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XDA Basics: How to Check and Update the iOS Version on your iPhone

Whether you love Apple or hate it, it's hard to deny that Apple has the best update policy in the smartphone ecosystem. Users not only buy a good iPhone, but they also buy into years of software update support without needing to think about it. And that is exactly what happens, as many users simply...

Xiaomi 11T series will be Xiaomi’s first phones with 3 years of OS updates

Following in Samsung and OnePlus' footsteps, Xiaomi has now announced that it will offer three years of OS upgrades and four years of security patches for its upcoming Xiaomi 11T series. The company made this announcement just days ahead of a launch event, where it will unveil the Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Talking...

Germany wants smartphone makers to offer 7 years of software updates

Apple is gearing up to roll out iOS 15 later this year. The company plans to roll it out to several of its devices, going all the way back to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This will make Apple the only smartphone OEM to offer seven years of software updates to its devices....

Vivo is the latest OEM to offer 3 years of Android OS updates for select phones

At the Galaxy Note 20 series launch event last year, Samsung surprised fans by promising three generations of Android OS updates for the new devices. The company soon extended the program to several other devices, including the Galaxy S21 series, the Galaxy S20 series, all of its foldable devices, a few Galaxy A series devices,...

ASUS rolls out an Android 10 beta to the ZenFone Max Pro M2

Earlier today ASUS rolled out an Android 10 beta to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 and it looks like the company is giving the same treatment to its successor as well. The Android 10 Global Beta is now available for the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 for early testing. The update carries build number 17.2018.1912.409 and...

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...

US unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 gets FM Radio support in latest update

Depending on where you live, you may or may not be surprised that most modern smartphones come with the ability to listen to FM radio. This is one of those features that have become a must-have in select markets around the world, but that isn't the case for the United States. As more people move...

Pixel and Pixel XL to Receive Guaranteed Software Updates From Google Until October 2018

One of the key reasons to buy a Google-branded device is the expectation of frequent software updates for your device. Google is rather transparent about how long they will support their devices, and has a support page that lists the end of life period for each of its devices so users aren't blind-sided when an...

The OnePlus 3 and Axon 7 Show Affordable Phones Don’t Have to Come at the Cost of Software Updates

In the past, purchasing a "mid-range phone" meant a plethora of compromises: weak after-sales support, few and far between updates, and compromised feature sets (and, more often than not, an ugly user interface). OnePlus devices, too, had questionable software and update support. The OnePlus 2 took ages to get a proper marshmallow update. The OnePlus...

Exclusive: To Offer Fast Software Updates, OnePlus is Merging Hydrogen and Oxygen OS

If there is one thing that OnePlus has done very well over the past few years, it is being the center of conversation. We won't rehash many of their past failings, but ever since the OnePlus 3 was announced a few months ago a new benchmark was set. It was a Nexus alternative. A fast performing, customizable,...

Samsung: If You Release Multiple Variants, Please Focus on Equal and Parallel Support

New Galaxy S flagships are coming, and as is tradition this time of year, I feel like I must bring up an important issue that Samsung seems hesitant to fix -- their fragmentation. Even on their flagship line-ups, Samsung manages to split up its new phones into many variants, each updated separately, and in most cases,...