Xiaomi India has announced a permanent price drop of ₹2,000 ($30) on the Mi 5 sold in India. This brings down the price of the device to ₹22,999 ($343) from its original ₹24,999 ($373). The price drop is very likely a reaction to the strong response to the OnePlus 3 (₹27,999 | $417) and other competing products, and the drop increases the Mi 5's bang-over-buck quotient.
The first setup screen on Android 7.0 Nougat now offers an option to migrate data from Apple's iOS device. The option was not a part of stock Android, even though a few custom skins have offered data migration from iOS for a while now.
Google had officially brought support for loyalty programs to Android Pay back in June of this year. Until now, the only company that had integrated their loyalty program was Coca Cola, which only worked at their vending machines. Yesterday, Walgreens announced their Balance Rewards program will now seamlessly work with Android Pay.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has become an incredibly popular smartphone around the world and we're even learning that it has broken sales records in India. The IDC is reporting that Xiaomi has sold 1.75 million units in India since launch, 880,000 of those were sold in Q2 alone, and that it is the highest shipped smartphone in the history of India's online market in any given quarter.
We already knew Google was shutting down support for OAuth 1.0 (2LO) on October 20th, and now we're learning about some more changing that will be happening. October 20, 2016, Google will prevent new OAuth clients from using web-views on platforms with a "viable alternative." Then, on April 20, 2017, Google will start blocking OAuth requests using web-views for all OAuth clients on platforms where, again, "viable alternatives exist."
Popular XDA Recognized Developer and well known HTC leaker, LlabTooFeR, just revealed some interesting information about the upcoming Nexus smartphones from HTC. If true, then both Sailfish as well as Marlin will have two of each partition (e.g. system_a & system_b). It's believed this setup is required in order to apply Android 7.0's new seamless updates in the background.
We're almost a week away until IFA 2016 in Berlin, and Huawei just announced when their press event will take place. Huawei will make their announcements on September 1st at 10:30am CEST. The teaser image shows the corner of a device that's highlighted in emerald green, and then says they will "Defy Expectations" at the event.
With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat, Google confirmed that the LG V20 would be the first smartphone to ship with Android's latest right out of the box. LG has also announced when the V20 will actually be launched too. They have two launch events with one happening in Seoul on September 6th and the other happening in San Francisco on the 7th.
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