Android software moves from …