Google’s Android is generally considered as the most widely used mobile operating system in the face of the planet. Part of what makes the platform so popular is its open source nature, which basically means that various phone makers and wireless service providers can do their own tweaks depending on what is best for their devices or networks.
However, the burden of rolling out the latest Android updates often lies on the hands of these mobile manufacturers, and it usually takes some time before the newest Android version can actually land on a specific smartphone or tablet make or model. What is worse is that there are times when potentially important security updates are missed.
A team of security researchers from SophosLabs has detected a form of malware that hides in more than half a dozen Android powered mobile apps that already listed in the Google Play store. As reported by ZDNet, the apps included six QR code (Quick Response code) readers, as well as a smart compass.
Samsung has officially announced by way of an update on its community web page that it is looking to roll out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for all Galaxy S8 models as well as Galaxy Note units in the next two or three weeks.
Here is some good news for owners of the Essential Phone -- Essential has recently posted a tweet this week saying that Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system should now be available for installation. It is fair to say that the phablet has had an interesting Android update history -- it was previously on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but due to some issues related to system stability that were discovered about a couple of months ago, Essential had decided to skip getting the Android 8.0 Oreo altogether.
We already know that three days from now, Samsung’s newest flagship device offering, the Galaxy S9, will officially make its first appearance, just in time for this year’s Mobile World Congress, the annual mobile tech show that is set to kick off on February 26th and last until March 1st in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. But considering that the smartphone is yet to be formally announced, nobody knows just yet when it will hit store shelves everywhere.
Earlier this week, Apple has deployed security updates for its operating systems, in order to deliver a fix for a message bug that causes mobile apps to shut down when trying to render a specific Indian symbol. This bug was discovered just a week ago, and it mostly affects iOS apps that can display characters, including popular services such as Facebook, Twitter, Messages, and even Instagram. What happened was that when an app tries to display a certain Indian character in the Telugu language, that app proceeds to crash and even become inaccessible by Apple users.
Finally, the newest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system is landing on two of Samsung’s latest flagship devices. As reported by SamMobile, Android Oreo is now being rolled out to Galaxy S8 units, and as a matter of fact, owners of the model are now installing the Android version in the German mobile market.
Staying true to the promise it made nearly three weeks ago during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Razer Phone officially now has Netflix HDR. On top of that, the smartphone now comes with full support for Dolby 5.1 audio playback. These features are brought to the Razer Phone by way of a new update that also comes with additional patches for the device’s camera, plus the January 2018 Android Security update.
Just this week, Apple has announced that it is planning to soon roll out an update to its iOS mobile operating system that will give owners of old iPhone models the freedom to deactivate the software that slows down the processing speed of their iPhone units. Beginning last month, the tech giant had drawn flak from its users after it had fully admitted that it was indeed intentionally slowing down iPhone models in order to protect the devices’ batteries.
Here is some good news for owners of the OnePlus 5T -- OnePlus has recently rolled out an open OxygenOS beta that comes with the features of Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. When the OnePlus 5T had officially launched back in November last year, it came preloaded with OxygenOS based on Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat, despite the fact that Android Oreo had already been released about a month earlier.
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