Just when people were starting to think that the "Made for Samsung" program which Samsung had announced at the CES in January was scrapped, the Korean company just declared their first endeavor in that line. As it turns out, Samsung's partner in this particular initiative is The Weather Channel and together, they have launched the first application within the Made for Samsung program. The application is exclusively available for the Note 5, the S6 Edge+ and the S7 Edge.
The app offers brand new features, among which, one in particular sounds quite interesting. Apparently, the Smart Weather alarm clock will wake up the user before point, if it decides that the weather conditions might delay the user from being ready in time. Other features of the application include Floating Shortcuts, in-app live wallpapers that are customizable and Edge Alerts for updating the user with the latest changes in weather conditions on the Edge panel.
The application is only available via Galaxy Apps and in case you have one of the three supported smartphones, check it out by searching for "Weather Channel" within the store. If however, you cannot see the application or cannot download it in spite of having the right handset; chances are that it is probably not yet available in your locale. In that case, you can download the APK file directly and give it a try, if you so want.
OEM manufacturers might be struggling to get even Android Nougat 7.0 to their latest devices, but as expected, Google is way ahead of the curve. The internet giant has just started to roll out Android Nougat 7.1.2 for a select number of devices which are rolled into the Android Nougat Beta program. This is of course, a beta version only and there will be more incremental updates before the final version is ready and rolling out.
The list of eligible devices includes the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player and Nexus 5X at this point of time. The Nexus 6P is also on the list, but it will take a while longer before the Google flagship from 2015 starts receiving the beta update. If you did not roll into the beta program and would simply like to flash the 827.9MB file manually, download the firmware from here. Keep in mind though that the ROM files are only available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player and Pixel C right now.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It's late September and the latest flagship handset in Samsung's arsenal has just started to receive this month's security patch on two carriers in the US. Firmware version N60USQS1ARH6 is making its way onto the Galaxy Note 9 on AT&T and Sprint as you read this, so if you own the device on a contract from any of the two carriers, the update should arrive on your smartphone via OTA any minute now. This news comes in mere hours after users on Verizon started to receive the same update on their versions of the Galaxy Note 9.
In case you are wondering when the unlocked version and the other carrier models are going to get their September patch, we may not have an exact date for you. Nonetheless, expect T-Mobile to follow up soon enough. Unfortunately, if you own an unlocked version, no one can really make any estimates as in the US, unlocked variants get security updates pretty late for some reason!