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  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it?

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...

  • Android 8.1 official: so what’s new in this version?

    Android 8.0 hasn't even made its way to a quarter of smartphones, but Google doesn't care. No, it's pressing ahead with Android 8.1, bringing a couple of solid improvements to the table. The company's Dave Burke announced the developer preview this week, also revealing features we can expect in this iteration. The first major improvement? That'll be for Android Go devices. "Android 8.1 includes a set of memory optimisations for Android Go configurations (1GB or less of memory). We've added new hardware feature constants so you can now target the distribution of your apps and APK splits to normal or low-RAM devices running Android 8.1...

  • That was quick: Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets Oreo update

    Sony's Xperia XZ Premium (review) wasn't perfect by any measure, but it's certainly one of the more exciting smartphones launched this year. Now, the Japanese company has announced that it's launching the Oreo update (Android 8.0) for the handset. So what should you expect? For starters, the device will be getting the 3D scanning tool, first seen on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. "It lets you scan your face, head, food or any object, rendering it as a 3D avatar or free-form image in less than 60 seconds, and makes it easy to share on social media with friends or 3D...

  • Google Pixel 2: here’s what you should know

    The dust has finally settled following last night's Google event, which saw the company reveal a host of hardware, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But what is there to know about the company's two new smartphones? We've gathered some of the more important details... No headphone jack True to the rumours, Google's smartphones omit the headphone jack in favour of Bluetooth or USB Type-C audio. It's extremely cheeky, given the fact that it mocked Apple for doing the same at the original Pixel launch. Want to use your legacy 3.5mm accessories? There is an adapter in the box, but otherwise,...

  • Google Pixel 2 launches this week: what to expect?

    Last year saw the Pixel making its debut, instantly standing out thanks to world-class mobile cameras, powerful internals and a stock Android experience. Now, we're two days away from the Pixel 2 being revealed... There have been loads of rumours regarding the new smartphones, but what are some of the more prominent details we're supposed to expect? Horsepower Early reports initially claimed that Qualcomm would supply a Snapdragon 836 processor for the new phones. But XDA later revealed that the Snapdragon 836 didn't actually exist. So we're expecting the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM (although 6GB wouldn't be out of the question,...

  • Mirabook vs Superbook: crowdfunded lapdocks compared

    We've seen lapdocks launching before, way back in 2011. It's a fascinating concept that sees you dock your smartphone into a laptop shell. The resulting fusion means your phone powers a laptop-style experience, complete with larger screen, keyboard and trackpad. Unfortunately for Motorola and its original lapdock, we got a rather underwhelming, laggy experience. But the last 18 months or so has seen a resurgence in this sort of tech as devices get more powerful, with the Mirabook and Superbook being two of the leading third-party solutions. But which one seems better? We look at what each brings to the table...

  • 4 other companies that should release a pure Android phone

    Between the HMD/Nokia range, Lenovo's latest phones and the brand-new (but not really) Xiaomi Mi A1, our choices for pure Android smartphones have expanded nicely this year. Offering regular updates and a lightweight skin, it's not hard to see why these developments are such a big deal. Nevertheless, we'd love more options beyond Nokia, the Mi A1 and the Pixel range. So with that in mind, we look at a few companies we'd like to see offer stock Android. Samsung We've previously seen Samsung offer a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, delivering speedy updates and none of the horrendous (at...

  • 5 simple tips to save your battery life on Android

    Android smartphones have come a long way in the battery department. Hell, I remember the HTC Bolt and its woeful battery life, being one of the first LTE phones on the market. Nowadays, we've seen battery capacity taking a welcome step up in flagship handsets, with 3000mAh batteries being the norm for many a high-end phone. But between WhatsApp and high resolution screens, it's still possible to kill your battery before the day is over (or while travelling). We've got a few pointers to eke out a few more hours of juice. Reduce the brightness Screens are the biggest battery hog around, so...

  • Ahead of iPhone launch, Qualcomm boasts of ‘Android firsts’

    Apple events and third-party brands go together like Pavlov and his dog. When the Cupertino firm carries out a launch event, rival brands come running in a bid to spoil the parade. Now, it's Qualcomm's turn to rain on Apple's parade. Or rather, it looks like a few drops on a bonfire at this point. The US chipmaker, embroiled in a legal battle with Apple, has shown off its list of "Android firsts" by partners and itself. "Qualcomm Technologies has enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. Although by no means comprehensive, here...

  • Hands on with the first ARCore apps on the Play Store

    Google announced ARCore late last month, being its development platform for augmented reality (AR) on Android. The move comes a while after Apple revealed ARKit, its own bid to bring better augmented reality to smartphone users. Much like ARKit, Google's platform is designed with traditional smartphones in mind, rather than Project Tango phones that bristle with extra sensors and cameras. So how does it run on something like the Galaxy S8, which only has one main camera? Not too badly actually. But before you get your AR on, you'll need to install the ARCore preview app, available from GitHub (direct download link). Do note...