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.
In a move that may or may not surprise you at this point in the game, Blackberry has announced that they will no longer be making their own phones. Instead, they will focus on security and software products and outsource the manufacturing of Blackberry branded devices to third-parties.
We've already seen a product of this plan with the DTEK 50, which was basically a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4.
If you were surprised by this news, estimates claim that Blackberry held only .1% of the market in the second quarter, selling just over 400,000 units.
It's a bold move. While Blackberry's software has been known for years as being secure and the top choice for businesses and governments until recent years, for many, that software went hand-in-hand with their hardware.
However, it's safe to say that this move won't count Blackberry in or out of the mobile market either way. Rather, it will shift their focus to what some would say they do best, software development. They've already made the Blackberry Hub available to all Android Marshmallow (and above) devices and are working on products for IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
Whether we'll see an influx of people walking around with Blackberry devices remains to be seen, but it's certain that we'll still see their name in apps and software on other devices, at least in the near future.
Personally, my days of custom recovery and flashing roms/themes seem to be a distant memory. How about you guys? Are there folks out there that have been waiting for this day? Or has stock Android finally reached a point for you that you're satisfied with your devices out of the box?
Earlier and HTC designer uploaded a concept video of a device named HTC Ocean. HTC quickly made the designer pull down the video and denied that it was accurate. The video mentions the device will have "Sense Touch" which seems to be a pressure sensitive display technology. It also looks like Google will be heavily integrating Google Now into the functionality of the device.
The device in question looks very similar to what we have already seen with HTC's design language. Codenames for this device and others have surfaced. Ocean Master, Ocean Note, and Ocean Smart are all devices HTC may be working on. We may see these in early 2017 or the could be vapor ware.
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Samsung Pay is still my favorite way to make payments. It just works everywhere! I have only recently been able to hop on board since my bank Regions was finally added months ago. Now Capital One members can also join in on the fun. This update brings support for many cards including Venture, Venture One, Quicksilver, QuicksilverOne, Platinum, Journey, Secured Mastercard, Spark Cash, Spark Miles, Spark Cash Select, Spark Miles Select, and Spark Classic. Go ahead and open up the Samsung Pay app and add your Capital One card!
There have been rumors swirling around that Google is working on a Hybrid OS which would merge Android together with Chrome OS. This hybrid would make for a one size fits all OS that would work for tablets and cell phones alike. Google may be getting closer to realizing this goal.
Sources have found references to the Nexus 9 in AOSP code associated with the Hybrid OS. Who knows if Google is looking to release the OS on a tablet as old as the Nexus 9 or are just using the device to test the software. Either way I would love to test the PC like software. Who knows maybe we will see something at the October 4th event.