The HTC One A9 is receiving an update containing Android 7.0 and a security update?

ROM developer and HTC tipster @LlabTooFeR has sent a tweet with some good news for HTC One A9 users. The unlocked version of the mid-ranger is currently in the middle of receiving Android 7.0. The device was released more than 14 months ago with Android 6.0 pre-installed. The update is bundled with the latest security update for Android and also includes system enhancements. When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before you start downloading and installing Android 7.0. You should also make sure that the battery is charged …


Outlook's Android app receives update

Outlook for Android has received an update that adds support for Mentions. By adding the “@” sign to the body of an email, you can select people from your contacts list who will be added to the To: line and highlighted in the message using the color blue. In addition, the email will be tagged with the “@” sign in the recipient’s inbox. And the Mentions support works the other way too. Setting up the feature as we described will allow you to flag incoming emails with your name mentioned in them.

With Microsoft’s Outlook app, users can combine all of their email accounts into one location. …

Instagram Stories has more than 150 million daily users, new update introduces ads

Since its launch back in August, Instagram Stories has grown considerably, as Instagram announced the application has now more than 150 million daily users. That many users in just five months is a great achievement, one that will most likely become even great in the coming months.

Along with the announcement that Instagram Stories has more than 150 million daily users, the company also confirmed a couple of new features that will be available in the coming weeks.

For example, the Instagram Business Tools will offer users insights on stories. Businesses converted to a business profile …

Original Samsung Galaxy A5 is getting Android 7.0 Nougat update in January

Samsung is obviously working on getting final, stable Android 7.0 Nougat updates for its flagship devices out as soon as possible – in fact there have already been several beta releases for the Galaxy S7. But what about the mid-rangers? At the beginning of the month we heard that the entire Galaxy A (2016) line would in fact be graced with the ability to taste the sweet treat, even if a timeline for the rollout wasn’t shared.

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That’s perhaps to be expected, but what about a member of the original A series? Namely, the Galaxy A5 from 2014. You probably wouldn’t hold your breath expecting this model to receive a Nougat update, would you?

Well, too bad, because that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Optus, an Australian carrier, has confirmed that the update to Nougat for the A5 units it’s sold is currently in testing, and if everything goes well it’s expected to roll out in late January.

The Galaxy A5 launched running Android 4.4 KitKat, and it’s already been bumped up to Lollipop and then Marshmallow. So if this actually happens, the original A5 will be one of the longest-supported Samsung smartphones ever. Hopefully the Nougat update won’t be limited to Australia and will make its way across the globe, if not in January, then in February and the months coming after that.

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy A5 are going to start the new year off right with Optus advising in their software update blog that they’re testing Nougat for the handset.

There’s bare bones information about the update, which will take the phone from Android 6.0.1 to Android 7.0, but Optus apparently expects to start rolling the update out at the end of January next year. That’s providing that all goes according to plan.

There’s no information on a Nougat update for other A-series handsets in the Optus range such as the Galaxy A3, but there should be something there further down the track.

It’s not there yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye on progress throughout January.

Apple iOS 10.2 Has Three Nasty Surprises

iOS 10 is only three months old but with iOS 10.2 Apple AAPL +0.53% is already onto its fifth update (sixth if you include iOS 10.0.1 which Apple quickly bolted into the original release) and iOS 10.2.1 is already in testing. Why? Because ladies and gents, while iOS 10.2 does contain a fun surprise, it doesn’t bring the crucial fixes many users crave and instead carries something else you might not have been expecting…

‘Great Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

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Nasty Surprise #1: ‘30% Bug’ Made Even Worse

Remember the ‘30% Bug’ I brought attention to in November? It is a problem which causes many models of iPhone to die when their battery reaches about 30% of charge remaining. The problem was subsequently referenced by the Chinese Government’s watchdog the China Consumers’ Association in a warning to Apple as it was failing to “meet basic consumer needs for normal wireless communication.”

Well iOS 10.2 brings no fixes for this issue. Given Apple continues to deny any model other than the iPhone 6S is affected (though it has widened the range of affected 6S model numbers entitled to free battery replacements), this is probably no surprise.

That said this also won’t do much to pacify affected users, notably on Apple’s official Support Communities forum where the 11 page thread I previously reported on has now ballooned to 50 pages. Moreover some users are reporting iOS 10.2 makes the problem even worse on their devices.

“Same here, iOS 10.2 actually made the problem worse,” says Apple Support Communities poster ricardo jb in response this growing theme on thread. “The battery percentage seems to get stuck at some level for a while, even with battery draining apps such as pokemon go running, then it drops different percentages at different moments, it’s really random.”

