Google’s second generation Pixel: more for the fans

Google’s second generation Pixel phones are about to be launched. Expectations are high. But ultimately, Google doesn’t have to do too much to inspire fans. However, to be more broadly successful, it needs to do something else, something extra. Google really needs to devote itself to updates and developing a soul of its own.

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Updates: Google can finally lead by example

Let’s take a quick look back at the contentious topic of system updates: In September 2013, Apple presented the iPhone 5S. In a few days’ time, this iPhone 5S will receive an update to iOS 11. Likely it won’t get all the features, but at least it will get some semblance of an update. In comparison, the Nexus 5, which was launched in October 2013 received its latest official Android M security update in November 2015 and October 2016. No (official) trace of Android Nougat or Oreo.

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The Nexus 5 was one of the few affordable Google smartphones. / © AndroidPIT

So much has already been written about the reasons behind the update misery at Android (and I’m guilty of contributing to this plethora of complaining). However, the situation has changed in recent months: Project Treble can make a difference. Together with other manufacturers and suppliers, Google has created an interface (called vendor interface) that enables Android to access system drivers such as Qualcomm’s. The purpose of this is that for a large Android update, the chipset manufacturer (e.g. Qualcomm) does not need to release a driver update separately.

Project Treble can’t help in certain situations, like that encountered with Android Nougat, which excludes all smartphones that don’t support OpenGL-ES-3.0. However, such situations are rare, so the vendor interface can ensure that Android updates are possible without requiring help from the chip manufacturer. Google should be using this development.

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Project Treble is designed to simplify the updating process. / © Google

With the second generation of Pixel phones, Google has to drive a more ambitious update strategy. Users are already a bit bitter that the Pixels are extortionately priced (even Nexus phones) compared to iPhones. With long-term support with two huge version leaps, they barely even cause a stir in the Android world (although the speed of delivery is a big plus). As of now, the expensive first generation Pixels will also stop getting updates shortly after Android P is released, so it will be yet another phone thrown into the abyss of yesteryear.

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Google has to extend the update period of its smartphones

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If Google really wants to solve problems in the Android world through its Pixel smartphones, there is no alternative: longer update periods are required. By the way, the argument that the performance of old smartphones is no longer sufficient may be valid for some entry-level smartphones from 2014, but a Nexus 5 would still be able to perform all tasks in everyday life today with a more recent operating system. There is no recent Android feature the requires the power/performance of a Snapdragon 835. Granting smartphones longer update support cycles means an environmentally friendly product policy.

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Google Pixel: The phone needs more soul. / © AndroidPIT

Nexus becomes Pixel

A few years ago, Google had to act: Patent wars were in full swing and Google was left almost empty-handed. So the mobile phone division of Motorola was quickly acquired, patents were acquired and sold to another buyer. Did Google have any real interest in rebuilding Motorola’s mobile phone division? Looking back, I think it’s fair to say the answer was no.

Times are changing and we have seen some hardware projects from Google stemming from various different veins: Chromecast was a surprise hit among the streaming sticks, Google Home brings the Assistant to your Smart Home and then, of course, there are the Pixel smartphones. Google itself carried out the hardware design and all construction steps and merely used HTC as a manufacturing partner. it’s also worth noting that the software has always been a bit more Google-heavy than stock Android since the Nexus 5.

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Four Nexus phone, four Google beacons. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google will continue to follow this path with the second generation of Pixels. And once again, Google will have to deliver some exclusive features. Otherwise, David Ruddock of AndroidPolice’s assessment of the upcoming pixel smartphones will prove to be true.

Google will increasingly rely on its own hardware

So what should the next generation of Pixels do to become relevant for a broader market? Apart from longer support, which I’ve already mentioned, there are two things that are urgently needed: Google must hire real designers and give the smartphones a less simple look. Pitched against the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the LG V30, Google Pixel clearly wins the poor design award with its old-fashioned appearance and huge bezels.

