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.
Despite the fact that Samsung’s new flagships -- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus -- will not hit store shelves everywhere until this Friday (March 16th), apparently the South Korean tech giant is already rolling out the first ever software update for the devices.
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.
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.
Google has recently rolled out a new security patch that comes with fixes for screen related issues currently being reported with regards to the company’s Pixel 2 XL flagship device. Specifically, this latest update should protect against burn-in issues and offer expanded options in terms of color saturation (as earlier promised).
Apple is now deploying iOS 10.3 -- the latest update to its iOS mobile operating system -- to iPhone and iPad tablet devices. As expected, this new roll out will come with a number of enhancements. Interestingly, the tech giant has decided to utilize the iOS 10.3 update as a means for swapping the iPhone’s and iPad’s underlying file system from the previous HFS+ file format to the new Apple File System. In other words, the company is basically upgrading how its devices are saving and managing data.
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.
Apple has rolled out the first public beta of its latest update to iOS 10 (the final one before iOS 11 is released). Despite some rumored features not making the cut, like the Theater mode (which lets users dull the colors of the display screen to allow for easier viewing in low light conditions, there are some notable features of the newest update that owners of iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices should watch out.
The biggest wireless carrier in America is going to brick its Galaxy Note 7 devices after all, but only after the busy holiday season. About a week ago, Samsung had announced that it was planning to roll out a particular software update that will make all remaining units of its embattled phablet essentially unusable. The purpose of the update is clear -- to get Galaxy Note 7 owners, once and for all, to surrender their units.
The world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices is planning to roll out a new software update that should brick every Galaxy Note 7 phablet that has not yet been returned. Specifically, Samsung’s software update will prevent all remaining units out there from charging, and will also take away their ability to function as smartphones. The South Korean tech giant will be deploying the update starting this coming December 19th, with the roll out spanning over a whole month.
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