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These Samsung Galaxy devices will get 3 generations of Android updates

Android updates have long been a problem point for the OS. There is an incredible variety of Android devices out there, and ensuring that these get updated to the latest Android version is a big challenge that Google has attempted to tackle through multiple measures (notably, Project Treble) in the past. And while the entire...

Samsung is treating U.S. unlocked device owners like second-rate citizens

Not too long ago, Samsung began selling their mobile phones direct to consumers here in the United States via either samsung.com or the Shop Samsung App. This was great news as taking out the middleman (carriers) is always welcome. Customers are, of course, still free to buy a carrier-branded phone from any number of carriers...

Xiaomi lists their progress on Android Oreo and Android Pie updates

When it comes to Android software updates, Xiaomi is pretty unique in their approach. The company is fully committed to their MIUI software experience and has been known to release new versions of MIUI to phones several years old even if it meant rolling out an older version of Android. Xiaomi's MIUI is pretty heavily...

ZTE Axon 7’s Android Oreo update is here, but it has issues

ZTE has been in the news a lot in recent months, largely in part thanks to sanctions placed on the company by the U.S. government. When those sanctions were lifted, the company returned with a bang by announcing their long-awaited ZTE Axon 9 Pro. Its predecessor, the ZTE Axon 7, is still one of the...

September security patches roll out for the Google Pixel/Pixel 2/Pixel C and Nexus 5X/6P

A hot batch of Android security updates has just been pulled out of the oven to cool. Google releases Android security updates for Google Pixel and Nexus phones at the beginning of every month. They also publish Android Security Bulletins for Google devices and Android devices at large. Factory images and OTA files have already been...

How A/B Partitions and Seamless Updates Affect Custom Development on XDA

When Android Nougat released, it had us talking about all kinds of new features. We got a newly updated user interface for starters along with long-awaited multiwindow capabilities and Vulkan Graphics API support. But one under-the-hood addition flew over the heads of most users. Android Nougat introduced "Seamless Updates" on devices that support A/B partitions....

OnePlus 6 receives HydrogenOS 5.1.11 with fixes for standby, games, connectivity, and more

The OnePlus 6 launched at the end of May, and so far the company has been doing a decent job keeping it updated. With a number of updates to OxygenOS so far, a number of features have been added. HydrogenOS is OnePlus' Chinese version of their flavor of Android, and it lacks Google Apps amongst...

LG V20 Android Oreo update may arrive in August, kernel source code posted online

LG has been hard at work updating their devices after the launch of their software update center in South Korea back in April. When we learned that the LG G6 was being updated to Android Oreo, we were told that the LG V20 and the LG G5 would also see an update soon. Thanks to XDA...

LG G5 Android Oreo update is imminent in Korea as kernel sources are posted

The LG G5 was launched in early 2016 with a gimmicky modular concept and Android Marshmallow. It was updated to Android Nougat later that year and since then users have been waiting for Android Oreo. Back in May, the LG G6 started getting Oreo and the LG V20 and G5 were said to be close...

How to immediately get OxygenOS updates for the OnePlus 6/5T/5/3T/3

One of the most annoying parts of over-the-air (OTA) updates is waiting for the update to be delivered on your device. This varies wildly from device to device, and many factors take part while checking if you're eligible: your carrier, your OEM, your current Android version, and your actual geographical location/IP, just to name a...

Samsung wins case that would have forced them to update older phones

If you ask an Android enthusiast which smartphone you should buy they'll likely suggest one that has a good reputation when it comes to software updates. This means something in the Google Pixel line or it could be one that has a dedicated developer community behind it. Either way, timely and extended software updates is...

Android 7.1.1 is Now Rolling Out to the ZTE Axon 7 Mini

If you're rocking a ZTE Axon 7 Mini in the US, then we have some good news to share with you: the Android Nougat update is now rolling out for your device. The flagship Axon 7 received an update to Android Nougat back in March and now it's time for its little brother to get...