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Google’s smartphone competition has more to offer visually-speaking. / © AndroidPIT
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The Google Pixel 2 phone needs to look nicer than its predecessor

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Google also really needs to implement features that turn the monotony of Android into a smartphone with its own soul and character. LG and Samsung have succeeded, many other stock Android manufacturers have not yet.

Together with HTC, Google will apparently provide the new Pixels with edge-sense technology, which would at least mean one more sophisticated feature. In general, Google seems to want to intensify its cooperation with HTC. Rumors have been circulating for some time now that Google wants to take over HTC. Google is primarily interested in the design team. Keeping the old brand alive is only likely to be of interest for a transitional period. Instead, it might boil down to a matter of breathing soul into its hardware and HTC can certainly help with that.

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A promising render of the Pixel 2 XL. / © Android Police

Google will own its hardware, but it will not become Apple

The fact that Google owning its hardware is so relevant in the first place isn’t so much just for smartphones, even though control of hardware and software is very important. Rather, the growing network has led to a hen-egg conundrum. The Google Assistant and Google Cloud connect all sorts of devices, not only smartphones and tablets, but also TVs, smart speakers and other smart home equipment. Only with hardware like Google Home or Chromecast can Google build a platform that is attractive enough for developers of other devices. Smartphones, on the other hand, are an important control unit and provide a lot of valuable usage data.

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Google Home: The smartphone takes on a minor role. / © AndroidPIT

Without its own hardware, Google cannot make any reasonable progress with its own platform and will quickly be pushed into second place (i.e. loser). The tough manner in which the race for digital assistants is being fought is evident from the way that Google’s rival Amazon is pushing its Alexa onto the market – it too has a dual strategy whereby it has its own hardware and partnerships.

However, Google will certainly not do one thing: It will not become Apple. Apple is now developing its own chips, such as the A11 in iPhone X, and even its own radio modules. It would take years to catch up this lead with a chip of its own. I guess it’s better to work with Qualcomm. and make itself independent of its driver development (thus coming full circle to Project Treble).

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Google will not become Apple. / © Apple

Google will present its future this Fall

I was already smiling when I heard the announcement last year: The Pixel event will be more important than any other Android event in the last decade. It certainly turned out to be different. The beta assistant was not yet overwhelming, the Pixels were ugly and boring. But at least a first step was taken. In its second attempt, Google can do a lot better and recent renders of the Pixel 2 XL are pointing in the right direction.

It may take a few months or years to realize how significant a change Google made last year. The Assistant, its own hardware and this later, perhaps even great design. Perhaps 2016 will have been a year of setting the course for Google.

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In summary: Longer update support is a must for loyal Google fans, more soul and character is a must for broader success.

What do you expect from Google’s Pixel event on October 4? Which innovations are you especially looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comment below!

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Android 8. Oreo could quickly be coming to a Samsung Galaxy S8 near you

Android 8. Oreo may well quickly be on its way to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, as examination firmware for Samsung smartphones has popped up. 

Oreo firmware updates spotted by SamMobile contain the latter ‘Z’ in their model names, which has earlier been employed to denote that the firmware is for Samsung phones, as very last year’s Android 7. Nougat updates for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also contained the same letter in the firmware.

As these types of, Android Oreo firmware versions labelled G950FXXE1ZQI7 and G955FXXU1ZQI7 are predicted for the Galaxy S8 and its bigger sibling respectively.

A beta model of the Samsung-flavoured Oreo firmware is predicted to be rolled out very quickly, but neither Samsung or Google have unveiled when specifically the mobile functioning procedure will come across its way on to Samsung handsets, or without a doubt which of the South Korean company’s array of smartphones and tablets will get the Oreo cure.

However, Samsung is very likely to push Oreo out to both of the Galaxy S8s and its Galaxy Be aware 8, give the phones are at the prime of its smartphone pile very last-technology handsets like the Galaxy S7 will probably get Android 8. pushed out to them, but there’s a possibility that older phones like the Galaxy S6 might be remaining to tick alongside with Android Nougat.

