Tag Archive: Preview


Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 preview: Ready for primetime

Xiaomi’s bezel-less phone is ready to take on the LG V30 and the Galaxy Note 8.

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix was one of the most innovative products of 2016, but the main drawback with the phone was its availability. With the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi is looking to change all that. The overall design of the phone is based on its predecessor, but Xiaomi made a few key changes that make the Mi Mix 2 a much better  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi A1 preview: This is the Android One phone we deserve

This is what Android One should have been from the beginning.

Google launched the Android One initiative back in 2014, partnering with local manufacturers to build $ 100 phones that received updates directly from the search giant. That premise made a lot of sense considering most budget phones don’t even see a single platform update, but the execution was far from faultless. At a time when offline sales outnumbered online retail three to one, Google decided to  [Read More…]

Android 8.0 Oreo system images available, update rolling to Developer Preview users

Google has uploaded the Android 8.0 Oreo system images.

For those that want to be on the bleeding edge, the Android 8.0 Oreo system images are now available. Google has the images for last year’s Pixel phones, the Nexus 6P and 5X, the Nexus Player and the Pixel C. Manually updating a device requires a few tools and a bit of time, but it’s an easy process overall. There are carrier-specific images for the Pixel phones, so make sure  [Read More…]

Microsoft brings some Cortana magic to Skype Preview for Android

Microsoft has brought a little bit of Cortana magic to the Skype Preview app on Android.

If you use the Skype Preview app for Android, then you can now interact with Cortana alongside all of your other chats — so long as you call the U.S. home. The latest update to the app, which acts as sort of a beta testing ground for new features, adds Microsoft’s digital assistant as a bot, along with a couple of  [Read More…]

IFA 2017 preview: Everything you can expect to see from Berlin!

IFA is always one of the biggest tech conferences of the year, and we’re expecting nothing less than an onslaught this time around.

IFA is approaching its 100th birthday, but the Berlin-based trade show still manages to pull in the biggest names in consumer electronics, which in more recent years means the biggest names in smartphones.

Almost every major Android manufacturer has some sort of keynote at the event, with big names like Samsung, Huawei and LG  [Read More…]

You can now join the Google Home Preview Program

If you have a Google Home device around the house and you’d like to be among the first to try out new features, you should know you can now join the Google Home Preview Program. Previously mentioned in an updated help page, the Google Home Preview Program now appears to be open for everyone. To […]

Android Things Developer Preview 5 released

Google’s Internet of Things platform has been updated to Preview 5 and includes the major change of being based on Android O. Android Things Developer Preview 5 updates the platform to be based on Android O as opposed to the previous Android N. The latest release brings into play the latest API 26 that developers […]

The Google Home Preview Program will give you first crack at updates

Google Home joins the Chromecast on its Preview Program update channel.

According to the Google Home help pages, the Preview Program is an update channel for the Chromecast and Google Home that gives you early access to device firmware updates. The Chromecast has been on this channel since September 2016, but the addition of Google Home is a new development.

Google also stresses that this isn’t beta software and should be the close to any final releases.

This is  [Read More…]

Android O is almost ready, last Developer Preview starts rolling out

Google this week rolled out the last Android O Developer Preview for owners of Nexus and Pixel devices. It’s the fourth developer preview released so far, which will be succeeded by the public Android O version later this summer. The new beta arrives about a month before Android O gets officially released in order to […]

Android O Developer Preview 4 is out, public version imminent

Android O Developer Preview 4 is now available, so get it!

It’s Monday, which means Google is releasing another version of the Android O Developer Preview.

The fourth issue is the last, cleaning up any remaining bugs and allowing Google to now move forward to the final release, which, according to the post on the Android Developer Blog, is imminent.

As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we’re rolling out Developer Preview  [Read More…]