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  • Nokia 6.1 gets Android 9.0 Pie this week

    After the Nokia 7 Plus became the first device in HMD Global's stable to receive the Android 9.0 Pie update earlier this year, another device is following suit. The Nokia 6.1 will this week receive the latest version of Google's mobile OS. The phone features a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080. A 3000mAh battery powers the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Nokia's swift update rollouts are largely thanks to its Android One programme membership, which allows its devices to run stock Android and receive quick updates directly from Google. Android 9.0 Pie...

  • Ironically and worryingly, Android Pie is absent from this pie chart

    Android Pie received months of hype and feature teasers before it actually released to the public. But all that hullabaloo has made little impact on the latest Android versions overall market share. On Android Developers' overall OS version market share chart for Ocober, Android Pie is still not even listed. In fact, the Android fragmentation issue is so ridiculous that Gingerbread -- a version of the OS that's nearly eight years old -- is still running of 0.5% of devices. It's basically more popular than Pie, which runs on less that 0.1% of Android phones. Three months in, it's clear that most manufacturers haven't...

  • Google Pixel 3, 3 XL will gain external microphone support

    Google has confirmed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will gain external microphone support. IsaacOnCamera, a Google employee on the Pixel User Community page, broke the news late last week. “I have been keeping an eye on this thread since the beginning and have good news," he wrote. "At the same time as Pixel 3 launch (October 18th), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels.” It's not clear if "all Pixels" includes the third generation only, or previous devices like the original Pixel and Pixel 2. Nevertheless, the news is a...

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 range is getting its Android Pie update

    Android 9.0 Pie's rollout is slower than a, well, a pie rolling down a hill, but some companies are pushing updates to their devices sooner than others. Last week, Nokia confirmed that its devices will be getting the latest version of Android soon. Now, Sony is pushing updates to its older devices. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are both receiving Android Pie in their latest security patches, according to Xperia Blog. Additionally, a new camera update is also included. It's not completely clear if South Africa is among the regions receiving the update, but we've contacted the company's local reps for clarification. Feature...

  • Android Pie updates are arriving on the Nokia 7 Plus

    The Android 9.0 Pie update will today begin rolling out to users of the Nokia 7 Plus. The news was confirmed by HMD Global's chief product officer Juho Sarvikas. In a tweet published on Friday, Sarvikas revealed -- in a bit of a cringy post, tbh -- that the Android One phablet will receive Google's latest OS build. This comes just a few weeks after Pie was officially announced by Google. We are doing a phased roll-out to ensure quality. We will start with open markets and operators will follow shortly due to required approval process. Also note that we will roll out...

  • This is when your smartphone will get Android Pie [Updating…]

    It's that time of the year when users frantically mash their update buttons hoping for Google's latest iteration of Android. Android Pie is now officially in the wild and stable, but lacks a slew of features shown off at I/O 2018. While the OS is now available for some devices from today, when can you expect to see a Pie update his your smartphone? We break down expectations brand-by-brand in alphabetical order below. Note: Those manufacturers who took part in the beta programme, may push updates to their devices sooner than others. "Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential, as...

  • Nokia 3.1 Android One phone launches in South Africa

    Nokia's latest challenger to the budget smartphone market has arrived in South Africa. The Nokia 3.1 is the company's new Android One smartphone, priced below the R3000 mark. In this section of the market its competing against the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei, but judging by its spec sheet, it should put up a good fight. On that note, the Nokia 3.1 sports an aluminium frame, a 1440x720 5.2-inch screen, and a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its front. Internally, Nokia's using the octa-core Mediatek MT6750 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. There is a 3GB/32GB model,...

  • Google releases Android 9 Pie to the world

    This week Google released the ninth major overhaul of its Android mobile OS. You'll know it as Android 9 Pie. As the latest update to Android, the operating system is packed with ease-of-access features and adaptive learning abilities. Google’s official release, posted on its website The Keyword, explained that it has built Android 9 Pie to be a "smarter, simpler experience that adapts to you". “Android 9 adapts to your life and the ways you like to use your phone”, it explained. "We’ve built Android 9 to learn from you -- and work better for you -- the more you use it. From...

  • Fortnite on Android: good luck sideloading if you don’t have a Note 9

    Reports last week suggested that Epic Games' smash battle royale game Fortnite for Android will launch exclusively with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This week, XDA Developers has unearthed a healthy lump of evidence to support that theory. According to a new report, an APK of the game's installer found on APK Mirror reportedly screens the device its running on before it downloads the files needed to run the actual game. It scans the device's hardware as well as the model code and manufacturer of the device. XDA discovered that the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Essential Phone were not...

  • Android P will launch on 20 August, rumours suggest

    Android P will be introduced to the world on 20 August, that's according to smartphone tipster and Venturebeat reporter Evan Blass. Although developer previews of the mobile OS is available, Google has yet to launch its official stable build to manufacturers. pic.twitter.com/ovby4pC3ph — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 2, 2018 Tweeting a simple calendar with a "P" marked on the date, Blass seemingly hints at the official launch date for the ninth version of Android. The prediction isn't farfetched either. Oreo launched on 21 August 2017. Nougat launched on 22 August 2016. Android P dev preview out: all major features detailed! Android Oreo is running on just...