Google has supplied Oreo a complete nip and tuck to make it less complicated for smartphone makers to up grade to when they are making use of their have tailor made user interfaces on prime of Android. But Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has its electronic claws significantly deep in Android, including all method of tailor made factors, which can in transform make it challenging to up grade the core OS with out creating other apps and tailor made functions to malfunction or basically glance a very little weird.

Android Oreo provides in a far more robust protection centre, which means Android lovers with considerations about hackers and privateness will want to up grade to Oreo as quickly as probable, so we can think about that if Samsung takes substantially longer in pushing out its Oreo update consumers of its flagship phones could get a very little disgruntled.

Connected: Not interested in Android? Check out our iOS 11 critique

Have you experienced a style of Android Oreo yet? Permit us know on Fb or tweet @TrustedReviews. 

[Humor] The Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 Violate Android’s Compatibility Requirements

Over the years, hundreds of Android devices have been released. Among the dozens of manufacturers building Android phones, Samsung is one of the more prolific of the bunch. But Samsung is best known their two flagship smartphone series: the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note line. The latest flagship offerings from Samsung include the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. These devices launched with Android 7.0 Nougat and 7.1 Nougat respectively, but while these smartphones are claimed to be Android Certified, they actually violate a key prerequisite of what allows them to pre-install Google apps on their devices: the Android Compatibility Definition Document.

The following post is meant to be humerous. Don’t take this seriously. Just enjoy the ride.


The Necessity of Android Compatibility

With every new release of an Android version, Google publishes a set of requirements that devices must meet in order to be considered compatible with that version of Android.

This document enumerates the requirements that must be met in order for devices to be compatible with the latest version of Android. To be considered compatible with Android, device implementations MUST meet the requirements presented in this Compatibility Definition, including any documents incorporated via reference.

The above lines preface all links to the Android Compatibility Definition Document, and clearly state that, while the Document does not include every requirement needed for a device to be considered Android-compatible, it does state that manufacturers must stay within the guidelines of the document. Furthermore, meeting these requirements is a prerequisite for any manufacturer to license Google Mobile Services (GMS).

After building an Android compatible device, consider licensing Google Mobile Services (GMS), Google’s proprietary suite of apps (Google Play, YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, and more ) that run on top of Android. GMS is not part of the Android Open Source Project and is available only through a license with Google.

This is a huge incentive to make Android device manufacturers follow Google’s strict requirements listed in their Compatibility program. Without meeting Google’s requirements, a manufacturer cannot pre-install the Google Play Store (among many other Google applications).

Amazon is one of the few manufacturers that intentionally does not license GMS as they favor their own app ecosystem, but for every other manufacturer it’s crucial to ensure that their customers have access to the millions of apps on the Google Play Store. Hence, you can understand why it’s so important for Samsung to meet the requirements in the CDD so they can license out Google Mobile Services.


Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 – Are they Truly Android Certified?

At XDA, we’ve been digging into the Compatibility Definition Document with every new release of the document. We poured through the document released for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat, though we skipped the document for 7.1 as the changes were so minute that they weren’t worth mentioning.

For Android 8.0 Oreo, we’ve already talked about some of the changes introduced in the latest update to the Compatibility Definition Document. Some of the things we found include requirements on implementing Android Oreo’s background app limitations, optional WiFi Passpoint support, required Data Saver support, and consistent dumpsys command behavior.

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Daydream View VR Headset by Google

But there was one change we noticed that, at the time, didn’t seem very significant. It was a change regarding Android’s requirements to support high-performance virtual reality mode. Adding support for this feature is a requirement in order for a device to support Google’s Daydream VR. It’s actually possible to force Daydream VR compatibility on any rooted Android device if you add a few lines in the right place.

In order for a device to support Daydream VR officially, though, they have to meet the requirements laid out in the Virtual Reality section of the CDD. With the release of Android 8.0’s CDD, Google updated the document to allow for larger (up to 6.3″ screen size diagonally) devices to support high-performance VR in Android.

Source: PhoneArena’s Size Comparison Tool.

We were wondering why Google made this change, and why they went with 6.3″ specifically as their upper limit. We linked this CDD change with the recent Daydream View 2017 leak, but then something more obvious, and hilarious, came up.