Many users claim the issue began with iOS 10.1.1 and it can affect all iOS 10 compatible iPhones (the iPhone 5 and above). So perhaps a fix can indeed be made in software without the need for a battery replacement, but if so then iOS 10.2 isn’t it.

Nasty Surprise #2: New Tracking Telemetry Is On Your Device

The plus side to the 30% Bug is Apple has promised to look into it and said it would release a software update this week which would track the battery consumption on iPhones to help the company get to the bottom of the problem.

That’s all well and good but – surprise – it turns out the tracking software is baked into iOS 10.2 and no mention of this was made in the release notes. Apple exclusively confirmed the integration of the telemetry tool with iOS 10.2 to me today and that it is installed on every compatible device, regardless of whether they are affected by the bug.

Needless to say that’s good news for some, but there’s no transparency here. Many would have expected the tool to be its own separate update and some users do not want new forms of tracking software on their phone – whether through personal preference or professional need. Especially when no specifics have been officially disclosed as to how it works, exactly how it tracks, where the information it gathers is sent, if it is anonymised or how long the data will be kept.

There’s no reason to believe Apple is doing something deliberately nefarious here, I suspect the intentions are well meant – it’s just good manners to ask first.

And, at the very least, to put the inclusion of the tracker on the release notes. After all if “Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists” was deemed important enough to make it then so should “[Temporary anonymised] battery tracking telemetry to investigate battery problems as reported by users/Forbes/the Chinese government’s consumer watchdog”.

Update: Apple has contacted me to say the battery data reporting software is a diagnostic tool not a tracker and is for users who have opted into diagnostic tools. If it provides further information on how the software works or why it was left out of the release notes I will update again.

Nasty Surprise #3: Broken EarPods Stay Broken

Another Apple Support Communities hot topic, this 11 page thread has grown to 24 pages since I reported on it two weeks ago and affected users have been complaining about it since September. In short: the microphone from Apple Earpods is malfunctioning during calls due to a software glitch.

Ending and restarting calls can temporarily rectify the problem but not for long and even a full Factory Reset has not solved the issue for affected users. Posters say Apple Support has only suggested they keep restarting their devices for now, so there were high hopes iOS 10.2 would provide a better solution – but the response is pretty uniform.

As such, while iOS 10.2 brings niceties like ‘TV’ (which replaces the ‘Videos’ app) and 100s of new emoji, it seems a smaller number of more pressing issues will have to wait for the arrival of the iOS 10.2.1 – at the earliest…

Apple iPhone iOS 10.0.2 update fixes bugs in headphones Photos

Even if you’ve already updated to iOS 10, Apple has released its first official update for its mobile/TV operating system. Bugs that could shut down the Photos app when turning on iCloud Photo Library and disable app extensions have ben smushed, but folks with the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus may want it for another reason.

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Some users complained about the new Lightning-connected EarPods timing out, which would stop their in-line playback controls from working to adjust the volume, answer calls or use Siri.

This update fixes the problem, making things just like they were when your phone had a headphone jack. Of course, you’re probably beta testing iOS 10.1 already, looking forward to new features instead of stable builds with bugfixes .

Either way, the current update should be accessible via your Settings menu now.

HTC One X Android Jelly Bean Update with Three in UK Market

The international market was floored with the ICS OS and at that time it was promised that the market will get to soon see a better OS with a smoother transition. It was difficult to come up with anything better but android stood to their word and came out with its latest. All of their OS have been named after famous dessert items and munchies. They continued their tradition and the latest have been named as the Jelly Bean. Well, there are a lot of factors which can make the latest OS the best one in the market yet. Here are some of its most appreciated highlights.

The camera functions of the new OS has been one of its most appreciated features. Many have accepted this fact and are openly advising people to go with it.

The new form of typing which one can find with this OS has made the procedure a lot easier as well as faster.

Now one can easily switch users as the new OS is simply awesome when it comes to multiple users. This feature can be more appreciated by the users of tablets.

Would you like to watch media on the bigger screen, the new Jellybean allows you to do that easily.

Accessing notifications just got easier with the new OS.

The widgets are better with the new OS and when this is teamed with new accessibility features, the device just gets a lot more personalized.

The android phones made a huge difference in the world of the smart phones. This operating system has been a boon for many and got easily accepted in the international markets. Among the top segment models, the HTC One X has been particular making it quite big in the recent times. This phone has been in the market now for quite some time and has some of the best features in the segment. A snapshot of the phone will introduce us to:

A very slim and impressive exterior panel. The phone is quite light weight and has a sturdy build. The polycarbonate used for the panels has been highly appreciated.

A 4.8 inch IPS super LCD touch screen with the protective gorilla glass gives us the best viewing experience with the One X.

