Galaxy S8+ April security update released in Europe, facial recognition feature gets an upgrade

Samsung is in the process of rolling out its first Galaxy S8+ update in Europe. The new OTA includes Google’s April monthly security update, which consists of fixes for 49 CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) found on Android and a patch for 16 issues which are specific to Samsung’s Galaxy devices. 
SamMobile obtained the entire changelog in Dutch, and the translated information suggests that the new update also brings improvements to the algorithms of the facial recognition feature on the S8+.  
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Google PhotoScan update allows for quicker scans, adds sharing options, misses the only feature we really want

Google is seeding a new update for its photo digitizer app PhotoScan, but if you didn’t like the app to begin with, the new features won’t make you magically fall in love with it.

The sole stand-out feature of the latest PhotoScan update is the option to scan photos without using your phone’s flash, which speeds things up quite a bit. Up until now, digitizing a printed out image using PhotoScan required the flash to be on during the entire process. This was not a bad method, as it produced evenly-exposed results, but also necessitated additional post-processing …

Google mistakenly releases confidential test build of next Android security update to Pixel XL

There appears to be no end in sight for Google’s update blunders. After recently releasing the fingerprint sensor-breaking Android 7.1.2 update and multiple other buggy patches in the last few months, the tech giant now somehow managed to accidentally push a “confidential Googlers-only OTA” to a number of Pixel XL handsets.

Android Police reports that some Pixel XL owners received a “Dogfood” test build of the planned security patch for May 2017. The OTA notification specifically reads that this is a “CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY” update which Google employees are …

LG G6 on Verizon getting its first update with April's security patches for Android

The Verizon LG G6 is receiving an update that contains several improvements, in addition to April’s Android security patches. The handset is still on Android 7.0, but the update weighs in at 473MB.

Verizon’s change log only includes instructions on how to protect the SIM card tray from water damage, and a new notification for the charging port letting you know the LG G6 won’t charge if moisture is detected in the charging port or USB cable. There’s got to be something else going on with the update, but this is all we know.

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Xperia X to get Android 7.1.2 Concept update without the fingerprint issues that plagued the Pixel

The Sony Concept team announced that it’s preparing an Android 7.1.2 concept update for the Xperia X smartphone. Concept releases are a way to get the latest pure Android version running on your Xperia phone if you would like that in place of the official Sony firmware, which is a reasonably clean build of Android as well.

The Android 7.1.2 update will bring Bluetooth connectivity improvements, battery usage alerts, and various other fixes. Notably, this Android build gave Google Pixel and some Nexus phones issues with their fingerprint sensors. The …

Samsung sends out update to prevent users from remapping Bixby button

Earlier this month, we told you about an app in the Google Play Store called All in One Gestures that allows you to take the dedicated Bixby button and reconfigure it to work with another application. But Samsung isn’t exactly pleased with this. After all, they spent a ton of money developing Bixby, and gosh darn it, the AI assistant is going to have a dedicated button that activates it whether you like it or not.

So what the manufacturer did was send out an OTA update to versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ headed to Canadian carrier Telus. The update removes the ability …

Moto Z Play to get Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, though Motorola doesn't know when

Last month, Motorola diligently brought the Moto Z Play to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update included an enhanced version of Doze Mode to help extend battery life, in addition to multi-window capabilities, customized quick settings menu, and a “clear all” button to close all open apps with a single tap – among many other fixes and improvements contained in Nougat.

Android 7.0 isn’t the end of the road for the Moto Z Play, however. Chatting with customer support, an XDA forums user asked when the Z Play is getting Android 7.1.1. The Motorola representative confirmed that an update is in …

Google Photos latest update brings impressive video stabilization to any phone post-capture

Google Photos is getting a big update that brings a ton of new features to the popular service, but there is one in particular that deserves a special mention: stabilization.
That’s right: you can now apply stabilization to your earlier recorded (and presumably jittery and shaky) videos and get them to look buttery smooth. And the result is indeed amazing.
Obviously, you have software stabilization doing its thing, so you will have a slight decrease in the quality of the video, but the result is definitely worth it. …

OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T get Android 7.1.1 Nougat update with several fixes and improvements

OnePlus has published Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Since this is a point release, there aren’t any major new features, but a whole lot of improvements have been included to make up for that.

Obviously, there should be a general performance increase after installing the update, given the bugfixes and improved connectivity. So fire away at that update button and get your OnePlus up to speed! Unless it’s the OnePlus 2 or OP X. The company isn’t saying anything on the matter of upgrading these two to Nougat, and it’s kind of making people angry.

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Nokia 6 starts receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat update before going global

The first Nokia-branded smartphone launched by HMD Global is getting the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat update before many flagships handsets. Although Nokia 6 is exclusively available in China for the moment, HMD announced in late February that the smartphone would be launched worldwide in Q2.

However, before going global, Nokia 6 will be updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Even though it might seem surprising at first glance, HMD was pretty clear last since the beginning of the year when it said its smartphones would get major OS updates as quickly as possible.

If you’re lucky enough to …