Android Auto will be adding support for a couple more automakers. Both Mercedes-Benz and Kia will no be supported by Android Auto. There will be more than 30 cars included in the lineup. These cars will support the dashboard display software. You may need to get Android Auto installed at your nearest Kia dealer if you already own one of the supported vehicles.
Xiaomi has really been on a roll this year. We have already seen two major flagships the Mi 5 and the Redmi Note 4. There have been many rumors that a new phone is coming before the years end. It is expected that we will see the Mi Note 2 by the end of next month. The Mi Note 2 is said to feature a dual edge display. We might even see some new color options.
This device should see some major flagship specs as well. The phone will feature a 5.7" QHD curved display. The Snapdragon 821 will power this device alongside a possible 8GB of RAM which seems borderline ridiculous. The phone should also include a 3600mah battery. In all this is looking like a killer device. I just wish Xiaomi would make it easier to get these devices in the US.
This happens less in Android, but sometimes as you are going through your gallery you will find a photo laying on its side. Normally you need to head out and find a third party app to make the adjustment to get that thing standing up straight. The latest version of the Photos app gives you a notification to rotate these photos. This option appeared in a photos app teardown in March. The suggestions appear as cards in the Assistants page according to Android Police. They were also not able to get the suggestion to show up even with a few intentional sideways photos. This may be due to the fact that the Assistant takes time to learn. You can toggle the feature on in the settings menu within the app. Head to the link below to grab this update.
Now that the new Note 7's are starting to arrive, as you can imagine, people have been a bit concerned. Are the units really fixed? Could this thing still explode on my face? There have been a few reports that the new Note 7 is overheating even when doing simple things like making a phone call. Users are reporting the phone is getting too hot to hold near their face during the call. Samsung has already responded to this issue.
They had this to say:
While it is indeed common for smartphones of all shapes and sizes to heat up during intensive use like gaming or at times charging these phones should not be uncomfortable to hold to your face from heat. What are your thoughts? Should this be further investigated by Samsung or are they OK by brushing it off as normal?
Onleaks is at it again! He just uploaded a 3D render video of the upcoming Google Pixel XL. This should give you a better idea of what the device will look like. All them chamfers remind me of the HTC 10. On the render you will notice the same two tone back we have been seeing, a rear facing fingerprint scanner, bottom firing speaker, and usb type c. The power button is placed over the volume rocker. This seems like more of what we have already seen.
Onleaks is able to produce these 3D renders based on case blueprints so this should be pretty dead on accurate. Onleaks has been very reliable in the past with this stuff.
The above video was posted to Lenovo's youtube channel earlier today. This video is supposedly the bootanimation that will come along with new phones. It is not clear if this will be the bootanimation for upcoming phones or if it will be added to current handsets via an update. Personally I prefer this to the plain Jane bootanimation that came with the Moto Z Force. It wouldn't be new for a Motorola to get a random bootanimation upgrade. This used to happen all the time back when Google owned Motorola. At any rate I would love to see fresh bootanimations rotated on current handsets. What do you think about the new bootanimation.
With Nougat hitting the full list of current Nexus devices the question remains, "When will my device receive Nougat?". It turns out if your device is part of the Moto Z family you will be receiving the update to Nougat some time in Q4. We won't even see the new lineup of Nexus devices until the beginning of the fourth quarter. The fact that Motorola will have the update so quickly speaks to Lenovo's commitment to keep their new devices up to date.
The news of the Nougat update comes from a Moto rep who reported
Apparently Motorola will also share update timing later. The Nougat release should give you even more incentive to buy the Moto Z and Z Force. For more info on release dates head to the link below.
Yesterday Jonny informed us that Team Win had come through again with TWRP for the Moto Z. Team Win however wasn't finished with goodies. They have now released an official build of their recovery for the Chinese variant of the Note 7. With TWRP you will be able to fully restore and backup your entire phone including contacts, photos, videos, apps and even appdata. On top of that you will be able to flash mods, and even full roms. Head to the link below for the download and install instructions.
The hits just keep coming for Samsung. After a mass recall of Note 7 devices around the world Samsung confirmed that Chinese variants were not affected by the battery defect that caused the company to issue a $1billion recall covering more than a million units. Now that more than 60% of new replacement units have been claimed a report of an exploding Chinese variant Note 7 has surfaced.
Samsung was certain that the Chinese versions of the Note 7 were not affected because these devices used a battery made by a totally different manufacturer. Now 25 year old Hui Renjie is claiming that his Note 7 purchased through JD.com has exploded injuring both of his hands. He has refused to hand over his device to Samsung reps for investigation saying that Samsung won't reveal what truly caused the explosion and is instead holding on to the device to spread the word about the issue in China. Is anyone else just ready to get on to the Galaxy S8 now?!
We haven't heard much from Huawei about new smartwatches since their original effort was announced at MWC 2015 and released thereafter, but a new report out of China may rekindle that flame in a strange way.
A daily paper, JoongAng Ilbo, is reporting that Huawei has been working with none other than Samsung, developer of Tizen, the open-source and Linux-based operating system to bring said OS to their next watch.
While proponents of keeping manufacturers from muddying android have applauded Google's efforts to control Android Wear more closely, Manufacturers feel there is a lack of hardware and software design flexibility with the OS. These criticisms are what lead Samsung to move to their Tizen software for the Gear S2, the success of which prompted a follow-up decision on the Gear S3.
Sounds logical, even if it's a bit disheartening to Android enthusiasts and Huawei watch fans, right? So why are we labeling this a rumor? According to Android Authority, a Samsung spokesperson has stated that "Samsung has not officially received any request for such collaboration from Huawei yet."
Though the word "yet" there may lead you to wonder if there will be collaboration soon or in the future, since Tizen is open-source like Android, a partnership between the two behemoth manufacturers wouldn't be required for Huawei to develop and release a Tizen-based smartwatch.