When it hit the market it was the first quad core phone with a 1.5 GHz processor.

The graphics on the phone are simply awesome, thanks to the Tegra 3 chipset in the phone.

An 8MP primary camera with LED flash may not be something rare but is apt for taking good and clear photos.

The latest OS updates in the top end smart phones have been an issue and one needs to be kept well informed to stay on top of it all. The HTC One X has got the official OS updates and once again HTC scores well and remains in the good books of its users. It seems that the UK market has got the upper hand while the US markets have still been kept waiting. The mobile carrier Three, from UK, has been providing the updates to its customers. It has also mentioned about the updates on Twitter for more publicity.

O2 customers to have received the new update and can have the latest version on their phones. The official notification for the OS update has still not been released by three. So you do not have to worry about missing out on anything. To attract more customers, the carrier is also giving free LTE to its users for a limited time period. It sure has done the trick.

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In Eastern Europe Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in Samsung Galaxy S3

After a long wait the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been updated with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but it would be start appearing in Eastern Europe. Samsung have stated that this novel software would going to hit Poland first and slowly would be introduced to other markets moreover the agenda and accessibility of the latest software promotion changeable through market and wireless carriers’ necessities. Also the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would be coming up with Jelly Bean in the month of October in UK. Hope so that this Korean giant would upgrade the feature into its other flagship handset.

Earlier it was observed that Samsung was very delightful with its latest adaptation of Jelly Bean moreover if you have purchase the handset from the network arranger then it would going to test the software by means of its infrastructure and put in its personal tweaks and apps. The arrival of the Android 4.1 in the galaxy S3 have brought plenty of new-fangled features and tons of improvements for instance Project Butter provides enhanced performance, modernized notifications bar, an perfection on the organization of the menus, the capacity to contact Google Now and additional home screen modes.

Moreover Samsung would going to add a stream of its personal software on pinnacle which also includes the aptitude in the direction of setting the size of the cool Pop Up Play video window and moreover a blocking method as when you desire a minute’s tranquility and silent. Samsung has also declared that in the nearest future all the other Samsung devices would be getting Jelly Bean such as the Galaxy S3 deals @ http://www.bestsamsunggalaxys3deals.co.uk/ , the original Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 2, Note 10.1 and many other handsets.

This rollout would be very soon in all the gadgets but don’t stays up awake all the night. Also during this week a debate was held regarding the subject that these handsets require such types of software upgrades or not moreover do they provide any comfort to the user or is just for annoying everybody. Such enhancement has to be done with every handset because with all the old features cannot be launched in the market that is why it took many months in launching a handset. The Galaxy S3 was launched with an old feature and later on it got the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the month of March.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

After already landing for South Korean, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S5, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is now heading out for the global model of the S5 (SM-G900F).

The SM-G900F variant is widely available in Europe, Latin America, and numerous countries throughout Asia as well.

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Previous roll outs have pegged the update at around 1.5GB, so definitely download the update over WiFi. The upgrade to Marshmallow doesn’t seem to have had such a large visual impact on the look of the Galaxy S5’s UI when compared with some of Samsung’s newer handsets.

But the update does still include the main new Marshmallow features, such as Doze, granular app permissions, and Google Now on Tap, as well as the latest Android security patch.

The update has already been spotted landing on handsets in Sri Lanka. Given that the global model is available across so many regions, there’s no strict time frame for when the update will arrive for your particular handset. It could take days or more likely weeks for the update to get around the world, so don’t stay up looking out for that update notification or hammering the manual update check button.

Nexus 7 2016 Android N Update Rumoured For Google

While the Huawei made Nexus 6P has had a few reported technical problems, on the whole, it seems, many people are quite happy with both Google’s 2015 Nexus offerings, which also includes the LG-made Nexus 5X. So despite a few foibles Google will, allegedly, bring Huawei back for another go inside 2016. That’s one set of rumours anyway, but as is often the case with these things, there are multiple voices suggesting a range of other possibilities, including HTC, LG, and Motorola, amongst others.

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The very earliest rumours we heard suggested that rather than working on another Nexus 6 model (or perhaps as well as?) Huawei is being drafted in to re-boot another member of Google’s existing Nexus family – the Nexus 7 tablet.

The last two generations of Nexus 7 proved pretty popular with consumers, but for a while Google reined in its tablet efforts: it didn’t reboot the popular Nexus 10, and we haven’t heard murmurings of a new Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 for a good long while. With tablet sales declinging across the board, in a way this move away from tablets was an understandable one, but for whatever reason, it seems, Google may be considering another crack at the space.

