Xiaomi is in a bad spot right now. Revenues aren't growing as fast as investors want. Competition in a saturated smartphone market is stiff. And software sales and service fees just aren't stacking up. Part of that formula comes from the ads plaguing its MIUI software experience from embeds in the web browser right down to the settings. Now, the company is beta testing an ad-free experience that may end up in the final update to MIUI 10. Read More
Did your phone get a day one update for Android 10? If you don't have a Pixel or Essential Phone, probably not. Apparently, though, if you bought the newest Samsung smartphones from the past year, you might be able to get it fairly soon — that is, if you bought it from T-Mobile. Read More
OnePlus has released the third version of its Android Q Developer Preview simultaneously for OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, and 7 Pro users, bringing update pulses together for the first time. The program's latest refreshes come as Google itself is about to finish its beta process for Q on the Pixels. But on OnePlus's end, the company has implied that participants will need to temper their expectations on when the OS upgrade will be finalized. Read More
Now that the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are getting some circulation with consumers, it's time to release the floodgates and let the community do what it wants with the phones — that means letting developers develop. So, the company has released Android Q Beta builds for both devices and is in the process of pushing out kernels for each one. Read More
Even though OnePlus still sells only one phone at a time, pulling the plug on the well-reviewed 5T far too early, the company’s software support for both new and old devices can be pretty impressive. Unless you don’t still own the OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X, in which case we’re sorry. Read More
In the last few years, OnePlus has gotten serious about keeping its devices updated. While it can feel like stable OxygenOS releases take a while sometimes, the Open Beta program represents what OEMs should do: give those who are willing early access to new features, Android versions, and so on. Further attempting to bolster its positive reputation in this area, OnePlus released the Software Maintenance Schedule, which promises two years of software and three years of security releases for each device and it's already in effect. Read More
After a brief one-month beta period, OnePlus has now begun rolling out the latest stable version of OxygenOS 5.1.0 to OnePlus 5 and 5T devices. The version is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and includes April's updated security patch.
The complete changelog from OnePlus is shown below. Read More
Two years ago, I drew up a little comparison between the duration of software support for iOS and Nexus devices, and the differences were stark. Whereas Google only committed to 24 months of OS updates on its flagship phones, Apple typically updates their iPhones for up to 5 years after release. At the time, I was somewhat hopeful that things would improve gradually over time: Google had just formalized the 24-month update policy a few weeks prior, and we were already seeing a few devices like the Nexus 4 and the 2012 Nexus 7 that were being kept up-to-date for 34 or 38 months. Read More
In a recent interview that was published on the OnePlus forums, the head of product at OnePlus revealed that Android O would be the last major update that the OnePlus 3 and 3T would see. However, the company remains committed to providing security updates for the foreseeable future. He further revealed that the OnePlus 3 and 3T should see OxygenOS v4.5 within the next few months. Read More
Last year, HTC promised that the One A9 would receive Android OS updates within 15 [business] days of the first Nexus device to get that update. HTC almost immediately failed to meet its self set goal with security patches, and last I checked, my One A9 was rocking a June 1st security update in early August (it does now have the August security patch, though). Now HTC is seemingly implying the One A9 may not get Nougat until 2017, or: at least not until well after the end of August it would have under its 15-day no-longer-a-rule.
Given very few people bought the One A9, this should not surprise you in the least. Read More