The Global Positioning System (GPS) on your phone is a very useful feature. It can work withGoogle Maps to become a satnav, track your runs and hikes, or in more recent months even be used to hunt down rogue Pokemon through the wildly successful Pokemon Go game.
It’s no fun then when a GPS signal is unreliable or slow and you can’t find the Pikachu you’re after. So here are a few tips on how to avoid these problems and speed up GPS on Android.
A few days ago, Google added the seventh flavor to its confectionary menu, named Nougat. But before most users could taste it, the news has been floating around that some Snapdragon device owners won’t be able to try the new dessert.
The newest Android Nougat 7.0 is incompatible with some devices running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800/801. This includes popular and devices like Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One M8, Xiaomi Mi4, OnePlus One, OnePlus X, and the list goes on. Also, Google’s own Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 have been kicked out of the update list.
To get the best performance and features from your Android smartphone or tablet you should make sure you’re always running the very latest software available for it, not just in terms of apps but also the Android operating system. Here’s how to update Android on your smartphone or tablet.
You can force your Android phone or tablet to search for an update from the Settings menu on your device, but you should note that just because a newer version of Android exists it doesn’t mean it will be available for your device – now or ever. In this article we’ll guide you step-by-step through how to update your Android phone or tablet.
Google has updated its Android distribution chart for August, and while KitKat is still in the lead, Marshmallow’s presence has increased to 15.2%. The team behind Android releases information on platform versions regularly to show the number of devices running a given version of the Android platform.
Compared to last month, the only two versions that saw an increase are Android 5.1 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow. Android 5.1 increased by 0.6 percentage points and is now present on 21.4% of all active Android devices.
Google has just acquired a French startup company called Moodstocks that focuses on object recognition software for smartphones. The tech uses deep learning and AI – similar to Google’s object-recognition software – to identify images and objects.
The key difference is it processes almost everything locally; Google’s efforts to this point have had servers doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Putting the data-crunching on the smartphone itself makes for ultra-fast recognition capabilities.
Despite Google’s already impressive machine learning and AI recognition capabilities, it notes that “there is still much to be done in this area.”
Samsung is doing a good job handing out marshmallows to its large collection of smartphones and tablets. With the big names out of the way, Samsung is now focusing on smaller devices, like the Galaxy A8.
The metallic mid-ranger is currently receiving Marshmallow in India, but users in other countries can expect the update as well. The update for the Galaxy A8 (SM-A800F) weighs in a hefty 1112.27MB and brings all the under-the-hood changes you can expect from Marshmallow, like Google Now on Tap, granular permissions, and Doze mode.
HTC wants to let you know it is still planning to update the HTC 10, HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 to Android 7.0 Nougat. Now that it’s officially called that. HTC sent the same tweet a month ago, back when the next version of Android was still known as Android N. Everything is the same, except there’s a few more letters after ‘N’ in the attached image.
The same fine print applies, meaning there’s no official timeline, but you can check out ourAndroid 7.0 update page to get a feel for when HTC might roll it out based on past efforts.
After months and months of speculation and a public call for ideas or two, today Google has finally revealed the official dessert name for the next iteration of its mobile operating system.
Android N will thus be known as Android Nougat from this point on. Unfortunately it’s still unclear what version number Nougat will get. Its predecessor, Marshmallow, is Android 6.0. So it’s likely that Nougat will be 6.1 or 7.0, but that’s a reveal for another time.
Samsung just keeps on releasing Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates for its devices. The latest one to be graced with this iteration of Android is the Galaxy On7, launched in 2015.
A 2016 version of the On7 has been outed by a benchmark result, and this will run Marshmallow from day one, so it’s definitely good to see Samsung making the software available for the original On7 too, and not pushing people to buy the new model if they want an up-to-date Android experience.
When we take a look at the Android distribution updates that Google posts every month one thing seems to never change, and that is the overwhelming number of devices that run an outdated version of the operating system.
As of early-June 2016, nearly 90 percent of the handsets with Google Play access are rocking Lollipop, Jelly Bean or another old distribution. Meanwhile, Marshmallow powers only 10.1 percent of Android devices.