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Android 8.1 Causing Multi-Touch Issues For Some Users

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Google released Android 8.1 Oreo for its Pixel and Nexus devices earlier this month. The new update fixes some issues and adds a couple of minor features. It appears to be causing problems for some users as well. Some Pixel owners have been complaining about multi-touch issues on their devices after they updated them to Android 8.1 Oreo. They’re complaining that the update broke multi-touch on their devices.

Some of the affected Pixel owners have taken to Google Forums and Reddit to complain that the multi-touch feature of their handsets was broken by the Android 8.1 update.

One user even mentions that this issue was present in the first developer preview of Android 8.1. If that really is the case, it’s surprising to see that the issue wasn’t caught before the firmware was rolled out to the public.

The users say that this problem is most noticeable when they’re playing games that rely on multi-touch input. It’s also noticeable in other apps that require using multiple fingers to get things done.

The temporary fix that these users found is simple. They just rolled back their devices to Android 8.0. This rules out any hardware-based issues on the affected devices.

Google appears to be looking into the issue as a community manager at the Pixel User Community has confirmed today. However, it’s unclear how long it might take for the company to send out a fix for this.

Android 8.1 Causing Multi-Touch Issues For Some Users , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android 8.0 Oreo Installed On Only 0.5% Of Android Devices

Tyler Lee December 12, 2017

It has been several months since Google released Android 8.0 Oreo to the public. However the latest figures shown on the Android Developers website (see screenshot above) has shown that so far, only 0.5% of Android devices are running on the latest update, which is rather unfortunate given the ton of neat features that the Oreo update is packing.

Presumably the majority of the devices that are running on Oreo are the Pixel and Nexus handsets that are eligible for the update. However we have also seen how OEMs like HTC have been pushing out the update to unlocked HTC U11 handsets. We expect that Oreo’s install numbers will increase over time, but for now it looks like Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still the most-installed version of Android at 29.7%.

Given that Marshmallow is basically 2 years old, it is impressive (and a bit alarming) that it is still the most popular build of Android. Even 2016’s Nougat is sitting at 23.3%, which is actually lower than 2014’s Android Lollipop which the combined versions adds up to 26.3%. The fragmentation of Android is something that Google is very aware of, and it is something the company is still trying to fix.

One of their more recent attempts is Project Treble, where Google is trying to cut down the number of steps needed before an update finds its way onto a smartphone.

Android 8.0 Oreo Installed On Only 0.5% Of Android Devices , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Lists Android Wear Devices That Will Get Oreo Update

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

According to a recent report, it has been suggested that these days, consumers appear to prefer keeping their smartphones updated to the latest OS versus buying a brand new device. This makes sense when you consider that some smartphones are starting to see a rather huge hike in price.

So the question is, does this apply to smartwatches too? While we’re not sure on the smartwatch front, we do know that updates are welcome especially if they bring about new functionality, and for Android Wear users, Google has upload a list of devices that are expected to receive the Android Wear update that is based on Android Oreo.

The list posted on Google’s Android Wear Help page is rather extensive, but for the most part we are noticing that the devices on the list are those that fall under Fossil’s brand, or at least the Fossil umbrella, which also plays home to brands like Diesel and Michael Kors. According to Google, the devices that should already receive the update include the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie, and the Montblanc Summit.

There are a bunch of devices that are supposed to get the update, but a release date has yet to be confirmed, but you can check out the list below to see if your device is part of it. It has been pointed out by 9to5Google that quite a few older Android Wear devices aren’t part of the list, like the LG Watch R, the original Huawei Watch, and the 2nd gen Moto 360/Sport from 2015.

Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Diesel Full Guard
Emporio Armani Connected
Fossil Q Control
Fossil Q Explorist
Fossil Q Founder 2.0
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Wander
Gc Connect
Guess Connect
Huawei Watch 2
Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
LG Watch Style
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
Michael Kors Access Dylan
Michael Kors Access Grayson
Misfit Vapor
Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
Movado Connect
Nixon Mission
Polar M600
TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
ZTE Quartz

Google Lists Android Wear Devices That Will Get Oreo Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Launches Android Oreo (Go Edition) For Lower-End Handsets

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

Earlier this year during Google I/O, Google announced a new Android initiative in the form of Android Go. Similar to Google’s approach with Android One, Android Go is basically Android designed for lower-end handsets and is the software side of things, versus Android One which focuses on the hardware.

For those who are interested, it seems that with the release of the Android 8.1 Oreo update, Google has also released Android Oreo (Go Edition). According to Google, “As announced at Google I/O 2017, the “Android Go” project is our initiative to optimize the Android experience for billions of people coming online around the world. Starting with Android 8.1, we’re making Android a great platform for entry-level devices in the Android Oreo (Go edition) configuration.”

This version of Android, like we said, has been optimized for lower-end devices. This means that it will be better at memory optimization where it will ensure that apps can run more efficiently even on devices with as little as 1GB of RAM. It will also offer flexible targeting options, where developers can now create apps designed for lower-end handsets.

Google is also touting optimized Google apps, which means that all the apps that typically come with Android will now be better optimized to run on less powerful hardware. Google claims that these apps have been rebuilt.

Google Launches Android Oreo (Go Edition) For Lower-End Handsets , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Releases Android 8.1 Oreo For Pixel & Nexus Devices

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

It has been a couple of months since Google released Android 8.0 Oreo for its Pixel and Nexus devices, but it looks like the company has another major Android update that they have recently released. This comes in the form of Android 8.1 which is still part of the Oreo build, but will come with various improvements, new features, and bug fixes.

One of those fixes is the audio issue that Pixel 2 owners were experiencing when recording video, so hopefully that problem is over and done with. In addition, Google has also announced that Android 8.1 will introduce the Neural Networks API with hardware accelerated machine learning runtime.

This is meant to help support machine learning in apps, so it will be interesting to see which developers will be taking advantage of it. According to Google, “The Neural Networks API provides accelerated computation and inference for on-device machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow Lite — Google’s cross-platform ML library for mobile — as well as Caffe2 and others.”

The update is expected to begin rolling out across to Nexus and Pixel devices over the  next week, so if you own a compatible Pixel or Nexus handset, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the update.

Google Releases Android 8.1 Oreo For Pixel & Nexus Devices , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Pixel 2 Audio Issues While Recording Video Fixed In Android 8.1

Tyler Lee December 1, 2017

According to earlier reports, it seems that some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners have discovered some audio issues when recording video. Google did promise that they would be addressing the issue, and it appears that they have, although it looks like you’ll probably have to wait until the release of Android 8.1 Oreo to get it.

According to reports, it seems that the upcoming Android 8.1 update has addressed the audio issues users are experiencing when recording video. The update is currently in developer preview, which is sort of like a beta which means that it isn’t available to all users just yet, but know that when the update is released, the problem should be fixed.

There is no word on when Android 8.1 will be released to the public, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for it. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets have unfortunately been hit with a ton of problems upon its release, such as weird clicking sounds, display burn-ins, and more, although to Google’s credit they have been quick to address the issues.

In the meantime you can check out the videos below, where one runs on Android 8.0 and shows the audio issues when recording, and the other with Android 8.1 where the audio issues are gone.

Pixel 2 Audio Issues While Recording Video Fixed In Android 8.1 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Reportedly Testing Android Oreo For The Galaxy S9

Tyler Lee November 28, 2017

Unless Samsung has a change of heart or strategy, the launch of the Galaxy S9 (and presumably the Galaxy S9+) in 2018 is more or less a given. What is also a given is that Samsung will most likely launch the handset with Android 8.0 Oreo preinstalled, or possibly a later build of Oreo.

This is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that according to Galaxy Club (via SamMobile), Samsung is apparently testing out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the handset already. However it seems that this is version 8.0 we’re talking about, not version 8.1 which is already available as a beta for Nexus and Pixel handsets.

