Yesterday, the final Android Nougat developer preview for us to play with began rolling out. At the bottom of the announcement blog post, Google announced that part of their Android engineering team...
There were reports earlier that Motorola would not commit to monthly security updates for its devices, including newly launched flagships. Motorola then mentioned that devices will receive security updates. However, with this latest statement, Motorola has clarified that security updates will come to devices, but not in a monthly fashion citing difficulty in doing update procedures on a monthly basis. Head on over to the source article to read the full statement.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 is the company's thinnest BlackBerry to date. We've heard lots of rumors about this device (with TCL manufacturing it) and now we can see it is essentially a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4. As with all BlackBerry devices though, it's the software and security is where the DTEK50 will shine.
Huawei has just published their financial report for the first half of the year, and their sales revenue is up by 40% compared to the first half of 2015. The company continued by saying they have ended G1 with an operating margin of 12%. Huawei attributes this to all three of their business groups (enterprise, consumer and carrier) and believes they will maintain their momentum throughout the year.
The US Federal Communications Commission believes that reducing the amount of time emergency services take to locate you could save 10,000 lives annually. To help improve this on Android devices, Google has launched its Emergency Location Service for Android 2.3+. Google has launched this service in both the UK and Estonia, but only on wireless carriers who have collaborated with Google on it.
Most Android enthusiasts might know of LeEco as a company that sells smartphones, but they are actually a huge conglomerate that has a hand in a number of markets. It's being reported that LeEco could acquire the United States TV manufacturer VIZIO. If true, we could see this acquisition officially announced sometime today.
It had been previously reported that OPPO was going to launch the F1s sometime in August, but at that time a date had not been announced. This week, OPPO has started sending out press invites to select Android publications for this specific event. We can now expect to learn more about the OPPO F1s on August 3rd at its launch event.
Some visual changes are coming to the Android, iOS and desktop versions of Google Maps. Google says they are now using a cleaner look that will highlight necessary information without overcrowding the map. The new update also allows Google to highlight areas of interest like a hotel, bar or restaurant. Lastly, Google is now using a more "subtle and balanced color scheme."
Humble Bundle has just announced their 19th DRM-free mobile bundle for Android. This bundle includes Chameleon Run, Ys Chronicles II and Hitman GO if you pay $1 or more. If you pay more than the average, then you get Punch Club, Super Stickman Golf 3 Premium and more to be announced soon. Lastly, you get Dropsy and The Banner Saga if you pay $6 or more.
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