The word comes via AndroidHeadlines, which claims the new tablet will be launched next year as a Nexus 7 (2016), and it’ll be made by Huawei. Of course, it’s worth pointing out that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were rumoured as the Nexus 5 (2015) and Nexus 6 (2015) respectively, but Google seems to have changed its naming convention. We discovered via the comments of Google engineers post-launch that the ‘X’ and ‘P’ monikers were very deliberately chosen to signify the place of each device in the Nexus range (‘X’ being the core of the ‘Nexus’ brand, and ‘P’ being ‘Premium’), so it seems quite likely to us that Google will come up with something similar for the 2016 Nexus 7 edition.

In other Nexus-based news, word on the street suggests HTC has been commissioned by Google to build its 2016 Nexus handsets. Nothing has been announced officially just yet by either Google or HTC, so this is very much a rumour as of right now.

News of the collaboration came via China’s Weibo network and is one of the first slices of news we’ve heard about Google’s 2016 Nexus handsets. There will be two handsets — one with a 5in display, the other a 5.5in setup — and both will run Android N.

The original Nexus 7 set the tablet market alight and jump-started consumer interest in more affordable tablet solutions. The Nexus 7 proved that you didn’t need to spend BIG BUCKS to get a decent tablet experience and, because it launched the same year as the awesome Nexus 4, the slate did an excellent job of promoting the virtues of going pure Android with a Nexus device, giving users a choice of both tablet and smartphone.

Back in 2012 the Nexus 7 was selling like hot cakes. As per CNET’s report from the era, Asus reported that sales kicked off at around 500,000 a month, which then went up to 600, the 700K before topping out at close to a million unit sales per month during the third quarter of 2012. Similarly, Apple sold around 14 million iPads during the same quarter. Still, though, one million shipments a month is pretty damn good for a budget Android tablet.

Amazon and a whole host of other firms followed suit, but it was the Nexus 7 that predominantly stole the hearts and minds of consumers. It was deadly cheap and packed with great specs and hardware. I remember testing it in 2012 and being blown away by just how good it was — it ran Max Payne without breaking sweat and stock Android looked simply sublime running on its large 7in display. The Nexus 7 was the first Android tablet I ever fell in love with.

AH’s source claims the project is “already on the way” and may be launched at 2016’s Google I/O conference, which would probably be somewhere between June-August if previous years are any indicator.

Sadly there’s not much more to go on at the moment, but we can make a few educated guesses. For starters it will, of course, feature a 7in display (thanks Captain Obvious), and it’ll likely be either the debut device or one of several devices running a fresh new build of Android; we’d be looking at Android N by this point, and while the version numbers are less predictable it could well be Android 7.0.

“Android N will bring a polished split-screen mode for tablets and smartphones alike,” says Android Pit, “making yet another third-party addition a core part of stock Android, just like Battery Saver in Lollipop and fingerprint support in Marshmallow. The reason it has taken Google this long to bring split-screen is down to two factors: Google must optimise the function for all screen sizes, definitions and densities; Google must make the feature universal so all applications, not just a few, work in split screen.”

We will also apparently get our first look at Google’s merger of ChromeOS and Android at this year’s Google I/O event. Neither platform is being killed, however, and the two will work together seamlessly as part of one another. We have a piece about the Galaxy S6 which speculates about the possibility of what’s possible with handsets running 6GB of RAM and modern CPUS when joined up with dummy laptops.

“Chrome is essentially being folded into Android,” says The Verge, “because Android has emerged as the dominant operating system by quite a long stretch. Combining the two operating systems means setting up Android to run on laptops and desktop computers, which would require big changes, as well as supporting the Google Play Store. Chromebooks will reportedly receive a new name to reflect the new OS.”

As for the confectionary name? Nougat? Nutella? Your guess is as good as ours.

In terms of specs and hardware the Nexus 7 2016 will likely be a largely different beast to what came before. Inside we could see a Snapdragon 810 CPU — Huawei seems to be the only OEM that can tame it —, 3GB of RAM and updated wireless radios, like support for 4G and improved Wi-Fi connectivity.

A QHD panel could make an appearance as well, though this could be rather contentious — Google will want to keep the price low, so concessions will have to be made. BUT, seeing as this is largely a device for consuming media you’d think Google would make cuts elsewhere (RAM, imaging, CPU and radios).

Personally, I’d be happy with a great display and middle of the road specs: all I use my tablet for is browsing the web and watching movies in bed, so I don’t need the latest and greatest hardware inside it. That way you keep the core Nexus 7 experience whilst adding a couple of new features but all the while keeping the price nice and competitive.

We would hope, however, that Google does follow up on the also Huawei-made Nexus 6P with its premium metal build by offering something similar on the Nexus 7 (2016). Stay tuned as there’s sure to be more rumours forthcoming and we’ll update accordingly as and when.