Owners of smartphones and tablet devices powered by more recent versions of the Android mobile operating system have long taken full advantage of the capabilities of Google Assistant. But for some Android mobile users who are still utilizing old versions of the mobile OS, they have yet to experience what it is like to have Google’s digital assistant at their disposal.
Google has just formally introduced the latest version of its Android mobile operating system -- Android Oreo. While the whole world gets excited about what Android Oreo brings to the table, it is worth taking a look at how its last two predecessors, namely Android Nougat and Android Marshmallow, are doing.
T-Mobile has just revealed that it will be bringing Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system to a couple of Samsung handsets, specifically the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. As indicated in the wireless carrier’s support web pages, T-Mobile subscribers who own either the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or the Galaxy Note 5 can now check if they can already install the updates.
Samsung has plenty of reason to celebrate -- so far, all signs indicate that its newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, are doing fine, sales wise. But it appears that the South Korean tech giant is now busy preparing to launch a new smartphone offering, this time around targeting mobile users looking to purchase quality midrange handsets. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy C5 is something that should interest those mobile users.
Chinese phone makers such as Huawei and ZTE have achieved some success by introducing unlocked smartphone devices with affordable prices in the United States market. Japan based mobile manufacturer Freetel obviously wants to join in on the fun. Just this week, the phone maker has officially introduced its newest smartphone offering, the Rei, a device that ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow (the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system) and comes with a price of$249. Freetel is looking to launch this smartphone in the US a month or so from now.
Samsung has officially announced its two newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The South Korean mobile giant did the unveiling a day before the start of this year’s Mobile World Congress, considered the world’s biggest tech conference focusing mobile technology, held in the city of Barcelona in Spain. On the same day, LG also announced its own flagship device, the LG G5.
There is still so little love for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, even after four months since it officially rolled out. Indeed, Marshmallow is now still on only 1.2 percent of all Android powered mobile devices in the whole world, according to the latest information provided by Google’s Android Developer Dashboard. Still, 1.2 percent is a welcome improvement over the 0.7 percent Marshmallow managed only a month ago. Google came up with the market share percentages by checking all the smartphones and tablet devices that paid a visit to the Google Play Store during the week long period spanning January 25th to February 1st of this year.
In October of last year, Motorola had announced that it had no plans of providing support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on editions of its Moto X (2014 version) that were locked to specific wireless carriers. Understandably, owners of the device were not too happy with the announcement. But now, it appears that the phone maker is easing on its previous declaration. Indeed, the mobile manufacturer is now giving away codes that allow users to unlock the bootloader and then install ROMS such as CyanogenMod.
Here is some good news for those who were planning to purchase the Nexus 5X smartphone during the holiday season but never got the chance. Google has just revealed that it is permanently lowering the price of the Android powered device by $30, which means that from its previous price of $379, the 16 gigabyte edition of the Nexus 5X can now be bought for $349. As for the 32 gigabyte edition of the Nexus 5X, its original price of $429 has now been reduced to $399
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