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  • 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...

  • 5 simple Android games for your boring daily commute

    A long bus ride? Train delayed again? That queue to the taxi moving so slowly you feel like you’re going backwards? Never fear when your app store is near. Here’s a list of five simple and compact Android games you can play on your phone when you need to kill some time on that long, boring journey. Infinity Loop Download size: 12.25MB In this game you match up various shapes and lines to create patterns and loops. The developer, Infinity Games, describes the process as “zen” and is meant to be stress free. There’s definitely a quiet, easy going feel to this app that...

  • Android P: 3 major features you should know about [I/O 2018]

    It still doesn't have an official name, but Android P is this week available to download and test on a number of devices. In fact, if you happen to have a Sony Xperia XZ2, or Nokia 7 Plus, you may be able to receive an official Android P beta build from your vendor. If not, you're just going to have to see what's brand new in this piece. AI everywhere Google's word of 2018 is AI apparently. From its news product to Android, AI is going to be everywhere in the company's future. And I'm already tired of its countless references to...

  • The rugged Cat S31 is now available in South Africa

    If you drop your phone often and don't own a pair of skinny jeans, you'll be happy to know that the Cat S31 smartphone is now available in South Africa. The "resilient smartphone suited for harsh and rugged environments" was first showcased at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and has been available in SA through grey imports, but has now officially arrived in mobile networks' stores. The rugged Cat S31's big draw isn't its specs sheet. Up front, there's a 2MP selfie camera, and a small-for-2018 4.7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is also included -- a...

  • 4 interesting ARCore apps you should download

    Google's ARCore is finally available to all -- if you have a compatible device, of course. But for those with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Google Pixel or OnePlus 5 (among other devices), it means you can check out the firm's improved take on augmented reality. But where do you start though? We've got four interesting ARCore apps to play with. BBC Civilisations AR Ancient history seems like a good match for augmented reality, bringing dusty relics and important artifacts to life in a way few platforms can match. So we're glad to see the BBC release the Civilisations app, being a rather polished, content-rich...

  • Notch a chance: Xiaomi’s ‘work of art’ Mi Mix 2S debuts for $530

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official, and not sporting a notch (thank the phone gods). Instead the Chinese marque has remained true to the original Mi Mix, waging an even greater war on the bezel. But it's quite a beautiful war, even if it's not much of an aesthetic step-up from 2017's Mi Mix 2. Shirking Apple's trendsetting quirks, the Mi Mix 2S flaunts an 82% screen-to-body ratio, sporting a 5.99-inch LCD display slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with a 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a fingerprint reader located in the middle of the device, flanked by a...