We realized that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ with its 6.2″ screen and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with its 6.3″ screen perfectly explain why Google decided to up the screen size limit in the Android 8.0 Compatibility Definition Document. Perhaps they didn’t anticipate any smartphones from their major partners to get that large initially, but the might of Samsung forced their hand so they updated the document to accommodate their biggest partner.

But there’s a problem with the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 supporting VR high performance mode (and yes, we verified that it does by pulling /system/etc/permissions/android.hardware.vr.high_performance.xml from the phones). While the Galaxy Note 8 launched with Daydream VR support on board, it took a software update to bring compatibility to the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+. However, both devices did not launch with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Instead, they must meet the requirements listed in Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat’s Compatibility Definition Document in order to be considered compatible with Android and thus license Google Mobile Services (GMS). But the requirement listed in the previous release of the CDD explicitly states that the display MUST measure between 4.7″ and 6.0″ diagonal. Clearly, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are outside of these bounds, and thus they violate the terms of the CDD!


What should be done about this?

As these two devices violate the CDD, they cannot ship with the Google Play Store pre-installed. Google should protect the integrity of their Compatibility program by stripping the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 of all Google apps. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is cool though. You should have bought that one if you wanted to have a truly Android Certified device. Don’t blame me for your poor choice.

AllCall Rio comes with dual camera, Android Nougat and 3 days’ battery

Sometimes it’s not just about having the biggest brand smartphone in your pocket. You’d be surprised at what you can get your hands on if you cast your net a little wider. The big brands of today had to start somewhere, and many of them started off with some amazing specs at a fraction of the price of more well-known brands. Like OnePlus. Or like the AllCall Rio, which we bring you today.

While you might not have heard of this brand yet, it’s worth checking it out for the sheer amount of impressive specs, design and features it brings at a jaw-droppingly low price of about $55! Check out the video below to discover more about this phone or head over to the AllCall Rio website.

Here’s a little more about what you could be investing your hard-earned dollar on…

Design and display

The AllCall Rio comes jam-packed with an eye-catching array of specs: it boasts 3D curved screen technology, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S8, melding nicely into a sleek metal frame. The frame and housing is made with utmost care to maximize high durability of the device, while ensuring a smooth design and elegant appearance. 

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The AllCall Rio looks sleek and elegant, with its curved screen. / © AllCall

Its ergonomics won’t let you down either – it sits nicely in your hand, however, should the phone slip from your hand, it’ll likely hold its own thanks to a 1.8 mm thick glass, which is thicker than many other phones nowadays, ensuring its sturdiness and robustness.

Camera

You guessed it – this latest phone from AllCall comes with a dual camera (8 MP Sony IMX149 sensor) with an aperture of f / 2.2, in addition to a front camera for selfies. AllCall isn’t messing around with its photography technology – you can expect exquisite clarity and vivid colors as well as the bokeh portrait effect. You also get all the usual camera features like color filters, panorama shots and video shooting.

Performance and battery

The AllCall Rio comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, which has some useful features like split-screen mode and notification direct reply – these all make your user experience much friendlier than ever before. Packing a 2,700 mAh battery, the phone should hold its own for 3 days or 16 hours calling time.

So what are you waiting for? Check out this phone with some fantastic specs at a quite literally unbeatable price – it could be the next big hit in the near future! AllCall will also be at the Asia Expo for Mobile Electronics in Hong Kong from October 18 to 21 – so if you’re around, you should head over check them out!

OnePlus 3T Receives Leaked Build of HydrogenOS Based on Android 8.0 Oreo

We’ve seen a number of OEMs such as OnePlus, Nokia, Sony, and others say they’re currently working on the Android 8.0 update, so it’s somewhat of a race to see which one is able to push out an OTA first. It was recently leaked that OnePlus has started a closed beta test of Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3/3T with an alleged goal of rolling out an open beta by the end of this month. But today, OnePlus 3T users who want to get their hands on Android Oreo can do so through a leaked internal build of HydrogenOS that has been shared on our forums.

