Tag Archive: Updates

Android phones need to get software updates for a lot longer than two years

With $ 1,000 flagships being the new normal, Android device makers need to match Apple when it comes to software updates.

The iPhone X set the stage for $ 1,000 flagships back in 2017. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t far behind, with the phone launching at $ 929. Ever since then, phone prices have been regularly trending upward, and the latest Android flagships now start off at $ 1,000. The regular Galaxy S20 retails for $ 1,000,  [Read More…]

Lack of updates for Mi Mix 3 5G highlights Xiaomi’s continued software woes

Xiaomi’s 2019 5G flagship is stuck on Android 9.0 Pie, and it doesn’t look like it will be updated to Android 10.

Xiaomi introduced MIUI 12 last month in China, and is set to introduce the global version of the ROM in the coming weeks. MIUI 12 comes with a host of exciting new features and much-needed privacy controls, and will be rolling out to devices starting next month.

But one device that has fallen by the  [Read More…]

Software updates are what set the iPhone SE apart from mid-range Androids

In the case of the iPhone SE, it’s what’s inside that counts.

Ever since Apple announced the much-anticipated second coming of the iPhone SE, tech reviewers on both sides of the iOS vs. Android camp have been dumbfounded by just what a great value the smartphone seems to be. And while it is an impressive specimen in terms of fit, finish, and features, the hardware and appearance of the device are not what make it truly special.  [Read More…]

Google to push COVID-19 tracking updates to Android phones via Google Play

The contact tracing tool is being developed jointly by Google and Apple.

What you need to know Google has announced that it will be using Google Play Services to push the COVID-19 tracking system to Android phones. The updates will be rolled out to all Android phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The first phase of Google and Apple’s Bluetooth contact tracking framework is due next month.

Google joined hands with Apple last week to help  [Read More…]

Resident Evil Resistance has a roadmap of updates over the next few months

There’s some updates on the way for this asymmetrical multiplayer title.

What you need to know Resident Evil Resistance is an asymmetrical multiplayer game included with the purchase of Resident Evil 3. Capcom has revealed a roadmap showing the monthly updates that will be adding more to the game. The contents of most of these updates are currently unknown.

Resident Evil Resistance may not be getting the same attention as the Resident Evil 3 remake it’s included  [Read More…]

Coronavirus updates: Tech companies urge full-time staff to work remotely

COVID-19 has spread to 108 countries around the world, and the coronavirus shows no signs of abating. The virus is proving particularly devastative in Italy, with the country seeing 366 deaths from over 7,000 cases, second only to China. COVID-19 has effectively shut down the airline industry, with most countries screening international passengers for signs of infections.

The coronavirus has had a huge impact on the tech industry, affecting the global supply chain and causing interminable product delays.  [Read More…]

Alexa adds support for severe weather alerts and commuter updates

These updates are coming to an Echo near you.

What you need to know Alexa is getting better at being a digital home assistant with new skills dedicated to helping to start your day. The digital assistant can now surface weather alerts and traffic conditions for users. You’ll also be able to keep track of the NBA and U.S. Presidential elections with new commands.

Amazon is improving Alexa’s flexibility as a smart home assistant with a bevy  [Read More…]

Samsung’s 2020 flagships will only get major updates till Android 12

Samsung has held the same policy for many years now.

What you need to know Samsung has released its update schedule for its latest phones. As expected, the company will only provide full software support for the S20 series and the Galaxy Z Flip for the next two years. After that, they receive one more year of monthly security updates, following by quarterly security releases in the fourth and final year.

Despite the Galaxy S20 series and  [Read More…]

Stop automatic app updates from happening without your knowledge

There are a few reasons why one might want to stop the Play Store from automatically updating an app. Maybe a new update broke functionality, or you need to keep track of your data usage and don’t want to burn through your cellular data limts. Whatever the reason, here’s how you can stop automatic updates from occurring on your Android phone.

How to stop Automatic App Updates for all apps Open the Google Play Store on your Android  [Read More…]

Google has a new web app that makes flashing updates easier than ever

All you need is a browser and a Pixel.

What you need to know Google has just made it easy for developers to try out the newest Android builds on their phones with the new Android Flash Tool. It runs with a simple web-app in Chrome on all desktop platforms. You’ll need a Pixel 2 or later to take advantage of this.

Interested in knowing how your hip new app is going to work on upcoming Android  [Read More…]