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Google Chrome is now the No.1 browser in the Play Store as the most popular web browser in the Android Platform. Chrome has just officially reached more than "1 BILLION" installs on the Play Store.

 

While induction into this elite group hasn't been quite as impressive since membership hit the double digits, Chrome is among the first of Google's apps that doesn't owe all of its success to pre-installs. The first beta release of Chrome came in early 2012 and only supported Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. At this time, ICS was still new and only a handful of devices were shipping with it. There were still brand new phones launching with Gingerbread.

 

Chrome play store

 

It wasn't until several months later that Chrome would come pre-installed for the first time on the original Nexus 7 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Most manufacturers continued to stick exclusively to their own "stock" browsers until 2013, when many of them started to include both two browsers.

 

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Nokia Z launcher

 

Nokia has just announced its first lollipop tablet, Nokia N1, with its own UI on top called the Nokia Z Launcher. Well, lucky enough, the Nokia Z Launcher is now Available on the Play Store starting from today.

 

Nokia Z

 

The Launcher learns from your usage and picks up contextual cues (e.g. whether it's morning or evening), but the feature that sets it apart is scribbling.

 

Instead of having to hunt down the right shortcut though an alphabetized list, you just your finger to write the first letter and the Z Launcher will display matching apps sorted by how much you use each one of them.

 

nokia z

 

The Z Launcher on the Lollipop-running Nokia N1 tablet is an exclusive version, but a generic version can be had from the Play Store for a small taste of the experience engineered by Nokia.

 

Nokia Z

 

Download Nokia Z Launcher [Play]

 



In what could be one of the final software updates for the device, if not the THE final one, Samsung has just rolled out a huge software update to the Galaxy Note 4 in Europe via OTA. The Note 4 is about two years old now, so according to what we have seen with Samsung, it is coming to the end of its manufacturer's software coverage.



The 350MB update will change the firmware version to XXS1DPJ3 and bring multiple improvements to the Note 4. Notable changes include better memory management, better stability, fixes for multiple bugs, greater battery optimization, enhanced core features and overall improvement in stability. If you are still wondering why it's so big, then keep in mind that this update also includes Google's security release for October as well.


Don't be impatient if you do not see the update on your device yet as it usually takes a bit of time before all the batches are rolled out and every smartphone starts to receive the update. Do you think this one truly is the last update for the Note 4, or will Samsung continue to provide the aged device with security updates for a while longer? The news was brought to our attention, thanks to GalaxyClub.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Reports from Indian and Russia have confirmed that the Nougat update has started being rolled out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the two countries. It is impressive how fast Samsung is rolling out the Nougat update across various countries around the globe this year and we hope that this is a trend which will continue. If you are in India or Russia, check for the update manually from Settings> About device > Software update. Even if it is not there yet, rest assured that it will be there in the next few days.



The firmware comes in at an expectedly huge size of 1285.64MB for the Galaxy S7 and 1290.74MB for the Galaxy S7 Edge. The version of the firmware meant for the Galaxy S7 is G930FXXU1DQAZ, while G935FXXU1DQAZ is the version of the firmware released for the Galaxy S7 Edge. If Nougat hasn't arrived for your smartphone yet and you can't wait to get a taste of the latest and greatest that the Android OS has to offer, check our firmware section here.


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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although the upgrade to Android Nougat is probably the update that all of you are waiting for when it comes to the C9 Pro, unfortunately, it isn't out yet. Nevertheless, the April SMR from Android, along with Samsung's own set of bug fixes for the Galaxy C9 Pro has just started to hit the high-end device. The report from The Android Soul did not specifically mention the regions receiving the updates currently, but chances are that all of the regions will start receiving the OTA update within a few days because there are only a handful of nations where the C9 Pro is being sold currently.


The firmware version of the update is C900FDDU1AQC5 and it should provide protection against all the latest threats to security posed by malware and hackers to the overall Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS and the overlying Samsung UI. Don't worry much about the Nougat update right now as the C9 Pro is guaranteed to get it soon (fingers crossed!). Also, the Marshmallow v6.0.1 OS runs pretty smooth on the SD 653 SoC and 6GB RAM, so you shouldn't have much to complain about. However, if you want to check out some custom ROMs and firmware updates from various sources, head over to our firmware section now.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Since its already well into the second week of July, one would think that any maintenance update released for a smartphone would contain the Android security patch for the month of July, but that isn't quite the case yet with the Galaxy A5 (2017). While the update is most definitely an OTA package which will fix some vital problems, it doesn't carry the July security patch with it.


This leads us to believe that the 30MB file with the build number A520FXXU2AQF5 must contain fixes for certain problems that are unique to the Galaxy A5 (2017) only. This makes it all the more necessary that you download and install it as soon as it becomes available for your smartphone. As of now, it's rolling out only in the European continent. Hopefully, the July security update will be making its way onto the Galaxy A5 (2017) very soon as well. In fact, we are pretty sure that the security patch of the month will arrive onto the Galaxy A5 (2017) along with the Android Nougat update package together, by the end of this month (hopefully!).


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Galaxy S8 had already started to receive the October security patch over four days ago, but Samsung's latest flagship handset is yet to get the same treatment. The wait for owners of the Note 8 is about to be over though, as reports from multiple sources have confirmed that the month's patch is now reaching Galaxy Note 8 smartphones in China and Hong Kong. The two models eligible for the update in those regions are the SM-N9508 and SM-N9500.


Although Chinese updates are seldom very indicative of the same patch making its way into other countries, it's good to know that Samsung has at least started to roll out the OTA package for the Note 8. We would estimate that the update will soon be released in Europe, given that we have almost reached the end of the month! When it does arrive, 215 vulnerabilities in the underlying Android OS will be addressed, alongside six in Samsung's own overlying UI. Do let us know in the comments, if you see the October patch hitting your device in other regions.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you own the Galaxy J3 (2017) and you live in the US, we have good news for you. Although it's already November, Samsung has finally managed to release the October security patch for the handset. As long as you own the model SM-J327U, you should be seeing the update arrive anytime now.


Firmware version J327UUEU1AQJ1 will patch about 215 common vulnerabilities and bugs in the base Android OS, in addition to the six that's common to only Samsung handsets. In case you are wondering why you did not receive the September patch, know that no Samsung handset did! The OEM was too busy patching up the infamous BlueBorne threat on all its models to release the September patch. As to why the October patch arrived this late, that's just how Samsung works; they were never known for delivering timely updates every month in the first place!


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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