Android Oreo has barely begun rolling out to Android devices and HMD Global (the company that owns Nokia) has revealed that they will update the current roster of Nokia smartphones to the next major version of Android.
Well, every phone except the Nokia 3310, obviously.
It’s no secret that Nokia‘s back in the smartphone business and the company that has the licence to produce Nokia-branded devices, HMD Global, has made a declaration that will be music to every Android fan’s ears.
In case you didn’t notice, we’ve been posting pretty extensively about the latest Nexus device, the 6P. As a whole we’re pretty fascinated by it and the experience it provides so when we finally got the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, we were pretty stoked.
Although it really wasn’t a major update, we thought we’d give you guys a brief run-down on what you can expect out of this little update.
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It looks like the ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML will be getting Android 5.1 Lollipop very soon, as the update has entered its final stages of testing before it gets rolled out to the respective device. Its about time too, considering a whole heap of devices are already supporting the latest Android update.
This was discovered by Zenfone 2 user Indrajeet, who got the information directly from ASUS via the ASUS Support App where support confirmed that the update is undergoing final testing. Its a bit weird that the update is headed for the lower end versions of the device first, but it can’t be too long till the rest of the family will get a taste of Lollipop for themselves.
In the meantime, why not check out our review of the ASUS Zenfone 2.
Android updates are coming fast, for Nexus users at least. Just a couple of weeks after Android 4.4.3 was released to Nexus owners, the Android 4.4.4 is now available for them to download. Nexus 5 users get the update first but if you’re not a Nexus 5 user, don’t worry too much about the update as it’s a small one (just 2.5MB) so expect minor changes or improvements.
Desire HD and Incredible S users will be getting something special pretty soon. The HTC Desire HD and Incredible S is expected to receive an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread from its current Android 2.2 Froyo. Right now the update is being rolled out in Europe as we speak. If it follows the software upgrade trend of previous HTC devices, we should be expecting the update in Malaysia very soon. It might happen end of next week or the week after.
To update on a HTC Android device, it is done over the air (OTA) where you will be prompt to download. If you don’t have a 3G data plan, you can opt to download via WiFi. For those who can’t wait, you can head to Settings > About Phone > Software System Update and check manually if it is available.
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The Android Market is the central hub to search for applications for Android. Since its launch, the Android market experience isn’t as polished as compared to iPhone’s AppStore and even the most recent Marketplace for Windows Phone 7. Finally the Android development guys has been working very hard to improve the market experience and the new revamp looks so much better than before.
First the look of Market has been refreshed and now has a familiar carousel for you to flip through covers of various app for better discovery. The listing has been cleaned up as well and there’s even a dedicated widgets and live wallpaper section making it easier to find than before.
On apps purchase, the developer guys at Android discovered that most app refunds request are done in mere minutes rather than hours. Therefore they have reduced the refund window from a day to a mere 15 minutes.
So when can you get it? According to Android Developer’s blog, the new market will be rolled out within the next 2 weeks. Another good news is that it is available for Android 1.6 and above which pretty much cover almost everybody using an Android today.
The new Gingerbread is reported to have major user interface change and may have a minimum required spec of 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM. So for those owning devices below 1GHz such as HTC Legend/Wildfire or Moto Droid shouldn’t be putting much hopes of getting it.
While Froyo is not fully available yet, Gingerbread is rumoured to come this year which we’re expecting pretty late towards year end if there’s no delay. So if you’re looking to get a new Android device, we highly recommend one running 1GHz with minimum Android 2.1 pre-installed.
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