OnePlus manages two different versions of their software depending on your location. The company installs OxygenOS on most of their devices, but if your phone originated in China (or maybe you just manually flashed it yourself) then it will have HydrogenOS installed on it. For the most part, these two look and function mostly the same but there are some subtle differences (such as no Google apps and some pre-installed Chinese apps on HydrogenOS).

Apparently, a leaked version of a closed beta test for HydrogenOS based on Android 8.0 Oreo has been posted online and can try it out right now. XDA Junior Member  has uploaded a version to our OnePlus 3T forum and this was mirrored by XDA Member standbyme91 so there are multiple sources you can download it from.

Remember though, this is the Chinese version of the ROM so while you can set the language to English, it will not be the same OxygenOS that you are used to. Plus, there are no Google apps pre-installed. However, you can install the Google Play Store from the pre-installed Market App.

Reports say that installing this will lock the bootloader. Nearly all hardware aspects of the device are reported to work, and some users have even tested and confirmed that VoLTE works. A user also confirmed that Project Treble is not on board with this release, but we shouldn’t assume that this will always be the case since we’re still some time away from an official release. On the other hand, users are reporting that rootless Substratum theme support works on this build, which is great news for fans of custom themes!

If you want to try it out, be sure to read the thread in full before flashing because it requires you to use the MsmDownloadTool so it isn’t a conventional installation. Again, do not flash this if you are not comfortable messing with your phone.


Download HydrogenOS based on Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3T

Motorola’s Moto X4 is Project Fi’s first Android One smartphone

The United States will be getting its first taste of Android One very soon. Today, Google and Motorola announced that the Moto X4 will be coming to Google’s Project Fi wireless carrier with the stripped-down Android One treatment. The Project Fi Moto X4 will cost $399 and come in two colors: black or silver. It will be available for preorder starting today.

The Android One version of the X4 is a little different than the one Motorola is selling in Europe and other parts of the world. It has a “pure Android experience”, which means that it lacks some of the enhancements that Motorola adds to its Android phones. You won’t find Moto Voice, Moto Access, attentive display, or one-button nav options on the Fi phone, but it will have Motorola’s helpful gestures and some display customizations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Fi X4 will not have Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant either — the Google Assistant will be the only voice assistant option on the phone.

The Fi Moto X4 is launching with Android 7.1 Nougat, but Google says an update to Android Oreo will be available before the end of the year. Interestingly, the company also says that the Android One Moto X4 will be among the first phones to receive Android P when that is released. (Android P confirmed, I guess.)


Image: Google

Otherwise, the hardware of the Fi Moto X4 is the same as the one announced earlier this month. It has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3,000mAh battery, and IP68 water and dust resistance. It has a dual-rear camera with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors, plus a 16-megapixel front camera with special low-light mode. Google is providing free unlimited full-quality storage in Google Photos for the Fi X4, much like it does for the Pixel phone line.

Not only is this phone an important mark for Android One, it’s also the first non-Google phone to be offered on Google’s own Project Fi service. Prior to this, the only phones that were sold for and worked officially with Fi were Google’s Nexus and Pixel phones. Since the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL last year, the cheapest Project Fi phone available cost $649. The Moto X4 obviously makes it much less costly to join Fi than before.

Google is giving some incentive for existing Fi customers to upgrade, as well. It is offering up to $165 on trade-in for select Nexus devices, plus a $50 bonus trade-in credit if it’s done before October 5th.

This probably won’t be the last Android One phone in the US — Google has committed to bringing the Android One experience to more price points in the future — nor will it likely be the last non-Google Project Fi phone to come. But it is a good mid-range option from a known manufacturer, which should help bring more into the Project Fi fold.

Download Lineage OS 15 For Moto Z (Android 8. Oreo)

Download Lineage OS 15 For Moto Z (Android 8.0 Oreo)

The 2016 introduced device, Moto Z, is one particular of the very best funds telephones and the very best part is, this device would also receive official Android Oreo OTA update in in close proximity to future. Now, we all know that Motorola, a Lenovo obtained business, has become very careless in offering updates on time, so it’s not obvious when the device would receive OTA update.