It is rather odd that Samsung would not want to bundle the latest version, but then again it is possible that Samsung could launch the phone with 8.1, or at least that’s what we’re hoping for. Not much is known about the Galaxy S9 for now, except that one version could pack the latest Samsung Exynos chipset.

We’ve also heard that Samsung won’t be changing the design too much and that it could come with an improved facial recognition system. There are also rumors claiming that the phone could be announced earlier than expected, possibly in January 2018 at CES.

Samsung Reportedly Testing Android Oreo For The Galaxy S9 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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LG V30 And V30+ Android 8.0 Oreo Beta Released

Adnan Farooqui November 27, 2017


There are quite a few OEMs that are running Android 8.0 Oreo beta programs for their flagship smartphones. Samsung is one of them and Essential is another. LG has joined the list as well by releasing the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the LG V30 and V30+. The beta update that LG’s rolling out for the V30 and V30+ weighs in at around 1.2GB. It brings all of the major updates that are included in the Android 8.0 Oreo release.

The only caveat is that LG is offering the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program in its home country of South Korea. The company hasn’t confirmed if it’s going to offer the beta program in other markets where the V30 and V30+ have been released.

What the beta program does show is that LG is definitely working on the Android 8.0 Oreo software for these handsets. The beta releases also signal progress so it may not be long before the company rolls out the Oreo update to all users across the globe.

LG has previously said that it’s aiming to release a stable version of the Oreo update for users in South Korea by next month. If it’s able to do that then LG V30 and V30+ owners in other markets across the globe may not have to wait for a lot of time before they get a taste of Oreo on their handsets.

LG V30 And V30+ Android 8.0 Oreo Beta Released , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sony Xperia X Performance Oreo Update Released

Adnan Farooqui November 27, 2017


Those who own a Sony Xperia X Performance should keep an eye out for a firmware update notification today as the company has started rolling out the Oreo update for this device. Sony has been on a roll recently with the Oreo update for some of its handsets. It released Oreo for the Xperia XZ and XZs merely days ago. When those devices received Oreo, it was clear that the Xperia X Performance would also end up getting the Oreo update in the very near future.

Sony launched the Xperia X Performance in February last year. It came with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It was updated to Android 7.1 Nougat in November last year. Oreo is likely the last major Android platform update that this device is ever going to get.

As is the case with most major firmware updates, Sony is likely rolling it out in stages which means it’s going to take some time before the Xperia X Performance Oreo update goes live in all regions. The Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Xperia X Performance brings all of the new features that are part and parcel of the Android 8.0 Oreo platform upgrade.

The update also brings Sony’s Xperia Actions feature which offers users intelligently suggested settings based on their usage. They also get all new gaming and commuting features. Sony has also redesigned app shortcuts by a long-press and the software will now provide easy access to actions.

Sony Xperia X Performance Oreo Update Released , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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List Of Samsung Devices To Receive Oreo Update Leaked

Tyler Lee November 27, 2017

Say what you will about Apple and their iPhones being overpriced and sporting features that Android phones have had for years, but if there’s one thing that’s hard to refute is Apple’s support for their iPhones, where they tend to offer support and major OS updates for devices as old as four years.

This is versus Android where depending on the manufacturer, might only see support for 1-2 major Android updates. However the good news for Samsung users is that Samsung could be looking to change that perception. In a post on Weibo (via BGR), an alleged list of Samsung devices that will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update has been leaked.

Obviously handsets like the Galaxy S8, S8+, and the Note 8 are in that list, but what’s surprising is that the list includes devices as old as the Galaxy S6, which is in line with an earlier report. Other devices part of that list include the Note 5, the 2016 Galaxy A8 and A9 Pro, the Galaxy C series, along with some Samsung tablets from 2016.

It’s hard to say how accurate this list is or if it is even official, but since Samsung has yet to officially announce anything it’s probably best taken with a grain of salt. However if you’re still holding onto an older Samsung tablet or smartphone, perhaps it could eventually see the Oreo update.

List Of Samsung Devices To Receive Oreo Update Leaked , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.