Canadian carriers including SaskTel, Bell, Virgin Mobile, EastLink, Wind Mobile and Freedom Mobile are now updating their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets to Android 7.0 Nougat, according to SamMobile. Galaxy S7 handsets are receiving the G935W8VLU2BQB6 version software, while Galaxy S7 Edge handsets are receiving the G935W8VLU2BQB6 version, which till take them from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to Android 7.0 Nougat. The 1.3GB software update will require a Wi-Fi connection and a fully charged battery to be installed. The update should hit devices wirelessly without having to check for it manually. The Android 7.0 Nougat update has been under way since mid-January.
In a year where the Galaxy Note made a comeback and Apple is mixing things up by offering both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, it's hard to know what to make of Google's newest handsets at first. The Pixel XL isn't particularly flashy on the outside, though the single 12.2MP camera looks promising. But can it compete against the dual camera rigs on other flagship handsets? To see what else this 6-inch handset has to offer versus some of its major competitors, we've stacked up their specs in the table below. Be sure to check back later this fall to see how both the new Pixels and the iPhone X fare in their respective full reviews.
Google's Android One program is bringing its first smartphone to Project Fi, with the Moto X from Motorola. A handful of handset makers have jumped on board Android One to deliver new low-cost phones in a range of sizes and specs different to the three launched in India today. The Moto X features a 5.2-inch FHD LCD display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage (with SD support), 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear dual camera setup, 16-megapixel front shooter, 3000mAh battery, and IP68 dust and water resistance. Android One is Google's initiative to cater the mid-range buyer with high-quality handsets, pure Android experience, and built-in malware protection from Google Play Protect. Currently running Android Nougat, Google said Moto X4 will be updated with Android Oreo by the end of the year.
If you're like many smartphone owners using non-stock versions of Android, you're probably twiddling your thumbs waiting for your device maker to release an upgrade to Android 9 Pie. But have you wondered why you're waiting so long when your Pixel- and Essential-toting friends already have their upgrades? In a blog post promising Pie updates for recent Xperia phones (the XZ Premium, XZ1 family and XZ2 series) in November, the company also provided an infographic outlining the steps between Google's OS release and seeing the new software on your handset. It's a simplified take on what's happening, but it does provide a good summary of what's involved. A company like Sony, which doesn't just use an off-the-shelf Qualcomm approach, has to first create its own hardware abstraction layer to make the new OS work with its handsets.
When Google launched its Android One program in 2014 it was designed for one main reason: to create a system of standards for phones in developing countries. Targeting emerging markets in Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, and others, the program dictated minimum hardware standards and limited software tweaks to insure people everywhere had access to low-cost phones that still provided regular security updates and the latest Android features. Now it looks like the program is on its way to the U.S. According to a report in The Information, Google is looking to launch its first Android One phone in the States "before the middle of the year," and is eyeing LG as a potential manufacturer. Yesterday, VentureBeat divulged that Google would be partnering with LG on the release of its first Android Wear watch, but The Information's report doesn't say whether the two companies would be collaborating on the development of the Android One handset. As Amir Efrati explains, the U.S. launch of Android One is backed by "major new promotional dollars" for phone makers that play by Google's rules.