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Oxygen OS 3.5 community build released with UI improvements and new apps

By Bogdan Petrovan

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OnePlus’ Oxygen OS team is back with a new community build.

Hot on the heels of the Marshmallow-based community build for the OnePlus X, the team announced the release of the Oxygen OS 3.5 community build for the OnePlus 3.

Community builds are beta-type releases meant to test out new features and iron out kinks ahead of the stable release. These builds have to be flashed manually and OnePlus requests testers to share feedback about their experience.

Oxygen 3.5 brings unspecified “UI improvements,” new and revamped OnePlus apps, a better camera firmware, and improved customization and settings options.

More work has been put into “back-end enhancements that will improve our processes,” according to OnePlus’ announcement, and the update also lays the groundwork for faster and more frequent updates in the future.

There’s actually a pretty substantial list of known issues with Oxygen OS 3.5 community build, though nothing that we would call a show-stopper. One potential exception might be the broken System UI tuner – the team warns that trying to use it could get into serious issues that can only be resolved with a factory reset.

One other thing to know is the fact that once you install this community build, you will effectively be part of an ongoing beta program. That means you will receive OTAs for community build releases, but not for official releases. If you want to go back to official OTAs, you will need to flash an official build.

Instructions for downloading and installing Oxygen OS 3.5 are available here. All the usual warnings – backup! – apply.

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Source:: android authority

    

HTC One A9 15-day update pledge ditched before the first update

By Rob Triggs

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Back in July, HTC confirmed that Android Nougat will be coming to its HTC 10, One M9, and One A9 smartphones. Now that Nougat is here, the company has given us a rough idea about when these updates will be arriving. Unfortunately, the company is going to miss its self-imposed 15-day deadline for updating its One A9.

Originally, HTC launched the One A9 with the promise that it would receive key Android upgrades within 15 days of every Nexus update. Well the factory images and OTA updates for Nexus devices started rolling out on August 23rd, which would give HTC until September 6th or sooner to begin pushing out its own updates for the One A9. Sadly, the company inadvertently confessed that this isn’t going to happen while tweeting its update plans.

We’re excited to receive final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software from Google! pic.twitter.com/BNbQBpgddK

— HTC (@htc) 24 August 2016

HTC states that the unlocked One A9 will be receiving its Nougat update after the unlocked HTC 10 and the older One M9. Given that the HTC 10 won’t be receiving its update until Q4, which begins in October, the One A9 is guaranteed to miss its 15 day deadline, which would be by September 6th. Faster Android updates was a major selling point for the One A9, so this is going to disappoint a fair number of HTC customers.

Missing update targets is nothing new for HTC though, the company encountered set backs while pushing out Marshmallow and Lollipop updates to some devices. Although to HTC’s credit, the company has been better than most at communicating its upgrade schedule and updating its extended product portfolio.

Android Nougat logoSee also: The official list of Android 7.0 Nougat features299

There’s likely to be some technical reason why HTC is going to miss its target, but the company really shouldn’t be making promises that it can’t keep. On the plus side, the HTC 10 should receive its upgrade to Android Nougat before the year is out.

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Source:: android authority

    

Samsung launches iOS beta program for the Gear S2 and Fit 2

By Rob Triggs

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Samsung has just launched its ‘Gear iOS Beta program’ today, which finally brings iOS support to both the Gear S2 and the Gear Fit 2 for Korean customers. Samsung has been looking grow its smartwatch support into Apple’s operating system for a while now, after initially promising that Gear S2 iOS support would go live by mid-January. Better late than never I suppose.

Samsung is using the beta to obtain some last minute feedback from participants in order to improve the Gear Manager app for iOS. Beta support for Apple devices include the iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+, and SE, providing that the handsets are running iOS 8.4 or newer. As usual, expect some bugs and issues if you are eager to try it out.

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The beta program has already kicked off and will continue until September 19th. Korean speakers can sign up over at this webpage for instruction on how to install the beta app, or you can muddle through with a translator I suppose. Either way, it shouldn’t be too much longer now until Samsung finally releases its finished iOS smartwatch software.

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Source:: android authority

    

First real-world LG V20 picture surfaces via @evleaks

By Rob Triggs

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Earlier in the month we received our first exclusive look at some leaked renders of the upcoming LG V20. Now Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, can offer us a shot of what appears to be the V20 in the wild – this time in black.

The image above seems to match the renders rather well, although it is a little bit tricky because of the different angles. The top speaker grill, front facing camera position, secondary ticker display, and the volume rockers on the left hand side are all accounted for. Presumably the blurred out parts of the screen are there to help protect his source.

Unfortunately this picture doesn’t show us anything about the possibly modular nature of the LG V20. The leaked renders show a button on the bottom right to detach modules just like the G5, but there aren’t any visible clues in this picture. It’s also not clear what the mysterious “In Apps” icon is for either.

There’s still a lot left to learn about the V20, but LG and Google have confirmed that the handset will be the first to launch with the new Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The company has also been teasing a new high performance DAC, and Bang & Olufsen is also back on board to produce headphones for the handset.

