Tag Archive: Update


Essential Phone users can now join the Oreo beta with a simple OTA update

Sideloading is still an option, but why would you want to bother with that?

Although we’re still waiting for the Essential Phone to get a public Oreo update, the company’s been running an Oreo beta since November. The process for getting the beta isn’t the simplest around, but Essential is now making it much easier to sign up and join.

Up until now, if you’ve wanted to sign up for the beta to get Oreo on the  [Read More…]

Samsung cancels Oreo update for Galaxy S8, new version in the works

The waiting game continues.

On February 8, Samsung confirmed that Android Oreo was finally being released for the Galaxy S8/S8+. This came as exciting news for owners of the two phones, but just less than a week after the update’s been out in the wild, Samsung’s announced that it’s pulling the plug on it.

SamMobile was the first to report on this news, and it appears that the current Oreo update has made its way to users  [Read More…]

Samsung halts the Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung isn’t all that quick with updates, but plenty of people were thrilled about finally getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update on their Galaxy S8 and S8+. The update came with features like picture-in-picture and autofill as well as a new version of Samsung Experience.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a major problem with the update. The problem itself is unknown, but Samsung has halted the update from further rolling out. The company is working on a new build of Oreo for  [Read More…]

Samsung finally starts rolling out the official Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8

It has finally happened! After months of intense testing, Samsung begun rolling out the official Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Samsung said it will start distributing the official Oreo update to beta users a day before making it available to the general public. Beta testers in Germany have reported […]

Oreo update for Galaxy S8 does not support Project Treble

This still isn’t a big deal.

After months of being stuck in beta, Android Oreo for the Galaxy S8/S8+ is officially rolling out as a public release. Oreo adds a lot of welcome features to the S8, such as better performance, picture-in-picture, Google’s Autofill API, and more, but one thing you won’t find is support for Project Treble.

Project Treble was announced last May, and its main purpose is to help increase the speed of sluggish software  [Read More…]

Latest Essential Phone update finally adds Auto-HDR

Eight months later, the Essential Phone finally has Auto-HDR.

Ever since its launch in late May, the Essential Phone‘s camera has been, well, a bit of a mess. While the camera hardware seemed awfully promising, the Essential Camera app was slow, buggy, and just a pain to use out of the box. Essential’s regularly been updating the app to provide the best possible experience, and the latest one finally adds Auto-HDR.

Similar to most all  [Read More…]

Samsung rolls out stable Oreo update to Galaxy S8/S8+, starting with Europe

The stable Oreo update is going out to beta testers first, with a wide release slated for later this week.

Samsung concluded the Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at the end of last month, with a stable build set to hit both devices sometime in February. It now looks like the company has kicked off the update process, starting with customers in Europe.

According to German site AllAboutSamsung, the stable Oreo update is  [Read More…]

Google Play Services 12.2.09 fixes Android’s ‘Check for Update’ feature

You can force the update now, but tread carefully if you choose to do so.

The ‘Check for Update’ feature in Android has been a real piece of work for some time now. It was announced in September that this was being reworked to actually pull in new updates rather than just seeing if one was available in your area, but the rollout was delayed due to a bug with Google Play Services.

Thankfully, it would appear  [Read More…]

Google+’s Android app is getting a major update for the loyal few

A “brand new” version of Google+ is coming soon with a lot of changes under the hood.

In the world of social networks, Google+ is, well, Google+. It used to be a fun place for talking to friends about virtually any topic, but thanks to unrelenting spam and users migrating to other platforms, it’s become something that I check a handful of times a year. However, for those of you that continue to be loyal Google+ users, big things  [Read More…]

Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 pick up Android 8.0 Oreo update

Available first for users in the UK.

One of the leaders for mid-range Android phones is Honor, and while the company’s latest devices include the Honor View 10 and Honor 7X, two of its older handsets – the Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 – are now getting welcome upgrades to Android Oreo.

With Oreo, you’ll find your standard array of goodies, such as picture-in-picture, snappier boot times, faster performance, notification dots, and plenty more. On top  [Read More…]