Still, if you want to wait for the formal update, you can wait but if you want to taste the Android Oreo on your Moto Z as before long as possible, then you should really go with the Lineage OS 15 for Moto Z which is dependent on Android Oreo. Now, this Lineage OS 15 for Moto Z is shared by a properly-known XDA developer, erfanoabdi.

According to the aspects, this Lineage OS 15 for Moto Z has almost each characteristic of Android Oreo, which includes the photograph-in-photograph mode or the notification dots. Having said that, it has also been said that people could possibly practical experience some bugs. A further detail to detect right here is, some features could possibly be missing as of now, but all these problems will be solved through future updates/upgrades.

 

Pre-requisites:

 

  1. To put in this ROM on Moto Z, you have to have root accessibility.
  2. This is ROM is specifically made for Moto Z, so, never test to put in it on other gadgets.
  3. Lineage OS 15 for Moto Z is crafted on top of Android Oreo, that’s why has almost all the features.
  4. This ROM may possibly incorporate some bugs.
  5. Changing ROM deletes your total device information, just take a total backup right before continuing in direction of installation.
  6. Make sure that your device has at the very least 60% battery charged.
  7. Follow every single and every step very meticulously. We are not accountable for any form of mishappening to your device.

 

Issues/Bugs:

  1. Camera Preview
  2. Online video
  3. MP3 Playback

 

Download Lineage OS 15 for Moto Z:

 

Installation Method:

  1. The initially detail which required is a customized recovery. If you previously have one particular set up on your device, skip this stage. Right here, we are using TWRP customized recovery.
  2. Now, once you have completed with stage 1, download all the 3 files Lineage OS 15 for Moto Z, GApps, and Magisk (optional) and conserve them in the external storage of the device.
  3. At the time completed, GoTo the Link and comply with the Installation methods from 3 to 7.
  4. Soon after subsequent every single stage from the connection meticulously, flash the Magisk file, which you have downloaded.
  5. Now, at the conclude, you have to wipe cache & Dalvik cache. And after wiping, reboot your device.
  6. Congratulations, you have now Lineage OS 15 set up on your Computer. Go to Configurations > About Cell phone and confirm the exact.

Take pleasure in Android Oreo features on your Moto Z.

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Some Pixel XL users experience random reboots on Oreo

With every new release of Android comes a spate of problems that need to be worked through. Android Nougat launched with some Bluetooth issues that prevented people from connecting to their Bluetooth-enabled devices, while Marshmallow had no shortage of launch issues too. Now it seems as though an issue from the developer preview version of Android Oreo has made its way into the launch version.

The issue was first logged on the Google Issue Tracker back in July 2017 where Artem Russakovskii reporting his phone rebooting faster than he’s ever seen and functioned weirdly afterward. The issue sees the phone perform a soft reboot and then afterward no sound is available at all until a proper reboot has been performed. Here’s how the issue is first described on Google’s issue tracker.

Have DP4 installed on Pixel XL. I was on the phone, then suddenly a reboot, but was a really quick one, never seen a phone reboot this fast before. Phone soft rebooted, audio unavailable in any app. Some apps fail silently, some not so silently (see attached screenshot).
A proper reboot using the system reboot option fixed the sound.

Now Artem is reporting that his Pixel XL is rebooting “pretty much every single day.” A cursory search of the term Pixel XL reboot on Twitter shows that lots of people are experiencing this issue after upgrading their Pixel XL to Android Oreo.

Google eventually responded to the original complaint about this reboot issue and marked the issue as “Won’t Be Fixed.”

Status: Won’t Fix (Not Reproducible)

We believe the issue was due to a known issue related to a file descriptor leak but it is hard to confirm without further context. We are working on improving error reporting around these cases to try to ensure they are easier to root cause in the future.

Are you experiencing any random reboots on your Pixel or Pixel XL that has received the Android Oreo update? If so, let us know in the comments what device you’re running Android Oreo on.