LG V20 Android 7.0 Nougat coming soonSee also: B&O Play renews collaboration with LG for premium audio on the V209

The LG V20 is scheduled to launch on September 6th at an event taking place in San Francisco. That leaves just two weeks left to wait until we know all of the juicy details about LG’s next supersized flagship.

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Source:: android authority

    

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 unveiled in China, priced at $135

By Ankit Banerjee

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Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag.

The Redmi Note 4 retains the premium full metal unibody construction that was introduced with its predecessor, but now comes with a brushed metal finish and chamfered edges that looks and feels even better. The design language is quite similar as well, with the Redmi Note 4 also coming with a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display that is covered with a 2.5D curved glass panel. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, that is backed by the Mali-T880MP4 GPU and 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM. 16 GB or 64 GB are the on-board storage options available, which also dictates how much RAM you get, and you also get expandable storage via microSD card to cover all your needs. Keeping everything running is a huge 4,100 mAh battery.

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On the camera side of things, the Redmi Note 4 comes with the same 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter as its predecessor. However, the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 3 did feature an upgraded 16 MP rear unit when compared to its Chinese counterpart, so it’ll be interesting to see if Xiaomi decides to do the same with the Indian version of the Note 4. The device is running MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

Speaking of the Indian variant, the Redmi Note 3 is one of the best-selling smartphones in India, and it’s safe to assume that its successor while make its way to Indian shores soon enough. However, as was the case with the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3S series, the Indian version of the Redmi Note 4 will have to come with a Qualcomm processor, with Xiaomi unable to release MediaTek-powered smartphones in India due to an on-going legal battle with Ericsson.

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The 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 is priced at CNY 899 (~$135), while the 3 GB and 64 GB storage iteration will be available for CNY 1199 (~$180). If Xiaomi can manage to retain a similar price tag with the international variant, the company will certainly have another massive success on their hands.

Are you excited about getting your hands on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Source:: android authority

    

Honor 8 concludes global tour in Paris, launches for Europe

By Quinten Plummer

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After showcases in China in July and the US earlier this month, Huawei concluded the Honor 8’s global tour at an event in Paris and launched the glass-backed phone for the European market.

At £369.99 in Europe and $399 in the US, the Honor 8 is priced to creep into the top tier of the smartphone market at a price point that doesn’t force it into side-by-side showdowns with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5.

Instead, the Honor 8 is part of a growing league of flagship assassins meant to steal the hearts of those not set on bagging a $600-700 smartphone. It compares more favorably with ZTE’s Axon 7 and other devices that are just a tad too feature rich for the mid tier of the market.

The 5.2-inch, full HD Honor 8 is built on a diamond-cut metal frame and encased in glass composed of 15 layers. Between those layers are lithographic, 3D print grating to create prisms within the phone’s glass back.

Beyond its own beauty, the Honor 8 is more than capable of faithfully rendering the world around it with its 12MP dual-camera setup poking out of its glass back and an 8 MP secondary camera on its face.

The Honor 8’s primary shooter captures pixels 1.25 microns in size — that’s slightly bigger than the iPhone 6s, but don’t bank on it performing better than the iPhone in low light situations.

It’s “a promising prospect – for its category – when it comes to taking snapshots,” we wrote in our hands-on review of the Honor 8

Elsewhere in the Honor 8, there’s an octa-core Kirin CPU that’s backed by an i5 coprocessor and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. And it’s stocked with 4GB of RAM. It also includes a fingerprint scanner, a Type-C USB port, a 3,000 mAh battery and support for fast charging.

In Europe, the Honor 8 will only come its 32 GB configuration. Consumers in the US and China have access to both the 32 and 64 GB varieties of the phone.

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Source:: android authority

    

Android Nougat kind of arrives on the Nexus 5, if you’re bold

By John Dye

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Although there’s a lot of community affection for the Nexus 5, many users were dismayed to learn that it would not be receiving Android Nougat. However, in this age of constant modding and customizing, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a way to run Nougat on their beloved Nexus 5… and it turns out that time was quite short indeed.

Yes, even though the firmware for Android 7.0 just arrived this week, XDA Developers have come up with a port from the AOSP ROM. If you’re particularly brave, you can now run Nougat on the Nexus 5. There are, however, a few key caveats.

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The camera, for instance, doesn’t work. Or Bluetooth. And there’s a slew of stability issues.

Basically, if you’re Nexus 5 is your primary device, you might want to hold off on unofficially upgrading to Nougat until a little more progress is made. Frankly, the cult fandom of this device seems strong enough that we’d be surprised if an essentially fully-functional Nexus 5 version of Android 7.0 doesn’t emerge from the modding community in the coming months.

The camera, for instance, doesn’t work. Or Bluetooth. And there’s a slew of stability issues.

In order to flash Nougat to your aging pride and joy, you’ll need to have TWRP, do a full wipe and install the rom, then reboot. Full details can be found over at XDA Forums courtesy of user Santhosh M.

