Android Oreo

Honor Play unboxing: My first impressions for you

Honor Play unboxing: My first impressions for you

Today we've got the Honor Play in the house ready to roll up on the likes of Xiaomi's Poco F1 and the OnePlus 6. This device is the definition of budget-level cost with flagship-aimed specs. How Huawei's Honor manages to deliver a device like this with these specs at this price, I've not yet been able to figure out. But let's take a peek here and drop in on our first and main questions.

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Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is today’s perfect counterpoint to the Note 9

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is today’s perfect counterpoint to the Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core was revealed today, just as the Galaxy Note 9 went on sale for the first time. This J2 Core smartphone is meant to be the most entry-level point of smartphone for new users in the world, bringing Android in just about the tiniest new touchscreen unit on the market today. It's funny to think that only a few short years ago, a 5-inch display was considered pretty normal. Now it's pretty much too small for most average users.

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Samsung Oreo update for mid-range phones delayed

Samsung Oreo update for mid-range phones delayed

With the official launch of Android 9 Pie, the Android community has naturally started a guessing game of which phones will get the update and when. But for a rather sizable section of Samsung’s customers, getting the Pie is furthest from their mind. Those holding on to a mid-range or entry-level Galaxy phone still haven’t even received their promised Oreo cookie and, if this latest leak is any indication, they might not even get it until the first quarter of 2019.

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Panasonic Toughbook T1, L1 are rugged but stylish

Panasonic Toughbook T1, L1 are rugged but stylish

Rugged smartphones and tablets are nothing new but throughout their history, these niche devices all have one thing in common. They’re built like tanks and often look like one, too. Designed for use in industrial settings, these mobile devices eschew consumer aesthetics for features that will allow them to be used in any kind of condition or weather. Panasonic is now trying to say you don’t have to sacrifice looks too much for that. The new Toughbook FZ-T1 and Toughbook FZ-L1 are just as tough as their older brethren but don’t look half as bad as a smartphone and a tablet.

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Rootless Pixel Launcher version 3.6 released for free

Rootless Pixel Launcher version 3.6 released for free

This week the developer known as Amir Ziadi released version 3.6 of his Rootless Pixel Launcher for Android. Those users that've never used this launcher before - it's good stuff. It's ready to roll with just about everything you could possibly want that's possible inside Oreo. All SORTS of features are jammed into this launcher, and it's entirely free to download and use.

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Nokia X5 debuts, possibly Nokia 5.1 Plus for everyone else

Nokia X5 debuts, possibly Nokia 5.1 Plus for everyone else

HMD Global needs no major events to announce a new member of its growing army of “pure Android” smartphones. Just weeks before Samsung’s Unpacked, the OEM unveils the Nokia 5X, its second smartphone with a notch. But while the Nokia 5X may be slated only for the Chinese market, rumors say that, unlike the Nokia 6X, it could actually make it to international markets under a different name: the Nokia 5.1 Plus.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile subscribers who are still using the older Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones are receiving a major update today: Android Oreo. We've seen the software update arrive for various Galaxy S7 handset owners throughout this year; the availability has happened slowly but steadily. T-Mobile users are now in the pipeline, some already seeing the nearly 2GB update.

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Galaxy J3 hits Verizon with price-reflective specs

Galaxy J3 hits Verizon with price-reflective specs

This week the folks at Verizon brought about the Samsung Galaxy J3 in both pre-paid and post-paid variants. This is the sort of device you get when you want a Samsung Galaxy brand, but you don't want to spend an ungodly amount of money on a single piece of tech. Because this isn't the most sought-after device on the block, it's fairly inexpensive, and it has a set of specs to match.

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Philips Android TV: almost everyone gets an Oreo cookie

Philips Android TV: almost everyone gets an Oreo cookie

Those complaining about the disappointing state of Android updates for smartphones actually have it easier compared to, say, Android TV. While Google has not abandoned it the way it has tablets, at least not yet, updates are not only slow but also rare even. You don’t hear much about it because there’s not much to talk about. Philips, however, might be changing the game just a bit by bringing the latest Android Oreo update to almost all of its Android TVs dating all the way back to 2014.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Android Oreo rollout isn’t going smoothly

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Android Oreo rollout isn’t going smoothly

Despite, or probably because of, not having Android smartphones, NVIDIA has had an amazing track record when it comes to pushing out updates, both maintenance as well as major features. Last month, it started the process for putting Android 8.0 Oreo on its SHIELD TVs via Experience Upgrade version 7.0. Now it is making that available for all users but not everyone seems to be happy about the quality of its latest update.

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Put Android Oreo on your PC with Android-x86 8.1 RC1

Put Android Oreo on your PC with Android-x86 8.1 RC1

There is no shortage of ways you can run Android apps on a PC, be it a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. But, as we’ve learned recently, not all of them are that trustworthy after all. Ensure that nothing suspicious creeps completely undetected is one of the benefits of open source. So if you’re looking for an open source option to install Android on your x86 or x64 computer, look no further than the latest Android-x86 release, now based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Android Dark Theme: Fans want a toggle, a Google promise

Android Dark Theme: Fans want a toggle, a Google promise

This morning Google made an official comment on the fabled Android Dark Theme. "We have added support for a Dark theme to be applied to quick settings and launcher under Settings -> Display -> Device Theme," said a Google developer representative. "It will be available in a future Android build." Lucky you, we've already got it for you - sort of.

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