Tag Archives: Devices

Android Nougat Finally Running on Over 1 Percent of Active Devices, Reveals Google

Google’s Android Nougat has finally crossed the 1 percent mark in the monthly Google Play distribution data. The latest distribution numbers confirm that Android Nougat is running on 1.2 percent of active devices with Android 7.0 on 0.9 percent and Android 7.1 on 0.3 percent devices. Considering that Android 7.0 Nougat was officially made available to Nexus devices in August, ... Read More »

Google Releases February Android Security Update for Pixel, Nexus Devices

Google has released its monthly Android security update for the month of February for its Pixel and Nexus devices. The company however was second to rollout the security update as Sony released the update to its Xperia devices last week. Similar to previous releases, Google’s February Android security update focuses on fixing security issues in the operating system. The February ... Read More »

ZTE Blade A2 Plus Launch: ZTE India to Launch Up to 8 New Devices in Next Few Months

Chinese telecom major ZTE is planning to launch up to 8 new devices in the next few months as it looks to grab 3-4 percent share of the Indian market. The company, which launched its Blade A2 Plus smartphone in India at Rs. 11,999, will focus on the mid-range price segment (Rs. 7,000 – Rs. 20,000). “We have been a ... Read More »

Blackphone 2 Receiving an Update That Bricks Black Market Devices

Silent Circle, the manufacturer of the security-focused Blackphone smartphones, is releasing an update that bricks Blackphone 2 phones bought from the black market. The update in question is SilentOS 3.0.8 and it reads the IMEI number of the device. On checking, the update bricks the device. A notification popup appears on the screen of the counterfeit device that says, “This ... Read More »

Android Nougat 7.1.2 Public Beta Now Available for Compatible Pixel, Nexus Devices

Google on Monday released the public beta of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update, which is the next maintenance release for Android Nougat. The company is also rolling out the beta to eligible devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program. Google claims that the new update is focused on fixing a number of bugs and also brings optimisations. The latest Android ... Read More »

Android Nougat Running on 0.7 Percent of Active Devices and Froyo Is Dead, Says Google

Google has released its monthly Google Play distribution data and Android users will finally be able to bid adieu to Android 2.2 Froyo. The data shows, among other things, that Froyo has dropped to below the 0.1 percent mark, marking the end of what was the oldest active Android version until last month. The date was collected from Android devices ... Read More »

Google Begins Rolling Out January Android Security Update for Nexus, Pixel Devices

Google has started rolling out its monthly security update for the month of January for its Nexus and Pixel devices. Alongside, Google has also published factory images and full OTA images for Nexus and Pixel devices. Google Pixel and Pixel XL users can download the Nougat-based builds NMF26U and NMF26V respectively. Other devices that have received the updated factory images ... Read More »

BlackBerry Partners China’s TCL to Make BlackBerry-Branded Mobile Devices

BlackBerry Ltd said China’s TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd would make and sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices globally, the Canadian smartphone pioneer’s first licensing deal since its transition to a software company. The devices made by TCL, which also makes Alcatel-branded mobile devices, will be coupled with BlackBerry’s security software and service suite, the company said on Thursday. BlackBerry is betting ... Read More »

Google Pixel Phones Get New Android 7.1.1 Build to Fix LTE Connectivity Issues; Camera App Revamped for Nexus Devices

Google had started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for compatible Nexus and Pixel devices last week, and it included the company’s monthly security update for December as well. Now, Google has posted a new build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the developer site for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone, aimed primarily at fixing the previously reported connectivity ... Read More »

Bluetooth 5 Officially Released, Will Come to Devices in a Few Months

Bluetooth is the quintessential wireless standard for electronics to communicate with each other across small distances in a power-efficient way. Everything from smartwatches to wireless speakers and Internet of Things (IoT) products like smart locks, rely on this standard. The last version of this standard is Bluetooth 4.2, which was released in 2014. Today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) that ... Read More »