What do you think of this early version of Nougat for the Nexus 5? Will you be flashing it to your device? Let us know in the comments below!

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Source:: android authority

    

HTC announces Android 7.0 Nougat update timeline for a few devices

By Dima Aryeh

Now that the official build of Android 7.0 Nougat is out, phone makers are receiving the latest code to start working on the final builds of Nougat for their devices.

HTC has taken to Twitter to confirm that the unlocked HTC 10 will be getting the update in Q4 2016. This means it could come in a few weeks or in more than three months. It’s quite the range. The One M9 and One A9 as well as carrier versions of all of these devices will follow.

Unfortunately, HTC hasn’t given any concrete dates, nor has the company mentioned any other older or lower end devices. Hopefully HTC expands on its plans after the 10 is on the latest version of Android.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Salt Lake City might be the last to get non-wireless Google Fiber

By John Dye

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Google Fiber has arrived in Salt Lake City and is starting to take sign-ups as of today. The search giant’s infamous gigabit Internet service is available for $70 or, if those speeds are a bit too blazing for you, SLC net surfers also have a $50, 100Mbps option. Gigabit with TV will run you $140.

Salt Lake City is the seventh locale to receive Google Fiber, but there’s a possibility that it may be the last. At least in terms of actual fiber. Google recently purchased ISP Webpass, and it would seem that Google Fiber is considering using point-to-point wireless technology instead of fiber for future rollouts. Using wireless tech would make deployment far easier, considering the current way that Fiber arrives in cities requires extensive infrastructure redevelopment.

GoogleFiberTruckPreviously: Google Fiber sets its sights on Dallas7

Google says they have hopes to bring their blazing internet service to 16 additional cities in the future.

Right now, Fiber in Salt Lake City will cover “roughly 112 blocks from 100 South to 800 South between 400 West and 1300 East,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Google anticipates rolling out the service to more and more parts of the city over the remainder of 2016.

If you’re a denizen of the area, you can see if service is available where you live by going to the Salt Lake City Fiber landing page and checking your address. If demand is high, as it has been in other regions, then it might take a week or more for your service to arrive after you sign up.

What are your thoughts regarding Fiber’s arrival in the heart of Utah? What city should they come to next? Let us know in the comments below!

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Source:: android authority

    

Want to make an app but don’t know where to start?

By John Dye

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So you have a puzzle game or productivity app rattling around in the back of your head. You know there’s an audience for it, you know users would love it… heck, you even think you could make some cash if you monetize it right.

There’s just one problem.

You have no clue how to develop an Android app.

It’s a daunting position, especially if you’re someone with zero coding experience. All the hot ideas in the world don’t amount to zilch unless you can actually bring them into reality, but learning how to code is often expensive and time consuming.

That’s where Rob Percival comes in.

Rob is a 35-year-old self-described code geek who really just loves teaching people how to code. Every year he runs a Code School for kids in the city of Cambridge, and he’s also the brains behind the environmentally conscious hosting service Eco Web.

Over the last two years, Rob has established himself as the leading creator of online coding courses. He has taught over 400,000 students how to go from idea to finished app, and he’s been featured on Business Insider for his success in this regard.

Right now, Rob is offering a complete Android developer course that can take you from novice to expert in just six weeks, even if you don’t know a lick of Java in the beginning.

After you download and setup Android Studio, Rob will guide you through the process of creating a variety of simple apps like currency converters and timers, but by the end of the course you’ll be building robust, complex apps like Uber and Snapchat clones.

You’ll learn:

  • Basic programming concepts
  • Java language
  • Layout on Android
  • Animation
  • Best design practices for app development
  • App-Web interface
  • Maps and Geolocation
  • Data storage and handling
  • User accounts and login
  • Sprites and gameplay elements
  • Bluetooth interaction
  • Android Wear development
  • How to submit your app to Google Play
  • How to setup a marketing website for your app

That’s 232 lectures that you can move through at your own pace, over 30 hours of step-by-step video tutorials, and active support from Rob himself in the course forums.

The deal gets even sweeter, though.

Rob is offering all of his students a free year of hosting on Eco Web in case you’re interested in building a site to publicize your completed products. The course also comes with a package of images and sound files that you can use to flesh out your apps. This media package is valued at $500.

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You’re probably waiting for the catch.

Well, normally there would be one. The price tag.

Rob’s complete Android developer course usually goes for a whopping $180. However, Udemy is currently offering a 94 percent discount to Android Authority readers.

That means if you act today, you can snag the entire package for only $10. Just click the button below or use the promocode UDMY10ALL when you check out.

If you’re already an advanced developer, this course probably isn’t for you, to be frank. Rob starts with the basics and builds upon them very gradually. At the original cost, it probably wouldn’t be worth it for intermediate developers either, but for just ten bucks, this might be a good opportunity to round out your skills.

Heck, it’s probably worth it for the media package and the free year of hosting alone.

Don’t let your dream app waste away in your brain. Get it out into the world! You might just be sitting on the next Flappy Bird or Snapchat.

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Source:: android authority