Tag Archive: versions


OnePlus 6T: Differences between unlocked and T-Mobile versions

Best answer: The OnePlus 6T is effectively the same no matter where you buy it, but the T-Mobile version has a couple of restrictions. It doesn’t have dual SIM functionality, is SIM locked when it’s financed, and only comes in one color, RAM and storage configuration. Unless you want to use T-Mobile’s financing or trade-in offers, you’re best buying a 6T directly from OnePlus.

OnePlus: OnePlus 6T ($ 549)

The OnePlus 6T is mostly the same  [Read More…]

Here are the Android Pie features that work on earlier versions

Your phone might never see Android Pie, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see some of the new features.

One of the reasons Android has become the most popular computer operating system in the world can also create a big headache — any company can do almost anything they want to do with it. That not only means that devices running Android can look very different and use very different hardware, but even “traditional” uses of Android  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update: Which versions have gotten it

Follow Oreo’s journey to the S7 series right here.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is far from Samsung’s latest and greatest, but it’s still kicking thanks to an update to Android Oreo. The new software has recently started making its way to the S7 and S7 Edge, and these are the versions of which it’s arrived on so far.

United States AT&T

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners started receiving the long-overdue Oreo update on Saturday, June 9,  [Read More…]

Changes to Google Play Store will require apps to be optimized for newer Android versions

Android security depends on secure apps and Google has some big plans.

Google has made some significant announcements on its Android Developers Blog centering around some new policies developers will need to follow to continue publishing to the Play Store. Google says that starting in August 2018 all new apps submitted will need to target Android Oreo, and in November 2018 updates to existing apps will need to do the same. In addition, starting early in 2018 there will  [Read More…]

Official LineageOS 14.1 nightlies now available for OnePlus 5, more LG G6 versions

LineageOS official builds are now available to download and install on more devices. The smartphones that are getting LineageOS 14.1 nightlies treatment are the OnePlus 5 (cheeseburger), Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (mido), European LG G6 (h870), US unlocked LG G6 (us997) and Sony Xperia L (taoshan). LineageOS 14.1 which is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat […]

Galaxy S8: What’s the difference between U.S. unlocked and carrier versions?

If your goal is not to stress about the carrier behind your new Galaxy S8, then the unlocked version is the way to go.

Now that it’s officially available to purchase, there are plenty of reasons you should consider paying the full price for the unlocked Galaxy S8 over a subsidized one from your carrier. Not only are you freeing yourself from the relative shackles of a contract with a carrier, but you’re also signing up for  [Read More…]

You can now sign up for beta versions of Gboard and Google Play Services

Get the latest Gboard and Google Play Services features before everyone else.

Google is now offering beta versions of Gboard and Google Play Services, allowing you to test out upcoming features before they’re available to all users. Doing so is relatively straightforward — you have to head to the signup page for Gboard and Google Play Services and hit the “Become a tester” button.

Doing so switches you to the beta channel, and you should see the  [Read More…]

Why do new phones ship with older versions of Android?

New phones shipping with outdated versions of Android isn’t too surprising. The reasons? Release cycles, and Benjamin Franklin.

This summer, you’ll see phones sold — expensive phones — that have older versions of Android. Brand new phones that cost hundreds of dollars and are the best models available. They will be on shelves beside other brand new phones that have “old” software on them, too. And not just models that have been available for a while, but  [Read More…]

Don’t fall for fake versions of Super Mario Run on Android

Before you go downloading a bunch of sketchy files, take a minute and think.

Super Mario Run is now available for iOS which has many iPhone users jumping for joy, but its absence on Android is leaving a lot of users out in the cold. With no official word on when Mario will be making his way to the Play Store, I know some of you are already looking for ways to obtain the game from  [Read More…]

Google might torpedo Qualcomm Quick Charge in future Android versions

New Android compatibility definitions warn manufacturers against using nonstandard USB charging methods.

Between Qualcomm Quick Charge, MediaTek Pump Express, Oppo VOOC, OnePlus Dash Charge, Huawei SuperCharge, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging and Motorola Turbo Charge, fast charging methods on Android phones are kind of a mess. Some of them overlap, but not all are interoperable, and when you consider that some require not only a custom charger but a specific cable, it’s a confusing situation for consumers.

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