Vertu’s latest luxury Android phone is built for jetsetters

As for fit and finish, everything is as you’d expect. The Constellation, like Vertu’s other handsets, will be hand-built in England and is crafted from anodized aluminium and finished with leather sourced “from a specialist, family-run tannery in Italy.” An inset ruby located on the side of the phone doubles as a button that offers access to Vertu’s 24-hour Concierge service, for when you need help with a very important booking.

The Constellation’s performance shouldn’t be ignored, either. It features a 5.5-inch (2,560 x 1,440) WQHD AMOLED display that, with over 3.6 million pixels, clocks in at an impressive 538 PPI. Vertu is sticking with premium elements, including sapphire, which adds extra protection with its 140 carat scratchproof finish. Under the hood lies a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, a healthy 128GB of storage (including microSD support), a 3220mAh battery and support for USB-C and wireless charging.

Vertu has also crammed in Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound and front-facing stereo speakers, which are located at the at the top and bottom of the device “to achieve the best possible stereo separation.” The 12-megapixel sensor in the Constellation’s rear-facing camera is capable of giving Google’s Pixel phones some competition, housing “large” 1.55µm (micro) pixels, which will give it an edge on most smartphone cameras in low-light conditions.

The phone itself runs a customized version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Vertu hasn’t given me any indication that the handset will receive an upgrade to Nougat. In the past, it was suggested that the company’s new owner, Hong Kong’s Godin Holdings, may look to integrate its own suite of security software, but the Constellation will fully encrypt calls using tech from Silent Circle, at least for now.

Vertu says the Constellation will go on sale in boutiques from mid-February, but it has yet to decide on a price. Bear in mind, all Vertu phones run into the thousands, and this will likely be no different.

Motorola backtracks again, confirms Moto G4 Plus will receive Android Oreo

Motorola backtracks again, confirms Moto G4 Plus will receive Android Oreo

Motorola backtracks again, confirms Moto G4 Plus will receive Android Oreo

LENOVO-OWNED Motorola has made yet another U-turn and has said that the Moto G4 Plus will get Android Oreo after all.

Earlier this week, the company last week released a list of devices that will be receiving the upgrade, and despite its previous insistence that the Moto G4 “will get upgraded to Android operating system versions N and O”, both the G4 and G4 Plus are missing from the lineup.

The full list is as follows: Moto Z, Z Droid, Z Force Droid, Z Play, Z Play Droid, Z2 Play, Z2 Force Edition, X4, G5, G5 Plus, G5S and the Moto G5S Plus. 

What’s more, an eagle-eyed Reddit user has spotted that the firm has removed all references to that previous-promised Oreo upgrade from its marketing material. 

As well as yanking references from its Moto G4 landing page and its listing on Amazon India, the Reddit post notes that a tweet from the official Motorola India Twitter, which recently confirmed Oreo for Moto G4, has been removed.

Naturally, news of Motorola’s shady backtracking hasn’t gone down well with the company’s customers.

One user wrote on Reddit: “Motorola makes good phones when it comes to hardware (the G3 2015 is amazing for its budget pricing and is waterproof) but their update policy is simply horrible. I’m glad that the modding community exists (both 7.1 and 8.0 are available to me) or else I would be seriously pissed off. They gave my phone an update from 5 to 6.0 in the first few months and called it a day.”

Another moaned: “Motorola has a horrible track record for having extremely late updates, discontinuing updates earlier than initially promised and so on, I stopped getting their phones because of it. You’d think that the fact they basically just ship stock android they’ed have good software support but nope!”

However, in a statement given to INQ, Motorola has clarified that the Moto G4 Plus will receive the update, although noted that it’s unlikely to arrive anytime soon.

“It’s been brought to our attention that there were some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for Moto G4 Plus. This was an oversight on our part and we apologize for this miscommunication,” a spokesperson said.

“It’s our general practice for the Moto G family to get one major OS upgrade per device, but it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading Moto G4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit it into our upgrade schedule.”

The company failed to mention the Moto G4, which probably means that it’s not going to receive the previous-promised Android Oreo update. 

We’ll update this article when we hear more. µ