Earlier this week, Google had revealed that it was starting the roll out of Android 7.1.2, the newest version of Android Nougat, to devices such as the Google Pixel and the Nexus 5X (built by LG) by way of an over the air update. Based on the most recent developer preview, owners of the Nexus 5X will be delighted to know that the device will now receive a new feature that was once only available to the Pixel, but often requested to be included in the Nexus 5X. Specifically, this feature allows users to swipe down on the device’s fingerprint reader to display notification alerts.
Google’s latest flagship devices, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, were released preinstalled with the tech giant’s own Android 7.1 Nougat, a pretty standard update but still one that came with new features. But now, the company has revealed that the latest update, Android 7.1.1, is now being rolled out to other Android powered mobile devices, which means that some of the cool features previously found on Pixel handsets are now made available to other devices as well. Well, which other Android devices exactly?
Back in March early this year, Google had rolled out a public beta of Android Nougat, the newest version of its Android mobile operating system. In the past, Google has deployed yearly updates before, but that March announcement was considered early based on previous Android update schedules. Still, it provided Android users with the option of quickly installing the beta version by way of an over the air roll out.
Google has launched a new feature that lets Android mobile users create $35 custom cases for Nexus devices such as the Nexus 5x (built by LG), the Nexus 6 (built by Motorola), and the Nexus 6P. People get to pick between a couple of options for the Live Cases.
Google has officially announced that it is making its Project Fi mobile service available to all mobile users based in the United States as along as they currently have a Gmail account. Prior to this announcement, mobile users who wanted to avail of the tech giant’s wireless service had to ask, and then wait, for an invitation. Thankfully, Google has decided to get rid of the invite only system and open Project Fi to all qualified users.
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.
2015 was a good year for Xiaomi, but in certain ways, it was also kind of a disappointing one for the Chinese phone maker, too. First, the positive -- the company managed to sell 70 million units of smartphones in the last twelve months, and with that sales volume, easily grabbed the largest market share in China (considered the biggest market for smartphones in the world right now).
For those planning to purchase Google’s Nexus 6P device during the holiday season, the tech giant has delightful news for you. Google is now offering the phablet with a discount in the amount of $50 at the tech giant’s online store. With this latest development, the price of the Nexus 6P is now reduced to $449 for the 32 gigabyte edition, $499 for the 64 gigabyte edition, and $599 for the 128 gigabyte edition.
DxO Labs is firm based in France, and specializes in optics and image processing. The company is responsible for the DxO One camera, which can plug into iPhone devices. DxO Labs is also known for conducting tests on cameras of today’s smartphones. Among many things, these tests try to evaluate factors such as color, exposure, auto focus performance, noise control, and even video stabilization. With regards to Apple’s new iPhone 6s device, DxO Labs ranked the handset in 10th place, which is as good as the photo capturing performance and overall video quality of last year’s model, the iPhone 6.
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