If you own an older Microsoft smartphone that is still running on Windows 8.1, things are about to change as a Windows 10 update for your smartphone is probably on the way already. This is not beta, but a fully fledged final version of the upgrade that has been in the making for months. Although Microsoft has officially started rolling it out to its smartphones around the world, not all phones will be receiving the update at the same time. Also note that if your Windows phone was not manufactured by Microsoft (or Nokia) but some other company, there will be an additional delay.
Check if your phone is in the list mentioned below:
- Lumia 435
- Lumia 430
- Lumia 638 1GB
- Lumia 636 1GB
- Lumia 635 1GB
- Lumia 540
- Lumia 535
- Lumia 532
- Lumia 830
- Lumia 735
- Lumia 730
- Lumia 640XL
- Lumia 640
- Lumia 930
- Lumia 1520
- BLU Win HD w510u
- BLU Win HD LTE x150q
- MCJ Madosma Q501
If you found your model in the list above, then go to the Windows Store and download the application called Microsoft's Update Advisor. Use it to find out if your update is on the way and turn on the option Enable Windows 10 Upgrade. Select Next and it will prompt something like ready to upgrade. Once you see that prompt, tap on Done to finish the setup. You can now go to Settings>Phone Update>Check for Updates to see if the upgrade has arrived yet. When it does actually arrive, you will see the notification automatically now.
HTC is still working on its Lollipop update for its latest flagship device, HTC One M8. Today, we got the first Hands-on video on the Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update for the One M8 with the improved Sense 6 UI.
As screenshots of the update have shown before, not much will change once the update hits HTC users. However, it's nice to see how the latest version of Android runs on the One M8. Check it out in the video below.
Additionally, the uploader of the video says that everything runs glitch-free and really fast. Battery life is also improved too. HTC sets a deadline for the update release by Next month February, 2015.
Android Marshmallow just reached 15% recently in terms of the percentage of devices running on the OS and that's good news. Android Lollipop still leads the chart with a whopping 35.5% of all current Android devices (divided in between the two versions) in the market running on it. Even Android 4.4 KitKat is enjoying a huge market share at 29.2%. Android Jelly Bean continues to power 16.6% (all versions from 4.1 to 4.3 included) of the Android devices out there till date, but if you go before that to the likes of Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, the numbers are quite low at 1.6% and 1.7% respectively. Finally, Android Froyo is the oldest Android version to still be used by some users on their smartphones and the percentage is a negligible 0.1%.
Although Marshmallow is lagging behind, it is definitely gaining in size and it's good to see. However, Android 7 Nougat is almost out and once it is out, it will surely take the crown as the most advanced Android OS with the least number of devices running it, as is the system with Android devices unfortunately. In the API usage situation, the ancient OpenGL 2.0 is at the top of the list with 46% of all Android powered devices running it. OpenGL 3.0 is used by 42.6% of the population, while OpenGL 3.1 is utilized by a disappointing 11.4%. The Vulkan API is the latest and most powerful of the bunch, but it will take some time before enough devices start using it for the API to be even listed.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
How powerful a Smart Watch really is ? Well, we can now answer this question... It's powerful enough to run an Operating System.
Samsung Gear Live can boot Microsoft Windows 95. A user managed to install this classic desktop OS on his Android Wear smartwatch.
The successful port of Windows 95 was performed using aDosBox. The latter is an emulator that allows the x86 operational system to run on Android devices. Watch the Video below to see it in action.
After seeing it running on Android One, the upcoming Android 5.1 Lollipop has been spotted running on Google's Nexus 5. The LG-made Nexus 5 device running Android version 5.1 appeared on Geekbench. Google seems to be testing Android 5.1 on at it's Nexus line-up.
It's pretty clear that Android 5.1 will see a wider release, possibly starting with the Nexus smartphones and tablets. What's still a mystery is when to expect the updates to this version to start rolling out.
As Android 5.1 is already up and running on the Android One platform, it's probably only a matter of weeks before we see it on the Nexus line. As for any other devices, how fast they get it will depend on the companies that made them and how quickly they move.
Motorola Moto G (2014) got a taste of Android L. A 6 min video of the New Moto G running the Android L appeared online and it seems pretty legit.
Android L is the biggest change here since Ice Cream Sandwich with the new UI design language dubbed Material Design. You can see the Material versions of the dialer, Hangouts, Gmail, the calendar and a few other apps. The notification are has changed too.
After watching the new boot animation you may want to jump to the 2 minute mark as it takes a while for Android to complete its usual initial boot process. Don't miss the new lockscreen, which starts at 5:40. Watch the Video Below!
It seems that the much awaited update to Android Nougat 7.0 for the Galaxy S6 isn't as far away as it was previously thought. A recent score on the Geekbench 4.0.3 benchmarking app clearly shows the Galaxy S6 running on Android 7.0 Nougat. Samsung usually tests out its devices with the latest Android OS on popular benchmarking apps, prior to releasing the final version. Therefore, the final build might be ready to roll out sooner than we thought.
Although the phone is almost two years old now, the scores are still pretty impressive at 1369 for Single-Core and 4577 for Multi-Core. They are in fact, even higher than what we are used to seeing on the Android Marshmallow versions. Then again, the entire thing could be fake as the Nougat update is still at its beta stage even on the S7 and S7 Edge.
The results were reportedly found on GFXBench, which seems to have removed the report from their database since then. Check out the screenshots, as published by GalaxyClub to take a look at what we are talking about here.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As is to be expected from the beta versions of any OS, the version of Android 9 Pie running on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ also have their fair share of bugs. To Samsung's credit, they have been pretty quick in rolling out hotfixes and major updates to fix the issues, as encountered by users. While the last beta version of the OS released a few days ago was supposed to be much less problematic than the one before it, a major bug was preventing a lot of users from using their mobile data connection, alongside causing a lot of other problems such as poor reception, invisible options in night mode, malfunctioning lift-to-wake functionality, app update errors and of course, frequent crashes.
Most of the problems have since been taken care of by firmware version G960NXXU2ZRLA (S9) and G965NXXU2ZRLA (S9+), which contain hotfixes for most, if not all of the problems that were being experienced by the users since the last beta release. Unfortunately, the updates have only been rolled out in South Korea so far, so you may have to wait a few days before it comes to other regions as well.